Lockney native shoots debut film in Plainview
Marfa, a town in Presidio County with a population of less than 2,000, is the focus of a new film shot on the South Plains.
"I've been writing this film since 2011," Andy Stapp, writer and director of "Marfa" and a Lockney native, said, "and a lot of wadding up papers and throwing it away, that sort of a deal."
The film is based loosely on the "Marfa lights" phenomenon, he said, which are reportedly mysterious glowing orbs that randomly appear about nine miles east of the town.
"I did see them, and I'm a skeptic, so I didn't believe I would. But I thought man, why hasn't there been some kind of a spin, some kind of a movie written about this phenomenon in the desert that Marfa claims?" Stapp said.
The team began filming this weekend in Lockney and Plainview.
Tuesday's 12-hour day started at the Broadway Brew in Plainview.
Stapp said he chose to film in these areas because of the simplicity.
"The Brew, some of these stores down Broadway here in Plainview have easily went on and allowed to us their storefronts as backdrops for this film," he said.
Stapp wants to put money back into the West Texas economy, he said, as well as get the hometown people involved.
"I wanted to do that because of the folks here, and Plainview is looking forward to getting into the film industry, so maybe this will help them as well," he said.
Tony Todd, known for his role as "Candyman," plays the mayor of Marfa. He said the film is homegrown, so it will feel familiar to West Texans.
"It's going to be locations that people here in the West Texas area are going to recognize," Todd said, "and it's a compelling story that has a message to it at the end of the day, about the afterlife and about being present in your life as long as you have the opportunity to do that."
Stapp expects to have the film completed by 2020. He said he is looking to market the movie at film festivals.