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News, Update, and a new Video!

Been quiet on the site lately, I know.  But the reason why is because it’s been busy as hell behind the scenes.

This film has been in development for over 2 years now.  That’s a long time.  In that time, we’ve gotten a script written, taken care of the business side of things by creating the LLC, which we were only able to do with the help of some awesome people who pitched in on a Kickstarter campaign. We’ve created business plans and produced a teaser trailer.  We’ve gotten over 20 of the most exciting bands in Dallas involved, and enlisted support from countless venue owners, local celebs, music promoters, arts groups, DJ’s, and other in-the-know people in the area.  We’ve gotten help from local producers and attached a Hollywood Producer with strong connections to major talent agencies. We’ve taken the steps to qualify the film for tax-exempt status through the Film Industry Incentive known as Section 181, which required us to actually shoot a scene from the film, which we also did.  Which brings us to…


There’s a secret I’ve been sort-of playing cool about for a while now, but under the surface I’m just giddy with excitement.  With the release of this video, I guess it becomes semi-official, so I’m ready to let it out.  We’ve got Jaret Reddick from Bowling For Soup on board to play Tom, the musician who goes missing in the movie!

Jaret’s a Grammy-nominated artist who’s not only had worldwide success with Bowling for Soup, but is also a founding member of People on Vacation and Jarinus. He’s also a really funny and talented dude who has been unbelievably helpful and supportive of this project.  I was able to talk him into coming out to shoot this scene for the film to qualify the film for tax-exempt status before the end of 2011 and he was totally professional and we had a lot of fun doing it.  And this is probably the biggest stretch for him in the whole film – a dramatic scene!

Seriously, I try to be cool about this, but I’m really thrilled to have Jaret involved in this movie.  Not only do I think he brings a great presence and talent to the project, but he’s got a huge following and he’s a great guy. I’m really looking forward to working with him more.

Again, big thanks to Giovannie Cruz for doing a superb job as Jackie, to Kyle Montgomery and Jason VanSickle for crewing up the shoot, Marc Rouse for his editing, and the folks at The Granada for use of their space. The scene also features music by Trey Johnson.


Jaret Reddick on the set of The Debut

News from the set!

Posting some news from the set of The Debut, where we…

Wait a second… The SET of The Debut? Are you shooting?

Well… Not exactly.

Last Tuesday, we assembled a small cast and crew and shot one scene from the film.

The reason, in short, is because there’s a tax incentive that sunsets at the end of the year, and the only way to guarantee the film will be covered is if we shoot one scene with dialogue (along with lots of legal and paperwork stuff, which we already covered).

So with the help of The Granada Theater and my friends in the Film Conspiracy Group, we got together with Giovannie Cruz, who portrayed the role of Jackie in the teaser trailer, and Jaret Reddick from Bowling for Soup, whom we’ve been talking to for a while about playing Tom, the musician that goes missing in the movie.

Gio and Jaret did a fantastic job and the scene is being edited as we speak.  I’ll post it when it’s up for everyone to see.

Big thanks to Jaret and Gio, Mike at The Granada, Marc Rouse, Jason VanSickle, and Kyle Montgomery for their crew work and Ray Valadez for providing lights and other equipment.

And here are some pics from the shoot:

Jaret Reddick on the set of The Debut

Jaret snapped mid-scene

Jaret Reddick and Giovannie Cruz on set

Jaret and Gio admire the art direction.

Joe Scott and Giovannie Cruz

I don't remember what I was saying, but it looks important.

Gio and Jaret Reddick

In between shots

Jaret, Gio, and Joe Scott

Goofing off. Go figure.

Jaret Reddick on the set of The Debut

Jaret is weirdly proud of what people think of him.

I’ll post the scene when it’s finished!

Another absurd view of Dallas

Brace yourselves, everyone.

The whole world is now privy to yet another ridiculous portrayal of Dallas on TV.

Unbelievable stupid show


This week, Most Eligible: Dallas started slithering its way into homes across the country on Bravo. It is yet another in a long line of programs that show Dallas as a backwater for self-involved, big-haired, entitled douchebags and douchebagettes with nothing to contribute to the world.

As Sarah Blaskovich from Pegasus News pointed out:

If Most Eligible Dallas is any indication, Dallas women are about big hair and fake boobs; Dallas men are about washboard abs and non-committal relationships.

It’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

No, it’s not.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d never in a million years try to say that that element doesn’t exist in Dallas.  Sure it does.  It’s a sub-culture.  And you can find it in ANY metropolitan city.  But for some reason, it’s all you seem to see about Dallas.  Douchebags and rednecks.

From the original Dallas series, to Dallas Divas and Daughters, to Texas Women, over and over and over again, this is the one portrayal of Dallas that keeps popping up.

We just hosted the Super Bowl and our basketball team just grabbed the national championship.  Dallas is on the map more than ever before (except for maybe one day in 1963).  And yet THIS is still what is being put out there to define us.

There are a lot of reasons why I want to make the Debut, but this may be right up at the very top.  I want to reshape the conversation, if nothing else just show people there’s another side to this town.  Something cool that we can be proud of.

It’s time to take back our image.