A week of art: film, mixed media, music

I often see the phrase “Support local _____.” Sometimes that blank is filled with “music,” sometimes “art” or “artists,” sometimes “film” and even “business.” In Montgomery, you have opportunities to support all of that.

Wednesday is the premier of the locally-made film The Devil’s Hand. The first showing begins at 7 p.m., the second at 9 p.m. at the Tipping Point in the Hampstead area of town.

There is a $5 entrance fee, and if you want a copy of the DVD, they will be taking orders. The $8 gets you the DVD, and it helps the filmmakers cover costs associated with sending the film to festivals.

Also, the Tipping Point has a great craft beer selection, so enjoy one of those and help support a local business.

Design by Ah Ha Designs.

Thursday is the latest Löwbraü Art Collective show. From 6:30 to 11 p.m., Head on the Door is turned into an art gallery featuring mixed media pieces from a variety of local artists.

This showing features art by Trey Baldwin (of Hail the Titans), Zach Burnett,  Jason Fifield (of …and the Lawyers), Samantha Lee, Jeff McLeod (of NO), and Kevin Sanders.

There is no entrance fee.

On Friday, BPM is playing at Head on the Door. Montgomery’s own reggae band starts at 10 p.m., and there is no cover.

In other news, the folks at Helicity Montgomery just launched a nice, new website: helicitymgm.org.

This will stick in your head

If you haven’t heard Atlanta’s New Terminus, well, to put it simply: you should. Last year, they released their first full-length album “Red Giant,” and more recently, they released a video for the song “Timebomb” from that album. Watch. Listen. Rinse. Repeat.


Then check out the rest of “Red Giant” below. The album is also available in CD and vinyl formats, and the artwork was designed by the incredibly talented Neal Williams, who just launched a Facebook page for his art: Epic Problems. (Check out the art on page; you’ll recognize some client names.)

Film updates: Gut Munchers, Death to the World, The Devil’s Hand

On Jan. 17, “Gut Munchers‘” writer/director Jason Snellgrove announced that he was making the “last little changes” to the film. No official release date has been set, but if you haven’t seen the trailer (or you just want to check it out again), click here.

If this is your first time hearing about the film, here’s the synopsis:

When a stray barrel of toxic waste starts leaking into a stream on the local hunting grounds, all hell breaks loose! Radiation hit’s the local redneck population, and turns them into GUT MUNCHERS! The only thing standing in the way of a regional outbreak are 4 out of luck College students, a local sheriff, and a Ragg-tag group of radio personalities!

Another film that is currently in the works is called “Death to the World.” From writer/director Shane Gillis and co-writer/producer Rick Gardner, the film is billed as a “classic slasher film with a modern psychological edge.” Filming began Jan. 19 for the teaser, with full production to start in spring.

(If the name Shane Gillis sounds familiar, I wrote about his new album “The Guitar Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” in a post last month.)

Be sure to “like” the film’s Facebook page for updates, cast info and photos, and there are a few behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram tagged with #deathtotheworldmovie.

I just noticed that another local film, “The Devil’s Hand,” has set an official screening date. The political suspense/thriller will premiere on Jan. 30 at The Tipping Point in the Hampstead area.

The  synopsis of the film, from writer/director Jimmie Rogers:

A hotshot politician is thrust into the unknown when he is involved in a fatal accident that forces a confrontation with Lucifer. He is then compelled to make a decision as old as time itself that opposes all that he stands for.

11 days into the new year

First post of 2013: No, I haven’t forgotten about this thing. Sometimes, even when there’s no shortage of thoughts and topics racing around my head, I don’t necessarily find them all publicly blogworthy. However, there are some music-related items that I think you should know about.

First, Signs of Iris, a great band from Greenville, SC, is currently on tour. Check out their tour dates here, and tell your friends.

Ostrov, the two-piece sludge/doom band from Hattiesburg, MS, is also on tour. They’ll be coming through Montgomery tomorrow night, playing at Head on the Door with the always great Last Transgression. Check out other Ostrov tour dates here.

And one of my favorite bands, Mogwai (yes, I’m posting about Mogwai again) has a new EP called “Les Revenants.” The music is actually a score for a French zombie show, apparently. It’s on Spotify, and a vinyl version will be released soon. They also had a remix album come out late last year. I’m normally not much for remix albums, but I’ll admit that “A Wrenched Virile Lore” is good. It’s also on Spotify.