White cam­paign gives green light for comic films about Rick Perry

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO&STATE - By Kel­ley Shan­non

Demo­crat Bill White’s cam­paign is en­cour­ag­ing Texas’ arts crowd to fo­cus on Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Perry.

A sup­porter of the for­mer Hous­ton mayor is or­ga­niz­ing in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers to show short films they are mak­ing on be­half of his cam­paign, White spokes­woman Katy Ba­con said Thurs­day. The films will pre­miere at an as-yet-un­sched­uled White cam­paign event in Austin.

The ini­tia­tive gained at­ten­tion af­ter Perry’s cam­paign spot­ted a filmmaker’s ad on an ac­tors web­site for a look-alike for Perry, who is known for his thick mane of hair. The im­per­son­ator would be cast for low-bud­get “comic We­bisodes,” the ad said.

“We are look­ing for some­one who looks like Perry and can com­bine that with a Steve Car­rell like clue­less­ness,” ac­cord­ing to the ad, placed by Red Western Films. The ad says the job is a paid one, but the rate isn’t set yet. Shoot­ing will take place in Au­gust.

“Al­though they are ads, they will feel like

Con­tin­ued from B lit­tle two minute sit­com episodes,” the cast­ing ad stated. A spokesman for Red Western Films did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a mes­sage from The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Ba­con said the com­pany is one of the par­tic­i­pants in the project.

“The goal of this ef­fort is to har­ness the cre­ative en­ergy of in­de­pen­dent Texan film­mak- ers to sup­port Bill White,” she said, not­ing that the cam­paign is play­ing a sup­port­ing role in the mak­ing of the ads. “We worked with peo­ple and tried to help give them ideas.”

Perry spokesman Mark Miner says White’s cam­paign sinks lower ev­ery day.

“Per­haps Bill White will be pay­ing these ac­tors from the money Pres­i­dent Obama is rais­ing for him next month,” Miner said, re­fer­ring to Obama’s fundrais­ing trip to Texas in Au­gust.

Ba­con re­ferred to the event as a con­test and then a fes­ti­val, but the event’s or­ga­nizer, film pro­ducer Dun­can Mont­gomery, said it’s re­ally an ini­tia­tive.

“It’s not a fes­ti­val — there are no win­ners or losers,” Mont­gomery said in an emailed state­ment. He said the White cam­paign con­tacted him for fundrais­ing be­cause he’s been in­volved in pol­i­tics. He also went to high school with one of White’s cam­paign staffers, so he said they got to­gether to fig­ure out how to get the Texas film­mak­ing com­mu­nity in­volved in the cam­paign.

“We came up with the idea of a film­mak­ers’ ini­tia­tive,” he said. “The goal of the ini­tia­tive is to get some in­ter­est­ing projects that high­light the is­sues im­por­tant in the cam­paign and high­light the con­trast be­tween the two can­di­dates.”

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