The basic thrust and purpose of this movie from day one has always been to promote and expose the music scene here in Dallas, so the majority of posts and screen space on this website have been dedicated to that.  All the stuff about the movie itself would come later.

But I’ve found lately that it’s begun to add a lot of confusion about what exactly this movie is.  Most people, at first glance, think it’s a documentary.

It’s not.

The next question is inevitably, is it a musical?

No, it’s not.

So it’s about the music scene, will feature a ton of local bands, but it’s not a documentary and it’s not a musical.  So what the hell is it?

Fair enough…

It’s a comedy.  If I were to compare it to a recent comedy, it would be The Hangover.  A guy goes missing and a small group of people have to find him before time runs out.  Whereas in The Hangover, the guy was a groom, the place was Vegas, and the event was his wedding, in The Debut, the guy is a musician, the place is Dallas, and the event is his big debut show.

But that’s not the whole story.

If there were two other films I would compare The Debut to, they would be these:

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.  This movie didn’t do gangbusters at the box office, but it’s had an impressive afterlife on DVD and cable.  And for good reason.  The movie is really good (and I highly recommend anybody who hasn’t seen it to check it out tut suite).  If you don’t like this movie, you’re a robot.  Because it’s a lot of fun, has some spectacular music in it, and has a lot of heart.  So will The Debut.

The other movie would be Singles.  Not so much because of the plot or the characters, but for what that movie did to focus attention on the Seattle music scene.  Seattle’s scene was simmering before that movie came out, but once it became a minor hit, the city exploded and became the music hub of the country for nearly a decade.  Now, do I think this movie will do that for Dallas?  I’d be an egomaniac if I thought it would.  But I do want it to focus a lot of attention on this area that it otherwise wouldn’t have had.  I’d never say this film could make the area successful.  The bands in Dallas can do that on their own.  I just want to play a small part in it.

Some people are going to look at the movies I’ve just referenced and grumble that it sounds too commercial.  That something more “cool” and “indie” would be a better fit for this town.  I don’t necessarily disagree with that.  And there will definitely be elements of the movie that will keep it from feeling like a watered-down studio film.  But in the end, it’s all about exposure.  And if I’m going to get support from all the bands, venues, labels, and overall supporters of the music scene, if they’re going to lend me their voices, their time, and their efforts, I need to make sure that the film reaches the biggest, widest audience it possibly can, and you don’t do that by making an (excuse the phrase) artsy-fartsy indie art film.

(Let me say for the record, I LOVE THOSE FILMS.  They just wouldn’t serve our purpose in this case.)

To do anything less than swing for the fence on this would be a disservice to everybody involved.

That’s how I see it anyway.

So that’s a basic idea of what this movie’s going to be.  A low-budget character-driven comedy featuring local venues and music (and music videos) from local bands, starring well-known film and TV actors.  (Check out the Characters page for more about that)

It’s gonna be a big deal and I can’t wait to get started.