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Party To Thank The SWAMP Partners–Today, March 18!

March 18, 2014 SorrelBarSWAMPLogoLarge37SWAMP is throwing a bash for our new “Partners” on Tuesday, March 18th, 6-8 PM at Sorrel Urban Bistro! 2202 West Alabama Houston, TX 77098

If you are already a partner, then this invite is for you. You can also attend by signing up and becoming a Partner at the door.  OR just send us an email now and we will sign you up: A SWAMP Partner is a friend who contributes to SWAMP on a monthly basis and in that way strengthens our work: To help filmmakers make films in our Houston multicultural community. Come and raise a glass and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres –ALL FREE, compliments of our host, Sorrel Owner, Ray Salti—he is also a SWAMP Partner! Already Marian Luntz, Celia Lightfoot, Dr. Chris Souders and others have become partners. Partners can support SWAMP monthly at different levels. $15 per month — Associate Partner $25 per month — Partner $50 per month — Senior Partner Become a Partner now and party with us at this inaugural Partner’s Bash! Join by filling out this credit card authorization form and emailing: or bringing it to the party.  It’s effortless. For a reasonable amount each month  that fits your budget ($15, $25, or $50) for one year, you can become a PARTNER.  It’s easy to sign up and your monthly tax-exempt contribution will be charged to your credit card. It’s painless. Just fill out the credit card permission form and email it to me at  or fax to 713-522-0953, or bring it to the PARTNER PARTY on March 18. Yup, for 36 years we’ve remained faithful to our mission: We support artists who express their visions through film, video and new media! Now it’s time to grow and get stronger. That’s why we ask you to join SWAMP as a Partner, at the level that is best for your budget. Can’t make it to the event on March 18th? No problem, just email us and we’ll sign you up: See you at Sorrel, Partner! Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

Left to Right: Jack Massing (The Art Guys), Sirel White, Michelle Mower, Adan Medrano (SWAMP President), Mary Lampe (SWAMP Executive Director), Alfred Cervantes (Deputy Director, Houston Film Commission), Michel Muylle, Tom Anderson, and Michael Galbreath (The Art Guys). Everyone is a SWAMP Board member, except those identified otherwise.

SWAMP kicks off the holidays with new board and friends hosted by The Art Guys in their studio. May your holidays be filled with joy and friends.


“The Directors’ Cut”–Friends, Fun and Love

SWAMP Staff, Volunteers and Board wish to thank all of the many members, long-time friends, newly-made friends who donated to the Happy Hour party, “The Directors’ Cut.”   We reached our goal of raising $15,000!

filmbgA Heartfelt:
شكرا  ”
and “Thank You!”


Michael Galbreth at the doorway of The Art Guys private studio gallery.


Thanks to The Art Guys for hosting at their gorgeous private art studio (With An Upstairs Bar!!)
Thanks so much to the Directors and Producers
James Allen Collins, M.D. & Patricia Lacy Collins
Franci Crane
Luigi Major
Michel Muylle
Chris Souders, M.D.
Adán Medrano & Dr. Richard Jiménez
Lowell & Michelle Mower
Sirel White
Southwest Airlines

Thanks to the many friends who bought Raffle Tickets.  We LOVE YOU!!

The Winner of the SWAMP Raffle is Elizabeth Crum of Brazos Film & Video, Fort Worth.  Congrats!  Two (2) Southwest Airlines tickets.  There are absolutely no restrictions on these Southwest Airlines tickets.  They are “must fly” tickets!


The Art of the Interview Workshop!

The Art of the Interview Workshop!
Saturday, November 16th, 10am – 1pm

NEW Location: HCC Spring Branch Performing Arts Center

Located on the north-east corner off I-10 feeder road between Beltway 8 and Lumpkin Rd. (map)

SWAMP presented award-winning filmmakers Bruce Bryant and Jim Barham (For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair) to share their time-tested knowledge on the art of interviewing.  Conducting an on-camera interview for documentaries, commercials, and other projects can be nerve-wracking for both the filmmaker and the subject!  Techniques for drawing out stories or a “performance” from an interview take years of practice and also require adaptability depending on the person being interviewed.

The “sold out” workshop was attended by both new and veteran filmmakers, interested in brusing up on the dos and don’ts.  They discovered the best practices for making subjects comfortable in front of a camera so that their stories, and their projects, capture the heart of their audience!

Note:  This workshop was:  “The Best Educational Value Of The Year!”

For more information, click HERE

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