Mike Sudhalter | February 14, 2009
From time to time, we'll check in with Brett Moses, who played the lead role in "Noble Things", a film about a country music star coming back to his Southeast Texas roots. Moses also wrote, directed and produced the film that was featured alongside 'W' - Oliver Stone's George W. Bush biopic at last year's Austin Film Festival.
Moses, a native of Vidor, Texas, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and worked with a co-writer/business partner, Dan McMillan. One day, Moses was telling some stories about growing up in southeast Texas.....the plot, which focuses on love, forgiveness, guilt and reconciliation, is set in Southeast Texas. And that region plays a key role in the film.....the beautiful landscape to the characters for a film that took almost four years to film due to Hurricanes Rita and Ike.
Moses graduated from Vidor High - the alma mater of country singers Tracy Byrd and Clay Walker - in 1993 and left for AADA in a 1982 Ford, despite never having traveled west of San Antonio up until that point.
He had minor roles in "Melrose Place" and "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" and soap operas, but he wanted to make a film that would feature his home region. Moses very much considers himself a Texan and visits the Lone Star State often.
Moses and Co. were able to get Michael Parks, Ryan Hurst and Dominique Swain on board for the film, and he drove to Bossier City, La. to meet with Lee Ann Womack, who was in town performing a concert. She played a Sheriff's Deputy in her acting debut, and Moses was impressed with her natural ability to act.