Texas Motion Picture Alliance Event!

I will be speaking on a panel this Saturday for the TXMPA (Texas Motion Picture Alliance) at the SMU campus. I will be "interviewed" along with Gary Brown the producer of the FOX Network show "Prison Break". I will be representing the independent filmmaking side of things. Please come to the event if you can!

The event is a fundraiser and networking opportunity for anyone and everyone involved in the TV and Film industry in Texas.

Who is TXMPA?

The TXMPA is an organization of organizations from all over the state of Texas dedicated to significantly bolstering and expanding the existing infrastructure of the film/video/interactive media and video game production industry in the State of Texas. Its purpose is to support the creation of financial incentives to producers of all such media both from within and outside of the state.

Their main goal right now is to raise funds (to pay a new lobbying firm recently hired) to push legislation though that will create new Tax Incentives for outside production companies (i.e. Hollywood) so they will produce more films here.

Because of production incentives offered by other states, including New Mexico and Louisiana, the Texas production industry has been devastated over the last several years as companies have closed, crew has relocated to other states, and invaluable production infrastructure has begun to erode.

In just three (3) short years of incentives, Louisiana increased motion picture production from $20 million per year to an astounding $350 million per year. Right now Texas’ film/TV and commercial production industry has dropped to $200 million per year.

Conservative estimates project that in the first year of a competitive incentive program, Texas would realize an increase in production revenue of $300 million! Money that WILL be spent by the entertainment industry somewhere one way or another. This would bring the total production related revenue to $1 BILLION over a two year period.

If you can't make the event it will be streamed live on the web. Go to the TXMPA home page 30 minutes prior to the show (noon CST) and select "Attend Event".

Thanks for the support!
-Blake


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Who Am I?

I'm a filmmaker who's produced & directed five feature films including the comedy SPILT MILK (available on iTunes), the new horror/thriller PHOBIA (on iTunes) and the action/thiller KILLING DOWN (which you can buy or rent at pretty much all the usual places).

I also created the Streamy and Webby award-winning web series PINK, which to date has been viewed online around 10 MILLION times at places like YouTube, Hulu, Koldcast and TheWB.com. And speaking of TheWB.com, I also produced and directed an online thriller for them called EXPOSED. It was released summer 2010. And most recently I created a new online sci-fi series called CONTINUUM, which is part of the online indie TV network JTS.tv - Just The Story and NOW available via VOD through indie platform Distrify.

Oh, and I don't shoot weddings. Thanks for asking though.

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