Gary Kent, Drew Thomas & John Herndon

On Wednesday February 9th, WOTA invites Gary Kent, Drew Thomas, and John Herndon to talk about screenwriting, filmmaking, and the creative process. The show is broadcast LIVE from 6-7pm Central Texas Time every Wednesday. Austinites can tune in on 91.7 FM. The rest of the universe can stream us live at KOOP.org.

Listen to the Interview

Before the show starts, I will be making this announcement:

“The Texas Observer is holding its first annual short story contest. The venerable publication has told many great stories over the past half-century . . . they’ve just been depressingly true. Help them change that. Author Larry McMurtry will judge the contest. The winner gets a thousand bucks and publication in the 2011 Summer Books issue. Deadline is May 1st. You can read the guidelines and submit your story at texasobserver.org.”

Bios of our guests:

Multi-award winning filmmaker Gary Kent, whose career spans 50 years, has included writing/directing/acting, stunts and special effects for the likes of Don Coscarelli, Peter Bogdanovich, Bryan DePalma, Richard Rush and the “king of outre,” Al Adamson. Gary has written five produced screenplays: his original Where’s Bassett’s Body? Won Best Screenplay By A Texas Writer at the Lone Star Screenplay Competition. Kent has worked with, among others: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Penny Marshall, Bruce Dern, Ann-Margret, and Man From Uncle, Robert Vaughn.

Stunt-wise, his car-jacking drag of actor Esai Morales in Rain Day Friends, a film Gary also wrote and directed, won Best Special Stunt in a Motion Picture at the International Stuntman Awards. His memoir, “Shadows and Light/Journeys With Outlaws In Revolutionary Hollywood” was picked by Laura Wagner, of Classic Images, as the Best Film Book of 2010.

You can learn more about Gary by going to his website: www.garywarnerkent.com

Drew Thomas was born in Missouri and grew up in Jackson, TN. He is the youngest son of T. Donley Thomas and Margaret Lawless, both classical musicians. In 2001, his first feature film Jin Kato Mu won the top award at the Memphis Indie Film Fest. Since then he has directed dozens of short films, commercials, and music videos for internationally recognized bands such as Day of Fire and Jonathan Singleton and the Grove. Thomas graduated from UT Austin in 2010 with a degree in Radio-Television-Film. He is currently in development of John Herndon’s new screenplay Gun Barrel Highway.

John Herndon is a poet, screenwriter and musician who lives in Austin. A native Texan born in 1954, he holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Texas, and teaches writing and literature at Austin Community College. He has published eight books of poetry, most recently Road Trip Through the Four Spheres (Skanky Possum), Proof that the World is Real (Tantrum Press Austin), and Mapping the Debris Field (Off-the-Books Press). His original screenplay Bikes and Trikes was produced in 2010; and he served as host for the Poetry Journal video series and Conversations with John Herndon on KJFK-FM, and recently appeared as “The Seeker” in The Pyramid: Lost and Found directed by Gary Kent.