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Real Life Mirrors Movie

We’ve been on the down low for a couple of years now. Life intervened and disrupted our best efforts to promote and market our movie about the process of creating art.

James basically cracked up. Life mirrored art and he took his character in the movie to the next logical level, to a person beset by florid and disabling mental health issues engendered by his life experiences. We nearly lost him.

John moved to Missoula, Montana and devoted himself to building his production business. I continued working full time as a lawyer and tried to move my painting career along as best I could given the constraints of time. In short, life intervened, derailing our best intentions in pushing the movie out into the world.


Julie and James – Art-Talk

But we’re back. John has settled into Missoula and his new work life. I have retired from many decades as a lawyer, and care taking my ailing spouse, James, a major challenge which consumed me, is no longer an issue. Slowly, James has recovered and has retaken the playing field full time in the studio. He did paint some during his illness, and interestingly, while sick, he was not beset by the creative problems faced by his character in the movie and which he had earlier faced in real life. Ironically, unlike his character in the movie, he was able to create work that our local dealer appreciated and could sell. Lots of therapy (and meds) healed his soul. There is time now to turn our attention to getting the word out about the Twilight Angel.

Many of you were able to watch our movie on Amazon Prime. For reasons unknown to us and our distributor, Indie Rights, it is no longer available on that platform. However, it is available on Google Play, Youtube, iTunes and VuDu, all at a nominal charge.

Please watch and comment, let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you. We are hopeful we can make some inroads with this project by spreading the word on social media and wherever else we can think of. Previous viewers of the film uniformly agreed it was a fine piece, brilliantly written, acted and filmed. As our distributor has told us and as I mentioned in a previous blog, content that is good today will be good in ten years. We are hoping that is the case.

Screening at Flatland Film Festival

On Saturday, October 8, 2016 this 1:30 PM Flatland Film Festival screening of the Twilight Angel will be held in Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts’ Firehouse Theatre as part of the Saturdays at LHUCA art lectures followed by a Q & A with James Koskinas, Julie Schumer and John Witham.

LHUCA Firehouse Theatre 511 Ave. K Lubbock, TX 79401


Flatland Film Festival

Founded in 2004, Flatland Film is a program of LHUCA that aims to cultivate an appreciation for film, video, and the digital moving-image expression and to support artists working in this mode of expression. For further information call 806-762-8606.

Purchase Deluxe Edition on VHX


Twilight Angel available for purchase

The Twilight Angel is now available to buy or rent on VHX. We’ve also produced a special bonus program for the Deluxe Edition that features a behind-the-scenes story about development and production hosted by the film’s Producer, Julie Schumer, and the Cinematographer/Editor, John Witham.

Click here to purchase or rent the Deluxe Edition now!

If you have been a fan and followed the development of the film, or even if you are new to this story you will enjoy this Twilight Angel Deluxe package which includes the final cut of the feature film and 33 minutes of bonus footage including interviews at the premiere, behind-the-scenes of development and production, music videos, experimental scenes, readings and more painting.

Or, you can click here to rent or purchase the 55-minute feature only.

The transactions are securely hosted by VHX, a direct-to-fan distribution platform built for premium video. They empower producers and publishers to sell our work from our own websites, directly to YOU our loyal fans. So we are keeping it in the family! We will have more news and content to offer soon.

We hope you try it out and look forward to seeing your comments if you do.


World Premiere at Jean Cocteau Cinema, Nov 15

We ALL did it!

The Twilight Angel is going premiere at the coolest, hippest, most-meta venue for movies, music, art, readings, personal appearances and book-signings in Santa Fe, the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

Thanks to your involvement and support, our award-winning handmade-in-New Mexico film is going to launch publicly in our hometown!

And many of James Koskinas’ paintings from the movie will be hanging in the Jean Cocteau Art Gallery on November 14th and 15th.

So, those of you who live near Santa Fe, plan to come to the beloved, historic Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Avenue for ONE SHOW ONLY at 3PM, November 15, 2014.

If you have seen the first-cut version at a private screening and offered us comments you will be delighted to see this new version at the premiere. Several of the scenes have been re-sequenced and the film now runs 55 minutes. Come see it on the big screen in the cozy atmosphere of the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

We are also planning a fun after-screening reception at the Zia Diner, across the street from the Cocteau.

To those dear loyal supporters who are outside of the Santa Fe area, we want you to know this is just the start. We are working on ways to get to you soon. We’ll be posting other dates and venues here soon.

Or, come on out and visit beautiful Santa Fe for this kick-off in November!

Twilight Angel Wins Silver Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston

Twilight Angel Remi Award

Twilight Angel’s Remi Award

We are very pleased to announce the Twilight Angel won a Silver Remi Award at the WorldFest Houston film festival in April. Out of 4,400 entries this year only about 15% were rated high enough by the jurors to receive an award.

Our film won the only Silver Remi in the highly-competitive Dramatic- Experimental category.

WorldFest-Houston is one of three original international film festivals in North America. It was founded in 1961 as Cinema Arts and is the only international film festival in North America to be dedicated completely to independent films.

At a time when many festivals in the US seem to serve as unpaid publicity agents for major studios and distributors, WorldFest continues to provide a forum for the works of true independent filmmakers and a venue for their films.

The Remi Award is inspired by the highly-regarded western artist Frederic Remington. We feel it is fitting that our film about an artist reclaiming his power has been awarded this particular honor. We appreciate the recognition by such a fiercely independent film festival and expect more and more people will get to enjoy our film soon as we begin the process of scheduling showings.

Our community of fans and supporters have our constant gratitude for helping us make it this far. It is a success for all of us. We hope you are happy with what you have helped accomplish with the Twilight Angel.

Now, stay tuned for what comes next!


Julie Schumer, John Witham and James Koskinas win Silver Remi

Captivated by Brush Strokes

I felt intimately connected with the artist on his journey of self-discovery as I watched his struggle and artistic process in bringing his painting to life. I was captivated watching his brush strokes and color choices tell his story!

- Jane Emanuel

Praise for Twilight Angel

High praises, laughter, tears and applause for your dear, raw, inspirational, daring journey put to film, James Koskinas, Julie Schumer, John Witham… I love that Fictional Character! I need to really see it a few more times to catalyze my full creative potential. Thanks for including us in your credits. You ALL amaze me. You truly do. I love who you each are and all the succulent gifts you bring to birth in this wild, awakening world. How do we change ourselves, to change the world…? I suggest the arts, truth, fierce self exploration & expression & by all means, see, own & share this movie, as it launches upon the world! & buy some art! That always helps me!
-Jen Klarfeld

Review of The Twilight Angel by Trisha Caetano

I would like to share with you my personal perspective, my personal feelings, my personal understanding and awareness because of this film. After all, isn’t that what art is about for the viewer?

The 11 previous paintings were of the dead, the ‘Twilight Angels”, ghosts of the past forcing you to paint them, give them life in death, a canvas immortality. The canvases simply flowed, emerging as the ghosts of the past painted the painting.. The last painting would not emerge because on a far deeper level, this had to be a painting of you, of your past, of your death, of the death of what you might have been, of the death of the soul. And the agony begins: frustration, boredom, anger, fear, hopelessness.

Segment by segment in the film you peel away all these feelings, emotions, thoughts, perspectives of your past and the agony forces you to begin to emerge on the canvas: distorted, inadequate, struggling, emerging without shape or form, using colors from dead artists of the past. Painting until your past agony begins to emerge on canvas; twisted, distorted, tortured, chaotic and interestingly, in female form. Then the sword, slashing cutting destroying the past.

And then, the most tender and deeply touching part of the entire piece with amazing cinematography, the perfect shot, perfect lighting; your fingers tentatively, gently probing the opening in the destruction, the perfect glowing white light shining through, the tentative connection to the emerging of the soul. And the creating begins. Sewing the cuts , they are still there but healed, and then the true beginning. You begin to explore you, to create you, brush stroke by brush stroke, who you truly are emerging. Not the pleasing of others, the struggle to be meaningful, to be recognized, to be accepted, not the whore who paints what will sell, no. What begins to emerge is the you of You, your own living, vibrant, authentic, soul.

This is the experience you three created for me, witnessing a journey of the soul. And on a very deep level, opening me and inspiring me. This is the truth of art, it is why art has emerged from man before it appeared on cave walls. You have truly achieved art.

Thank you James, Julie, John for allowing me to experience this recognition, connection, inspiration.

-Trisha Caetano, August 31, 2013

Trisha  is internationally known as a pioneer in Inner Child, Integration and Regression therapies. She has trained psychotherapists and health care professionals in many countries. She does yearly training’s and seminars in Japan and The Netherlands and has been a guest teacher for 11 Dutch institutes. Trisha was President of The Association for Regression Research and Therapies, Inc., a world-wide organization of professionals focused on regression as a therapeutic tool in healing. She was Director of their training team to certify therapists in this method.  (