Tammy Thomas Garnes


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Interview with Jonesboro Sun

Story Date: Monday, March 24, 2003

Garnes works as assistant producer on film
By Kellie Bardis              

The action film, “Biker Boyz,” has an Arkansas connection. But that connection cannot be found on the big screen, it’s behind the scenes.
Tammy Thomas Garnes of Los Angeles, an alumna of Arkansas State University, and her husband, Paul, served as assistant producers on the film, which has grossed more than $20 million since its theatrical release Jan. 31.
The former Little Rock resident has worked on a number of films including HBO’s “Dancing in September” and the Disney movie “The Earnest Green Story.” “Biker Boyz,” which stars Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke and Kid Rock, is the first big budget film she has been associated with.
Garnes received a degree in speech and theater at ASU in the spring of 1993. While at ASU she was a member of the speech and debate team and Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She taught for one year in the Little Rock School District before deciding to pursue a producing career. She received a master’s degree in film producing from the University of Southern California.
Prior to entering the program at USC, Garnes’ experience was mainly as an actress. She participated in a number of ASU productions as well as productions at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, both in Little Rock. Garnes first producing job was on “The Earnest Green Story.”
“After that experience, I found out about the producing program (at USC) and what a producer does. … I really didn’t know the other side of the program, how it existed, how it worked,” she said.
Defining what a producer does depends on who you talk to, according to Garnes.
“Technically a producer is the person who oversees creative or financial aspects of a movie when its made. They oversee the casting, the hiring of crew, the budgeting process, the scheduling,” she added.
On “Biker Boyz,” the Pine Bluff native was a baby producer — “the lowest producers on the totem poll.”
“As assistant (producers), we got a lot of the grunt producing work, a lot of the leg work into making the film, lot of the not so glamorous aspects. But we learned a lot. The experience for us really convinced us that we did know what we were doing on a set,” Garnes said.
Garnes said those thinking about going into film producing need to “think long and hard about it.”
“It’s not a regular 9 to 5 everyday job. Be prepared to rough it for a while,” she added.
She encourages prospective film producers to maintain their integrity when selecting their projects.
“I am very proud of the work I’m choosing to do. I only want to make movies and TV shows that I’m proud to show my parents and grandparents,” Garnes said.
“Pictures are powerful. It’s important that what you put out there something you’re willing to stand behind for years and years to come,”she added.




Alumni Terilyn Shropshire and Tammy Garnes 
Play Key Roles in “Biker Boyz” Opening Friday January 31, 2003

Go out and support Alumnae Terilyn Shropshire and Tammy Garnes efforts to bring the movie “Biker Boyz” to the screen on Jan. 31st. “Biker Boyz” is an action-packed contemporary Western on wheels with desperados who live every day on the edge.  It is definitely worth seeing!

Terilyn Shropshire graduated with dual degrees in film and journalism which spawned an interest for editing. Her film editing credits include “Eve’s Bayou” and “Love and Basketball”.

Tammy Garnes, served as co-producer for HBO’s “Dancing In September”. A MFA graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program, Ms. Garnes began her career in the industry as Director of Development for Reuben Cannon & Associates.

For more information on Biker Boyz, log onto: www.bikerboyz.com 



"Roots - Celebrating 25 Years" for NBC, Co-Produced by Tammy Garnes and Paul Garnes


Daily Variety


Dancing in September



Posted: Fri., Feb. 2, 2001  An HBO Films presentation of a Weecan Films production in association withStarRise Entertainment. Produced by Reggie Rock BythewoodReuben CannonDon Kurt. Co-producers, Ligiah VillalobosTammy Garnes. Directed, written by Reggie Rock Bythewood.
Tomasina “Tommy” Crawford – Nicole Ari Parker
George Washington – Isaiah Washington
James – Vicellous Reon Shannon
Rhonda – Malinda Williams             


“Dancing in September” is the decorous and conventional version of “Bamboozled.” The directorial debut of Reggie Rock Bythewood, who wrote “Get on the Bus” for Spike Lee, this critique of the racial images that blacks themselves choose to serve up on television has a few pertinent things to say, but does so in such a bland and sometimes incredible way that the message has little force. Pic debuts on HBO on Feb. 3, following its world preem at Sundance.

Even if Lee’s approach in “Bamboozled” was too fractured and extreme, his placement of many recent black-themed TV programs and entertainment modes in the insulting and caricatured tradition of minstrel shows was highly provocative. Bythewood’s approach is downright polite by comparison, as he analyzes the commercial pressures on TV creators to be entertaining at all costs while weaving through it a perfectly agreeable but unexceptional love story.

One of the film’s refreshing angles is that it’s filtered through the experiences of a woman in the male-dominated TV world. Tomasina “Tommy” Crawford (Nicole Ari Parker), inspired by her memory of “Roots” having brought her fractious family together like no other event in her childhood, is determined to express truthful depictions of contempo African-American life in her writing. Fired from one show for shooting off her mouth during a story meeting, Tommy is thrilled when George Washington (Isaiah Washington), the lone black exec at a startup minority-slanted network, responds to her pitch for a grounded-in-reality show, “Just Us,” and puts it in development.

Tommy is equally thrilled when she finds James (Vicellous Reon Shannon) to star as the teenager in the series. A kid she first sees selling candy on the street, he proves to be an amazingly quick study in his audition and an absolute natural as an actor. Since James looks rather younger than his stated age of 18, it’s a surprise to learn that he’s got an estranged girlfriend, Rhonda (Malinda Williams), and a little daughter he’s required to pay to see. Despite his general good nature, James is also a manic depressive who needs constant medication.

Completing the happy picture for Tommy is a romance with George that goes through its own long development phase before taking off. But after a brief taste of life at the top, the show begins going sour, dragging the love affair with it; when the ratings decline, Tommy willingly complies with pressure to cater to lowest-common-denominator tastes, transforming a show that initially held to its promise to “keep it real” into a pandering sitcom drenched in embarrassing caricature and exaggeration. A climactic awards gala gives a shaken and repentant Tommy the opportunity for a very public mea culpa.

Despite Bythewood’s own background on such shows as “A Different World” and “New York Undercover,” numerous plot points feel false and contrived, none more so than the tragic fate awaiting one of the major characters. For some reason, both Lee and Bythewood felt compelled to climax their otherwise nonviolent pictures with guns and bloodshed, an incongruous choice that distracts from the themes otherwise developed. It’s also unclear why George is promoted at the struggling new network when the show he personally nurtured tanked so badly.

In the end, the film’s greatest pleasure is the opportunity it affords to watch Nicole Ari Parker sustain a serious lead performance. One of the sexiest young actresses on the scene today, she compellingly projects headstrong confidence as well as a certain vulnerable wariness as her character picks up speed on her way to crashing into a glass wall.

By contrast, Washington seems to follow his character’s lead by playing his cards very close to his chest, leaving George without much dimension or depth. Young Shannon is quite engaging until his character begins carrying the film’s unduly heavy burden of tragedy.

Pic began life as a personal production financed by Bythewood, his wife Gina and numerous black entertainers and execs. In the wake of work-in-progress screenings at last year’s Hollywood Black Film Festival (reviewed March 20, 2000 in Variety) and other fests, HBO came on board, after which further shooting, editing and music scoring were done.




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