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St. Nick Comes Home



Screenings at AFI Dallas and Modern 'til Midnight coming up!



This weekend AFI Dallas gives you two chances to see St. Nick on the big screen!

Friday, March 27th 4:15pm and Sunday, March 29th 12:30pm
Both screenings are at the Magnolia Theater in Dallas.

Tucker and Savanna, the two stars of the film will be in attendance along with David, Adam and I.

Go here for more info and to buy tickets.




Modern 'til Midnight is a special event held by The Modern Museum of Fort Worth. They'll be keeping their doors open late for a night of world-class art and unique performances. Experience the Modern’s collection with tours and gallery projects designed to engage and entertain. Have a bite to eat at Café Modern, listen to music in the Museum lobby, and come watch a special screening of St. Nick!

Saturday, April 18, 6 pm–midnight, St. Nick starts at 8pm
Admission is $15 (includes access to all events)
Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance; call 817.738.9215 or visit the museum admission desk.

I know I'll be there to represent the film. Tucker and Savanna will probably come to.



We premiered St. Nick with great success last week at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. All the screenings were sold out and we got lots of great feedback.

Here's what some folks are saying:

"Without a doubt, the best film at SXSW 2009 was writer-director David Lowery's lovely, lived-in, slow-burning debut feature St. Nick." --GreenCine

"St. Nick is a stunning film, all the more resonant because it clearly comes from the same movement of realist movies here at SXSW, but has a distinct care for rich visuals and thought-provoking audio, qualities that are often lacking in these other films..." --Flavorwire

Check out David Hudson's post over at IFC's The Daily for some other reactions.

Oh, and in case any of you live in Florida, we'll be playing at the Sarasota Film Festival. Here are the details. David and I will be in attendance with the film.

Watch the trailer!

ST. NICK trailer from ST NICK on Vimeo.

Thanks for reading. I hope to see you out at one of the screenings!
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To the South

Carried Away is wrapped.

Now I'm off to SXSW to represent my two films playing there.

St. Nick, a feature film that I produced for one of my dearest friends David Lowery. Both of us have been busy on many separate projects since we shot St. Nick a little over a year ago and I'm looking forward to hanging out with him once again.


ST. NICK trailer from ST NICK on Vimeo.

And Receive Bacon, a naughty little short film that I wrote and directed will be playing the Midnight Shorts.



If I had more time I'd list a whole slew of films I'm excited to see. Nonetheless, if you're in Austin please do come by and watch some films and be sure to say hi!

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In other news, thanks to Gorrila vs. Bear for posting up the Bosque Brown "Phone Call" live video. Since they posted it I've been getting thousands of hits. I don't mention this to brag, I'm merely amazed and thankful that so many people are witnessing Bosque Brown's wonderful music!

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BOSQUE BROWN - "Phone Call" live

Back at the very beginning of February before diving headlong into full time production on Carried Away I had the honor of putting together and shooting a staged live performance of Bosque Brown. Curtis and Valerie graciously allowed their beautiful home to be the stage. Nick was there to help with the lighting, Valerie with Art Direction and Amy came along for any and all support. Curtis lent me his skills to record the live sound while also lending his cooking skills along with Valerie to cook us all breakfast. What a deal! They let us use their house and then feed us for the trouble!

It was a wonderful way to spend the day. Just getting to hang out, eat great food, and have meaningful and funny conversations and on top of that I got to listen to Mara's beautiful voice and the band's stunning accompaniment. Half the time I forgot I was supposed to be shooting them and just wanted to set the camera down and listen!

Below is the first piece from that day. There will be more to come when I can find time to steal away and edit.

Bosque Brown's new album BABY is out now. I can't recommend it enough. It's easy to get moonstruck by the sweet haunting songs.


BOSQUE BROWN - "Phone Call" live from James M. Johnston on Vimeo.
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Carried Away




For those of you interested in what I've been up to, it's being well documented by our wonderful still photographer George Wada.


http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=125957690439


UPDATE: I put a better link that goes to the film's Facebook Profile.