Ron Johnson, Jim Mickle and Joe R. Lansdale.

George R.R. Martin, Joe R. Lansdale, and Kasey Lansdale

Levie Isaacks, A.S.C., Brad Maule, Bill Arscott and Herb Midgley.

Nick Damici and Brad Maule

2015 Nacogdoches Film Festival Summary

2015 Nacogdoches Film Festival Summary

The 2015 Nacogdoches Film Festival was held on February 26-28, 2015 at various locations throughout Nacogdoches.


The following films were featured:

The Road to Austin
Written, produced and directed by Gary Fortin, this documentary chronicles how Austin, Texas became the "Live Music Capital of the World." The film is a tribute to internationally acclaimed musical director, and GRAMMY award winning producer, Stephen Bruton.

Tomato Republic
This quirky film revolves around the real life story of three local people who run for mayor of this small East Texas town of Jacksonville, 40 miles northwest of Nacogdoches.

Cold in July
The killing of a home intruder puts a Texas man (Michael C. Hall) and his family on the radar of the dead man's vengeful father (Sam Shepard), this griping film is based upon a story written by Nacogdoches’ Joe R. Lansdale. Directed by Jim Mickle, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

By the Hair of the Head
Adapted from the short story by Joe R. Lansdale, director/producer Mike Lyddon's By the Hair of the Head pays homage to classic horror with a creepy and suspenseful tale about the caretaker of an old Victorian style house who harbors a sinister secret.

George R.R. Martin and Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin attended the 2015 Nacogdoches Film Festival, during which we showed two episodes—“Blackwater” and “The Lion & the Rose”—from his Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Game of Thrones.


The following is a list of film industry guests & performers:

  • George R.R. Martin — writer of Game of Thrones
  • Jim Mickle — director of Cold in July
  • Howard Waldrop
  • Mike Cassult
  • Gary Fortin — director of The Road to Austin
  • Andy Cope — producer of Flutter
  • Eric Hueber — director of Flutter
  • Levie Isaacks — cinematographer
  • Joe R. Lansdale — writer and screenwriter of Cold in July and By the Hair of the Head
  • Larry Waks — entertainment lawyer with Jackson Keller Entertainment Law
  • Whitney Graham Carter, Anthony Jackson & Jenna Jackson — directors of Tomato Republic


The following is a list of winners in the 2015 Short Film Competition:

  • 1st Place — Mortal Dilemma by Jesse Sherman
  • 2nd Place — Zugswang by Yolanda Centero
  • 3rd Place — Shotgun by Maverick Moore
  • Broken Brick — Unadulterated by Bryan Hickey
  • People’s Choice —