Show tonight! ‘Spiritus’ score and ‘Bad Deal’ preview

Reminder: Two shows going on tonight, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017:

  1. I’m playing with Pensacola’s own Hello Crescendo at Against the Grain. Details here.
  2. Witchchord and Pleasant Valley are playing at the Sanctuary. Details here.

Pick a show and go. Of course, I’d love for you to pick my show, but I’m friends with the folks playing the other show, so pick one and go. Just don’t stay home tonight.

As I said in my last post, one of the guys in Witchchord happens to be Mr. Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films. (Full disclosure: I am FHF’s PR Director.)

Anyway, FHF is a co-producer on the film Spiritus, written and directed by LC Holt, and Shane happens to be the score composer, and he recently released it on Bandcamp.

Shane also directed the recent short film Bad Deal that’s currently in post-production. Director of Photography – the man, the myth, the legend himself – Mr. Joe Walker sent a still image from the film featuring the character of “Jody” played by Mike Cunliffe. It’s already looking awesome.

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Shows, a bad deal, and a final contract

This Thursday, I’m performing at Against the Grain with Hello Crescendo, a band from Pensacola who is described as “progressive, psychedelic, indie rock.” 8:30 pm. $5.

Also this Thursday, Witchchord is playing with Pleasant Valley at the Sanctuary. 9 pm. $5. One of the Witchchord members is Shane Gillis, director of Bad Deal, a short film that went into production this past weekend.

20398631_1395446173871445_3630148805740986368_nBad Deal is the new Foolish Henry Films production (the folks that brought you Death to the World, City Federal, and joined together with Buck’s Row to produce Spiritus.) In Bad Deal, along with being a producer, I played a character named “Rodney” and helped with still photography. (Search the hashtags #baddealfilm and #baddealshortfilm on social media for behind-the-scenes photos.)

A character named “Chris” was played by C. DeWayne Cunningham (of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), who has just released his newest short film The Final Contract.

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CJSV presents ‘The Wheelman’

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Writer/director C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions has a new web series out called The Wheelman.

Synopsis:

El Pablo J Ablo is a young licensed driver and sneaker head with an interesting part-time job that keeps him on the move.

I got to help out a little on this – B-camera operator (slow-motion footage and second angle) as well as some sound department help as boom operator. (See the Vimeo page for each episode for entire cast/crew listings.)

In the series, you’ll see some cameos and references to some previous CJSV productions that take place in the same universe, specifically The Pretty Brunette and Best Friends Forever: The Love & Crimes of Tiye Ra’ and Corey.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

“BFF: The Love & Crimes of Tiye Ra’ and Corey” is on YouTube!

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The short film Best Friends Forever: The Love & Crimes of Tiye Ra’ and Corey is now on YouTube!

Synopsis:

This action love story takes a glimpse into the life of a special couple destined to be infamous and together forever.

It is written and directed by C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions (who also plays “Corey” in the film.) I got to help with some crew work – co-DP, camera op, PA, sound – and I play the character of “Daniel Andre Wilson.”

‘Live at Seville’ is out!

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The “Live at Seville” EP is out today! Find it on your favorite platform – iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc. And the live performances are on YouTube. It’s live, raw, emotional, imperfect. I think it was my friend Bubba Hall that used the phrase “psychological nudity” to describe what we do, and I think that’s fitting.

 

The videos are a Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions / Terrible Master Films collaboration, directed and edited by C. DeWayne Cunningham. He and Sylvester K. Folks ran cameras.

Special thanks to them, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this happen!

‘A taste of relatable sadness, done beautifully’

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The Live at Seville EP comes out next Tuesday, but Chasing-Sky.com has an exclusive first look at one of the full videos from the EP – the song “Postmark.”

Along with the video, there is a review of the EP, which is where the title of this blog post came from.

You can wade as deep as you want in the pensiveness of the songs or use them as a sweet distraction from your own set of woes. A taste of relatable sadness, done beautifully.

Read the full review and see the “Postmark” video here.

Again, many thanks to C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), Sylvester K. Folks, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this project happen, and thanks to Mary at Chasing-Sky.com for taking the time to write about it.

‘Justus & Pece’ now on YouTube!

I know, I know, the title of this post sounds very similar to a post from last week, but it’s different, I promise.

My friend and fellow filmmaker Sylvester K. Folks has released his short film Justus & Pece on YouTube.

Synopsis: A young girl witnesses the horrifying interaction between police officers and her parents.

The film is very timely and hits on some heavy issues and current events. I’m honored to have helped out with this production and thankful to Sylvester for letting me be part of it.

 

Brineaboy ‘Unalienable’ music video debut

Today is the day! The Brineaboy “Unalienable” music video officially debuted this morning on the Impose Magazine website! Click here to see it.

The magazine wrote a little bit about the video as well, and I really like this quote:

…the video is a timely representation of the need for empathy.

I’ve got so much running through my head right now, so I’m trying to focus it all into this blog post. Please bear with me.

First of all, the entire cast and crew of this production were truly incredible. Alex and Amy (who make up Brineaboy) are wonderful, talented people, and I’m proud to call them friends. I am thankful and honored that they trusted me to direct this project and make this vision a reality.

16830899_10154098454601012_6415129183369068068_nThey are also dedicated. Film productions take time, and when that time includes hours – literally hours – of being tied up and blindfolded so the director can get the needed shots, it’s not easy. Also, many thanks to Evelyn Blythe, who dragged Amy down that hallway over and over and over again.

I must also give special thanks to assistant director and producer Kristy West. Without her help, there is no way this production would have gone as smoothly as it did. Whatever was needed – from pre-production details to lighting to props to helping me keep up with the shot list and a host of other things – she handled it. I can’t sing her praises enough for all that she put into this production.

Thanks to Amber Dickinson for stepping in to handle makeup, almost last minute. Without much notice, she joined the team and nailed the bruising looks we were going for, and then duplicated it for the second day of the shoot.

I’m sure there’s so much I’m leaving out in attempts to coalesce all these thoughts into one post, so apologies for anything or anyone I’ve skipped. Many, many thanks to the entire cast and crew (and the artists who allowed their works to be on display for the video.) Their time and dedication – and chanting, haha – made this project come together nicely. (The complete list of people who made this happen are in the video description on YouTube; just click ‘show more’ to see the list.)

When the video discussions first started with Amy, Alex, and myself throwing out ideas, I knew it would be fun, but I had no idea that the finished product would debut on a magazine website with thousands of followers/readers. Thanks to Amy and Alex for believing in me.

And thank you for taking time to read this. Much love.

‘Mercy & Plea’ now on YouTube!

Last May, I got to be part of a short film project called Mercy & Plea, written and directed by my friend Sylvester K. Folks (same writer/director from The Ghost and the Negro web series and the upcoming short Justus & Pece.)

I helped with production sound as boom operator, and I also played the character “Mr. Harrington.”

It’s now on YouTube!