shanghai int'l film festival poster




My film, TEXAS HEART, is an Official Selection of the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival, June 16-26, one of the largest film festivals in Asia.  Representing the film in Shanghai is its director, Mark David.  Really excited and proud to broaden the audience like this for our good film!


We now have some momentum on my romantic drama (co-authored with Elizabeth Anne Martin) feature film, THE KISS:  attached to direct the film is Mark David, who directed my previous film, TEXAS HEART, as well as indie favorite JOHNNY’S SWEET REVENGE.  Mark will also help produce.  Also joining the team is veteran producer Will Wallace whose many credits include THE TREE OF LIFE; THE THIN RED LINE; and I AM SAM.  Wallace will serve as a producer/executive producer on the project.  We hope to have financing in place to shoot the film next spring.


Mark David shooting final scene of Texas Heart

Mark David 


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Will Wallace

New Cast Join Accidental Hearts Team!

Veteran actor Andrew Sensenig–a well-known indie star (UPSTREAM COLOR; POWERS)–has joined the Accidental Hearts cast to play Spencer Ryan, the father of the lead, Aubrey Ryan.


Also Pierre Kennel, a strong character actor (MAN DOWN), has come on board to play Brett, the bartender, boyfriend of Jules (Amy Davidson).


Look forward to working with both of these terrific actors next spring in making this film!



Enthusiastic Review for TEXAS HEART from The Independent Critic

TEXAS HEART just got a very strong review in Richard Propes’ The Independent Critic. An excerpt from his review:

“Working off a script by Daniel Blake Smith and Nick Feild, Mark David has created a breezy and entertaining film existing in the crime thriller tradition of recent Grisham-based films. The film is cast with a combination of up-and-coming Mississippi actors, as the film was largely shot with Mississippi filling in for the small town Texas locale, along with a couple of known actors, INSIDIOUS’S Lin Shaye and THE DEER HUNTER’S John Savage, adding significant heft to smaller roles.

“Among the more local actors, Johnny Dowers, as Sheriff Dobbs, and Rhes Low, as Deputy Tim Cash, make particularly strong impressions with a spot-on chemistry that gives the film a tremendous spark. The film held a few more surprises for this particular film critic, from the presence of social media friend Brad Fowler in the cast to the familiar face of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN’s memorable Richard Jackson. It’s clear that David has worked hard to give the film a rich authenticity and that effort has paid off quite nicely. . . TEXAS HEART is truly an actors’ film and this ensemble is more than up to the task of handling this intelligently written and emotionally honest material.”

Accidental Heart Team Gathers in Albuquerque for Location Scouting & Script Read-Through

During the upcoming New Mexico Film and Media Conference, Nov. 11-12, writer/producer Daniel Blake Smith, co-producer/casting director, Faith Hibbs-Clark, and lead actors Erik Fellows and Amy Davidson, will come together in Albuquerque to read through Smith’s script, scout initial locations for an anticipated Spring 2017 shoot, and discuss with New Mexico officials the state’s attractive film incentive program.  More updates and pics coming!nmfo-black-square1

New Film Project, ACCIDENTAL HEARTS, Goes into Development


I have a new movie in development based on the novel Unexpected Chance by Joanne Schwehm.  I’ll be writer/producer on the film, along with Dan Griffin. One of the film’s stars is Erik Fellows, who was terrific in the lead in my previous film, TEXAS HEART.   Casting for ACCIDENTAL HEARTS is by Faith Hibbs-Clark, Good Faith Casting.  We hope to shoot the film in New Mexico next spring.  More info soon!!!