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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 23 Nov 2011 7:42 AM

Today in the roundup: A TV reporter’s side job, Fort Worth’s FBI story and DBDT is in the money.


SMALL SCREEN TO BIG: You know Jay Gormley as a reporter on CBS 11 newscasts. But when he’s not on television, Gormley has a second life as a filmmaker. His latest project is a short called Odds or Evens, which he’s working on getting into festivals. And he says his creative outlet offers him a respite from his day job. “I think you need them, because the news is depressing, with all the violence. You have to let loose sometime,” he tells

MORE ON HOOVER: Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar isn’t exactly doing huge business – $21 million since it was released earlier this month. So it’s questionable how another project about the FBI might do. But that’s not keeping a local group from trying. Fort Worth director Tom Huckabee is trying to put together a movie or television show based on No Left Turns, the 1975 book written by Joseph L. Schott, who spent 23 years working in the FBI’s Fort Worth office. The effort to make the show is the subject of the current Fort Worth Weekly‘s cover story.

DBD RECEIVES GRANT: Not sure how I missed this bit of news from earlier this week, but it’s worth circling back on – Dallas Black Dance Theatre has received $97,000 in grants from the NEA. The money will go toward staging classic works during the company’s 35th season. Details on the grants are at