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    (drama, romance) 1998  

    Humiliated on national television when her best friend and her husband, Bill, admit they are in love and having an affair, Birdee Pruitt moves back to her hometown of Smithville, Texas. Returning to her mother’s home is not easy. Her young daughter, Bernice, misses her father. Birdie finds that having been the most popular girl in high school – cheerleader who married the high school quarterback -- left a bitter feeling among many of her contemporaries. There is one man, Justin Matisse, who still has feelings for her after all of these years, but can Birdee put her recent past behind her and start a new life?


    Sandra Bullock as Birdee Pruitt
    Harry Connick Jr. as Justin Matisse
    Gena Rowlands as Ramona Calvert, Birdee’s Mom
    Mae Whitman as Bernice Pruitt, Birdee’s daughter
    Michael Paré as Bill Pruitt, Birdee’s husband


    Director: Forest Whitaker
    Written by: Steven Rogers
    Executive Producer: Sandra Bullock, Mary McLaglen
    Associate Producer: Elizabeth Joan Hooper
    Producer: Lynda Obst
    Original Music: Dave Grusin
    Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel
    Film Editing: Richard Crew
    Casting: Ronnie Yeskel


    Smithville, TX; Cistern, TX; Austin, TX; La Grange, TX; Chicago, IL


    1999 Lone Star Film & Television Awards
    Best Actress – Sandra Bullock
    Best Supporting Actress – Gena Rowlands 
    1999 Young Artist Awards
    Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Under – Mae Whitman
    7 Nominations





    (drama) June 2011

    We trace the evolution of Jack, an eleven-year-old boy in the 1950s Midwest, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child, who views the world as his mother does, with love and mercy. His father tries to teach his son the world's way, of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death.
    The adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeks to discover himself and his place in the world. The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, and in the family, the place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves and where we discover life's single most important lesson -- unselfish love.


    Brad Pitt as Jack’s Father
    Jessica Chastain as Jack’s Mother
    Fiona Shaw as Jack’s Grandmother
    Sean Penn as Adult Jack


    Director: Terrence Malick
    Written by: Terrence Malick
    Executive Producer: Donald Rosenfeld
    Co-Executive Producer: Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz
    Associate Producer: Ivan Bess, Nicolas Gonda, Sandhva Shardanand
    Producer: Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grand Hill, William Pohlad
    Line Producer: Susan Kirr
    Original Music: Alexandre Desplat
    Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
    Film Editing: Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa
    Casting: Francine Maisler, Vicky Boone
    Casting Associate (Texas): Sarah Dowling
    Production Design: Jack Fisk


    Smithville, TX; Austin, TX; Bastrop, TX; Dallas, TX, Death Valley National Park, CA; Houston, TX; Matagorda, TX; Waco, TX; San Marcos, TX (exterior); Parco dei Mostri, Bomarzo, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy


    Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival - May 2011 - first time a Texas filmmaker has earned this award.

    60 Most Anticipated Movies of 2009 – The Playlist

    46 nominations and 24 wins (January 2012)    SEE COMPLETE LIST TO DATE




    REVIEW OF FILM (in Cannes, France!)


    San Francisco Chronicle Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle Jun 2, 2011 - At times trying and perplexing, but it also contains some of the most psychologically insightful and ecstatic filmmaking imaginable.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Reviewed by: Steven Rea Jun 9, 2011 - Still, somehow, The Tree of Life - impressionistic, revelatory, elliptical - works.

    Chicago Sun-Times Reviewed by: Roger Ebert Jun 2, 2011 - The only other film I've seen with this boldness of vision is Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," and it lacked Malick's fierce evocation of human feeling.

    USA Today Reviewed by: Claudia Puig May 27, 2011 - A shape-shifting film, it resembles a poem. At other moments, it is closer to a symphony. Most often, it approximates a fervent prayer.

    The New York Times Reviewed by: A.O. Scott May 26, 2011 - With disarming sincerity and daunting formal sophistication The Tree of Life ponders some of the hardest and most persistent questions, the kind that leave adults speechless when children ask them.

    Village Voice Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton May 24, 2011 - Better than a masterpiece - whatever that is - The Tree of Life is an eruption of a movie, something to live with, think, and talk about afterward.

  • "BERNIE" 

    (Comedy/Crime/Drama)  2011

    [Bernie-bearinggifts] In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.

    Jack Black
    Matthew McConaughey
    Shirley MacLaine

    Director: Richard Linklater
    Writers:  Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth

    Filmed in Smithville, Austin, Bastrop, Carthage, Georgetown

    Kicked off the the Los Angeles Film Festival 2011.

    IMDB official site
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    (comedy, romance) 2008 

    AWARD WINNING! Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known, and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. She has taken a new job in Detroit and to follow her means signing his life over to his soul-sapping career in artificial flavor additives. To stay behind and pursue his newfound passion for fine artisanal goat cheese, is to risk losing her forever. Despite his lack of resources, experience, or basic competency in the field of agriculture, Virgil heads for the hills (literally) with a felonious German baker, a grave-digging hermit, and a tiny white goat named Artois. With Angie awaiting his imminent return and a conference of the International Cheese Consortium just a few months away, he has no choice but to go for broke. Throw away everything he has on a gamble: That, before it is too late, he can craft a cheese that will change the world. A cheese that will buy him a new life. A cheese of destiny.


    Mark Scheibmeir as Virgil

    Sydney Andrews as Angie
    Stephen Taylor Fry as Yens
    Dan Braverman as Hershel
    Sarah Holland as Eva


    Director: Cliff Bogart, Kyle Bogart
    Written by: Cliff Bogart, Kyle Bogart
    Producer: Richard Reininger
    Composer: Brian Satterwhite
    Director of Photography: David Blue Garcia
    Art Director: Brooke Hyatt


    Smithville, TX; Austin, TX; Bastrop, TX


    • BEST IN SHOW in the Accolade International Film Competition 2009    SEE JUDGES' COMMENTS
    • TOP 5 KILLER FILMS TO SEE AT SxSW 2009, Chris Garcia, Austin American Statesman
    • OFFICIAL SELECTION of the First Glance Hollywood Film Festival, 2010
    • ARTOIS THE GOAT has been acquired by IndiePix Films for DVD distribution!  Artois the Goat will be available through www.indiepixfilms.com or through the film website at www.ArtoistheGoat.com Pre-orders are being accepted now for an April release date.
    • BEST OVERALL FILM and BEST FEATURE Film at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival.
    • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at the Trail Dance International Film Festival in OK.
    • BEST FEATURE Film at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin and will compete in three California festivals in April.  Sonoma International Film Festival, First Glance Hollywood 10 Festival, and the California International Film Festival.
    • Save it on your Netflix queue!
    • "Jury Choice Gold Medal for Excellence" at Park City Film Music Festival 2010



    The trailer for ARTOIS THE GOAT has been accepted by Apple iTunes Trailers at www.apple.com/trailers

    Film Trailer - CLICK HERE




    Now available.  IndiePix Price: $14.95  CLICK HERE


    (thriller) January 6, 2012 limited release

    After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the psychopathic killer and keep from becoming his next victims.


    Dennis Quaid
    Brett Cullen
    Tony Oller
    Aimee Teegarden


    Director:  Martin Guigui
    Writer:  Bruce Wilkinson


    Smithville, TX; Bastrop, TX

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    BloodingDisgusting.com - CLICK HERE

  • 'DOONBY' 

    (drama) in production 2010

    Sam Doonby, a mysterious, handsome drifter gets off a Greyhound bus in a small Texas town and finds work at Leroy’s Country Blues Bar where his great musical talents make him very popular, especially with Laura, the beautiful but spoiled daughter of successful doctor Cyrus Reaper. Sam always seems to be in the right place at the right time to avert disasters befalling the town and its people until suspicion and jealousy drive folks to ask who he is and where he comes from.  Even Laura starts to question him so now he disappears as quickly as he came and things start to go badly wrong. His rejection results in terrible shocks for the whole town, not least for the doctor and his family as Cyrus’ past comes back to haunt him.


    John Schneider as Sam Doonby
    Jenn Gotzon as Laura Reaper
    Robert Davi
    Will Wallace
    Joe Estevez
    Jennifer O'Neill
    Ernie Hudson


    Writer/Director:  Peter Mackenzie
    Production:  The Nobody Film Company LLC
    Soundtrack:  AC/DC's Brian Johnson
    Location Manager:  Sheila Tamble
    Stuntmen: Jeff Milburn, John Schneider, Cheryl Wheeler-Duncan, Charlie Parrish


    IMDB information



    Official Trailer - CLICK HERE


    Spiderwood Studio has it's say

    Spiderwood Studios reports on Doonby


    "DOONBY - Behind the Scenes"

    By Skyline Movement
    A commentary about the movie.  See the seven minute video here.


    THE HUFFINGTON POST - May 22, 2010

    "From the Set of Doonby"

    By Mark Joseph, Producer, author, talk show host and editor of Bullypulpit.com

    Copyright © 2010 

    I'm in a grand old Texas town called Smithville, shooting my next movie Doonby with a great cast and crew. The cast is an amazing group of friends new and old-John SchneiderRobert DaviWill WallaceJenn GotzonJoe Estevez, and others. On the flight out from LAX I ran into Joe and we had a nice chat. Add a few years onto his nephew Emilio Estevez and you have Joe. He's a great guy...   TO READ MORE GO TO THE HUFFINGTON POST


    Big Holleywood  |  by Hollywoodland  |  Jan. 15, 2012

    Real 'Jane Roe' makes pro-life case in upcoming feature film 'Doonby'

    Norma McCorvey, better known as the plaintiff at the heart of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case, wasn’t seeking a big-screen film career.  She simply couldn’t pass up the chance to play a woman who tries convincing a pregnant woman to keep her baby.  For full story and video, CLICK HERE.


    Commentary by John Schneider

    Watch the videos and see what John Schneider thinks of Smithville. (These are YouTube links.)

    Welcome to Smithville

    John Schneider Behind the Scenes of Doonby

    Shooting a Crash


    from his Facebook page

    "I had more fun on this film than ever before. Smithville is my favorite town!..."    -- John Schneider


    Musical blast (listen for free)

    Yes, he can sing, too!

    John Schneider singles on Rhapsody

  • Upcoming Events Upcoming Events


    (Indie Comedy/ drama) Release Fall 2011

    When a dutiful, albeit barren Christian housewife discovers that her devout husband has suffered a stroke at a sperm bank where he’s been secretly donating his seed for the past 25 years, she leaves her sheltered world and starts off on a journey to find his eldest biological son – a mullet-headed, foul-mouthed ex-con with whom she develops an odd but meaningful relationship.


    John Gries


    Writer/Director: Robbie Pickering
    Producers: Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen, Best Medicine Productions, LLC.
    Location Scout:  Michael Brinker, Sheila Tamble


    Out of nearly 2,000 applicants, NATURAL SELECTION was "selected" as one of the ten semi-finalists in the Netflix/Film Independent "Find Your Voice" Competition.

    SXSW Film Festival 2011 - Narrative Feature Competition, 8 films were selected out of field of 984 submissions.

    SXSW Feature Film Jury Awards in NARRATIVE FEATURE:

    Best Narrative Feature, Director: Robbie Pickering
    Best Editing, Editor: Michelle Tesoro
    Best Score/Music, Music by: iZLER, Curt Schneider
    Best Screenplay, Writer: Robbie Pickering
    Breakthrough Performance by:
    Rachael Harris – Natural Selection
    Matt O’Leary – Natural Selection

    SXSW Feature Film Audience Awards:

    NARRATIVE FEATURE, Director: Robbie Pickering


    WEBSITE -  www.naturalselectionthemovie.com


    Natural Selection was picked up by Cinema Guild and will be released to theaters in Fall 2011.  CLICK HERE for full story.

    Kansas International FIlm Fest kicks off Friday  CLICK HERE for full story.

  • "CELL" The Web Series

    (Drama) 2010

    A man wakes up in a cell after a night on the town. When he realizes he’s not in jail and he’s not alone, he fights to stay who he is while helping someone else remember who they were.


    Danny Cameron
    Jourdan Gibson
    Kevin McCarthy
    Natalie Self
    Allison Wood
    Beth Burroughs
    Scot Friedman


    Director/Exec. Producer/Showrunner: Mark Gardner
    Assistant Director:  Loren A Melchor
    Coordinating Producer:  Brian Morgan
    Production Manager:  Leina Cochrane
    Costume Designer:  Jason Frey
    Director of Photography:  Iskra Valtcheva
    Set Decorator:  Natalie Shanks


    Thirteen episodes will be aired on consecutive Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the internet starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010.  To view the episodes as they are aired, see Lovable Varmint Productions.



    Garry Peters
    Kylie Baker
    Chris Higgins
    Laurie Coker
    Louis Moncivias Gutierrez
    Leah Simonetta


    Written/Directed by Jack Daniel Stanley
    Produced by  Barry Green / Wrightsville Beach Studios in Association with JDS/ French Quarter Features
    Photography by Vincent Pascoe


    Adrian Golden, Brandon Boggs, H. Cherdon Bedford, Louis Moncivias Gutierrez, Drew Ott, Mark Gardner, Luis Caffesse, Cliff Wildman, Dave Rutledge, Brian Morgan, Sheila Tamble

  • "MARTHA"

    (short, drama, family) 2008

    Martha shows the view on life through the eyes of an 11-years old girl struggling to accept her family. We follow Martha into her world where reality and imagination merge into one. Based on my own childhood memories, Martha is about coming to terms with, and eventually accepting, one’s roots.


    Christine Cheney as Martha Gallucci
    Kenneth Wayne Bradley as William Gallucci
    Cyndi Williams as Irene Gallucci
    James Leonardo Mayberry as Tom Gallucci
    Cambell Westmoreland as Marc Davenport
    Amy McAndrew as Mrs. Davenport
    Tom Chamberlain as Mr. Davenport


    Director: Katja Straub
    Written by: Katja Straub
    Produced by: Ajai Clearway, Charles Mulford
    Cinematography: Naiti Gamez
    Film Editing: Johanna Witherby
    Production Design: Samantha Avila


    Smithville, TX; Austin, TX


    (comedy/drama) post production 2011

    A father/son relationship is centered around the newspaper business and a small town in Texas.


    Mark Scheibmeir
    Troy Streuer
    Pam Eichnmer


    Co-writer/Director:  Danny Cameron
    Co-writer:  Miranda Smith
    Producer:  Zobest Pictures


    Full length official trailer on YouTube




    (Industrial Film on employee motivation) 2010


    Written by: Burt Bornstein and John C. Locke
    Executive Producer: Torin Lee
    Producers: Yesenia Garcia of EchoEarth Media and Marco Martinez of KDA Creative
    Director/DP:  John C. Locke
    Sound:  Mark Adams


    Adam Pearson as young woodcutter
    Mike Gassaway as old woodcutter
    Claudia Valerio as see-saw woman
    Mark Adams as announcer
    Katrina Kross as narrator


    Ram Proven Power  |  Truck Ride

    by ram

    Here's a commercial shot at the LCRA Railcar Facility in Smithville and now on the web as a VodPod.  

    CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video.