Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Meet Natchitoches success story at Thursday screening

If you go
WHAT: screening of “Under the Sycamore Tree,” an independent movie starring and written by Chris Shields.
WHEN: screening begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 25). It will be followed by a Scene Screened Q&A with Shields and me.
WHERE: Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St., Shreveport.
COST: free.

As part of our ongoing Scene Screened dialogue series, I'll be hosting a screening of "Under the Sycamore Tree" Thursday at the Robinson Film Center. Our special guest is Chris Shields, an actor originally from Natchitoches who wrote and starred in the indie drama.

During the post-screening Q&A, we'll talk about the movie, his background and his success in putting together a Hollywood career.

This is a really good opportunity to meet a working actor. Shields is best known, perhaps, for playing Corporal Venner on "Battlestar Galactica." He just wrapped a movie called "Christmas Crash" with Michael Madsen. You can find Shields' full resume here.

Chris Jay, RFC's director of programming and marketing, has wanted to screen this movie for some time, in part because it's proof-positive that actors come from Everywhere, USA.

"For a lot of people it’s an educational experience about what you have to go through to break into this industry," Jay said. "Chris Shields isn’t a household name but he’s been in a ton of TV and movies. He’s making it."

Come on down and enjoy the one-time-only, free screening. And bring your questions!

NOTE: This screening is also part of the Southern Black Theatre Festival, which runs locally through Saturday.

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