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Lone Star Film Festival brings focus on local filmmakers

Red Sanders is looking for a house.

No, not a house for him and his family — the president of Red Productions is looking for a house to film an upcoming comedy, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong. The film is directed by Jason Headley, known for his short film It’s Not About the Nail, and takes place primarily in a house that Sanders needs to find before production begins in December.

“If you would like a movie set in your house for three weeks around Christmas, come talk to me,” Sanders said.

Sanders talked about A Bad Idea Gone Wrong and other upcoming projects Thursday at a kickoff event for Lone Star Film Festival. The festival began Thursday and lasts through Sunday. Red Productions’ short film, Melville, will be showing during the short film block on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. Melville, which depicts the emotional struggles of a man diagnosed with cancer, was shot in Fort Worth and premiered at South by Southwest earlier this year.

Red Productions is looking to make Melville into a television series and has teamed up with Los Angeles-based talent agency WME to help pitch the project to networks, Sanders said.

“It’s a long game with the TV world,” he said. “There’s a lot of shows that get pitched, then you get a pilot and then you hopefully get ordered a series.”

Red Productions is working on several other projects as well, from a biopic on Paralympic swimmer Bradley Snyder to a “comedic western,” The King of North Dakota, Sanders said.

He said Rainn Wilson of The Office will be part of The King of North Dakota but did not specify his role.

Sanders was instrumental in helping create the Fort Worth Film Commission, which officially launched three weeks before the Lone Star Film Festival. The commission, a department within the Convention and Visitors Bureau, will act as a liaison for filmmakers looking to film in Fort Worth by connecting filmmakers with local talent and filming locations.

“The future of film in Fort Worth, I feel like, is bright and can be bright,” Sanders said. “We’ve been fortunate to do business here for 10 years now, and it’s been such a blast to grow in this community.”

Sanders said he’s excited about his company’s upcoming projects, but what he needs right now is a house.

“You could go on vacation, or if you’d like to move something in your house then, hey, bring it,” he said. “But this is going to be a really fun comedy.”


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