ARE GOING TO LOVE SAN ANTONIO
& Jon at the Alamo
is one of the greatest American vernacular expressions. It
conveys familiarity, affection and all-around Southerness as it
trips off the tongue. I can't get enough of it. Oddly,
it never once appears in the Evenhand script, which was written by
a Texas native. I expect that will change once we get Texas
actors ad-libbing their lines like mad.
The Nuyorican reading was a great success. Without
exception, the actors did a terrific job and the audience was
riveted from beginning to end. Mike Jones (the writer) was
pleased, too. Both Jon and I have a renewed excitement for
the project -- it really came to life on that little Lower East
This past Saturday, Jon and I went down to San Antonio to scout
locations and meet potential crew members at the invitation of the
Antonio Film Commission. Kathy Rhoads, the Film
Commission Director, met us at the airport and escorted us around
and about the city and treated us to several delicious meals.
We were very impressed by the level of interest and attention paid
to us and our needs as filmmakers, especially since we are wee
little indie guys.
We fell in love with the city. Downtown has some real
architectural gems -- old theaters and office buildings that
somehow survived the edifice purgings of the fifties and sixties.
And, of course, there's the Alamo, which is right smack in the
middle of the city. But, of course, we will not be filming
anywhere near all that nice stuff. We'll be in the worst
part of town where, as Officer Morning says, "Action is, how
shall I put it, a bit more sudden around here."
It's always Christmas in San Antonio
Kay Cruz, the former Director of the Film Commission, drove us
around some of the less affluent neighborhoods. We saw some
interesting stuff, but kept asking if there was a worse
neighborhood. Finally he took us to the area around
Guadalupe Street and it was definitely worse. It's a
Latino neighborhood, with incredible character. Most of the
houses appear to be one room shacks, dating from the late 19th
century. In the immortal words of Sven
Nykvist, the great cinematographer, "There are many
possibilities for pictures here" (that's what he said to us
when we took him to Fleishmanns, NY before our evil producing
partners made us FIRE HIM from Julian
- Joseph Pierson
Why Does the Damn Start Date Keep Changing?
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