‘Stanley Debrock’ Wins 3 Awards In 2013

Derek Johnson is living the life of his dreams. Johnson, 30, a Carthage native, is living in Shreveport and working as a professional filmmaker. So far this year, two of Johnson’s films have won three independent movie awards. The films, “Scrape” and “Broken Blood” have been honored again and again. At the Hoboken International Film Festival, “Broken Blood” won the New York Post Best Feature Film Trailer Winner. “While we won best feature film trailer, I was nominated for best actor in a feature film and nominated for best of the festival audience choice award,” Johnson said. “Broken Blood” was honored at the North East Film Festival in Mapplewood, N.J., Johnson was nominated for best actor in a feature film, nominated and won best director for a feature film, nominated for best screenplay along with co-writer Richmond Arquette, and Pruitt Taylor Vince was nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Earl Wayne. “My other film “Scrape” was nominated for best feature film at Northeast,” Johnson said. Closer to home, Johnson’s film did well at the Phenom Film Festival held in Shreveport and Bossier City. Like at the Northeast Film Festival, Johnson once again had two films competing against one another. At the Phenom festival, “Broken Blood” and “Scrape” were both nominated for Best Louisiana Filmmaker Feature Film. “Broken Blood” took home the prize. “It was weird having two films competing against each other,” Johnson said. “It’s not really normal, but it was very cool.” Currently, Johnson is working on a feature film documentary about Oscar winning director John Avildsen, who directed American classic movies like Rocky and...

News-journal.com Sits Down With Stanley Debrock Director And Star Derek Johnson

When Michael Jackson died in 2009, like many others around the world Derek Wayne Johnson, 27, watched the coverage of the pop star’s death on TV. It’s what happened next that sets the Carthage native apart from most viewers. “It was all over the news, and I was watching. And Stone Phillips was reporting, and I remember thinking that is such a cool name,” Johnson said. He said he had also watched a documentary on Stanley Kubrick the day before. “I just go Stone … Stanley; Stanley … Stone — hmmm,” Johnson said. With a movie scene he’d written three years prior and a monologue he’d written a year before, Johnson sat down that night and wrote the first 32 pages of “Stanley DeBrock.” “It doesn’t make any sense, but that’s what triggered it all. The hardest thing to do is to set out to write a script, to create a character — it’s hard. It literally just has to come to you,” Johnson said. It took Johnson three weeks to write the first draft. Richmond Arquette, who plays “Peebo” in the movie, joined Johnson to co-write the script. Arquette appeared in the movies “Se7en” and “Fight Club” and is a member of the famous Arquette family. Johnson is the director, and he stars as identical twins “Stone” and “Stanley DeBrock.” “Stanley DeBrock” is what Johnson describes as “a coming home story” centered around the brothers. “Stone,” an out-of-work actor, comes from Hollywood to East Texas where a troubled past meets new problems. A love interest who is married and uncles who are drug dealers are among the mix....