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Short Film “Knife” Being Shot in Fort Worth Starring “Breaking Bad” Actor

Award-winning filmmaker brings production to hometown

Fort Worth, TX, June 12, 2010 --( Fort Worth native and independent filmmaker, James Johnston, launched production of his latest short film, “Knife” on June 5. Shooting will take place at various locations in and around Fort Worth over the course of eight days. Fort Worth actor, Charles Baker, who portrays Skinny Pete in the Emmy Award-winning television series, “Breaking Bad” will star.

As a writer, director and producer, Johnston’s previous films have earned numerous accolades and screened at major festivals, including SXSW. “Knife” is a slow-burning, mystery that examines the journey of a man driven by vengeance. It is being produced by, Alec Jhangiani, Lone Star Film Society (LSFS) artistic director and executive produced by Dennis Bishop, Director of the LSFS.

The project has already generated national attention from the popular independent film news outlet, indieWIRE, for its unique lack of scripted dialogue, and the innovative use of “crowdsourcing,” an online fundraising strategy that utilizes websites such as IndieGoGo to generate capital. The project has already earned a grant from the prestigious Rooftop Films program in New York.

”By stripping away the dialogue, and removing overbearing plot elements, ‘Knife’ strikes at the heart of the Southern Gothic mythos without falling prey to redundancy,” said Johnston.

David Lowery, who wrote and directed the feature film “St. Nick,” produced by Johnston in 2009 will edit the film. Another “St. Nick” collaborator, Jonathan Rudak, will serve as production designer. “Knife” will be shot with 16mm cameras from Panavision and film from Kodak.

“Considering the significant transition that our art and industry are experiencing, the idea of returning to the roots of filmmaking through silent film is very compelling as a potential means to address the major questions we face as modern filmmakers,” said Jhangiani.

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