Stay spooky, my friends

Yes, Halloween has come and gone, but… before your ears get completely inundated with Christmas music, check out this video from Halloween night.

(Side note: I said “completely” above because last night, as I’m getting out of my car to enter a restaurant for dinner, the home decor place nearby was blasting Christmas music outside causing my WTF face to magically appear.)

Anyway, here’s the video. It was a really fun shoot for a law office that became a haunted house for Dracula’s Ball.

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One year of ‘Commit to the Song’

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Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull, my first feature-length documentary, has been available publicly for an entire year now! In light of this, I want to say something:

Thank you!

To everyone who has rented or purchased it, thank you. To everyone who has taken the time to write a review, thank you. To the people who agreed to be interviewed on camera in order for this to happen, thank you.

If you haven’t yet seen the film, it’s on Amazon. And the event the film is based on continues to this day and is part of the Cloverdale Playhouse‘s upcoming 2020 season.

And one of the stars of the film – Robert “Bubba” Hall – is continuing the spirit of the film by hosting Commit to the Song “SongRighters” series aaaaaannnnndddd…. he even made some t-shirts. I purchased one a while back from him, and he went all-out, getting the highest quality shirt he could find. You can purchase one from him here. (It’s the shirt I wore when BARRENS performed for the Montgomery Advertiser, as seen below.)

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Photo by Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser.

So again, thank you. And if you haven’t seen the film, check it out and leave a review.

Much love.

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‘Remembering Anarcha’ original score by Glorious 70mm

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Back in July, I announced the completion of my new feature documentary film Remembering Anarcha which examines the controversial history of Dr. James Marion Sims and the enslaved African women he experimented on to become known as the “father of modern gynecology.”

The film was produced by myself (Terrible Master Films,) C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions,) and Royce Williams (803 Films.)

I also wrote and recorded some instrumental pieces for the score under my Glorious 70mm project moniker. That music is now available on Bandcamp.

 

Like all of the Glorious 70mm releases, I have this one set as “name your price,” even if zero. Yes, that means you can type in “$0.00” and download the music. However, if you’d like to help cover some film festival submission fees by throwing in a couple of bucks, my team and I would be grateful.

Keep up with the film’s progress on social media – Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

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I was invited to an event recently put on by the Alabama Indigenous Coalition. On October 14, the holiday known by the state of Alabama officially as “Columbus Day/American Indian Heritage Day/Fraternal Day,” the Coalition held a “Call to Action Rally and Info Session to Abolish Columbus Day.”

The event was held in 1977 Books, located in Kress on Dexter, and was followed by a march to the State Capitol and a smudging ceremony.

I decided to film some footage and a couple of interviews while attending the event, and I’ve put together a short documentary film about the event, titled in·dig·e·nous.

The film can be seen on YouTube.

A photographer with the Montgomery Advertiser was there as well. They published some photos here. (I look like I’m about to get hit by a car in one of them 🙂)

Thanks for reading/watching.

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Authenticity = good + bad

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I talk about authenticity a lot, so in order for me to be authentic and not hypocritical, I try to be open about things.

A lot has been going on recently. A friend and I have started working on a new documentary project, and this weekend I was part of the Ozone Songwriter Festival, which has been great.

I’ve gotten to hang out with friends, meet new friends, hear and perform music, and work on film stuff. Good things have been happening.

This weekend also marked two years since my mom died.

It’s still hard. It still sucks. I miss her.

For me to be authentic, I have to talk about the bad times as well as the good, and sometimes, such as in this case, they hit at the same time.

I think about loss a lot – it’s probably a side effect of depression – and social media reminds me of the friends I’ve lost, and good times that are gone.

Maybe I romanticize the past. Maybe that’s normal. I don’t know what counts as normal; I just know how I think.

I don’t really have a big overall point to this post, I suppose. Maybe it’s just a reminder that social media can be fake, along with my attempt to be real – authentic – within that realm.

Anyway, hug your loved ones, and tell your friends you love them.

Thanks for reading. Much love.

CloverJam 2019

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On Saturday, Royce Williams (producer, Remembering Anarcha) and I headed out to CloverJam in Montgomery’s Cloverdale area to test out some camera gear. We figured it would be a good area to shoot some video, especially with it being a street party.

Anyway, I put this video together with footage from the event, and I decided to use a BARRENS track for the music in it because, well, why not? So check out the video footage set to the song “Stay” from the album <Content>Obsolete.

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Rumor Has It

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I got a sneak peek of Rumors, which opens tomorrow (Oct. 3) at the Cloverdale Playhouse, and I highly recommend it. It’s fast-paced and funny, with a great cast and crew.

I helped C. DeWayne Cunningham with the promo for it. See that on YouTube. #TMFCJSV

Speaking of Mr. Cunningham, have you seen his new short What’cha Gone Do? Be sure to check that out on Vimeo. It’s funny, and it was a fun project to work on.

That’s about it for updates this time… except… well… the title of this post is actually a song, so I guess I’ll post that too:

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September 2019 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Click here to see the full gallery on Facebook.

Click here to learn about the history of the event.

RSVP, Munchie, and more!

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Many thanks to RSVP Magazine for including me on “The List” for their Sept/Oct issue!

Read the article here.

You’ll also see my friend Charles Williams of Lush Photography on there. He did the producer headshots for the Remembering Anarcha team (myself, C. DeWayne Cunningham, and Royce Williams.)

In other news, I spent this past weekend in Alex City, AL helping on a film project. It’s a short horror film called The Munchie II, written and directed by Cedric Hatcher. I was a gaffer on this project, mainly, but I also helped as 2nd AC and boom op when needed, and they even let me be camera op on one scene. Great cast and crew. Fun times.

Aaaaaand… tomorrow (Friday the 13th!) BARRENS is playing with Abusements and the Chodes (from Panama City, FL) at Bomber’s Pub. Details here.

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