• SIMPLE AS THAT

  • LIVING BY YOUR OWN RULES

ABOUT THE FILM

SIMPLE AS THAT is a short documentary about living by your own rules. Filmed in the tiny town of Marfa, TX, the film introduces us to Allan McClane and Malinda Beeman, both in their 60s, who brought their respective life experiences together to create an artisan goat cheese business. We meet the staunch West Texas couple during one of the worst droughts in Texas history. They struggle to find feed for their animals, and work long days and several jobs to make ends meet while growing their business, but in the end they are completely satisfied with what they have created. And in the middle of it all grew an unexpected, intellegent love that brought one of them out of the depths of extended mourning and alcoholism. Even though the underlying theme is serious, the film has the humorous tone only a goat-filled film could have, and the positive outlook necessary to “make it in Marfa”.

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Simple As That is a film about hope, partnership, and the gritty determination of West Texans during one of the worst droughts in history. An artist, a philosopher, and a herd of goats, carve out a unique life mixed with hard work and humor, while waiting on the rain.

  • August, 2011

    Production Starts, worst drought in Texas history.

  • April, 2013

    SIMPLE AS THAT premieres at 46th WorldFest Houston. Wins Best Short Documentary.

  • April, 2013

    SAT screens at Texas Independent Film Festival.

  • September, 2013

    SAT screens at Knoxville Film Festival. Wins Best Short Documentary.

  • October, 2013

    SAT screens at Red Dirt International Film Festival.

  • November, 2013

    SAT screens at Indie Memphis Film Festival.

  • November, 2013

    SAT screens at Carrboro Film Festival.

  • February, 2014

    SAT screens at Thin Line Film Festival.

  • April, 2014

    SAT screens at Ozark Foothills FilmFest.

  • April, 2014

    AMERICAN MOVIE AWARDS
    Best Documentary Short

  • October, 2014

    SAT screens at NYC Food Film Fest.

CAST AND CREW

Kari Branch Headshot

KARI BRANCH

CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR

Austin, TX

Ashley McCue Headshot

ASHLEY McCUE

CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR

Chattanooga, TN

Russell Walker Headshot

RUSSELL WALKER

CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR

Dallas, TX

Chandler Griffin Headshot

CHANDLER GRIFFIN

PRODUCER

New York, NY

Alison Fast Headshot

ALISON FAST

PRODUCER

New York, NY

Malinda Beeman Headshot

MALINDA BEEMAN

Cast: As Herself

Marfa, TX

Allan McClane Headshot

ALLAN MCCLANE

Cast: As Himself

Marfa, TX

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