Stephenville boy makes film debut


Special to The Flash
November 23, 2020

Grab your cowboy hats and settle in on the couch to see Stephenville’s own Carter Van Zandt, 11, make his screen debut in “Welcome to the West.” The multimedia concert film premieres online at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 20, and includes the Gilbert Intermediate School fifth-grade student and host of other Stephenville residents in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Dallas-based Lumedia Musicworks filmed the movie a few weeks ago at Pannill Ranch and other places in Stephenville to celebrate the life of the American rancher, and the musical portion was shot in Celina. The entire production is available online at through Nov. 30. The 50-minute production features poetry, sonatas, concertos, traditional fiddling, folk tunes and 1940s western swing paired with contemporary and historic film footage and photographs from the Library of Congress.

Marvin, the horse, and Carter Van Zandt

Carter plays Cowboy and his family’s horse, 3 Bars Chiccado “Marvin,” also is featured. Others in the film are Thane Isaac of Denton as Jacob, and who also is one of Lumedia’s Baroque violinists; Molly Hammond of Houston as Woman, and who also plays the harpsichord; and Biscuit of Houston, who plays Dog. Isaac, Hammond, Lumedia’s artistic director Julianna Emanski of Frisco and alto and Baroque violinist Stephanie Noori of Westworth Village, also play traveling musicians in the film.

RJ Wall of Stephenville reads a poem by cowboy poet Paul Kern of Utah in another part of the production.

RJ Wall

“Baroque music, which was most popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, influenced the music we listen to today even if we don’t realize it,” said opera singer Emanski of Frisco, Lumedia’s artistic director who also holds a doctorate in music entrepreneurship from the University of North Texas. “For instance, there are aspects of modern country-fiddling style in Baroque music.”

“Welcome to the West” tickets are $12-$20 at The performances will be available on-demand at the site until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, Central.

Because of coronavirus concerns, all Lumedia’s performances are online this season. For a full schedule of events, go to

See the trailer here:


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