‘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.

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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:

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!