…On the Facebook page.
Land of the Freed, the short film written and directed by my friend Trishunda Mooney, is now available to view on YouTube!
Here is the synopsis from IMDb:
On duty cop, RICHARD MCDOUGLAS makes the cover of local paper near teen, CURTIS GRAHAM with headlines that read: “Police Officer under investigation in death of armed teen. Though RICHARD appears to have it all under control, that all seems to fade away as he faces the reality of his wife, RHONDA MCDOUGLAS’ and son, MICHAEL MCDOUGLAS’ unhappiness. Scene is set; stressed out, over worked cop kills an armed teen. Surely there has to be more to the story…or is it?
I was hired on as Director of Photography/Camera Operator on this project, and along with that, Terrible Master Films signed on as a co-producer.
This was a fun shoot with a great cast and crew, and I must thank Trishunda for believing in me as a cinematographer to help capture her vision.
I learned a lot from working on this project, and the feedback has been great. So here is the short film Land of the Freed:
One year after the mysterious death of Marjorie Hines, a group of her friends – each grieving in their own way – begin to suspect there was more to her suicide than initially suspected. More and more details emerge as one of them attempts to make a documentary film about her life, details which suggest some of them may be more to blame than others. The only problem is that Marjorie’s spirit is restless and ready to claim vengeance, one way or the other. It’s going to take more than amateur detective work to appease the monster waiting in the dark.
Be sure to like the Spiritus page on Facebook.
I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I wanted to take a moment to provide a few updates on what’s been going on lately.
I mentioned last month that Sylvester Folks had a new short film production underway. On that project – Justus and Pece – my job was to cover audio (production sound/boom operator.) We wrapped principal photography on Dec. 4, and it is now in editing.
One of the main characters in that short is played by Ce Anderson, a writer and director herself. Just before Thanksgiving, we started working on her short film Lullaby, on which I’m serving as Director of Photography. We still have more to go on that one, but I think we got a really good start in the three days we’ve shot so far.
More updates coming soon, and as always, thanks for reading!
Just wanted to give some quick film updates.
This past Saturday, writer/director Trishunda Mooney held a screening for her short film Land of the Freed at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery. I served as Director of Photography on that film, and Terrible Master Films is a co-producer.
We had a good crowd, and I appreciate the great feedback we received on the film. The film’s editor, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, captured this clip of Trishunda during the Q&A session after the screening:
From behind the scenes to Front & Center…. 1Time for Lil Mooney, the super multi-talented woman with a vision. We are super proud of you Trishunda aka @mstmooney, you took your original ideal from the page to the screen, That's Awesome, You Are AWESOME, you got that #BlackGirlMagic.!!! CONGRATULATIONS on a successful premiere screening of "Land of the Freed" #LOTF, we enjoyed every minute of it. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ARTISTS!! #EnoughIsEnough #GetTheFullStory #BLM #IndieFilms #Support #Art #Acting #Actor #FilmLife #SetLife #NoDaysOff #iDGT #CJSV
The horror film Spiritus, written and directed by L.C. Holt and produced by Buck’s Row in association with Foolish Henry Films, is complete. Shane Gillis (director and co-writer of Death to the World) has finished the score, and the finishing touches have been applied.
And production has begun on a new short film by Sylvester Folks, the writer/director behind The Ghost and the Negro and Mercy and Plea. It’s called Justus & Pece, and it will continue production in the coming weeks. More news on that soon.
Thanks for reading.
Back on Set & Steady Paying Dues …. Day 1 of filming "Justus & Pece": 1Time for Writer/Director/Shooter/Editor Sylvester K. Folks as he's finally promoted me from "Best Boy/Grip" to "Certified Slate Operator" on an @elyjrtheather production while @joshcarples handles sound. #BlackLivesMatter #ElyJr #NoJustice #NoPeace #BLM #Acting #IndieFilms #Canon #RodeMic #TMF #BeardGang #FilmLife #SetLife #NoDaysOff #iDGT #CJSV
Nothing deeply philosophical to discuss at the moment, so I’ll just give some quick updates.
The current production at the Cloverdale Playhouse is Dead Man’s Cellphone. It started last week and runs tonight through Sunday. Before the show’s opening, I got to team up with C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions to help shoot a promo for the play. View it here. And go see the play!
Let’s see… what else? Oh, I’ve started working on a new solo album. I began tracking with Aaron Burton recently. No clue as to when I’ll finish, but it is in the works.
I recently got the chance to be part of the film Union, written and directed by Whitney Hamilton.
And a short film I served as 2nd Assistant Director on earlier this year in Atlanta – The Talk, written and directed by Jay Ward – has been accepted into some film festivals: Los Angeles Film Awards, Chandler International Film Festival, and the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival.
Also, the short film Altschmerz, written and directed by Somica Spratley, has made it into another film festival – the Ax Wound Film Festival in Vermont. It’s showing Nov. 5.
The October edition of the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse was last night. Another great night, this time in their new courtyard area. I’ll be posting pics from that soon.
More stuff in the works… Thanks for reading. You can follow this blog via email (see the right side of the page) or hit me up via social media (links also on the right.)
These days, you’re much more likely to hear a horror story about a business than a positive one. Let’s face it – if a person goes to a place nine times with no issues, but the tenth visit is bad, that’s probably the one you’re going to hear about on social media.
So when a place goes above and beyond in a positive way, I think it’s good to give credit where credit is due.
Today, my mother wanted to go out and buy something, so I told her I would drive her. We were on the way when the road seemed to get really rough. Not the road, though… Yep, flat tire. So I pull over to the far left of a dual turn lane, put on the hazard lights, and get ready to put on the spare.
This is the first time I’ve had a flat since getting this particular vehicle, so I locate everything I need. Lug wrench, check. Jack, check. Spare tire, check. The wheel cover had already rolled off somewhere so that was out of the way, making it easy to get to everything.
I go to loosen the first lug nut, and I realize there’s a problem. Of the four lug nuts, the wrench only fits two of them. Well, time to call roadside assistance. And tweet, of course.
Roadside assistance will take about a half hour, they say, so we wait. The weather was nice today, so mom rolled her window down as we sat in the far left turn lane of a busy highway. I decided to take a pic of her since we were just sitting there anyway.
While waiting on roadside assistance to show up, two police officers stopped to check on us. Both were very nice, so that was appreciated. And prompted another tweet.
A coworker saw us, recognized me, and stopped to check on us as well. And then a couple of ladies who had been behind us when the tire went out had seen where the wheel cover went and brought that to me.
Seemed like a lot of nice people were out today. A lawn care business was in the other turn lane and asked if someone was on the way. I said yes, and thanked them for asking.
A car pulls up in front of us and stops. A man gets out. It’s been about a half hour, so I’m thinking it’s roadside assistance. He asks if we need help, and I quickly found out he was not roadside assistance. I told him they should be here any minute. He says that he works at a tire place that’s literally just up the street (walking distance, in fact, as we can see the building from where we are on the highway.)
While he’s saying that, roadside assistance calls. There’s a wreck, and they are stuck in traffic. Going to take longer than expected.
So the guy who stopped, David, says he’ll be back in five minutes. He gets a jack and some tools, comes back, gets the spare tire on, and we follow him to the shop.
The assistant manager, Caleb, works up a price for me, and they get started.
Their company – Auto Save Tire & Automotive – went above and beyond on customer service today. One employee stopped to help a stranger in need, and they made a new customer out of it. And the thing is, I was within probably a quarter of a mile of three or four tire/automotive places to choose from, some with much more name recognition.
And it made me think of how far kindness and good customer service can go these days. Among all the competition, sometimes it’s that personal touch that really makes a difference.
So to David, Caleb and the staff at Auto Save Tire & Automotive, thank you for helping me and my mother out today. It was much appreciated.