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An Interview with Glynn Praesel, Producer of The Dance of the Mescaline Spiders

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2013

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Your upcoming project The Dance of the Mescaline Spiders - in a few words, what's it going to be about? And what drew you to the project, how did you get involved in the first place?


This is a fictional story based on a series written by Mike Knecht. The story is about the main series character Parker Reed who goes into Mexico to save a friend and former rodeo partner from his involvement and trouble with the drug cartel. I was looking for a script that was topical, had the old west feel about it, had a limited cast and plenty of action. The script was sent over for me to read and I saw a lot potential.


You of course have to talk about your production partner on The Dance of the Mescaline Spiders, Jack Skyyler [Jack Skyyler interview - click here], for a bit, and how did the two of you first hook up? And what can you tell us about your previous projects together?


I played a lead role in one of Jack's first films he directed. I recognized his talent as a young upcoming director and encouraged him to keep studying and making films.


Do talk about The Dance of the Mescaline Spiders' screenwriters John Porter and Mike Knecht for a bit, and what's your collaboration like?


John adapted the novel into the screenplay we have now. As I mentioned, Mike has a series about the character Parker Reed and his cases.


Anything you can tell us about the film's intended tone, look and feel yet?


It currently has somewhat of a dark tone to it, however we may make a few changes to that as we go thru the final rewrites. What I am looking for is a film that leaves you thinking but happy that the good guy won.


Any cast/director attached yet?


We are in talks with a well established director now and some name talent for several key roles.


So how's the schedule for this movie - when will it go into production (tentatively), when do you plan to wrap, and any idea when and where it's going to be released onto the general public yet (and I realize this is probably waaay too early to ask)?


We are still finalizing the script. We will then develop the budget based on some of the changes we are implementing. I expect to begin preproduction in October and begin shooting in November.


Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into the filmworld to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I began on stage as a youngster both in school and at the local city theater group. At 19, I was rodeoing and riding bucking horses and was asked to model Wrangler Jeans. During a modeling commercial, I was asked to audition for a TV host for a new cable channel called The Nashville Network. I was selected and was the first local host for the Network in Corpus Christi Texas. While hosting the show, I was asked to Hollywood for an audition for a remake of the Summer of '42 by Eddie Albert's agent. Eddie Albert and I had recently shot a commercial for Farm Aid 1984.


Can you still remember your first time in front of a movie camera, and what was that feeling like?


I have always been a ham in front of the camera even as a child. I think the joy of entertaining others is what really drives me.


As far as I know, your breakthrough as both actor and producer came with Palo Pinto Gold - want to talk about that one for a bit?


Palo Pinto Gold was a great little project. I was actually cast as the lead antagonist Shane Stocksteal before I was ever asked to be a producer. I actually was given a producer credit because of the additional talent I brought in, the music was handled by my publishing company, and ultimately invested money into the film to help finance its completion.


With Palo Pinto Gold being a Western - is that a genre at all dear to you? And while talking all things Western, would you care to also talk about your background in rodeo?


Western films are certainly one of my favorite genres. I think the romanticism of the old west and since I am a cowboy anyway, the history of the cowboy is of great interest. As far as rodeo, I rode a few bulls when I was young but switched to bareback broncs. I just always liked bucking horses better. I rodeoed for the Texas A&M rodeo team in college and then professionally for several years. In 1989, I took up team roping and qualified for the National Senior Pro Rodeo finals in 2003 and 2004.


Other films of yours you'd like to talk about? Any future projects beyond The Dance of the Mescaline Spiders you'd like to share?


I have several projects I am cast in this year that are sure to be great projects and a few that are upcoming that I am excited about as well. A couple are historical westerns to be shot here in Texas.


Besides acting and producing, you also do the occasional stuntwork, right? So what can you tell us about Glynn Praesel, the stuntman?


I only wish I had been more involved doing stunt work when I was younger. I just didn't have the connections I do now. This is a natural fit for rodeo cowboys when they aren't on the road. It provides that exciting rush that rodeo cowboys strive on.


Filmmakers, actors, whatever else who inspire you?


I like actors who are real and not caught up in the fame that comes with being recognized. To him who much is given... much is expected! I'm inspired by filmmakers who have a passion for really capturing the emotion and story... not just trying to shock the audience or put agendas in to sell movies.


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... and of course, films you really deplore?


I personally don't care for films that are slasher films blood and guts. I will watch thrillers, thought-provoking films and even horror films from time to time but if the whole premise is to scare you with gore and shock value I'm not buying it.


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Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I am a SAG/AFTRA member. I am always happy to look at film projects and offer help where I can. My passion is acting but as a business owner I have become involved in the production and distribution processes. I don't mind being contacted by email anytime to participate in someone's project as well.


Thanks for the interview!


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