Farewell, Seville

16123149_439246523073163_3870630364015755264_nI 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.

Thank you.

See the entire playlist on YouTube.

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