"A very well done piece of Texana that I cannot recall ever seeing before on film" -David Muñoz, Writer/Poet
The Devil's MarE
An original screenplay by Shannon Halley, Christopher J. Oglesby, and Patricia Zamora
In this gripping tale of love and redemption, a young cowboy, Corky Wunderlich, discovers a mysterious naked woman in an old farmworker's church during a brutal dust storm. With no recollection of her past, he gives her the name, Mari, and a new home on the Texas Panhandle.
But tragedy strikes when Mari disappears during a tornado at the local Starlite Lounge dance hall, and Luc West, Corky's best friend, is blamed. Vowing to never return to his hometown of Nazareth, Texas, Luc seeks refuge from the tragedy through hard living and stealing oilfield pipe.
However, fate has other plans for Luc, and he finds himself back in Nazareth, forced to confront his past and clean up the ruins of the old dance hall. Along the way, he befriends Mari's now-teenage daughter, Annabelle. But when a handsome new preacher arrives in town and sets his sights on Annabelle, Luc must choose whether to run from his past once again or risk everything to protect her.
The Devil's Mare is a hilarious and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and second chances on the Texas High Plains .
Today, Ms Halley lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she continues to be inspired by the beauty and majesty of the landscape around her. She remains a prolific writer, constantly exploring new ideas and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of fiction.
Shannon Halley studied creative writing at both New York University and the MFA Program at Texas State University.
She spent her early years on a Panhandle farm, where sherode bareback, swam in bar ditches, and caught Horny Toads. This connection to nature and her upbringing imbues her work with a sense of authenticity and honesty that is hard to come by in modern cinema.
Along with Mr. Oglesby, Ms. Halley was co-producer of the 2005 documentary film “Lubbock Lights.”
Oglesby has produced more than a hundred music shows featuring mainly west Texas artists including Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Lost Gonzo Band, Kimmie Rhodes, and Amanda Shires. He is the lyricist for the major symphony “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: A Symphony of Songs,” composed by D.J. Sparr, (performed by Lubbock Symphony Orchestra with Hannah Jackson 11/12/21 at Buddy Holly Music Hall).
He is associate producer and writer of the documentary film “Lubbock Lights” (289 Films, 2005) and is a credited consultant on the documentary film “The Education of Shelby Knox” (InCite Pictures, 2005). He has published articles in popular, literary and academic journals.
Patricia Zamora is a multifaceted storyteller living in San Antonio, Texas.
Named one of The San Antonio Current's top actors for 2021, she has been
touring with Las Nuevas Tamaleras for eight years and is a voice actor for
Audible Parade Productions. A playwright with the Public Theater of San Antonio’s
2023 SoTex Playwright Lab, works include; The Chismosa Mysteries: A Deadly
Venom and Un Nuevo Capitulo: An American Novela. In 2019 she was Artist in
Residence at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center for her solo show
Curanderas & Chocolate: Cuentos of a Latina Life. As a child in rural South Texas,
she would lie in the grass and read the stories in the clouds.This would nurture her
creative spirit and deep appreciation for her culture, which she strives to honor in her
She holds a BA in Theater from St. Edward's University and a Masters degree