Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Curse of It Came from Dallas -

Curse of it Came from Dallas -Taking the fifth!

Mark your calendars! October 15th at the Studio Movie Grill in Dallas, the Dallas Producers Association will present "Curse Of It Came From Dallas – Taking the Fifth!" As the storied event spreads its show-off wings once more, a cavalcade of clips to help us remember some highly forgettable, made-in-Dallas films will be on display. There will also be another barrage of non-award-winning commercials and industrials spawned in the 70’s and 80’s.
As in prior installments of what has become the annual panoply of production prowess, local film critic Gary Cogill will capably handle hosting duties. Assisting Mr. Cogill will be his sidekick, Gordon K. Smith, local film archivist and assembler of the night’s show reel. Bob Dauber, chairperson for the annual event said "There will also be a few surprises added to the evening’s festivities that are guaranteed to have the audience gasping for relief."

DATE: Thursday October 15, 2009
TIME: 7:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
LOCATION: Studio Movie Grill – Dallas

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Win A Copy of “Shootin’ The Sh*t With
Kevin Smith: The Best of Smodcast”

It seems as if Kevin Smith can do no wrong when it comes to the entertainment industry. Smith arrived on the scene in the early ’90s and easily conquered the realm of filmmaking by delivering critically successful films, which included 1994’s Clerks and 1997’s Chasing Amy. While being hailed as breath of fresh air for the world of comedic cinema and churning out a plethora of classic films, Smith also managed to become a New York Times Bestselling author by penning My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith.

Now he returns to the literary world with his latest outing, Shootin’ The Sh*t With Kevin Smith: The Best of Smodcast, and you could win a copy of the book, which scored a perfect 10 out of 10 from Icon Vs. Icon’s Steve Johnson. Check out the review here >
You can get you dose of comedic genius by picking up Shootin’ The Sh*t With Kevin Smith: The Best of Smodcast from Titan Books. The book hits stores on September 22, 2009.

3 Winners will be selected to win a copy of Shootin’ The Sh*t With Kevin Smith: The Best of Smodcast

To enter send an email to with “Smodcast!” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number and be sure to include your take on what Kevin Smith’s best work to date might be. It’s that easy!

All entries must be received before 11:59 p.m. EST on September 30st, 2009. Limit one (1) entry per username and person and per email address for the duration of the Entry Period. Multiple entries received from any username or person or e-mail address will be void. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or which subvert the entry process are void.

Official Rules & Eligibility:

June 2008 Video Production Graduate...

Ode to a Chipotle burrito
wins $10,000 for Texan

Shane Connelly likes his Chipotle burrito with steak, peppers and onions, black beans and cheese; no lettuce. For that, plus a little musical and video talent, he gets $10,000.
Connelly, of Denton, Texas, was proclaimed the winner Monday of Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.'s "My Chipotle" contest for the best customer-generated commercial.

Contestants created ads about their favorite combination of burrito ingredients and uploaded them to Chipotle's website. Connelly's do-it-yourself spot for his "Oso Closo Burrito" featured a saucy little soul tune about its ingredients.

Besides winning the $10,000 grand prize, Chipotle plans to add Connelly's burrito recipe to its Dallas-area menus for a limited time.

Clay Carnill of Rochester, Mich., took second place for his rap-style spot. He gets $5,000 and a party at a local Chipotle for 50 friends.

Chipotle claims there are 60,000 possible combinations of ingredients for its burritos.

"We received thousands of submissions with dramatically different approaches and including everything from original music to animation and photography," Mark Crumpacker, Chipotle chief marketing officer, said in a statement. "The common thread through them all was just how passionate these customers are about their favorite Chipotle food."

The winning and runner-up amateur ads can be viewed at

The overall "My Chipotle" campaign was developed by Butler Shine Stern and Partners of Sausalito, Calif. Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) operates about 900 restaurants.
Denver Business Journal - by Mark Harden

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Friday, September 11, 2009

WHIP IT Fan Day at Urban Outfitters...

Drew Barrymore "meet and greet" next Wednesday, September 16.

This is free and open to the public.

Wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first
served basis at Urban Outfitters starting at 5:30PM.

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Urban Outfitters
5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 190
Dallas, TX 75206

A DJ from a KHKS-FM will host the event.

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Submitted by Tara Tawater

Thursday, September 3, 2009

We're looking for VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS...

This year VideoFest needs your help more then ever. We have a lot of exciting films and artist coming to town. And our 4-day Fest start Nov 5th but we need help getting ready right now. We're looking for some enthusiastic people to help. This is a great opportunity for college students. Come see how a nonprofit works and be on the inside of Film Festival screenings and parties. All jobs are part time and not paid. But please let me know if you want to help, you don't have to know anything about film or video. You just have to have fun.

Marketing Manager Volunteer: You find business and corporations to raise funds and inform about advertising opportunities. Meet the business of Dallas.

Festival Event Coordinator: Plan the parties and events that make a festival fun. You'll be working closely with Marketing to engage the business community and gain sponsorship.

Graphics/office Intern: We have a lot of message and no messenger. If you'd like to have a chance to build a portfolio and work with artist, this will be a good place to start.

Office Intern: If you're interested in working with Non-profit Organizations this is a great place to start. We are a small Org. so you'll be able to see all the parts working up close, from grant writing, fund raising, organizing the people , to board meetings.

FEST Volunteer: Help during the Fest Nov5-8th.

Please send an e-mail with your name, background, and availability. Put the position you'd like to take in the subject line of your e-mail.

Johnny Rutledge, VAD Managing Director -

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Recent client visits –

Andrea Maiella and Andrew Urbanyi, AiDallas interns and Kevin Hanson, Principal

Doug Ruppert, Executive Producer and Mark Haynes, Creative Director -AiDallas Alumni

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This is an email from one of our Alumni -

Ok friends, I know normally no one does this but I find it funny seeing myself messup allot. I was applying for a job yesterday and I was required to do a video portfolio profile of myself which pretty much means you record yourself talking about who you are and etc. So at first I thought it was gonna be fast and easy but was i wrong! I literally took 2 hours to get it right which means I had allot of bad takes so here it is for you and world to see. My Messups compiled just for you.... Enjoy!

North Texas’ Largest
Latino Film Festival
The Vistas Film Festival shows great Latino films year-round. Each fall, Vistas hosts a four-day festival at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station in Dallas, attracting directors, producers and stars from around the globe. Thousands of film lovers from across North Texas attend the festival to watch movies, have coffee with the filmmakers and to mingle at the after-parties. We invite you to attend the 10th Annual Vistas Film Festival from September 17-20, 2009 at the Angelika Film Center.

The Vistas Film Festival brings great cinematic works by or about Latinos to North Texas. Since 1999, Vistas has given movie-lovers a rare, yet wonderful, opportunity to see exceptional motion pictures from places as remote as the Andes Mountains or as familiar as the streets of San Antonio. Sadly, most of the 300-plus films that Vistas has shown have never returned to Dallas/Fort Worth or other theaters in the United States.

The films shown at Vistas reflect the rich diversity of Latino cultures. We seek to include all genres from every country in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain. Filmmakers of all cultural backgrounds pleasantly surprise us with films that transcend geographic and cultural boundaries. The wide-ranging topics addressed in the films—whether they are humorous or heavy—reflect the boundless creativity of both emerging and experienced filmmakers. Collectively, they capture the spirit of the 2009 Vistas Film Festival: Old Traditions. New Stories.
The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival values independent horror filmmakers and fans of independent horror.

The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival is now accepting short and feature length independent horror films and trailers for upcoming independent horror films.

If you are a horror fan, we hope to see you at The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival!

DFVP Alum Gets Icky

DFVP alum Richard Kent's documentary, "Icky Twerp: The Electronic Babysitter," is the featured film at the upcoming Slam Bang Theater Retro Weekend.

The event, which runs September 24 and 26, benefits iMedia's Youth Channel. The weekend will bring back memories of Dallas and Fort Worth during the formative years of today's baby boomers, and along with the documentary screening, will feature a Slam Bang Theater cable television marathon, a 60s dance band, and much more. Lysa Ausmus served as the producer of "Icky Twerp," which was named best documentary last spring at a Fort Worth film competition, part of the Main Street Arts Festival.

For more information and to find out what time the documentary will screen on the 26th, visit