JD Mata Films

J.D. Mata is an actor, independent filmmaker, musician/ Choir Director, Piano Bar player, etc... He lives in Los Angeles. This is the place where he will reveal his "rebel without a crew" Robert Rodriguez inspired style of indie filmmaking secrets! And, just "A day in the life" stuff!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A very merry McAllen Christmas!

I've been in my hometown the South Texas border city, McAllen, for the holidays! It's been wonderful hanging out with parental units and the siblings, my older brother and a sister. I arrived on the 24th attended midnight mass, went to the I Hop, slept then hung out with the familia throughout Christmas day! You may ask, what does I Hop have to do with this cyber conversation? I love their pancakes, YAY. And, it's a cheezy attempt of trying to be clever! Which of coarse, didn't work! IN ANY EVENT, tonight I'm playing at this really cool restaurant and bar, ESPANA. I've received e-mails from all the homies that say they will be at tonights gig. More tomorrow on my holiday in McAllen, as I LOVE my LIFE!!! love, jd

Friday, December 21, 2007

Jeff Conaway, Entertainment Tonight, and J.D. Mata

I don't know if you've heard, but early next year Jeff Conaway, star of the motion cult film GREASE, and star of the famous sitcom, TAXI, will be on a reality show with other celebrities where the premise is GETTING SOBER. There seems to be a buzz that this show is really heartfelt and amazing. In the last several years, Jeff, has starred in two of my feature films, PAN DULCE and FROM BEHIND the SUNFLOWER; consequently, the entertainment show E.T. gave me a call, and I may be interviewed on their show to talk about directing JEFF CONAWAY! In my opinion, I think Jeff is a modern day Marlon Brando. If you look at the clip that I posted from my film, Sober or not Sober, Jeff is a genius actor! This what I told the producers of the show. I have nothing but praise for Jeff! I told them that if Jeff was to get Sober, I would cast him in every film I ever make! I've got my fingers crossed I get on the show! I LOVE my LIFE!!! Love, jd

Again, the clip is from my second film, FROM BEHIND the SUNFLOWER! starring Jeff Conaway, Madeleine Falk, and J.D. Mata xoxoxoxo

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Blogged down! AGAIN! However, Wedding Video Trailer, YAY!

Geez, Louise! I think I may have broken a record in terms of not posting! Oh well, no use crying over unspilled verbage;)
I'll start with the video post. This is a Greek Wedding I shot here in L.A. on October13. There were three locations, the bride's house in Glendale, the Greek Cathedral in Los Angeles, and the Castaway ballroom in Burbank! WHEW! A total of ten hours was filmed and I submitted to the bride an edited TWO hour video. This POST is seven minutes from the FINAL CUT. Seven minutes from ten hours of footage!!! Earlier today, I auditioned for a commercial to air in Japan. Yesterday, it was a Comcast commercial, and last week, I nearly booked a Mastercard commercial! SO, CLOSE. What is very close, the filming of my next feature flick, THE TEACHER'S LOUNGE which shoots in January. The shooting dates are 01-07-08 to 01-25-08.... It will be a a fourteen day BRUTAL shoot. More manana, as I LOVE my LIFE!!!! love, jd

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Blogged down!

Geez, I haven't written lately! Not muy bueno. In any event, here's what's happening. Last Friday, I played at St. Charles Church at Christmas Party for like SIXTY Roman Catholic Priest's! Talk about a BLESSING! As usual, I performed over the weekend at Ernies, my regular Sat.and Sunday gig; furthermore, after Ernie's I played Sunday night at Universal Bar Grill for a fund raiser. I was invited as a guest artist for the Theatre Company, FROM THE GROUND UP, who was staging their annual fundraiser. Yesterday morning, I worked as an actor on a short film A LONG WAY DOWN, where I played a musician wanting to jump off a building. When I reach the rooftop, three other people are there as well! In terms of my next original feature film THE TEACHER'S LOUNGE, we start shooting Dec. 17, 2007! I LOVE MY LIFE!!!!! love, jd
P.S. I refuse to be BLOGGED DOWN anymore ;) more tomorrow!