'Truth Be Tolled' screens at Houston’s 40th Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival
Toll road documentary nominated for top award at International Film Festival
April 20, 2007
Truth Be Tolled
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The documentary film, “Truth Be Tolled,” which chronicles Texans’ strong opposition to state plans for a new network of privatized toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), is an official screening selection at Houston’s 40th Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival and has been nominated to receive a top award in its competition category.
The film had been credited with fueling the grassroots backlash against the private toll road contracts and TTC which has resulted in a veto-proof majority of legislators signing onto a two-year moratorium that's making its way to the Governor's desk.
Following the screening, the leaders of the grassroots movement against the privatization of our highways and the Trans Texas Corridor who are featured in the film, David and Linda Stall, Founders of Corridor Watch, and Terri Hall, Founder and Director of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) and the San Antonio Toll Party, will be on hand for a Q & A with the audience and the press.
“Truth Be Tolled”
WorldFest Houston Film Festival
April 22, 2007 at 5:00 pm
Q&A with David & Linda Stall & Terri Hall to follow film
AMC 30 at Dunvale
2949 Dunvale in Houston
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The film provides a narrative of the laws that opened the doors for a state-wide shift in public infrastructure financing methods, and interviews some of the lawmakers who have witnessed those changes. Using a cross-section of politicians, candidates, grass-roots organizers and average citizens, the film emphasizes the importance of the constitutional right to freedom of speech.
The Texas Toll Party recently distributed a copy of the film to every member of the Texas legislature and the Governor’s office before the controversial and monumental Senate hearing, March 1, on toll roads and the TTC. Over 800 citizens testified at that hearing and voiced their concern over the conversion of highways into tollways by foreign corporations and the construction of the TTC, a 4,000-mile network of privatized road, rail and utility lines.
Director and cinematographer William H. Molina began filming “Truth Be Tolled” after attending some of the public hearings held for the new highway projects. “I began to do some research, and I was outraged when I found out they were forcing toll roads on already existing roadways without a public vote,” he said. “Someday, we will look back on this film and realize that history was being made in the midst of a time of tremendous change in our public policies. These are real people dealing with real issues, and the film just carries out their voices.”
Mr. Molina resides in San Antonio. In addition to his work in Hollywood feature films, he was nominated for an Emmy for his camera work on the Discovery Channel’s documentary, “Oceans of Air.” He recently completed an episode of “Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy” for the History Channel. His short film, “Chichen Itza,” has also been nominated for an award for Best Cinematography at WorldFest 2007.
WorldFest, one of the oldest and largest film and video competitions in the world, received more than 4,500 category entries from 37 countries in 2006. The festival will screen just 55-60 feature film premieres, with an emphasis on American and International Independent feature films. WorldFest Artistic and Program Director Kathleen Haney stated, “We will concentrate on only the very best, selecting new American & Foreign Independent films that truly deserve a premiere at WorldFest. By doing so, we can concentrate on the films and their filmmakers and enable our faithful audience the opportunity to see each and every film!”
“Truth Be Tolled” will screen on April 22, 2007 at 5:00 pm at AMC 30 at Dunvale, 2949 Dunvale in Houston. The screening will also host the world premiere of the trailer for Mr. Molina’s upcoming sequel to “Truth Be Tolled.” Festival admission is required to attend. For more information on the film, visit www.truthbetolled.com. For more information on the WorldFest-Houston film festival, visit www.worldfest.org.
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