July 11, 2021
Movies on the Lawn: Friday Night Lights
The Neill-Cochran House Museum is excited to announce our first ever Movies on the Lawn Summer Series! This summer we will be highlighting our favorite movies all about the wondrous state of Texas. Hosted by Thomas J. Henry Law, our first movie is Friday Night Lights!
H.G. Bissinger’s best-selling true-life account of a few months in the life of a high-school football team comes to the screen in this adaptation written and directed by Peter Berg. Odessa, TX, is an oil town in the western part of the state that’s home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems; the decline of the oil business in Texas has set the city’s economy into a tailspin, and racial tensions still erupt into violence on occasion. But football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights every fall, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian’s football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) and his boys try to lead the team to victory. As Gaines works to build a winning team in a town where victory is prized above all else, however, his players struggle through the emotional trials common to any teenager and ponder the fact that there is little future in their hometown…and that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph. Friday Night Lights also stars Lucas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, and country singer-turned-actor Tim McGraw.
These movies will take place on our front lawn, so bring a blanket or chair. Still Austin will be on hand slinging their delicious cocktails and serving beer provided by Thirsty Planet. Austin Gourmet Popcorn will also provide all guests with a bag of their delicious popcorn. The NSCDA-TX of Austin will provide free museum passes for a future visit.
July 22 is also Pets Night, brought to you by Austin Infiniti! We will have water bowls and treats available, so bring your fur baby with you!