WILSON TALKS IMPROVISING NEW AWARD-WINNING SHORT “SATELLITE BEACH”

Michael Barnes from The Austin Movie blog sits down to with Luke Wilson and Steve Eckelman of ‘Satellite Beach

They chose a well-worn corner of Güero’s Taco Bar on South Congress Avenue for the chat. Luke Wilson and Steve Eckelman were familiar with the menu and the staff. Austin resident Eckelman employs the eatery as “an office away from the office,” while frequent visitor Wilson has long enjoyed its South Congress vibe.

“I’ve known Steve since I was 9,” says the youngest of Hollywood’s Wilson brothers, who grew up in Dallas. “He was in school with my brother Andrew and was one of those guys who didn’t know that a senior in high school is not usually friends with somebody in fifth grade.”

Eckelman — thin, fair, precise — has worked as a personal assistant on various Wilson-related movies. He produced with Wilson — stolid, funny, a bit shaggy today — “Satellite Beach,” a short that follows the Endeavour space shuttle on its last journey through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the transfer of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. It screens 8:30 Friday at Spider House.

Before that, Wilson will emcee the Texas Film Awards at Austin Studios on Thursday.

The longtime friends are also working on “Juarez 9,” an Wilson-penned action comedy set in Mexico, and then “Tower,” a documentary based on the Charles Whitman shootings at the University of Texas in 1966, inspired by Pam Colloff’s article in Texas Monthly.

Wilson got the idea for “Satellite Beach” from an article in the Los Angeles Times about how the Endeavor would piggyback on a 747, land at LAX, then travel very slowly 11 or 12 miles through the urban streets to the science center. Eight hundred trees were removed to make way for the behemoth.

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NASA’s Public Service Announcement

ACTOR LUKE WILSON ON HOW NASA HELPS MAKE LIFE BETTER ON EARTH

NASA releases a new PSA with actor Luke Wilson and promotes notable NASA Spinoff technologies — technologies used in everyday products and services derived from investments, innovations and research in spacecraft as well as experiments conducted aboard the International Space Station.

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Luke Wilson has written and directed a short film entitled, “Satellite Beach”.  This film follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle and the journey to the California Science Center.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER INTERVIEW

DALLAS FILM SOCIETY Interviews Andrew Wilson and Steve Eckelman

The Dallas Film Society recently sat down with Andrew Wilson and Steve Eckelman to discuss the script, filming, and the making of “Satellite Beach“.  Watch the video to hear discussions on Luke’s thought process, directorial direction, what it was like to have two brothers on set.  Did they achieve what they set out to film?

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Andrew Wilson and Steve Eckelman sit down with the DALLAS FILM SOCIETY

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DALLAS SCREENING AFTER-PARTY PICS

STEVE ECKELMAN, JAMES WHITE, AND ANDREW WILSON ATTEND THE FILMS SCREENING AFTER-PARTY

Steve Eckelman, James White, and Andrew Wilson attend the screening and after-party

“SATELLITE BEACH” was recently shown at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival with a screening after-party which was held at CHINO CHINATOWN.  Friends, family, and industry guests were in attendance to discuss the films success as well as Luke and

Andrew Wilson with his mother at the “Satellite Beach” screening after-party

Andrew Wilson’s short film direction.

Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center.

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                                Steve Eckelman at Chino Chinatown screening after-party.

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“SATELLITE BEACH” ACCEPTED INTO IT’S 17th FILM FESTIVAL

We are pleased to announce that “Satellite Beach” has not been accepted into it’s 17th film festival.

Luke Wilson’s short film will now be screening at the NEW YORK CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL from May 29th through June 5th, 2014.  For screening times, please visit http://www.nyciff.com/.

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The New York City International Film Festival has a well earned reputation, nationally and internationally, as one of the most respected events of the film festival year. The organization is committed to bringing the best of the world’s cinematography to New York City and to provide a platform for talented domestic and international filmmakers to showcase their work.

As a filmmaker, I’ve had the opportunity to attend the Cannes Film Festival. I was incredibly impressed with the organization, as well as quality and glamour of the festival; they had an immense respect for the film community. I created NYCIFF with the purpose of giving filmmakers a high profile platform in the states to showcase their work to a vast and diverse audience.
-Roberto Rizzo – Founder, NYCIFF

NYCIFF is in the business of theatrical film distribution. Through its annual black tie festival, as well as anxiously anticipated screenings throughout the year, NYCIFF connects with a loyal and discerning New York fan base.

This commitment to excellence from Founder, Roberto Rizzo, differentiates NYCIFF from any other film organization. With distribution of films more difficult than ever, the NYCIFF’s mission catapults relationships with some of the most innovative and cutting edge filmmakers from around the world.

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“Satellite Beach” Photo Release

The 2014 Dallas International Film Festival will screen Luke Wilson’s short film , “Satellite Beach” today (April 4th) and Saturday (April 5th).

If you haven’t attended the festival before, be sure to purchase tickets for the film everyone is talking about.  Tickets are availableCLICK HERE

SATELLITE BEACH follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105) is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle program of NASA, the space agency of the United States.[1] Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, and first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 with its last mission being STS-134 in May 2011.[2][3] The STS-134 mission was originally planned as the final mission of the Space Shuttle program,[4] but with authorization of the STS-135 mission, Atlantis became the last Space Shuttle to fly.

The United States Congress authorized the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was lost in the STS-51-L launch accident where the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up about two minutes into flight in 1986. Structural spares built during the construction of Discovery and Atlantis, two of the previous shuttles, were used in its assembly. NASA chose to build Endeavour from spares rather than refitting Enterprise or accepting a Rockwell International proposal to build two shuttles for the price of one of the original shuttles, on cost grounds.

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DALLAS SCREENING “SATELLITE BEACH”- GET TICKETS NOW!

Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson are ready to launch “Satellite Beach” at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival.  GET TICKET TODAY!  

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ABOUT THE FILM: Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center.  Watch as Warren Flowers, a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager navigates the missions on his own accord while the citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.

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LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL SATELLITE BEACH SCORE

LUKAS NELSON and PROMISE OF THE REAL ON SATELLITE BEACH SCORE

Willie Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real or POTR are behind the Amazing Score in the Award Winning Satellite Beach Film.  Check out the Exclusive Interview by Gayle Thomason from The Boot below…

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real Satellite Beach Score

(photos via Lukas Nelson and POTR Website; Brian Jenkins and Bob Mikin Photography and Jay Blakesberg)

Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. have kicked off the 2014 awards season on a high note. The group won the prestigious Bruce Corwin Award at the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Feb. 9 for the score they wrote for the film ‘Satellite Beach,’ starring brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson.

“Luke Wilson and I are great friends,” Nelson explains. “He’s a huge music fan and a great guy to boot. Working on ‘Satellite Beach’ was the first professional collaboration we’ve had. It was the first time the band and I had done any film scoring, but we were presented with some incredible footage of the space shuttle, so the music just seemed to pour out.”

 

The music got high praise from Luke Wilson.

“To me, music is a character in movies,” he notes. “[The songs] are great. Ethereal. And wistful and upbeat. And they take ‘Satellite Beach’ home. And now when I watch it — it’s my favorite part of the movie. What these four players built out of nothing to help an idea along. So if you get the chance, watch ‘Satellite Beach.’ And listen to the band. And if you’re lucky — they’ll be at a town near you sometime soon and you can see them in person. They make it happen.”

‘Satellite Beach,’ which won an award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes, was recorded at producer John Avila’s home studio.

“Together with John, we were able to score a beautiful film, and I am happy to say the process was relaxed and creative,” Nelson says. “There is nothing better than working with good friends.”

Nelson, who is the son of Willie Nelson, is working on a new project with his band, which he says is a lot more upbeat than their 2012 record, ‘Wasted.’

The group is spending most of the next few months on the road, including shows in Arkansas, Kansas and New Orleans this week. See all of their upcoming shows here.

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SATELLITE BEACH FILM; BECOME A FACEBOOK FAN

SATELLITE BEACH FILM; BECOME A FACEBOOK FAN

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Satellite Beach Film’s Social Media Pages now is your chance.  The Satellite Beach Facebook Page will have exclusive content that you can get a sneak peak of before the Amazing Film is Released.  Check out some of the Exclusive Photos from the Endeavour Production here…

 

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2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Satellite Beach Award Winner

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Luke and Andrew Wilson’s Satellite Beach premiered at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and won The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes.  This is an Amazing Honor for Luke Wilson since this is the first short film that he wrote, acted in, and co-directed.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a cinephile’s paradise – an eleven day celebration of cinema at several historical theaters on the American Rivera in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara from January 30th – February 9th. Each year, SBIFF proudly presents a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 75,000 film enthusiasts – an audience that includes industry professionals, leading reporters and critics from Variety, Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire as well as local and regional cinephiles, film students and independent filmmakers. Attendees, filmmakers and special guests converge in an intimate atmosphere with unprecedented opportunities to network, share advice and see new work from some of the world’s most cutting edge auteurs.

The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to SATELLITE BEACH, directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson. Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, and the final move of the Atlantic space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. King Orba (one of the actors in the film) accepted the award along with Bud Kremp, Director Of Photography.

 

Luke Wilson Satellite Beach 

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Andrew Wilson Satellite Beach 

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