I am very pleased to announce that my agent, Geri Thoma (Writer’s House, NYC) has sold my book proposal, A FAMILY ADVENTURE: THE FLETCHERS’ JOURNEY ACROSS 19TH CENTURY AMERICA, to Palgrave/Macmillan. My editor at Palgrave, Elisabeth Dysagaard, will offer terrific help in helping the book reach a very broad audience. The book focuses on an ordinary family, the Fletchers, originally from Ludlow, Vermont, who during the early 1800s spread into the South (Lynchburg, Virginia) and West (Indianapolis, Indiana) and beyond, showcasing the movement, ambition, and no small amount of heartache, that typified the American Dream. The final legacy of the Fletchers, daughter Indiana (named after one of the Fletcher sons who became a prominent founder of Indianapolis), founded the all-girls college near Lynchburg, Sweet Briar College, a testament to the family’s enduring commitment to education. Look for the book in the spring of 2016!
We are thrilled to announce that veteran indie filmmaker, Michelle Mower, has signed to direct TEXAS HEART! Among Michelle’s many credits as writer/producer/director are two films she wrote and directed, THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER and THE PREACHER’S MISTRESS, that aired on Lifetime–and both are among the most watched films ever on that network! A Houston native, Michelle brings a strong visual style and keen regional sensitivity to TEXAS HEART. With her attachment we will be reaching out in the coming weeks to major casting via our casting director, New York City-based Adrienne Stern. We also hope Michelle’s involvement will help generate financing for the film.
We finished filming the trailer for my narrative feature, TEXAS HEART, Oct. 28, down in Dallas and Wolfe City. It was a huge success, thanks mostly to a talented crew, inspired performances, and compelling locations. A big shout-out to co-director and cinematographer, Bob Tullier, for his terrific work. The remarkable footage we shot is now in editing. We expect a finished trailer by Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!
The trailer for my new feature film, TEXAS HEART, a dramedy set in north Texas, goes into production Oct. 25-28 in and around my hometown of Wolfe City, Texas. The film tells the story of a corrupt New York attorney fleeing the Mob who seeks refuge in a small Texas town where he stumbles upon a powerful reason to do good. We’re shooting the trailer first to use as a ‘selling tool’ for the project–we’ll show it to financiers, agents, managers, other film producers to raise additional funds so we can (hopefully) go into production on the feature film itself next summer. The script is co-authored by my good friend and former Wolfe City High classmate, Nick Field.
Starring in the trailer are two experienced Los Angeles-based actors: TIM BRENNEN has appeared in JUSTIFIED, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW, among many others; CODY SHILOH BROWN played a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film, WINTER’S BONE.
Stay tuned to this page as well as the film’s soon-to-be launched website (www.texasheartfilm.net) and FB page for updates, trailers, and behind the scenes photos!
I am pleased to announce that my feature documentary about two brave innovators in the world of public housing, ENVISIONING HOME, now has distribution! You can choose between purchasing a digital download or renting the film or buy a dvd that will be shipped to you with no additional charge. Just click on this link: