Audience connection

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Four Thousand Wings

On Saturday, my friend and fellow filmmaker C. DeWayne Cunningham and I got to screen three short films at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery. (Many thanks to them for allowing us to hold this event!)

First up was Animus by Ce Anderson, followed by my short Four Thousand Wings and then DeWayne’s Best Friends Forever (The Love and Crimes of Tiye Ra and Corey.)

We did Q&A sessions after each film to answer any questions about the story, filmmaking process, or anything else one wanted to ask.

I’ve described my film as a “surreal drama” and there are some things left ambiguous in it, so I was not sure how people might react to it. Love it? Hate it? Meh? So I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised during the Q&A that people seemed to really like it. The feedback was very positive, and as an artist – whether the medium is film, music, painting, theater, etc. – having others connect and appreciate your art is a great feeling.

This Tuesday – Aug. 16, 2016

 

Normally, I’m the photographer at the monthly Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse. But this Tuesday, I’ll be one of the three artists on stage.

This will be my third time performing at this event, which, if you still haven’t been to one of these, I’ll say it again: you’re really missing out.

I’m joining my friend Bobby Lee from Dothan and a duo consisting of Will O’Rear and Al Alysworth.

This coming Tuesday, starting at 7, come out and enjoy some music.

And for some history, read Bubba Hall’s take on the Pull and its founder, Joe Thomas, Jr.

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AL film projects to screen in NY

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Still from Mercy and Plea.

I’ve got to give a big ‘Congrats!’ to my friend and fellow filmmaker Sylvester Folks, who has two projects in another film festival.

After screening his web series The Ghost and the Negro at the LA Film Festival a couple of months ago, he’s now taking that one, along with his series pilot Mercy and Plea, to the state of New York for the Hudson Valley International Film Festival.

Both of those projects will screen on Saturday, August 27.

July 2016 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Photos from this month’s Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are up on my Facebook page. Click here to view the entire gallery.

‘Spiritus’ wrap and interviews

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Writer/director LC Holt, left, and production manager Rick Gardner review crane footage on the last night of principal photography for Spiritus.

Saturday night was that bittersweet moment when a project comes to completion. You’re happy and proud to see it finished, but you’re also kind of sad because it was so much fun working on it.

All that to say: Spiritus has wrapped principal photography!

It’s all post-production now, as writer/director LC Holt will continue editing and then hand things over to Foolish Henry Films‘ Shane Gillis to score. (Click here to listen to some of Shane’s music.)

So while we’re talking about Spiritus, be sure to check out this interview LC did with Tom Holland’s Terror Time about his work in You’re Next, V/H/S 2, and Spiritus.

And on the subject of interviews, check out this interview with Sylvester Folks on the We Are Moving Stories site about his project The Ghost and the Negro.

‘Death to the World’ now on Amazon Prime!

DttWprimeThe Foolish Henry Films production Death to the World – the one where I play a serial killer – is now available to watch for free on Amazon Prime (or with ads if you don’t have a Prime account) just like City Federal.

See what the critics are saying:

“First of all, the “actors” were ALL terrible, especially the one who played the killer… [Hey, that’s me!]”

But in that reviewer’s defense, he gave this lamp four stars.

And then there’s this classic:

“Worse,worse,worse.”

So click here to watch me be both “terrible” and “worse” for FREE!

‘City Federal’ now on Amazon

CFamazon_promo A short film I worked on with Foolish Henry Films is now on Amazon and can be viewed for free with your Prime account (or for free with ads if you’re not on Prime.)

Click here to watch City Federal on Amazon.

Principal photography finished in the fall of 2014, and the final version debuted at the Montgomery Film Festival in early 2015.

Foolish Henry Films is the company that also did the feature horror/slasher film Death to the World that I was in. (Disclosure: I am the PR director for Foolish Henry Films.)

The cover art and poster art was created by my friend Hillary Andrews of Pint Bottle Photography.

The film score was done under my Glorious 70mm project:

More score work can be found on the Glorious 70mm Bandcamp page.

For more on my film work and the projects I’m involved with, visit the ‘Filmography‘ page on this site.

Thanks for watching and listening, and for your encouragement and support.

Listen

There is a scene from a movie that has been playing on repeat in my head. It’s from the documentary film Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore.

In the scene, Moore is talking with Marilyn Manson, and he asks, “If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?”

Marilyn Manson’s response:

“I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.”

There are things in this world that are beyond my direct experience. I do not know what it is like to be black in America. I do not know the experience of being a member of the LGBT community. I do not know the ins and outs of being a police officer or the spouse/partner of one.

There is no way for me to say with any perfect certainty the phrase “I understand,” because without direct experience, there is no way to fully understand.

What I can do is empathize. What I can do is give an honest attempt at understanding. What I can do is show love and respect for the diverse makeup of people in my life. I can support efforts of peace and equality. I can agree that black lives matter. I can be saddened by the losses of life in Baton Rouge, Dallas, St. Paul, and so many other places around the country. I can agree that there is a problem.

And going back to what Marilyn Manson said in Bowling for Columbine, I can listen.

Much love to you.

Fig.-iversary

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Three years ago today, an instrumental ambient/prog band I was in called Hail the Titans released an EP called Fig.

There is a translucent coke-bottle green vinyl edition still available at the Record Stop in Montgomery, AL. It’s pressed at 45rpm with one song on each side. (Note: if you purchase the vinyl edition, the download code inside will work, but use this URL instead: click here.)

Anyway, if you haven’t heard it, it’s on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc. (along with the previous release Hymns of Mare Nostrum.)

‘The Ghost and the Negro’ now online

After returning from its debut at the L.A. Film Festival, writer/director Sylvester Folks has released all three episodes of The Ghost and the Negro online.

As I wrote in my last post, Sylvester tapped me for an acting role (in episode III) and for the music heard in the end credits of each episode.

You can view them all on YouTube or below: