Underground Friend’s Movies or Underground Movies of a Friend or Something

Alert readers into indie movies not in the mainstream may already be familiar with the Arizona Underground Film Festival. It is being held for the eighth year in beautiful Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 18-26, 2015. Among the films being shown is Shepherd, a new short by filmmaker C.W. Prather.

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Prather, in addition to being the brains behind several terrific documentaries and the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival held each year in Washington, D.C., has been one of my closest friends for more years than I care to cop to in print. Still, he’s talented and has a wittily subversive streak as long as your arm, so, of course, I highly recommend him.

Fans of Prather’s early work — around the time he was jockeying for film stock with D.W. Griffith — may recognize Yours Truly as one of a small stable of repertory players who took on a number of roles in a number of productions simply for the glory of recording for posterity something that could come to haunt one later in life. Don’t believe me?

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Yours Truly, who was obviously going through a phase of saying “Yes” to everything no matter how ridiculous, opposite the deliciously talented John Dimes in C.W. Prather’s early local television work, “The Spooky Movie,” the show that launched his successful sideline as Film Festival Impresario.

Still, I have to admit: it was a helluva lot of fun. And really, what matters more than that?

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