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This Weekend

Storie Productions screens Stacy Schoolfields acclaimed documentary Rescue Me in Forth Worth

Sunday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m)
Spiral Diner - 1314 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Directions: From I-30: Exit Summit/8th Ave, and go South for one mile. At Magnolia turn Left (heading East.) Five blocks down we are on theNortheast corner of 6th and Magnolia.

Coming off the heels of sold out screenings of their narrative feature jumping off bridges at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Storie Productions brings Stacy Schoolfields acclaimed documentary, Rescue Me to Forth Worth.
After learning that over 20,000 animals are euthanized in Austin, Texas every year, Stacy Schoolfield volunteered to foster abandoned animals in her home. This film chronicles her experience, taking viewers straight to the heart of pet overpopulations causes and complexities and examines the costs to individuals and the community. Rescue Me invites viewers to meet rescue volunteers, learn what motivates and challenges them, and experience the highs and lows of volunteering from the satisfaction of matching a foster animal with an adoptive family to the disturbing numbers of adoptable companion animals euthanized every day due to overpopulation. The subjects, including writer-songwriter-politician Kinky Friedman, all speak to the societal costs of our disposable cultures lack of stewardship toward animals. They point out, that fixing the problem of pet overpopulation and abandonment is bigger than one volunteer, or a small army of volunteers can fix.

For more information, please contact Tracy Frazier at tracy@storieproductions.com

www.rescuemedocumentary.com (view trailer here)


Saturday April 22nd FILM FATALE will return For Another Night of Film
Come to Metrognome Collective
(1715 Lancaster Ave. in Ft Worth, TX)

See Great NEW Short Movies Directed or Written by Women
This Year We're also bringing you the awesome Girl Bands:
White Girl (Denton), Wilson Steele (Denton), and Lovie (Dallas)

Raffles, Popcorn, and Denton's Craft Mafia will also a part of the Festivities
For More Info Message us Here or Email Maria at maria.garcia@metrognomecollective.org
or check out www.metrognome.org

Once again, all donations will go to Family Health Care Clinic in Denton. The clinic is staffed with doctors and nurses devoted to providing low income pregnant women with quality prenatal care.

COVER: $ 7 B.Y.O.B.

And check out this really cool promo video that Karina Lomelin made for Film Fatale:

Get this video and more at MySpace.com
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Fort Worth Film Kultur

The reporter for the "Kultur" column in Fort Worth Weekly was kind enough to call and let me know ahead of time that there is a glaring factual error involving me in the column. He apologized profusely. I found this to be honorable on his part and thanked him for it. Basically it says I was at SXSW purely as an audience member because Deadroom got rejected. Finally got my pic in the paper and it says I'm a reject. Oh well, they'll print a retraction but the damage is done. Shit happens.

I'm glad that instead of taking the tact of blaming SXSW for not showing more Fort Worth films he takes the city to task for not supporting the type of independent art films that festivals are looking for. Although, I must say he was pretty off the mark in his cheap shot at "Fa$cist Watch". If he would have asked me about that I would have said they suffer from the same problem as SXSW. If there were any FW filmmakers making hard-hitting docs about local or other worldly topics they would be more than happy to show it. So I thought it was inappropriate to lash out at those guys. They are good peeps and they do a lot for the community here.

I thought he was right on point however with his comments on the Lone Star Film Society. For a film society they do absolutely nothing to cultivate local talent. I've been trying to get them to show Deadroom since it premiered at SXSW last year and I got nothing. Dallas, Austin, Cleveland, Philadelphia, College Station, Louisiana, and soon D.C. but Fort Worth: nothing. Except mine and Nick's living room of course. And you know what, if I asked the folks at 1919 Hemphill to play it they would do it in a second.

I must say, I'm happy that FW Weekly has taken an interest in what I'm doing and cares enough to seek my opinion in film related matters. I certainly hope they keep on supporting the local film scene and don't let it fall to the wayside.

Here's a link to the article: http://www.fwweekly.com/content.asp?article=3814

I know that writers are forced to deal with issues of word count and space for their articles so I'll take a second to expound on the last line in the article, “The situation in local film is indicative of the entire art scene, it all goes back to the people, and they’d rather have a SuperTarget on West Seventh Street.”

Basically, people in Fort Worth, and most of America probably, would rather support the building of a new Wal Mart or Super Target than drive five or ten miles to support a local business. Which is the same with film, they will go to the nearest multiplex and watch whatever is out but they won't go a little out of their way to seek out a locally made film. It is what it is.


Response to the Article from Ramsey Sprague who created the Fa$cist Watch Series but has recently stepped down from running the series due to his new full time job as a State Organizer for The Green Party:

"Next Time, Ask!

With regards to Kultur's perplexing attitude with regards to the 2 year old Fa$ci$t Watch film series and 1919 Hemphill - Where to begin? First, I applaud the Weekly's printing of the name – it's the first time that it's done so opting usually for the original “1919 Hemphill Film Series”.

Let me make on thing clear - Fa$ci$t Watch is a political documentary film series. If Fort-centric filmmakers made political documentaries, you can be rest assured they would be welcomed in the series with open arms! We've supported other Texas documentary directors like Patrick Phillips, who was living in College Station and who now resides in Austin (big surprise), as well as Texas expatriates like Nick Cooper and David Redmon, whose highly acclaimed film Mardi Gras: Made in China received its North Texas Premier at 1919 back in 2004! Incidentally, it was this film that started the Fa$ci$t Watch series.

Every year the traveling Gadabout Film Festival has come through 1919, we always feature local filmmakers' shorts including James M. Johnston's and The Chaotic Cong's many shorts. At least one of The Chaotic Chong's shorts was filmed at 1919! We've has also hosted Maria Garcia's Film Fatale series in past years.

We've shown and discussed films that cover gentrification, affordable housing, military recruitment controversies, eminent domain abuses, peak oil's effects, living wage battles, vegetarianism, family farm struggles, corporate governance, media corruption, indigenous rights, as well as clean air, water, and soil issues. I'm perplexed how “Kulture” seems to think that these issues don't “have anything to do with Fort Worth.”

Aside from film, some 1919-kateers are very active in their representative government and have appeared at Council Chambers numerous times protesting the Trinity Parkway, neighborhood gas drilling, and increases in square footage minimums for newly built houses – among other policy of interest.

Oh, and Kay Granger, Joe Barton, Michael Burgess, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Kenny Marchant, Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson, Chet Edwards, and Ralph Hall!

An amateur reporter's tip to a paid one: next time, ask!

Ramsey Sprague

And here's a response from David's Blog:

"I've always maintained that my friends and I make films in Dallas-Ft. Worth for reasons of circumstance, and not choice. I love making films here, but that's because I'm making a film, not due to where I'm making it. There is no filmmaking community here; there are merely filmmakers (many of them wonderful and talented, many of them my friends) functioning in a civic void (something tells me that Laura Miller would never jump off a bridge for one of our movies). I'm not afraid of burning bridges when I say things like this, because there really are none to burn. Individual support is thankfully in no short supply; but I can count the local institutions that have consistently gone out of their way to help us on two fingers (Bart Weiss' Video Association, and MPS Studios), and we've long been bemused at the fact that our films have received press in national publications more often than in the local newspapers. And when the area rags do mention us, they shoot themselves - and us, and whatever vestige of a community the metroplex might have - in the foot, as the Fort Worth Weekly did the other day when they printed this article. James has written a level-headed response to it; since I don't live in Fort Worth, and have no civic pride in the metroplex, I don't feel the need to go easy on it. Initial good intentions aside, this is sloppy journalism at best, and deliberate misrepresentation at worst; the reporting erroneously substantiates the very problems it purportedly laments. The author's error regarding Deadroom (an insult to inaccurate injury) isn't even the most egregious element; it is his snide comments about the Facist Watch film series, which is run by friends of ours who do know who their congressmen and women are, that I find entirely unforgiveable. Someone needs to stop a moment and weigh the value of fact-checking against snarky commentary. It's an embarassment, both to my peers and to the city itself.

I'm happy and proud to be known as a Texas filmmaker; get any more regionally specific than that, though, and I start to get uncomfortable.
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Outlaw Son Clips

That ol' sly dog David has made a page of descriptive phrases and acommpanying clips for The Outlaw Son. Looking brilliant so far, makes me proud to be the Producer (even if I haven't read the script and have no idea what the film is about.)

Here's the link: http://www.road-dog-productions.com/outlawson/osmain.html.
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Dishes are Done Dude

Principal photography for GDMF is officially done. Now it's on to post-production in about two weeks. First we have to get all the little stuff ready for the Deadroom DVD. I guess I shouldn't say "we." At this point David and Yen are doing most or all of the work. I just have to show up for commentary recording and chime in my 2 cents about the behind the scenes documentary.

I suppose I should post some tales of the shoot. But I'm too tired right now. Hopefully I'll have some pics to put up soon. All in all I'm very happy. Things got crazy a few times. There were a few loose cannons on the ship to make it interesting. All the actors did fantastic but Abbey really amazed me. She went beyond my expectations. Of course any actress who's favorite all time film is A Woman Under The Influence has got to have something going on behind those eyes. She really pulled out all the stops considering she had no script to lead her.

I'm going to sleep.