October 28, 2009

Karina Junker

Actress and Model Ms. Karina Junker will be on "Great Day, Houston!" with Ms. Debroah Duncan starting at 9am on KHOU-TV Channel 11, here in Houston, this Friday October 30th, be sure to catch the show. Ms. Junker and Actress and Model Ms. Hessed Honstein will be on the show to model Frankel's Costumes. Both actresses are from the Page Parkes Talent and Modeling Agency.

Ms. Junker also announces that she has been selected to be one of the "spokesmodels" for Uberwurx ( and will be in Las Vegas next week for the 2009 SEMA Show, along with actress and model Francia Mattingly, who will be in Michael Colburn's new film "The Toy Box"

Be sure to see Karina, Hessed and Francia.


Film Racing Tour 2009

The winners of the Houston portion of the Film Racing Tour's 24 Hour Film contest has been announced by Houston Producer Adam Donaghey. On October 14th Mr. Donaghey had announced the films that would be voted for Best Film in Houston. (You can see that list below under October 14th.)

18 teams registered with the Houston portion of the Film Race to compete and were 18 films screened at the River Oaks theater August 27th of this year. (You can see the list below under August 24th.  As part of the contest and the film, filmmakers were given a theme and a prop to use when making their films. This year the theme is "Peer Pressure" and the prop they needed to incorporate into the film was an "Iron".

And the winner's for this year's Houston's Film Race 2009 are: 

Best Film of the Houston Film Race 2009

"Lost in Transition" By Simply Red

1st Runner-up

"Stream" by the Underdogs

2nd Runner-up

"The Choice" by Radiant First Productions

3rd Runner-up

"Maybe They're Right" by Stem Leaf Media

4th Runner-up

"Symbiotic Relationships" by DayLong Productions


Audience Award (screening) - "Lost in Transition" by Simply Red

Audience Award (online) - "Symbiotic Relationships" by DayLong Productions

Best Direction - William Molina -"Lost in Transition" by Simply Red

Best Leading Actor - Bardia Mattin - "Lost in Transition" by Simply Red

Best Leading Actress - "Stream" by the Underdogs

Best Child Actor - "Addicted" by Rush Crew

Best Acting Ensemble - [tie] "Addicted" by Rush Crew & "Stream" by the Underdogs

Best Writing - Bardia Mattin, Corey Shields, Jeff Henninger, and Lauren Patzer - "Lost in Transition" by Simply Red

Best Cinematography - [tie] "Maybe They're Right" by Stem Leaf Media & "The Choice" by Radiant First Productions

Best Editing - Tony Baker - "Lost in Transition" by Simply Red

Best Original Music Score - "Maybe They're Right" by Stem Leaf Media

Best Sound Design - "Bum Decision" by Dead Horses

Best Costume Design - "Lost in Transition" by Simply Red

Best Make-up - "Lost in Transition" by Simply Red.

For more information about this contest visit: 

Congratulations to all  the teams that participated and job well done! Houston is proud of you!

October 26, 2009

  Travis Ammons

C-47 Houston magazine's "1-minute Cut-ins" talks with Houston Director and Filmmaker Mr. Travis Ammons about his new feature film "Suicide Notes"


October 22, 2009

"Suicide Notes" Kick-Off Party

The Firken & Phoenix pub in Houston was the venue for the kick off party for the cast, crew and friends of filmmaker and Director Travis Ammons. Mr. Ammons is shooting his new feature film "Suicide Notes" starting Friday, October 23, 2009 in the Houston area and wanted to give everyone a warm welcome to the production. We talked with Mr. Ammons and he hopes to be able to wrap things up sometime within the next couple of months and then move on to post-production. Working with a shoestring budget and with the help of his producers, Wes Linnenbank and Executive Producer Tedd Dicus,  Travis has managed to secure some interesting talent including Lou Martini, Jr. (who has a long list of film credits) , Jarad Doreck, Ashley Bertling, Tom Long and Sharon Shawnessy. "Suicide Notes" was written by Mr. Ammons and is being shot with the Red One Camera. Behind the camera is Houston cinematographer Larry McKee. This will be Mr. Ammons 7th feature film. We will keep you post. C-47 Houston magazine was at the Kick-off party you can see the pictures by (clicking here)


October 21, 2009

Actress Roxy Vandiver

Make no mistake about it, our C-47 Houston magazine's February 2009 LimeLight Actress Ms. Roxy Vandiver is getting noticed. Ms Vandiver is pictured in the "Slideshow" section of the online edition of the "Houston Press" standing next to the film poster of Houston director and filmmaker Kerry Beyer's "Spirit Camp". Ms. Vandiver was at this year's Crypticon Houston 2009 along with Actress Julin and Denise Williamson sporting their cheerleader outfits. Keep your eye on Ms. Vandiver. You can see the "slideshow" by (clicking here)





October 20, 2009

Crypticon Houston Horror Convention

The 1st Annual 2009 Crypticon Houston Horror Convention has left a very dismal impression of what Houston is capable of doing when it relates to our Television and Film industry in this part of the country and in the 4th largest city in the United States. C-47 Houston magazine spoke with the director of the festival, Ms. Tina Mulluzzo, over the phone several weeks prior to the festival’s opening and the hope is to establish an annual festival capable of bringing in and pulling a huge crowd of Horror fans. There was a choice between Dallas and Houston for this convention and we were lucky enough to have this convention here in Houston. The three-day weekend event started on a beautiful Friday evening, October 16th and ran through Sunday, October 18th at the Reliant Center. At the festival, were a number of filmmakers including, Lloyd Kaufman from New York, Florida’s Kenneth J. Hall, Clay Liford and Parrish Randall from the Dallas area, Houston filmmakers Kerry Beyer, Joe Grisaffi, Tom Martino, Stacy Davidson, Todd Jason Cook, Michelle Henderson, Barak Epstein, Michelle Mower, Michael Angelo, Christopher Warren, Josh Vargas and many more who work tirelessly behind the scenes.  Attending the festival were scores of actors, producers and filmmakers. This was a chance to see some trailers and screen some of the films in light of the horror genre and to be able to speak with these filmmakers on a one-to-one basis about their films and upcoming projects. Moreover, this was the time to meet some of your favorite movie stars who have graced the horror screen including stars like Adrienne Barbeau, Dee William Stone, Jonathan Breck, Courtney Gains, Duane Whitaker, Edwin Neal, Teri McMinn, Kristy Swanson, Ted Alderman, Joel Weiss, Cathy St. George, Charlotte Kemp and, of course, Michael Berryman. Also in attendance make-up artist and filmmaker Eileen Dietz who is best known for her work on the “The Exorcist”.

Despite some of the growing pains associated with a first annual festival, Crypticon Houston 2009 was a fun event and the low turnout was an advantage to many fans who came to the festival to see these filmmakers up close and personal. What was disappointing was the low turnout in such a big city as Houston and the $8.00 no-return parking rates.

C-47 Houston is not about reviewing the event as a whole. We are about our Television and Filmmakers. You can read a fair and honest review of this year’s Crypticon Houston, by Ed Walden AKA: Edcrophilia (pictured to the left) of “Edcrophilia’s Horror Talk Radio” who attended the event (click here) or just click on the above link. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our local and state filmmakers. We took some pictures! (See the Pixs)

We hope that this festival will become an annual event. Your support for this is necessary for our economy and for our continuing development of Houston’s film and television industry. If you would like to know more about Crypticon Houston visit their website and contact The director, Tina Mulluzzo, at


October 16, 2009

Caroline Parker & Jason Clemons

SBJ Pictures (Sweet Baby Jesus Pictures), Houston filmmakers Caroline Parker and Jason Clemons are pleased to announce that they are in the final stages of post-production work of Ms. Parker's directorial debut short film, "Eternal Peace". The film is part of the Southwest Alternate Media Project's 2009 Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship program. Ms. Parker will be premiering "Eternal Peace" starting at 7PM at the Rice Media Center (map) on the campus of Rice University, Friday, October 30th. 9 other short films will be showcased. This was a collaboration between Texas and Mexico focusing on the topics of Modern-day slavery and violence against women. Admission is FREE! for more information (click here) Also, Filmmaker Jason Clemons is pleased to announce that their award winning 48 Hours Film Project film, "Rushn'" has been chosen as an Official Selection of the Queens International Film Festival starting November 12th to 15th, in Queens, New York. C-47 Houston Magazine will keep you posted.


October 14, 2009

The Houston Producer for the 2009 Film Racing Houston 24 Hour Film Competition, Mr. Adam Donaghey, has announced the selected Houston films to be voted on as the "Best Film of the Houston Film Race 2009". The best film will then have a chance to compete for over $40,000 in Cash and Prizes and hold the title of the "Best Film of the Film Race 2009".  18 films were screened August 26th at the River Oaks Theater. Three film Critics from the Houston Film Critics Society judged the films to come up what they think are some of Houston's best films, and now its up to you, the voting public, to choose what you may think is the best film. This year's films that have been selected include: 

"Addicted" by team Rush Crew

"Bum Decision" by team Dead Horses

"Lost in Transition" by team Simply Red

"Maybe They're Right" by team Stem Leaf Media

"Steam" by team The Underdogs

"Symbiotic Relationships" by team DayLong Productions

"The Choice" by team Radiant First Productions

You can see each of the films by clicking on the titles. You can vote online for your favorite films by visiting: The awards for the Houston chapter of the competition will be announced by 11:59PM on October 27, 2009. 


October 14, 2009

Karina Junker

Houston Actress and Model Ms. Karina Junker announces that she will be on CBS' "Great Day, Houston!" with Deborah Duncan starting at 9AM, Tuesday, October 20th on Houston's Channel 11. Also, on the show Model Hessed Honstein from Page Parkes. They will be talking about the Halloween party at the Hotel ZaZa, one of Houston's 5 star hotels in the Museum area that they will be hosting on October 31st, Halloween Day. Be sure to "tune-in" and support our filmmakers! It's good for Houston!



October 13, 2009

Paul Bright

Texas filmmaker and director Paul Bright announces that his film “Aaron, Albeit a Sex Hero” is now on Netflix. The DVD is not scheduled to be release for another month. The 82-minute feature film tells the story of Aaron, a guy in a dead-end job who fights for survival as he is bitten by a scorpion, attacked by a rattlesnake, kidnapped, chased by gun-toting maniacs, mesmerized by a hot new co-worker and tortured by a bus load of heavily perfumed old ladies. Albeit, the odds are against him, Aaron rises to the challenge to conquer his fears and vanquish his enemies. The film stars Matthew Burnett as Aaron and behind the camera, Cinematographer Dustin Cross. Learn more about the film at:


Friday, October 16th to Sunday, October 18th

For events and tickets: 

Texas filmmaker Tom Martino will be screening the trailer to his new film “Race War” starting at 6PM Friday, October 16th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston followed by a Q&A. Learn more about Tom and his film at:

Texas filmmaker Kerry Beyer will be screening 20-minutes of his new film “Spirit Camp” with exclusive and behind the scenes footage followed by a Q&A starting at 6:20 PM Friday, October 16th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston. Actresses Roxy Vandiver, Julin and Denise Williamson will make an appearance, signing autographs and giving away free prints while supply last. The screening will take place at the Houston House of Horror – Movie Room. Learn more about the film at:

Texas filmmaker Joe Grissafi will be screening his new film “Dead of Knight” Friday, October 16th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston starting at 6:50PM followed by a Q&A in the Houston House of Horror - Movie Room. Learn more about Joe and his work at:

Texas filmmaker Parrish Randall will be screening “Quick and the Undead” and “Possum Walk” two movies he acted in Friday, October 16th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston starting at 8:40PM in the Houston House of Horror – Movie Room. To learn more about Mr. Randall visit:

Texas filmmaker Josh Vargas will be premiering his new film “Sway” Friday, October 16th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston starting at 10:15PM followed by a Q&A in the Houston House of Horror – Movie Room. Learn more about Josh at:

Texas filmmaker Todd Jason Cook will be screening the trailer for his new film “Zombiefied” Saturday, October 17th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston starting at 4:30PM. Mr. Cook and the star of the film, Ms. Rebecca Torrellas will be at the convention starting October 16th to October 18th. The screening will take place in the Houston House of Horror – Movie Room. For schedules, tickets and events visit: Learn more about the film at

Texas filmmaker Leo Wheeler will be screening their award winning film “Domain of the Damned” Saturday October 17th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston starting at 5:11PM in the Houston House of Horror – Movie Room. Learn more about the film at:

Texas filmmaker Stacy Davidson will be screening the trailer to his new film “Sweatshop” Saturday, October 17th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston starting at 6:42PM in the Houston House of Horror – Movie Room. Learn more about this film at:

Texas filmmaker Barak Epstein will be screening his flim “Blood on a Highway” Sunday, October 18th at the Crypticon Horror Convention Houston starting at 4:30PM in the Houston House of Horror – Movie Room followed by a Q&A. Learn more about Barak at:  and learn more about the film at:

Nathan Goldman

Writers Nathan Carliner Goldman (pictured Left) and Miriam Esther Goldman are pleased to announce that their Gold Remy Award winning script, “Anne Bonny, Pirate” has taken Second place at SkyFest II. Their Silver Remy Award winning story, "Mademoiselle” is a quarterfinalist in the Champion Screenwriting competition and Nathan’s “Fish Out of Water" took fourth place at SkyFest II. Congratulations Nathan and Miriam!!!

Jake Hamilton

Film Critic Jake Hamilton of “Jake’s Takes” and our March 2009 C-47 Houston magazine cover announces that he moving from KHOU-TV Channel 11 to KRIV-TV Channel 26.  According to Jake, he was given the decision to stay with KHOU where they will no longer be airing film/entertainment news or find another home. The change will be seamless. From interviews with the stars of “New Moon” to coverage of the year’s biggest Oscar bets, stay tuned into “Jake’s Takes” for your Hollywood News!

Lakisha Lemons

Houston Director Lakisha Lemons announces that they are in the final stages of post Production to their new feature film “After School Special” starring Derek Lee Nixon and LaTeace Towns-Cuellar our June C-47 Houston LimeLight actress. Also cast: Sheryl D. Brice, John Devereaux and Dominique Perry. Ms. Lemons hopes to premiere the film during the holidays. We will keep you informed. You can see some clips at:

September 17, 2009

The Director of The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival, Mr. Andrew Rose, has released the names of the films that will be screened at this year's festival coming up in November. 15 short films, 10 feature films and 3 special presentation films from around the country will be screened. According to Mr. Rose 13 films are "Made in Texas" films and of those, 5 filmmakers are from the Houston area. The Festival will take place in Bellmead, Texas, (just north of Waco and south of Dallas) November 13th (Friday the 13th, of course) to Sunday, November 15, 2009. For more information about The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival visit:  C-47 Houston is a proud media sponsor of this festival and we are proud to list the names of the Texas and Houston films that will be screened. The Texas films are:

"Protege" by filmmaker Shannon Casto and Michelle Henderson (Houston) (Feature)

"Play Dead" by filmmaker Dwayne Cathey (Houston) (Short)

"Closet Space" by filmmaker Mel House (Houston) (Feature)

"Sweatshop" by filmmaker Stacy Davidson (Houston) (Feature)

"Sway" by filmmaker Josh Vargas (Houston) (Feature)

"Charlie" by filmmaker Brandy Hines (San Antonio) (Short)

"Y'all Fuckin' Deserved It" by filmmaker Justin Powers (Dallas) (Feature)

"Spoils" by filmmaker Abel Berry and Jennifer Stone (Dallas) (Feature)

"Heavenwood" by filmmaker Amanda Brewer (Austin) (Trailer)

"Rekindled", "Little Mouth to Feed", "Cold Calls" and "Unawakening" by filmmaker Jack Daniel Stanley (Austin) (Shorts)

You can see the complete list of film at: 


September 15, 2009

The director and founder of the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, Mr. Hal Wixon, has announced the winners of this year's 2009 GCFVF. Due to city Budget cuts the activities of the festival were cancelled. However, to honor the filmmakers, all those that submitted films and scripts were judged for competition. And, the winners of the 2009 Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival are:

Best Script
"Super Luke"
Screenwriter: Cynthia Neely

Best Of Festival
"Forgive Me"
Director: Clayton Miller

Best Short
Director: Randy Chapman

Best Comedy
"Do You"
Director: Gordon S. Williams

Best Documentary
"The Messenger: 360 Days of Bolivar"
Director: Shawn S. Welling

Best Drama
"Entertainer's Last Stand"
Director: Carlos A. Pagan

Student Project
"Ha Ha You're Dead"
Director: Paul Zienty

September 14, 2009

The Houston Film Industry MeetUp Group organized by Mr. Randy Chapman announces that his team has won a First Place Award for their short film, "" at this year's Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival. Although, the activities associated with the festival have been cancelled due to city budget cuts, the director and founder of the GCFVF, Mr. Hal Wixon, will continue with the film festival and honor awards to filmmakers who submitted their film to this year's festival. C-47 Houston magazine will post the results of this festival as soon as Mr. Wixon officially announces them. Congratulations to the Houston Film Industry MeetUp Group.

Patrick Swayze



Houstonian and Actor Patrick Swayze lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer, today, Monday, September 14, 2009. The star in such movies as "Dirty Dancing", "Ghost", "Red Dawn", "Point Break", "City of Joy", "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" and "The Beast" was 57 years old. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed.






Houston Filmmaker Billy S. Cox III’s “Mindsight” has come out on Netflix. If you haven’t hear of this film, you are in for a treat. It stars Tim Schuckar, Jennifer Ann Massey, Matt Tramel, Joshua Rush and Edrick Browne. “Mindsight” is a suspense thriller about a couple torn apart by the tragedy that killed their son, plagued with impulses of revenge and haunted by mindsight, an ability that allows them to forsee the consequences of their pending actions. You can learn more about “Mindsight” by visiting their website at: You can get it by visiting: Let’s support local filmmakers. Mr. Cox is a Houston filmmaker and you can read about him in our August 2008 issue of C-47 Houston magazine.

Pastorini-Bosby Talent reports that actor Troy Hogan has landed the recurring role of "Levi Burnwell" the embittered principal of East Dillon High School on the Texas produced hit TV show "Friday Night Lights". Mr. Hogan is scheduled to be in several of the episodes this season and he begins shooting this coming Monday in Austin, Texas. Congratulation to Troy! 


September 2, 2009

Pre-Screening mixer of "You"

The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), and Sharon Albert Brier presents the "Hollywood Meets Houston" mixer at The Mercer Wednesday night, September 2, 2009.  Invited guests were Houston raised Actress Melora Hardin of the hit TV show "The Office" and Actor-writer Gildart Jackson. Both were presented by the Project Coordinator of SWAMP Ms. Michelle Mower where they spoke about the beginning to end - the writing and production of their new feature film "YOU". The film will be screening at the Landmark River Oaks Theater Thursday evening, September 3rd. After the film, there will be a Q & A session.  You may have seen Ms. Hardin in such television shows as "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and "17 Again". And you may have seen Gildart in "Charmed", "Providence" and "General Hospital" among other movies and television shows. Both Ms. Hardin and Mr. Jackson were very outspoken and entertained those that came to see them. Also in attendance was Houstonian Laurie Foxx,  the Co-Producer of the new film with Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges, "The Open Road" which screened here in Houston, Saturday, August 30th, last month. You can scroll down to August 30th to read more about that film.  C-47 Houston magazine was at this mixer to support our conviction that we need to build our filmmaking industry here in Houston and to support our local film and television makers. We took some pictures! you can see them by (clicking here)




August 30, 2009

"Cristina's Court" wins Emmy

The Houston produced Fox television court show, "Cristina's Court" has won an Emmy at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program for the second time in a row since the categories inception last year, 2008. "Cristina's Court" is taped at the Fox 20/26 television station at the 4200 block of the Southwest Freeway here in Houston, Texas. C-47 Houston magazine featured the producer of the winning episode, Ms. Robin Craig in our September 2008 issue. This year Ms. Craig is part of the  winning team. The team includes:

Peter Brennan, Executive Producer

Jerry Kupcinet, Co-Executive Producer

Lisa Lew, Senior Supervising Producer

Robin Craig, Coordinating Producer

Dean Manibog, Senior Producer

Terry Powell, Senior Show Producer

Judson Touby, Producer

Michelle Fitzgerald, Producer

Trisha Boyd, Producer

Monique Stinson, Producer

Richard Velasquez,  Producer

Danette Kubanda, Producer

Sandra Gin, Producer

Patrick Harris, Producer

Dione Calderoni, Producer

Megan Hundahl, Producer

Jennine Sullivan, Line Producer

Cristina Perez, Host

Reynard Spivey, Co-Host

"Cristina's Court" first aired on September 11, 2006. The Executive Producer, Mr. Peter Brennan is responsible for producing "Judge Judy" and "Judge Joe Brown". Prior to "Cristina's Court" host Cristina Perez hosted and made her television debut on Telemundo's "La Corte de Familia" (The People's Court) in Los Angeles and the show became one of the highest rated programs in Spanish in the United States. Ms. Perez is considered to be the first TV Judge to cross over from  the Spanish-language to English-language market.  Despite winning the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award, "Cristina's Court" has been cancelled after just 3 seasons. Congratulations to the entire team at "Cristina's Court"! Job well done!


August 29, 2009

"The Open Road" Advance Screening

The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) in conjunction with Women in Film and Television - Houston presented an advance screening of Michael Meredith's new feature film, "The Open Road" at downtown's Angelika Film Center late Saturday morning and, again, early afternoon, August 29, 2009. Starring Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake and Kate Mara, "The Open Road" is a comedy about minor leaguer Carlton Garret (Justin Timberlake) who takes an unexpected road trip to track down his estranged father, legendary baseball player Kyle Garret (Jeff Bridges) when Carlton’s mother (Mary Steenburgen) becomes sick.  Knowing his charming yet painfully immature dad’s likelihood to disappoint, Carlton enlists his on-again-off-again girlfriend Lucy (Kate Mara) for emotional support.  Once reunited, Carlton struggles to deal with the series of misadventures caused by his father’s antics, including missed flights, car trouble and bathroom brawls. Years of miscommunication, frustration and comically awkward attempts at bonding come to a head as the mismatched trio make their way from Ohio back home to Houston to reunite the family. The movie also features Lyle Lovett. There was a Q & A's with Director Michael Meredith and Co-Producer Laurie Foxx following the screening. Michael, by the way, is the son of football star Don Meredith. For more information about the film you can visit: http://www.TheOpenRoadMovie/com. Actress Kay Salem was there to snap off some really nice pictures. You can see some of the pictures that Ms. Salem took by (clicking here) We would like to thank Ms. Salem for allowing us to use her pictures. Thank you Kay!


August 28, 2009

"Backroad" Sneak Peak Screening

The Talento Bilingue de Houston Auditorium (TBH), downtown Houston, is the location for the sneak-peek screening of Houston director/producer Wayne Slaten's new feature suspense horror film "Backroad", Thursday night, August 27, 2009. Produced by Moonlite FilmWerks and Fire Pig Productions the film sold out the seating capacity. Prior to the screening Mr. Slaten came on stage to introduce himself, crew and cast and the film. "Backroad" is a supernatural suspense horror film with some twists and turns as a psychopath makes his way to Backroad, Texas. Evil begets evil in a story where one man's violence begins to produce visions of horror. Produced by James Denton, Marisol Trevino and Martin Delon, "Backroad" stars Matthew Carter as Jasper Hawkins, Greg Dean as Joseph Iblis, Elizabeth McCain as Jane Doe (Look for Ms. McCain in our October issue of C-47 Houston magazine), Norris Thompson as Rev. Jeremiah Bell, Michael Marlow as Judge Henry Hawkins, Julie P. Olivier-Touchstone as Abigail Hawkins, Danielle Jones as Irma Mea Vesper, Donna Calleja as Kelly Lin, Elyse Freeman as the young Abigail Hawkins, Marissa Viso as Corinna Rodriguez, and Courtney Rose as Jenny Hawkins. Crew for "Backroad" includes Assistant Director Michael James, special make-up effects by Kristi Boul and Michael Darling, Key Make-up artist by Marissa Viso, Music Score by Jeff Walton and additional songs written and performed by Whiskey River Revival. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers. The cinematography for this film was excellent, foley was superb, lighting outstanding, sound awesome, editing nicely done, Music complimentary, acting intense and most of all the story left the audience laughing, smiling and backbonely chilled. According to the director they will be testing this film in several Texas theaters and submitting this film to festivals. The producers of the film were pleased with Thursday night's turn out and they hope to be able to present the Houston Premiere as soon as they can. If you have a chance to see this movie, it will be well worth your time to purchase your ticket. If you didn't make Thursday night's screening C-47 Houston magazine took some pictures. You can see some of the pictures by (clicking here)

"Backroad" is a "Made in Texas" film by "Made in Texas" Filmmakers


August 26, 2009

Filmmaker Karen Aptekar reports that there was a sold out theater for the second screening of Houston Director David Pomes' award winning feature film "Cook County" last night, Tuesday, August 25th at the River Oaks Theater. The Houston premiere occurred last week Thursday, August 20th at the River Oaks Theater. The theater was filled, as well. C-47 Houston magazine was there to take some pictures and you can see them by (clicking here) Congrats David!


Todd Jason Cook

Horror Filmmaker Todd Jason Cook and his new film "Zombiefied" were featured on Fox 26 News last night, Tuesday, Aug. 25th. If you missed it, you can watch it by (clicking here) Congratulations Todd!!!!!!



August 24, 2009

Film Racing Houston 2009 Screening

The Houston producer of the Houston Film Race 2009, Mr. Adam Donaghey, announces the films to be screened at the River Oaks Theater this coming Wednesday, August 26th starting at 7PM. Over the weekend local filmmakers were challenged to write, shoot and edit an original short film in just 24-Hours. According to Mr. Donoaghey, 18 teams registered with the Film Race to compete and there are 18 films to be screened. As part of the contest and the film, filmmakers were given a theme and a prop to use when making their films. This year the theme is "Peer Pressure" and the prop they needed to incorporate into the film was an "Iron". Come Check out the premiere of the films and vote for your favorite! Tickets are $9.75 (CASH) at the box-office and you can purchase tickets online at: Seating is limited so get your tickets Now! Screening this Wednesday are the following films:

'""Brain Washed'' by Twisted 15 (Jon Hobson)
''Three Grown Men'' by Baraka (Gretchen Almoughraby)
''This Too Shall Pass'' by Thug Bugs (ShaLayla J. Simmons)
''Make Your Move'' by Blimp (Dan Cutts)
''Charlie'' by Bang Inc. (Kevin vanBenthuysen)
''Dark Comedy'' by Iterum Occasio Productions (Patricia B. Smith)
''Bonovi'' by Twisted Sisters (Adrienne Menden)
''Bum Decision'' by Dead Horses (Todd Macek)
''The Choice'' by Radiant First Productions (Brandon riley)
''Addicted'' by Rush Crew (Ziporah R. Paskman)
''Symbiotic Relationships'' by DayLong Productions (Bryan Sutton)
''Fist of Iron'' by Gulf Coast Productions (Billy Sexton)
''Lost in Transition'' by Simply Red (Denise Doucher)
''Tree's Company'' by Dandy Productions (Andy Schneider)
''Maybe They're Right'' by Stem Leaf Media (Trae Stanley)
''Abductors'' by Texas Reel Films (Andrew Kantowski)
''Peer Pressure Kills!'' by No Emo Kids Allowed (Jonathan Dearing)
''Steam'' by the Underdogs (Ali Abdin)

And join Adam and a lot of the filmmakers at downtown's Dean's Credit Clothing (316 Main Street) to celebrate with the Houston Film Racers for a job well done immediately following the screening. Audience Awards will be announced at the After Party. No cover! Drink specials! and Fun Times! Make sure to bring your cameras and take some pictures. We are about TV and Film!


August 21, 2009

Houston Premiere of "Cook County"

Houston director/producer David Pomes, (pictured far left) premiered his award winning feature film, "Cook County" in the lower theater of the River Oaks Theater, Thursday night, August 20, 2009. Hundreds of people came to see this story of drug abuse and the struggles of several generations of a family caught up in it's addictive allure and the devastating decisions it can have on family who live in its hold. At times, the film makes us laugh, but the overall struggles and message is a sad reminder of the effects crystal meth has on people, lives, children and home when life revolves around the next high. This is filmmaker David Pomes directorial debut film. Prior to this film,  Mr. Pomes was an attorney with no practical experience in making films. Written by Mr. Pomes and produced by Greenwood Films, the 2008 "Cook County" was shot around the Cleveland area and here in Houston. Casting includes Anson Mount, who plays the meth addicted "Bump", Xander Berkeley, who plays Sonny, the older brother who is trying to keep "clean", Houston's Ryan Donowho, who plays Sonny's teen-age son and who is trying to keep Bumps 6-year old daughter from becoming a statistic and used. Also cast is Polly Cole, who plays Lucy a meth addict and Bump's girl. The film includes the likes of  Brandon Smith, Yankie Grant, Gary Chason, the late J.D. Hawkins, Omar Adam, Deke Anderson and Allison Norman (pictured second to the left). "Cook County" has won several awards including Best Feature Film at the 2008 Birmingham Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, The Hollywood Discovery Award at the 2008 Hollywood Film Festival, the Best of Festival Award-Honorable Mention at the 2008 Nashville Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2008 AFI Dallas International Film Festival. This is an excellent film and well worth your time to see. It is visually appetizing and emotionally driven. First time Director David Pomes' gift for filmmaking is quite undeniable. He is working on another feature film and plans to continue making films. "Cook County" will be playing again at the River Oaks Theater starting at 7:30PM, Tuesday, August 25th. C-47 Houston magazine was at the Thursday night premiere so that we can bring it to YOU. You can see some of the pictures by simply (clicking here) This is another "Made in Texas" film and these are "Made in Texas" filmmakers. 


August 19, 2009

Film Racing Tour 2009 Kick-Off Party

The Houston producer of the Film Racing Tour 2009 24-Hour Film Competition, Adam Donaghey,  hosted a kick-off party at Dean's Credit Clothing downtown Tuesday night, August 18, 2009. The teams gathered to meet each other and mix with other filmmakers before they start making their films. The contest is scheduled to start at 10PM online Friday, August 21st. While at the kick-off party a couple of teams registered online to become part of the contest. So far over a dozen teams have registered. According to the Houston producer, Mr. Donaghey, this is the first time the Film Racing Tour has come to Houston and he is already looking forward to bringing this competition to the Houston area next year, as well.   Co-sponsored by the Southwest Alternate Media Project,  the Program Coordinator, Ms. Michelle Mower, welcomed the filmmakers and introduced the Deputy Director of the Houston Film Commission, Mr. Alfred Cervantes who also welcomed the filmmakers. Mr.  Donaghey screened a block of past Film Racing Tour films to the delight of those in attendance. The city filmmaker will compete for Best film, Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Design and Best Guerilla Short. There are also Audience Awards at each screening and an Online Audience Award for the top Films from each city . The Best Film in Houston will compete against other cities for Thousands in prizes and the "Best Film of the 2009 Film Racing Tour" title. Filmmakers are to drop off their completed film by 10PM Saturday night, August 22nd. The Houston Producer, Adam Donaghey will be accepting completed films starting at 8:30PM at the SWAMP Offices at 1519 W. Main St. C-47 Houston magazine plans to be there to take pictures. Screening of the films is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th, starting at 7PM at the River Oaks Theater. Tickets are available. For more information visit: C-47 Houston magazine was there to snap some shots. You can see them by (clicking here)


August 18, 2009

Shawn Welling's Screening

Houston filmmaker and director Shawn Welling and Real Time Pictures screen their award winning feature film "The Messenger: 360 Days of Bolivar" to yet another sold out theater Monday night, August 17, 2009 at the River Oaks Theater. This is the 9th time it has sold out the theater. The documentary style film centers around a group of people who call the Bolivar Peninsula home. The film particularly follows the a larger than life character by the name of Michael Pickering who leaves his mark on the film with words of wisdom, antidotes and charisma. Also in the cast Tommy Etzel a flavorful character who found his way to Bolivar and happiness starting with his use of drugs while on business in Washington D.C., Eugene Miller a quiet and spiritual man who found his way by faith, and Birt Gillespe a tough and independent man that has a kind and sympathetic nature. The film was shot by Cinematographer and producer Roger Scott Budge who captured this story with impeccable artistry. This is a visually emotional film. Also capturing visual art is Associate Producer and photojournalist Todd Spoth who uses his still camera to bring images that reflect a difficult journey that lives within each of the characters. "The Messenger: 360 Days of Bolivar" won the Gold Remi Award at this years 2009 WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film Festival in the category of Feature Film and won first place in the category of Docu-Drama at the Beaumont BoomTown Film Festival. Attending the film were most of the cast members including Eugene Miller, Birt Gillespe and Tommy Etzel. Also presenting the film with Director Shawn Welling were KHOU-TV's "Good Morning, Houston" host Debra Duncan and Los Angles Actor Darrin Dewitt Henson. Also spotted the Director, and filmmaker in her own right, of the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, Ms. Shanda Davis and Hip-Hop/Rap Music Producer, writer and rapper Willie D. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our local filmmakers. We took some pictures and you can see them by (clicking here) These are more  "Made in Texas" Filmmakers and Films. 


August 15, 2009

Screening  of  "Ralph, Esq."

Houston filmmaker and director F. Corey Shields  (pictured second from the right) and Hawk in Flight/Spin 23 Entertainment screened their 23-minute short film "Ralph, Esq." to a nearly full theater at the Houston Community College Spring Branch's (formally Town & Country) Performance Arts Center Friday night, August 14, 2009. Prior to the screening, the production company screened a number of their other short films including, "Prey", "Peri'l" and "For Better or Worse" to the delight of the audience. Executive producer Errol Anthony Wilks, (pictured far left) opened the screening with a few words about the films, factoids about the making of the films and introduced the director Mr. Shields. "Ralph, Esq." is a  dark comedy about a lawyer, play by Marcus Freeman,  who is troubled by the conviction of an innocent man and becomes a children's party clown to ease his mind. When he goes to his next gig, he meets a woman, played by Shawnette Shields, who cancels the gig after being beaten by her husband, played by Curtis Von. The lawyer's wife, played by Erica Davis, makes her husband choose been a business suit and a clown suit. The lawyer has a different plan. After the screening the crew and cast of "Ralph, Esq." were introduced and answered questions from the audience.  Pictured above is cinematographer Joe Englert (pictured second from the left) and Musician/score Timothy Eric (pictured far right) The film was cleaver, witty and, at times, emotional and frightening. If you have a chance to see this film it will be well worth your time. This is another "Made in Texas" film and these are "Made in Texas" filmmakers. C-47 Houston magazine was there to bring this to you. You can see the pictures by (clicking here).


August 14, 2009

Filmmaker/editor Clayton Moorhead

Houston area producer, editor and filmmaker Clayton Moorhead is pleased to announce the release and pre-sale of the film he helped to make, the new indie horror film, “Promise” written and directed by Arizona filmmaker David Michael Quiroz, Jr.. “Promise” will be released, Tuesday, August 25, 2009. the DVD is now available for pre-order on Amazon! You can see more about the film and pre-order at: mise/thefilm.html Mr. Moorhead was the Associate Producer, Editor, Sound Mixer/Boom op among other duties with this film. Congratulations to Clayton!



August 13, 2009

Producer/Director Amir Valinia

Our August Cover interview, Producer and Director Amir Valinia's iPhone music video with Hip-Hop Rap artist Paul Wall and featuring Travis Barker of Blink 182 will be shown on cable's MTV in a couple of weeks, that according to Mr. Valinia. C-47 Houston magazine was able to see the video before its release and it was excellent. the whole thing was done exclusively on his iPhone pictured at the right. Amir Valinia of AV1 Productions is doing things that are outstanding and innovative. Be sure to look for the video on MTV

July 31, 2009

Cast and Crew Screening

Sparks Digital Media studios presents a cast and crew screening of Eddie Rodriguez's directorial debut short film "Jon Wuz Here" Friday night, July 31, 2009 at the offices of Cinematographer and filmmaker Mark Sullivan. "We are excited about this film and what it means to the motion picture production community in Houston", said producer Carlos Tovar. "We brought together a top-notch cast and crew made-up entirely of local industry professionals." Produced by Mr. Tovar, Toby Bornhauser and Eddie Rodriquez the producers assembled a team consisting of industry veterans including Co-Executive Producer/Actor Deke Anderson, Co-Executive Producer/Cinematographer Mark Sullivan, Associate Producer and 1st Assistant Director Lenora Mohr, Production Coordinator/Supporting actor Ben Johnson, Lead Actress Shelly Calene-Black and Location/Sound Bill Williams among others. We wanted to show that industry professionals could come together around a home-grown production in order to show Houston's ability to produce quality entertainment," said the director, Eddie Rodriguez. "Jon Wuz Here" is an off-beat narrative mockumentary about an independent filmmaker's pursuit of bathroom stall graffiti artists and the many eclectic characters he encounters along the way. The film stars Dede Anderson, Shelly Calene-Black, Ben Whittier, Nina Leon and Kyle Scarborough. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers. We took some pictures. (see the pixs)


July 28, 2009

The Houston Bay Area Screenwriter's Meeting

The Houston Bay Area Screenwriter's Guild MeetUp group held their monthly meeting at the Freeman Library Branch in Clear Lake City, Tuesday night, July 28, 2009 to discuss everything screenwriting. The MeetUp Group provides critique sessions, topical discussions and networking ops for seasoned screenwriters. Organized by Julie Sellers, picture second to the left, several of those that attended the meeting were there for the first time and contemplating writing their first screenplays. Others were there to bounce ideas off other screenwriters. The Screen Actors Guild president Robert Nelson, pictured in the center, blue shirt, is a regular at the monthly meetings. If you live in the area and would like to join the Houston Bay Area Screenwriter's Guild and attend one of their meetings visit their website by (clicking here) C-47 Houston magazine's contributing writer and photographer Ms. Simone Williams was in the area and took some pictures. You can see them by (clicking here)


July 28, 2009

Irony Coast Productions, the team of  Houston filmmakers Victor DiGiovanni and Heather Tucker, walk away from the 48-Hour Film Project-Austin with a "tie" for The Best Use of Prop Award for their short film "Happy Father's Day". Early this month "Happy Father's Day" won the Audience Award in Group A. Congratulation to the team of Irony Coast Productions!!! You can see the list of Texas winners by visiting: 


July 27, 2009

The Black Acre Screening and Awards

The Black Acre Film group finalized their first annual 72-Hour Film Competition at the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center in Katy, Texas Monday night, July 27, 2009 with a screening of completed  films and an Awards presentation. The winner for the Best Film goes to the team of JBD Production (Brian Banquer, pictured to the far left, Marcus Wilson, John DeJesus and Justin Mabry. The Team of Twisted 15 Films won 5 awards including Best Effects, Best Cinematography, Most Outstanding Story, Best Soundtrack and, yes, Best Use of Vienna Sausages. Also the team won Best Previsously Made Film "216" which was produced in Austin, Texas. (More to come)

C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our film community and we took some pictures (see the pixs)


July 26, 2009

The filmmaking team of Sharad Patel, Andrew Edison and Matt Tramel have posted their latest entry to the Video Contest. Conceived by Matt Tramel the 25-second commercial spot features three Texas actors including Matt Tramel, Dianah Dulaney (the founder and owner of ComedySportz Houston) and Stephen Bennet (a ComedySportz Troupe member). If you would like to see the video (click here) it's pretty funny.  FYI: This team is exciting for Houston and Texas. Three gifted filmmakers collaborating to make films each having a unique directing and acting style. We are sure to see good things come from this team of filmmakers.


July 25, 2009

Starship Exeter screens in Houston

The folks from the Aurora Picture Show and DiverseWorks presented a screening of "Star Trek" inspired short films at the DiverseWorks theater here in Houston Saturday night, July 25, 2009. A theater full of sci-fi fans came to see films like the 2008 short film "Swimming Moon" by Nahomi Maki, the 2008 short film "The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5" by Chema Garcia Ibarra, The 2008 short film "Ok to Go" by Claire Evans, the 2009 "Star Trek: Aurora (excerpt part 3) by Tim Vinings, the 2009 short film "Lost: What Will Happen Next" by Benny and Rafi Fine and a 1969 16mm short film by Star Trek fan Peter Emshwiller titled "Jr. Star Trek". After this screening there was a quick break for refreshments. When the audience returned the Curator of the Aurora Picture Show Ms. Mary Magsamen introduced one of the Directors of the Internet based "Star Trek" inspired made for television webisode and Texas based "Starship Exeter", Mr. Scott Cumming, pictured above in red shirt,  who screened the pilot 2002 episode of "Starship Exeter: Savage Empire". It was a little rough around the edges as is typical of pilots. However, the episode was quite similar to the original "Star Trek" episodes in color and feel. After the screening, Mr. Cummings introduced one of the producers of the film, Mr. Joel Sarchet, pictured above in the middle. Mr. Sarchet introduced the trailer of "Tressaurian Intersection". From what we have seen, this episode is 100 percent in line with the original "Star Trek" series in its storyline, it's direction, it's feel and sound. As we sat watching the trailer I thought I was watching an original viewing with a new cast. Also, in attendance was actor Joe Azzato, pictured above and to the right, who play the Medical doctor in the show. All three talked about the making of "Starship Exeter" and answered Questions for the audience. This was an exciting presentation if you are into Science Fiction. If you want to know more about the "Starship Exeter" visit: C-47 Houston was there to support our Texas filmmakers and we took some pictures. (see the pictures)

July 23, 2009

Jim Parsons nominated for Emmy

Houstonian, University of Houston Alumni and Actor Mr. Jim Parsons who plays the genius character "Sheldon Cooper" on the CBS comedy the "Big Bang Theory" is nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Congratulations Jim!   

July 22, 2009

The Houston Screening of "Fissure"

Dallas area director and filmmaker Mr. Russ Pond, pictured to the far left, brought and screened his new feature science fiction film, "Fissure" to Houston Wednesday night, July 22, 2009 for a free screening at the new Studio Movie Grill/Town & Country. Those that came to the screening were treated to a very well made and thought provoking sci-fi about a troubled cop (played by James Macdonald) who is called to a "disturbance" only to find a dead body in a house where time is not necessarily linear. The gripping film is a "must-see" for science fiction buffs and it is on its way to becoming a true sci-fi cult film. After the screening both Russ and the lead character of "Fissure" Los Angeles Actor James Macdonald were available for questions. Both Russ and James were open to suggestions and openly sought opinions about the film. C-47 Houston magazine was there and interviewed Mr. Pond and spoke with Mr. Macdonald, as well. You can read the interview in the September issue of "C-47 Houston" magazine. We were at the screening of "Fissure"  to support our "Made in Texas" filmmakers. We took some pictures (see the pixs)


July 20, 2009

By C-47 Houston Contributing writer and photographer Simone Williams

C-47 Houston magazine contributing writer and photographer Ms. Simone Williams was at the screening of Houston area Filmmaker Shawn S. Welling’s award winning docudrama feature film, “The Messenger: 360 days of Bolivar”. Film Buffs and fans were flowing through the front doors of the River Oaks Theater well after 7pm on Monday night, July 20, 2009 to see a film about the lives of four men living on Bolivar Peninsula who share a bare bones existence that tests the Human spirit and follows the men prior to and after Hurricane Ike. Ms. Williams was greeted by Associate Producer H. Taylor and quickly made to feel “right at home.” He told Simone that Shawn was busy running around the theater, but he would love to meet her. Ms. Williams left Mr. Taylor feeling welcomed and excited about the screening. Soon after she saw Shawn lugging some equipment upstairs to the projection room; graciously, he managed to still greet his guests and share a quick hug. He even offered a disclaimer “Sorry about that, I’m kinda sweaty.” The screening was about to begin.

Suddenly, a tall, slim man with a full beard stood at the back of the theater and announced to his escort with a booming voice that he didn’t have any place to sit. After a couple of attempts to make him comfortable, he finally agreed to a seat near the front on the aisle. Everyone got quiet while he was seated. Come to find out, he was Michael Pickering, the main character in the movie, and what a character he is. Along with Michael, characters Eugene Miller and Birt Gillespe were in attendance. It was quite the experience to view a movie with the characters right beside you. Michael and Eugene would, at times, interject and give some background information about the film and what they had gone through to get a shot. They both seemed to be having the time of their lives. The movie introduced us to the colorful characters of Bolivar Peninsula. People who we may have never had the pleasure of meeting, but people we hope to meet again.

If you get a chance to see this film it is well worth the time. For more information about this film and to see the trailer visit: C-47 Houston’s Simone Williams took some pictures (see the pixs)

Black Acre Film 72-Hour Film competition

Filmmakers dropped-off their completed works in the 1st Annual Black Acre Films 72-Hour Film Competition. This year, four teams registered and four teams managed to make a film in a 72-hour period. First to submit their film was Jarad Tooley, followed by the team of Twisted 15's Jon Hobson and Choyce Ybarra, followed by JBD Productions (pictured left) Justin Mabry, Brian Banquer, John DeJesus and Marcus Wilson and last to submit the team of Full Tilt's Bobby Baham. The competition starting Friday, July 17, 2009 Where film genres were randomly chosen by hat selection. Jarad's team pulled Suspense/Thriller, JBD Productions pulled Comedy/Stoner, Twisted 15 pulled Ghost/Horror and Full Tilt pulled as their genre, Science Fiction. The films had to include the character of Kristen or Kristopher Summers and Dale or Danielle Loverde. Filmmaker were also had to use a Briefcase and Red Balloon as their prop and they had to use the line "You Should be Afraid of me". A unique aspect of this competition is that the filmmakers had to use two different camera techniques; the first is a "Canted" shot (or a Dutch angle shot  - where the camera is tilted to a 25 to 45 degree angle causing horizontal lines to be at an angle) and they had to use a "Michael Bay" revolving shot (or a go-round shot or 360-shot where the camera circles a character). Screening of completed works  will take place Monday, July 27th starting at 8PM at the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center in Katy Texas. For more information and address, tickets or listings visit: C-47 Houston magazine was there to take some pictures and support our filmmakers. (see the pixs)





July 17, 2009

Black Acre Film 72-Hour Film competition

Black Acre Films kicked-off their first annual 72-hour film competition at the Katy Visual and Performance Art Center in Katy, Texas Friday night, July 17, 2009. Competing teams of filmmakers put their hands in a hat to pick a film genres and then have 72 hours to write, film, edit, and submit the final products! In this case, the filmmakers will have until Monday, July 20, 2009 at 8:35PM to submit their completed works. According to Bin Chai, one of the Judges, trophies will be given in various categories and a $100 cash prize will be given to the team voted "Best Film". Three people from the 2009 48-Hour Film Project-Houston were there. One of the Judges and filmmaker, Jeff Black was there, as well as, Filmmaker Bobby Baham of Full Tilt projections and filmmaker Jon Hobson of Twisted 15 productions. Mr. Hobson's film "Quality Time" won "Best Use of Character" at the 48-Hour competition. The Black Acre Film 72-Hour Film Competition registered 4 competing teams. Not bad for the 1st annual! Team captains include Filmmakers Brian Banque, Jarad Tooley and, of course, Bobby Baham and Jon Hobson. Judges include Jeff Black, Bin Chai and Kevin Phillips. Films are to be completed by Monday, July 20, 2009 and turned in by 8:35PM at the KVPAC. Screening of completed works will take place Thursday, July 23, 2009 at the Black Acre Theater inside the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (2501 S.Mason Rd. Katy 77450) Ticket are available for the screening at: C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers and we took some pictures. (see the pixs)

-Walter Cronkite (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009)

News legend for CBS Mr. Walter Cronkite has pass away, Friday, July 17, 2009 at his home in New York. Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri Mr. Cronkite grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from San Jacinto High School and going to the University of Texas at Austin where he dropped out in his Junior year. From there he worked for a number of newspapers covering news and sports. He entered broadcasting as a radio announcer and later reporter. Mr. Cronkite started working for the new CBS Television station in 1950. On July 7, 1952 the term "anchor" was coined to describe Cronkite's role at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions which marked the first nationally-televised convention coverage. From 1953 to 1957 Mr. Cronkite hosted the CBS program "You are There". He became an American Icon when he succeeded Douglas Edwards as Anchorman of the CBS Evening New on April 16, 1962. Walter Cronkite was 92.


July 16, 2009


Houston Screenwriter and Producer Ms. Rachel Marek (pictured left)  threw a "Going Away" party, Thursday evening, July 16th at the Cider Creek Cafe on 20th Street, in Houston and invited some of her close friends and family. She is headed to Los Angeles, California where she will work and write. She left this morning, Friday, July 17th as an engaged woman. Her fiance' and Los Angles actor Mr. Isaac Wolf proposed to Rachel during the party. C-47 Houston was there to wish Rachel luck and congratulations on her engagement. Rachel will be missed in the Houston area. We took some pictures. (see the pictures)


July 14, 2009

By C-47 Houston Contributing writer and photographer Lizeth Hernandez

Women in Film and Television-Houston  (WIFT)  gathered together on Tuesday evening, July 14th at Ernie's on Banks to celebrate the life of the late Linda Lowe. Ms. Lowe was the third president of the WIFT-Houston chapter and had been part of the group for 10 years. She worked as a Director, a Producer, a Web designer, and a Copywriter.  

Jolene McMaster, WIFT'-Houston's current president and Filmmaker Solomon Bachman, picture above left, one of Lowe's children, were both present to welcome Lowe's friends and family. A table of commemorations was set up to display Lowe's works and accomplishments. C-47 Houston contributing writer and photographer, Ms. Lizeth Hernandez,  was there to support WiFT-Houston and Mr. Bachman. Ms. Hernandez took some pictures (see the pictures)

Ms. Lowe will be missed by all of those whose life she touched. Linda Lowe 1949-2009.


July 10, 2009

By C-47 Houston Contributing writer and photographer Lizeth Hernandez

The Southwest Alternative Media Project (SWAMP) along with The Academy Foundation, The Dawn Foundation, the Texas Learning and Computation Center screened a couple of films, Friday evening, July 10th and Saturday, July 11 at the University of Houston’s College of Architecture. The two-day “Creative Methods in Film” event showcases documentary films from four prominent African American Television and Filmmakers including Director and Producer Sam Pollard (pictured in the above photo center) and Director and Producer Judy Richardson (pictured in the above picture on the right) on Friday and John Simmons and Carroll Blue on Saturday. C-47 Houston magazine was there on Friday evening to see Judy Richardson’s 2009 57-minute film “Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968”. The film brought to light one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Civil Right era. After the film Ms. Richardson talked about the making of the film and her purpose in making the film. Ms. Richardson wants the audience to be aware of the tragedy and perhaps rekindling an investigation. The other film, the 2006 “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”, a Television Mini-Series, was Sam Pollard’s look at the tragic events following the devastating aftermath of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Both Mr. Pollard and Ms. Richardson entertained questions from the audience about their particular work. C-47 Houston's contributing writer and photographer Ms. Lizeth Hernandez was there to take some pictures. (see the pixs)

July 9, 2009

The InOurSity Film production company presented "A Night in our City"  screening and fundraising event, Thursday night, July 9, 2009 at downtown's Angelika Theater. Hosted by Heidi Khalili and Jairo Pineda, a portion of the sales for the raffle and tickets sales were donated to the Houston's Big Brother and Big Sister's organization, Ms. Kime Smith was there to talk about the organization.  Minor technical problems delayed and affected the screenings but things went fairly well, all things considered. Screened was "The Return" made by InOurSity Film for the 2009 48 Hour Film Project-Houston competition. Also screened and showcased were some of InOurSity projects including "War", "The Bench" and "Bear House". After the screening the InOurSity Film team held a raffle. It was a good time for all in the theater. InOurSity Films produces a wide variety of projects including  the web series, "The Cryptic Chronicles", commercials and a variety of movies. For more information about InOurSity Films visit:  C-47 Houston magazine was a supporting sponsor for this event and was there to support our local filmmakers. We took some pictures! (see the pixs)


July 2, 2009

-Actor Karl Malden has passed away peacefully in his sleep early Wednesday morning, July 1,  2009 of natural causes in his California home. Mr. Malden won an Academy Award for his role in "A Streetcar Named Desire", but you may remember him in the hit television show, "The Streets of San Francisco" where he played alongside Michael Douglas. Born Mladen George Sekulovich in Gary, Indiana he made his acting debut in 1938 and first appeared in film in the 1940 feature film "The Knew What They Wanted". He was 97.


June 30, 2009

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June 29, 2009

The Aurora Picture Show announces the winners of the Extremely Shorts 12 Film Festival at the Molly Gochman Studio. And, the winner's include: 
First place: "Oscillating Fan" by Rob Tyler
Second place: "Frog Jesus" by Ben Peters.
And, third place: "Galvest-Gone!" by David Purdie

Congratulations to all the filmmakers and winners! C-47 Houston magazine was there for the Saturday June 27th screening (see the pixs)

June 28, 2009


The Houston Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project, Ms. Laura Schlecht hands out the 2009 Best of Houston films. C-47 Houston was there to take some pictures (see the pixs) Read more about it (click here).




Television's Infomercial "King" and Pitchman Mr. Billy Mays passed away, Sunday, June 28, 2009 at his Tampa, Florida Home. Mr. Mays is well known for his numerous Television promotions of such products at Orange Glo and OxiClean. Born William Mays in McKees Rock, Pa. on July 20, 1958. developed his style of demonstrating knives, mops and other "as seen on TV gadgets" on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Coincidently, Mays was on the US Airways flight that blew out its front tires as it landed at a Tampa Airport on Saturday. that according to 

Mr. Mays was 50.


June 27, 2009

-The Aurora Picture Show held their Extremely Shorts 12 Film Festival: Works under 3-minutes in style. The screenings were held both Saturday, June 27th and Sunday June 28th at the Molly Gochman's Studio on Bartlett Street near Kirby and Bissonnet. The studio was standing room only as films were from filmmakers from Houston and around the world were shown. See a list of the films by scrolling down to June 9th. C-47 Houston was there to support our filmmakers and we took some pictures (see the pixs)


June 26, 2009

The Bollywood Cinema 6 movie theater was the place to be for the Houston Premiere of Director/Writer Don Okolo's feature film, "Blood N' Destiny." When C-47 Houston magazine arrived at the theater a police motorcycle escort, with sirens on, led a stretch limousine to the front door of the theater. Actor Greg Dawson and his entourage of family and friends came and entered the theater in Hollywood style. The inside lobby was filled with fans, movie lovers and actors. The film was to start at 6PM but was delayed for an hour and a half due to DVD's technical problems beyond the control of the producers and theater. Because of the delay and the difficulties in the hardware, it was the rough-cut of the film that was shown and not the final version of the film. Producer Susan Nwokedi says that because of the delay and the technical problems they will reschedule the screening of the final version of "Blood N' Destiny" tentatively set for the last Saturday in July.  (we will keep you posted) From what we did see, Mr. Okolo did a wonderful job on this film. Light, sound and composition of the film were professionally done, despite the problems. We talked to Director Don Okolo while taking his picture and found out that he has done several feature films and is planning another feature. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers and took some pictures (see the pixs)


June 25, 2009


Superstar Michael Jackson has passed away Thursday afternoon, June 25, 2009 at UCLA Medical Center. Pending an autopsy it is suspected that Mr. Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home, then rushed him to the hospital. Born August 29, 1958 in Gary Indiana, Michael Jackson began his singing career with his brothers in The Jackson 5. He went on his own to become one of the most influential songwriters/singers in the world.

Mr. Jackson was 50




Native Texan from Corpus Christi, Super Model and Actress Ms. Farrah Fawcett has passed away in a Santa Monica, California hospital, today, Thursday, June 25, 2009. Ms. Fawcett had been fighting an aggressive form of cancer for the past three years. Farrah started her career doing bit parts in such movies as "Myra Breckinridge" in the 1970's. In 1973, Ms. Fawcett married actor Lee Majors and appeared in the cult Sci-Fi film, "Logan's Run". Her most famous role was one of the angels in the hit TV show, "Charlie's Angels" which had a weekly following of 23 million fans. The Picture on the left is her most famous pin-up poster which sold a still record 12 million copies. Since then, Ms. Fawcett has been in a line of movies and Television. Ms. Farrah Fawcett was 62.


June 24, 2009

Laura Schlecht, the Houston Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project has announced the films that will be screened at the "Best of Screening & Awards Ceremony" coming up this Sunday evening, June 28th at the Talento Bilingual de Houston Center (or the TBH Center) (333 S. Jensen, Houston, Tx. 77003) starting at 5:30PM. Tickets for the Awards Ceremony will be available for online purchase through Saturday, June 27th. via PayPal. You can get your tickets by (clicking here) Tickets are $10. CASH AT THE DOOR.

Also, Laura as announced that the "Best of Houston 2009 DVD" is being offered, in advance, at a discounted price of $14.95 if you purchase online through Tuesday, June 30th. Afterwards you can order your DVD for $19.95 in a couple of weeks. That's a 25% savings. Order now (click here)

To see the list of films on the DVD or that will be screened (click here).

(The TBH Center is located on Jensen just off Navigation - around the corner from the original Ninfa's. If you approach it from Navigation, it will be on your left hand side and there is a large "TBH" sign over the doors visible from the road.)


June 23, 2009

Former President of Women in Film and Television, Linda Lowe passed away Saturday night, June 20, 2009. Ms. Lowe was the third president of WIFT. Services will be held at the Sneed Memorial United Methodist Church (306 East Mitchell, Calvert, TX 77837) starting at 2PM this coming Thursday, June 25, 2009. A celebration of her life will follow at the Moondance Ranch directly afterwards. For more information and questions contact Soloman Bachman at or call 979.364.3886.


Former "Tonight Show" sidekick and co-host, Ed McMahon, died Tuesday morning, June 23, 2009 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Born in L.A. but growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts, Mr. McMahon began his television career at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. McMahon had several health problems including bone cancer and had been hospitalized for several weeks. Mr. McMahon is best know for being the straight-man on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. Ed McMahon was 86.


June 14, 2009

It was a summer's night at the double screening of performance artist and filmmaker Maxxandaux's films on the back patio of the AvantGarden, Sunday night, June 14, 2009. The screenings were shown a little later then scheduled due to booking problems. However, Maxxandaux provided musical entertainment by Pavmire for his guests and afterwards they made their way to the patio where Maxxandaux introduced himself and his work. The first to screen was Director Genaro Deanda's short film "When the Kisses Stop". A story about how our infatuations of love, in a relationship, with another person often fade over time and the reality of one persons loss of feelings and another persons loss of love lead to separation. It was an emotional film, but one that takes on a common human condition of relationships. The second of this double feature was the feature documentary film, "Maxxandaux May". A documentary film about the behind the scenes look at the performances of Maxxandaux  in May and what it takes to produce his style of performance art. The film directed by Rachel Estrada, follows Maxxandaux through his performances at South Beach, The AvantGarden, Mango's Cantina and La Strada. After the screenings there was an after party in the main lobby of the AvantGaren with the musical DJ set by Black Transmission. You can see some of the videos (here) C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers. We took some pictures (here). 


June 13, 2009


The Houston producer of the 48 Hour Film Project-Houston, Ms. Laura Schlecht, announces the Audience Awards winners today, Saturday, June 13, 2009.



And the Winners are:

From Screening Group "A":  (((There is a Tie))):

"BetMan" By the Sweet Baby Jesus production company (you can see the video (here)) And, 

"Saving our Suburbs" by the Xyro Productions company (you can see the video (here))

From Screening Group "B": 

"Subterfuge" by the 4th Collective production company (you can see the video (here))

From Screening Group "C":

"Dinner with Jackie" by The Mayor of Cat Town production company

From Screening Group "D":

"La Dent Noir" by the DGC Productions company. (you can see the video (here))

Congratulations to these filmmakers!


June 12, 2009

Today marks the beginning of the Digital age for the U.S. Television industry. The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that all broadcast television be transmitted from Analog signals to Digital signals in a move that will save analog frequencies for emergency use. The change has been in the making for several years and still some Americans are not ready. Is this a change for the better? Only time will tell. Currently, Americans are dealing with pixelation, distortion, inferior sound quality, lack of programming and loss of signals during heavy winds and bad weather. Our television is less reliable.  On the upside, Television has a better look. It's pretty!


June 11, 2009

The screening portion of the 48 Hour Film Project – Houston was an exciting time. According to Houston Producer Ms. Laura Schlecht, hundreds of people came to the premiere screenings Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at the new Studio Movie Grill City Centre at Town and Country on the corner of I-10 and Beltway 8 and Thursday, June 11, 2009 to see short films made by some of Houston’s talented filmmakers. C-47 Houston magazine was there on Thursday, June 11th to see a theater full of film lovers and supporters. It was an awesome sight! After a brief presentation by Ms. Schlecht, the films that missed the deadline, or came in late, and not eligible for competition were shown on the big screen. In many cases, these films were fine examples of creative filmmaking yet not complete and not on time. Following, were films submitted for competition and on time. Many of this year’s films, as was last year, were very well made in the true sense of the elements involved with filmmaking in lighting, sound, composition, editing and production quality. 

The premise of the 48HFP, and this competition, is for filmmakers to make a complete short film within a two-day period and worthy of Houston’s best film and to have fun. All filmmakers were required to have three elements in the film, chosen by the national 48HFP headquarters. The film had to contain a character named Janice or Jarod Puller (an officer), the film had to have a ball of some sort as a prop, and they had to use the line, “I’m just not sure about that.” The kick-off for this annual event brought in a Houston record of 48 teams who literally pulled out a random genre of film topics, ranging from Sci-Fi to Film de Femme from a hat. Their films had to be in light of the genre selected.

According to ticket sales, there were standing room only theaters and sold out theaters for the first night screenings and partially for the second night screenings. Both nights brought in a who’s who of filmmakers, producers, directors, crew, writers, actors and, of course, supporters and fans.

The “Best Film of the City” will be judge by a Houston panel who use criteria of Creativity (40%), Technical Merit (30%) and Adherence to the Assignment (30%) to determine the merits of a particular film. At the screenings the audience was given voting ballots for Audience favorite. All films, on-time and late, are eligible for the Audience Award.

Presentation of the awards is scheduled for Sunday, June 28th at the Talento Bilingue de Houston Arts Center (333 S. Jensen Dr., 77003) To learn more about the Houston chapter of the 48 Hour Film Project visit:


June 10, 2009

Houston/Jersey Village area Filmmaker Robbie Pickering is a semifinalist in the "NetFlix Find Your Voice Film Competition". His film "Natural Selection" needs your vote. Mr. Pickering is one of ten filmmakers chosen from thousands of entries. Visit: 5 and vote for this Houston based film.


The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) hosted the Texas Film Commission's informational meeting about the new Production Incentives program Wednesday night at 7PM at the Rice Media Center on the campus of Rice University. The Director of the Texas Film Commission Mr. Bob Hudgins presented the talk and answered questions to an auditorium full of filmmakers, television makers, commercial makers and Gamers. Unlike other incentive programs this program stimulates the local economy and work force by stipulating that in order to receive the incentives, a percentage of both Texas businesses and personnel must be utilized in the production of any project.  According to Mr. Hudgins, any filmmaker is eligible to take advantage of these incentives as long as they meet the minimum requirements. And, the incentive program is open to any genre of films. However, as in most grants, and, in the area of documentary and "based on real-event" films, the Texas Film Commission can and may deny a request if the content puts Texas in a bad light. This does not apply to fiction films. After the talk, there was a reception in the gallery where a buffet and refreshments were provided. For more about the Texas Production Incentive Program and how it can benefit you, visit: C-47 Houston magazine was there to support this new incentive and to learn more about it. We took some pictures (see the pixs)

June 9, 2009


The Aurora Picture Show has released the selected films to be screened at the "Extremely Shorts 12: Works 3-Minutes and Under" Juried short shorts from around the world. 


Screening takes place Saturday, June 27th starting at 7PM  at the Molly Gochman's Studio (2442 Bartlett St.) Admission is FREE to members, $6 non-members.

Screening takes place Sunday, June 28th at 5PM at the Molly Gochman's Studio (2442 Bartlett St.) Admission is FREE to members, $6 non-members.

And, Closing Party Picnic Sunday, June 28th starting at 6PM at the Molly Gochman's Studio (2442 Bartlett St.) Picnic Admission is $10 for members, $12 non-members.

 Films selected include: 

I am the Blueberry  .....  Al Herrmann
Frog Jesus  .....  Ben Peters
Killin' It - Economic Crisis  .....  Caroline Peters
The Isthmus of Kansas  .....  Christopher M Cassidy
Galvest-Gone  .....  David Purdie
Landscape Architect   ..... Diana Estrada
A Confession  .....  Erik Levine
GOAT  .....  Gabriela Trzebinski
My Secret Love Affair with Matt Gonzalez  .....  Gordon Winiemko
The Order  .....  H. David Waddell
Window  .....  Jeremy Newman
The Vase  .....  Jeremy Newman
This is a type of freak show parthenogenesis!  .....  Krista Hoelfe
"Gone" in 60 Seconds  .....  Kristen Galvin
Spin  .....  L Ashwyn Collins
The Catch  .....  L Ashwyn Collins
This Is Not The Sun  .....  Lili Chin
Just The Way You Are  .....  Liz Rodda
Unknown Movie  .....  Liz Rodda
Introducing: Cloud of Funk   ..... Mark Walley & Angela Guerra
Hands  .....  Michael Brims
Mouth  .....  Michael Brims
Oscillating Fan  .....  Rob Tyler
Pandemic Control  .....  Robert Ziebell
12 Flowers  .....  Rosebud Petter & K. Markle
Moth .....   Shannon Benine
Ground Control  .....  Sigfried Fruhauf
Faces  .....  Teresa A Bayer


June 7, 2009

The Poison Girl Bar was the venue for the Aurora Picture Show's "Drink For Aurora" MiniFundraiser, Sunday, June 7th starting at 5PM and ending a little after 9PM. This is a monthly event hosted by Poison Girl Bar to help non-profit organizations, in Houston, to raise money,  every first Sunday of the month. This month all the proceeds from the bar on this Sunday go to The Aurora Picture Show organization.  A block of short films from their Aurora Video Label DVD's was screened to full patio of movie lovers and supporters. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support the Aurora fundraiser. We arrived in time for the screening. In attendance, Founder Andrea Grover, Curator Mary Magsamen, Associate Director Rachel Blackney Tepper, Facility Manager Guy Harrison and from the Houston Film Commission, Alfred Cervantes. C-47 Houston took some pictures for you to enjoy. (See the Pictures)


Pictured to the left, is Houston Producer, Ms. Laura Schlecht, of the 48 Hour Film Project-Houston. She is counting down the seconds for a weekend competition that ended Sunday night at 7:30PM at the Usual Neighborhood Pub on Allen Street just off T.C. Jester and I-10. Starting on Friday, June 5th, filmmakers met at The Usual Pub to start the competition and had 48 hours to make a film. Filmmakers, literally, pulled their film genres from a hat and were told to use three key elements in the film - A character named Jarod or Janice Puller, Officer, A ball of some sort as a prop, and they had to use the line, "I'm just not sure about that." They were to return with completed films in hand. This year, and according to Ms. Schlecht, the competition drew in a Houston record of 48 registered teams and the youngest filmmakers at 16 years of age. C-47 Houston magazine was there to capture the moment. The first team to arrive was Renegade Amelia Films productions with group leader Tim Eggert. Filmmaking teams soon arrived, in droves to turn in their films. Tired and excited at the same times, most of the teams managed to turn their films in on time. However, there were late submissions and 8 teams that did not turn in their films at all. Screenings of all 40 submitted films will take place Wednesday, June 10th and Thursday June 11th at the Studio Movie Grill Town Center. For more information visit: . You can get advance tickets at a reduced rate by PayPal. To get tickets (click here). This was an exciting venture for filmmakers for those that have done this competition before and for those that are doing it for the first time. 

C-47 Houston magazine was there to take some pictures. (See the Pictures)

June 6, 2009

The Houston branch of the 48 Hour Film Project is underway in the area. Under Producer Laura Schlecht, teams met at The Usual Pub, Friday, May 5, 2009, to draw film topics and to learn three other vital elements of this project. Ms. Schlecht says this year they hit a new record with 48, yes! 48 teams, willing and ready to push themselves to make a film in 48 Hours. C-47 Houston magazine predicted this number. The rules are pretty simple - Pick a movie genre from a hat, the film must have a character named Jarod or Janice Puller, Officer, the film must use a "ball", and the line "I'm just not sure about that" must be said in the film. And, of course, all teams will have to have their film completed and turned in by Sunday, June 7th by 7:30PM. Some teams will make the deadline, others will try and still others will be late. Despite being late, all films that are ready will be screened June 10th and 11th at the Studio Movie Grill - Town Centre (Beltway 8 and I-10). We spoke with several filmmakers who were participating for the first time and all were excited and thrilled to be part of this competition. The Houston Chronicle did a fantastic write-up about this event, as well. You can read about it: (here). Also, C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers. We took some pictures and you can see them by (clicking here)


June 4, 2009


The Director of the San Antonio Horrific Film Festival, Mr. George Ortiz, has announced that cult icon, Tony Moran, who plays the fictional character "Michael Myers" in the horror film classic film "Halloween" is scheduled to be the guest host at the 2nd Annual festival coming up August 25th through August 30th, 2009 in San Antonio.  For more information and tickets visit: 






David Carradine who played "Cane" in the TV hit series "Kung Fu" and the antagonist, "Bill" in the feature film "Kill Bill" passed away Thursday, June 4th, 2009. in Bangkok. He was 72. He will be missed!



June 2, 2009

The Houston producer of the 48HFP, Ms. Laura Schlecht, has announced that the screening group assignments have been posted for the Wed. and Thurs. June 10th and June 11th 48HFP Screenings. The Kick-off starts this weekend Friday June 5th, starting at 6PM and ending with The Drop-off Sunday, June 7th starting at 6:30PM at The Usual Pub (5519 Allen St. 77007) The screening of all the films will be held at the Studio Movie Grill City Centre (805 Town & Country Lane, 77024 near Beltway 8 and I-10) To purchase your tickets and see the schedule visit: houston

June 1, 2009

The Houston Film Commission has released the selected films for the annual 2009 Texas Filmmaker's Showcase. The Showcase is a special screening event consisting of the best of Texas short films and videos under 45-minutes in length, presented to studio executives, agents and producers in the Hollywood film community. This year, two Houston films have been selected, "It's For Her" by filmmaker Travis Johns and "Fury" by filmmaker Van Blumreich. "Fury" was also a Gold Remi Award winner at the 2009 WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film and Video Festival. Also selected: "Color by Number" by filmmaker Marshall Rimmer in Austin, "Skip and Lester: Here's the Stapler if You Need It" by filmmaker Lance Myers in Austin, "Quarter to Noon" by filmmaker Kat Candler in Austin, "Smokey" by filmmaker Scott Thurman in Denton and "My Mom Smokes Weed" by filmmaker Clay Liford in Dallas. These filmmakers will be flown from Texas to Los Angles and provided with an evening's accommodations and transportation to and from the screening at The Los Angeles Film Festival, June 26, 2009 starting at 7PM. Congratulations to all the filmmakers. We will keep you posted! 

May 28, 2009

The Houston chapter of the 48 Hour Film Project, under Laura Schlecht, presented the 48HFP BootCamp Thursday Night, May 28, 2009 at Fitzgerald's. Last year's Houston winners, Filmmaker/Director Jason Clemons and Filmmaker/Producer Michael Darling, were on stage to present the "in-and-outs" of this annual project. They talked about their journey to making a short film, the tip and tricks they used in making an award winning film, and answered questions for those team members who were there to soak up the excitement and learn the expectations they will be facing in this fast paced film competition, coming up next weekend, June 5th to June 7th.  The competition is scheduled to start Friday, June 5th and filmmaker will have a mere 48-hours to write, produce and edit their short films within a specific deadline and using specific props, lines, characters and film genres. The production team of Sweet Baby Jesus and Jason Clemons and Michael Darling swept the Houston branch of the competition with their short film "Rushn". Thursday night's BootCamp was huge and filled with filmmakers ready and eager to get started. The race will be on and a good learning experience will be had by all. Screening of the films is scheduled to take place June 10th and 11th, at the Studio Movie Grill Town Centre. Advance tickets are on sale at C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers and took some pictures. (see Pixs)

May 26, 2009


Houston area Director and Founder of the Gulf Coast Film and Video Film Festival, Mr. Hal Wixon,  has announced that comedian/Actor Jon Lovitz is scheduled to be guest host and will be attending the 2009 festival later this year. The GCFVF is going on its 10th year. Last year's festival was a record breaking year for attendance and this year's tickets will sell out pretty fast. Good for Hal! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!



It was a full house at the Southwest Alternate Media Project's offices Tuesday night, May 26, 2009 for their monthly SWAMP Salon. This Month SWAMP presented Composer Joel Irwin to talk about "Using Sound and Music in Film/TV". It was an interactive presentation where Mr. Irwin tested the audiences recollection of music and sound and its importance to the film or television show. His hour and a half presentation was filled with information and interesting insight to the world of music and sound in film/TV. C-47 Houston was there to support Joel and we took some pictures! (see the pictures

May 23, 2009

C-47 Houston magazine presented San Antonio Director and Filmmaker Pablo Veliz for an informal get together and coffee for our readers and followers at the Coffee Groundz coffee house on Bagby St., Houston Saturday afternoon May 23, 2009. Driving in from San Antonio, Mr. Veliz was to meet us at 4PM but was a bit late due to heavy rain he encountered on his way into Houston. He was also in Houston to screen his new feature film "The Boys of Ghost Town" hosted by the Houston chapter of National Association of Latino Independent Producers or NALIP later Saturday night starting at 6pm. "The Boys of Ghost Town" is Pablo's 5th feature film and one that promises to push Mr. Veliz even further up the industry ladder. Mr. Veliz was accompanied by several members of his crew and production company who were there to support his screening efforts. And, several of C-47 Houston magazines readers and followers were there to meet and ask questions of this filmmaker. C-47 Houston magazine will present the interview with Pablo Veliz in our July issue. Be sure to pick it up! We took some pictures of this meet and greet. (see the pictures)

May 19, 2009


3. May's C-47 Houston magazine cover Producer and Stunt Coordinator,  Mark Chavarria is in "Terminator: Salvation" with Christian Bale, Common, Bryce Dallas Howard (yes Ron Howard's daughter), Anton Yelchin and Sam Worthington. It opens Tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, 2009. Also, Mark announces that he will be on 104 KRBE in the 8am time slot Thursday the 21st. and is in an article in Cy-Fair magazine. Next week he will be in the Houston Chronicle. WOW! This guys is busy and on a roll! Keep up the good work, Mark!!!


2. Actress Niesha Esene reports that she will be on CBS Channel 11's Great Day Houston's Plus Fashion segment on Friday, May 29th at 9AM. 

It was a night of music and mingling at Tuesday night's Film Fundraiser for the movie "The Great American Moon Rock Caper" at Fitzgerald's May 19, 2009 at 8PM. The film, based on true events, is about three NASA interns who literally steal over a million dollars worth of moon rocks and meteorites and try to sell them on Ebay.  Written by filmmaker and director Travis Ammons, "The Great American Moon Rock Caper" is being produced by Wes Linnenbank, Travis Ammons (who will be directing this film), DixiesCourse Productions, Melancholy Pictures and Richard Boyd. The Fundraiser at Fitzgerald's featured the music of Where Vegas Lies, Paris Green and Spin Alley. Many of the cast and crew members were there to support the fundraising efforts. C-47 Houston magazine helped the fundraising by donating to the efforts to make the film. And, we were there to take some pictures. (see the pictures





May 18, 2009

  4. Houston filmmaker Michael Aschner announces that he has entered a 5-minute 30-second video titled, "Who Wants to be Employed" to the Integrity Career Transition's "Funniest Interview Video Contest" for a chance to win $1000. Written, edited and directed by Michael Aschner, the short features Melany Aschner, Sam Martinez, Pamela Buszek and Brian Bibeau. Your vote is needed! All you have to do is visit the site and vote. Voting is tallied 1/2 by actual votes and 1/2 by a 6 panel ICT Judging. Winners to be announced June 5th, next month. To view the video and to vote (click here) Vote today until June 4th. Michael's video is the fourth from the top.

  3. Former Houston's "Hot on Homes" host and former contestant on the TV game show, "The Bachelor" Ms. Shannon Oliver is on a Abacus Plumbing Company commercial shown over-the-air on channel 2.2 on the "This" network. Good work, Shannon!

  2. Houston producer and winner of a 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards Ms. Robin Craig reports that "Christina's Court" has again been nominated for an Emmy Award for the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards in the category of "Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program" for the remarkable case of a hate crime against a young black man titled, "Bad Night at Woodforest". Cristina's Court is the first winner of the 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Legal/Courtroom" program category. You can see the episode on UTube by (clicking here)

  1. Houston Filmmaker Karen Aptekar reports that her documentary film, "Saving Evan White" about the troubles Medicaid dependant people and their families go through when they "age out" of their pediatric benefits as they reach the age of Majority, has been nominated for a Texas Lone Star Emmy. We will keep you posted! 


May 17, 2009

The Houston Fringe Festival's 48 Hour Film Projects Short Film Showcase was a smashing hit Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2009 upstairs at the AvantGarden. The 48HFP-Houston Producer Laura Schlecht was there  to present a collection "Audience Favorites" for the past three years including Director Jonathan Simon's 2007 "Street Meat", Director Matthew Miller's 2006 "Scripted", Director Jason Clemon's 2008 "Rushin", Director Dutch Doscher's 2008 "Frieda Gilroy" and Directors Jack Cornett and Adam White's 2007 short film, "Morning Sickness".  And, as part of the screenings, writer, director and filmmaker Paul Locklear, screened and was present for the showing of his video work, "BLP TV: A History Lesson" with the Brazosport Lazer Panthers Theatre Troupe. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers and BooTown as they presented an array of films for the first time at this annual Houston Fringe Festival. Emily Hynds, Philip Hayes and the BooTown staff and volunteers did an amazing job in creating a buzz, having entertaining fundraisers and presenting a well-organized and fun weekend of theater, film, art and entertainment.  C-47 Houston took some pictures!  (see the pictures)

May 16, 2009

Hundreds of people turned out to ZineFest-Houston 2009 at the Caroline Collective for food, drink, music, poetry and a showing of art and wares Saturday from 2PM to 10PM, May 16, 2009. C-47 Houston magazine  arrived at 3PM to soak up the atmosphere, hear some poetry readings and to walk around the tables to admire the artistry of some gifted people. C-47 Houston was also there to support the Arts. (see the pictures)


May 15, 2009

The Houston Fringe Festival's Short Film Showcase brought in a full house to view films and video Friday night, May 15, 2009 on the back patio of the AvantGarden. Filmmakers MaxXandauX, Al Bahmani, Screenwriter Sara Patterson and Video maker Lindsay Burleson were there to present their films. C-47 Houston magazine was, also, at the AvantGarden to support our filmmakers and to take some pictures. (see the pictures)


May 14, 2009

It was a wonderful night of music, wine and mingling at the Kick-Off party for BooTown's Houston Fringe Festival, Thursday night, May 14, 2009 at the Bering & James Gallery just off of W. Dallas and Taft. The music of "Sew What" entertained guests and supporters. Founder and Director Ms. Emily Hynds invites everyone to the Houston Fringe Festival starting today, May 15th to Sunday, May 17th. (more) C-47 Houston magazine was there to support Emily and BooTown's Houston Fringe Festival. We took some pictures. (see the pictures)


May 13, 2009


Houston area Producer/Actor Mr. Jon-Michael Foshee reports that he is on the set of Warner Bros comic book based, supernatural, western feature film “Jonah Hex” in New Orleans” and working with Actor John Malkovich. This film is being directed by Jimmy Hayward who directed “Horton Hears a Who” and also stars Megan Fox. Good for Jon-Michael!


May 10, 2009

  3.  Filmmaker Karen Aptekar shows us her Telly Awards (read more)

  2.  Filmmaker Phillip R. Furgason of 3rdCoast Productions continues the shoot of his new Horror Film "Revenant", over Mother's Day. Mr. Furgason was needing Extras for the final scene. This film was scheduled to be shot last September but was delayed because of Hurricane Ike. We Will Keep you posted!

C-47 Houston magazine was mentioned in the TXMPA Southeast Regional Update internet newsletter you can read about by (clicking here)

May 7, 2009

  2. Artist and Actress Cindi Rose will be cutting silhouettes for Mother's Day. Thursday, May 7, 2009 Ms. Rose was inside the BB1 Classic boutique in River Oaks with the tools of her artistic talent in hand: a pair of scissors and paper. Friday and Saturday Cindi will be at BB1 Classic - Uptown Park from 11AM to 4:30PM. C-47 Houston saw her Thursday and took some pictures. You can see them by (clicking here)

  1. C-47 Houston magazine is now at your favorite cafe. See a listing of distribution locations at: or (click here)


April 30, 2009

  2. Producer/Actress Ms. Caroline Parker reports that she is the recipient of the SWAMP's Emerging Filmmaker's Fellowship. This program provides funds for worthy projects, and,  most importantly, provides mentorship and peer forums in which emerging artists can strengthen their artistic skills and knowledge while fine-tuning their work. Congratulations to Caroline!

  1. Filmmaker Ms Karen Aptekar reports that WorldFest-Houston has awarded her a post-hoc Remi Award for her film "Saving Evan White". This is a fantastic documentary about the struggles many people face when they "age-out" of Medicaid services. Congratulations Karen!

April 28, 2009

The Visual Studies Program at the University of Houston and the MFAH presented Emmy Award winning photographer, journalist, documentarian and filmmaker Ms. Donna DeCesare, Tuesday evening, April 28th, at the Museum's Brown Auditorium to a full house. Prior to her exhibition there was a reception in the main lobby of the museum where folks gather for finger food and wine. Dr. Tracy Xavier Karner of the Visual Studies Program was there to present Ms. DeCesare along with Dr. Garth Jowett of the School of Communications who recited a brief biography of the special guest. Ms. DeCesare's groundbreaking reportage about the spread of U.S. gang culture to Central America has won National and International awards. In 1996, she won an Emmy Award for her video documentary "Killer Virus". To see more about her work visit: C-47 Houston magazine was a community partner to this event and was there to take some pictures. (see the pictures)

1. WorldFest-Houston posts the 2009 Remi Winners. Read about the closing night Gala and see the pictures. (read more and see the list)

April 26, 2009

WorldFest-Houston comes to a close Saturday night with a Grand Remi Awards Dinner and Party. Hundreds of people can for a night of fun and entertainment. C-47 Houston was there to take some pictures and support our local film festivals. You can read more and see some of the pictures by (clicking here)

April 25, 2009

Legendary TV star of such hit TV shows as "Maude" and "The Golden Girl" actress Bea Arthur has passed away at her home in Los Angeles, California, Saturday, April 25, 2009 with family at her side. A family spokesmen for Ms. Arthur said the actress had cancer. Ms. Arthur first appeared in the landmark comedy series "All in the Family" as Edith Bunker's outspoken cousin, Maude Finley. At that time, she was in her 50's. She started her acting career singing and taking parts on Broadway. Bea Arthur's was born in New York City in 1922, real name was Bernice Frankel. Ms. Arthur was 86.

April 22, 2009

  2. Governor Rick Perry signs the Incentive package HB 873 today, April 22, in Austin,  Texas amongst hundreds of supporters and media. (read more

  1. Houston Socialite and Actress Cindi Rose reports that she is in  a documentary film Directed by Mitch McCabe, titled "Youth Knows No Pain".  Written by Mitch McCabe and Elena Parker the film will be screened and is premiering in New York's Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theatre, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Ms. Rose also reports that the film will be screening in Las Vegas at the Cine Vegas Theater and will also be on cable's HBO Starting August 31, 2009. If you are in New York, make plans to see the premiere screening! Good work Cindi!

Also, Ms. Rose announces that her husband Dr. Franklin Rose will be on The Dr. Phil Show, Friday, May 1, 2009. Be sure to catch the show. And, daughter Erica Rose, who was one of the contestants on "The Bachelor" will be heading to Las Vegas for the shooting of "The Bachelor" special, "Where are They Now"

April 21, 2009

Filmmaker Gordon Scott Williams reports that Local actor and personality from Beaumont, Texas Mr. Josh Yawn will be Guest Host on Game Show Network. Mr. Yawn is a Lamar University alumnus and was selected as a finalist in the nationwide Game Show Network's "Play Every Day Tour" Host Talent Search earlier this month, April. Josh will be a guest host on the Game Show Network on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Congratulations Josh! 

April 19, 2009

Houston Actress/Singer Julin Jennifer Guhlin and C-47 Houston magazine's August 2008 Limelight Actress, reports the she is in a Dallas made film directed by  Joey Stewart and written by Jason Kabolati titled, "The Final". This drama horror feature film by Agora Entertainment was shot in Dallas, Texas and revolves around a group of high school outcasts who get revenge on the students that torment them. Casting includes Ms. Julin as Heather, Marc Donato, Jascha Washington, Travis Tedford, Justin Arnold and Whitney Hoy to name a few. Ms. Julin says the 2-minute 9-second trailer is online and invites you to view it. (click here) Good work Julin!

Houston area movie producer Adam Donaghey reports the production phase of the new Sci-fi film “Earthling” has wrapped. Directed and written by Clay Liford the feature film stars Rebecca Spence, Peter Greene, Jennifer Sipes, William Katt, Harry Goaz and Savanna Sears. “Earthling” is about a group of people who wake up after a mysterious atmospheric event to realize that there are really aliens from a different world disguised as humans. Now they have a choice to make; live amongst men or try to find a way back home. The filmmakers hope to have this movie in the can by the end of this year or early 2010.

Texas born actress Cindy Vela from Brownsville, Texas, raised in Olmito, Texas and now living in L.A., reports that a feature film that she is cast titled, “Desdemona: A Love Story” directed by Phillip Guzman has been accepted and will be screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, California, Monday, April 27th starting at 3PM at the Edwards Island Cinemas – Screen 1. If you happen to be in the area, go see this film and support our Texas filmmakers. You can learn more about this film and see a trailer of this film  by following this link (click here) or go to the website at:

Houston Stunt Coordinator Mark Chavarria reports that a film in which he was a stuntman for his good friend Houston filmmaker Lin Oeding called “Interpretation” is screening at WorldFest-Houston. The film was shot in 2008 in Los Angeles and cast include Ian Bohen, Cindy Chiu, Jay Giannone, Jeremy Luke and James Harvey Ward. The short 7-minute Suspense Thriller is about how we interpret our view of the world. To a trio of thugs, a couple walking down a dark alley alone seems like easy pickings, but things are not always how you interpret them. For more information about this film visit:

April 18, 2009 

Opening night at WorldFest-Houston was spectacular with an Art car parade, a 10-piece mariachi band and the arrival of legendary actress Ms. Patricia Neal and director/filmmaker Jim Amatulli. (see some Pixs) (read more).

April 17, 2009

  2. Texas House Bill 873 the financial incentive package that will allow better financial incentives to filmmakers to make films in Texas passes the state Senate committee and is now on the Governor's desk for approval. (read more)

  1. Opening night of the 3rd Annual 2009 Houston Palestine Film Festival was a huge success. Read more and see the pictures by (clicking here)

April 16, 2009

C-47 Houston magazine's Limelight actress Marissa Viso reports that she has been cast in a musical titled, "Back to the 80's: The Totally Awesome Musical". Written by Neil Gooding and Directed by Sean K. Thompson and Arnold Richie the play tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980's, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something. The play will open May 8th and run through May 30th. for more information about the film and UpStage Theatre visit: 

Houstonian Filmmakers Craig Chamber, Alex Luster and Enrique Rojas  and PrimoPromo Productions have finished up their commercial for "Arch Enemy Week 2: Electric Boogaloo". The minute long commercial promos "The Simpson's" 20th anniversary season which will begin May 4th at 6:30PM on Fox channel 26 here in Houston. You can see the promo by (clicking here) the promo was edited by Craig Chambers and Alex Luster, Graphic Design by Enrique Rojas and Sound Design by Alex Luster. Good work guys!

TONIGHT: Opening night of the 3rd Annual 2009 Houston Palestine Film Festival, Houston Texas. Starts at 7PM at the El Dorado Ballroom ( 2310 Elgin ). There will be a live performance by Suheir Hammad and the opening ceremony by filmmaker/Director Annemarie Jacir. For more information and tickets: visit:

TOMORROW: Opening night of the 42nd WorldFest International Independent Film Festival, Houston, Texas. Starts at 6PM at the AMC Studio 30 (2949 Dunvale) Screening of "Flying By" Starts at 7PM. Legendary Actress Patricia Neal will be in attendance and there will be a Champagne Reception after the screening at the Renaissance Hotel Skyroom at Greenway Park. For tickets and information visit: 

April 15, 2009

  4.  Houston area Actress Clair Proft Greer reports that she is working  in L.A. as a background actor in the cable television hit series "Entourage". Good for Clair! 

  3.  Actress Josie Kline reports that the webisode "The Cryptic Chronicles" in which her daughter, actress Courtney Rose, plays a part is posted and online for viewing. Produced by InOurSity Films the webisodes series one exposes the viewer to thoughts and possibilities at the edge of your imagination. Emotions play a large role in this series as the stories take you into the darkest recesses of the human mind and skillfully portrays the outcomes of choosing the wrong paths in life. Ms. Rose is in the webisode titled, "Ortus Letum". Casting for this episode also include Raymond Carmaciano and Christina Reece. You can see the webisode by (clicking here)

On a side note: "The Cryptic Chronicles" has three episodes. Our February LimeLight Actress Ms. Roxy Vandiver stars in the first webisode called "The Green Murder". Be sure to view it as well.

  2.  Houston actress Ms. Roxy Vandiver announces that her website is officially up and running. According to Ms. Vandiver, the website is a place for her to "post UNCENSORED photos, rants and raves, updates on my whacky life and career as a model/actress." Roxy was C-47 Houston magazine's February LimeLight actress for the month on of our best selling magazines. You can visit Ms. Vandiver's website at: And, you can sign-up for updates! It's FREE!

  1. The PROGRESS Arts Group, Inc. and Director and filmmaker Shanda Davis, are looking for sponsors for their annual fundraiser, the 2009 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival. This year's annual festival is scheduled to take place August 14th and 15th, 2009 at the Wortham Center, Houston, Texas.  Sponsor packets are available online and proceeds from the BCIFF will go toward the SHOCK Arts Youth Arts and Wellness Program. Contribution are tax-deductible. For more information visit

April 14, 2009

  3. San Antonio/Texas Actress Ms. Nikki Young reports that the film where she is cast, titled "4-Minutes till the End" has been accepted at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Bryan Ortiz and produced by Michael Druck and the Film Classic Productions company ,the 5-minute short Horror film was shot entirely in the San Antonio area. Written by Bryan Ortiz and James Hartz, Cinematography by Allan Ortiz and sound by Ben Melville principal cast includes Ms. Young, Rick Carillo and Gabi Walker. "4-Minutes till the End" tell the story one couple facing their last few moments of life when they notice something in the sky. Just when you think your life is nothing more than time, what do you do when you only have 4-minutes left?. Learn more about the film and Film Classics Productions by (clicking here)

  2. Houston Television Host, Producer, Texas Emmy Award Winner and Telly Award Winner Ms. Nellie Gonzalez is hosting "AMOCO's Earn or Burn $20,000 Money Challenge" giving four families a chance to rebuild their finances by re-evaluating their consumption, spending and personal financial habits. The Challenge will be shown on CBS KHOU-TV Channel 11. We will keep you posted on time and day.

  1. Houston's "American Idol" commentator Ms. Susie Loucks will be on Fox 26 tomorrow Morning Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 to diss and give her opinion on Tuesday night's "American Idol". Ms. Loucks will be with Ruben Dominguez between the hours of 8:30AM and 8:45AM. Watch it!

April 13, 2009

  1.  Ms. Laura Schlecht, Houston Producer for the 48-Hour Film Project, announces that this year's Houston's 48-hour Film project will take place on the weekend of June 5th to June 7th, 2009. After the weekend, submitted films will be screened June 10th and June 11th at the Studio Movie Grill - City Centre. Registration is now OPEN! Teams must register by May 11th to receive the early bird submission rate of $135/team. After May 11th submission rates will be $155. You can register your team at: Read the entire notice for prizes and other information (read more)

  2. Pearland Filmmaker/Director James Coate reports that he has submitted his new short film, "Junie's Leverage" to the 2009 Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival, The 2009 DC Shorts Film Festival and the 2009 Big Easy Shorts Film Festival. "Junie's Leverage" is the third of a trilogy of short films directed by Mr. Coate. The second winning the Best Drama Award at the 2008 Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, last year. "Junie's Leverage" is a light-hearted comedy film about a little girl's quest to help her father, with the help of an inspirational friend, to close a business deal. The quest leads then through a learning experience. Casting includes Courtney Rose as “Junie”, Laura Coate as “Faith”, Ralph Kramer as “Brad” Junies Father, “Friday Night Lights” actor Scott Jefferies, Lisa DeHoyos, Charles Campbell, Jr., Jacqueline Covington, Shondra Marie, Dickson Obahor, Azeon Thomas, Dustin Garrison, Chris Gaines and a special appearance by Pearland Mayor Tom Reid. Also in the film runway model Jessica Sauer, Kelly Ritz, Renee Cannon, Brenda Kuciemba, Cherrie Boston, Charlotte Biggs, David Biggs, Donivan Biggs, Jan Bullock, Peyton Coate, Jackson Coate, Josie Kline, Arthur Kline, Glenn Dodson, Beverly Dodson, Kathryn Rene Ginzel, Mikos Gallando, Richard Voorhies, Cheryl Combs, Hallway Walker, the Culdesac Kids and Tex. Crew includes: DP Keith Smith, Editor David O’Brient, Jr., AD Dallas Box, Casting AnnMarie Giaquinto, PA Jorge Ruiz, Jr.

April 11, 2009

  1. Houston Producer/Actress Nellie Gonzalez reports that the feature film, "Alamo Gold" in which she plays a typical Texas beer hall bartender will be screened and is in competition at this year's WorldFest-Houston Independent International Film Festival. WorldFest will be taking place here in Houston starting April 16th to April 26th. Written and produced by Andrew Mears, "Alamo Gold" tells that story of a weekend road trip that turns deadly when a treasure hunter unleashes the curse of Alamo Gold. The production was shot in Coldspring and Huntsville, Texas. Casting includes Cory Hart, Evan Gamble, Candice Vincent, Laura Bailey, Nichole Leigh, Sonia Acevado, Jackson Burns, Phillip Leggett, Jason Douglas, Darwin Miller, Carlos Compean and Katheryn Ginzel. To learn more about the film visit: And, to get tickets to the screening visit: 

  2. Houston Filmmaker/Director Joe Grisaffi and Starship Films LLC, screened a rough-cut of their new horror/comedy film, "Dead of Knight" Friday night, April 10th, at the Marriott Hotel-Galleria to a room full of fans. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmaker. It was good to see some familiar faces and to meet some new people in our industry. The screenplay written by Emilio Iasiello, the 1-hour 45-minute film has been in the making for almost 2-years and Mr. Grisaffi hopes to be finished with post-production and have the film in the can sometime October or November of this year. After the screening, Joe asked for critical and constructive comments about the movie in an effort to fine tune the film for the upcoming and additional editing process and post-production process. You can learn more about the film and see some clips by visiting You can see some of the pictures we took by (clicking here) Cast includes Jerin Julia, Brandon Hearnsberger, Dimitri Kouzas, Christie Gukdry, Sara Gaston, Dan Braveman, Chelsea Aldrich, Tiffany Grant, Alan Hall, Wayne Stevens, Celeste Roberts, Isabelle Malone, Anne Quackerbush and Calla Doll. We also saw Marissa Viso, Kyle Greer, Morgan McCarthy and Sonny Opiela. If you didn't make this screening you will want to see this film when it premieres. 

April 10, 2009

  1. Houston Actor Andrew Kantowski reports that he is will be playing a principal roll of a Healer, a Bookstore owner and vampire in a film called, “The Revenant”. This horror film was stalled because of Hurricane Ike, back in September, but now the producers are gearing up for a 21-day shoot starting later this month, April. We will keep you posted!

  2. From the Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TxMPA) HB 873 was passed out of the Senate Economic Development Committee on Wednesday evening with no amendments. It has been placed on the Senate calendar to be heard on 4/14/2009. If everything goes smoothly and it passes without amendment, it is on to the Governor’s desk for signature. The bill could be amended on the Senate floor. We do not anticipate this, but if it happens, it will go back to the House for approval.

The appropriations bill will be formulated by a Conference Committee made up of 5 Senators and 5 Representatives. The membership of the committee will be announced in late April. Once the members have been chosen, TxMPA will be discussing strategy with our lobbyist, Hillco. Please stay involved through the whole process. Our enabling legislation, HB 873 could pass, but without the funding in appropriations, it will not do us much good

April 9, 2009

Casting agent/Filmmaker Joe Grisaffi is pleased to present a rough cut screening of his new feature horror film, "Dead of Knight" Friday, April 10, 2009 starting at 10PM to 11:55PM at the JW Marriot (5150 Westheimer) According to Joe, this may be the final screening before the premiere sometime October 2009 or November 2009. "Dead of Knight" runs 1-hour 45-minutes. Admission is FREE. Look for the "KamikazeCon Video Room" signs. Mr. Grisaffi is testing audience reactions and gathering opinions for the final cut. Cast includes Jerin Julia, Brandon Hearnsberger, Dimitri Kouzas, Christie Gukdry, Sara Gaston, Dan Braveman, Chelsea Aldrich, Tiffany Grant, Alan Hall, Wayne Stevens, Celeste Roberts, Isabelle Malone, Anne Quackerbush and Calla Doll. Everyone is invited to see this test screening and make opinions.

April 8, 2009

Our friend, Filmmaker Tieuel Legacy is asking for your help, and the help of your friends, to vote on a story/Video contest. All you have to do is follow the link below, read the story, vote and make a comment about the story. There are three phases to this contest. Phase one: share the story, get the votes: deadline April 24th, Phase Two: top 50 Finalist win $5000.00 and a Flip Video Cam. (April 25th to May 31st) Phase Three: Winners announced: winner gets $25,000 the four final round runner-ups win $10,000 (click here) and, let's help our filmmakers!

April 7, 2009

Houston Actor: Andrew Kantowski needs our help in getting an online casting part that requires your vote. Follow this link and watch his audition tape and make a comment. you can find it by (clicking here)

Director/filmmaker Lakisha Lemons reports that she is in post-production and in the editing process of her film "After School Special" after a couple of weeks of location shoots and sets. C-47 Houston was at the fourth day of the shoot. (see the pixs

April 4, 2009

Houston filmmaker/editor and producer Herb Hochman reports that his 12-minute short video, "George Mitchell, Developer of the Woodlands" has won a Remi Award at this year's upcoming WorldFest here in Houston. Sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, the video is Mr. Hochman's second win at WorldFest. In 1995 he won, a Gold Remi for his music video featuring the local group "Hightailers" titled "Man Smart - Woman Smarter" along with Filmmaker Gay Chason. Congratulations to Herb and his entire crews!!!

Houston Documentary filmmaker David Purdie reports that he is finished with his "Galvest-Gone" poster for his new short film of the same name, "Galvest-Gone". And, Mr. Purdie is being courted by Fox 26 News for possible coverage on the Monday Evening News, April 6th starting at 9PM with Ned Hibberd and will be discussing both ''Galevst-Gone'' and his Houston cult film ''Astrowhirled". We will keep you posted!

April 3, 2009

An intimate round table and informal discussion and networking op for Houston filmmakers was had at Brazils Thursday afternoon, April 2, 2009, with LA Director Stephane Gauger who is screening his award winning film "Owl and the Sparrow" this weekend for a limited time. His film will screen in three theaters (The AMC First Colony 24, The AMC Gulf Pointe and the AMC Studio 30) and he is scheduled to attend the Houston premiere screening Friday evening at the AMC 30 on Dunvale at 6:45PM (2949 Dunvale) , where the Houston Film Commission will present the screening with a Q&A session after the movie. There will be a reception afterwards at the Kim Son Fountains Restaurant (12750 S.W. Freeway, Houston, Tx 77477). We were lucky enough to get him for coffee where we spoke with him outside the realm of business for a relaxing and close-up meeting of fellow filmmakers. Mr. Gauger was wonderful and gave us and shared some his insights into his film and filmmaking techniques. This was a great opportunity for one to network and meet a filmmaker outside the state. C-47 Houston interviewed Stephane and you will be able to read it in our next issue of C-47 Houston magazine in May. (see pixs) More about the film (click here)

March 31, 2009

Houston's TV Host/Producer and Actress Nellie Gonzalez reports that she has won a "Telly" award, with The 30th Annual Telly Awards, as Host-producer for "Houstonisimo". Early last week she won the "Telly" in the "Mall/Shopping category" for her infomercial "The Galleria Ice Spectacular for Simon Malls" in which she co-hosted with Ms. Dayna Tyson. The infomercial was Produced by David Norton and Executive produced by Don Graham. "Houstonisimo"  produced by Executive Producer Don Graham, Producer Marco Brocamontes, Producer Amaris Salinas, edited by Nich Glest and Chris Nultop. The Telly Awards "honor the very best local, regional and cable/television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film production and work created for the web." The Telly Awards have more than 13,000 entries worldwide. Congratulations to Nellie, Dayna and all involved!

March 29, 2009

Austin filmmaker, actor and producer Dan Eggleston was at the screening of Director John McLean's feature horror musical film, "Z: A Zombie Musical", Sunday night, March 29, 2009 at the Performing Arts Center of Houston Community College - Town & Country Square Campus. From the film, actress and Miss Bikini USA 2001, Ms. Kimberly Ensey was in attendance for the Houston screening of "Z", as it is known in Austin circles. Mr. Eggleston talked about the film and was available after the screening for questions. From Houston and in attendance: Photographer/Actress Laura Thorsten, Actor Matt Tramel, Actor/Acting Coach John Lansch, Photographer/Director/Filmmaker Kerry Beyer, Director/Filmmaker Sharad Kant Patel and Program Coordinator of SWAMP/Director/Filmmaker Michelle Mower with her two boys. (see the pixs)

March 27, 2009

Producer, Director and Writer R.W. Goodwin was in Houston Thursday night, March 26, 2009 at the Edwards Marq*E on Silber to screen his film "Alien Trespass" and to delight the audience and fans with a few minutes of questions and answers after the screening. In attendance at this screening: actress Jennifer Joseph, actor Andrew Kantowski, actor Danny Kamin, Producer/Filmmaker Victor DiGiovanni, National SAG Representative Henry Kana and Vice President of WIFT-Houston/actor/writer Marc Issacs. (see the pixs)

March 26, 2009

Houston Filmmaker Christopher Nelson reports that the teaser for his continuing Toypunks documentary about the Japanese toy-punk business titled, "Toypunks: Vol.2" has been delivered and is debuting in Tokyo, Japan and will be shown at the Mark Nagata and Kaiju Comrades Show. If you recall C-47 Houston featured Mr. Nelson in our August 2008 issue when the Aurora Picture Show screened "ToyPunks" volume 1 written by Justin Kovalsky and cowritten and directed by Mr. Nelson you can learn more about "Toypunks: Vol. 2" by (clicking here)

March 24, 2009

Houston's TV Host/Producer and Actress Nellie Gonzalez reports that she has won a "Telly" award, with The 30th Annual Telly Awards, in the "Mall/Shopping category" for her infomercial, "The Galleria Ice Spectacular for Simon Malls" in which she co-hosted with Ms. Dayna Tyson. The infomercial was Produced by David Norton and Executive produced by Don Graham. The Telly Awards "honor the very best local, regional and cable/television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film production and work created for the web." The Telly Awards have more than 13,000 entries worldwide. Congratulations to Nellie, Dayna and all involved!

March 23, 2009

Houston's Documentary filmmaker Ms. Karen Aptekar reports that her 13-minute short film, “Saving Evan White”, (which a shorter version of the film was screened at this year's SXSW Film Festival), has won four "Telly's" from The 30th Annual Telly Awards in the categories of "Low-Budget Under $700 per minute", "Charity/Non-profit", "Social Issues" and "Best use of Music" with Houston's Scott Szabo, of Szabo Sound and Music, scoring the film. Mr. Szabo was featured in our February 2009 issue of C-47 Houston magazine. The Telly Awards "honor the very best local, regional and cable/television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film production and work created for the web."  The Telly Awards have more than 13,000 entries worldwide.  Good work, Karen, Scott and the entire team.

Houston filmmaker Raymond Gayle reports that his feature rock-u-mentary, "Electric Purgatory" will be screening at the Vudu Lounge in New York City tonight, Monday, March 23, 2009. If you are in New York, go see it. for more information (click here  

March 21, 2009

The BooTown's BarBOOQue was a lot of fun, Saturday night, March 21st,  as BooLovers came to support the fundraising efforts for the May Houston Fringe Festival. The BarBOOQue came with fun, games, music and, of course BBQ. BooTown director, Ms. Emily Hynds told C-47 Houston that this years Fringe Fest will have a block of films to screen by our Houston filmmakers who answered the call for submissions. This will be the first year that the Fringe Fest will screen films and we are excited. If you missed this fundraiser C-47 Houston was there. (see the pixs)

Houston's Documentary Filmmaker David Purdie has officially released the name of his new documentary about Galveston. The official title will be "Galvest-Gone". Mr. Purdie is using footage of some of Galveston's landmarks with footage he took post Hurricane Ike. If you recall, Mr. Purdie has made his mark in Houston with two short cult films, AstroWhirled and DisasterWorld.

Filmmaker/director Samuel Ryan Allmon of Anahuac, Texas has posted a short 2:05-minute film called “Paradise Kiss”. This is an interesting use of still pictures, Vo and Music. You can see it (here) 

Rhonda Jo Devner Aldrich reports that Katy, Texas’ Ms. Rachael Kerbs will make her tv debut on the Sci-Fi Channel tonight, Saturday, March 21, 2009 in the 2008 Sci-Fi Horror film, “Splinter” directed by Toby Wilkins you can see it tonight at 6PM. Learn more about Rachel at: 

March 20, 2009

The TXMPA thanks all for help! (read more)

March 19, 2009

Houston’s Paper City Magazine hosted the “Fashion & Cocktails at 310 Rosemont” to view Catharine Malandrino’s Spring 2009 Collection at the 310 Rosemont boutique in River Oaks, Thursday night, March 19, 2009. Two models from the Neal Hamil Modeling Agency were there to sport some of the Spring designs. C-47 Houston magazine was there to mix and mingle. Some of Houston’s Television and Film folks were there, as well as, visiting friends from L.A. who work in the industry. (See the pixs)

The TXMPA urgently needs your help! (read more)

March 18, 2009

Director and founder of the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, Mr. Hunter Todd, has confirmed that legendary actress Ms. Patricia Neal (who played Helen Benson in the Sci-Fi classic, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" ) will be attending the Festival at the screening of "Flying By" in which she is cast. The Festival will take place April 17th to April 26, 2009 here in Houston. For more information about WorldFest visit: Tickets on Sale now!


Houston filmmaker Tieuel Legacy (aka: Shawnre) has submitted a 02:46-minute video titled “SackFace” to the 2009 BloomFest 3: “I Love Movies” contest, and needs your help in the voting process. Shot with a JVC GY200 and edited with Adobe Premiere and AfterAffects CS2 “SackFace” is a superhero who vows to find the MacGuffin and to bring the world better plots and denouements.

XR-Exposure Room’s 2009 3rd Annual Bloomfest 3: “I Love Movies” contest is now underway. Video/Film submissions will be judged by both peers and a panel of experts. Prizes will be split into two areas. The main prize will go to the “Best Film” judged by the Panel and the remaining prizes will go to the “people’s vote” winners.

Voting Rules: Voters MUST VOTE ON ½ OF ALL SUBMISSIONS BEFORE “ANY” OF THEIR VOTES CAN BE COUNTED. When last checked there were some 57 submissions, so this means that you will have to vote on at least 28-29 films for your vote to count.

Voting starts Saturday, March 21, 2009

You can see Shawnre's video (click here) Tell your friends, comment on the video and vote.

March 17, 2009

WIFT-Houston elects new Board Members for the 2009-2011 term (read more)

Houston director and filmmaker John Seabreak and Ai Media Productions company have released a trailer of their new horror feature film, "The Darq". Written by Mr. Seabreak and Mr. Jai (J.H.) AItch. (see the trailer)

March 16, 2009

Good news for Texas and Houston. The Houston produced Texas feature film "Return of the Outlaw" is now on DVD and has been picked up by LionsGate. (see the trailer)

The 48HFP Filmapalooza announces the 2008 winners (read more) or go to the source (click here)

The Miami International Film Festival Announces the 2009 Winner. (read more) or go to the source (click here)

March 15, 2009

Houston Director/Filmmaker Kerry Beyer has posted a 10-minute featurette for his upcoming feature horror/comedy film, "Spirit Camp". (See Featurette

March 15, 2009

Pearland Director and Filmmaker James Coate presented and screened his latest short film, “Junie’s Leverage” to a room full of enthusiastic fans and movie lovers, Saturday evening, March 14, 2009. This 10-minute short film is the third in a trilogy of short films by Mr. Coate, who won The Best Drama Award for his second film,  “Swinger”, at the 2008 Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival November 15, 2008 last year.

“Junie’s Leverage” is a light-hearted and comedy film about a little girl’s quest to help her father, with the help of an inspirational friend, to close a business deal. The quest leads them through a learning experience.

The film was screened in Pearland. Written and Directed by James Coate, the movie was easy on the eyes with a story that had a twist. A well made film with quality sound and lighting direction.

Casting includes Courtney Rose as “Junie”, Laura Coate as “Faith”, Ralph Kramer as “Brad” Junies Father, “Friday Night Lights” actor Scott Jefferies, Lisa DeHoyos, Charles Campbell, Jr., Jacqueline Covington, Shondra Marie, Dickson Obahor, Azeon Thomas, Dustin Garrison, Chris Gaines and a special appearance by Pearland Mayor Tom Reid. Also in the film runway model Jessica Sauer, Kelly Ritz, Renee Cannon, Brenda Kuciemba, Cherrie Boston, Charlotte Biggs, David Biggs, Donivan Biggs, Jan Bullock, Peyton Coate, Jackson Coate, Josie Kline, Arthur Kline, Glenn Dodson, Beverly Dodson, Kathryn Rene Ginzel, Mikos Gallando, Richard Voorhies, Cheryl Combs, Hallway Walker, the Culdesac Kids and Tex.

Crew includes: DP Keith Smith, Editor David O’Brient, Jr., AD Dallas Box, Casting AnnMarie Giaquinto, PA Jorge Ruiz, Jr.

C-47 Houston magazine was there to view the screening, to share pictures and to support our filmmakers. (see the pixs)

March 13, 2009

Houston's Caroline Collective was the venue for the 1st annual Pre-SXSW Houston Party. This is an effort to bring together filmmakers and people that will be going to the SXSW's week long festival in Austin, Texas and a chance for people to get to know each other prior to going to the festival. Houston's  representation in this industry is becoming a reality. Attending this mixer were a lot of folks that deal with the Interactive and internet areas and interested in the SXSW Interactive part of the Festival. However, there were several filmmakers at this mixer and C-47 Houston was there to take pictures and mingle. As expected the mixer started out slow, and despite the rain and heavy traffic people trickled into the party. The Caroline Collective had Marc Brubaker to take studio quality pictures and headshots in front of a backdrop with lights and screens. A SXSW Interactive Badge was given out to one lucky winner and it was just a good and unpretentious time. By the time we left the mixer the room was full. For more information about the Caroline Collective visit:  and (see the pixs)

March 11, 2009

One of Hollywood’s legends, actress Ms. Lauren Bacall made an appearance at the River Oaks Theater, Houston, Texas, Wednesday night, March 11, 2009, as The Brilliant Lecture Series presented a screening of the 1944 black and white film, which launch Ms. Bacall career, “To Have and Have Not”, directed by Howard Hanks and starring Walter Brennan, Humphrey Bogart and Ms. Lauren Bacall. Hundreds of film buffs fill the downstairs theater to watch the film and have an opportunity to see and to ask some questions as the legendary film superstar, literally, sat in front of the silver screen. C-47 Houston magazine was there to see Ms. Bacall exit her stretch limousine to greet Houston’s Ms. Lynn Wyatt, the Chairman Emeritus, of the Brilliant Lectures, who escorted Ms. Bacall, as both entered one of Houston’s last remaining theater houses.  Several fans were waiting and called out to Ms. Bacall for autographs and several photographers were there to take pictures including Getty Publications. Ms. Bacall was extremely cordial to her fans and entered the theater doors and sat only four rows behind where we were sitting during the last half of the film. At the end of the film, the Chairman Emeritus walked to the front of the theater and introduced Ms. Bacall. The entire theater stood in ovation as Ms. Bacall slowly walked down the isle, only inches from where we sat, to take her position center stage. It was amazing! She reflected on her first acting gig, “Johnny Two by Four” which she did not have a speaking part but where she was stung by the acting bug. Ms. Bacall was only 19 years old when she got the part in “To Have and Have Not”. This was a “once-in-a-lifetime” event that brought out some of the Crème-a-la-Crème of Houston’s elites. If you missed this event you missed out on a very special evening with one of Hollywood’s legends in film and television, Ms. Lauren Bacall. (see the pixs)

March 10, 2009

TV/Film music composer Houstonian Joel Irwin was on his game as the Houston Community College System Central College’s Heinen Theatre presented the Texas Jazz Central HCCS, Tuesday night, March 10, 2009. Mark Holter, who entertained the audience with facts and humor, directed the band. The Jazz ensemble included Robert Smith, Walter Cavazos, Will Baigneault, John Hightower, Brandi Lewis, Alfred Brown, Gabriela Hernandez, Pete Leija, Nick Hoey, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Almogabar, Mike Casa, Steven Gray, Larry McClure, Edward Rojas, James Castillo, Willie Figueroa, James Hatton, Will Cano, Lawrence McGee, Steve Hager, Buford Norris, with singers Cindy St. Cyr, Jennifer Mergele and Ruth Meyers. (see the pixs)

Texas filmmaker and Director Chris Eska was at the Rice Media Center Tuesday night, March 10, 2009 for the Rice University screening of his award winning film “August Evening”. Originally starting at 6:30PM, the first of two films by Chris, “Doki-Doki”, was not shown due to technical difficulties. As you may recall “August Evening” hit the theaters last year and was shown at several venues here in Houston including the MFAH. Director Chris Eska gave the audience some insight into the making of his movie to film buffs that were moved by this powerful film. If you haven’t seen this “Made in Texas” film, you are missing out. (see the pixs)

March 9, 2009

Houston filmmaker/Director Lakisha Lemons is the production phase of her new feature film “After School Special”. Ms. Lemons says Cinematographer Kevin Keller will be shooting through the end of the month using a HVX200 with a Red Rock M2 Adaptor. Cast includes LaTeace Towns-Cuellar and Derek Lee Nixon. Produced by Jordyn Lorenz and written by Ms. Lemons hope to have this film in the can by August 2009.

The WIFT-Houston's International Short Film Showcase at the HCC Northwest Campus, Sunday evening, March 8, 2009 was a delight as top films from WIFT-International were screened to film buffs. Of particular interest was the Texas film "Quarter to Noon", directed by Kat Candler of Austin, Texas. On hand to answer Questions and give insight to the film was editor and music composer for the film, Brian Satterwhite, also of Austin, Texas. "Quarter to Noon" is Brian's debut edited film. During the Q&A we learned Brian's creative process in editing this film and what it took for him to get inspiration to not only edit but to compose the music. C-47 Houston was there to support our filmmakers. You can see the pictures on our Facebook Group or (click here)

March 8, 2009

What is the power of the Internet to the marketing of your video? In a recent study and press release from ComScore, U.S. Internet users viewed 14.8 billion online videos in the month of January 2009, representing an increase of 4 percent from December of 2008. YouTube led the growth and accounted for 91 percent of that 4 percent gain, as YouTube surpassed 100 million viewers for the first time in its history. Not only that, Google, which parks YouTube, ranked as the top U.S. video property with 6.4 billion videos viewed (or a 43 percent online video market share) with accounting for more than 99 percent of all videos viewed on Google.  Fox Interactive Media ranked second with 552 million. (or a 3.7 percent market share) Food for thought if you are considering posting your video or trailer. You can see the report at:

Filmmaker David Purdie announces that he is in the editing process of his short documentary film using some pre-Ike and post Ike footage. David has picked Mr. Radkey Jolink to edit this project.

WIFT-Houston's International Short Film Showcase takes place later this afternoon, Sunday March 8, 2009 at the HCC Northwest Campus starting at 5PM. For more information visit: (click here) C-47 Houston will be there to support our filmmakers and take some pictures. (see the pixs)

March 6, 2009

The folks from the Worldfest International Video & Film Festival have posted some of the selected films for this coming 2009 festival in April. See the listed picks at: 

Producer/TV Host Ms. Nellie Gonzalez can be seen on "Great Day Houston". If you missed the show, this morning,  you can see it again at and on digital channel 11.2. This is a powerful segment about Women and Attacks on Women.





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