More moviemakers eyeing Houston to make indie films

An international thriller is being shot in our area right now, and the film's director thinks others will be coming
March 18, 2014 5:20:32 AM PDT
It appears we'll be seeing the Houston area in more feature films, as more filmmakers are eyeing our city as a great place to tell a story. On Monday, we caught up with the director and stars of an international thriller being shot in our area right now.

There are several films being shot across the Bayou City right now, including one called "Osprey." It stars Eric Roberts and a host of Texas actors.

"'Osprey' is like a 'Bourne Identity' type thriller. It's an international spy film set here in Houston and also in Dubai and New York," director Wayne Slayten said.

But unlike a mega budget Hollywood blockbuster, this film is shot entirely in the Houston area. On Monday near Lake Conroe, they filmed in Jeff Angelo's home.

"We want to support the indie community. The films are up and coming and anything we can do to give a light to that. I think it's important," Angelo said.

Syed Afser is the film's producer and writer. He also stars in the film.

"I think Houston will be the indie capital of the world in five years," Afser said.

He believes Houston is the perfect place for filming because of its diversity of talent and locations.

"We are shooting all of the scenes in Houston because Houston has the infrastructure to sustain all of the cities. It can mimic all the cities," Afser said.

Cory Hart and Natalie Wilemon are Texas actors who are glad to find work at home.

"Houston is actually blowing up quite a bit and I'm glad to see it because there are truly a lot of talented folks that live here," Hart said.

"It's really booming right now and this is becoming like the third coast. There's so much work coming to Texas," Wilemon said.

Wilemon recently shot two other films in Houston. The film's director believes it's about momentum. The more films shot are here, the more will come.

"What our big focus has been is trying to bring films to Houston to shoot as opposed to going to other cities to make them," Slayten said.

Industry insiders say there is an uptick in movie filming in Houston and there are rumors that a new TV show about Astronaut wives could be casting in Texas and possibly shooting in Houston for six months.

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