The what and the what?

Due to some personal/family issues, updates to this blog and other social media may be somewhat scarce in the coming weeks, but I wanted to take a few minutes to throw a couple of updates out there.

Last year, I got the opportunity to help with a project that has recently been added to the L.A. Film Festival. Sylvester Folks wrote and directed some episodes for a web series he named “The Ghost and the Negro,” and he tapped me for an acting role and for some music used in end credits. (I joked with him that if I were to do any promotion for the series, I would need his director’s head shot because let’s face it: I’m a white guy from Alabama and the word ‘negro’ is in the title… so his picture is below.)

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Sylvester Folks, writer/director

It was a very fun project, and I was able to meet some great people whom I still enjoy working with to this day.

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In fact, speaking of Sylvester, he tapped me to help with another project he’s working on titled “Mercy and Plea.” We shot some scenes for that this past weekend. My main job on this one was production sound and boom operator, but I did get to do a little acting as well.

The cleaner. #setlife #mercyandplea

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Also, if you’ve been following the Spiritus Facebook page, you’ve seen that we’ve started making cast announcements. That project is going into production this month.

And as a reminder, I’m playing an acoustic show this coming Saturday at Head on the Door in Montgomery with Andrew Vinson and the Buckrabbits. Details here.

Another “Now” post

12918396_261918314144364_2107604431_nIn December, I published a “Now” post, and maybe this one would be better titled “Lately,” but I’m not going to change it, so it’s another “Now” post. The other day a friend texted me and mentioned that I had been recently keeping a low profile, so I thought maybe it’s time for a blog update.

Last month was the 2016 Cinema Soiree where I got an audience choice award for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for my role as “Daniel Andre Wilson” in C. DeWayne Cunningham’s short film Best Friends Forever. I had no idea I was even up for anything, but it was definitely a nice surprise.

DeWayne is also the editor for Trishunda Mooney’s short Land of the Freed, which I served as Director of Photography for. (Terrible Master Films is an associate producer for this one as well.) I’m told that the first edit is done, so it’s well into post-production.

Along with that, I’ve been working on a song with a former band mate, and I recently spent some time in Nashville where (thanks to my friend Tara) I was able to catch the Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) solo acoustic tour featuring Casey Crescenzo (The Dear Hunter) as the opener.

This past weekend, I was able to serve as 2nd Assistant Director and 2nd Assistant Camera on a short film in Atlanta called The Talk with a fantastic cast and crew. So many good times.

There will be some announcements coming soon about the film Spiritus, so be sure to ‘like’ the Facebook page for updates.

And… I’ve got a couple of acoustic shows coming up:

Thursday, April 28 – I’m playing the annual truck raffle fundraiser for Brantwood Children’s Home.

Saturday, May 7 – I’m performing at Head on the Door with The Buckrabbits and Andrew Vinson.

In the meantime, I’m still on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which get updated more often, and I’d love to connect with you there.

Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, again, thanks to @tkimbro2. #music #nashville

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Day 2 of #thetalkfilm. #setlife #film #atlanta #atl

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Me? In a tux? Maybe…

12829218_771192523015917_5580107176800927222_oEarlier this month, I attended the 2016 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival representing Foolish Henry Films and our short City Federal. It was a great weekend getting to meet and talk with filmmakers from all over the place and see their art on screen. The hospitality of the UNA staff was wonderful, and the city of Florence was beautiful. Lots of great restaurants and bars in the area.

There are two film-related things going on this weekend that I want to tell you about:

1. The 2016 Cinema Soiree

Two short films that I was able to help out with are screening at the event which is taking place this Saturday at 6pm at Pure Artistry Literary Cafe. It’s a formal event, so I might even wear a tux. We’ll see. Anyway, the two films I was part of are Just a Dash (I helped with sound and still photography) and Best Friends Forever (where I was co-director of photography – along with writer/director DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and played a character named “Daniel Andre Wilson.”)

2. Spiritus auditions

On Sunday, writer/director L.C. Holt, production manager Rick Gardner, and I will be holding auditions for the upcoming horror feature Spiritus. We’re starting at 3pm at the Cloverdale Playhouse. For details and information, see this post on the Spiritus Facebook page.

‘…Insta-Google Tweet-Face’

12750367_983389758393792_1616893977_nI haven’t blogged much lately, and my social media presence has been somewhat scarce, so I figured I’d take a few moments to write about what’s been going on lately.

Recently, I served as director of photography for a short film called Land of the Freed, written and directed by Trishunda Mooney. Just prior to that, I got to do some acting and serve as co-director of photography with writer/director C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions on his short Best Friends Forever.

I attended opening night of the Cloverdale Playhouse production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a very funny play (still going – get tickets ASAP!) that I also got to do some promo photography for.

I also took some time to do a little catching up on movies I’ve been wanting to see, including the new Star Wars, The Revenant, Knock Knock, The Green Inferno, and Triple 9, which is where the quote in this blog title came from.

And yesterday it was announced that Buck’s Row, in association with Foolish Henry Films, is holding a casting call for a new film called Spiritus, written and directed by L.C. Holt (V/H/S2, You’re Next, Pop Skull.) I’m very excited to be serving as 1st assistant director on that project.

And if you’ll be in the Florence/Muscle Shoals area tomorrow (Thursday), the short film City Federal is screening in the 4 pm block of the 2016 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. Details here.

Of course, I’ll update more as things progress. Thanks for reading!

Feb 2016 Guitar Pull photos are up

Photos from the February edition of the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are now up on my Facebook page.

Check out the entire gallery by clicking here.

Good news for ‘City Federal’

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City Federal

The Foolish Henry Films short film City Federal will screen at this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL, the first weekend of March.

Many thanks to the cast and crew that made this film a reality. Principal photography took place in fall 2014, and it was completed by early 2015. We’re very excited to have it screen at the festival.

As mentioned in the previous “Help!” and “Thank you” posts, I use the funds generated from my Glorious 70mm film score project to help cover film festival submission fees to help get these films out there. All the music there is “name your price” (even if $0.00), so download, donate, or don’t, but either way, you’ve got some instrumental film score music to listen to.

Also, if you happen to be on Facebook, please take a moment to hit the “like” button on a couple of film pages:

Foolish Henry Films (who brought you City Federal and Death to the World)

Terrible Master Films (Four Thousand Wings, the “No One (Reprise)” music video)

And if you haven’t seen the trailer for City Federal yet, here it is on YouTube:

Thanks for your generous love and support!

January ’16 Guitar Pull photos + video

I posted some photos from the January installment of the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse on my Facebook page.

This month’s show was different. It took place just a couple of days after the news broke of the passing of Andrew Lewis, a very talented Montgomery-based musician. This month’s event had a very somber feel to it as many of the musicians and attendees were friends with Andrew.

The night ended with a tribute in which all of the musicians, joined by some friends and even the crowd, sang a rendition of “I’ll Fly Away.”

I was able to film most of the performance, which is now on YouTube.

 

Thank you!

To all of you who donated money and helped spread the word by sharing the “Help!” blog post,  thank you. That was really cool of you, and I do appreciate it.

The funds will help cover film festival submission fees in an attempt to get Four Thousand Wings seen by more people.

If you still want to help out, click here and get some music. You can name your own price for all of the Glorious 70mm releases. If you’re broke, put in “$0.00” and download the music anyway. If you have a couple of bucks, it’ll help.

Also, I see that Jeff McLeod has put out some new drone music. Along with being an extremely talented musician with many releases out under many project names, he also plays news anchor “Tyler Manning” in the Foolish Henry Films production Death to the World.

Click here to hear his new stuff and find out about his other projects.

Help!

So here’s the deal: the first weekend of June, 2015, four guys – Adam Davila, Nick Patterson, Eric Hoehn, and myself – went to Selma to film a short dramatic film called Four Thousand Wings.

After a few delays, that film is now finished, clocking in just shy of the 10-minute mark. We’re in the process of submitting to film festivals (and as any indie filmmaker will tell you, those fees add up.)

Our budget for this film was $0. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Everything that made this film came out of our pockets – the equipment, camera, lenses, lights, food, hotel room, etc. We did not do a crowd-funding campaign. We sat down in pre-production meetings and figured out what we could do with what we had, and we came up with a way to tell this story.

We spent that June weekend filming, getting very little sleep, going on a bag of espresso, water, and bourbon.

The synopsis of Four Thousand Wings is this:

A connection to the past is confronted when William is awakened in his hotel room by a mysterious visitor who knows more than he should.

Here’s where the “help!” comes in:

We would like to submit our film to more festivals (I say “more” because we’ve already submitted to a few), and as mentioned above, those fees add up. And even after paying the fees, it’s still a gamble as to whether it will even be accepted or not, and when I say “gamble,” well… uh… you play Powerball, right? (Sometimes the odds appear very similar.)

a2265336785_16But I’m not just asking for money. I’m not setting up a GoFundMe or anything like that.

I’m simply asking you to download the 2-song Glorious 70mm score for the film, and pay what you want. If you want it for free, enter “0.” If you’ve got a couple of bucks laying around, enter “2.00.” If you want to give more, we’ll gladly take it.

Click here to download from Bandcamp.

In fact, that goes for all the Glorious 70mm releases. Name your price. If you’re broke, download it anyway, and enjoy the music. If you want to help out with film festival fees, we’d very much appreciate your help.

 

Also, you can catch a 30-second trailer for the film (hey, it’s a short film; the trailer can’t be that long) from Terrible Master Films: