Horse Archer Productions is basically two guys (Sean Kotz and Chris Valluzzo) who work with a very talented stable of local independent film and TV talents and stay busy enough that they don't update their website much. Actually, the whole thing will get an overhaul sometime this summer but for now let's just move on, shall we?
Anyway, Horse Archer was founded in 2005 and released their first feature documentary, Hokie Nation, in 2007. Since then, we have released four documentaries with several more in production. Most recently (2014) Horse Archer has taken over production of the PBS series, Song of the Mountains, produced at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, VA and carried on 180 stations.
Our films have been seen regionally on television and sold on DVD on every continent except for Africa (and Antartica, but they don't even return our calls, so whatever . . .)
Horse Archer also provides regional video services businesses and organizations who want a cinematic touch without a huge price tag. At that point we drop the cheeky attitude and Sean will even put on a jacket and nice shoes if it helps. (Chris goes for the "Speilberg meets the Clampets" look most of time but he pulls it off.)
That's about it really. I mean other than working on the website.
Oh wait . . . we don't do weddings.
Horse Archer Productions Leaving Song of the Mountains
Marion, VA. Horse Archer Productions has announced that unless Tim White returns as host, it will fulfill its obligations with the Lincoln Theater through its contract period but will not return to Song of the Mountains in 2016.
The company, based in Floyd County, VA, took over production in 2014 just a few weeks before the new season began and had signed a one year contract in January with The Lincoln Theater to edit season 10 and tape season 11 during 2015.
“At no time prior to Tim White’s termination was anyone in our company consulted or even informed about this decision,” said Sean Kotz, current producer of the show and co-owner, who said he found out through a phone call from White.
“Had we been asked, we would have recommended retaining Mr. White at all costs and made it clear then that they’d lose the production company as well,” he added.
Kotz cited White’s professionalism, varied talents and popularity as primary reasons he thought the move was a mistake and said Horse Archer would be happy to return if White were reinstated.
Chris Valluzzo, current director of the program and company co-owner, heard about the decision by phone from Kotz.
“We want the community, especially the bluegrass and Old Time community, to know that we have a wonderful relationship with Tim White,” said Valluzzo.
“We anticipate that Tim will return to television somewhere and we’ve been discussing that possibility with him in the future.”
Horse Archer could not comment further on details regarding getting season 10 to air since no clear plan was in place yet and that would be the responsibility of The Lincoln Theater.