“Showdown on the Brazos” movie filming at Fort Belknap
Fort Belknap Hosts its First Film Set Location for the “Showdown on the Brazos.”
July 13, Fort Belknap was a buzz with activity, as roughly 50 people were in period costumes from the 1800’s and some part of the production crew took over the local historic Fort Belknap to film scenes to Fosters upcoming western intitled “Showdown on the Brazos”.
Bill Foster a graduate of Olney High School chose Fort Belknap partly because of its unique features, authentic history and partly because of his ties to the area.
Bill Foster is the writer, director, producer and star of “Showdown on the Brazos”. Foster has been making movies in 2016--some of Fosters highlights include a featured extra in “The Son” season one with Pierce Brosnan, “Alita Battle Angel”, “Ballad of Buster Scruggs “and Season 4 and 5 of “Fear the Walking Dead”.
After winning a contest for shooting a movie using only a phone, Foster says he caught the movie making bug. Foster decided to move forward with shooting a movie from a script he had been working on. With only an iPhone and the help of four or five actor friends-- Foster began making “Showdown on the Brazos”. From that small beginning, the movie morphed into a full production crew with many actors and actresses being added along with all the production equipment used to make a big screen western. The making of the movie now has over 200 people involved in turning this humble project into an epic western.
Foster plans on entering the film once finished in multiple film festivals before releasing the movie onto the big screen tentatively by next spring.
Bill Foster plays the main role going by “Captain” and Captains partner Samuel played by Larry Welch, are main focuses of the story. Captain and Samuel are both Texas Rangers-- are reluctantly talked into taking on the villain of the story Nate Jones played by Brent Rock. The villain has taken over a small town named Brazos and the heroes-- Captain and Samuel are coming in to clean up the small town. Notable actors such as Jeff Davis plays the preacher of the small town and Blade West plays the character of “Blade” the tough as nails saloon girl who straddles the line of good and evil. Foster said they are using a lot of actors and actresses from all over Texas including Houston, San Antonio and Austin.
Without giving away too many spoilers to the movie Foster, says the movie is similar to an old John Wayne movie where the hero rides into town to rescue the townsfolk from the evil gang of outlaws.
Foster says this is a nice clean movie like the ones that used to be made. No cussing, no sex scenes, just good wholesome entertainment.
Bill Foster is also a published author and has written three western novels, with one being published. Foster has signed with a company to turn two of his books into movies, which are currently in the funding stage of the process. Foster wrote a play as well--set in the Vietnam era which had nine performances and nine standing ovations all performed in Brownwood, Texas.
For a complete list of everyone it took to shoot this movie or for more information, please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9043124/ and the movies Facebook page Showdown on the Brazos.
To learn more about the local history of Fort Belknap please visit the following Facebook pages. Fort Belknap (@FortBelknapTx), Friends of Fort Belknap and Fort Belknap Living History Association.