Nacogdoches Film Festival Report

by William Burns


By Mike T. Lyddon

Nacogdoches Film Festival, Feb. 26,27 and 28th

The Nacogdoches Film Festival is a 3 day event that featured student films and features with a series of panels and workshops on filmmaking.

Guests included George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), Howard Waldrop (Night of the Cooters), Michael Cassutt (Z Nation) and Joe R. Lansdale among others.

George Martin indicated that a TV series was in the works for a show based upon his 1988 werewolf novella “The Skin Trade,”  while Howard Waldrop was in negotiations to do a filmed adaptation of his great story “Night of the Cooters,”  which is a take on H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds,” set in east Texas.  Mr. Lansdale also talked about a proposed movie based upon his novel “The Thicket” starring Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones.”

Saturday night started with a screening of Mike T. Lyddon’s adaptation of Joe Lansdale’s story “By the Hair of the Head” followed by a Q&A with Lansdale and Lyddon.   Lyddon talked about the pitfalls of ultra low budget filmmaking and keeping productions under budget, while Lansdale extolled the virtues of independent cinema in the region and beyond.

The Q&A was immediately followed by a rousing panel on writing for TV and films with panelists George R.R. Martin,  Joe Lansdale,  Howard Waldrop and Michael Cassutt.

After the panel, two episodes from “Game of Thrones” were shown on the big screen: “Blackwater” and “The Lion and the Rose,” which included George R.R. Martin fielding questions after each segment.

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