Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Shreveporter's 'Judges' is on the rental racks

Stephen Patrick Walker, a Shreveport native who made the low-budget "Judges" in Virginia, has recently moved back home to make more movies.

"Judges" is currently available through Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery and his website. Box stores' dot-coms might have it, too.

To make things cooler for Walker, his people (I love that stupid phrase) are currently pushing "Judges" at the American Film Market's trade show in Los Angeles. They are hoping to land "Judges" an international distribution deal, perhaps in countries like Germany, Spain and Japan.

"It's a modern-day western, basically a revenge tale about a drifter who comes into town to avenge his brother's death," Walker told me back in March.

The spaghetti western-inspired feature runs 96 minutes and was made for $150,000 (that's not a typo).

If you haven't seen it, it's worth the cheddar. Despite being made on the cheap, it's big on attitude and atmosphere. The script cuts some seriously good cheese, too.

"I really just love those sarcastic one-liners and decided that was the kind of film I was going to write," he said.

Hollywood Videos in Shreveport and Bossier City have it. I checked.

Walker graduated from Shreveport's Southwood High School in 1996.

Soon I'll chat with him about his plans.

And by the way, "Mr. Brooks" was screened at AFM. It stars Kevin Costner, Demi Moore and William Hurt and was shot in Shreveport between April and July.

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