White campaign gives green light for comic films about Rick Perry
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.”