Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Marfa Film Festival

Just might be going out to Marfa sooner then I had planned. Could be a documentary in the works.

The Marfa Film Festival will be held May 5th to May 9th, 2010. For five magical days the festival will screen films that transcend time with indelible images and engaging storytelling, reminding us that the art of cinema can change our lives and renew the world.

Because Marfa's wide-open plain, distant mountains and incomparably starry nights are part of the draw, Marfa Film Festival will have outdoor screenings during the festival. Indoor screenings - 30 hours of features, shorts and experimental works - will be anchored at the state-of-the-art Crowley theater.

Festival headquarters will be at the famous Paisano Hotel (where James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor lived during the filming of "Giant").

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Slow Burn

Working out details to have Cari Wayman star in the music video I'm directing for Monahan's "Slow Burn".

Monday, January 4, 2010


2010 is starting off sweet. Proposals are in the works for several cool projects. Michael Stipe for the Refueled magazine "Behind-the-Cover" series & video for Centro-maticGot the green light from Monahans to produce/direct a video for one of the songs from their latest release "Dim the Aurora".

Refueled Films to Produce Amy Cook Video

Stoked to announce that I will be producing/directing the video for "Get it Right", one of the singles from singer/songwriter Amy Cook's soon-to-be-released new album "Let the Light In". The video will be shot in Austin sometime late this month or early next. Concept, storyboards and pulled images (some shown above) have been sent over to Amy - setting the vibe.

Amy Cook weaves the sounds of alt folk, pop, Americana, and rock and roll into a "moody and kick-ass" (Velvet Park) canopy of sound. With more than 20 song placements in TV and film (from Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Party of Five, Veronica Mars, MTV's Laguna Beach, to the thoughtful, Emmy-winning full-length documentary Amargosa, directed by Todd Robinson) Amy has cultivated a solid reputation as a talented songwriter.

Stay tuned.

Photo of Amy Cook by Allison V. Smith

Monday, December 28, 2009

Amy Cook "Behind-the-Cover"

For two days, in the midst of a Austin Texas heat wave, carrying nothing but a camera and a smile, I captured footage of singer/songwriter Amy Cook hanging out, telling stories and doing what she does best - performing incredible music.

Amy Cook “Behind-the-Cover”, a short film produced by my new company Refueled Films, is the first in a series that will accompany my style+design publication Refueled. The idea to start documenting what goes into producing the cover feature and including it on the magazine’s website seemed like a natural progression. The goal for Refueled is to always stay current, if not on the edge, of what’s happening with online magazines - including video was the next step.

The nine minute short goes behind-the-scenes with Amy Cook while being interviewed for Refueled. Cook performs an special acoustic version of “Down to the River” from her upcoming release “Let the Light In”, talks a little about the making of the song “Saltwater” and spends some quiet time with friends down by the Colorado River in Austin, Texas.

A rare glimpse at an amazing artist. Produced & directed by Chris Brown. Edited by award-winning editor Darrell Stevens.

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