I’m a bit late on this announcement… but I will be part of the first Druid City Songwriters Festival in Tuscaloosa, AL, this June.
I’ve been to film festivals and music festivals, but I have never been to a songwriters festival. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
Find out more on their website and Facebook page.
The rumors are true: I am in a band again, and the band is called Barrens.
Tales by Bob got the exclusive scoop on the new project in an interview conducted with Barrens guitarist Jason Snellgrove. Read it here.
@barrensmusic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I recently teamed up with C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) again for another promo video for the Cloverdale Playhouse, this time for their upcoming production of A Doll’s House that opens this Thursday. #TMFCJSV
And… the trailer for my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull is up!
So far, there are three upcoming opportunities to see it:
Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Montgomery, AL (details)
Saturday, March 3 – Florence, AL (George Lindsey UNA Film Festival)
Saturday, March 10 – Dothan, AL (details coming soon…)
#Shooters4Hire: #TMFCJSV (@JoshCarples & @iBeTheSHOOTER) working on a promo for the GoodPeople at @Cloverdaleplayhouse. Henrik Ibsen's "A DOLL'S HOUSE" directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson in collaboration with @norasplayhouse in NYC. . . Nora, a woman who plays at being the perfect wife of a wealthy husband, spends much of the story seemingly shallow, flirty, giggly, and begging her husband for spending money. Her husband treats her like a doll in a box, giving her pet names like “my little bird”, “my little squirrel”, and “Miss Sweet Tooth”. He scolds her and speaks to her as if she were a small child incapable of understanding grownup things. For a time, she seems content with this life. However, Nora’s journey in the play created much turmoil, resistance, and harsh criticism from audiences, men and women alike. The character of Nora Helmer is known as one of the first female heroines of modern drama. . . "Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House" runs February 8-18, 2018 . . #Cloverdale #NorasPlayhouse #Local #MGM #LiveTheatre #Theatre #RiverRegion #Drama #Community #Volunteers #Acting #FilmLife #RodeMic #Canon #SetLife #NoDaysOff #iDGT #TMF #CJSV
I 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.
See the entire playlist on YouTube.
Some new film score music for 2018!
Back in September, I mentioned the completion of my first feature documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.
There are a couple of very emotional moments in the film, and I wrote and recorded a couple of pieces of music for them under my film score project: Glorious 70mm.
Two of the three tracks are heard in the film, and the third track is an alternate version of the first. It has another layer of music on it, which I like, but I didn’t think it worked as well in the actual film.
Like all of the Glorious 70mm releases, I have this one set as “name your price,” even if zero. Yes, that means you can type in “$0.00” and download the music. However, if you’d like to help cover some film festival submission fees by throwing in a couple of bucks, I’d be grateful.
- The Middle of Fairview
- Hallucinogenic Drugs
- The Middle of Fairview, Part 2
Download it here.
For updates on the film, be sure to like the Commit to the Song Facebook page.
No, I didn’t run off to Vegas and get married for Christmas. “Happy Wife” is the title of a new short film by writer/director Jack Goody. It’s the short film I mentioned a few days ago that we filmed the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Anyway, the trailer has been posted to social media if you’d like to see it:
Also on Instagram.
And on Christmas Eve, Blue Yonder released their live video for “White Christmas.” A Terrible Master Films production directed by me. Royce Williams helped out with cameras and lighting, and Robert Shimp of Technical Earth Recorders handled audio.
I think that’s all for now. So, best wishes to you in the new year!
It’s been a little while since my last update, so I want to start off wishing you happy holidays!
As for me, since my last update, I’ve been trying to stay busy.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, I stepped back in front of the camera in a short film production written and directed by Jack Goody. I shared camera time with Mallory Ivy (a Spiritus alum) and worked with makeup artist Tara Galloway Merryman. I’ll share more on that once it’s ready.
From the set of that Jack Goody horror short.
After that, I got to catch “Little Women” at the Cloverdale Playhouse thanks to my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham. And speaking of the Playhouse, tomorrow night is the monthly Guitar Pull, which is the event that sparked my upcoming documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.
After that, I handled audio for a short that DeWayne was directing and shooting for our friend Lee Khole. She and C. Stephen Browder were the actors in that one.
I got together with Royce Williams after that to work on a fake ad we hope will be in the Montgomery Film Festival intermission next month. We did one last year for it – the language is… uh… NSFW, although we did bleep it all out. Click here to see it.
And Royce and I worked together on a project this past weekend for Blue Yonder. He and I filmed while Robert Shimp (Technical Earth Recorders) handled audio. That’s a new Terrible Master Films production that’s currently in the editing stages.
I think that’s about everything… and of course, once these projects are ready to be seen, I’ll post updates.
Thanks for reading and happy holidays!
In August 2016, I began work on a documentary film project, and I am happy to announce its completion!
There is a monthly music event here in Montgomery that I have regularly posted about and photographed for quite a while now – the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse. The more I was around, the more I would hear stories about how it all began, and I thought it was an interesting story to tell, which led to my new feature film Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull and the following tagline:
“A true story of music, inspiration, death, amputation, and legacy.”
Many thanks to the film’s stars – Robert “Bubba” Hall, Jonathan Tew, Gini Thomas, Greg Thornton, Michael Thornton, Sarah Thornton, and Mike Winkelman – for their time and support, and thanks also to all the musicians who allowed me to document their performances and everyone who contributed info, photos, encouragement, etc.
I’ll be releasing more information in the coming weeks. Follow this blog via email for updates, and connect with me and Terrible Master Films on social media.
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Thanks for reading!