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ArkLaTex filmmaker featured in Carthage theater

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Derek Wayne Johnson stood in front of the Carthage Twin Cinema while growing up, hoping one day he'd be looking at a poster of his movies in front of the theater.

"I always dreamed of bringing a movie back to the cinema I grew up in, and I got that chance. I'm thankful for that," the film maker says.

The movie is a drama-thriller called "Stanley Debrock."

"It's about an actor that comes from Los Angeles back to a small town in East Texas and gets thrown in the mix of his past and a murder mystery."

It involves his twin brother. Derek plays both parts.

He shot part of it at the Carthage church he grew up in, and at Shreveport mainstays like Ernest's Orleans Restaurant, and Ivan's Pub.

"It's not the first movie I've shot in Carthage or Shreveport, but it is the first movie I'm showing here."

The budget for "Stanley Debrock" was $200,000. That's a small budget for Hollywood standards, but it's the biggest one Derek has had as a film maker. He hopes it'll be the smallest one he has moving forward.

"You always want, as an individual film, a nice studio to come in and sweep it up and take it because they have the money and the means to make it bigger than what it is."

He says he believes he can get his big break being in Shreveport instead of Hollywood.

"Out there you're move of a number. Here, you're more of a person. It's still a challenge, but I think it's a little easier to get your foot in the door."

His dream is to win an Oscar, and he's even practiced his acceptance speech.

"I tell people all the time 'I will win an Oscar one day,' and they say that's pretty confident and I say it keeps me going."

When the dream comes true, he'll bring that Oscar right back home.

"Stanley Debrock" is showing at Carthage Twin Cinema through next weekend. There is a showing nightly at 7:30, and one Sunday at 3:00.

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