I can’t lie, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, and have been very excited to share it with the world. For those who know, they know the wheels of entertainment turn a bit slower on the film side, so after a successful production, an impressive run at the film festival circuit, and a bit of unplanned time on the shelf due to COVID-19, it brought me great pleasure when Ryan Darbonne let all of the I AM TX cast and crew know that the film was finally ready to share to the world. It stars the multi-talented Jonathan K. Horstmann from BLXPLTN, Urban Heat and much more, Pleasure Venom lead singer Audrey Campbell and myself, and featured the talents of many Austin-based members of the film scene. We’re very proud of what we made, and even prouder to share it with everyone, so please take a moment to check it out, and if you feel inclined to do so, let us know what you thought and share it with others.
While working on Ryan Darbonne‘s upcoming short film I AM TX, I had the opportunity to meet a number of fellow Austin-based creatives who were all willing to lend a hand and help Ryan achieve his dream. It has been a bonus, therefore, to see people connected to I AM TX continue on with personal success, and the latest of these successes was bestowed upon Chinwe Okorie, whose short film LOVESTREAMS, after a frustrating attempt at film festival placements, has found a home at the Issa Rae Presents YouTube channel. Check out the trailer above, then click the image to see the full short… leave a like and a comment so Issa Rae and company know that they made the right choice, and share it around so that as many people as possible can see the film.
In the wake of Space Camp Death Squad splintering off into the exploration of their own creative ventures, it was cool to see Ryan Darbonne push forward as a director, and though we often spoke of music, I wondered what his next musical steps would be. After the hilariously entertaining Dem Beach Boys video, it appeared obvious that his penchant for storytelling (both visually and narratively) would be a focus moving forward, but I had no warning or prior knowledge of his plans for the recently released Died Screaming. What I do know, however, is that both the song and the video made a serious impact on me, and it feels like a 25th hour contender for video of the year. There’s a lot going on in this one, and rather than hear me deep dive into this one, I recommend you check it out and share it on your own. Definitely don’t forget to like it and leave a comment. And, as always, support your local creatives.
I am so happy to announce that I AM TX is wrapped and ready to make a festival run. Ryan Darbonne worked hard to bring his vision to life, and with a strong crew to back him, Audrey Campbell, Jonathan K. Horstmann and myself came with our A-games. As a result, we are getting festival placements, and hopefully, we can make bigger and better opportunities happen! The premier of the film will be at The Method Fest in Los Angeles, with screenings to follow at several more festivals (which will be announced over the upcoming weeks/months). If you’re not following I AM TX on Facebook, be sure to do so as soon as possible, and keep yourself in the loop!
Local musician and actor Ryan Darbonne, in light of experiences growing up in Austin and experiences within the Austin culture as a young adult, felt inspired to capture that experience into something he could share. After sharing his script with OVRLD creator Morgan Day, the two felt that the idea needed to become a reality. After enlisting the help of cinematographer Mariana Gonzalez, the gears began to turn for I AM TX. Ryan reached out to Audrey Campbell of Pleasure Venom, Jonathan Horstmann of BLXPTN and Greg Williams, better known as Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice, and boom, a cast was born.
I AM TXis now in the crowdfunding stage, and the Indiegogo Campaign is up and running. If you would like to help turn this vision into a reality, there are many things you can do. Share the campaign with your friends, whether they’re in Austin, in Texas, or anywhere else in the world. If you feel inspired, go ahead and donate, as there are many levels with many excellent perks available. This vision will happen, but every bit of support that is garnered will improve the vision. We thank you in advance.
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