May the 4th be with your… anniversaries?

OK, OK… not my best headline work. But some stuff popped up in my memories today, so it’s blog time.

First – today marks the first anniversary of Remembering Anarcha being released on VOD platforms all over the U.S. and Canada. And since then, it’s been released on even more streaming platforms, along with DVDs and Blu-rays. It’s been discussed by Columbia University‘s research department, mentioned in the Washington Post, and we’ve been contacted by other universities, nonprofit organizations, and interested parties about the film.

If you haven’t yet seen the film (or left a review – please do so: Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Amazon), you can find it on many VOD outlets.

Related – Michelle Browder’s monument to the Mothers of Gynecology monument in Montgomery, AL, officially opens this Sunday – Mother’s Day. Find out more about her work at AnarchaLucyBetsey.org.

Second – two years ago was the date that the music video for the song “Carry the Wounds” off the album of the same name was released. (You can find the album on your favorite streaming platforms; links on the ‘Music‘ page.)

Aaaaand… third – some photos popped up of my old band Hail the Titans. We played a show on May 4 a decade ago. (Time, man… why it gotta be flying like that?) A photographer named Chris Barrett snapped some pics (below) while we were playing, and they bring back so many good memories of being on the road with that band.

Aaaaaanyway… thanks for taking this stroll down Memory Lane with me. Much love.

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‘What would life be without art?’

Behind-the-scenes shot of our interview setup, featuring my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions.

“What would life be without art?” That question begins the short documentary Art & Second Chances that talks about three organizations – the Alabama Arts Alliance, Leadership Montgomery, and Renascence Inc. – coming together for a good cause.

I directed the short, produced by Terrible Master Films in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions and Early Riser Films.

This short is part of a larger, ongoing project that is still in production, but I wanted to share this short in the meantime because the 2022 Alabama Arts Summit started today in Birmingham, AL.

I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for watching, reading, listening, supporting. Much love.

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March 2022 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Photos from last night’s St. Patrick’s Day themed Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are up on my Facebook page.

And if you haven’t yet seen the documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull that chronicles the history of this event, it’s available on Amazon. (Leave a review! We’d love to hear what you think of it!)

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‘Carry the Wounds’…iversary?, videos, updates, stuff, things…

It’s been two whole years (like official years, not pandemic years where we can’t tell one from another anymore) since Carry the Wounds was released. Some friends and I worked on a music video for the song “Liquid Heart,” the release show was a lot of fun, and then Covid shut everything down a week or so later.

Then, with everything shut down, I decided to try to make another video by myself for the title track because, hey, why not, right? I put “quarantine” in the description since, like many others at the time, I was a little behind on the whole haircut thing.

And then my band, Towering Above, started work on an acoustic EP since we couldn’t get up to practice and playing shows was out of the question for a good while. (Wait… there are no drums on it, and I’m just the drummer… hey!)

Speaking of Towering Above, our new album is in the mixing stages. Shhhhh…. that’s a secret, k? And we’re currently working on some music videos for it… and they get kinda weird, so I’ll talk more about that as things progress.

OK, so what else…? Oh! My friend Megan T. Kuehner put out a new EP a couple of days ago called The Truth. It’s really good; give it a listen. A couple of months ago, I directed a couple of live videos in advance of the EP release. We filmed these at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. (Many thanks to the Playhouse staff!)

Ooh, also released this past Friday was the new Spirit Guardian album titled Seasick. Spirit Guardian is a project by Jeremy Aitken, a good friend of mine and former bandmate from years ago (we were in a band called Easy Kiddo.) If that name sounds more recently familiar, it’s probably because we collaborated on a song called “Promises” that I blogged about last month. Anyway, give Seasick a listen. It’s really good! (And if you’re wondering who did the awesome album cover, that would be his super talented wife, Gloria. Check out her art here.)

And, since we’re talking about music and videos, and since those are types of art, it makes sense to talk about the month of March being Arts Education Month. Last month, the Alabama Arts Alliance tapped Terrible Master Films to put together a video for the occasion. I directed the video with help from my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and my friend Jeff McKinney of Early Riser Films. Special thanks to the educators and students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and Alabama State University for being part of it!

I think that’s all for now. Thanks for reading, listening, supporting, not punching me in the face, etc. Much love! Oh, and like, subscribe, follow… you know… all the things you do on social media. Thanks!

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Megan T. Kuehner ‘Golden Girl’ live music video

This is the second live video for Megan. The first is here.

This is another TMF-produced video that was filmed at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. This is the second live recording for Megan T. Kuehner, whose new EP “The Truth” will be out March 11.

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‘Promises’ song collaboration

My friend and former bandmate Jeremy Aitken has a new song out called ‘Promises‘, and I was honored to contribute lyrics and vocals to it. And the artwork was created by his wife, the talented Gloria Aitken.

Years ago, Jeremy and I were in a band together called Easy Kiddo. Unfortunately, we never had proper studio recordings of that stuff, just demos and some live videos (if you want to see some of those, they are on YouTube.)

Anyway, be sure to check out his solo stuff on Bandcamp along with his Spirit Guardian project. He’s got some great stuff made especially for your ears. Yes, your ears!

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Megan T. Kuehner ‘Whatever’ music video

Last month I mentioned that I had worked on a couple of videos for my friend Megan Kuehner. The first of those – “Whatever” – is out now. Her EP “The Truth” comes out March 11.

This TMF-produced video was filmed at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. This is one of two live recordings (the other coming soon – her new EP “The Truth” will be out March 11.)

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‘Ghost 14’ and ‘Clover/Capri’ to screen at the George Lindsey UNA Film Fest

Clover/Capri, the short doc about Montgomery, Alabama’s historic Capri Theatre, and the found-footage horror feature Ghost 14 are both screening this year at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL.

Clover/Capri is a Terrible Master Films production in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, 803 Films, and Early Riser Films.

Ghost 14 is a Foolish Henry Films production.

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Montgomery Advertiser talks about this Saturday’s show, new album, and Postcard Living

Check out the Montgomery Advertiser article here.

Postcard Living is a side project from my friend and Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood. The first single, “So Long,” is out on streaming platforms everywhere now.

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Live this Saturday – Jan. 22, 2022!

Haven’t blogged in a month; lots going on behind the scenes, buuuuuuut, I wanted to make sure to do a quick post about the upcoming show this Saturday!

Towering Above is joining Grasping at Pieces and new band Venusville (their debut) at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery, AL. Doors open at 7:30, showtime at 8. It’s $10 at the door, and it’s all ages, so feel free to bring the kids so they can get inspired to be broke musicians like the rest of us! But for real, click attending on the Facebook event (and then actually attend! It’ll be fun!)

In other news… Towering Above has been working on music videos for the next album (which is still in process.) We shot one video in December and one this past Saturday. I’ve been directing, but I have to give a special shout out to my First Assistant Director C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) and Director of Photography Stephen Poff (Body Thief Films.) Their dedication to this project has been absolutely crucial to making it happen, and I can’t thank them enough. Also, lead actors Sean Golson and Jeff McKinney have been absolutely killing it. And many thanks to the other actors that have helped us make these projects happen; their dedication has been amazing, and we appreciate it!

Also, I recently worked on a project for my friend, singer-songwriter Megan T. Kuehner. She’s got a new EP coming out March 11 called “The Truth,” and I recently captured a couple of live performances (at the Cloverdale Playhouse; many thanks to the staff there!) Be sure to follow her for updates.

You might remember Megan (formerly McMillan) from a video I directed a few years back for a song called “Things that Change.” You can see it here.

OK… that’s it for now. Thanks for reading, listening, subscribing, following, etc. Please keep in touch. Much love!

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