John Sayles is a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the term. He self-produced his first feature film, 1979’s Return of the Secaucus 7, and quickly moved on from exploring baby-boomer blues. His later films run a varied assortment of subjects, ranging from extraterrestrials landing in Harlem (The Brother From Another Planet) to campy genre films and the grizzly working-class epic, Matewan. Sayles is in town this week for Miami Book Fair International, where he’ll promote his tome-length historical-fiction novel, A Moment in the Sun. But the screenwriter, author, and director will also present the South Florida premiere of his new film, Amigo, at O Cinema. Set during the Philippine-American war, the film explores the hidden narratives of the innocents caught between two violently opposing factions. It follows Rafael, a village mayor at odds with the occupying U.S. troops, and his extremist guerrilla brother. See Amigo this Thursday at 8 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Sayles.
Thu., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., 2011