The Odessa American online news, in an article titled "FNL" Comes Back to Odessa, reported that Peter Berg was in Odessa for a banquet Saturday night:
The Permian High School football team got one last flash of "Friday Night Lights" as movie director Peter Berg delivered the keynote address Saturday at the football banquet. Berg spoke at the annual dinner, which Permian gives to honor its players, trainers, filmers, cheerleaders and band boosters.
Berg said he was glad to be back in town since filming the big screen movie last Spring. "You touched me, and you touched my family," Berg said. "I've missed Odessa." Berg joined about 700 other people in an MCM Grandé Hotel Fundome banquet hall that bled Mojo spirit. Black and white reigned from dresses and tuxedos to balloons, tablecloths, decorations and ornaments.
Berg was the star of the night, though. The 40-year-old director stepped up to the podium, his notes scrawled on rumpled pieces of notebook paper, and opened his speech with a hearty Texas welcome.
"Howdy, y'all," he said, eliciting cheers from the audience of players, trainers, parents, a judge, a deputy police chief, former Permian trainer Trapper O'Connell, school board members and the sheriff.
Berg talked about the DVD release of "Friday Night Lights," calling it the No. 1 DVD in America. The $30 million film, starring Thornton and Tim McGraw, earned about $61 million in theaters during the fall. The movie, which hit video stores Jan. 18, is based on H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger's 1990 book of the same name. Berg also mentioned that Thursday he begins a world tour of the movie. "It'll play in Australia, Japan … Asia and Africa," he said. "This movie will literally be seen all over the world."