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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Powerless

I was listening to NPR Wednesday morning, and there was a story that was just absolutely depressing. The title is “Rohingya Families Flee Persecution And Suffering In Myanmar For Bangladesh.

In the story, there was a man who escaped his country by boat. His goal was to get to a safer area in another country and gather funds to pay a trafficker to get his family to him.

In the meantime, however, soldiers went to their village. People ran, including the man’s 8-year-old son, who was fatally shot in the back. In the village, the soldiers separated the men from the women, beating the men and raping the women. The women who resisted being raped were stabbed.

The husband was told what happened to his family, and he cried. The story described him as feeling guilty and powerless, second-guessing his decisions, wanting to be reunited with his wife and 5-year-old daughter.

It’s heartbreaking. It’s one of those stories you hear and immediately think how much evil is in the world. It’s a horror that most of us in the U.S. – luckily – can’t imagine.

But even in the U.S., thousands of people are victims of rape and sexual assault each year. It’s not soldiers raiding homes, but it’s very real nonetheless.

saam_logo-tealribbonAccording to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Per their site: “On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.”

I have met and am friends with people who have experienced sexual assault or were abused as children. I have even interviewed a couple of sexual assault survivors, and their stories were heartbreaking.

As someone who cares and has empathy for people, I feel powerless. I wish I could stop these horrors from happening. I wish I could do something. I try to encourage people to find the beauty in the world, but these stories make it difficult.

pinwheelThe month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and also Child Abuse Prevention Month. There are many worthy organizations – both local and national – that exist to help people in need.

If you want to help, there are many nonprofits out there doing great work. I’m in Alabama, so if you’re looking to start at a state level, there is the Alabama Coalition Against Rape and the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Or if you’re looking for your local nonprofit to donate to, both of their websites have listings of local centers that offer direct help to survivors – ACAR list; ANCAC list.

‘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.

‘Four Thousand Wings’ is now on Amazon!

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In June 2015, Adam Davila, Nick Patterson, Eric Hoehn and I spent a weekend in Selma, AL, filming a short film called Four Thousand Wings.

I had a weird dream and wrote the first draft of the script, which Adam and Nick helped expand and detail. During production, Eric handled audio while the rest of us were on both sides of the camera and helping with lighting.

The end result is this short film, clocking in just shy of the 10-minute mark.

It’s now available on Amazon with or without a Prime membership, so please take 10 minutes to watch the film, and if you feel so inclined, give it a rating on there. If you love it, tell folks; if you hate it, tell more folks.

The score is available from my Glorious 70mm project:

Thanks for reading, watching, listening, and being awesome. Much love.

Glorious 70mm “The Township of Riverside Falls”

riversidefallsI was recruited by a friend of mine in Chicago to create a theme song to an upcoming podcast called “Riverside Falls.”

The podcast launches on March 8 at this link: arcadeaudio.net/riversidefalls

The theme song “The Township of Riverside Falls” was created as part of my Glorious 70mm film score project. (Give that a like on Facebook, if you will.)

Like the other Glorious 70mm releases, this song is priced at “name your price” (even if $0.00) for personal enjoyment.

I present: “The Township of Riverside Falls”

Feb. 2017 Guitar Pull photos are up!

…on the Facebook page.

Now – [late] Feb. 2017 updates and announcements

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I did one of these earlier this month and already need to update it…

I’ll start with the updates. Along with normal life and work stuff, this is what I’m working on:

  • Still working on edits for the short film Lullaby by writer/director Ce Anderson
  • Still working on edits for some cast/crew interviews from the feature film Spiritus by writer/director LC Holt
  • Editing a music video for Brineaboy that we shot this past weekend in Nashville (if I had time, I could write an entire post about how great that shoot was… but it’ll have to wait for now.. search for #brineaboyvid on Insagram for photos.)
  • I’ll be editing Feb. 2017 Guitar Pull photos soon
  • Working on a longer-term film project that I’ll announce publicly once I get further into it

Now for some announcements:

  • I mentioned last week that Four Thousand Wings, Best Friends Forever, and The Pretty Brunette were all screening at the upcoming George Lindsey Film Festival in Florence, AL.
  • Four Thousand Wings will also be on Amazon soon. I’ll post about it once it’s officially available to view.
  • Next solo acoustic performance will be Friday, March 3 at Head on the Door in Montgomery, AL. I’m opening for Breaking Aim and the Rhythm for their album release show.
  • Also, I will be releasing a live 5-song EP and video performance soon. This project was made possible by filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester Folks, along with Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the rest of the kind folks of Seville Beauty & Barber Shop.
  • The poster for Spiritus was release this week:

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Thanks for reading. More coming soon!

Quick film updates

Just a couple of quick updates:

1. The first review of Spiritus is up at the Horror Movie Freaks website.

 “A slow burning tale of a spectres revenge and learning your actions have consequences…even beyond the grave!” 4/5 stars.

Read the entire review here.

2. The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is going on March 2-4 in Florence, AL. If you happen to be in that area on March 2, Four Thousand Wings is screening, along with two films written and directed by my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son VISIONS – Best Friends Forever and The Pretty Brunette.

See the 2017 schedule here.

More coming soon…

Now – Feb. 2017 update

Figured since updates might be a bit sparse, I should at least make another “Now” post. (For more about the “Now” thing, see a previous post about it.)

So, along with normal life and work stuff, this is what I’m working on:

  • Editing the short film Lullaby by writer/director Ce Anderson.
  • Editing audio for a live music/video project with filmmaker C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son VISIONS.
  • Editing some behind-the-scenes interviews for the feature film Spiritus by writer/director LC Holt.

Along with that, there’s a couple of other film and music projects that are in varying levels of pre-production and production that I’ll be announcing in the weeks and months to come.

And of course, you can follow this blog via email for when there are updates, and keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Much love.