I got to be in a couple of fake ads for the 2018 Montgomery Film Festival that was held last night. See this year’s intermission.
Just a few quick updates here…
One of my tweets ended up on the Montgomery Advertiser in a story about a candlelight vigil for a Taco Bell that burned down recently.
They are also bringing back their famous intermission with fake advertisements. (Here’s a link to the one my friend Royce Williams and I submitted last year. Warning: language NSFW.)
Also, festival director Anton Jackson was busy working on the new “Capital Carnage” spot this weekend:
And in other film festival news, my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull will screen at this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL.
More news coming soon. Thanks for reading!
I had been talking to some filmmaker friends of mine about doing some live session videos, and last year – January 2016 – we started production.
Prior to production, though, I had been thinking a lot about location. What had a nice and interesting aesthetic? What positively showcased themes of “local” and “art” and “color”? And then it hit me – Seville Beauty & Barber Shop in the Old Cloverdale area of Montgomery.
So I contacted my friend Jen Powell at Seville. I told her the idea of a live performance filmed with multiple camera angles, and she responded with enthusiastic support.
And on May 23, 2016, the “Live at Seville” EP was released.
Yesterday, Seville announced on Facebook that they would be closing as of March 1, 2018.
The comments and shares underscore what this place meant to the Montgomery community. It will be missed.
And while I know that the talents of the staff will lead them to more opportunities and new beginnings, I am thankful that Jen (and Malerie Bussell) allowed us (with the help of filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester K. Folks) to capture part of the essence and aesthetic of Seville on camera, even with five sad songs.
Some new film score music for 2018!
Back in September, I mentioned the completion of my first feature documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.
There are a couple of very emotional moments in the film, and I wrote and recorded a couple of pieces of music for them under my film score project: Glorious 70mm.
Two of the three tracks are heard in the film, and the third track is an alternate version of the first. It has another layer of music on it, which I like, but I didn’t think it worked as well in the actual film.
Like all of the Glorious 70mm releases, I have this one set as “name your price,” even if zero. Yes, that means you can type in “$0.00” and download the music. However, if you’d like to help cover some film festival submission fees by throwing in a couple of bucks, I’d be grateful.
Download it here.
For updates on the film, be sure to like the Commit to the Song Facebook page.