Houston, TX (PressExposure) November 08, 2011 -- Local filmmakers with Pendragon Productions in association with Danko Studios take on the ambitious period-drama, Moonglow. Set mostly in June 1934, the film runs the gamut from Post-World War I America, to the glamour of Old Hollywood, to the Market Crash of 1929 and on into the Great Depression. Mirroring present day concerns with the economy, Moonglow is a film that spins a timeless tale of love and societal repression.
Houston - known primarily for genre films like horror and raunchy comedies - gets a breath of fresh air with the ambitious art-film Moonglow, which aims to bring both beauty and depth to local filmmaking.
"People raise an eyebrow when we tell them what era we're covering and the kind of sets and costumes we need." says Renee Edd, award-winning writer and director.
"They say we can't do it," says award-winning director, Judy Garlow. But the production team plans to prove everyone wrong.
There are many challenges to recreating history. Determined to stay in Texas and not leave for the alluring tax incentives of Louisiana, these filmmakers will shoot Moonglow at the 1853 Liendo Plantation northwest of Houston, a recreated World War I trench in Ennis, Texas, and in and around various locations in both Galveston and Houston.
Rather than starting with popular crowd-funding sites like Indiegogo or Kickstarter, Moonglow's two main characters use a wedding registry site to raise funds. Instead of registering at Bed Bath & Beyond or Tiffany's, Moonglow's registry includes hard drives and Best Buy gift cards as well as cash gifts that include incentives.
Their first fundraiser in October was a "Bachelorette Party" for the main female character. The second fundraiser will take place on December 1st at Celtic Gardens and partner with the Leukemia/Lymphoma society for a silent bachelor/bachelorette auction from 6:00 - 9:00PM
Moonglow is directed by Renee Edd and produced by Judy Garlow, Anna Peterek, and Renee Edd, with Michelle Mower as Consulting Producer. Sharad Patel, director of the feature film, "Christian Roane" is Director of Photography. And Kevin Cahoon, star of the recent Disney feature film "Mars Needs Moms" & the original Broadway cast of "The Lion King" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" will Assistant Direct.
If you are interested in speaking with someone from the production team, please call Anna Peterek at 713 553 6867 or email info@MoonglowTheMovie.com. For more information about the film visit [http://www.MoonglowTheMovie.com].
"Wedding" Registry: http://www.eregistry.com/Events/MoonglowMovieRegistry
About The Production Team:
Renee Edd - An award winning screenwriter and director, Renee holds a degree in Film from one of the top 5 Film Schools in the US - The University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with honors. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Oxford University and NYU. She has taught on-camera acting since 2001. She has also worked for MTV News, Rolling Stone, ABC-News, as well as local NBC affiliates in Houston and Austin. As an actress, she has over 30 theater credits including "Jekyll & Hyde" directed by Tony-Nominated Bob Cuciolli at Theatre Under The Stars. Her recent film roles include the SAG feature: "Burned Soul" and the features: "The Loop" and "The Art of Killing Bigfoot".
As head of Pendragon Productions South, she's directed and/or produced several short films, commercials and long-form videos including the recent short - "Midsummer" which previewed at the Houston Sneak Peek in August 2010 and the 2011 DeSoto Film Festival, "When We Dance" which screened at the first Austin Student Film Festival & the 8mm Film Festival. Her screenplay, "One True Faith" placed 2nd in the Austin Film Festival. Her screenplay "My Kind Of Funny" was a finalist in the Texas Film Institute Screenplay competition. Recent projects include commercials for Texas Laporoscopic Clinic, a music video for Dallas band: "The Ramonalisas", the highly anticipated web/television series: "Morgue & Stein" and the short film "Love Will Tear Us Apart". She is currently in development for her first feature film "Moonglow." She is represented by Pastorini-Bosby.
Judy Garlow- Director/Producer/Filmmaker, a Texas native, and a graduate from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and photography. After reading "A Time to Kill" and "The Firm" with the desire to be like "John Grisham" she attended UH Law Center and received her JD in 1995. After several years in medical malpractice and civil litigation she left law and jumped eagerly into the film/TV industry. A self professed film & TV buff she paid her dues by starting out as a production assistant on the TV show "Eye for an Eye" and has done everything from craft services, set and props design, cameraman/DP, writer, casting director, editor, directing and anything she could get her hands on.
Judy finally took that major step and formed her own Film & TV production company, Danko Studios, and has several projects in development and production. In 2009 she was associate producer on the short film "Unfortune.net" in the 48Hr Film Race and the film went on to win 1st Place at the 2009 Gulf Coast Film Festival.
Judy produced and directed the experimental 2010 short film "Key of D" which screened at Houston's first Summer Sneak Peek at the River Oaks Theater in August 2010. Recently, she directed the awarding winning short film "Connect" with the Spring Film Group. Judy is executive producer of the TV series "Morgue & Stein",. She is the operations and development manager for Mi Casa Broadcasting.
Anna Peterek - Anna Peterek is originally from Cincinnati. She attended film school at HCC, and then went on to Sam Houston State University for her Criminal Justice degree. She is the current treasurer of the Houston Chapter of Women In Film. Recent production manager credits include: "Midsummer", "CSI Miami Parody", "Sugar" Music video, "Morgue & Stein", the feature film "Katy Nation" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart." She writes screenplays, poetry, and intends to publish a novel one day if she can find the time between her full time job in the banking industry and her many film, television and music video projects.
Michelle Mower - is a writer, director and producer based in Houston, Texas. She has produced and/or directed a number of music videos, short films and is currently in post production on her feature directorial debut film titled THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER. Michelle is a member of Southwest Alternate Media Project, where she worked as Program Coordinator for 8 years, Women In Film & Television - Houston, Austin Film Society and has served on the board of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA).
Patrick D. Green - is a Theatre and Film Actor who studied the craft throughout High School and College. His study of Film Acting has continued most recently with instructors such as Eleese Lester and Joanna Sanchez. His stage role highlights include John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Thomas Cromwell in A Man for All Seasons, multiple roles in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and Le Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Patrick was on the Board of local theatre company Unhinged Productions for two seasons and served as Vice President of that Board as well. Recently, Patrick has been afforded the opportunity to work with film talent including: Sean Keith Thompson (Deck Chairs); Chuck Walker (Texas Triangle); Renee Edd (Morgue & Stein); Rakesh Jacob (Come Away With Me); and Paul Bright (Goliad Uprising). Moonglow is the second film co-developed by him and Renee Edd. A short-film, Love Will Tear Us Apart, by both was recently directed by Judy Garlow. Patrick's resume can also be seen on IMDB. Patrick is currently represented by A Plus Actors of Texas.