Mr. Bearhood’s Wild Ride

By: qwerty53

Jul 28 2009

Category: Independent Filmakers, Uncategorized

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How did two young men from Alabama capture the attention of Hollywood and find their script (The Baytown Disco), presented to the likes of Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) and Lawrence Bender (Good Will Hunting)?

Barry Battles, vice-president of BearHood Productions, LLC, says creative passion and perhaps a smidgen of good fortune along the way, began the journey will take him and writing partner and actor Griffin Hood westward next month to confer with studios and producers.

The pair has produced three films and spent this past October and November writing from a sofa in the back of Big Mountain Coffee, each equipped with their usual—a chai latte, a hot chocolate and a shared laptop.

“I have always loved films,” avers Battles, “and some that have influenced me are Life As a House starring Kevin Kline as a dying man desperate to atone for wasted years and The Empire Strikes Back.

“One of the first movies I can remember seeing was The Karate Kid. “I watch this movie when I’m sad, sick, happy, bored. I watch this film at least once a month. It’s the perfect tale of friendship as a lost boy finds a father figure.”

While working as a freelance film editor, Battles was able to bring a clip of their work to the attention of actor and Clay County native, Clayne Crawford. Crawford has had a variety of television roles since 2001, as well as the movie, A Walk to Remember. Crawford has been instrumental in opening doors to the talent of BearHood Productions.

Both Battles and Hood say that theirs is a true collaboration, united by their similar goals. They have found, perhaps, a touch of magic playing off one another and each cites in the other the necessary willingness to take an idea to the next level and to “always be a student of that process.”

Their first short film, Mr. Extion (repeat that quickly to yourself three times) was produced as a resume film on a budget of $300. Most of that amount, they note, was spent for beards and hats! This light comedy toured the 2007 film festival circuit showing in about 40 cities and winning multiple accolades.

Both Battles and Hood, a theater major and graduate of University of Montevallo, say that nothing is more engrossing and satisfying than creating new worlds and the characters that inhabit them.

“These are worlds unknown before we type them into existence.”

Keep up-to-date with the careers of this promising duo at: http://bearhoodproductions.com/

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