The documentary film, “At the Ready,” provides an inside perspective of high school seniors as they participate in a law enforcement education program aimed at training future police and border officers.

On Sunday, September 26 at 3 p.m., the Appalachian Theatre will host a free online screening of the documentary followed by a conversation with Producer/Director Maisie Crow who will discuss the film and the filmmaking process.

Cristina, Cesar, and Mason, who are of Mexican-American heritage, are seniors participating in the popular extracurricular Law Enforcement Club at Horizon High School in El Paso, Texas. As the teens run through mock drug raids and active shooter drills, they contemplate how a career in law enforcement coincides or conflicts with their priorities and values and the impact it would have on their relationships with friends, family, and community. Presented without commentary or judgement, “At the Ready”
tells their personal stories, hopes, and dreams while it reveals larger truths about societal attitudes towards policing in America.

Maisie Crow is an award-winning documentary film director, cinematographer, and photographer based in Marfa, Texas. Her previous film, Jackson, received a News and
Documentary Emmy award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary in 2018. Crow has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

“At the Ready” will be presented online and tickets to the screening is free which includes a conversation with the filmmakers following the film. Tickets are available at

This event is part of the Appalachian Theatre’s BOONE DOCS series and made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program.
Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South.
The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on this event, or to join the theatre’s eblast list, get tickets, or purchase memberships, please visit the ATHC website at