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Border Cinema

  • Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library 1906 South Closner Boulevard Edinburg, TX, 78539 United States (map)

EDINBURG, TEXAS (March 15, 2018) – Are you interested in films using the U.S./Mexico border setting? If the answer is yes, then you do not want to miss our upcoming “Scholars for Life” lecture and presentation titled “Film and the Border”, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dustin Sekula Memorial Library. All are encouraged and welcome to attend this very informative free event.

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is partnering with Dr. Ed Cameron, Professor of English in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and Dr. Linda Belau, Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, to host this month’s lecture and presentation. They will present their most recent research on border cinema, focusing on the role of dissent presented in films using the U.S/Mexico border as a setting with specific geo-political importance.

Dr. Belau will focus on John Sayles’s 1996 independent film “Lone Star,” a film set in the imaginary town of Frontera, TX along the border with Mexico. She will illustrate how Sayles’s dramatization of the unique multicultural aspect of border culture is embedded in his presentation of the complex racial history of the region. Dr. Cameron will highlight the “rasquache” (lower class attitude) sensibility embodied in the punk films of Texas filmmaker Jim Mendiola. He will demonstrate how the bicultural sensibility informing the films “Pretty Vacant” (1996) and “Speeder Kills” (2003) helps reveal the repressed sub-cultural dissent unique to South Texas identity.  

Dr. Ed Cameron is the author of “The Psychopathology of the Gothic Romance”, editor of Thomas De Quincey’s gothic novel “Klosterheim”, and author of numerous articles on film, literature, and psychoanalysis. His work has appeared in the journals Cardozo Law Review, Studies in Humanities, Gothic Studies, Mosaic, Diaspora, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Film & History, and The Journal of Culture and the Unconscious.

Dr. Linda Belau is also a Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She is the editor of “Horror Television in the Age of Consumption: Binging on Fear” (Routledge, 2018), “Topologies of Trauma” (Other Press, 2002), special issue editor for Women Writers (“Psychoanalysis and La Femme”, 2010), special issue editor for Postmodern Culture (“Trauma: Essays on the Limit of Knowledge and Memory”, 2001), and the author of several articles on literary, cultural, and cinema studies.

The Scholars For Life Series encourages library partnerships with local educational institutions by providing access to lifelong learning through lectures and presentations that enhance our lives and the Rio Grande Valley community.

These monthly lectures and presentations will be held monthly through May, free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, TX, or call (956) 383-6246 and ask for Omero or Clara. The library’s Web site can also be accessed at

Earlier Event: April 8
Celebrate National Library Week
Later Event: April 10
Jose Suarez Art Exhibit