Catholic Actor/Producer Screens First of Several Upcoming Films
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Catholic Actor/Producer Screens First of Several Upcoming Films in Indy.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (DECEMBER 2, 2008) - (ABSOLUTE FILMS) – Chuck Huber gained his first experience on two of the greatest stages in the world (Chicago’s Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters) before moving with his wife and first of (soon to be) five children back to Texas, where he had been raised in a family of 8. “It’s hard to teach your child to ride a bike in an alley when you have to say, ‘Stop before you get to the homeless guy.’ I wanted him to have some trees,” says Huber.
Back in Texas he tread the boards again on local stages, became the voice of over 200 characters on such notable Cartoon Network shows as Dragon Ballz, Yu Yu Hakusho, Shin Chan and One Piece; and started a theater company which he was eventually thrown out of for being Pro-life. He relates:
“It was a lack of artistic integrity. At rehearsal one night we assigned ourselves the task of creating an individual piece that showed our greatest personal risk which we would then knit together into show. I wrote and sang a pretty dark song while showing The Hard Truth. The company immediately erupted in anger at me, one member picking up a chair to throw at me. I tried to convince them their reaction was all the proof they needed that this would make great theater. I even suggested they put their anger into opposing pieces of their own which we could show side by side. The by-laws stated that a company member could be voted out by a simple majority, which I promptly was by my good friends of the past four years.”
The company folded a year later.
After that experience he decided to audition for St. Luke Productions and Luke Films. He sent a tape off and spent the next Lent touring North America in Leonardo Defillipis’s Passion According to St. Luke. While his time on the road at churches across the country helped him see the richness of the Catholic faith, it was his time in the Defillipis household that affected him most. “They were such an artistic and holy family with all these beautiful and interesting kids. They’ve been the model I’ve strived for ever since. They were right in the middle of the rough cut of Therese and I got to watch it one night by myself. It was beautiful.”
Back in Texas, he was befriended by local filmmaker Matthew Tompkins (Radiant, Killing Down, Fire from Below, Missionary Man, Walker Texas Ranger, Prison Break, Wishbone) whom he met on stage during a production of Hamlet. Mr. Tompkins asked him if he wanted to go to Mexico to shoot a movie with his friend Julio Cedillo (In the Electric Mist, Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Stephen King’s The Mist, Prison Break, Wishbone). He said “of course” with the caveat that they would have to go over Spring break since he was still the principal of St. Bernadette Academy at the time.
In an atmosphere inspired by the unexplained murder and abduction of hundreds of young women in Juarez, Mexico, the three men hopped in a van and drove to Ojinaga, Mexico (chosen because of its size, architecture, and because Julio had family there) There they wrote and shot THE FRAGILITY OF SECONDS in just eight days. It is set against the desolate backdrop of the Mexican border town in a tapestry of pastel colored buildings, music, tradition, family, crime, fear, murder, and finally, hope. The film was inspired by the stories of the hundreds of women who have disappeared from Juarez but more importantly, by the families left behind, determined to find the truth, and determined to find a way to go on without their loved ones.
It screened first at the Houston International Film Festival where it won the Gold prize for best drama; screened to a standing ovation at the USA Film Festival; received distribution after screening at the B-movie Festival in Indiana; and opened last week in Indianapolis (Georgetown 14 – Indianapolis; Studio 10 – Shelbyville) in a new Cinema Latino spot rolling out across the region to 60 more theaters.
“For me, the relationships are what is important and not the success or failure of any particular film. After our journey with this film we support each other unconditionally as artists. It is a rare gift in this industry.”
Matthew Tompkin’s Wolfclan Productions -though currently busy with a reality television series The Race for Baja in a collaboration with the producers of the hit show The Amazing Race, and a four-picture film slate to begin shooting in the early winter of 2009- has partnered with Chuck on Absolute Films which is in pre-production on a two film slate, the first of which will be a ‘quirky catholic Thanksgiving heartstring comedy with an amazing twist titled Fourth Floor Walk-up.’ And with the relationships produced distributing Fragility, the doors are wide open for Absolute Films.
“Filmmakers would kill to have the chances I’ve had over the past four years, much less those who are pro-life and catholic. It is absolutely unbelievable that I’m in the position I’m in and it can only be attributed to God. We talked a lot about our different faiths when shooting the film and there was never any question that it would have to influence us individually as artists. There were signs all around. We would shoot all day and night and then get back to the hotel and just marvel at the beauty of the shots we were getting. In a particularly terrible sequence where one of the girls is murdered, done more in the offstage style of Greek drama, centered right in the frame looking down on the victim is a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Protecting the innocent and communicating the pain of those left behind was something we all could put our hearts and souls behind.”
The Fragility of Seconds is not-rated but contains strong language and suggested violence. It is showing at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis and Studio 10 in Shelbyville through this weekend, opening nationwide through February.
INTERVIEW: CHUCK HUBER, ABSOLUTE FILMS
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