More Press for American Breakdown

In the midst of our Kickstarter campaign for American Breakdown, more articles and press are making their way onto the Interwebs.

Asheville’s influential blog, Ashvegas, has a nice little press release here, and Mentorless.com asked me to write about my tips for no-budget filmmaking. You can find that article here.

And as always, please take a look at the Kickstarter for American Breakdown, and if you can, contribute!

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American Breakdown: First Press

Our first article from the Kickstarter campaign! A little more about Henry Rojas.

Henry is a non-actor who I met and a few years later decided he should have a major part in my movie. He’s just one of our many great performers and actors in American Breakdown.

Read the article here!

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Kickstanding — I mean, Kickstarting

We’re live on Kickstarter! We’ve raised a little money. Not that much, but a little! Go here to check out American Breakdown on Kickstarter. And remember, in the world of finance, nothing matters but cold hard cash. Please support indie film!

American Breakdown on Kickstarter.

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American Breakdown

At long last, Harrow Beauty Motion Pictures’ new project, American Breakdown, is ready to launch it’s Kickstarter fundraising campaign. About a crisis-ridden country musician who literally breaks down in a small nowhere town, the film will star Frank Mosley, Rebecca Morris, Henry Rojas and Mondy Carter.

We’ll be launching our Kickstarter in November, 2014, with a March, 2015 production start date!

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“Quiet River” is done!

So, my latest feature, Quiet River, with Rebecca Morris and Willie Repoley, is finally complete. We’re now submitting to major festivals (I’d let you know which ones, but I don’t want to jinx the movie). Thank you to everyone who helped out on our moody little rural winter flick — it was a blast, let’s do it again tomorrow.

Viva la cinema!

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Quiet River

The first trailer for Quiet River, my new feature film collaboration with Rebecca Morris, Willie Repoley, Caleb Burress and Lauren Fortuna, has landed. Check it out.

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The Black Curtain has risen

Last year, I went on an epic, several-day journey with Ben Lovett and his cohorts in filmmaking adventures. I directed the fifth video in his series of collaborations with various directors.

So take a gander at Black Curtain here.

Black Curtain from Harrow Beauty Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

You can find an in-depth look at our process here.

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More “Rods & Cones”

As you may know, I’m working on a feature film right now called “Rods & Cones.” Most prominently a collaboration with the amazing Rebecca Morris, the film also features Willie Repoley, Caleb Burress and many more. Since we’re almost done, I thought I’d put up a few images to feed your eyes. Enjoy!

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First Looks

A little taste of what we’ve been doing lately. Rebecca Morris and Willie Repoley.

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Like a Grain of Sand

So, if you’ve read this blog at all (and don’t feel bad if you haven’t), you know that I’m gearing up for my third feature — a small but noble project called Rods & Cones. It’s been an interesting process of development — collaborating with the principal actors and crew to create a story in which our characters can roam free.

In the time-honored tradition of Robert Rodriguez, we crafted a tale that fit our available locations, talent and general story-world, and worked hard to fill in the details. One decision led to another and suddenly a full-fledged saga emerged — one which is hopefully as rich and compelling as any big-budgeted drama.

In a recent interview with Shane Carruth, the mastermind behind the very interesting low-budget indie Primer, he mentioned how many folks would tell him how good his movie was — for the money in which he had to make it. It was almost as if they were patting him on the back, telling him, “Not bad — for a person with developmental issues.” Carruth wisely made a decision: All of his budgets would now be a secret, because in the end it wasn’t about the money — it was about the ideas and the execution. “This thing about the budget,” he said, “I never want to hear those words again.”

What’s really interesting, though, is how much the world around us seems to rise to help us once we get going and gain momentum. A location scout with several crew members recently ended up fortuitously solving several problems at once — some with near complete randomness. It’s almost as if the world around us wants us to make a creative project come to fruition. People sense our drive and our commitment and want to help; they admire our energy and want to be involved.

But just as important is how a project accretes positive attributes like a pearl forming around a grain of sand — little by little, bit by bit. One decision leads to another, which in turn affects the whole, leading into yet another generation of decisions and positive developments. Flexibility is key, of course, as is a team of dedicated people you trust. And a little luck. But ultimately a story and a project develops that is as strong — or perhaps even stronger — than one which is toiled over in isolation for years.

In the end, it’s about the drive, the energy and the desire to get something done. “Enthusiasm,” William Blake once said, “is the all in all.”

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