"HOPE FLOATS" PDF Print E-mail

 

(drama, romance) 1998  Home of Birdie used for the movie Hope Floats

Humiliated on national television when her best friend and her husband, Bill, admit they are in love and having an affair, Birdee Pruitt moves back to her hometown of Smithville, Texas. Returning to her mother’s home is not easy. Her young daughter, Bernice, misses her father. Birdie finds that having been the most popular girl in high school – cheerleader who married the high school quarterback -- left a bitter feeling among many of her contemporaries. There is one man, Justin Matisse, who still has feelings for her after all of these years, but can Birdee put her recent past behind her and start a new life?

CAST

Sandra Bullock as Birdee Pruitt
Harry Connick Jr. as Justin Matisse

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"TREE OF LIFE" PDF Print E-mail

(drama) June 2011

Image from "Tree of Life" movie stills

We trace the evolution of Jack, an eleven-year-old boy in the 1950s Midwest, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child, who views the world as his mother does, with love and mercy. His father tries to teach his son the world's way, of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death.
The adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeks to discover himself and his place in the world. The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, and in the family, the place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves and where we discover life's single most important lesson -- unselfish love.

CAST

Brad Pitt as Jack’s Father
Jessica Chastain as Jack’s Mother
Fiona Shaw as Jack’s Grandmother
Sean Penn as Adult Jack

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Terrence Malick

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"ARTOIS THE GOAT" PDF Print E-mail

(comedy, romance) 2008Producers of Artois the Goat with the star of the movie

AWARD WINNING! Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known, and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. She has taken a new job in Detroit and to follow her means signing his life over to his soul-sapping career in artificial flavor additives. To stay behind and pursue his newfound passion for fine artisanal goat cheese, is to risk losing her forever. Despite his lack of resources, experience, or basic competency in the field of agriculture, Virgil heads for the hills (literally) with a felonious German baker, a grave-digging hermit, and

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"FIVE TIME CHAMPION" PDF Print E-mail

(drama)

World Premier, March 11-20, 2011; SXSW Film Festival, Austin, TXMovie still of funeral scene in "Five Time Champion"

Debut feature film of Berndt Mader, he describes the film as “one of hope, petty theft, adultery, paying for sex, and the boundless opportunities presented by science.”

CAST

John Gris as Melvin

Betty Buckley as Fran

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson as Danielle

Ryan Akin as Julius

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"NATURAL SELECTION" PDF Print E-mail

(Indie Comedy/ drama) Release Fall 2011

When a dutiful, albeit barren Christian housewife discovers that her devout husband has suffered a stroke at a sperm bank where he’s been secretly donating his seed for the past 25 years, she leaves her sheltered world and starts off on a journey to find his eldest biological son – a mullet-headed, foul-mouthed ex-con with whom she develops an odd but meaningful relationship.

CAST

John Gries

CREW

Writer/Director: Robbie Pickering

Producers: Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen, Best Medicine Productions, LLC.

Location Scout:  Michael Brinker, Sheila Tamble

AWARDS

Out of nearly 2,000 applicants, NATURAL SELECTION was "selected" as one of the ten semi-finalists in the Netflix/Film Independent "Find Your Voice" Competition.

SXSW Film Festival 2011 - Narrative Feature Competition, 8 films were selected out of field of 984 submissions.

SXSW Feature Film Jury Awards in NARRATIVE FEATURE:

  • Best Narrative Feature, Director: Robbie Pickering
  • Best Editing, Editor: Michelle Tesoro
  • Best Score/Music, Music by: iZLER, Curt Schneider
  • Best Screenplay, Writer: Robbie Pickering
  • Breakthrough Performance by:
  • Rachael Harris – Natural Selection
  • Matt O’Leary – Natural Selection

SXSW Feature Film Audience Awards:

  • NARRATIVE FEATURE, Director: Robbie Pickering

FILM TRAILER - CLICK HERE

WEBSITEwww.naturalselectionthemovie.com

ARTICLES

Natural Selection was picked up by Cinema Guild and will be released to theaters in Fall 2011.  CLICK HERE for full story.

Kansas International FIlm Fest kicks off Friday  CLICK HERE for full story.

 
"SHADY TEXAS" PDF Print E-mail

Film still from Shady Texas("Beacon" the web series* pilot)

STARRING:

Garry Peters
Kylie Baker
Chris Higgins
Laurie Coker
Louis Moncivias Gutierrez
Leah Simonetta

PRODUCTION

Written/Directed by Jack Daniel Stanley

Produced by  Barry Green / Wrightsville Beach Studios in Association with JDS/ French Quarter Features

Photography by Vincent Pascoe

KEY CREW

Adrian Golden, Brandon Boggs, H. Cherdon Bedford, Louis Moncivias Gutierrez, Drew Ott, Mark Gardner, Luis Caffesse, Cliff Wildman, Dave Rutledge, Brian Morgan, Sheila Tamble

 
"UNDER THE WESTERN SUN" PDF Print E-mail

(comedy/drama) post production 2011

A father/son relationship is centered around the newspaper business and a small town in Texas.

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CAST

Mark Scheibmeir

Troy Streuer

Pam Eichnmer

CREW

Co-writer/Director:  Danny Cameron

Co-writer:  Miranda Smith

Producer:  Zobest Pictures

TRAILER

Full length official trailer on YouTube

WEBSITE

www.underthewesternsun.com

 
"THE MOMENT" PDF Print E-mail

(Industrial Film on employee motivation) 2010

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Written by: Burt Bornstein and John C. Locke

Executive Producer: Torin Lee

Producers: Yesenia Garcia of EchoEarth Media and Marco Martinez of KDA Creative

Director/DP:  John C. Locke

Sound:  Mark Adams

CAST:

Adam Pearson as young woodcutter

Mike Gassaway as old woodcutter

Claudia Valerio as see-saw woman

Mark Adams as announcer

Katrina Kross as narrator

 
"BERNIE" PDF Print E-mail
(Comedy/Crime/Drama)  2011

Bernie-bearinggiftsIn small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.

CAST:

Jack Black

Matthew McConaughey

Shirley MacLaine

CREW:

Director: Richard Linklater

Writers:  Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth

LOCATIONS:

Filmed in Smithville, Austin, Bastrop, Carthage, Georgetown

NOTABLE:

Kicked off the the Los Angeles Film Festival 2011.

WEBSITES:

IMDB official site

Video Article

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:28
 
"BENEATH THE DARKNESS" PDF Print E-mail

(thriller) January 6, 2012 limited release

After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the psychopathic killer and keep from becoming his next victims.

CAST

Dennis Quaid

Brett Cullen

Tony Oller

Aimee Teegarden

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director:  Martin Guigui

Writer:  Bruce Wilkinson

FILM LOCATIONS

Smithville, TX; Bastrop, TX

Click HERE for FACEBOOK page

OFFICIAL TRAILER - CLICK HERE (Parental Advisory - Language)

IMDB site - CLICK HERE

BloodingDisgusting.com - CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Monday, 26 December 2011 00:14
 
'DOONBY' PDF Print E-mail

(drama) in production 2010JohnSchneiderinDoonby_4032

Sam Doonby, a mysterious, handsome drifter gets off a Greyhound bus in a small Texas town and finds work at Leroy’s Country Blues Bar where his great musical talents make him very popular, especially with Laura, the beautiful but spoiled daughter of successful doctor Cyrus Reaper. Sam always seems to be in the right place at the right time to avert disasters befalling the town and its people until suspicion and jealousy drive folks to ask who he is and where he comes from.  Even Laura starts to question him so now he disappears as quickly as he came and things start to go badly wrong. His rejection results in terrible shocks for the whole town, not least for the doctor and his family as Cyrus’ past comes back to haunt him.

CAST

John Schneider as Sam Doonby

Jenn Gotzon as Laura Reaper

Robert Davi

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"CELL" The Web Series PDF Print E-mail

(Drama) 2010

A man wakes up in a cell after a night on the town. When he realizes he’s not in jail and he’s not alone, he fights to stay who he is while helping someone else remember who they were.

CASTCell-day-2-278-320x213

Danny Cameron

Jourdan Gibson

Kevin McCarthy

Natalie Self

Allison Wood

Beth Burroughs

Scot Friedman

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director/Exec. Producer/Showrunner: Mark Gardner

Assistant Director:  Loren A Melchor

Coordinating Producer:  Brian Morgan

Production Manager:  Leina Cochrane

Costume Designer:  Jason Frey

Director of Photography:  Iskra Valtcheva

Set Decorator:  Natalie Shanks

TIMES

Thirteen episodes will be aired on consecutive Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the internet starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010.  To view the episodes as they are aired, see Lovable Varmint Productions.

 
"MARTHA" PDF Print E-mail

(short, drama, family) 2008Poster for movie "Martha" filmed in Smithville

Martha shows the view on life through the eyes of an 11-years old girl struggling to accept her family. We follow Martha into her world where reality and imagination merge into one. Based on my own childhood memories, Martha is about coming to terms with, and eventually accepting, one’s roots.

CAST

Christine Cheney as Martha Gallucci
Kenneth Wayne Bradley as William Gallucci

Cyndi Williams as Irene Gallucci

James Leonardo Mayberry as Tom Gallucci

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COMMERCIAL - RAM DODGE PDF Print E-mail

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Here's a commercial shot at the LCRA Railcar Facility in Smithville and now on the web as a VodPod.  CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video.

 


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John Schneider starred in "Doonby," coming soon to theaters near you.  Here's what he had to say.

"I had more fun on this film than ever before. Smithville is my favorite town!..."    -- John Schneider

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