McKinney on films, on TV


2010 – Chase, NBC TV series, used the North Texas History Center, Bingham House Bed & Breakfast and a rock quarry on 380.

2010 – The Language of a Broken Heart, used The Book Gallery and Churchill’s British Pub.

2010 – Balaam Gimble’s Gumption, a short film shot by Blue Logic Productions in the historic Courthouse (MPAC) with the goal of eventually producing a full length movie. Based on the novel by Texas author Mike Nichols.

2010 – The Final, official website looks pretty dark (

2009 – Hey Dillon, documentary (

2009 – The Poet & Pepper, video. This is another that looks like it is available for free viewing or download. Amazon says that it is out of stock but also says that it is burned on demand.

2008 – Monsterland

2008 – Unglued, a 20 minute short film won Best Drama at 2008 SouthSlam Film Festival in Austin and Best Editing at 2008 Treasure Coast International Film Festival (

2008 – The Intruder, available on Amazon, this film has a few reviews that suggests it might be a good buy for the horror film buff. (

2007 – Honest Abe , a recreation of the silent films of the 1920′s, this film is available for viewing on IMDB (

2006 – Prison Break, episode “Manhunt” – used historic Courthouse (MPAC ), available for download on FOX site, (

2005 – The Prodigy, I found this one on Amazon but it looks like it may only be available in the European format and won’t play on our DVD players. (

Several – Walker, Texas Ranger – various episodes used different backdrops.

2002 – Almost

1999 – Boys Don’t Cry used the McKinney Grain Company and the grain elevator as a backdrop. Hilary Swank won an oscar for her role in this film. (

1998 – Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack, TV movie starring Clint Black, available on Amazon (

1996 – A Promise to Carolyn, a made for TV drama featuring Delta Burke, I can’t find this on-line anywhere.

1993 – Murder in the Heartland, TV movie, according to Wikipedia, this film saw a limited release on VHS. Brian Dennehy was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a miniseries and Ronald Victor Garcia was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography. (

1992 – An American Story, TV movie, still available at Amazon on VHS. (

1990 – A Killing in a Small Town, used the historic courthouse. Available on Amazon. (

1988 – Dakota, filmed in the spring of 1987, used the town square. Available on Amazon. (

1987 – When The Time Comes, TV movie, available on VHS from Amazon (

1974 – Benji, used The Dowell House Bed & Breakfast, is available in DVD and VHS on Amazon (

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Tracking Legislation

By Ken Paxton, State Representative

Tuesday, January 11, 2010 marks the first day of the 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. Each legislative session, constituents ask me how to track legislation important to them. The Texas Legislature Online has a number of tools available to make bill tracking easy.

Bills may be searched online by bill number, author or sponsor, committee, subject, action, or a particular date (filing date) at Pre-filing of bills has already begun, so you can see what bills have already been filed for the upcoming session. Additionally, I will discuss here in the coming weeks the bills I have already filed to be considered during the 82nd Legislative Session.

Interested parties or individuals may also create a personal list of bills for tracking purposes and can even receive electronic notification when there are actions affecting particular legislation. One may also receive e-mail notification when selected calendars, committee hearing notices or committee minutes are posted. These services are free of charge. To create a “My Texas Legislature Online” personal list, go to

The Texas Legislative Council House Document Distribution section distributes hard copies of bills, as well as other house documents and copies of general information and legislative reference publications to members of the legislature as well as to the general public. For more information on obtaining copies of any of these documents, visit their website at

Finally, vote information on bills is included in the House or Senate journal if a record vote is requested at the time the vote takes place, or if a member registers within a specified time limit to request that his or her vote is recorded in the journal. This allows constituents to keep track of how their legislators voted on a particular bill. For more information on tracking legislative votes, visit To learn who represents you in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, visit and enter your address.

I hope these resources will prove to be useful for people living in Collin County. I believe it is important for voters to know the issues being discussed and considered by their government, and I strongly believe that constituents have the right to know how their elected officials voted on any particular issue. I look forward to serving you in Austin, and I welcome your feedback during this time.

Representative Ken Paxton is running for Speaker of the Texas House.

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