“Ann Richards’ Texas” Opening Tonight
Six years after her death, Gov. Ann Richards remains a presence in Austin. Tonight at the Paramount Theater, a documentary about her political life makes its debut in her adopted hometown. The film, Ann Richards’ Texas, tells her story from her time in Dallas during the civil-rights movement to her rise and fall from the peak of state politics. Co-director Keith Patterson spoke with KUT’s Matt Largey about the film and the recent Ann Richards renaissance.
People are starving for Ann Richards. Somebody who is outspoken, stands up for people, says some things that kind of shoot herself in the foot sometimes, but she was there and her love for the people was foremost. A lot of people look at politicians, and Ann Richards was a public servant. She was there to serve the public, not to serve her own political tenure, not to serve her lobbyists, not to serve her special interests. She cared about people.