HOUSTON FILM COMMISSION'S TEXAS FILMMAKER'S SHOWCASE 2017
Pictured from left to right: Caleb Gonzalez, Lance Childers (The Gold Line), Ryan Booth (Five Star), Liz Cardenas (Imago), Henry Proegler (Five Star), Jared Kudabeck, Tyler Russell (Shilo), Makena Buchanan.
Texas Filmmaker's Showcase at DGA Theater, Los Angeles
The sun breaks the horizon and covers the Houston skyline in morning light and long shadows.
This is the beginning of the golden hour. Inside his apartment, Steven just woke up and had
an epiphany, an idea for a great graffi ti mural. After roughly sketching his idea, he leaves his
apartment and skateboards toward the Houston skyline. Along the way, he is inspired by the
stunning visuals that come with a great sunrise. At the same time, fi ve other young skateboarders
are navigating their own individual paths through the urban landscape of downtown Houston.
The day, and their lives have just begun. Few will ever be this alive and awake.
(26:40 min.)• •by Ryan Booth & Henry ProeglerAustin, TX
With 41 full-ride Division I scholarship offers, Brandon Jones is one of the most heavily recruited
high school football players in the country. But beneath the stats, the college off ers, and the
very real possibility of achieving his dreams of playing in the NFL, he’s just a kid. And he’s
facing the biggest decision of his life.
(8:00 min.)• •by Liz Cardenas FrankeDallas, TX
The courageous, life-altering decision to never let anyone bully him again – not even his own
father – leads a 15-year-old gay teen to fully embrace his true identity. Based on a true story.
In 2006 a young man on his second deployment with the 10th Mountain Division arrived into
war-torn Baghdad. His name is Shilo Harris. He had left his home behind, as his father did
for Vietnam, to fulfi ll his destiny and serve his country. Five months later, his severely burned
body was recovered alongside three fallen soldiers and their exploded armored vehicle. How
Staff Sergeant Harris survived against all odds and became the man he was meant to be is the
unforgettable story of Shilo.