When it comes to naming Texas directors, Wes Anderson might not be the first person that comes to mind. He may not be the fifth. After all, the Oscar-winning actor’s last eight films have been set in faraway destinations spanning the Northeastern United States, India, Japan, the ocean, and most of Europe.
But Anderson’s cinematic roots have always been firmly rooted in Houston, having honed his cinematic style with “Rushmore,” his second film which was shot in Houston for 50 days in 1997 and 98. With it, the director captured the town with scenes in Montrose and River Oaks, where he used his alma mater St. John’s College as a replacement for the titular Rushmore Academy, and the halls of Lamar High across the road after protagonist Max Fischer is expelled from the private school campus. Decades later Houston is littered with stories local extras, failed auditions and other cinematic magic.