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Why Hire a Company to Help with Roofing Insurance Claims?

Why Hire a Company to Help with Roofing Insurance Supplements in Houston, TX?

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Are you interested in reducing expenses and increasing profits for your expanding roofing business? You can achieve these goals without compromising quality. As a roofer, you understand that every project is critical to your company's financial success. Given the high level of competition in the industry, it's important to seek ways to gain an edge over your competitors continuously.

For many roofing contractors, having a team of insurance restoration consultants to handle tasks like Xactimate writing is the solution they need to gain that edge. Here are just a few of the most common reasons why roofing contractors like you trust IRC Estimates for help with roofing insurance supplements.

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Great Xactimate Training is Hard to Find

When insurance adjusters prepare claims, they rely on a software program called Xactimate. This program allows them to input large amounts of data and corresponding codes to generate a claim. However, if an adjuster lacks knowledge about roofing, the generated claim may not be accurate. Adjusters are required to follow their company's standard policies, which means that the information generated for a claim is entirely decided by the insurer.

Unfortunately, this can be bad news for homeowners and roofing contractors who are trying to complete a job. The claim generated by an adjuster may not account for overhead and profit or other contractor expenses. But with Xactimate training from companies like IRC Estimates, you can help ensure your claims are accurate and account for the expenses you need to get your roofing job done right. Contact our office today to learn more about how our team helps roofing contractors with Xactimate training and more.

Help Ensure You're Doing Your Best Work

Without roofing insurance supplements in Houston, TX, it can be easy for an insurance adjuster to miss certain types of damage when they're assessing a roofing job. While an adjuster's job is to estimate the extent of the damage, their estimate is only an approximation. Supplementing a project can help ensure that all issues, damage, and necessary materials are properly calculated, so you can confidently have all the supplies and preparation needed to complete the job to the best of your ability.

The Process of Supplementing Takes Time You Don't Have

Insurance company desk adjusters often find themselves spending a significant amount of time completing monotonous tasks like estimating claims for homeowners who have experienced structural damage and require financial assistance for repairs. These tasks, which can include negotiating, make up the bulk of what they do for their 40-hour work week. They don't have business obligations and client needs to exceed.

Smaller roofing companies, on the other hand, may not have the financial resources to hire a team of adjusters or estimators to help counter insurance claims with supplements. As a result, they either spend time doing the supplements themselves or hire someone with less knowledge or skill to complete the task. This not only negatively impacts their bottom line, but it is also not a cost or time-efficient approach. By relying on a company that specializes in roofing insurance supplement assistance for contractors, you can potentially free up your time and focus more on serving customers.

Office Turnover Hurts

Small roofing contractors who choose to hire office staff to handle supplement preparation and multitasking may face high turnover rates. As previously mentioned, the work can be time-consuming and tedious, causing entry-level employees to tire quickly and seek better opportunities elsewhere. Furthermore, most office staff may lack the proficiency required to operate Xactimate software and may not have on-the-job experience with roofing projects.

Essentially, you may end up with an insurance adjuster on staff. Is that something you really want to consider?

Rejected Roofing Insurance Supplements are Real

One crucial point to note is that inexperienced preparers often overlook important aspects when creating roof supplements. Without adequate knowledge, they may not be able to prepare the supplement accurately and may take a longer time to submit it, which could result in a rejection from the insurance company.

Additionally, untrained office staff may not be able to fully maximize the supplement for a claim and verify its authorization, which can lead to missed opportunities for the business owner to receive the full amount they are entitled to.

Keeping It "In-House" Isn't Always Wise

Are you considering handling roof supplements on your own, or are you open to outsourcing to a skilled team of experts? While it may seem like a wise decision to keep the process in-house in the short term, that may not work for long. Without someone by your side with years of roofing supplement experience, you could be missing as much info as the inexperienced adjuster with whom you're fed up. That's why roofing contractors use companies like IRC Estimates - to ensure they get the materials and compensation they truly deserve to do the best job possible.

FAQs About Roofing Insurance Supplements in Houston, TX

As insurance restoration consultants, IRC Estimates works with a wide range of roofing contractors throughout the year. Some are brand-new at what they do and need help understanding the nuance or work involved with roofing supplements, Xactimate writing, and construction restoration in general. And that's OK - everyone has got to start somewhere.

Whether you're a new roofing contractor feeling lost or you're a seasoned expert looking to brush up on your knowledge, keep reading. Below are just a few of the most frequently asked questions that our roofing insurance supplement consultants handle daily.

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What's the point in supplementing roofing jobs? I'm busy enough as it is.

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This is one of the most asked-about topics that we hear at IRC Estimates. And the answer is simple - to get paid what you should be getting paid on roofing insurance claims jobs. What that means is you get paid the actual cost to do the job that you accepted correctly, such as:

  • Quantity of Materials
  • Installation Best Practices
  • Adhering to Building Code Mandates
  • More

The truth is that insurance companies aren't the enemy, but they sure do make mistakes. It's up to you, as the roofing contractor, to discover and remediate those mistakes - not just for you but for your roofing client. The fact is that your clients hire you because they believe you're an expert at filing and managing roof insurance claims. By supplementing those claims, you're both demonstrating your expertise while providing excellent service and results. If you don't have the time to do so, it's wise to search for professional help with your roofing insurance supplements.

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Is there a set number of roofing jobs that I should supplement?

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The quick answer is that you should review all of your roofing jobs to see if they need to be supplemented. Remember that consistency is key here. By having a clear and standardized process for thorough inspections, it will be easier to determine if your roofing project requires a supplement and easier to file one too.

The best way to achieve this is by giving your sales reps clear guidelines on how all roof inspections should be conducted. Top contractors use inspection checklists and photo checklists to ensure that all damage and necessary materials are properly documented for the job. While this may add an additional 15-30 minutes to the sales reps' current process, it will benefit your roofing business in many ways.

If you're just starting out and need some help on how to optimize this process, contact IRC Estimates today to speak with one of our consultants.

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When is the right time to think about roofing insurance supplements in Houston, TX?

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When it comes to roofing supplements, there are two opportune times to submit them: Pre-Production (before installation) and Post-Production (after installation, but before depreciation is released). The most effective method is to file both Pre-Production and Post-Production supplements for insurance roofing jobs.

For Pre-Production supplements, it's best to write or send them to a supplementing company as soon as the adjuster has provided the full scope of loss. This is because it can take the adjuster and carrier several days to settle these claims, and it's important to avoid scheduling an installation if there are expensive Xactimate line items that haven't been approved yet. Often, when a Pre-Production supplement is approved, the carrier will send an extra ACV check to the homeowner for the additional line items on the revised estimate.

Contractors with effective roof inspection processes tend to have faster turnaround times on Pre-Production supplements and encounter fewer scheduling issues. When they don't have those processes in place, they often use a trusted partner like IRC Estimates, with years of experience managing Xactimate software and roofing issues covered by insurance.

Your Trusted Choice for Roofing Insurance Supplements in Houston, TX

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IRC Estimates offers a comprehensive range of roofing insurance supplement services for roofing contractors, including Xactimate claim writing and management, claims administration, estimates, and consulting services. Our dedication to roofing contractors enables them to streamline their operations and reduce costs by either outsourcing their claims administration entirely or learning how to manage it themselves.

Whatever your goals may be, IRC Estimates is here to help you expedite your services and grow your roofing business, one roofing insurance claim at a time. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you maximize every roof claim that comes across your desk by using supplements.

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Mayor Whitmire begins major department head reshuffle, starting with planning and neighborhoods

Mayor John Whitmire reshuffled the city’s leadership deck Friday, appointing senior officials from within the Department of Planning and Development and Department of Neighborhoods to run their respective departments.The ...

Mayor John Whitmire reshuffled the city’s leadership deck Friday, appointing senior officials from within the Department of Planning and Development and Department of Neighborhoods to run their respective departments.

The planning department monitors the city’s land development, sidewalk construction, historic preservation and transportation planning, among other planning efforts. The neighborhoods department works with local organizations to beautify streets and organize community events, while providing services to youth, new immigrants and other groups. It also has an inspection team tasked with identifying code violations and addressing nuisance complaints in neighborhoods.

Margaret Wallace Brown, appointed by former Mayor Sylvester Turner to lead the planning department in 2019, retired after nearly four decades of work at the city. She was replaced by her deputy Jennifer Ostlind, who assumed the role of interim director on Friday. Ostlind first joined the department in the 1990s. She was promoted to assistant director in 2018 and deputy director in 2022.

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"Interim Director Ostlind has an excellent track record throughout her past 31 years at the City of Houston, and I am confident that she will continue to lead with the same dedication and quality she has shown over the past three decades of public service," Whitmire said in a memo to Houston City Council members Friday afternoon. "For 37 years, Margaret has been a pillar of the Houston planning community, helping to shape the policies and physical look of our great city. I congratulate her on her retirement and offer my sincere appreciation for her dedication to Houston and Houstonians."

TaKasha Francis, director of the neighborhoods department since her appointment by Turner in 2016, is also stepping down. She is currently running for county judge of the 152nd Civil District Court. Herbert Sims, the department’s assistant director, will take over as the interim director, according to the Friday memo. Sims has worked for the city for two decades and has, in recent years, specialized in managing the department's budget and finance.

"With 21 years of experience at the City, I am confident that Interim Director Sims will lead with the same commitment to excellence he has built his reputation on. I look forward to his experienced leadership during this period of transition," Whitmire said. "Over the past 8 years, Takasha has been a strong, dedicated leader for our City. As she embarks on a new chapter, I extend my appreciation for her contributions and wish her the best in her future endeavors."

The two departments, along with the mayor’s office, have led the implementation of Turner’s controversial legacy program, Complete Communities. The program allows community leaders to work with city liaisons to identify needs in 10 low-income neighborhoods and create action plans for addressing them. But residents have expressed mixed feelings about the program’s success to date. Whitmire has not yet announced what, if anything, he will do with the program.

The appointments of Ostlind and Sims are not the first leadership changes that Whitmire has announced since taking office. He also appointed Melissa Dubowski as the city's finance director earlier this month, a decision that was later approved by City Council.

CJ Stroud helps surprise Purple Heart recipient and son with tickets to Super Bowl LVIII

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In his brief yet brilliant time as the Houston Texans quarterback, ABC13 learned how much family has influenced the journey of C.J. Stroud. He says some of that impact comes from family members who have served in the military.This week, Stroud delivered a once-in-a-lifetime surprise to a deserving military veteran.Through his partnership with the United Services Automobile Association and the Air and Space Forces Association, Stroud announced via social media that he is sending Sgt. Craig Mazeska and hi...

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In his brief yet brilliant time as the Houston Texans quarterback, ABC13 learned how much family has influenced the journey of C.J. Stroud. He says some of that impact comes from family members who have served in the military.

This week, Stroud delivered a once-in-a-lifetime surprise to a deserving military veteran.

Through his partnership with the United Services Automobile Association and the Air and Space Forces Association, Stroud announced via social media that he is sending Sgt. Craig Mazeska and his son to next month's Super Bowl LVIII as the recipients of a Salute to Service ticket giveaway. Stroud, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, has also pledged to spend time with Craig while in Vegas, attending Super Bowl week festivities.

"Beyond football, my family is one of the most influential parts of my life," Stroud said in a statement provided to ABC13. "I especially appreciate the lessons learned from my loved ones who have served in the military. Like some in my family, Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Craig Mazeska selflessly served our country, so I'm honored to join USAA and the Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) to send Sgt. Mazeska and his son to the Super Bowl in Las Vegas, where I look forward to meeting them."

Now retired, Sgt. Mazeska had overseas deployments to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq as a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps. In addition to being awarded a Purple Heart, Craig also received a Combat Action Ribbon and a Kuwait Liberation Medal.

During a visit with ABC13 via Zoom, Sgt. Mazeska admitted that his service to our country took a toll on his health. He also encourages fellow veterans to reach out for help and stop suffering silently while falling into what he calls an "unfortunate trap" of self-medicating.

"My first thought goes back to all the many others - those that that didn't come home," Sgt. Mazeska said while discussing being the recipient of a Super Bowl trip. "I, unfortunately, do spend quite a bit of time laying down. I can't get out of bed for periods of time. But there are those that are much worse off than I am, and those that have already moved on as a result of similar exposures and things from serving overseas. My son and my family have seen me struggle and be in a lot of pain through periods of time over the years. I feel as if this is a way to get some cool points and reward them to a certain degree."

But this reward could go to the next level.

In fact, Sgt. Mazeska is a huge Baltimore Ravens fan. Craig and his son are already going to the Super Bowl. With a win on Sunday, their favorite team could be there, too.

And the Ravens are in the AFC title game only because they beat C.J. Stroud and the Texans.

"It's surreal that we just played the Texans, and then days later, I get this opportunity," Mazeska shared. "And that the Ravens are still in the running in a big way. I feel like it's a dream, and I'm waiting for someone to wake me up."

If the Ravens defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship, they'll advance to Super Bowl LVIII.

Regional transportation board drops proportional voting talk, jeopardizing Houston participation

The Houston region’s transportation board stepped into uncharted territory Friday, with suburban members of the board nixing consideration of proportional voting to satisfy a Houston ballot measure.The decision, which ...

The Houston region’s transportation board stepped into uncharted territory Friday, with suburban members of the board nixing consideration of proportional voting to satisfy a Houston ballot measure.

The decision, which could have ramifications for regional planning and potentially funding, leaves Houston members of the board caught between the will of their voters and the unwillingness of their regional peers to adjust.

“We were hoping it would not come to this, but it did,” Houston City Council Member Sallie Alcorn said, after the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council ended work on a proportional voting plan.

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In ending work on the plan, policy council members also denied Alcorn’s request for another 30 days to work on compromises, saying a deal was unattainable.

“I have heard from my constituents, and they do not want to change the voting structure, period,” Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole said.

Alcorn, also chairwoman of the H-GAC board of directors, said she would consult with the city’s legal department about what options are available going forward. While the decision does not immediately halt projects or stop planning for new roads and transit, it casts doubt on how Houston participates.

The stalemate spurred from Houston voters in November approving Proposition B, requiring the city to withdraw from any regional group that didn’t apply some form of proportional voting. Houston, while being home to roughly 30% of the region’s population, has three of the 27 votes on the transportation board. Harris County has two, though both the city and county also have related agencies, such as Metropolitan Transit Authority and Port Houston, which have voting power.

Still, the majority of the voting members on the council come from outside Houston and unincorporated Harris County. A majority of the region’s population lives in the city or unincorporated county.

Organizers of Prop. B called the vote an example of exactly why they proposed the changes.

“What we saw today was a lot of talk about how important coalitions and mutual support are, then they shut down any consideration,” said Gabe Cazares, executive director of the advocacy group LINK Houston. “Today, actions spoke louder than words.”

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Without Houston on the regional board, under certain scenarios, the region could begin to lose out on federal funding or become less competitive for grants when the Houston area cannot provide universal support for projects.

That risk, however, did not prompt officials to move ahead without voting changes. Calling the idea of proportional voting everything from a confusing plan to a power grab, the majority suburban members of the transportation council defended the status quo of every member of the 27-person board being equal.

“In every instance, this body has come together and voted for what is best for the region,” Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman said.

Very few of those votes have been contentious, but rancor has been growing since a 2021 decision to support the planned rebuild of Interstate 45 in Houston, over the objections of transportation council members from Houston and Harris County.

Since then, suburban officials have lamented changes to both H-GAC policy and project rankings, arguing they are too advantageous for urban areas as opposed to growing suburban regions.

‘Disrespectful and disingenuous’

Transportation council members voted 20-6 to end any work by H-GAC staff on proportional voting. The vote was opposed by Houston’s three members of the committee and appointees of Harris County, Metropolitan Transit Authority and Gulf Coast Rail District.

The minority, however, had support from Fort Bend County Commissioner Grady Prestage, who pointedly called the refusal to even continue discussions “pretty disrespectful and disingenuous.”

“We are serving a half-baked cake right now, and I think we need that month,” he said in support of Alcorn’s request for time, though he later voted with suburban interests. “I don’t like the spirit of that.”

Prestage added that ending the discussions “won’t heal some of the wounds we are going to inflict right now.”

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The decision follows two months of discussions on a way forward. H-GAC staff and city officials, led by Alcorn, attempted to find some compromise that satisfied the Houston ballot vote but also gave all regional officials an equal share on most matters. To do so, the proposal was for two votes in some circumstances. The first would give every member of the transportation council one vote, regardless of who they represent.

The second, if invoked and supported by two different entities, would apply a proportional standard to voting. Under that scenario, Houston and Harris County would have 46 percent of the voting power, and proportional votes would need two-thirds of voting power to pass.

If something did not win the approval of both votes, H-GAC staff or transportation council members could modify the plan and try again to find consensus.

Even with checkpoints in place, suburban officials said the second vote gives the urban core veto power over the region. Without Houston appointees, suburban areas could never receive two-thirds of the second vote, predicated simply by Houston voters.

“I feel very strongly a special interest group should not be dictating policy,” Zimmerman said, referring to the advocates who put the changes in front of Houston voters.

The opponents of the changes were supported by the Texas Department of Transportation’s leader of the Houston office, district engineer Eliza Paul.

“I don’t see any additional benefits on this voting structure,” Paul said of the proposed changes.

Keeping everything the same, however, has the potential to continue the cycle of urban and suburban interests increasingly deviating.

“It hurts me to my heart that we are divided like this,” said Carol Lewis, chairwoman of the Gulf Coast Rail District and Texas Southern University professor of urban planning and transportation policy. “We are giving more credibility to the people who put on Prop. B… It will continue to make the point the core is not well considered by those around it.”

HISD's school ratings dropped, but some question use of blocked TEA methodology

Houston ISD's release of unofficial campus accountability ratings earlier this week showed school grades plummet across this district, but some say their use of methodology currently...

Houston ISD's release of unofficial campus accountability ratings earlier this week showed school grades plummet across this district, but some say their use of methodology currently blocked by a state judge unfairly overstates the declines at many campuses.

HISD utilized data and methodology provided by the Texas Education Agency to calculate campus grades, which TEA-appointed Superintendent Mike Miles then used to determine which schools will be added to his New Education System next school year. The number of HISD schools with a D or F rating jumped from 10 campuses in 2022 to 123 campuses in 2023, accounting for nearly half of the district. The number of A and B-rated schools, meanwhile, fell from 213 campuses in 2022 to 93 campuses in 2023.

The TEA, however, is still blocked from releasing those ratings themselves, after a state district judge in October granted a temporary injunction in a lawsuit filed by over 100 Texas school districts, which argued that the agency's updated evaluation methodology would unduly harm school ratings. The TEA has argued that the accountability system needs to be periodically updated to set high expectations for student performance, but acknowledged that ratings could drop if even if all else remains equal.

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Education experts say that several factors, including the new evaluation methods, could explain the decline. STAAR scores released in August show that HISD students generally maintained or showed slight dips in their performance.

"A district or a campus could drop in the accountability ratings but be performing at the same level they were the prior year, so it seems like they're doing worse but they might not be doing worse, because the measure changed," said Erin Baumgartner, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

While the TEA awaits a final decision on whether or not they can release official ratings, HISD's self-calculated scores are already having ramifications across the district. Twenty F-rated schools that weren’t already NES or NES-aligned campuses will be folded into the system next year, along with six low D-rated schools. Another 24 high D-rated schools, 14 of which will ultimately be accepted, have been given a choice to opt into the program.

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"Whether there's a rating or not, when we know that kids are not achieving at the proficiency level that they are, then the best thing to do is provide high-quality instruction, provide greater supports, provide on-the-job feedback, provide high quality instructional materials, provide other things for kids to do and expand their experiences, which is all part of NES," Miles said.

The TEA's evaluation methodology was set to change this year in a number of ways. In one of the most notable changes, the cut score for a high school to receive an A on its College, Career and Military Readiness domain — which accounts for a significant portion of a high school's rating —was raised from a 60% to an 88%, significantly raising the bar for high schools to receive a top grade.

Other changes affected schools across the board. Seventy percent of a school's rating comes from either its raw STAAR scores or how much growth students demonstrated over the previous year, whichever number was higher. The way the TEA determined growth, however, also shifted under the new methodology, establishing new cut scores that a student had to meet to demonstrate improvement.

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Schools were also hard-pressed to match growth scores from 2022, the first test taken after children had fully returned to the classroom following the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There's always more room for growth when you start with lower scores," Baumgartner said. "By nature of that... I anticipated there would be huge decreases in district accountability scores this year, regardless of the metrics changing. Even if we used the same methodology as the previous year, there were going to be huge decreases."

On top of the changes to the methodology, the TEA debuted a new STAAR exam last year, transitioning to an online-only format with fewer multiple choice questions.

That confluence of forces "created a perfect storm to make schools look bad," said Ruth Kravetz, co-founder of the education advocacy group Community Voices for Public Education.

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"This is a calculated attempt to use test data to make the public lose faith and confidence in public education, by pretending that COVID never happened and changing the test to make it even harder for schools showing improvement to have that reflected on this metric," Kravetz said.

Others celebrated the release of accountability scores, arguing that the data provides HISD families "with a baseline to better understand how our schools started the school year, the impact of the administration's current strategies on student learning, and where additional attention and support may be needed."

"If HISD leaders continue to make student achievement data accessible to all, these ratings will ensure that educators, families, and community members are no longer left in the dark about how their local schools are performing," said the Citywide Coalition on Education, an alliance of local education organizations, in a statement.

The TEA did not respond to a request for comment. Miles acknowledged that "the bar has raised a little bit" but maintained that student achievement was declining.

"We don't need the STAAR ratings to tell us that," Miles said. "It's not a secret that our achievement has been declining and we have not recovered from COVID, so the fact that we have to do more and provide more supports makes a whole bunch of sense."

Force-full Star Wars film showcasing Texas fans lands in Houston for special event

On a planet called Houston in a galaxy called Texas, filmmaker Alejandro Cabrera will present a unique look at the fandom of Star Wars in a new documentary. The movie will screen on Saturday, January 27 at the Houston Toy Museum. Cabrera will be in attendance for a Q&A.What eventually becameThe Lone Star Wars State began 8 year...

On a planet called Houston in a galaxy called Texas, filmmaker Alejandro Cabrera will present a unique look at the fandom of Star Wars in a new documentary. The movie will screen on Saturday, January 27 at the Houston Toy Museum. Cabrera will be in attendance for a Q&A.

What eventually becameThe Lone Star Wars State began 8 years ago, when the long-awaited sequel trilogy launched with Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Cabrera was in San Antonio, and captured the excitement on a Cannon 60D camera with no crew.

“The first thing we filmed was with fans outside of a Toys R Us for the Force Friday midnight event,” Cabrera tells CultureMap. “It was the first night, and people were going to purchase Force Awakens merchandise.”

Thus started a long journey of Cabrera looking into Texas Star Wars fans. The film highlights the connections between Texas history and a galaxy far, far away. Director and creator George Lucas drew heavy inspiration both from the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa and their spaghetti western spiritual remakes that often involved Texas cowboys.

With that framing in mind, Cabrera dove deep into every aspect of fandom he could get on camera.

“It was the most weird but also unique feeling in the world.,” he says. “The viewers get to experience those moments in real time. I also loved the idea of exploring fandom from a non-stereotypical point of view. I like that many of the subjects that we meet, if you saw on the street, you would never assume they are Star Wars fans.”

One of those is web-developer Jamie McShan, a prominent member of the Central Texas Droid Builders. McShan has spent years and thousands of dollars perfecting a working model of the heroic droid R2-D2, one of the few characters that has appeared in all nine numbered Star Wars film. Cabrera shows of the incredible construction, which McShan often takes around to children’s hospitals.

Jamie McShan with his custom-crafted R2-D2 unit.Photo courtesy of Jamie McShan

It's appropriate that The Lone Star Wars State screens at the Houston Toy Museum. A space dedicated to childhood nostalgia and the magic of play, the space has an amazing collection of Star Wars figures from across the franchise’s long history. Using the toys to enhance and continue the Star Wars experience was a foundational part of many creative people’s journeys. It’s that powerful dedication to the fictional universe that forms the backbone of Cabrera’s film.

“So much about what made Star Wars so special and personal was not the films but everything that was happening around the films,” says Cabrera. “These films are like a thumbtack to some of the most special and important moments in our childhoods. That’s what makes these films so powerful. One gets to subconsciously remember those moments. It was amazing having people talk about the first time they saw the movie. They had this ability of naming every detail about their life at that time.”

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The Lone Star Wars State screens at 6 pm Saturday, January 27 at Houston Toy Museum (321 W. 19th St. Suite C.). Director and filmmaker Alejandro Cabrera will participate in a Q&A session. For tickets and information, call 281-305-8828 or visit houstontoymuseum.com. Ticket includes screening and access to museum. $16.

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