A Gloucester documentary filmmaker will unveil Sunday his latest work, a film about intersecting cultures just over the border in Mexico, where there has been an exodus of American retirees.
Dennis Lanson's independent documentary, "Gringoland," will have its U.S. premiere Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, at 21 Main St. Lanson, who produced and directed the 54-minute film will introduce it and answer questions after the screening.
Lanson, who teaches in the School of Communication at Endicott College in Beverly, focused his film on a growing number of Americans who have been living as expatriates in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for more than half a century.
"Recently, though, their numbers have increased dramatically. Real estate has boomed. Some residents seek all the amenities they have at home, but at half the price. A few years ago Money Magazine listed San Miguel as one of the best retirement destinations, and the only one outside the U.S.A.," Lanson said in a prepared statement.
"Why do Americans choose to live abroad? How do they impact this particular locale, which was once a sleepy provincial town in the mountains of Mexico?" Lanson asks. "How do the Mexican residents view these 'visitors' from the north? How do the two cultures co-exist, for better and worse?"
All of those issues, he said, are tackled in the film, which he produced with the idea in mind that there are millions of Baby Boomers on the verge of retirement.
Lanson has been writing, producing and directing film and video since the 1980s.
Lanson's past credits include "Phans of Jersey City," co-directed with Steve Forman, a documentary about a Vietnamese refugee family, which appeared in New Directors/New Films and on PBS stations; "Booming," a film about uranium mining in Wyoming in winter, which was screened at Edinburgh in Scotland, Denver, and other international festivals; and "Pitstop," an independent feature, a dark comedy about nine people stuck in the same motel beside an interstate, which was broadcast on WGBH, and premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3455, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.