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4th Annual “Lights. Camera. Help.” Goes Live!

Commander Ben on stage at the Spirit of Texas Theater during the Q&A after the premiere of his video Native Plant Avengers at the “Lights. Camera. Help.” Focus on Good Film Festival.

All I can say is…WOW! WOW! WOW! 😮

Yesterday was amazing for me as I attended my first ever film festival…“Lights. Camera. Help.”…and saw my video, Native Plant Avengers, premiere on the big screen at the Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.  And when my video was finished, the audience clapped!  I was so happy.

Commander Ben and Aaron Bramley at “Lights. Camera. Help.” Focus on Good Film Festival.

It was such a fantastic night where I had the opportunity to meet so many great people who made me feel very welcome and gave me lots of encouragement to continue to pursue my film making.  I especially want to thank all the wonderful folks from “Lights. Camera. Help.” including Aaron Bramley, Chief Operations Officer, David J. Neff, CEO, and Rich Vazquez, President and Chairman of the Board.

Commander Ben and David Neff at “Lights. Camera. Help.” Focus on Good Film Festival.

After the films were viewed by the audience, Aaron Bramley asked the film makers to come up on to the stage for a question and answer session.   It was such an exciting experience to have people from the audience asking me about my film!

I also had the opportunity to see Brandy Amstel again…the woman I first met when we were interviewed together by Robert Sims on his radio show, Lights, Camera, Austin, on KOOP, 97.1 FM.  (You can listen to the interview here.)  Brandy’s film, In Her Shoes, was so moving about a woman named, Betty, who had everything, then lost it and became homeless.  But there is a happy ending.  Betty, through the help of some amazing organizations including Mobil Loaves & Fishes, Dress for Success, and Goodwill, among others, allowed her to get back on her feet…and she even went on to coordinate the “In Her Shoes” shoe drive to collect and provide shoes for homeless women.

And I don’t want to forget…To kick-off the evening there was lots of great food and beverages served before the film screening.  I was a bit nervous and drank a lot of Ginger Ale and Sprite!  Then enjoyed all sorts of tasty hors d’oeuvres and delicious desserts!

In case you missed the first night of the film festival, it’s not too late to join in the fun.  It continues tonight and Friday night.  You can learn more and buy tickets here.

Your friend,
Ben

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Texas Wildflowers Assemble Against Invasive Species at the “Lights Camera Help” Film Festival

Commander Ben leads Texas bluebonnet, Indian Paintbrush, and Bitterweed against Invasive Species in Native Plant Avengers

Just a quick reminder that the 4th Annual “Lights. Camera. Help.” Focus on Good Film Festival begins tonight!  As I shared with you in my post last month, my Native Plant Avengers – Ecosystem’s Mightiest Heroes video was selected to be part of the film festival.  My video, along with other videos focusing on good causes, will be shown on the Big Screen(!) to a live audience tonight beginning at 7:00pm in the Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

The winner of the film festival will be announced at 7:30pm on Friday, September 14, 2012, at their awards party at the Scottish Rite Theater.  If I win, I’ve asked to donate my proceeds to one of my favorite organizations whose hard work fighting invasive species everyday keeps native plants going strong in central Texas…The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center!

For more information about the film festival, check out my recent post where I share about my interview by Robert Sims on his radio show Lights, Camera, Austin aired on  KOOP, 97.1 FM.

If you’d like to join me at the “Lights. Camera. Help.” Focus on Good Film Festival, you can view the three day schedule and buy tickets here.  Hope you’ll come out and support a great cause!

Your friend,
Ben

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Commander Ben Interviewed on KOOP 97.1 FM Radio!

Commander Ben on KOOP 97.1 FM Radio

This past Thursday I had the HUGE privilege of being interviewed by Mr. Robert Sims on his radio show, Lights, Camera, Austin,which airs on KOOP 97.1 FM, about my video, Native Plant Avengers, which was selected to be part of the “Lights. Camera. Help” Focus on Good Film Festival. Also on the radio show were two really terrific people…Mr. Aaron Bramley founder of the film festival and Ms. Brandy Amstel, another filmmaker whose short film, In Her Shoes, was also selected for the film festival.

Mr. Sims is a really nice man and was so kind to me. I was a bit nervous before we went on the air but Mr. Sims assured me that he wouldn’t ask me any “60-Minutes” type questions!  A few minutes before our segment of the show was to begin, Mr. Sims lead us into the studio which was amazing.  The door leading into the studio is very heavy and I really got a sense of the sound-proof nature of the room once the door closed.  Putting on the headphones and positioning the mike in front of me was so cool.  All I could think to myself was, “Oh wow!  This is big-time!”   Once we went “live”, I felt a lot more relaxed and the interview went great.  A recording of the interview is posted here.

My video will premiere at the film festival this coming Wednesday at 7:00PM at the Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Be sure to come out and support a really great cause!

Thank you, Mr. Sims, for having me on your radio show…and another big thank you to Mr. Bramley for selecting my video to be part of the “Lights. Camera. Help.” Focus on Good Film Festival!

Your friend,
Ben

Update: Thanks Lady Bird Wildflower Center for featuring “Native Plant Avengers” in your September 2012 newsletter. And thanks too iWire, the monthly online newsletter for invasive plants and pests in Texas, for mentioning my video and the “Lights. Camera. Help.” Film Festival in your August 2012 newsletter.

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“Lights. Camera. Help.” Film Festival Selects “Native Plant Avengers” Video

A few months ago, I submitted one of my “Battles with Invasive Species” videos to the “Lights. Camera. Help.” Focus on Good film festival for their consideration. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories. One of the ways they do this is through their annual film festival.

I am so happy to share with you that my Native Plant Avengers – Ecosystem’s Mightiest Heroes video was selected to be part of the “Lights. Camera. Help.” 4th Annual Film Festival.  It will be screened to a live audience on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 7:00pm in the Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.  The winner of the film festival will be announced at 7:30pm on Friday, September 14, 2012, at their awards party at the Scottish Rite Theater.

Winners of the film festival will receive prize money to donate to the charity of their choosing.  If I win, I’ve asked to donate my proceeds to one of my favorite organizations whose hard work fighting invasive species everyday keeps native plants going strong in central Texas…The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center!

If you’d like to join me at the “Lights. Camera. Help.” Film Festival, you can view the three day schedule and buy tickets here.  Hope you’ll come out and support a great cause!

Your friend,
Ben

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