Spike Lee Film Based On El Pasoan Receives Standing Ovation
The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival is officially underway in Cannes, France and runs until May 19th. I love this time of year because we start seeing all the new trailers to movies that will be coming out later and I get to hear all the juicy gossip like people walking out of the latest Lars Von Trier film. But I was very surprised to hear that El Paso had made it's way to Cannes.
On Monday, Spike Lee debuted his new film called "BlacKkKlansman" which was produced by Jordan Peele. The film stars Topher Grace as KKK Grand Wizard David Duke and John David Washington (son of Denzel) as Ron Stallworth. The film based on some "fo' real fo' real sh*t" centers around Stallworth and his time in the 1970s working as a Colorado detective who responds to an ad in a newspaper recruiting members for the KKK. Together with a Jewish officer, portrayed by Adam Driver (AKA Kylo Ren) they infiltrate the KKK and uncover all their secrets. After it's debut, the film received an eight minute standing ovation!
Sounds good, right? Well, Ron Stallworth, who is alive and well, was born and raised in El Paso. Earlier this year, KTSM did a special report on Stallworth, who graduated from Austin High School where he discussed his book, which the movie is based on, and his experience. At the time, Stallworth, who is retired and living in EP, said that the making of the movie was "surreal" and his wife, Patsy Terrazas-Stallworth said "It's only right that this movie gets made, and if it touches just one person, then he's succeeded."
BlacKkKlansman comes out in theaters August 10.