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Film delves into DIY

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By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer

Local band presents its message of doing things for yourself

Among the scores of documentaries set for the Thin Line Film Fest is a story of achieving musical success by doing it yourself.

Four Nights in December is the story of Trebuchet, a Denton band that recorded an album in 2011 with nothing but their own resources, friends and family to depend on.

Band members and others involved hope the film, set to screen Friday night, opens people up to the band and inspires others who have musical or video aspirations.

“It actually began as a live recording session in a loft on the Denton Square to not only record our latest album, but to also get four music videos to supplement the album,” said Trebuchet lead singer Justin Hawkins.

The album, Said A to B, was released Dec. 21.

“After getting the music videos, Marcus Laws, our longtime photographer, tossed around the idea that we should do interviews about the making of the album, and Patrick Flaherty, director and videographer, just sort of ran with it from there,” Hawkins said. “And here we are.”

Hawkins said he wants viewers — be they musicians, sound engineers, videographers, filmmakers and others — to understand the power of doing it yourself.

“That is our band’s philosophy. Every album we’ve produced has been done in-house, and with the help of some very generous and talented friends who put just as much elbow grease and passion into the projects as we did,” he said. “Basically, make the best art possible with what you have at your disposal. You don’t need a big production company and thousands of dollars to make good art.”

Hawkins said his first visit to the festival has been beneficial for exposure in Denton.

“It’s Patrick’s first film, everyone’s first film really,” Hawkins said. “It’s benefitting all of us with a sense of accomplishment. We had no idea it would be what it is when we started out. We just wanted some music videos.”

Flaherty said he has been heavily involved with the Thin Line Film Fest since its beginning.

“I was the guy that helped set up the movie screens, I drove the directors to and from the airport, and I was at every panel discussion taking notes,” Flaherty said. “I love what the festival has become and how the staff caters to your every need.”

The biggest benefit for him is being able to share some of Denton’s sound with people who have never heard it before.

“There are a lot of amazing bands in this small town of ours. To have a local act headline a film festival on a Friday night is different, I guess you could say,” he said. “With that in mind, I hope that maybe this film opens doors for the band, Trebuchet, or least turns someone new onto their sound.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is .


Texas Filmmakers’ documentary film festival continues through Feb. 18. Tickets cost $8 each, or $6 for students, seniors and military. Passes are also available. Visit, call 1-888-893-4560 or visit the Campus Theatre box office, 214 W. Hickory St.



Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

 3:30 p.m. — Wampler’s Ascent

 6 p.m. — Shorts Program 6

 8:30 p.m. — The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Fine Arts Theatre, 115 N. Elm St.

 6:30 p.m. — Much Ado About Knotting

 8 p.m. — Corporate FM

Cool Beans, 1210 W. Hickory St.

 7 p.m. — Heart Attack and The Burning of Fry Street

 9 p.m. — Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary



Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

 3:30 p.m. — The Lost Reunions and Part of the Change

 6 p.m. — Seadrift vs. the Big Guy

 8 p.m. — 4 Nights in December

 10 p.m. — Shorts Program 7

Fine Arts Theatre, 115 N. Elm St.

 6:30 p.m. — Drawing Dead

 8:30 p.m. — Backyard Blockbusters



Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

 11:30 a.m. — Shorts Program 8

 1:30 p.m. — DocuDenton 7K films

 3:30 p.m. — Brothers on the Line

 6 p.m. — The House I Live In

 8:30 p.m. — The Informant

Fine Arts Theatre, 115 N. Elm St.

 Noon — Swingman

 2 p.m. — Stories from Lakka Beach

 5 p.m. — Bat City USA

 7 p.m. — Invisible Young

UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

 10 p.m. — Award ceremony and closing night reception. Tickets cost $15.

Siam Off the Square, 209 W. Hickory St., Suite 104

 3:45 p.m. — Panel, free admission.



Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

 2 p.m. — The Anderson Monarchs

 4 p.m. — In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life With Saul Leiter

 6 p.m. — Central Park Five

 8:30 p.m. — Building Babel



Fine Arts Theatre, 115 N. Elm St.

 1 p.m. — Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

 3 p.m. — 4 Nights in December

 5 p.m. — Audience Choice

 7:30 p.m. — Best Documentaries


A get-together — sponsored by the Thin Line Film Fest and open to the public — will be at The (Ghost) Note at 120 W. Oak St. on the Square from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The film, Four Nights in December, will screen at 8 p.m. at the Campus Theatre.

After the screening, Trebuchet will perform at Dan’s Silverleaf. Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission is $5. The bands Bad Design and Descender are also on the bill with Trebuchet.