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The Third Coast (40th Anniversary)

with Alan and Susan Raymond

Nov 12, 2021, 07:30 PM Eventive Virtual Platform Free Get Tickets

This program is available for one week beginning Nov 12 at 7:30pm CST globally, featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with directors Susan and Alan Raymond. This film is part of The Third Coast program.

Also screening Nov 13 at 7:30pm at Rice Cinema in 16mm, for more information visit here.

Digital video files provided by Texas Archive of the Moving Image.


Directed by Susan and Alan Raymond, this 1979 documentary seeks to capture the evolving character of Houston. The film pays special attention to the city’s rapid expansion—investigating not only what attracts so many people to the Bayou City but also its ongoing drawbacks, from a struggling mass transit system to alarming statistics about the use of deadly force by Houston police officers. Of particular note is footage of the premiere of French fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloé collection at Neiman Marcus and an open casting call for Urban Cowboy (1980).

Country, Year United States, 1981
DirectorSusan and Alan Raymond
Runtime55 MINS, SECS
SubjectFilm, The Third Coast
Event TypeFilm
Special Guests

Alan and Susan Raymond

Academy Award winning producers/directors Alan and Susan Raymond (I Am A Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School) are among America’s most influential documentary filmmakers working today. Recognized by the IDA as Lifetime Achievement Trailblazers for directors of the PBS cinema verite series An American Family that gave birth to Reality TV as well as their Emmy, Peabody and DuPont Award winning The Police Tapes that opened the doors for small format video on network television.  The Raymonds have produced award winning social issue documentaries on education, religion, criminal justice and war reporting in Rwanda as well as Elvis ’56 deemed by Rolling Stone Magazine as the very best film on Elvis.