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TEXAS HEART NEWS


TEXAS HEART WINS JURY BEST PICTURE AND AUDIENCE AWARDS
AT 2016 DURANGO FILM FEST!

    


TEXAS HEART PLAYS TO SOLD-OUT CROWD
AT THE 2016 OXFORD (MS) FILM FESTIVAL!




TEXAS HEART GETS RAVE REVIEW AT THE OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL!
Read Suanne Strider's Review HERE


TEXAS HEART IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION
OF THE 2016 AM/FM FILM FEST IN PALM SPRINGS








TEXAS HEART GETS DISTRIBUTION!
We are proud to announce that we have signed a domestic distribution deal for Texas Heart with Indie Rights.. A digital technology subsidiary of Nelson Madison Films, Indie Rights offers an extensive catalog of more than 300 independent films of all genres for limited theatrical, broadcast, retail DVD, as well as digital VOD. Fast becoming a favorite with indie filmmakers, Indie Rights, through its unique direct VOD partnerships, places films on all the prominent digital platforms—iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, MGo, Vudu, Xbox, Hulu, Playstation, and many others. Look for more news as we join forces with Indie Rights to share Texas Heart as widely as possible!




"TEXAS HEART" GETS WORLD PREMIER
AT ALBUQUERQUE FILM FESTIVAL, JANUARY 8, 2016! 

‘Texas Heart’ premieres at ABQ Film Festival
By Adrian Gomez / Journal Arts & Entertainment Editor

click here for full articles with photos

Daniel Smith can’t wait to get to Albuquerque for the world premiere of his film “Texas Heart.”  The film will screen at 8 p.m. next Friday at The Guild Cinema as part of the Albuquerque Film Festival.

“It’s an appropriate place to showcase our story,” he says. “We can’t wait for an audience to see the film.”

Smith and Nick Feild grew up together and reconnected a few years ago.  Both were interested in writing a book. What turned out was the script for “Texas Heart.”

“We grew up in a small town and wanted to show what life is like in a small town,” he says.

“Texas Heart” tells the story of Peter Franklin, played by Erik Fellows, a crooked lawyer who’s caught up in a loveless existence and runs off to hide out in a backwoods Texas town.  There, after changing his name to Frank Stephens, he quickly encounters a compelling story involving a young man who’s falsely accused of killing a beautiful girl. Stephens soon faces an agonizing choice – ignore the case to remain anonymous and far from the prying eyes of the mob that are still looking for him or reach out and try to save the young man.  After a shocking twist in the case, Stephens makes a choice that changes everything – for the young man and for himself.

“This story has heart,” Fellows says. “That’s what drew me to the character. There’s a transformation that Frank undergoes throughout the film. He finds the right way.”

Smith spent just over a year writing the script and wanted to shoot the film in Texas.  He even took a look at New Mexico, before taking production to Mississippi and then California for a couple of days.  Smith says having talented cast members attach themselves to the film really helped in the overall execution of the film.

“We didn’t have such a big budget,” he says. “Many of these actors took a cut in pay to be in the film. This was humbling for us, because they also felt the same way we did about the film. Everyone was passionate.”  Smith, who’s also a historian, says being able to tell a compelling story is what drives him to make film.   “Texas Heart” is his first foray into fictional film.

“The best thing about this is finding a place with the audience,” he says. “It’s important for me to make a film that has some heart and transitions through different emotions.”




"TEXAS HEART" GETS A FEATURED SPECIAL SCREENING
AT THE OXFORD (MS) FILM FESTIVAL!  FEBRUARY 17-21, 2016



We are very excited to announce that TEXAS HEART has just won a prestigious Award of Merit for feature films from the Accolade Global Film Competition! In winning an Accolade, TEXAS HEART joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award, including the Oscar-winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke and Hollywood veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me. We're thrilled to get some competitive love for our film which has just begun its festival journey. More news on that front in the weeks ahead.




TEXAS HEART GETS ‘SPECIAL SCREENING'
AL SCREENING!’ On June 13, a rough cut of TEXAS HEART was given a special screening for the hometown folks:  we screened the film in the very town that inspired the story, Wolfe City, Texas, where co-authors and producing partners, Daniel Blake Smith and Nick Feild, grew up.  The screening attracted a huge crowd that laughed and cheered at the end.  It was a wonderful way to connect with those small-town roots and show how all the indelible characters and stories that emerge out of small town life can blossom and take root nationally:  we send TEXAS HEART off to the festival circuit starting later this summer.  In the meantime, check out the very positive article that the film critic of the Greenville (TX) Herald-Banner wrote about the screening:  Click Here for the Article.



THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT BEGINS!
Our initial entry into the film festival world begins, appropriately, at the Austin Film Festival.  We submit TEXAS HEART in mid-July and, if selected, it will be screened during the festival that runs October 29-November 5, 2015.  The many renown filmmakers, actors and writers who have participated in the AFF over the years include Oliver Stone (PLATOON), John Milius (APOCALYPSE NOW), Bill Broyles (CASTAWAY; APOLLO 13), Callie Khouri (NASHVILLE), Tommy Lee Jones (THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA), Ron Howard (PARENTHOOD), Sandra Bullock (MISS CONGENIALITY), and John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE).  Our director Mark David is an alumnus of the AFF.  Here’s hoping TEXAS HEART marks his return to Austin!