Small town girl does good – behind indie film MLE

It’s been a while since I did a local news spotlight. This one struck me because Sarah Warren is from my neck of the woods – Southwestern Ontario. I don’t live there any more and I don’t think Warren does either, but, it’s always inspiring to hear stories of people who have managed to take a bigger view of the world than their humble beginnings (though the Great Lakes are not so humble or little!).

Warren’s feature is called MLE and premiere’s next week – January 24th – at London’s Southbank as part of the London Comedy Film Festival. The film is written, directed and stars Warren. Other people get some screen time too, including Paul Haggis and Mike Figgis. (Warren only features directors as actors, it seems, and especially if their name has a double consonant).

The article below – from local Canadian news – shines a light on Warren’s background and the making of the film. Enjoy, and, if you’re in London next week go give it a view!

Hollywood, Iowa – The Film History of the midwest state. Seriously.

I was first attracted to this article because of the genius title. ‘Lights, Camera, Iowa’ deserves to be either the name of a movie itself, or at least the book the article is talking about.

Instead, authors Marty S. Knepper and John Shelton Lawrence went for the slightly less catchy ‘The Book of Iowa Films’.  They have gone through thousands of movies finding references to the Hawkeye state. (One wonders if Hawkeye Pierce from MASH is one!).  It took them 20 years.

This book is a pub quiz in the making!

The world is a truly wonderful and fascinating place. The fact that I even read an article from the Sioux City Journal really illustrates that.

But seriously. These types of books do seem silly but there is a value in film history.

Please, if anyone reads this let me know. I will wait for the audiobook version.

Low-budget, local, period piece Western, Suspense film…mouthful!

It’s been a while since I did a link to a local news piece about a film being shot. I love these types of articles because they show that the desire to make movies is strong in some people, regardless of their access to funding.

Get off yer azz and makes a movie!

So this piece is from Louisiana. It talks about the shooting of a low budget film called ‘Targeted‘ in Thibodaux, LA. LA means Louisiana, for all you people from Los Angeles.

The piece sounds ambitious! It is a period piece, and uses miniatures for sets and exteriors. I am VERY curious to see how that works out. With changes in technology I think that things we were told to shy away from as indie’s are maybe back on the table. Targeted started out with an IndieGoGo campaign that didn’t get fully funded.

I’m not sure why it didn’t get all the money, but, the campaign video is funny.

Here’s the article, but there is also a Facebook page if you want to track progress.


Sadly, the movie is not called that, but, Zombies have struck a town in New Zealand. As anyone who reads this blog will know, I love local news stories about indie films.

The article has some great quotes like:

one of Dunedin’s biggest films since Scarfies.

The film was funded with the aid of the New Zealand Film Commission’s great Escalator scheme.