‘Ghost 14’ and ‘Clover/Capri’ to screen at the George Lindsey UNA Film Fest

Clover/Capri, the short doc about Montgomery, Alabama’s historic Capri Theatre, and the found-footage horror feature Ghost 14 are both screening this year at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL.

Clover/Capri is a Terrible Master Films production in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, 803 Films, and Early Riser Films.

Ghost 14 is a Foolish Henry Films production.

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Three Montgomery Film Festival official selections!

Hey everyone! In case you missed it, the Montgomery Film Festival made their official selections for the 2021 festival, and they announced them on Tuesday.

Three films I worked on made the cut this year, two having their debut at the festival.

Ghost 14

The new Foolish Henry Films feature Ghost 14 will make its debut at the festival.

Synopsis: When an urban explorer finds a camera in the woods, he becomes entangled in a decades-old murder that puts his own life in jeopardy.

Starring: L.C. Holt, Rebecca Ivey, Rudy Banes, Jeff McKinney, and myself.

Directed by Shane Gillis, Rick Gardner, and myself.

Coffee with Friends

Synopsis: A man’s morning coffee is interrupted by the ghost of his past.

Starring: Bernadette Chapman, Sydney Burdette Humphrey, Cera Sasser, and myself.

Directed by Jimmie and Autumn Rogers.

Produced by Eagle Road Productions and Terrible Master Films, in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions and Early Riser Films.

Clover/Capri

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.

Starring: Martin McCaffery

Directed by me.

Produced by Terrible Master Films, in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, 803 Films, and Early Riser Films.

Check out the full lineup for this year’s festival. Looks like we’re in company with some really good stuff. The fest happens Nov. 12 and 13.

So… what’s next?

Recently a friend asked me something that I had already been thinking a lot about. It was two questions, actually:

  1. What have you been working on?
  2. What’s next?
Photo by Jill Friedman.

The first question is pretty easy. I, as a solo artist, and Towering Above finally had a first public performance since everything shut down early last year. I’ve been promoting the release of Remembering Anarcha (see it on VOD, review at Rotten Tomatoes), I’m near the final edit for a music video for Electric Blue Yonder’s upcoming album, I’ve edited and done some poster art for a new short documentary (from Terrible Master Films, Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, 803 Films and Early Riser Films), and I’ve been helping edit a new project from Foolish Henry Films.

Then the hard question… what’s next?

That’s always the hard one. I think most artists feel an almost constant need to create, so when you’re between projects, it’s easy to feel kind of lost.

Somewhat related, there’s also the “post-show blues” that happens at the end of a project. I know that hit me earlier this year after the close of Sweat. When you spend almost every day for over two months becoming a character, there’s a bit of grief when the play closes. Or at the end of a film project. People become like family in a short amount of time, and then everyone is off to something else.

Towering Above is about to return to Headless Dinosaur Recording to begin work on a new album, so that’s something to look forward to as a “next,” but I want to do more acting, make more movies and music videos, write more songs, write more screenplays… and I don’t know exactly where to begin on any of it at the moment.

Sometimes the initial idea is the hard part for me. Hopefully something will spark soon.

If you’re wondering about a point I’m getting to here… um… I don’t really have one. This has been on my mind recently, and I haven’t blogged in close to a month, so it was time to express my thoughts. Hopefully it was an enjoyable read anyway.

Thanks for reading, and for your support and encouragement. Hope to see you at a show soon. Much love.

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‘Remembering Anarcha’ is out today!

Today, May 4, 2021, is the official release day for Remembering Anarcha! The film my team and I started working on back in 2018 is now publicly available to purchase on many video-on-demand platforms across the U.S. and Canada.

You can find it on Apple TV and iTunes (special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered!), Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft, some cable and satellite VOD channels, and more!

There are also DVDs and Blu-rays available through online retailers.

Check out this post at TerribleMasterFilms.com for some links.

On this day, I’d like to share a portion of a recent Facebook post:

I want to take a moment to give a shout out to a few people. First and foremost: Michelle Browder. Her art, passion, and activism inspired me to make this film, and she continues to educate and raise awareness about Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey through her “Mothers of Gynecology” project. (Be sure to check out https://www.anarchalucybetsey.org/)

I also want to give a shout out to my fellow producers: C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Williams. They came on board knowing that this was a passion project with no budget, and they have been supportive every step of the way.

And through this project, I made friends with author J.C. Hallman. His research is fascinating, and I’m looking forward to reading his forthcoming book “The Anarcha Quest.”

Thanks to everyone who has supported this project and pre-ordered the film. I hope you both enjoy it and learn something new. I appreciate the support. Much love.

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I haven’t blogged in a full month…

Photo by C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions.

Hey! It’s been a while! Welcome back to my digital home. As the title says, it’s been a full month since my last blog post, so I figured I’d throw out a quick update.

It’s been the usual busy behind the scenes. I’ve been doing some video editing on a documentary project; I recently shot a music video that’s in the early editing stages… more info on those coming soon-ish. The Remembering Anarcha producers and I have been working on trying to get the film publicly available; I hope to be able to share some news on that front soon.

Towering Above is continuing to write songs while live shows are still a rarity due to the pandemic and all; we’ve got some new stuff I’m pretty excited about.

Back in November, I posted a cover version of “Souvenir” by Boygenius. I did another cover that’s on my YouTube channel (be sure to subscribe!), but I apparently never posted it to the blog, so here it is:

Let’s see… what else… oh, here’s something else that didn’t make the blog – a hot sauce video taken by my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions:

And I got to do a fun photo shoot with my friend Thomas Tingle of Koi Photograph. Be sure to check out his page and his Instagram; he’s doing some really cool stuff.

Aight, that’s all I can think of at the moment. Thanks for reading. Connect with me on social media. Keep in touch. Subscribe to this blog below. Check on your friends. Be good to each other. Much love.

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‘Remembering Anarcha’ original score by Glorious 70mm

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Back in July, I announced the completion of my new feature documentary film Remembering Anarcha which examines the controversial history of Dr. James Marion Sims and the enslaved African women he experimented on to become known as the “father of modern gynecology.”

The film was produced by myself (Terrible Master Films,) C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions,) and Royce Williams (803 Films.)

I also wrote and recorded some instrumental pieces for the score under my Glorious 70mm project moniker. That music is now available on Bandcamp.

 

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, my team and I would be grateful.

Keep up with the film’s progress on social media – Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

Thanks for your support!

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Film announcement!

You ever want to talk about something, but you know you need to be patient and wait? Like a big announcement or something? Yeah? Me, too, which is why I’m so glad this day has finally arrived.

Last year, 2018, around April, I think – anyway, over a year ago – I had an idea for a new documentary project, and I approached two extremely close friends who happen to be filmmakers as well, and I asked them if they were interested in making this happen.

Both of them – C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Willliams – jumped on board as producers immediately, and together, we have completed a new feature-length documentary.

I have talked with people one-on-one, in person, about this project over the past year or so, but I haven’t made any official public announcements – until now.

So on behalf of my producers, I am pleased to announce the completion of our new film, titled:

Remembering Anarcha.

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The film explores the controversial history of Dr. James Marion Sims, who is known as the “father of modern gynecology,” or by his detractors as “father butcher.” If you haven’t heard of him, there are statues that were put up in his honor on the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, AL, the statehouse grounds in Columbia, SC, and in Central Park in New York City. The one in New York has been removed.

But along with his story, the film also explores the enslaved African women that he operated on while in Montgomery in the late 1840s. We know three of their names – Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey.

And within these historical stories, we explore issues of race, slavery, and ethics, and how those issues impact modern society and medicine.

So, I know some people will be asking where they can see the film. Well, we are in the process of submitting the film to various film festivals in the hopes that we can find a distributor. That process can take a while. (It can also be costly, so if you’d like to help us out, we are accepting donations – PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, checks… we’re open to any help we can get.)

In the meantime, we ask that you follow Remembering Anarcha on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the film. We’ve also set up RememberingAnarcha.com.

And, be sure to follow my page, along with Terrible Master Films, Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and 803 Films to keep up with our other projects.

Thanks!

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