‘Commit to the Song’

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In August 2016, I began work on a documentary film project, and I am happy to announce its completion!

There is a monthly music event here in Montgomery that I have regularly posted about and photographed for quite a while now – the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse. The more I was around, the more I would hear stories about how it all began, and I thought it was an interesting story to tell, which led to my new feature film Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull and the following tagline:

“A true story of music, inspiration, death, amputation, and legacy.”

Many thanks to the film’s stars – Robert “Bubba” Hall, Jonathan Tew, Gini Thomas, Greg Thornton, Michael Thornton, Sarah Thornton, and Mike Winkelman – for their time and support, and thanks also to all the musicians who allowed me to document their performances and everyone who contributed info, photos, encouragement, etc.

I’ll be releasing more information in the coming weeks. Follow this blog via email for updates, and connect with me and Terrible Master Films on social media.

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Thanks for reading!

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Dettling Bourbon

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I recently took a trip down to Atmore, AL to shoot some footage for Big Escambia Spirits in anticipation for the launch of their newest product – Dettling Bourbon. They handle every part of the process – from getting their corn locally in Escambia County to each stage through bottling.

I directed this spot (produced by Terrible Master Films) which they posted publicly today:

‘Live at Seville’ is out!

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The “Live at Seville” EP is out today! Find it on your favorite platform – iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc. And the live performances are on YouTube. It’s live, raw, emotional, imperfect. I think it was my friend Bubba Hall that used the phrase “psychological nudity” to describe what we do, and I think that’s fitting.

 

The videos are a Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions / Terrible Master Films collaboration, directed and edited by C. DeWayne Cunningham. He and Sylvester K. Folks ran cameras.

Special thanks to them, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this happen!

‘A taste of relatable sadness, done beautifully’

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The Live at Seville EP comes out next Tuesday, but Chasing-Sky.com has an exclusive first look at one of the full videos from the EP – the song “Postmark.”

Along with the video, there is a review of the EP, which is where the title of this blog post came from.

You can wade as deep as you want in the pensiveness of the songs or use them as a sweet distraction from your own set of woes. A taste of relatable sadness, done beautifully.

Read the full review and see the “Postmark” video here.

Again, many thanks to C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), Sylvester K. Folks, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this project happen, and thanks to Mary at Chasing-Sky.com for taking the time to write about it.

‘Justus & Pece’ now on YouTube!

I know, I know, the title of this post sounds very similar to a post from last week, but it’s different, I promise.

My friend and fellow filmmaker Sylvester K. Folks has released his short film Justus & Pece on YouTube.

Synopsis: A young girl witnesses the horrifying interaction between police officers and her parents.

The film is very timely and hits on some heavy issues and current events. I’m honored to have helped out with this production and thankful to Sylvester for letting me be part of it.

 

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.