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Little Texas

Just south of the Red River, you'll find a lonely stretch of Texas. Where the wind rattles down empty roads and swirling dirt seems to cling to just about everything.

LITTLE TEXAS centers around a Collector (Adam Dietrich) for a local bookmaker who calls on Zeke (Michael Goggans), a deadbeat meth cook to pay up on an outstanding debt. The Collector quckly realizes a child's silence is her loudest scream and that despite Zeke's dark tendencies; he is worth more alive than dead. This film explores the cyclical nature of violence and how the survivalist instinct can make it difficult to trust anyone.

  • Christopher Bigbie
  • Elizabeth Martinez
  • Devin Edwards
  • Christopher Bigbie
  • Devin Edwards
  • Adam Dietrich
  • Christopher Bigbie
  • Adam Dietrich
    Key Cast
    "The Fandango Sisters" Keith; "Carried Away" Gregor; "Gallows Road" Gibby
  • Michael Goggans
    Key Cast
    "Salem" The Ghoul
  • Keith Hale
    Key Cast
  • Megan Dalby
    Key Cast
    "Gallows Road" Puck Knight;
  • Eric Meisner
    Director of Photography
    "Spirit Riders"
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED 4K
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Dallas Video Fest 28
    Dallas, TX
    October 17, 2015
  • MiddleCoast Film Festival
    United States
    July 23, 2016
  • Way Down Film Festival
    United States
    October 14, 2017
Director Biography - Christopher Bigbie

From childhood, I knew I wanted to play a role in how films are made. As the desire evolved during the young years from Stuntman to Storyboard Artist....whatever it was to be...I learned early on that Cinema is a powerful way to tell stories.

Bringing my love of narrative and visual story telling to commercials and digital content and translating those ideas into moving imagery has been the key to investing the most creative self; forged and shaped since childhood

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Director Statement

LITTLE TEXAS is a Neo Western Noir film, centered around a money Collector; a reluctant antihero who finds himself slowly backed into a corner. With options quickly running out and circumstances escalating, our protagonist must find a way out for himself while protecting an innocent life. This film explores the cyclical nature of violence and how the survivalist instinct can make it difficult to trust anyone.

Growing up in North Texas, I've observed my own home town besmirched and lives destroyed by "synthetic drug labs" popping up in mobile homes, motel rooms and abandoned houses. The local Police organized crime unit busts a lab roughly twice a week. "...through the early '90s North Texas was the methamphetamine capital of the world, back when they made the 'good meth'." says Bill Coombs, a chemical dependency counselor.

Add to that the idea of victimization; especially considering that of children from such homes that are characterized by violence and abuse are 5 to 7 times more likely to experience significant psychological problems relative to children not exposed to the same environments.

Too often in real life, abuse is often undisclosed by the victim and worse yet, unreported by others if they ever become aware of it. Why is this? Society must get comfortable talking about these issues. Unfortunately, abuse will continue to happen unless people are supplied with information, resources and the encouragement to take action and keep children (and women) safe. We all share in that responsibility. Because we also share the risk of inaction, we must jointly protect the well-being of those who can't for themselves. The risk of shame or rejection should never outweigh the risk of doing nothing.

Actor Adam Dietrich and I collaborated closely to create the character of the Collector, we spent hours in pre-production discussing the character, creating a back-story and defining his core goals for each beat of the scene. During principle photography, we were able to spend more time working on dialogue rather than spending time discussing the character's motivations. Adam is a true and inspiring filmmaker.

Mixing tropes from Westerns and Film Noir created a hyperbolic world in which we portray a strong resilient female character in Anna. As cinematic storytellers, we felt it important that we portray a world in which Anna lives as so hopeless and bleak the audience becomes empathetic and champions the Collector to help her; and she him. The Collector sees the saving of Anna as a way to gain absolution for past sins. If successful...they both save each other...literally and spiritually.