‘Clover/Capri’ documentary out now!

I released my first feature film as director on Nov. 1, 2018. I chose that date because it is my mother’s birthday, and she was always very supportive of my art, so it felt fitting in a way that would honor her.

So I’m picking this date again for the same reason to release this short documentary about the Capri Theatre in Montgomery, AL.

Clover/Capri

Here’s the synopsis:

Clover/Capri details the decades-long history of an independent art house movie theater in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama, weaving through racial segregation, adult films, and its fight for free speech along the way.

See the full film on YouTube:

When we were submitting to a few film festivals, I wrote up a director’s statement, so I might as well post that here:

Like many businesses in 2020, the Capri Theatre in Montgomery, AL closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. During their shutdown, the director, Martin McCaffery, continued to send out their weekly email newsletter, usually with a subject such as “The Shutdown – Week 29.” Sometimes he delved into the Capri’s history, which is where I learned of a separate entrance that was used for Black patrons during the Jim Crow era of segregation. That got me curious about other things I may not know about this historic theatre that I have enjoyed attending over the years, so I contacted Martin and put together a team to explore the history of both the Capri and some general cinema history as well. I think there is a lot more to this little movie theatre than most people realize, and I hope they find Clover/Capri as interesting to watch as it was to make.

The IMDb listing is here (please leave a review on there!)

Also, if you like the music in the film, that was done by Alex Hill (Tequila Nylon) and myself (Glorious 70mm.) It’s available on Bandcamp.

Thanks for watching, reading, listening, and for just being the loving, authentic human that you area.

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Two short films debut Monday and Tuesday!

Monday is Halloween, and starting at the stroke of midnight, the short film Bad Deal will premiere on YouTube!

Here’s the synopsis:

Guns, Drugs, and Something Other-Worldly. Jody is looking to make a quick transaction, but a drug dealer named Creole suspects ulterior motives. It’s going to take some sort of miracle to get Jody out alive.

WARNING: It is no way, shape, or form safe for work (and probably most other things in life.) Just FYI. It’s got cursing, nudity, drug use, violence, and all the other fun stuff you and your co-workers like to watch while NOT at work. So there. You’ve had your NSFW warning, so proceed with caution.

It’s also age-restricted on YouTube, so you may have to log in. The Foolish Henry Films team ain’t trying to get a YouTube restriction…

With all that being said… here’s the link!

Clover/Capri

And I know I mentioned this in the last post, but just a reminder: the short documentary Clover/Capri will premiere on YouTube Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.

Be sure to tune in for the premiere if you’re able to and jump in the chat!

Both films are listed on IMDb, so feel free to leave a review, and share with your friends!

Thanks (in advance) for watching! Much love!

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MFF 13! More film news! And Thanks!

The Montgomery Film Festival announced the lineup for their 2022 events, and there’s a lot of good stuff in there! This year’s festival runs Nov. 18-20 at the historic Capri Theatre.

The short films block is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 1 p.m., and included in that block is a supercut of the Towering Above music video trilogy called Tamam Shud 10.16.6. This cut includes some additional footage and tells the complete story all in one 14-minute sitting.

Synopsis:

A kidnapping, a sadistic death cult, and psychiatric experiments bring one man full circle to the brink of insanity in this music video trilogy by the band Towering Above.

And speaking of the Montgomery Film Festival and the Capri Theatre, the short documentary about the theatre that had its debut at last year’s MFF will be public starting Nov. 1, 2022 (next Tuesday.) It will premiere on YouTube at 10 a.m. See the trailer for Clover/Capri below:

I think that’s mostly it for film news at the moment… so in music news, I’d like to say a big “THANK YOU!!!” to everyone who came out to the Rocktoberfest event this past Saturday. For real. I had such a great time. It’s been a while since I’ve fronted a band, so jumping around playing those old songs had a nice nostalgia for me, and I appreciate everyone who showed up for it, the other bands, and of course my current band 🙂

Photo by Jen Powell (from Seville at Hilltop. Get yo’ hair done there!)
the12thHour, 2022. Photo by Amy Knight.

Much love!

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This week! Livestream + old songs + new songs

Hey everyone!

So, tomorrow night (Tuesday, Oct. 18), I’ll be joining four other musicians for the monthly Songwriter Stream hosted by Roomful of Sky Music out of NYC. The monthly event is presented by Victor V. Gurbo, Phil Robinson, and Jason Vitelli. Annie Stone and myself are the guest artists.

It’ll stream live on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

…and… in other news…

This Saturday is Rocktoberfest, featuring Towering Above, Pleasant Valley, Spirit Guardian, Mara Nagra and a reunion by the12thHour.

I know, I know. There’s a name you haven’t heard in awhile.

So, if you didn’t know, Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood and I were in a band in high school and college called the12thHour, so we’re getting up with our original drummer and dusting off some old songs from a couple of decades ago for this show. (This also means Slickwood and I will be pulling double duty that night – I’m on guitar for the12thHour and drums for Towering Above. He’s on guitar with both.)

The Funky Forte food truck will also be out there along with Gloria Aitken Art. It’s gon’ be fun, y’all!

OK, I think that’s all the updates for now. Thanks for reading. I hope you can tune in tomorrow to the livestream and come to the show this Saturday. I’d love to see ya!

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Come At Me Bro

My shooter – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – has a new short film he just dropped called Come At Me Bro.

Greg Loggins, who plays the main character “Todd,” had this to say:

One night, after a shoot, [DeWayne] asked me: “If you could do any kind of role, what would you wanna do?” I thought for a moment, and then said “I’d wanna do an action role. Don’t think I fit that mold, but that would be fun.” Well, a few months went by, and DeWayne texted: “I’ve got a few ideas. You still interested?”

I helped out in a few areas on set for this one, getting credits for Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Boom/Sound, and Second Shooter (we had a 2-camera setup for a few shots.)

So, enjoy this action short from the CJSV universe: Come At Me Bro.

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What if?

I did a vlog. I’m posting it on this blog. I don’t do these all that often, but hey, it’s been a while, so here it is:

(Also, thanks to everyone who came to the Guitar Pull on Tuesday. I had a great time, and I hope you did too. Much love.)

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Sept. 20, 2022 (tomorrow!) – Guitar Pull

Hey, hi, hello, greetings.

I will be joining Stephanie Jeck and Layne Weldon on the Cloverdale Playhouse stage tomorrow for the September 2022 edition of the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.

I’m planning on performing some stuff I haven’t recorded/released yet, so come get a taste of some new songs, a couple of drinks, and some stories and music at one of the best places around.

And if you haven’t seen the documentary about the history of this event, it’s available on Amazon and Tubi.

I hope to see you tomorrow evening!

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That was a beautiful moment

So here’s one of those “I have a lot of thoughts going on in my head, so let’s start typing and see if it turns into something that may be meaningful to someone.” Or something like that.

I just read an article about the concept of “filling the well” – basically, remembering moments of happiness, listening to music you love, dancing, observing others experiencing joy, and taking all of those things to fill your own well so that you can spread kindness to others.

As the ol’ saying goes: you can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to fill your own cup, replenish your energy. #FindTheBeautyInTheWorld, if you will.

I recently attended an art event, and as I was walking to the entrance, a lady recognized me. She grew up down the street from and went to school with my mom (I sure do miss her.) She was talking about all the music and film projects I’m involved with and how my mom would have been so proud. Anyone who knew her knew that my mother was my biggest fan, and it was nice to hear her remembered so fondly by someone who knew her most of her life.

That was a beautiful moment.

I recently got to spend some time with a friend I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. At one point during our adventures, I thought about how neither of us imagined that we’d be in that particular moment eight or nine years ago when we met. I thought about how we met through someone that neither of us remained friends with, but our friendship stayed intact and grew. I looked back over the years, thinking about all the dots that connected to get us to that particular place in time.

That was a beautiful moment.

This morning, a phrase popped up in my head, out of nowhere, that was said by a dear friend of mine probably 15 or so years ago. It was funny to me; I smiled. And she may never read this or even know that I’m referencing her, but that moment from that long ago still can bring a smile to my face.

That was a beautiful moment.

I’ve had long conversations with a few close friends recently about all kinds of deep subjects and recent experiences, and one thing I’ve mentioned to them is: I don’t feel like the same person I was back in June. I’m on some kind of journey. I’m trying to figure out who I am. It’s an ongoing thing, and I hope this Josh version 3.0 will stick around for a while.

I still struggle. I still have depressive episodes. After a lifetime of suppressing emotions, I’m learning more about the fact that I’m an emotional being (very… apparently… who knew?) But as I’ve mentioned before, I have a wonderful network of friends and a great therapist who accept and encourage me, even if they don’t necessarily subscribe to the new “hippie-shit” I’ve been examining lately. [Smiley face emoji would go here.]

And in all of this, I feel like I have an awareness or perspective that I didn’t have before. I’ve tried to slow down and focus on what’s important, what’s worth my energy. It’s a process. It’s a journey. And I don’t have answers (sorry if you got this far thinking I was going to provide some.) I have questions, I have feelings, I have thoughts, and I’m examining and testing a whole lot of stuff.

So if there’s anything to kind of wrap all of this up, maybe it’s a reminder to take a second to think about a beautiful moment. Savor it. Feel it. And refill your cup so that you can spread some kindness to another person. There are a lot of people out there hurting, and maybe you can help by just being the kind, thoughtful, authentic person that you are.

Find the beauty in the world. Thanks for reading. Much love.

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The Bleak (special ‘addition’)

A month ago, Towering Above released our new album The Bleak to streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, etc.) but now there is a special “addition” of the album available on Bandcamp.

The 13-track special edition contains some demos and a different mix/version of the song “Lake City Quiet Pills.”

I’m #JustTheDrummer of course, but Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood had this to say:

I think it’s like pulling the curtain back. When a band releases a demo you aren’t getting a clean studio product. You’re hearing this basic version of a song, the skeleton, sometimes with mistakes still intact. Instrumentals, or testing vocal melody and harmony. This was music the band recorded on their own to prep for the studio, not really for everyone to hear. So even though it’s rough, you can hear how songs progress from the band room to the studio.

We hope you’re enjoying the new album and the music video trilogy. Ooh, also, you can find some Towering Above shirts here.

Thanks for listening, reading, supporting, and everything else. Much love!

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