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I did a lot of indie films. Here are some of them for you to enjoy.

Wounded

2012

Indie movie we did in 2012. Little to no budget. Volunteer cast and crew. Lots of passion and long days to pull it off. Had success on Amazon Prime.  This was my first major project as primary writer and content creator. 

A Thought Unchained

2013

This had a crew of 2--with a day here and there where we had some help--and zero budget. A passion project. Everyone gave it their all.  This one had some success on Amazon Prime as well.

A Killing

2017

Yet another passion project with a bare bones crew and no budget. It was originally a feature length script and then we cut it down to an hour short then we cut it down again to fit under festival time frames for shorts.  No budget and passion project. This one had the best viewer reviews of all of the ones we pulled off.

Cowboy & Lucky

2010-???

This was Chris Cox and Russell Clay's baby, I just came along and they let me play in their playground. Most fun shooting was shooting these. Fun to write. Passion project just like they all are.  Another writer wrote the first feature and webseries (not linked here) but these are the ones I wrote, sometimes directed, sometimes edited.  If you worked with us, you pretty much did everything. 

Lone Star Lights, Silver Screen: A Look at the Thriving Texas Indie Film Scene

 

Texas. The land of wide-open spaces, big personalities, and a rich cinematic history. But beyond the glitz of Hollywood productions that occasionally touch down in the state, there's a vibrant and ever-growing indie film scene waiting to be explored.

 

This scene thrives on a unique blend of factors:

  • Distinct Texas Identity: Texas films often showcase the state's diverse landscapes, from sprawling deserts to bustling cities, weaving these backdrops into narratives that capture the region's spirit. Think of Richard Linklater's iconic "Dazed and Confused," a quintessential portrayal of teenage life in Austin.

  • DIY Spirit: Independent filmmaking thrives on resourcefulness and a collaborative spirit. Texas' indie scene is no exception. Filmmakers here wear multiple hats and rely on passionate communities to bring their visions to life.

  • Festival Circuit Powerhouse: Texas boasts a robust network of film festivals, like the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin and the Dallas International Film Festival. These festivals provide crucial platforms for indie filmmakers to showcase their work, gain recognition, and connect with audiences and distributors.

  • Genre-Bending Stories: Texas filmmakers aren't afraid to push boundaries. From the dark neo-westerns of David Mackenzie ("Hell or High Water") to the quirky comedies of the Zellner Brothers ("Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"), Texas indie films offer a diverse range of stories and styles.

 

Beyond the Big Names:

 

While Richard Linklater's success played a pivotal role in putting Texas on the indie film map, there's a whole new generation of filmmakers carrying the torch. Here are a few names to watch:

  • Ana Lily Amirpour: Director of the acclaimed films "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and "The Bad Batch," known for her visually striking and genre-bending narratives.

  • Robert Rodriguez: A genre-hopping auteur who carved his path in independent filmmaking. His early works like "El Mariachi" and "Sin City" remain cult classics.

  • Trey Edward Shults: Director of the intense family drama "Krisha" and the psychological thriller "It Comes At Night." Shults' films are known for their raw emotion and exploration of complex characters.

 

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Support Local Film Festivals: Immerse yourself in the Texas film scene by attending local festivals. These events offer a chance to discover new films, meet filmmakers, and participate in discussions.

  • Seek Out Indie Theaters: Many independent theaters showcase Texas films alongside mainstream releases. Look for theaters in your area that champion local stories.

  • Follow Texas Filmmakers: Social media is a great way to connect with Texas filmmakers and stay updated on their projects. Many filmmakers use platforms like Instagram and Twitter to share news, trailers, and behind-the-scenes glimpses.

 

The Texas indie film scene is a testament to the power of storytelling and the unwavering spirit of independent filmmaking. So, the next time you're looking for a cinematic adventure, keep your eyes peeled for a Texas indie film.

You might just discover your next favorite story.

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