November 8, 2017 ~ Eric Heisner & Dean Reading

Dean Reading & Eric Heisner
Actors, Writers, Filmmakers
A Coupla Cowboys

Dean Reading & Eric Heisner projects

We are proud to present actors/writers/filmmakers Eric H. Heisner & Dean Reading as our guest speakers this month! These 2 multitalented men have numerous credits & awards and are pleased to share with us their insights, some secrets learned, those proverbial curve balls, and their combined lifetimes of experiences. Look forward to an interesting & interactive mixer!

Eric HeisnerEric H. Heisner (aka Eric Heisner & EH Heisner) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Filmmaking from Columbia College, Chicago. Later, he worked on the hit television show “ER” then traveled long and far. Moving out to Los Angeles, he landed minor roles for the History Channel and background in several feature films. Upon completion of the award-winning Western TV Pilot “Friend of the Devil” Heisner became known as the “Next Generation of Western Filmmakers”. Attending the Algonquin Cowboy Lunch with such legends as Ernest Borgnine, Bo Hopkins, Bruce Boxleitner, and others serves as continuing education for an actor, writer, and filmmaker with a passion for the western genre. Having his first novel, “West to Bravo”, published by a New York Publisher has put another notch on his storytelling resume. Also along the way Eric co-founded Lean Dog Productions based in Austin & Los Angeles specializing in western and other period films.

Dean ReadingDean Reading competed in professional rodeos in the 70s & 80s, graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History & English and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. In the 1980s, he was the Program Director for Group W Cable in Grapevine, Texas for several years where he produced, directed, and appeared in several television programs. Some went into syndication via the Group W Cable systems and several television stations throughout the Southwest, among them “Six Shooter Junction”, “Texas Traditions”, and “Entertainment Clipboard”. Dean then worked on several films in the transportation department, local casting department, and appeared periodically as an actor. Dean taught video production at Video Technical Institute for a year, as well as advanced film acting at Actor’s Preparatory Studio in Fort Worth for 2 years.

So be sure to join us at Sherlock’s Pub & Grill, 9012 Research Boulevard on Wednesday, November 8th, and bring some friends to hear tales and truths, and direct questions to Eric & Dean, our colorful cowboy duo! Arrive early for a cold libation, networking and meeting new folks with like minds!

 

Last Month

We want to extend our deepest thanks to Sylnovia Holt-Rabb and her staff from the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department (EDD): Erica Shamaly, Alyssa Zinsser, Anna Bradley, Jim Butler. On Wednesday, October 11th, our illustrious panel of guest speakers enlightened us about the many programs right here in Austin, including incentives, grants and other funding, and a slew of services for local arts & entertainment. We were all impressed with their passion and enthusiasm, which was quite contagious.

 

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Mixing & Networking @ 6:00PM, Announcements @ 6:30, Speakers @ 6:45
Followed by More Mixing & Mingling and Networking

September 9, 2015

Cody Duckworth & Jonathan de la Luz

Harbinger banner

Austin has become a hot spot for independent film production and our guest speakers on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at the Network Austin Mixer will be writer/director Cody Duckworth & producer Jonathan de la Luz, who along with other talented actors, crew members and creative minds, recently finished their feature film “Harbinger”, which was filmed entirely in Texas with a Hispanic cast. The movie is in English and Spanish with subtitles and is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world. These filmmakers will discuss many aspects of the making of this unique film and will screen the “Harbinger” trailer as a jumping off point for an exciting and informative evening about how this production was entirely mounted in East Texas and filmed here in Austin and around Wimberley using local cast and crew.

Read more about Cody Duckworth & Jonanthan de la Luz, become a fan of “Harbinger” on Facebook, and see the press release about “Harbinger”, below.

So join us on Wednesday, September 9th, arrive early for a “Happy Hour” cold margarita, network and meet new folks with like minds, enjoy a fun-filled evening with other guests, and get insights about “Harbinger” from writer/director Cody Duckworth and producer Jonathan de la Luz!

Last Month…

We are so grateful for Carlton Caudle, our guest speaker on Wednesday, August 12th, for inspiring actors about how to get started acting, audition (and submit even if you aren’t represented), get an agent, land speaking roles in movies and TV, get noticed via social media sites, and how to take care of you while you continue to be told “NO”. Carlton thinks outside the box, creates opportunities, and shared what he learned, along with what he would do differently. Carlton also manages the Central Texas Actors Group (CTAG), which boasts casting directors & talent agents among its members. An actor support group, CTAG has over 900 members and 1,500 in the queue requesting to join. CTAG offers get-together meetings, information, and advice on booking, acting classes, carpooling, volunteer opportunities, and much more. Thank you, Carlton, for your time, passion, and wisdom. Our attendees learned a lot!

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NOTICE: We all know rush hour traffic is horrendous, so.… Please carpool and leave in time to arrive early. If Baby Acapulco’s parking lot is full:

  • You may park at the Super 8 Motel (just south of Baby A’s) for $8. Be sure to pay the desk person at Super 8 Motel when you park there so your vehicle doesn’t get towed and DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF DUMPSTERS!
  • If you drive south another 2 blocks, there is on-the-street parking available.

Mixing & Networking begin @ 6PM, then the Speakers start @ 6:45.


“HARBINGER” PRESS RELEASE

Austin Film Company Luzworks Produces Contemporary Fairytale
Source: luzworks

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin-based entertainment company luzworks has recently completed filming its flagship production, titled “Harbinger”, a contemporary cautionary fairy tale that follows a little girl and her family who leave the city for an idyllic location to escape her nightmares, only to find more horrific experiences in reality than could she ever have dreamed.

The homegrown fantasy-thriller stars Dimitrius Pulido and Tina Rodriguez and introduces 12-year old Paeka Campos. The movie was directed by Cody Duckworth, who also wrote the original screenplay. “Harbinger” is a contemporary fairy tale in the classic tradition of the Brothers Grimm stories or Aesop’s Fables”, announces Jonathan de la Luz, the movie’s producer. “But it’s also cautionary tale about the times we live in where technologies such as fracking go unchecked”, he adds cryptically.

Literature is rich with examples of tales that were not only intended for children, but for adults as well. “Harbinger” does not owe its story line to classic folklore, however. Just as Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a message about innocent children seeing things more clearly than adults, “Harbinger” stresses an environmental theme that is current and socially significant for all ages. The film’s tag line reveals as much: “Water is the force of all that is natural. Until now.”

The story concerns eleven year-old Mira, who has begun having terrible dreams. As Mira’s haunting nightmares escalate, her father moves with Mira and her very pregnant mother away from the city to a secluded ranch for some much-needed family healing. But the beauty of their idyllic surroundings is marred, however, by monolithic hydraulic fracking towers nearby.

“I love the magic of storytelling,” intones director Cody Duckworth, “When I was a kid, the whole world seemed all at once magical and frightening. Adults need more fairy tales in their lives. It helps explain the real world in a less invasive way…because Marvel comic-book characters can only do so much.” One of the unique features of “Harbinger” is its Hispanic cast. According to movie’s Casting Associate, Lupe Valdez, “We tossed a wide net for our casting calls from Texas to California. It turns out we have an incredible talent pool in our own backyard. We ended up with cast members from Austin and Dallas.” De la Luz said, “That’s the way Cody wrote the script. And honestly, it could have been any kind of family. That’s what attracted me to the story. If there is such a thing as an ‘every man’ then there is an ‘every family’. This is a universal story. It could happen anytime, anywhere.”

Harbinger” was filmed at various locations in Austin, but the filmmaker’s real find was a location in Fischer, Texas, a little over an hour outside of Austin. The hallmark of any great fairy tale, according to the filmmakers, is the enchanted landscape in which the story is set. In the case of “Harbinger”, that was Rancho Mirando, where a beautiful spiraling hacienda overlooks a great deal of Hill Country. “It was a perfect setting for our fairy tale to unfold…great beauty mixed with the dark sinister undertones of our characters,” recounts de la Luz.

Duckworth is excited about his directorial debut, “A story-teller’s greatest tool is the human experience, and that’s our common denominator. We’re all in this together.”

Harbinger poster