Horse Archer Productions, LLC was
founded in 2005 by Sean Kotz and Chris Valluzzo to make documentaries on
local and regional subjects that we knew had appeal to audiences large and
small. Since the 2007 release of our first film, Hokie Nation, we have
sold copies of our DVDs on every continent except Africa and Antarctica . .
. and we figure they just haven't found us yet.
Our films are about documenting and
preserving our stories. We are a TRUE independent film company and
proud of it. Take a look around the site and
contact us if you have questions, ideas or
need video production.
WHY OLD TIME? began with a simple question.
Why do so many people across the world admire, preserve and even build lives
around Appalachian string band music, much of which is more than a century
old in the age of high-technology?
What we have found is that Old Time music just isn't a sound.
It's a lifestyle. It's living history. And it's the musicians drive it ever
forward while preserving an untarnished musical tradition.
VIRGINIA CREEPERS: THE HORROR
HOST TRADITION OF THE OLD DOMINION (2009)
A comprehensive examination of more than 50
years of late night comedy and terror on VA and DC airwaves. Features
rare shows, audio, video and photos as from as far back as 1958. A Rondo
Award nominee, it was one of only two documentaries selected at the VA Film
Festival. Winner of Best Doc at Blue Ridge Blood Film Festival, 2011.
THE HENRY REED LEGACY (2009)
Henry Reed very rarely left his home in Giles
County, VA during his life. And yet, he is considered one of the most
influential fiddlers in Old Time music. Before his death in 1968, archivist
and researcher Alan Jabbour discovered Reed and preserved his music and
style through recordings. It has lead to "Henry Reed tunes" being
played across the globe and the founding of a festival in his honor.
www.whyoldtime.com for more.
HI THERE HORROR MOVIE FANS
When VIRGINIA CREEPERS was completed, fans began
requesting more on the Bowman Body . . . and with Bill's wealth of hilarious
stories and legions of devotees who followed his career from the earliest
days on WXEX's "Shock Theater," there was plenty left to tell. A
lifetime in broadcasting yielded dozens of hilarious stories captured in
this film, from Bowman's hearse misdirecting a funeral for 20 miles, to
naked coeds appearing at his door, to the Hell's Angels seeking autographs.
www.bowmanbody.com for more.
NEW FILMS IN
DEVELOPMENT OR PRODUCTION FOR 2013
Touched With Fire: The High
Woods String Band
The final phases of production are underway
for this film about the legendary Old Time band, The High Woods String
Band. The Highwoods String Band broke ground everywhere they went
and had a lasting impact on American music.
Pre-orders for the film are now being taken
www.whyoldtime.com and you can get a
taste for the film with the extended trailer to the right. It is a
snapshot of the larger film which should be available in late spring or
early summer, 2013.
STRANGE COUNTRY: A
Different Kind of UFO Documentary
Production is resuming this spring on our
film about a strange UFO case that changed a man's life forever. 25 years after international media
attention came to tiny Wytheville, VA on the heels of massive UFO
sightings, the echoes still ring for reporter Danny Gordon. Gordon, a
newscaster with a wall full of UPI awards and community work citations,
became the unintentional center of the upheaval caused by an array of
strange objects in the country skies from 1987-88.
This is a different type of UFO documentary
. . . this is a film about the people who are left behind in the wake of
The Stuff of Legends:
Inside the World of Craft Brewing
Horse Archer is pleased to announce that we
will spend the next year following Legend Brewery in Richmond, VA as they
release a new line, seek to expand their market, navigate the sea of
regulation and strive to produce great beer as they head toward their 20th
The film will be an education on what it
takes to brew a great beer, compete with giant corporations and serve the