100 Creatives 2012: Travis Ammons, Filmmaker

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What He Does: Travis Ammons is a filmmaker whose upcoming film, Suicide Notes, is a dark comedy of the most macabre bent. In it, a struggling playwright writes a show that culminates with the main character's suicide. A money-hungry producer decides to go for broke and do a three-show run starring legitimately suicidal leads who will agree to actually end their own lives in the climax. When the first night goes off without a hitch, the show becomes a YouTube sensation, selling out the remaining two performances and landing the producer a cushy television job.

Ammons himself started out as a playwright. His show Manhood Is Dead was produced in Houston in 2000. The show was successful enough that he was approached to craft a screenplay for a film adaptation. The project never materialized, but Ammons was motivated enough by the experience to try his hand at moviemaking. He commuted from Houston to Austin every weekend in 2001 until the production was finally completed. A string of not-so-good final products nonetheless gained Ammons enough practice and notoriety to secure funding for Suicide Notes.

Why He Likes It: "It allows me the ultimate artistic expression. I'm a writer first, but also an actor and a director. I'm also many other things, most importantly a collaborator and a musician. I'm also a pretty good editor. I'm pretty good at keeping 20 or 30 balls in the air at the same time. I'm writing my second novel right now, which I think may be my greatest movie yet when it's done, but it'll be more than a movie...it'll be like a mobile American sculpture that is alive and online and adaptable by every viewer and therefore alive and ever evolving. Filmmaking allowed me to expand my thoughts and creations exponentially. That is something I never could have conceptualized a decade ago."

What Inspires Him: "Words."

If Not This, Then What: "A sociologist."

If Not Here, Then Where: The Caribbean Islands

What's Next: Ammons seems to never sleep. He's already planning his next movie, The Chosen Ones, to start in 2013. The film is a religious thriller about a hip-hop artist named Sean n. Sane who meets a priest who tells him that he is next in a long lineage of Chosen Ones who have been selected by God to prevent the Antichrist from being born. At first, he thinks the priest is merely mad, but soon he begins having supernatural visions that prompt him to try and smother the supposed Antichrist in his crib. He is locked away in an asylum after being caught in the act.

Ammons is also beginning a novel about the survivor of a deranged serial killer called Broken Roses, as well as two more scripts.

More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Florence Garvey, actress

Julia Gabriel, artist, designer and backpack maker

Rebecca French, choreographer and FrenetiCore co-founder

Kiki Neumann, found object folk artist
Flynn Prejean, Poster Artist
JoDee Engle, dancer
David Rainey, actor, artistic director and teacher
Geoff Hippenstiel, painter, art instructor
Jessica Janes, actress and musician
Dennis Draper, actor and director

Mat Johnson, novelist and tweeter
Orna Feinstein, printmaker and installation artist

Adriana Soto, jewelry designer
Domokos Benczédi, Noise and Collage Artist
Robert Boswell, Book Author, UH Prof
Patrick Turk, visual artist
Elizabeth Keel, playwright
Bob Martin, designer
Mary Lampe, short film promoter and developer
Nisha Gosar, Indian classical dancer
Jeremy Wells, painter
George Brock, theater teacher
Radu Runcanu, painter
Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media
Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker
Philip Hayes, actor

Patrick Palmer, painter
Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer
John Tyson, actor
Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker
Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer
Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music
Laura Burlton, photographer
David Peck, fashion designer
Rebecca Udden, theater director
Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer
Paul Fredric, author
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer

Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor

Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer

Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts

Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer

Wade Wilson, gallery owner

Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright

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