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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

SEE "Buttleman" by Francis Stokes via the Had to be Made Film Festival!

I CAN swim.  I'm not boyant.  But I can swim. OK peckerheads, listen up! This is a long post but it is all worth it! I'm even forgoing using my spell checker just so I can get it all out sooner!

Time for me to do some serious plugging for a good friend of mine, Francis (Frank) Stokes.

Frank is a very gifted and funny film maker living in LA-LA Land. A short while ago he scraped up enough cash to put together a very funny dark comedy, "Buttleman" starring John Hawkes, and featuring appearances by Karen Black and Dan Castellaneta. For you TRUE indie fans you can also see the talents of fine actors like Anita Barone, Stephen Falk, Stephanie Markham, & Carlos Jacott.

I've seen this film a few times and it is a genuine treat. I'm not going to give you a bullshit review where you assume I like it because Frank's a friend of mine. I'd tell you if I didn't like the film. In fact, I'll tell you now that if I had my druthers the film would be a tad shorter and have a different ending (one that I wrote!), but after those critiques I can say with all honesty that this is a great little flick. Very funny and dark. The cast is excellent and the music accents the well-written story nicely. It is a very good film to watch. PERIOD! But I think you should decide for yourself.

Now how can YOU see this piece of indie-film history? I'm so fucking glad you asked! "Buttleman" is part of the very prestigious Had to be Made Film Festival. Rather than JUST let you check out the HTBMFF website, which sadly, is in DIRE NEED of some updates, I'll let Mr. Stokes himself tell you a little bit about the thing.

From the Buttleman Blog:

"Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Had To Be Made Film Festival is just around the corner, so here is the latest information...

The Had To Be Made Film Festival has a partnership with small, non-chain video stores across the country who rent out the movies in monthly volumes. Volume 9 has "Buttleman" and two short films, and will be on the shelves in late December. I have included a list of the participating stores below, so you can see if there is one in your state.

If NOT, you have just about a week to get your local store to participate. After that, they won't include the store until the next festival, and they won't get "Buttleman"! So, here's what to do: Tell the store's owner or manager about the festival, and if they're interested get their name, address and phone number. Then contact Sonia Giddens at Had to Be Made and let her know about them. The best way is to call her: 323-653-3937, but you can also email her at Let her know all the info and tell the video store to expect her call - then check back with them in a couple days. Be sure to tell her you want them to have the CURRENT series, with "Buttleman". Remember, time is of the essence!"

Now do check out the festival site and figure out how to vote for favorite films and all that. I'll also repost the latest list of store locations where you can rent the flick. Don't try to find it on their site. Did I mention that they are in dire need of some site updates???

SEE Buttleman!Had to Be Made Film Festival Locations

Latest Additions
Specialty Video Chicago, IL
Quick-Flix Cambridge, MA
Video Village Rockwall, TX
Video Station Alameda, CA

Casa Video
2905 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85716

Movies on Central
4700 North Central Avenue #121
Phoenix, AZ 85012

49'er Video
6633 Ventana Dr Rancho Murieta, CA 95683

Penny Lane
620 S Raymond Avenue #4 Pasadena, CA 91105

Video Journeys
2730 Griffith Park Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027

302 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405

Movie Merchants
201 W. Napa Street Sonoma, CA 95476

Box Office Video
6960 McKinley Street Sebastopol, CA 95472

American Video Center
14442 Union Avenue San Jose, CA 95124

Video Depot
41865 Boardwalk #109 Palm Desert, CA 92211

Carmel Valley Video
308 Mid Valley Ctr Carmel, CA 93923

Video Station
1929 Broadway Alameda, CA 94501

Media Wave
1596 Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824

Video Cinema Ridgefield, CTWASHINGTON DC

Potomac Video
5536A Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20015

New Concept Video
1671 Meridian Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Cinema Shack
707-A E. Lake Drive Decatur, GA 30030

Pauwela Video
375 W. Kuiaha Road Suite 35 Haiku, HI 96708

Video West
560 Washington Ave. N. Ketchum, ID 83340

Video Revolution
97 Thoreau Street Concord, MA 01742

PM Productions
485 High Street Dedham, MA 02026

8 Bow St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Potomac Video
7300 Baltimore Ave #A College Park, MD 20740

Video To Go
300 N Clippert St #18 Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 351-2255

Movie Store, Ltd.
15300 Kercheval Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
(313) 822-1355

No really.  SEE Buttleman!NORTH CAROLINA
Visart Video
300 E. Main Street Carrboro, NC 27510

Visart Video
3405 Hillsborough Road Durham, NC 27705

Visart Video 1945 E. 7th Street Charlotte, NC 28204

Sussex Video Total Entertainment
205 Rt. 23 Sussex, NJ 07461

Kim's Video
6 St. Mark Place (between 2nd & 3rd) New York, NY 10003

Big Picture DVD Superstore
9220 Liverpool Road Liverpool, NY 13088

TLA Video
52 W. 8th Street New York, NY 10011

Granville Video
478 S. Main Street Granville, OH 43023

Campus Video
16 S. Main Street Oberlin, OH 48912
(440) 775-7422

B-Ware Video
13367 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107

Trilogy Video
2484 NW Thurman Street Portland, OR 97210

DJ's Video
1670 Ashland Street Ashland, OR 97520

LaBeck's Video Chest
2310 N. Lombard Street Portland, OR 97217

Movie Madness
4320 S.E. Belmont Street Portland, OR 97215

Rick's Video
1300 Broad Street Greensburg, PA 15601

TLA Video
736 Lancaster Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19106

West Coast Video
4614 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224

TLA Video
517 S. 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

TLA Video 1520
Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

TLA Video
7630 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118

TLA Video
1808 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

Cactus Music and Video
2930 South Sheperd Drive Houston, TX 77098

I Luv Video
4803 Airport Boulevard Austin, TX 78751

Take-1 Video
2811 Thornton Lane Temple, TX 76502

Take-1 Video
2144 North Main Street Belton, TX 76513

Video Depot
403 S. Bosque Street 9 Whitney, TX 76692

Waterloo Records and Video Video Annex
1016 W. 6th Street Austin, TX 78703

Video Village
1107 Ridge Rd. Rockwall, TX 75087

Beyond Video
1141 Willoughby Square Charlottesville, VA 22902

Potomac Video
7505 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043

MMMmmm, Buttleman!WASHINGTON
Island Movies
382 Madison Avenue N Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Scarecrow Video
5030 Roosevelt Way Seattle, WA 98015

Video Tonite
218 W 1st St Aberdeen, WA 98520

Silverscreen Videos
1050A Hildebrand Lane Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Four Star Video Heaven
315 N. Henry Street Madison, WI 53703

Get out and support independent film. Help start a brilliant career. Make Frank famous so I'll have a big-time connection one day soon! Also check back because I'll be posting reminders, updates, and even an interview with the "real" Harold Buttleman! Bye for now!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jezus, Karen Black still alive? Your a good plugger by the way!

2:26 AM

Blogger Andy Land said...

Are you hitting on me? ;)

Yep Karen is alive and well. OK, she's healthy. I don't know if she's ever been "well".

Please tell your friends about the fest & the film!

6:54 AM

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