Someone once told me that dogs understand every word that you tell them. I didn't really believe that - until I got Fletcher. And being a Jack Russell must mean that, when he appears not to listen, he's actually just ignoring me.
On the grounds of the Texas Capitol is a memorial to the Texas soldiers and sailors who were killed in The Civil War. The text on the monument goes on and on about state's rights as guaranteed in the US Constitution, and how these brave men took up arms against their homeland to assert these rights. The right to own slaves is not mentioned on the plaque. But the memorial does have a great tableau of statues. The figures do more for the memory of those who fought than any differences those sides might have had - differences both sides took with them to their graves.
Just a reminder that I've had Fletcher two years now. He continues to be a playful, energetic, great little guy. One of his finest moments happened while I walked him in the park, off-leash. Six or eight people were performing their tai chi exercise, doing that slow motion zen stuff. Fletcher did not like the looks of them, moving their arms and legs and torsos with just slightly more animation than a tree. The sight of them just didn't sit right with him, and he sounded the alarm, barking like crazy, warning anyone else nearby to stay away from these slow motion people. (Fletcher has also barked at statues.) I leashed him up and got him out of there. Then I told him he was a good dog.
A screenplay that I began 12 years ago wrapped production at the end of May. It was an idea that started with Steven Prince, the first couple of drafts written by me. Steve went to work on the script then. At one point, our work won first place in the Santa Barbara Screenplay competition. Nice to have the recognition, but the studios and production companies were not kicking down our doors to throw money at our feet. But Steve always pushed it, uphill much of the time. He ended up directing it.
It's Divine Access, starring Billy Burke, Gary Cole, Patrick Warburton, Dora Madison, and Joel David Moore. Adrienne Barbeau has a nice part in it as well. The cinematographer was Julie Kirkwood, who made the whole thing look just beautiful. As a bonus, I was cast in a role, playing a hayseed who has a near death experience after choking on a hot dog.
Currently, Divine Access is in post-production.
Inspired by this taste of acting again, I was motivated to update my head shot: