‘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!

‘The Pretty Brunette’ short film

C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, a close friend, fellow filmmaker, and frequent collaborator, has released one of his short films on VimeoThe Pretty Brunette.

The film stars Jasmin K. Love and Julius “Jay R” Minor and has the tagline “Look closer, first impressions can be deceiving.”

Watch below, or click here to view on Vimeo. Enjoy!

Theater and promos

During the past couple of months, I’ve worked with my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions on a couple of promos for some community theater productions.

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The most recent is this one for “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller (directed by Sarah Adkins) coming up at the Cloverdale Playhouse. It runs April 27 – May 7. Find info and tickets on their website.

Speaking of the Cloverdale Playhouse, the next Guitar Pull will be tomorrow night at 7pm, featuring Megan T. McMillan, Greg Thornton, and Michael Thornton.

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We had previously done a promo for “The Old Settler,” which ran this past weekend at Pure Artistry Literary Cafe. But over the weekend, they have decided to add an encore performance that will be coming up on Friday, May 5. Details here.

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‘Spiritus’ screening this Saturday in Montgomery

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From the news release:

The producers of the horror film Spiritus are holding a screening on Saturday, April 8, at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery. The screening begins at 5 p.m., with a Q&A session held afterwards. Entry is $10. The Sanctuary is located at 432 S. Goldthwaite St.

The film, written and directed by L.C. Holt, tells the story of a troubled girl named Marjorie Hines. One year after her mysterious death, Marjorie’s tormented spirit returns to seek bloody vengeance on those responsible.

“We were able to tell this story in an interesting, nonlinear way,” Holt said. “The story unfolds piece by piece as each of Marjorie’s friends, along with an unscrupulous documentary filmmaker, start to uncover secrets surrounding the circumstances of her death.”

Before stepping behind the camera to direct Spiritus, Holt was focused on acting, and has appeared in films such as You’re Next, V/H/S 2 and Pop Skull.

Holt’s production company Buck’s Row teamed up with fellow Alabama-based production company Foolish Henry Films to make Spiritus. Foolish Henry Films was behind the feature Death to the World and the short film City Federal, both of which are available on Amazon Prime.

Spiritus is unrated; viewer discretion is advised. See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teiD-ZTfoSo

So if you’re in the Montgomery, AL area this Saturday, make plans to attend.

Also, I filmed and edited some cast and crew interviews regarding the film. We’ve been releasing those periodically and sharing them on the Spiritus Facebook page. The first two are out already (see below), and there are more in the pipeline.