Last night felt great. I’m not sure how else to really say it other than that. I think all artists desire for their work to connect with others, and the feedback, crowd response, laughter, and tears from last night’s hometown screening of my new documentary felt great.
Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull made its first public debut at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery last night.
I want to thank the people that made this screening happen: Sandra Nickel, Don and Glenda Armstrong, George Jacobsen, Will O’Connor, John G. Veres III, Johnny and Beth Veres, Sarah Thornton, Melaine Bennett, Greg Thornton, the Cloverdale Playhouse staff, the Capri Theatre staff, and Liger’s Bakery who helped cater the reception.
Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the film, and I appreciate all the kind words and feedback on it.
I’m still processing parts of it, honestly. There were family members of the film’s namesake in attendance – traveling from other states (FL, GA, NC) to see this film in Montgomery, AL on a Tuesday evening. And to hear what it meant to them was very touching.
My friend Robert “Bubba” Hall, who is one of the stars of the film, said this:
“It will make you laugh, cry and cheer, also teach you about believing in something bigger than yourself and what is possible if you do good things for good reasons.”
I hope other audiences will connect with it and get that same sentiment out of it.
Many thanks to the Alabama News Network for covering the event. Read their article: “Documentary Honoring Legacy of Local Musician Community”
March 3 – Florence, AL – George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. (Screening at 11 a.m.)
March 10 – Dothan, AL – Featured Players Cabaret. (Screening at 8 p.m., followed by musical performance.)