TLFF opening night film, Blood Brother, was an emotional look into the bold life that Rocky Braat lives. The young Pittsburgh native traveled to India to find himself and ended up falling for group of children infected with HIV. Rocky’s best friend Steve Hoover decided to chronicle the journey and 3 years later with 9 terabytes of footage they would have much more on their hands. Blood Brother’s Producer Danny Yourd and Writer/Editor Tyson VanSkiver were in Denton, Tx for the Thin Line Film Festival and chatted with me about that incredible journey. Click thru for our interview with Danny and Tyson and also photos from the opening weekend of Thin Line Film Festival.
XSR: DIE! at the Eisemann Center thru January 20th and then a run at MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville from January 26th thru January 29th. The Living Black & White™ play revolves around the sleuthing skills (or lack there of) of Kurt Kleinmann’s iconic Harry Hunsacker and his loyal assistant Nigel Grouse (Ben Bryant). We’ll have more about XSR: DIE! in our interview post with Kurt and Director Michael Serrecchia, in the mean time here are some more January must see events to add to your Calendar.
Sara Masetti is a Master’s Film Student at the University of North Texas and a former Dallas VideoFest Texas Program entry. Sara chatted with me about her documentary work, her days in Austin, and what keeps her tied to North Texas. Click through to find out more from the Italian filmmaker.
Haunting and hilarious is a combo you don’t usually see together in a film. Legendary Director William Friedkin brings about both feelings in easily the most intriguing film of the year. From Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning author Tracey Letts comes a hell of a black comedy. Click thru for our interview with one of Killer Joe‘s leads, Thomas Haden Church.
From The Colurs website:
“The Colurs combine contemporary pop production with the songwriting aesthetics of Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, and The Beatles, and lush orchestral arrangements reminiscent of scores by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (from Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, Bambi, etc.), to create a fresh new sound.”
I was able to chat with Max Townsley and Drew Erickson aka The Colurs. They also played an “acoustic” version of their song Washed Away. Click thru already!
The 12th Annual Equity & Diversity Conference was held at the University of North Texas on February 7th, 2012. One of the keynote speakers was columnist and LGBT activist Dan Savage. Click thru for more info on the conference and a video with portions of Dan’s speech to a packed house.
Houston Artist Natalie Irish has garnered a lot of attention for her unique painting style. But she’s a lot more then just a pair of pretty lips. Natalie Irish is a survivor, a complete artist, an inspiration and a cyborg…well sorta. Here is our Q & A with Natalie about her Pearland upbringing, UNT ties, and much much more.
Director Blake Calhoun has boldly jumped around different genres, mediums and stories during his TV and Film career. He’s made action shows, comedies and his latest film, Spilt Milk which plays tomorrow evening at the Texas Theatre, is a captivating coming of age tale set right her in Dallas. The film is one of a group of films that will be the final movies seen at the Dallas IFF 2011. A great way to end your festival experience! Here is our Exclusive Video Interview with Director Blake Calhoun.
Sunday was a wild and crazy time as the 3rd annual 35 Conferette ended with a loud raucous bang. PSD’s Qelsi Qualls shares her experiences in Denton.