Texas filmmaker Rob Williams named finalist in screenwriting competition

Rob Williams (GuesthouseFilms.com)
Rob Williams (GuesthouseFilms.com)

According to the GuestHouse Films newsletter, native Texan Rob Williams is a finalist in the NewDraft Screenwriting Competition at  NewFest, the New York LGBT film festival, which started this past Friday. Williams’ script for The Mystic Chord, based on Jim Tushinski’s novel, Van Allen’s Ecstasy, is up for one of two winning slots. The announcement will be made on closing night June 12 and the winners will receive readings of the scripts sponsored by NewFest.

I talked to Williams last year when he was working on his Christmas film Make the Yuletide Gay that screened at both Out Takes Dallas and Q Cinema. Yuletide was intended as the prototypical holiday family fare. Van Allen’s Ecstasy is more on the dramatic side about the tale of a gay man who tries to rebuild his life after waking up with no memory in a mental hospital.

—  Rich Lopez

Director Rob Williams plans to make Q Cinema screening of his film tomorrow

Last week I spoke with indie film director Rob Williams about his newest film, “Make the Yuletide Gay.” If you read it, you know he’s taking an approach to gay cinema that maintains a mainstream vibe. Just imagine any Julia Roberts movie with Neil Patrick Harris in her role. In his latest, he takes on the Christmas holiday where a couple spends the holiday with one’s parents where gifts aren’t the only thing hidden in the closet.

When we spoke, Williams wasn’t sure if he’d be coming home to catch the screening (he’s from the West Texas area and a TCU grad). But now, it looks like he is according to Q Cinema’s artistic director, Todd Camp. Williams will make the screening and take time to discuss the film afterward.

He told me he hoped he was going to be there. See? Dreams do come true.

—  Rich Lopez