I recently teamed up with C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) again for another promo video for the Cloverdale Playhouse, this time for their upcoming production of A Doll’s House that opens this Thursday. #TMFCJSV
And… the trailer for my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull is up!
So far, there are three upcoming opportunities to see it:
Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Montgomery, AL (details)
Saturday, March 3 – Florence, AL (George Lindsey UNA Film Festival)
Saturday, March 10 – Dothan, AL (details coming soon…)
I had been talking to some filmmaker friends of mine about doing some live session videos, and last year – January 2016 – we started production.
Prior to production, though, I had been thinking a lot about location. What had a nice and interesting aesthetic? What positively showcased themes of “local” and “art” and “color”? And then it hit me – Seville Beauty & Barber Shop in the Old Cloverdale area of Montgomery.
So I contacted my friend Jen Powell at Seville. I told her the idea of a live performance filmed with multiple camera angles, and she responded with enthusiastic support.
And on May 23, 2016, the “Live at Seville” EP was released.
Yesterday, Seville announced on Facebook that they would be closing as of March 1, 2018.
The comments and shares underscore what this place meant to the Montgomery community. It will be missed.
And while I know that the talents of the staff will lead them to more opportunities and new beginnings, I am thankful that Jen (and Malerie Bussell) allowed us (with the help of filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester K. Folks) to capture part of the essence and aesthetic of Seville on camera, even with five sad songs.
See the entire playlist on YouTube.
It’s been a little while since my last update, so I want to start off wishing you happy holidays!
As for me, since my last update, I’ve been trying to stay busy.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, I stepped back in front of the camera in a short film production written and directed by Jack Goody. I shared camera time with Mallory Ivy (a Spiritus alum) and worked with makeup artist Tara Galloway Merryman. I’ll share more on that once it’s ready.
From the set of that Jack Goody horror short.
After that, I got to catch “Little Women” at the Cloverdale Playhouse thanks to my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham. And speaking of the Playhouse, tomorrow night is the monthly Guitar Pull, which is the event that sparked my upcoming documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.
After that, I handled audio for a short that DeWayne was directing and shooting for our friend Lee Khole. She and C. Stephen Browder were the actors in that one.
I got together with Royce Williams after that to work on a fake ad we hope will be in the Montgomery Film Festival intermission next month. We did one last year for it – the language is… uh… NSFW, although we did bleep it all out. Click here to see it.
And Royce and I worked together on a project this past weekend for Blue Yonder. He and I filmed while Robert Shimp (Technical Earth Recorders) handled audio. That’s a new Terrible Master Films production that’s currently in the editing stages.
I think that’s about everything… and of course, once these projects are ready to be seen, I’ll post updates.
Thanks for reading and happy holidays!
This Thursday, I’m performing at Against the Grain with Hello Crescendo, a band from Pensacola who is described as “progressive, psychedelic, indie rock.” 8:30 pm. $5.
Also this Thursday, Witchchord is playing with Pleasant Valley at the Sanctuary. 9 pm. $5. One of the Witchchord members is Shane Gillis, director of Bad Deal, a short film that went into production this past weekend.
Bad Deal is the new Foolish Henry Films production (the folks that brought you Death to the World, City Federal, and joined together with Buck’s Row to produce Spiritus.) In Bad Deal, along with being a producer, I played a character named “Rodney” and helped with still photography. (Search the hashtags #baddealfilm and #baddealshortfilm on social media for behind-the-scenes photos.)
A character named “Chris” was played by C. DeWayne Cunningham (of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), who has just released his newest short film The Final Contract.
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Writer/director C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions has a new web series out called The Wheelman.
El Pablo J Ablo is a young licensed driver and sneaker head with an interesting part-time job that keeps him on the move.
I got to help out a little on this – B-camera operator (slow-motion footage and second angle) as well as some sound department help as boom operator. (See the Vimeo page for each episode for entire cast/crew listings.)
In the series, you’ll see some cameos and references to some previous CJSV productions that take place in the same universe, specifically The Pretty Brunette and Best Friends Forever: The Love & Crimes of Tiye Ra’ and Corey.
The short film Best Friends Forever: The Love & Crimes of Tiye Ra’ and Corey is now on YouTube!
This action love story takes a glimpse into the life of a special couple destined to be infamous and together forever.
It is written and directed by C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions (who also plays “Corey” in the film.) I got to help with some crew work – co-DP, camera op, PA, sound – and I play the character of “Daniel Andre Wilson.”
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!
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.
Many thanks to:
C. DeWayne Cunningham / Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions
Sylvester K. Folks
and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff
C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, a close friend, fellow filmmaker, and frequent collaborator, has released one of his short films on Vimeo – The Pretty Brunette.
The film stars Jasmin K. Love and Julius “Jay R” Minor and has the tagline “Look closer, first impressions can be deceiving.”
Watch below, or click here to view on Vimeo. Enjoy!