On Community and Giving Tuesday

“Am I active enough in my community?”

That thought hit me awhile back, and I thought about it more and more for a few days, maybe weeks. It’s something that I still think about, really.

At some in the last couple of months or so I was at a coffee shop I frequent. It was evening, and a friend of mine was sitting there, laptop open, in a meeting with another person. After his meeting, I sat with him and caught up for a bit. He’s an artist, head of a nonprofit, and very active in our community.

So I brought my question up to him. I want to support many events and gatherings, but many times I have something else going on, or there may be multiple events close to the same time. There have been times where I was working on a film and the project went late. Band practice, recording, video editing, etc… Lots of things.

He looked at me and said the following: “You’re just one man.”

He reminded me that I work, I create, I get to some events, and that I still need rest on top of that. I definitely needed to hear it. But admittedly, I still feel some guilt when I have to miss something (or fall into an antisocial mood… That has happened as well. Your mental health is important, too.)

So, if there are organizations doing things and maybe you’re busy or feeling antisocial or have conflicting schedules, but you still value and appreciate the work they do, today happens to be “Giving Tuesday.” You can make a donation to help keep them going.

I made a list on Facebook and linked to some that I recommend for my area. If you’re not in my area, I’m sure there are some great organizations to support where you live.

Please check out that Facebook post and consider supporting one of them or some organization in your area that means a lot to you. (And while you’re on my Facebook page, give it a follow if you haven’t already done so.)

Thanks for reading. Much love.

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Well here’s some news… Aaaand Guitar Pull photos!

Many thanks to Shannon Heupel and the Montgomery Advertiser for writing about the Towering Above music video trilogy in the upcoming Montgomery Film Festival!

Also… photos from last night’s Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are up on my Facebook page. See the entire gallery here.

Much love!

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Montgomery Film Festival 13 – this weekend!

This weekend is the return of the Montgomery Film Festival at the historic Capri Theatre in Montgomery, AL. If you haven’t checked out the lineup, you should do so and plan to attend. It’s always a good time. (And if you haven’t seen the documentary about the history of the Capri Theatre, what are you waiting for?! It’s on YouTube.)

Here’s the MFF13 lineup:

Friday, Nov. 18 at 7pm: The Civil Dead

Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1pm: Narrative and Doc Shorts*
Saturday, Nov. 19 at 4pm: Rise! Roar! Revolt! (RRR)
Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8pm: Videodrome

Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:30pm: Throne of Blood
Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7pm: Butterfly in the Sky

*The shorts block includes the short film Tamam Shud 10.16.6 by the band Towering Above. That’s my band’s music video trilogy, but this is a supercut that includes additional footage and music not seen in the individual versions.

Make plans to attend! I hope to see you there!

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‘Clover/Capri’ documentary out now!

I released my first feature film as director on Nov. 1, 2018. I chose that date because it is my mother’s birthday, and she was always very supportive of my art, so it felt fitting in a way that would honor her.

So I’m picking this date again for the same reason to release this short documentary about the Capri Theatre in Montgomery, AL.

Clover/Capri

Here’s the synopsis:

Clover/Capri details the decades-long history of an independent art house movie theater in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama, weaving through racial segregation, adult films, and its fight for free speech along the way.

See the full film on YouTube:

When we were submitting to a few film festivals, I wrote up a director’s statement, so I might as well post that here:

Like many businesses in 2020, the Capri Theatre in Montgomery, AL closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. During their shutdown, the director, Martin McCaffery, continued to send out their weekly email newsletter, usually with a subject such as “The Shutdown – Week 29.” Sometimes he delved into the Capri’s history, which is where I learned of a separate entrance that was used for Black patrons during the Jim Crow era of segregation. That got me curious about other things I may not know about this historic theatre that I have enjoyed attending over the years, so I contacted Martin and put together a team to explore the history of both the Capri and some general cinema history as well. I think there is a lot more to this little movie theatre than most people realize, and I hope they find Clover/Capri as interesting to watch as it was to make.

The IMDb listing is here (please leave a review on there!)

Also, if you like the music in the film, that was done by Alex Hill (Tequila Nylon) and myself (Glorious 70mm.) It’s available on Bandcamp.

Thanks for watching, reading, listening, and for just being the loving, authentic human that you area.

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Two short films debut Monday and Tuesday!

Monday is Halloween, and starting at the stroke of midnight, the short film Bad Deal will premiere on YouTube!

Here’s the synopsis:

Guns, Drugs, and Something Other-Worldly. Jody is looking to make a quick transaction, but a drug dealer named Creole suspects ulterior motives. It’s going to take some sort of miracle to get Jody out alive.

WARNING: It is no way, shape, or form safe for work (and probably most other things in life.) Just FYI. It’s got cursing, nudity, drug use, violence, and all the other fun stuff you and your co-workers like to watch while NOT at work. So there. You’ve had your NSFW warning, so proceed with caution.

It’s also age-restricted on YouTube, so you may have to log in. The Foolish Henry Films team ain’t trying to get a YouTube restriction…

With all that being said… here’s the link!

Clover/Capri

And I know I mentioned this in the last post, but just a reminder: the short documentary Clover/Capri will premiere on YouTube Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.

Be sure to tune in for the premiere if you’re able to and jump in the chat!

Both films are listed on IMDb, so feel free to leave a review, and share with your friends!

Thanks (in advance) for watching! Much love!

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MFF 13! More film news! And Thanks!

The Montgomery Film Festival announced the lineup for their 2022 events, and there’s a lot of good stuff in there! This year’s festival runs Nov. 18-20 at the historic Capri Theatre.

The short films block is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 1 p.m., and included in that block is a supercut of the Towering Above music video trilogy called Tamam Shud 10.16.6. This cut includes some additional footage and tells the complete story all in one 14-minute sitting.

Synopsis:

A kidnapping, a sadistic death cult, and psychiatric experiments bring one man full circle to the brink of insanity in this music video trilogy by the band Towering Above.

And speaking of the Montgomery Film Festival and the Capri Theatre, the short documentary about the theatre that had its debut at last year’s MFF will be public starting Nov. 1, 2022 (next Tuesday.) It will premiere on YouTube at 10 a.m. See the trailer for Clover/Capri below:

I think that’s mostly it for film news at the moment… so in music news, I’d like to say a big “THANK YOU!!!” to everyone who came out to the Rocktoberfest event this past Saturday. For real. I had such a great time. It’s been a while since I’ve fronted a band, so jumping around playing those old songs had a nice nostalgia for me, and I appreciate everyone who showed up for it, the other bands, and of course my current band 🙂

Photo by Jen Powell (from Seville at Hilltop. Get yo’ hair done there!)
the12thHour, 2022. Photo by Amy Knight.

Much love!

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This week! Livestream + old songs + new songs

Hey everyone!

So, tomorrow night (Tuesday, Oct. 18), I’ll be joining four other musicians for the monthly Songwriter Stream hosted by Roomful of Sky Music out of NYC. The monthly event is presented by Victor V. Gurbo, Phil Robinson, and Jason Vitelli. Annie Stone and myself are the guest artists.

It’ll stream live on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

…and… in other news…

This Saturday is Rocktoberfest, featuring Towering Above, Pleasant Valley, Spirit Guardian, Mara Nagra and a reunion by the12thHour.

I know, I know. There’s a name you haven’t heard in awhile.

So, if you didn’t know, Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood and I were in a band in high school and college called the12thHour, so we’re getting up with our original drummer and dusting off some old songs from a couple of decades ago for this show. (This also means Slickwood and I will be pulling double duty that night – I’m on guitar for the12thHour and drums for Towering Above. He’s on guitar with both.)

The Funky Forte food truck will also be out there along with Gloria Aitken Art. It’s gon’ be fun, y’all!

OK, I think that’s all the updates for now. Thanks for reading. I hope you can tune in tomorrow to the livestream and come to the show this Saturday. I’d love to see ya!

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Come At Me Bro

My shooter – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – has a new short film he just dropped called Come At Me Bro.

Greg Loggins, who plays the main character “Todd,” had this to say:

One night, after a shoot, [DeWayne] asked me: “If you could do any kind of role, what would you wanna do?” I thought for a moment, and then said “I’d wanna do an action role. Don’t think I fit that mold, but that would be fun.” Well, a few months went by, and DeWayne texted: “I’ve got a few ideas. You still interested?”

I helped out in a few areas on set for this one, getting credits for Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Boom/Sound, and Second Shooter (we had a 2-camera setup for a few shots.)

So, enjoy this action short from the CJSV universe: Come At Me Bro.

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What if?

I did a vlog. I’m posting it on this blog. I don’t do these all that often, but hey, it’s been a while, so here it is:

(Also, thanks to everyone who came to the Guitar Pull on Tuesday. I had a great time, and I hope you did too. Much love.)

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Sept. 20, 2022 (tomorrow!) – Guitar Pull

Hey, hi, hello, greetings.

I will be joining Stephanie Jeck and Layne Weldon on the Cloverdale Playhouse stage tomorrow for the September 2022 edition of the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.

I’m planning on performing some stuff I haven’t recorded/released yet, so come get a taste of some new songs, a couple of drinks, and some stories and music at one of the best places around.

And if you haven’t seen the documentary about the history of this event, it’s available on Amazon and Tubi.

I hope to see you tomorrow evening!

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