A Beautiful Short Film Made in Downtown Dallas Starring the Less Shotgunny Schutze


Jim's on vacation this week. So I'll use that opportunity to highlight a short film starring his boy Will, the Woodrow Wildcat presently residing in Los Angeles, where, between acting jobs, he's busking on Venice Beach, in Santa Monica and in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. I once heard Jim ask Will, "You get busted by the cops today?" Not yet.

Jim, who makes a brief cameo, says his boy draws big crowds, and there's no reason to doubt him -- when my wife and son caught Will's act, accidentally, at the State Fair of Texas two years ago, they raved. My son called immediately afterward, positively giddy: "Did you know Jim's son works with puppets?" Yup, just like his old man.

Bonetangles was made by Alex Wagner, a young local filmmaker honing his craft as a production assistant and assistant director on other crews' shoots. Alex and Will have known each other since they were "tiny wobblers," as Jim puts it. This short was made when Will came home for Christmas. Will told his father that performing in downtown was kind of "like a movie about the day after a nuclear war."

I see Pete's also posted Bonetangles this morning -- we've wrangled over who would have the privilege of posting, but, no lie, that's pure coincidence. Pete has some nice words about the film. I'll let it speak -- or rather, sing and dance -- for itself.

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El Rey
El Rey

...and then Tim Rogers called the cops and had the street performer hauled off to jail.

...and that made us all sad...

J/K! Awesome video!

rachum
rachum

...and a great soundtrack

Daniel
Daniel

I got the impression Jim had been kicked out of his house and was forlornly embarking on a new life on the river.

Jerome Weeks
Jerome Weeks

What a sweet little video. I especially enjoyed it because:a) I hadn't seen Will in years, not since he left for LA.b) It's good to know he's grown up looking better than Jim.c) Left unexplained, the Sisyphean image of Schutze hauling a canoe down the street was wonderfully absurdist. Was he secretly leaving town? Did he need to remove the canoe from the family vehicle to make room for Will's gigantic puppet trunk? Or did Schutze perform in it, off-camera, near Will, silently paddling on the sidewalk?

knottygirl
knottygirl

Yeah, they weren't gonna have Jim Schutze to kick around anymore. He was gonna hit the Trinity just like Huck Finn. Only with updated language.

Katherine Wagner
Katherine Wagner

Hey Jerome - and Will's buddy and the film-maker is my son, Alex...

Montemalone
Montemalone

He was obviously heading down to the Trinity to do some white water rafting.

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