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…

Jan. 2017 Guitar Pull photos are up!

…On the Facebook page.

‘Spiritus’ trailer has arrived!

The Foolish Henry Films crew joined together with Buck’s Row last year to help produce L.C. Holt’s debut feature film Spiritus, and today, the official trailer is up on YouTube:

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.

Tires and customer service

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.

The mom enjoying the breeze.

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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.

July 2016 Guitar Pull photos are up!

Photos from this month’s Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are up on my Facebook page. Click here to view the entire gallery.

Feb 2016 Guitar Pull photos are up

Photos from the February edition of the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse are now up on my Facebook page.

Check out the entire gallery by clicking here.

Birmingham Artwalk this weekend… and some vague stuff just for you!

This weekend is the 2015 Birmingham Artwalk, and I am honored to be one of this year’s musical performers. I’ll be under the Viaduct at 6pm this Friday.

Check out the fantastic list of performers and artists on their website.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event for more information and updates: click here.

I recently was part of a table read for a new film project that’s getting started this coming weekend. It’s a drama that has a great cast and crew, most of which I’ve had the privilege of working with on previous projects.

Last night's table read went well. #acting #indie #film

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There is another project in the works that I’ll be providing more information on soon…

Port St Joe, FL… with a @hailthetitans tote bag. #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #florida #music #video

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Related to that last photo, I made some new friends at the beach recently, and I got to try some rum that I’m told is Fidel Castro’s favorite. I’m not going to venture into politics, but if that’s true, he’s got good taste when it comes to rum.

From Fidel's personal rum factory… #realtalk. @mirandajhoody knows what I'm talking about. #smuggling.

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Also, while in the Port St. Joe, FL area, I had a lot of fun at this place. Good food and drink, good company, and good times.

Love this place.

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And then there’s this photo I took at sunrise recently:

#findthebeautyintheworld #nofilter #sunrise #florida

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Who needs sleep anyway, right?

Nick Patterson, Adam Davila, and me. Photo by Eric Hoehn.

Schedule:

  • Fri: wake at 7 a.m.
  • Sat: sleep at 5 a.m.; wake at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sun: sleep at 7:30 a.m.; wake at 10:30 a.m.

No, those times are not mistakes. I didn’t switch “a.m.” for “p.m.” It was just what ended up being a filming schedule from this past weekend, and I loved every delirious minute of it.

The short film I mentioned last month – Four Thousand Wings – went into production this past weekend. It was a four-man operation – Adam Davila, Nick Patterson, Eric Hoehn, and me – as we served in roles both behind and in front of the camera. Many thanks to them for being on board and making this happen.

We filmed in Selma, AL, mostly in the historic St. James Hotel. Editing will start soon, probably after we’re able to catch up on some sleep. Updates soon!

Filming, day 2. #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama

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It begins! #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama

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From last night… #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama #moon #canon

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Still filming… #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama #setlife

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Third Man hits Gumptown

Wednesday (a.k.a. tomorrow), the Third Man Rolling Record Store is making a stop in Montgomery at The Record Stop.

It will be there from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 516 Coliseum Blvd.

If you were unaware, the Nashville-based Third Man Records was founded by Jack White. According to Wikipedia, the rolling record store made its debut at SXSW in 2011.

Update: More details in this Montgomery Advertiser article.

Hashtag Tiny Desk Contest

Well, I did it. Actually, we did it. With the help of Lindsay Garrett and Aaron Greene, I entered the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. #TinyDeskContest

Friday night, I performed a show at the Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, AL (opening for Mandi Rae), and with the help of Lindsay filming with three cameras and Aaron recording a sound board mix, I was able to put together this video of me performing “Ghost of a Town” on a tiny desk.

So, while I know my chances are similar to winning the lottery (just kidding, we don’t have a lottery in Alabama), if anyone from NPR sees this blog or the video, I’d love to visit your offices and check a Tiny Desk Concert off the ol’ bucket list.

This song, along with my other solo albums, can be found at music.joshcarples.com, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.