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John Sayles, Maggie Renzi to be honored at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

U.S. film director John Sayles waves to photographers as producer Maggie Renzi looks on before the presentation of their movie “Honeydripper” at the 23rd Guadalajara International Film Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008. The couple will be honored at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. (AP/Guillermo Arias)


John Sayles and Maggie Renzi will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival on Oct. 20.

Sayles and Renzi are a husband and wife creative team.

Since their first film together, “Return of the Secaucus Seven,” in 1979, the couple has been a force within independent filmmaking.

“John Sayles is an auteur in the truest sense of the word and the human embodiment of independent cinema,” says Jacques Paisner, executive director of SFIFF.

The couple will introduce the film, “Lone Star,” presented in 35mm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

“Lone Star” follows Sam Deeds, Sheriff of Rio Country Texas and son of Sheriff Buddy Deeds who is revered for replacing the corrupt Sheriff Charlie Wade. The young Sheriff is called to the small town of Frontera where a skeleton, the body of Charlie Wade, has been uncovered in the desert.

Deeds soon finds himself caught amid the town’s long buried secrets, and suspicious that his father may not be the just man he’s made out to be. The film is written and directed by Sayles and produced by Renzi. It stars Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey and Elizabeth Peña.

Tickets go on sale on Sept. 12 at the Lensic Box Office at 505-988-1234. Each ticket runs $30, plus fees.