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The Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival looking for sponsors (read more) under April 15th. They are looking for sponsors visit: www.BCIFF.com for sponsorship packages

 

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Sparks Digital Media presents a Cast and Crew screening of  Eddie Rodriguez's directorial debut short film  "Jon Wuz Here" 07-31-09 (see the pixs) (read more) Look under July 31st. 

The Houston Bay Area Screenwriter's Guild Meetup meeting was held at the Freeman Library in Clear Lake City, Texas. We were there to support them and took some pictures. 07-28-09 (see the pixs) (read more) Look Under July 28th.

The team from Irony Coast Productions, Houston Filmmaker Victor DiGiovanni and Heather Tucker, tie for the award "The Best Use of Prop" at the 48-Hour Film Project-Austin for their short film "Happy Father's Day". Earlier this month, July, the team won the Audience Award in Group B. Congratulations to the filmmakers! To see the list of Texas winners visit: www.48hourfilm.com/austin  

Katy's Black Acre Films presents the 72-Hour Films competition Screenings and Awards 07-27-09 at the KVPAC. (see the pixs) (read more) Look under July 27th.

The Aurora Picture Show and DiverseWorks screens a block oof Star Trek related films and presents three members of the cult web series "Starship Exeter" 07-25-09 (see the pixs) (read more) Look under July 25th

Houstonian Actor Jim Parson is nominated for Emmy Award (read more) Look under July 23rd.

Dallas Director Russ Pond Screens his new Sci-fi feature film "Fissure" at the Studio Movie Grill - Town and Country 07-22-09 (see the pixs) (read more)

Shawn Welling's "The Messenger: 360 Days of Bolivar" screens to full House at the River Oaks Theater 07-20-09 (see the pixs) (read more) Look under July 20th

Filmmakers drop-off completed works for the 72-hour Film competition 07-20-09 (see the pixs) (read more) Look under July 20th

The 72-Hour Film Competition kick-off 07-17-09 (see pixs) (read more) Look under July 17th.

Legendary Newsman Mr. Walter Cronkite has passed away at 92 07-17-09 (read more) Look under July 17th

Screenwriter and Producer Rachel Marek's "Going Away" Party at the Cider Creek Cafe Bar and Grill 07-16-09 (see pixs) (read more) look under July 16th

WIFT-Houston celebrates the "Life of Linda Lowe" at Ernie's on Banks 07-14-09 (see pixs) (read more) Look under July 14th

SWAMP presents "Creative Methods in Film" at the University of Houston 07-10-09 (read more) Look under July 10th.

The InOurSity Film production company presents "A Night In Our City" screening and fundraiser at the Angelika Theater 07-09-09 (read more) Look under July 9th

"Streets of San Francisco" actor Karl Malden has passed away 07-01-09 (read more) Look under July 2nd 

The Aurora Picture Show Announces winners of the Extreme Shorts 12 Film Festival (read more) Look under June 27th and June 29. 06-27-09/06-29-09

The 48 Hour Film Project-Houston has come to an end. 06-28-09 Winners Announced pictures were taken by C-47Houston magazine (read more)

Television Infomercial "King" and Pitchman Billy Mays has passed way today, Sunday, June 28, 2009 (read more) Look under June 28th.

The Houston premiere of Director Don Okolo's feature film "Blood n' Destiny" faced technical difficulties at the screening, Friday, June 26, 2009 (read more) Look under June 26th.

Superstar entertainer Michael Jackson of The Jackson Five has passed away at his home in California, Thursday, June 25, 2009 of a heart attack. Police are still investigating. (read more) Look under June 25th

Texas Native Super Model and Actress Ms. Farrah Fawcett passed way today, Thursday, June 25th fighting an aggressive form of cancer in Santa Monica, California (read more) Look under June 25th.

Tickets are on sale for the 48 Hour Film Project's "Best of 2009 Screening & Awards Presentation", coming up Sunday, June 28th at the TBH Center starting at 5:30PM. Buy your tickets and the Best of 2009 DVD at: www.landoflala.net/ 48HFP/2009/tickets/ and for more information visit: www.48hourfilm.com/houston 

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 Solomon_Bachman@yahoo.com or call 979.364.3886.

Performance Artist and Filmmaker Maxxandaux screens two films at the AvantGarden (read more) 06-14-09 (Look under June 14th)

The Audience Award winners are announced by the 48HFP-Houston (read more) (look under June 13th)

Today American Television goes digital. (read more) (look under June 12th)

The 48 Hour Film Project-Houston screens its films read about it (here) Look under June 11th.

Houston/Jersey Village's filmmaker Robbie Pickering is a finalist in the "NetFlix Find Your Voice Film Competition". His film "Natural Selection" needs your vote. Visit: http://www.netflixfindyourvoice.com/?id= 5 and vote for this Houston based film.

Texas Film Commission's Director Bob Hudgins presented an informational meeting about the new Texas Production Incentive Program, Wednesday Night, June 10, 2009 at the Rice Media Center on the Campus of Rice University. Hosted by The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) the meeting brought in TV and filmmaker as well as commercial makers and Gamers. (read more) (look under June 10th)

The Aurora Picture Show has release the selected films to be screened at the "Extremely Short 12 Film Festival: Works 3-Minutes and Under". Screenings to take place Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and June 28. To learn more (click here) look under June 9th. To get tickets (click here)

The Aurora Picture Show had a minifundraiser at the Poison Girl Bar on Westheimer Sunday, June 7th from 5PM to 9PM. Hosted by Poison Girl Bar all of the proceeds from the bar goes to the Aurora. This is a monthly event that Poison Girl Bar hosts each first Sunday of the month to help raise funds for one non-profit Organization as part of their "Drink Houston Better". This month it was the Aurora. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support the Aurora and we took some pictures. (see the pictures)

Tired and relieved, Filmmakers turned in their short films, Sunday, June 7, 2009, marking the end of the filmmaking process  in the 48 Hours Film Project-Houston where filmmakers make a film in two days. According to Producer Laura Schlecht this years competition brought in a Houston record of 48 teams. The Sunday film drop-off at The Usual Neighborhood Pub on Allen Street,  netted 40 films, most on time, but some late and not eligible for national and international competition. However all 40 films will be screened at the new Studio Movie Grill Town Centre (I-10 at Beltway 8) starting at 6:30PM Wednesday, June 10th and June 11th, 2009. You can purchase advance tickets at reduced rates (click here) C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers and we took some pictures. (see the pixs)

The Houston branch of the 48 Hour Film Project is underway here in Houston. A record 48 teams are making their films throughout the metroplex area. If you see them, help them out. They are on a strict deadline!. They are to return to the Usual Pub on Sunday, June 7th, 2009 starting at 6:30PM to have their films turned in by the 7:30PM deadline. C-47 Houston was there to support our filmmakers. We took some pictures you can see them by (clicking here

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: www.HorrificFilmFest.com

 David Carradine who played "Cane" in the TV hit series "Kung Fu" and the antagonist, "Bill" in the feature film "Kill Bill" may have committed suicide in Bangkok. He was 72. He will be missed!

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: http://www.48hourfilm.com/ houston

Seven Texas films have been selected for the 2009 Texas Filmmaker's Showcase. Two Houston Films are selected including, "Fury" by Van Blumreich and "It's For Her" by Travis Johns

Other films include:

"Color by Number" but Marshall Rimmer, Austin

"Skip and Lester: Here's the Stapler if You Need It" by Lance Myers, Austin

"Quarter to Noon" by Kat Candler, Austin

"Smokey" by Scott Thurman, Denton

"My Mom Smokes Weed" by Clay Liford, Dallas

Screenings will take place June 27, 2009 at the Los Angeles Film Festival starting at 7PM in L.A.

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. 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 www.48hourfilm.com/houston C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our filmmakers and took some pictures. (see the pictures)

Houston area Director and Founder of the Gulf Coast Film and Video Film Festival, Mr. Hal Wixon,  has announced that comedian/Actor John 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!

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)

                                                          

                                

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)

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)

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!!!

A voice-over legend, Wayne Allwine dies at 62 Monday morning, May 18, 2009 in LA., That according to the Los Angles Times. Mr. Allwine was the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1976 until his death and only the third person to to voice Mickey. Walt Disney was the first who entrusted it to Jimmy Macdonald in 1947 and Mr. Allwine in 1976. His wife Russi Taylor is a voice-over artist and supplied the voice to Minnie Mouse. Both Taylor and Allwine were married. Allwine was an Emmy Award-winning former Sound Effects editor and foley artist.

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.

"The Great American Moon Rock Caper" had a wonderful turnout to their fundraiser at Fitzgerald's Tuesday night, May 19, 2009 at 8PM. They were raising funds to move this feature film to the production stage. Shooting this month and next month. Written and Directed by Travis Ammons this film is about three intelligent NASA interns who steal millions of dollars of moon-rocks and try to sell them on Ebay. C-47 Houston magazine was there to support our local filmmakers. (see the pictures)

 

Old News:

Houston's 48-Hour Film Project scheduled for June 5th to June 7th (read more)

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.

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!

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! 

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)

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)

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 there to support our filmmakers and to take some pictures. (see the pictures)

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)

LimeLight Actress Marissa Viso in "Back to the 80's: The Totally Awesome Musical" presented by UpStage Theatre runs May 13th to May 30th (read more)

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! 05-13-09

Filmmaker and Director Karen Aptekar wins for Telly's for "Saving Evan White" (see pix)

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! May 10, 2009

The TxMPA Southeast Regional internet Update newsletter mentions C-47 Houston May 10 (read more)

Producer/Actress Caroline Parker is recipient of SWAMP's Emerging Filmmaker's Fellowship Apr. 30th

WorldFest-Houston posts 2009 Remi Winners read more and  (see the list)

Last day for Early Bird Registration for the Houston 48-Hour Film Project -  May 11th: (read more)

Late Deadline for the Aurora Picture Show's "Extremely Shorts 12" - May 11th (read more)

"Mother's Day Silhouettes Gift Event at BB1" with Actress Cindi Rose May 8th and 9th (read more)

Actress Cindi Rose in a film to be screened and premiering in New York (read more) Under Apr. 23rd

Museum of Fine Arts-Houston presents The Latin Wave Film Festival April 30th to May 3rd (read more)

The Houston IndyMedia Screens "This is America" Dir. in attendance May 1st (read more) (see trailer)

Early Deadline to submit films to the Aurora Pictures Show's "Extremely Short 12" May 1st (read more

First Thursday's At Dean's Credit Clothing Tx. Filmmakers Showcase May 7th (read more)

MicroSearch presents "Post NAB Open House" FREE! May 7th (read more)

Local Actor/personality Mr. Josh Yawn to guest host Game Show Network (read more) Under Apr. 21st

Actress Jennifer "Julin" Guhlin invites you to view a trailer of "The Final" (read more) Under Apr. 19th

Actress Cindy Vela reports she stars in "Desdemona: A Love Story" (read more) Under Apr. 19th

Filmmaker Alex Luster and team finish up a promo for the 20th Anniversary "The Simpson's" (read more) under April 16th

BooTown presents: "Grown-Up StoryTime 16" April 28th (read more)

The Monthly SWAMP mix and mingle at the SWAMP offices April 28th (read more)

Producer Adam Donaghey reports a wrap for "Earthling" (read more) Under Apr. 19th.

House Bill 873 Signed by Governor Rick Perry 04-23-09 (read more)

The Aurora Picture Show's Video Salon's Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Workshop FREE April 26th starting at 1PM (read more)

SWAMP Workshop: "Producing & Distributing Your Own Webseries Online" Apr. 26th (read more)

WorldFest-Houston's closing night Grand Remi Awards Dinner and Reception Apr. 25, 2009 (read more)

The 2009 Palestine Film Festival closing night April 25,  2009h (read more)

The Menil Arts Community Open House with Aurora FREE Screening April 25th (read more)

The Documentary Alliance and RealFilms screen "Sputnik Declassified: The Story Behind the Race" Director and writer Rushmore DeNooyer will be in attendance April 25th (read more)

Governor to sign House Bill 873 April 23, 2000 (read more)

The 2009 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston Independent International Film Festival April 17th-26th here in Houston (read more)

Stunt Coordinator Mark Chavarria works in "Interpretation" (read more) Under Apr. 19th

Actress Courtney Rose announces the posting of webisode "Ortus Letum" (read more) under Apr. 15th

February LimeLight Actress Ms. Roxy Vandiver launches website (read more) under April 15th

Texas film "Alamo Gold" to be screened at WorldFest-Houston (read more) under April 11th

SWAMP Fundraiser at the Dharma Cafe April 20, 2009 (read more)

WIFT-Houston presents "A Short Film Showcase" April 18, 2009 (read more)

  The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival 2009 April 18th (read more) and, IT'S FREE!

Nellie Gonzalez to host AMACO Earn or Burn Challenge on KHOU-TV 11 (read more) under April 14th

San Antonio, Texas short horror film, "4-Minute till the End" accepted at Cannes (read more) under Apr. 14th

"American Idol" Commentator Ms. Susie Loucks will give her opine of the show (read more) under Apr. 14th

TONIGHT: The KUHF's FREE Silent Film Concerts Series presents "Metropolis" April 17th (read more)

Filmmaker Joe Grisaffi's "Dead of Knight" rough-cut screening a success (read more) under April 11th

Houston Actor Andrew Kantowski gets principal part in "The Revenant" (read more) Look under April 10t

SWAMP's Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship Program DEADLINE: April 15, 2009 (read more)

HB 873 is scheduled to be heard by the Texas Senate April 14th (read more) Look under April 10th

The Black Images in the Media Symposium Arts and Film Festival April 8th-11th (read more)

SWAMP's FREE AFS's Texas Filmmaker's Production Fund workshop April 11th (read more)

Joe Grisaffi to test Screen his feature film "Dead of Knight" April 10th (read more)

Filmmaker Herb Hochman wins a Remi Award at Worldfest (read more) Look under April 4th

FREE screening to "Sin NoBre" at the River Oaks Theater: Print Ticket: (click here)

First Thursday at Dean's Hou. Film Commission's Tex. Filmmaker's Showcase April 2nd (read more)

Houston Premiere of L.A. Director Stephane Gauger's "Owl and the Sparrow" April 3rd (read more)

The AFI-Dallas International Film Festival March 26th to April 2nd (read more)

                                                          

                                 

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