Oklahoma Breakdown, a documentary of Mike Hosty, a one-man band freak of nature who also tells jokes
Friday, November 11 at 12:45PM
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater
2401 N. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Mike Hosty is a one-man band freak of nature who also tells jokes. The underground music legend was built on his rare ability to combine stunning musical talents on multiple instruments with a comic sensibility and improv skills to produce entertaining and original performances on the fly. However, the performances which won Hosty loyal fans and devotees from big concert stages to intimate music venues and dive bars are just one facet of his singular talent. When Stoney LaRue turned Hosty’s song, “Oklahoma Breakdown” into a #1 hit in 2007, few knew who wrote the song or what genre it came from. They just knew they loved it. So, who is the man behind the music and those performances who has had an influence on countless bands from the 90s on? Christopher Fitzpatrick’s documentary Oklahoma Breakdown gives us a backstage pass to Mike Hosty’s life and tells why a legend of the underground music scene has reservations on chasing the limelight, when he could be a millionaire.
In the late 90’s in Norman, Oklahoma I came across an artist that would forever stick with me. The band Heater, and then a couple of years later, the Mike Hosty Trio, featured a guitarist whose guitar sound was irresistible. College kids like myself were required to hit the dance floor – all the cool kids were there, dancing to the B-3 Organ of the Trio’s Chris Wiser and of course, that Mike Hosty beat.
Every time I came back to Oklahoma, my immediate thought was always “Where is Hosty playing tonight”? In 2016 the timing was right to work on a side project, and a documentary on Mike Hosty was the 1st thing on my mind.
Through 5+ years I was fortunate to get help from some incredibly talented people in my own backyard of Dallas, and the project was finally worth releasing to those that have yearned for a deeper dive into Mike Hosty’s life and career. And for anyone being introduced to him for the first time, you owe it to yourself and to Mike to spread the word. After all, everyone likes to laugh and have a good time – 2 things that are synonymous with the name, “Hosty”
Director/Writer: Christopher Fitzpatrick
Producers: Christopher Fitzpatrick, John Hunter
Editor: Christopher Fitzpatrick
Cinematographer: Christopher Fitzpatrick
Animators: Austin Guttery, Joey Curry
Sound Design: Scottie Richardson
Composer: John Hunter
Music: Mike Hosty
TRT: 92 min
SWEAT OF HIS COW Award-winning comedy short is a silly love letter to the sexy late-night cable cinema of Skinimax and the Red Shoe Diaries
Thursday, November 10 at 11:15AM
The Cowboy Channel Studio
409 E Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
From the depths of someone’s lost VHS tapes is this story of an impossibly gorgeous doctor lawyer who runs out of gas next to a barn where an impossibly sweaty man is milking a cow. A sexy relationship ensues where they learn that gas is just the beginning, milk is always the end.
Directors: John Stuart Wildman, Alan Smithee
Writer: John Stuart Wildman
Producers: Lisa Normand, Chris Gardner
Editors: Lisa Normand, Blair Rowan
Cinematographer: Karissa Leight
Music: lvaro Palva Bimbo
Cast: Celina Rae, John Stuart Wildman, Chris Gardner
TRT: 6 min