‘A Doll’s House’ promo and ‘Commit to the Song’ trailer

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…)

#Shooters4Hire: #TMFCJSV (@JoshCarples & @iBeTheSHOOTER) working on a promo for the GoodPeople at @Cloverdaleplayhouse. Henrik Ibsen's "A DOLL'S HOUSE" directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson in collaboration with @norasplayhouse in NYC. . . Nora, a woman who plays at being the perfect wife of a wealthy husband, spends much of the story seemingly shallow, flirty, giggly, and begging her husband for spending money. Her husband treats her like a doll in a box, giving her pet names like “my little bird”, “my little squirrel”, and “Miss Sweet Tooth”. He scolds her and speaks to her as if she were a small child incapable of understanding grownup things. For a time, she seems content with this life. However, Nora’s journey in the play created much turmoil, resistance, and harsh criticism from audiences, men and women alike. The character of Nora Helmer is known as one of the first female heroines of modern drama. . . "Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House" runs February 8-18, 2018 . . #Cloverdale #NorasPlayhouse #Local #MGM #LiveTheatre #Theatre #RiverRegion #Drama #Community #Volunteers #Acting #FilmLife #RodeMic #Canon #SetLife #NoDaysOff #iDGT #TMF #CJSV

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Shows, a bad deal, and a final contract

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.

20398631_1395446173871445_3630148805740986368_nBad 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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CJSV presents ‘The Wheelman’


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.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

“BFF: The Love & Crimes of Tiye Ra’ and Corey” is on YouTube!


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.”

‘Live at Seville’ is out!


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’


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.

‘The Pretty Brunette’ short film

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 VimeoThe 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!

Theater and promos

During the past couple of months, I’ve worked with my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions on a couple of promos for some community theater productions.


The most recent is this one for “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller (directed by Sarah Adkins) coming up at the Cloverdale Playhouse. It runs April 27 – May 7. Find info and tickets on their website.

Speaking of the Cloverdale Playhouse, the next Guitar Pull will be tomorrow night at 7pm, featuring Megan T. McMillan, Greg Thornton, and Michael Thornton.


We had previously done a promo for “The Old Settler,” which ran this past weekend at Pure Artistry Literary Cafe. But over the weekend, they have decided to add an encore performance that will be coming up on Friday, May 5. Details here.


Now – [late] Feb. 2017 updates and announcements


I did one of these earlier this month and already need to update it…

I’ll start with the updates. Along with normal life and work stuff, this is what I’m working on:

  • Still working on edits for the short film Lullaby by writer/director Ce Anderson
  • Still working on edits for some cast/crew interviews from the feature film Spiritus by writer/director LC Holt
  • Editing a music video for Brineaboy that we shot this past weekend in Nashville (if I had time, I could write an entire post about how great that shoot was… but it’ll have to wait for now.. search for #brineaboyvid on Insagram for photos.)
  • I’ll be editing Feb. 2017 Guitar Pull photos soon
  • Working on a longer-term film project that I’ll announce publicly once I get further into it

Now for some announcements:

  • I mentioned last week that Four Thousand Wings, Best Friends Forever, and The Pretty Brunette were all screening at the upcoming George Lindsey Film Festival in Florence, AL.
  • Four Thousand Wings will also be on Amazon soon. I’ll post about it once it’s officially available to view.
  • Next solo acoustic performance will be Friday, March 3 at Head on the Door in Montgomery, AL. I’m opening for Breaking Aim and the Rhythm for their album release show.
  • Also, I will be releasing a live 5-song EP and video performance soon. This project was made possible by filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester Folks, along with Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the rest of the kind folks of Seville Beauty & Barber Shop.
  • The poster for Spiritus was release this week:


Thanks for reading. More coming soon!