Back in February, actor and producer Jason Lee joked with crowds at Denton's Thin Line festival about how he loved the college town so much he wanted to move there. Turns out, it wasn't just flattery.
In a new mini-movie, the My Name is Earl star takes a film crew around his new home and hometown. Lee says he purchased a piece of land and relocated the family to Lil' D so his kids could experience what he didn't growing up; namely, homegrown goats, chickens, vegetables and fruit trees.
"I've been in California for 45 years, let's see what we can do here," he says. "It felt like that time, wanting to have some space and get to do things that maybe you can't do in L.A. Concentrate a little bit more on family."
It was first apparent that Lee loved Denton when he released a live-in-concert documentary about local band Midlake filmed at Dan's Silverleaf. Now he's also a business owner in town, with a hand in the newly opened Barley and Board brewpub, and a regular around the square, where most will spot him sporting a salt and pepper beard and wide-brimmed hat.
What's Lee's impression of Denton as a whole? "I think it's cool here, man," he says. We have to agree.
The glimpse into Lee's North Texas life comes courtesy of Monster Children, a quarterly lifestyle and culture magazine that focuses on skateboarding, surfing, art and music. The pub features a guest editor every so often, and this time around it's Lee, who was tasked with curating photos and A-list friends to contribute a little sumthin' sumthin'.
The pub is throwing a free release party for the guest editor of honor with music from A.M. Ramblers and Doug Burr (plus members of Midlake) at Harvest House in Denton this Saturday, Sept. 19. The magazine will be for sale along with a box set of Lee's favorite goodies ($49), including some local artisans' trinkets. The party starts at 8 p.m.
Editor's disclosure: GuideLive's Tiney Ricciardi is going steady with Harvest House partner Matt Arnold. At least, as far as she's aware.