We are proud to present actors/writers/filmmakers Eric H. Heisner & Dean Reading as our guest speakers at our Discussions on Film & Filmmaking April 8! These multi-talented men have numerous credits & awards and are pleased to share with us their insights, some secrets learned, those proverbial curve balls, and their combined lifetimes of experiences. Look forward to an interesting & interactive mixer.
Eric H. Heisner, (aka Eric Heisner & EH Heisner) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Filmmaking from Columbia College, Chicago. Later, he worked on the hit television show “ER” then traveled long and far. Moving out to Los Angeles, he landed minor roles for the History Channel and background in several feature films. Upon completion of the award-winning Western TV Pilot “Friend of the Devil” Heisner became known as the “Next Generation of Western Filmmakers.” Attending the Algonquin Cowboy Lunch with such legends as Ernest Borgnine, Bo Hopkins, Bruce Boxleitner, and others serves as continuing education for an actor, writer, and filmmaker with a passion for the western genre. Having his first novel, “West to Bravo”, published by a New York Publisher has put another notch on his storytelling resume. Also along the way Eric co-founded Lean Dog Productions based in Austin & Los Angeles specializing in western and other period films.
Dean Reading was raised on a ranch in Fort Bend County, Texas. Having competed in high school and college rodeos, he went on to compete in professional rodeos in the seventies and eighties. Reading graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and English and a secondary Teaching Certificate. In the 1980s, Reading was the Program Director for Group W Cable in Grapevine, Texas for several years where he produced, directed and appeared in several TV programs. Some of these programs were syndicated thru the Group W Cable systems and several TV stations throughout the Southwest. Six Shooter Junction, Texas Traditions, and Entertainment Clipboard were among these productions. Reading then worked on several films in the transportation department, local casting department, and appeared periodically as an actor. He taught advanced film acting at Actor’s Preparatory Studio in Fort Worth for two years as well as teaching video production at Video Technical Institute for a year.