Short Zombie Film Announcement, The Black Earth, Shooting in WI

My friend and film-making colleague James Warbington sent out a press release today for a short zombie film that he is shooting in Wisconsin. James combines southern sensibilities with his expansive imagination to create interesting film narratives, and I believe that he demonstrates his abilities in his upcoming film The Black Earth. I have worked with James on a number of projects including two 48-Hour Film Festivals in Atlanta (once he was the producer/director and once I acted as producer/director) and he and his wife Camille recorded the 2009 Science Fiction Research Association Conference in Atlanta for me. You may read more about his upcoming film The Black Earth in the press release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:

Director & Writer: James T. Warbington

Production Company: Black Scorpion Films, LLC

Executive Producer: Kevin Wayne Film Studios

Producer: Family Curse Productions

warbrookfilms@gmail.com

www.theblackearthmovie.com

Short “Zomedy” Zombie Comedy to be filmed in Black Earth, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin March 25th 2011. James T. Warbington in association with Kevin Wayne Film Studios, Black Scorpion Films, LLC and Family Curse Productions has announced the short film tentatively titled “The Black Earth” to be filmed in it’s name sake, Black Earth, Wisconsin in June 2011.

“The Black Earth” is the story of two country boys and their family. The two cousins are considered the Black Sheep and outcast of the town. As they spend their free time imitating stunts they have seen on television and known for having a beer or two they become the unlikely heroes that save the day. As the tourist run in fear, they laugh in the face of the undead, turn up a beer and the radio and get to protecting Black Earth from the undead invasion. The short film to be used as a stepping stone to secure the additional funding to film the feature length.

The title and location was inspired by a visit to Black Earth on ancestor search. After visiting the town and realizing it’s charm, not only did the tentative title spawn from it, it was decided it was an excellent place to film as well. Director and Writer James T. Warbington explained while scouting locations “It (Black Earth) is a wonderful town and everyone has been extremely accepting to what we want to accomplish there.”

Kevin Wayne Studios is the executive headquarters for Black Scorpion Films, LLC, based out of Birmingham, Alabama has filmed 4 feature length films as well as many short films and been a solid member of Sidewalk independent Film Festival in Alabama. Kevin Wayne Film Studios is currently in post production of the film “Company M: a mob of soldiers” as well as pre-production of the feature length “Bloodtype”. Family Curse Productions has been executive producers of 2 short films and is currently in pre-production of the feature length “The Beast” in Huntington, Pennsylvania. James T. Warbington, with over a decade of experience in professional sports, live theater as well as directed and been cinematographer on many Black Scorpion Films, LLC and Family Curse projects will be heading up “The Black Earth” short film in Wisconsin.

We hope to prove once again to all film makers that Wisconsin is a great place for the film industry.

For more information about the film, please visit www.theblackearthmovie.com.

Also you can contact for any information: warbrookfilms@gmail.com.

Republican Tactic Ends Stalemate in Wisconsin – NYTimes.com

More unfortunate news tonight according to The New York Times. The Wisconsin State Senators found a legal loophole to pass Governor Walker’s public union busting bill that takes away rights and money from Wisconsin’s workers to meet budgetary shortfalls created by his substantial corporate tax breaks:

The bitter political standoff in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker’s bid to sharply curtail collective bargaining for public-sector workers ended abruptly Wednesday night, as his Republican counterparts in the State Senate successfully maneuvered to adopt a bill doing just that.

After a three-week stalemate, Republican senators pushed the measure through in less than half an hour, with the Senate’s Democrats still miles away trying to block the vote. Democratic Assembly members complained bitterly, and protesters, who had spent many days at the Capitol, continued their chants and jeers.

I have written previously that I support the WI workers here, and I am concerned about what this loss and the other recent workers’ rights losses in Idaho and Ohio mean for us all (i.e., the ~80% of the American population that controls less than 15% of net worth according to G. William Domhoff here). These are radical attacks on the ability of public servants, who provide invaluable services for citizens, to get a fair shake against overzealous and ideologically motivated politicians and administrators who want to cripple public services and our educational system.

via Republican Tactic Ends Stalemate in Wisconsin – NYTimes.com.

I Stand with the Wisconsin Public Workers

According to The Huffington Post, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker refuses to do what makes democracy work: compromise:

As union supporters moved inside for a sixth straight day of protests at the Wisconsin Capitol, Gov. Scott Walker reiterated Sunday that he wouldn’t compromise on the issue that had mobilized them, a bill that would eliminate most of public employees’ collective bargaining rights [via Madison Protests Continue, But Governor Scott Walker Is Unmoved].

I am an educator in the State of Ohio, and I stand with the workers of Wisconsin. It is important for educators to stand together to deal with the State, university administrators, and boards of regents, because we cannot protect our employment, our rights, and our wages alone in what is undoubtedly a politically charged realm.

It seems that Wisconsin is the first of many States that are attempting to revoke workers’ rights to bargain collectively. At least in the case of Wisconsin, it is troubling that the governor sought tax cuts that contribute to a budget gap, and then he wants to make up for this gap by not only increasing the financial burden on those unionized state employees but also eliminating their right to bargain collectively. This is in the face of the fact that those unions Walker wants to cripple are willing to negotiate a plan that would help the Wisconsin state budget without eliminating the right of employees to bargain collectively. What this means is that Walker and his Republican supporters in the Wisconsin legislature want is to take from Peter to pay Paul–take money and rights from state workers in order to give breaks to businesses and the wealthy while solidify their power base.

Here are some other resources on the Walker’s bill and the protests by folks like me:

According to Reuters, President Obama said in a television interview that, “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions”

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MSNBC has a solid rundown of many of the facts leading up to the protests here.

The Christian Science Monitor has an article looking at the changing public opinion of unions in general here.

Mother Jones reports that Walker’s funding comes from the Koch Brothers here.