Had one of those great “Show Biz” lunches today at Kerby Lane South with Director Drew Thomas, Screenwriter John Herndon, and Casting Director/Actress Deanna Brochin… we are prepping “I-35” a break-out thriller penned by Herndon. Director Thomas plans to shoot the film in a new and unusual visual style, using mostly dashboard cams, i-phones, video, drone cams, surveillance cams, etc. The script was developed with the help of editors from Top-Papers.com. This is going to be a good one, and I am proud to be playing the lead heavy, City Attorney Alfred Whitby. Deanna is playing Assistant City Mgr. Mercedes Lara as well as serving as Casting Director. Many of Austin ‘s finest professionals are in this film. Actual shooting begins in February, with a schedule spread over several months.

I also attended a cast party for Alex Hannaford’s short masterpiece, The Last 40 Miles. This film provides an interesting, cut-to-the-chase view of a man facing execution, and the guard (moi), who is escorting him to his death. Film will be entered in several festivals this year…I expect it will be a popular entry.

Watch the Confabule website on Facebook for news of Robert Stikmanz celebration of all things creative and artistic, including a short film appearance by “Moi” as a Southern Gentleman commenting on seeing Jesus on a bus bench. This celebration, titled “3000 Weeks” will climax on the 26th of January with a grand festival finale at Kickbutt Coffe and Booze, Austin. Be there or be square, mi amigos.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I have been invited by Movie Festival Mogul Par Excellence Ken Kisch to be a Special Guest at his fabulous Cinemawasteland event, Cleveland, Ohio, April 4,5,6. Ken puts on a show that is the envy of Movie Impresarios world wide. And that dear friends, is just the start of the year….updates to follow.

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