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Texas Filmmaker's Production Fund Gives A Grant To A 12 Year Old's Zombie Film!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with genuine "Cool News"! Ya know - I've done my fair share of praising of the Austin Film Society and the Texas Filmmaker's Production fund... But I've never seen any of its money go to a filmmaker I personally knew - and knew what a difference it would make. Intellectually - I know that their grants keep filmmakers alive through the process, allow film stock to be developed, finance entire documentaries... I get it, totally behind it... But still, I never saw the money touch anyone that I knew that was a scrape & save filmmakers - it did, it always went to the absolute most worthy folks... but most of the food stamp film freaks I know - use their food stamps for Karo Syrup and Red Dye #5 and Hershey Syrup and flour and oatmeal - the building blocks of low budget horror. Oven latex baking. Truly the most wonderful world of low low low no budget film. Pure joy of filmmaking.

Well - this year, as in every year - I get the Austin Film Society's TEXAS FILMMAKER'S PRODUCTION fund press release and I do what I do every year... I skip down to the list to see who in the state of Texas got the Fairy Godmother Grant (as I call it). This year, more than in previous years - I saw people who I knew. Kyle Henry - got into Cannes this year, Kat Candler - made a wonderful film a few years back and recently got the mayor of Austin to leap off a bridge here - seriously. And Emily Hagins. WHAT?!!!?

PATHOGEN - EMILY HAGINS... 90 Minute Narrative - $1000 Production / Post-Production / Distribution???!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT?!?!?!

I started smiling like a crazy monkey boy. Actual tears came out of my eyes, I was so happy. You see - Emily Hagins is a 12 year old girl. I first met her when she was 9 at my Saturday Morning Kids Clubs that I host. She was at first - that crazy girl that loved LORD OF THE RINGS. I first heard her name - when her mother sent me a letter she had received from Peter Jackson - that suggested that she contact his friend Harry Knowles in Austin. Emily was intoxicated with film. Started shooting little video films - I really had a blast taking a look at them and giving her advice. And she listened. Then her mom wrote me - saying that Emily wanted to go to BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 5 more than anything else on the planet Earth. Knowing that Peter Jackson was scheduled to attend BNAT 5 - I knew she'd love it - but... BNAT is not for children - and at age 10 - Emily - well I don't program BNAT for kids. I warned her mother of the sort of imagery that might be on screen - and if she as a responsible parent was willing and ready to handle that sort of subject matter with her child - then by golly - welcome, but I also warned her - that this festival would complete warp her sweet little girl. It would open up a Pandora's Box of badass other side of the tracks films that Emily had never been exposed to.

Oddly - while she loved films like RETURN OF THE KING, OLDBOY, Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL, PASSION OF THE CHRIST and the other films of the fest... it was the Spierig Brother's low-budget Aussie Zombie film that wormed it's way into her noggin. This was... her first zombie film. She started renting zombie films at my sister's video store, PEDAZO CHUNK... Sister Satan being the strict moralist was providing zombie films for Emily's unending thirst. Next thing I know - I'm hearing that Emily is writing a feature length zombie film script that she wants to direct as her next project. That summer - she wanted to enter into a film school for kids, but she was still too young - Her mom again asked me for advice. There was this place up in Dallas she could go, but it was too expensive - and Emily's family was having severe financial difficulties at the time. Hearing that Emily was infected with the horror film bug - I hooked her up as an intern on some friend of mine's low low low budget indie suspense flick - ORGANIC - which is still in post-production. I figured, she'd learn more from a group of low budget filmmakers that love horror in a gleeful innocently evil way. She wound up shooting the behind the scenes documentary for the film - as well as helping with Continuity. At like 10-11. Then this year she shot PATHOGEN. For her birthday - Dad and I gave her TONS of make-up. Not young pre-teen make-up... but horror make-up. Couple hundred bucks worth of the stuff - that was our "grant" for Emily's film. Nearly everyone in Austin that I know is somehow touched by this film and is used in it. My nephew is a zombie child in it. Massawyrm causes the zombie-armageddon through his typical incompetence. Annette Kellerman is the scientist that develops the virus. My brother-in-law is a scientist/doctor of some type. My sis is in it, and one of the main characters is named after her. I provide a radio voice for the film. The wrap-party was last Saturday at Pedazo Chunk where she debuted a trailer to the cheers of all.

But this TEXAS FILMMAKERS' PRODUCTION FUND didn't stop there. As you probably are aware - this is a remarkable little girl. Who has the concentration at age 10-11 to write a feature length Zombie script. That's 90 pages of text created from her wee noggin. And a pair of documentary filmmakers thought so too - they decided to shoot a documentary they call ZOMBIE GIRL on the now 12 year old Emily Hagins. Well that documentary ALSO got a small grant from the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.

I just got off the phone with young Emily to congratulate her and she sounded as though - Santa, the Easter Bunny, Jack Skellington and the Tooth Fairy all showed up to help her with her movie. "I just started back a school yesterday, and like, the teachers were all, if you're not exactly perfectly behaved we'll TASER you... well, not really, but when I heard about the grant, I was jumping up and down and it just makes going back to school better, ya know?" Yes, I do.

There's film production funds all over the world - support yours - you'll never know when it'll touch a dreamer you know with the help they need to make their dreams come true. This is soo cool!

AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2005 FILM GRANT RECIPIENTS

(Austin, TX) - The Austin Film Society is proud to announce the recipients of this year's Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund. Twenty-seven projects from across Texas received a total of $77,000 in awards ranging in amounts from $300 to $8,800. TFPF has now given away $550,000 to more than 200 filmmakers since its creation in 1996.

Award recipients include Kyle Henry's A. O. K., Kat Candler's "jumping off bridges," Heather Courtney's WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, Susan Youssef's HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN and SHORES FROM ANOTHER SEA, a student-made zombie movie. For a complete list of recipients, see below or visit our website at www.austinfilm.org.

Filmmakers Rose Troche, Dominic Angerame and Jocelyn Glatzer were this year's TFPF panelists. During their three-day visit to Austin, they reviewed the 158 applications received this summer and determined the grant awards. AFS Director of Artist Services and TFPF Program Officer Elisabeth Sikes was assisted by coordinators Tai-San Choo, Chris Hadlock and Meagan Stewart.

Special thanks to Kodak and Media Toolbox, who donated filmstock and tapestock as part of the awards.

The Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund is an annual grant awarded to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas. Funded through revenues from benefit film premieres and private and corporate donations, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, TFPF is an effort to redress the loss of public funds for filmmakers.

Austin Film Society, celebrating 20 years in 2005, promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative filmmaking by screening rarely seen films, giving grants and other support to emerging filmmakers, and providing access and education about film to youth and the public. Through Austin Studios, which AFS opened in 2000 in partnership with the City of Austin, AFS helps attract film development and production to Austin and Texas. Gala film premieres and the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards raise funds as well as awareness of the impact of film on economy and community. The Austin Film Society is ranked among the top film centers in the country and recognized by the Nation Endowment for the Arts and Directors Guild of America.

For more information on Austin Film Society, visit www.austinfilm.org.

2005 TFPF recipients, in alphabetical order by filmmaker:

ROUND MIDNIGHT, MOSCOW TIME by Thomas Burns
60 min. documentary
$5,000 production

ROMEO by Robert Byington
7 min. narrative
$1,000 production, $500 Kodak filmstock

jumping off bridges by Kat Candler
100 min. narrative
$5,000 post-production

WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM by Heather Courtney
86 min. documentary
$4,000 production, $200 Media Toolbox tapestock

AUGUST EVENING by Chris Eska
100 min. narrative
$4,000 production

QUILTY AS CHARGED by Spike Gillespie
56 min. documentary
$1,500 production / post-production / distribution

ESCAPING JUAREZ by Cristina Gurrola
26 min. narrative
$2,000 production, $1000 Kodak filmstock

PATHOGEN by Emily Hagins
90 min. narrative
$1,000 production / post-production / distribution

A. O. K. by Kyle Henry
90 min. narrative
$8,000 production, $500 Kodak filmstock

OLD MAN by Chris Howell
29 min. documentary
$2,500 post-production

ZOMBIE GIRL by Justin Johnson & Erik Mauck
56 min. documentary
$300 Media Toolbox tapestock post-production

SHORES FROM ANOTHER SEA by Rusty Kelley, Natalie Aston, Charles Heidrich, Carleton Ranney, Eva Billingsley, Ben Foster & Renan McFarland
80 min. narrative
$2,000 Kodak filmstock post-production

OLD PHOTOS by June Lee
18 min. narrative
$1,000 production, $1,000 Kodak filmstock

THE OUTLAW SON by David Lowery
15 min. experimental narrative
$1,000 production / post-production, $1,000 Kodak filmstock

BOX by Larry McMahan
4 min. animation
$2,000 production / post-production / distribution

THE LEGEND OF MERLE WILLIS, HEADLESS COWPOKE by R. Lance Myers
7 min. animation narrative
$3,000 production

A HOMEMADE PEACE by Nevie Owens
60 min. documentary
$2,000 post-production

STARRY NIGHT by Keun Pyo Park
10 min. narrative
$2,000 post-production

ON THE LINE by Nancy Schiesari
53 min. documentary
$3,500 production

BOCCE by Ivana Slavnic
60 min. documentary
$2,500 production, $200 Media Toolbox tapestock

THE NEBULA PROJECT by Cauleen Smith
87.5 min. narrative
$2,000 production / post-production

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT by Debra Sugerman
90 min. documentary
$4,000 production

AN OLD BOLERO by Maria Loreto Caro-Valdes
25 min. narrative
$1,000 post-production / distribution

IRIS MOON by Iskra Valtcheva
7 min. experimental narrative
$1,000 production / post-production

WAX by Monica Walters & John P. Crowley
53 min. documentary
$1,500 post-production

RACING WITH THE SUN by Steve Warren
84 min. documentary
$1,000 production

HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN by Susan Youssef
90 min. experimental narrative
$8,500 production, $300 Media Toolbox tapestock

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  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Cool...

    by Koola_Norway

    ..I wish someone gave me money to make films I wanted to make when I was 12.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I actually can't wait to see this.

    by bluebottle

    12 year old girl making a zombie movie? That is the coolest thing ever. If she reads this, "Congrats!"

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Wowzers

    by Ribbons

    Way to make me feel like even more of an underachiever, Emily Hagins. [shakes fist menacingly]. Seriously, regardless of the quality, the fact that a 12-year old girl engineered a 90-minute zombie movie is pretty incredible.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Maybe the Dancing Bambino is Her no?

    by John-Locke

    Good luck to her, I hope she matures into an established film maker, that would be one hell of a story.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Cool story. Seriously!

    by DerLanghaarige

    But I'm fucking jealous!!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I'm sure we can expect a fair, objective review of Pathogen.

    by chickychow

    "Pathogen is like 'Night, Dawn, Day, Shaun, Evil Dead 1 + 2 and Return of the Living Dead 1/2/3/4/5' combined, but directed by the lovechild of Robert Rodriguez and Eli Roth!!"

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Did anyone else get chilles up their spine when you read that Ha

    by so sorry

    chilling. And the dancing Bambino is a BOY dammit!!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Contribute.

    by gzyzwc

    I live in Texas as well, and this fund sounds like a great idea. I would be willing to contribute some money to it. do they take small donations from the public? If so can you include a link for me. Thanks

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST

    man, i can't spell worth shit... I meant 'chills' no

    by so sorry

    i'm going home to my studly gentleman

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:46 p.m. CST

    nice story harry

    by fried samurai

    I wish her the best of luck.And at 12yrs old you know she at least writes better dialogue than Lucas :) peace

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Meanwhile, the real filmmakers are skipping Texas for Louisiana

    by Mister Man

    Texans will be thrilled when the state gov't adequately funds some filming incentives. Private funds for tweeners sounds swell, but signifies nothing.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 4:57 p.m. CST

    nice

    by Calculon

    Nice how you work Peter Jackson's suggestion to "...contact his friend Harry Knowles" into the story. :|

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:19 p.m. CST

    That just friggin rules!!!

    by Phishin49

    That really does rule! Congrats Emily! Oh and Em, if you get any haters (they are all over this site) Ask them if they are living their dreams. I bet not! Good luck!!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Not so nice

    by Tyris Flare

    Calculon, let the fat man who'll never get laid have his bit of glory.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:24 p.m. CST

    that's just awesome

    by Hate_Speech

    great.. cool

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Inspiring

    by PR_GMR

    Very cool story. Some of the best filmmakers started out very young. Who knows? She could be the next Spielberg. Nice surprises like this can inspire others to pursue their cinematic dreams.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Nice, Harry...Very Cool...

    by hipcheck13

    ...after reading this, I'm ready to finish my post-apocalyptic script. Harry, wanna produce? :-)

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:52 p.m. CST

    shit

    by the beef

    I've been trying to write a screenplay for the past two years, and all I've got to show for it is a good grade in my film class for a short 5 minute film. Great story of showing what you can do if you actually try. Doesn't matter if her film is even good, the fact that she loves film so much to the point that she's willing to devote her time to make one at 12(a full-length one at that) is nothing short of inspiring. There's nothing like hearing about someone doing something strictly for the purpose of loving to do it. Congrats.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 5:59 p.m. CST

    When the finished film is shown at a festival in Kentucky, the g

    by FluffyUnbound

    Ha! No talkback is over until I say it's over!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Nice

    by c5ride

    I remember the "michael myers" flick a friend and I made at 12 that cost ummmm nothing. I can't imagine what a grand would have done. Congrats Emily!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:02 p.m. CST

    That's Great!

    by ZombieSolutions

    the whole kid angle is great. i love that these kids got the funding to make their movies. i would have loved that opportunity as a kid. i think it's great...

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:13 p.m. CST

    It's all fun and games

    by Quin the Eskimo

    'till this story hits the news. "A teacher at an Austin Texas Middle School tasered a student who...

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:37 p.m. CST

    hehe.. that is VERY cool :)

    by mansep

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:38 p.m. CST

    inspiring

    by vicious_bastard

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Em - You Rock

    by Anton_Sirius

    By the time I get my "zombie Les enfants du paradis" epic written, you should be ready to direct it...

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 6:54 p.m. CST

    son of a...

    by DocMcCoy

    talk about jealous.me=jealous.somehow a high school student making movies just doesnt seem like that big of an accomplishment any more.12 years old?son of a...it puts visaliadoesntsuck.com to shame.yeah we don't take our movies seriously,but psh...i really want to see pathogen.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Well, that's pretty awesome.

    by team america

    I remember reading about Emily and her movie in a previous write-up on the site, but I forgot all about it. It's great that she got this fund, and as someone else above wrote, I hope that she goes on to find a career in movies.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:28 p.m. CST

    This might be the coolest news I've ever read on here.

    by Digory

    I think it's so awesome that she's realizing her dreams at the age of 12 when I'm still working on it at 27, and most people never do. Where can you find out more about the movie? Maybe it's possible for AICN talkbackers to give financially towards the project as well?

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Uweboll.com has disappeared....

    by Koola_Norway

    Hmm, I know this is off-topic, but: http://www.uweboll.com/, the worlds finest fan-site, that stated the most wellthoughtout sentence of the year: "Please stop making movies.", has now disappeared. On a note: Could Emily get to make these zombie/videogame-movies instead of Dr. Uwe Boll? I'd prefer her's!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:07 p.m. CST

    TFPF contributions

    by taisano

    Congrats to Emily on receiving the grant. To the commentor that was interested in contributing, the easiest way to donate is by joining AFS: https://register.austinfilm.org/mbrReg.php?return=/mbrReg.php, or follow the link off our homepage: www.austinfilm.org.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:42 p.m. CST

    WOAH.....

    by slappy jones

    am i on aint it cool news??? where is the hate? where are they guys abusing her..calling her a loser etc etc...HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD!!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 8:50 p.m. CST

    how sweet

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    If I didn't think kids were the devil, I would be more excited.

  • Shaun of the Dead? Land of the Dead? Bruce Campbell's upcoming zombie film? The zombie film that just shot in Orlando, not to mention probably a half-dozen others in some stage of production across the country -- I know the major crux of this article is about the grant money going to a 12 year-old filmmaker, but regarding her choice of material, isn't this zombie thing what is typically called a "craze" or "fad"? 'Ya know, if it were big, bad Hollywood churning out all of these zombie flicks, something tells me this site would be attacking the "unoriginal" nature of hopping on a type of material and churning out one clone after another. But, since it's mostly low budget fare and cult favorite sequels, I don't see even a shadow of a doubt as to the value of this phenomenon. I know Harry loves zombie movies, but does nobody dare to call low-budget zombie films words like "unoriginal," "rip-off," "retread" or any other derrogatory name frequently applied to Hollywood movies that exploit the same theme over and over for a year or so? Of course, for what it's worth, I wish this girl the best of luck, but besides this particular project, I see so many other articles about zombie films being made, planned and / or released soon and little or no criticism on the part of this site's administrators of the sheer number of zombie movies all being made within a short period of time.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:04 p.m. CST

    by gredenko

    what is a 12 year old doing watching oldboy?

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Very Cool!

    by Proman1984

    Here's hopin gthat the actual film doesen't suck.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Hey jorson2

    by c5ride

    SHE's TWELVE!!!!! Jeez.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:33 p.m. CST

    This is wonderful

    by Stanley Spector

    It's sad, though, that if it were to play the Toronto Film Festival, she wouldn't be allowed into the screening of her own movie for being six years too young.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 9:38 p.m. CST

    agreed...parents these days...

    by DocMcCoy

    no 12 year old should watch oldboy.sorry.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:06 p.m. CST

    f@#%ing cool

    by myager

    Had the great pleasure of meeting Emily and her mom at Buttnumbathon 6 back in December and I just have to give her my warmest congratulations. It's really just too fucking cool for words what she's doing at her age. Keep on kicking ass there Emily. Alyssa and I will be sure to give you proper congrats at BNAT 7.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:09 p.m. CST

    "Dude, she's like 12"

    by Mistah_Scrotie

    "Finally"

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:13 p.m. CST

    congrats

    by CookieGirl

    Good Luck with your film, it's nice to see a story about a good kid and not some punk who is messing up their life. Very Cool

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I want to fro up

    by Mister Man

    Goody, goody, gum drops.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Why can't my film get made?

    by deadguy76

    I think I can make a better film than a 12 year old.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 11 p.m. CST

    "At some point, doesn't the whole zombie thing become an "un

    by ZombieSolutions

    sure, but i think you may be missing the point. the charm / enthusiasm lies in the fact that it's a 12 year old girl making a zombie movie, not that it's just another zombie movie. get it? it's amusing and cute and it shows ambition and creativity in an pre-adolescent. i suppose you could belittle her efforst as nothing more than cashing in on a trend, but then you would be kinda, well, in the words of Marge Simpson, "a big meanie fofeenie." lighten up.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 11:08 p.m. CST

    This girl better make great movies someday...

    by barryap

    ...or this is a waste of two high-class callgirls worth of cash.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Go easy on jorson2 guys...

    by Ribbons

    ...jorson2 said it's cool that she's doing what she's doing, but the rant was only tagential to the actual topic in the first place. Lighten up yourself. However jorson, I do think it's different in her case because she seemingly fell in love with the zombie movie as opposed to "tried to cash in on it," which I guess is what you imply when you say that Hollywood rides certain concepts into the ground. Same applies to any small- or big-time filmmaker who is inspired to make his or her own zombie movie either because of something they want to say or because of a love for the sub-genre. Sure it's unoriginal, but they're not obligated to make original movies. I feel you on your desire to see an emphasis placed on new product, but as long as the film is made for the right reasons or succeeds as a movie, I think it deserves some credit, if not total adulation. Along the same lines and for what it's worth, 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Dawn of the Dead (2004)' were pretty good movies, so my anger at the unoriginality of them is sort of canceled out by my enthusiasm for the finished product.

  • Aug. 17, 2005, 11:48 p.m. CST

    TRAILER AND SITE

    by fuckingcripple

    http://www.cheesynuggets.com/

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I thought a 12 year old already made a movie...

    by MondoGundark

    R. Rodriguez' son for (Sharkboy/LavaGirl). Anyway, what the hell are her parents doing, letting her watch OldBoy. They should be arrested for child abuse!

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Okay, now I had some sleep...and I'm still jealous!

    by DerLanghaarige

    This so sucks fucking suck! I try for years to get some money for my screenplays and then I hear that a god damn 12 year old get some money for a ZOMBIEFILM!!! Do you know what do have to do, when you some German money for your Zombiefilm? Your name should be Bernd Eichinger and the film should be called "Resident Evil". Fuck!!! That's enough. I finish my splatterfilmscript and go to Texas or wherever this was. I almost made my first professional film in 2001, but then the production company had for some reason a sudden change of mind (and it wasn't even a splatterfilm. It was more like a mix of Clerks and The Fairly Oddparents, playing in school) and the next evening I saw the producer's fucking name in the opening credits for a stupid romcom on TV. >:( But believe it or not: I wish her good luck. PS: What's wrong with you guys? This is aicn! Hater-El Dorado! You can't even talk about Roman Polanski without writing, what you wanna see him doing with Dakota Fanning! It's not that I wanna read some of this stuff here, but I'm wondering? Bizarro world, anyone? Hm. Is it possible that suddenly the talkbackers grew up? Whatever. Nice to read some hate-free stuff in here. PPS: I'M SO JEALOUS!!!!!

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 1:27 a.m. CST

    PPPS: Oops.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I wanted to write: "This so fucking sucks". In the first sentence is a "sucks" too much.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Alla you naysayers

    by Dmann

    Go eat a bowl of fuck. This lil chick is cool. I had the fortune to sit next to her and her mom at BNAT 5, and they really are as cool as Harry says. You wanna talk shit, i hope you get your faces eaten by rabid coyotes on pcp.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Congrats Emily! And another thing...

    by Zino

    I don't see a problem with a 12 year old watching adult movies like Oldboy. Call me irresponsible if you like, but I grew up on a diet of Robocop, Platoon, Aliens and Freddie Krueger, and all they did was fire my imagination, not fuck me up. Kids aren't stupid - they can differentiate between fiction on the screen and real life. And since the girl wants to be a film-maker, it seems stupid to expose her only to the watered-down, PG13 bollocks that cram up the cinema these days. What's she gonna learn from that?

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 6:28 a.m. CST

    sounds cool...

    by Fugazi32

    :P

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 8:32 a.m. CST

    "..jorson2 said it's cool that she's doing what she'

    by ZombieSolutions

    light as a feather my man. i always go free and easy. thanks for the concern, though. *kisses*

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 10:56 a.m. CST

    If Texas can execute retards and kids, we can certainly give a 1

    by Big Bad Clone

  • Aug. 18, 2005, noon CST

    Well, considering we didn't have a lot of zombie films in th

    by Roger Thornhill

    I don't mind seeing a whole slew of them now.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST

    robocop and oldboy

    by gredenko

    there's a difference between a movie that's R because it has mindless violence and sex in it and oldboy. i just don't see a 12 year old dealing with the themes in oldboy in a way that makes it worthwhile for her to watch it.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Kudos

    by DarthCorns

    kudos on getting the money. i wish that could happen to me......meh

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Let me clarify...

    by Ribbons

    ...I'm not a "naysayer." I'm not even sure there is one in this TalkBack. You could consider the guy who said "what if it sucks?" one, possibly, and then maybe jorson2, in which case you'd probably consider me a naysayer (by the way, I hate using this word even more than I hate reading it) as well for defending jorson2. Well, you'd be mistaken. I think that what Austin and Emily Hagins have done is tremendously cool, and I hope that anyone who takes the time to read my posts will be able to see that.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Great Story

    by mostdwnloadedman

    Congrats Emily!

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 5:44 p.m. CST

    At age 12 when I saw a scary movie

    by Quin the Eskimo

    I stayed up all night, looking at the ceiling (so I wouldn't see any ghost/demons/devils/murderous porcelin dolls) tucked into my right arm was my Louisville Slugger, and on the night stand was a Bible. I could not have been friends with Emily. We would have been bitter enemies. But now I think COOL Beans!

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I'm with you on that one Quin

    by liljuniorbrown

    That girl is one intelligent bad ass chick.When i was that age i saw night of the living dead by myself in the fucking day time and i was still scared shitless for weeks. I say congradulations and i hope you pursue this dream and that one day it will bring in some decent money for you and your family. My dad and his wife are foster parents. Three or four years ago the state brought three kids to his house because they were found living in the woods in a tent,no running water or anything,there mom was a crack head who abused them all the time. I had to watch them after school one day so i told my wife to show them how to operate the Dvd player but just don't let them watch anything bad. When i came home one of the girls was watching Daredevil,it kind of caught me off guard so i asked her why she had picked that movie and if she had ever read a comic book. To my suprise she opened her little book bag and showed me several old Marvel coloring books and pictures she had sketched of the diffrent comic book panels.She definitely felt like an outsider because most kids her age are into Mtv and trying to act older than they are.My wife has tried to be like a big sister to her and I try and encourage her to take art classes and be as creative as she can be,so i can't wait to show her this article. It's good to know that not only are there kids out there that would enjoy movies instead of screaming and running around in the theater,but there are some that can actually be inspired by the process and magic of movie making. I'm not so scared of the youth of tomorrow anymore.

  • Aug. 18, 2005, 9:45 p.m. CST

    La, la ,la

    by Mister Man

    "The magic of moviemaking." Let's talk the reality of production - Hollywood eats 12 year-old girls for breakfast. You can skip around and throw kisses and hugs, but this whole concept is a load of crap. I've had a few drinks with the Austin Film Society folks, and they're definitely in an alternate universe.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST

    by BDT

    The magic of movie making. Telling a story the way you envision it using words, emotions, pictures and sounds effectively. Nothing more, nothing less. Human imagination and creativity are magic. The magic becomes real with perseverance, talent, experience, hard work and generosity... even at age twelve, Emily is making real magic (I know her pretty well, so I can say that). Perhaps Hollywood has lost its way in deciding to consume twelve year olds for breakfast thinking it will make them more money. What a fabulous story from liljuniorbrown. Keep on encouraging young folks. It is so important to the future.