SEE "Buttleman" by Francis Stokes via the Had to be Made Film Festival!
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 email@example.com. 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???
Had to Be Made Film Festival Locations
Specialty Video Chicago, IL
Quick-Flix Cambridge, MA
Video Village Rockwall, TX
Video Station Alameda, CA
2905 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85716
Movies on Central
4700 North Central Avenue #121
Phoenix, AZ 85012
6633 Ventana Dr Rancho Murieta, CA 95683
620 S Raymond Avenue #4 Pasadena, CA 91105
2730 Griffith Park Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027
302 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
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
41865 Boardwalk #109 Palm Desert, CA 92211
Carmel Valley Video
308 Mid Valley Ctr Carmel, CA 93923
1929 Broadway Alameda, CA 94501
1596 Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824
Video Cinema Ridgefield, CTWASHINGTON DC
5536A Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20015
New Concept Video
1671 Meridian Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
707-A E. Lake Drive Decatur, GA 30030
375 W. Kuiaha Road Suite 35 Haiku, HI 96708
560 Washington Ave. N. Ketchum, ID 83340
97 Thoreau Street Concord, MA 01742
485 High Street Dedham, MA 02026
8 Bow St. Cambridge, MA 02138
7300 Baltimore Ave #A College Park, MD 20740
Video To Go
300 N Clippert St #18 Lansing, MI 48912
Movie Store, Ltd.
15300 Kercheval Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
300 E. Main Street Carrboro, NC 27510
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
6 St. Mark Place (between 2nd & 3rd) New York, NY 10003
Big Picture DVD Superstore
9220 Liverpool Road Liverpool, NY 13088
52 W. 8th Street New York, NY 10011
478 S. Main Street Granville, OH 43023
16 S. Main Street Oberlin, OH 48912
13367 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107
2484 NW Thurman Street Portland, OR 97210
1670 Ashland Street Ashland, OR 97520
LaBeck's Video Chest
2310 N. Lombard Street Portland, OR 97217
4320 S.E. Belmont Street Portland, OR 97215
1300 Broad Street Greensburg, PA 15601
736 Lancaster Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA 19106
West Coast Video
4614 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224
517 S. 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
TLA Video 1520
Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
7630 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118
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
2811 Thornton Lane Temple, TX 76502
2144 North Main Street Belton, TX 76513
403 S. Bosque Street 9 Whitney, TX 76692
Waterloo Records and Video Video Annex
1016 W. 6th Street Austin, TX 78703
1107 Ridge Rd. Rockwall, TX 75087
1141 Willoughby Square Charlottesville, VA 22902
7505 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043
382 Madison Avenue N Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
5030 Roosevelt Way Seattle, WA 98015
218 W 1st St Aberdeen, WA 98520
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!