Blanche

Blanche is a heartwarming, humorous story about old friendships and new beginnings. A lonely west Texas rancher has disengaged from life after loss until an old compadre masterminds a crazy bet on a chicken named Blanche, proving there are second chances at life and love. This captivating tale was inspired by true events and features a cast of real-life West Texans making their acting debuts in Blanche.

  • Twila LaBar
    Director
  • Sam Pfiester
    Writer
  • Sam Pfiester
    Producer
  • Ed Pfiester
    Producer
  • Liz Rogers
    Producer
  • Clifford Hardwick
    Key Cast
    "Clifford"
  • Carolyn Mangrem
    Key Cast
    "Carolyn"
  • Tommy Mangrem
    Key Cast
    "Tommy"
  • Suzanne O'Brien
    Key Cast
    "Suzanne"
  • Don Pfiester
    Key Cast
    "Don"
  • Steve Denny
    Cinematography
    Friday Night Lights, American Crime, Long Road Home
  • David Traugh
    Sound Mix
    Guiding Light, Seven Deadly Words, Revamped
  • Marshall Copous
    Colorist
    Child of Light
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    70,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Blanche Screening - Stateside at the Paramount
    Austin
    United States
    July 28, 2018
  • Blanche Screening - Cavietta Cattle and Horse Company
    Elm City
    United States
    August 18, 2018
  • Blanche Screening - West Virginia University at Parkersburg
    Parkersburg
    United States
    August 27, 2018
  • Blanche Screening - Alpine, TX
    Alpine
    United States
    September 15, 2018
  • Blanche Screening - Marfa, TX
    Marfa
    United States
    September 14, 2018
  • Blanche Screening - Marathon, TX
    Marathon
    United States
    March 16, 2018
  • Blanche Screening - Midland, TX (Yucca Theatre)
    Midland
    United States
    March 21, 2019
  • Blanche Screening - Georgetown, TX (City LIghts Theatre)
    Georgetown
    United States
    October 17, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Amazon
    Distributor
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
    Country: United Kingdom
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  • iTunes
    Distributor
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
    Country: United Kingdom
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    Country: Australia
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    Country: Ireland
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  • Vimeo on Demand
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Twila LaBar

Twila LaBar is a filmmaker, director, songwriter and musician. LaBar made her narrative film directorial debut in the independent film, "Blanche," filmed on location in Marfa, Alpine and Fort Davis, Texas.

LaBar is an award winning songwriter. Her extensive background in songwriting, music production and storytelling made transitioning into filmmaking a natural next step. LaBar composed music and songs for the "Blanche" film soundtrack.

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Director Statement

Blanche is a story about experiencing loss and with the help of caring friends, Tommy finds courage to hope and strength to move on. The three friends in Blanche had many miles behind them but they also have memories, experiences and moments to be lived to the fullest ahead. In spite of heartbreak or loss these friends learned what living really means, moving on through the pain.

As I composed songs for the film it was my desire that the emotion of the music would create a sense of moving forward. Tommy's vintage '65 Chevy true was the perfect vehicle to carry their story from the past to the present and towards new adventures ahead.

Blanche was filmed in west Texas over a two week period of time. Each cast member is a personal friend of screenplay writer/producer Sam Pfiester. What started out as a fun adventure for old friends to come together in west Texas to be cast in Sam's first film turned out to be a wonderful experience. Each cast member made his and her acting debut in Blanche. It was inspiring to work with these real-life west Texans, most over 60+ years old, and witness them having the time of their lives making this film.

Written and Produced by Sam Pfiester
Co- Produced by Ed Pfiester, Liz Rogers
Cinematographer - Steve Denny
Editing & Sound Design - Twila LaBar
Sound Mix by David Traugh (MovieSound Studios)
Colorist - Marshall Copous