What is art? Flight of the Iguana is a riveting story that tries to answer this question by chronicling the battle between art and advertising, with a 40-foot iguana named Iggy at the center of it all.
This foam-over-steel sculpture was created by iconic Texas artist and king of roof top sculptures, Bob "Daddy-O" Wade. For years, the giant lizard lurked above downtown Manhattan’s Lone Star Cafe bearing witness to and inspiring New York’s expatriate outpost of Texas music and culture.
During this time, the neighborhood association took Iggy to court where she fought the law and won. Daddy-O would go on to confront similar situations with his Tangoing Frogs in Dallas and the 40 ft Smokesax in Houston.
Follow one artist and his iguana, saxophone, frogs and numerous other public artworks with outrageous histories and happy endings.
The documentary film will include interviews with lots of flamboyant characters including, Kinky Friedman, Ray Benson and Julian Schnabel.
MUSIC: Joe King Carrasco – Hasta Manana Iguana, Ronnie Heart – Original Music
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Andrea Norby GRAPHICS: Brendon Avalos Photos By: Casey Holder
LIVE FROM LONE STAR CAFE FOOTAGE: Andy Baddish, Paul Harris Zeldin, Music by Johnny Paycheck
SPECIAL THANKS: South Austin Popular Culture Center, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill
Johnny is the Founder and President of Bumbershoot Productions, Inc., a Fort Worth based motion picture development company, which he runs with independent film producers Carolyn Pfeiffer and Susan O'Connell. BPI manages the acquisition of theatrical rights to literary properties and creates original material.Langdon's commitment to the film community is reflected in his role as the Chairman of the Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) in Fort Worth, Texas. In its 5th year, Lone Star which has launched a major effort to bring the very best in independent film to North Texas. The Lone Star Film Society (LSFS), (sponsor of the festival), provides a year round series of film programs leading to the Film Festival in November of each year.
Director / Producer
Chip Tompkins only founded End Of The River Productions in 2013, but has been tackling documentaries for years! Chip, a native Texan, started his film career in 2005 by heading out to Costa Mesa, California and attending Orange Coast College. Through his OCC family he wound up working for Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a year. In addition, he was able to experience the film festival scene by being accepted to the Newport Beach Film Festival; twice; for a short narrative film and a mini-documentary. But Texas kept calling him back. Its thriving film industry drew him in and now he is working on three documentaries and loving every wild minute of it.
Analisa Garcia graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV & Film in 2010. While studying there, she produced and directed a documentary called ADDERALL YOU NEED, about Adderall abuse among college students. In 2009 she worked on the Van Cliburn documentary as a director’s assistant. In 2010 she worked in the art department on a feature film called SEARCHING FOR SONNY. She began working for Bumbershoot Productions in 2011 and is eager to continue to write and produce.