Photos from the March guitar pull are up on my Facebook page – FB/JoshCarples. . . #music #musician #singer #songwriter #singersongwriter #acoustic #guitar #acousticguitar #guitarpull #committothesong #montgomery #alabama #mgm #mymgm #exploremgm #gump #thegump #photographer #photography #liveperformance #livemusic #canon
I’m a bit late on this announcement… but I will be part of the first Druid City Songwriters Festival in Tuscaloosa, AL, this June.
I’ve been to film festivals and music festivals, but I have never been to a songwriters festival. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
When the hometown screening of Commit to the Song was held, many people in the audience knew the people on the screen. Many knew most of the story already. That personal knowledge, I would think, would stir up personal feelings.
But how would an audience of strangers react not knowing anyone on the screen or much, if anything, about the film in advance? I had a concern that somehow this film might be “too local,” if that makes sense.
The film screened last weekend at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL, and it was my first time to test that.
I was having a discussion with another filmmaker about that issue, and he said, “Most documentaries that I watch, I don’t know any of the people in them.” And of course, he’s right. (This is a good example of how I sometimes get lost in the fog of my own thoughts. Overthinking.)
What really stood out to me after the screening in Florence was when an actress from South Carolina came up to me. She had tears in her eyes as she said, “Your film is the only one in the festival so far that has made me cry.”
And there it was, that audience connection to the art that we, as artists, desire.
Next screening will be this Saturday, March 10, in Dothan, AL. Details here.
Last night felt great. I’m not sure how else to really say it other than that. I think all artists desire for their work to connect with others, and the feedback, crowd response, laughter, and tears from last night’s hometown screening of my new documentary felt great.
Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull made its first public debut at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery last night.
I want to thank the people that made this screening happen: Sandra Nickel, Don and Glenda Armstrong, George Jacobsen, Will O’Connor, John G. Veres III, Johnny and Beth Veres, Sarah Thornton, Melaine Bennett, Greg Thornton, the Cloverdale Playhouse staff, the Capri Theatre staff, and Liger’s Bakery who helped cater the reception.
Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the film, and I appreciate all the kind words and feedback on it.
I’m still processing parts of it, honestly. There were family members of the film’s namesake in attendance – traveling from other states (FL, GA, NC) to see this film in Montgomery, AL on a Tuesday evening. And to hear what it meant to them was very touching.
My friend Robert “Bubba” Hall, who is one of the stars of the film, said this:
“It will make you laugh, cry and cheer, also teach you about believing in something bigger than yourself and what is possible if you do good things for good reasons.”
I hope other audiences will connect with it and get that same sentiment out of it.
Many thanks to the Alabama News Network for covering the event. Read their article: “Documentary Honoring Legacy of Local Musician Community”
March 3 – Florence, AL – George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. (Screening at 11 a.m.)
March 10 – Dothan, AL – Featured Players Cabaret. (Screening at 8 p.m., followed by musical performance.)
Congratulations to My Shooter, The Great & Powerful @joshcarples of @TerribleMasterFilms for a successful screening. "Commit To The Song" was an amazing look at the history of The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull at @CloverdalePlayhouse. I am very proud of you My Brother, continue to Be GREAT by doing what makes you HAPPY. #HLT . . . #TMF #committothesong #indie #film #documentary #feature #FilmLife #SetLife #montgomery #alabama #mgm #mymgm #exploremgm #gump #thegump #music #musician #production #capri
I recently teamed up with C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) again for another promo video for the Cloverdale Playhouse, this time for their upcoming production of A Doll’s House that opens this Thursday. #TMFCJSV
And… the trailer for my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull is up!
So far, there are three upcoming opportunities to see it:
#Shooters4Hire: #TMFCJSV (@JoshCarples & @iBeTheSHOOTER) working on a promo for the GoodPeople at @Cloverdaleplayhouse. Henrik Ibsen's "A DOLL'S HOUSE" directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson in collaboration with @norasplayhouse in NYC. . . Nora, a woman who plays at being the perfect wife of a wealthy husband, spends much of the story seemingly shallow, flirty, giggly, and begging her husband for spending money. Her husband treats her like a doll in a box, giving her pet names like “my little bird”, “my little squirrel”, and “Miss Sweet Tooth”. He scolds her and speaks to her as if she were a small child incapable of understanding grownup things. For a time, she seems content with this life. However, Nora’s journey in the play created much turmoil, resistance, and harsh criticism from audiences, men and women alike. The character of Nora Helmer is known as one of the first female heroines of modern drama. . . "Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House" runs February 8-18, 2018 . . #Cloverdale #NorasPlayhouse #Local #MGM #LiveTheatre #Theatre #RiverRegion #Drama #Community #Volunteers #Acting #FilmLife #RodeMic #Canon #SetLife #NoDaysOff #iDGT #TMF #CJSV
Check out this horror short by writer/director Jack Goody.
I got to be in a couple of fake ads for the 2018 Montgomery Film Festival that was held last night. See this year’s intermission.
The fake ad from this year's Montgomery Film Festival is up on the TMF website and YouTube channel. . . . #indie #film #parody #production #comedy #joshcarples #car #sales #funny #funnyvideos #comedyvideo #comedy ideas #montgomery #montgomeryfilmfestival #alabama #mgm #mymgm #exploremgm #gump #thegump
Just a few quick updates here…
One of my tweets ended up on the Montgomery Advertiser in a story about a candlelight vigil for a Taco Bell that burned down recently.
They are also bringing back their famous intermission with fake advertisements. (Here’s a link to the one my friend Royce Williams and I submitted last year. Warning: language NSFW.)
Also, festival director Anton Jackson was busy working on the new “Capital Carnage” spot this weekend:
And in other film festival news, my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull will screen at this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL.
More news coming soon. Thanks for reading!
I had been talking to some filmmaker friends of mine about doing some live session videos, and last year – January 2016 – we started production.
Prior to production, though, I had been thinking a lot about location. What had a nice and interesting aesthetic? What positively showcased themes of “local” and “art” and “color”? And then it hit me – Seville Beauty & Barber Shop in the Old Cloverdale area of Montgomery.
So I contacted my friend Jen Powell at Seville. I told her the idea of a live performance filmed with multiple camera angles, and she responded with enthusiastic support.
And on May 23, 2016, the “Live at Seville” EP was released.
Yesterday, Seville announced on Facebook that they would be closing as of March 1, 2018.
The comments and shares underscore what this place meant to the Montgomery community. It will be missed.
And while I know that the talents of the staff will lead them to more opportunities and new beginnings, I am thankful that Jen (and Malerie Bussell) allowed us (with the help of filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester K. Folks) to capture part of the essence and aesthetic of Seville on camera, even with five sad songs.