Part 3 of the Towering Above music video trilogy and ‘The Bleak’ release

Part 3 of the Towering Above music video trilogy is up! If you haven’t seen part 1 (“A Certainty“) or part 2 (“How To Abandon Ship“) then catch up! And… you might want to refresh yourself on the video we did for “Jumper” from our previous release to get a couple of things in part 3.

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Many thanks to my 1st A.D. – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.)

The Bleak is out today on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and more!

We’re performing with Uncaste and Duos Locos at the Sanctuary tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 6) so come to the show!

Thanks for listening, reading, supporting! Much love!

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Part 2 of the Towering Above music video trilogy is out!

On July 15, Towering Above released the first single and music video for our upcoming album The Bleak, and today, part 2 of the trilogy dropped!

Check out the continuation of the story and the song “How To Abandon Ship”! (If you haven’t seen part 1: “A Certainty,” be sure to check that out first.)

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Featuring:
Chris Eckels
Jacob Lee
Raina Scudder (Eaton)
Katie Walden
Amber Moody
C. DeWayne Cunningham
and my bandmates J. Slickwood, Clay Smith and myself.

Many thanks to the people listed above and to my 1st A.D. (also mentioned above) – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.) And thanks to the Cloverdale Playhouse for helping us with such a perfect location for this!

I would have posted earlier today, but, like last time, I was on set working on a feature film called Shadow Tag, from the same folks behind Coffee With Friends. More news and stuff coming soon!

Much love!

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First single and video from Towering Above’s upcoming album!

Towering Above just released our first single and music video – the first of a trilogy! – today. The song is called “A Certainty,” and it’s from our upcoming album The Bleak, set to release on August 6!

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Featuring:
Lindsey Adkins
Jasmine Curtis
Ahsen Bilal
and my bandmates J. Slickwood, Clay Smith and myself.

Many thanks to the people listed above and to my 1st A.D. – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.)

I would have posted earlier, but I’ve been on set today for an upcoming feature film called Shadow Tag, from the same folks behind Coffee With Friends. More news and stuff coming soon!

Much love!

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Show this Saturday and ‘Live at Seville’ turns 5

Hey everyone! The Live at Seville EP turns 5 today!

If you want some background on this EP, here’s a link to the original blog post about it.

The audio version is on most streaming platforms, but the actual video performances are on YouTube. (This was a Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions collaboration with Terrible Master Films.)

…aaaaaaaaaaaand…

That being said, I’ll be performing this Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Sanctuary in Montgomery, AL, opening for my friends in Tres Locos and The McRyatts.

And speaking of Tres Locos, here’s a promo video I shot for them awhile back in their hometown of Huntsville, AL:

Hope to see you this Saturday!

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‘What would life be without art?’

Behind-the-scenes shot of our interview setup, featuring my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions.

“What would life be without art?” That question begins the short documentary Art & Second Chances that talks about three organizations – the Alabama Arts Alliance, Leadership Montgomery, and Renascence Inc. – coming together for a good cause.

I directed the short, produced by Terrible Master Films in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions and Early Riser Films.

This short is part of a larger, ongoing project that is still in production, but I wanted to share this short in the meantime because the 2022 Alabama Arts Summit started today in Birmingham, AL.

I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for watching, reading, listening, supporting. Much love.

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‘Carry the Wounds’…iversary?, videos, updates, stuff, things…

It’s been two whole years (like official years, not pandemic years where we can’t tell one from another anymore) since Carry the Wounds was released. Some friends and I worked on a music video for the song “Liquid Heart,” the release show was a lot of fun, and then Covid shut everything down a week or so later.

Then, with everything shut down, I decided to try to make another video by myself for the title track because, hey, why not, right? I put “quarantine” in the description since, like many others at the time, I was a little behind on the whole haircut thing.

And then my band, Towering Above, started work on an acoustic EP since we couldn’t get up to practice and playing shows was out of the question for a good while. (Wait… there are no drums on it, and I’m just the drummer… hey!)

Speaking of Towering Above, our new album is in the mixing stages. Shhhhh…. that’s a secret, k? And we’re currently working on some music videos for it… and they get kinda weird, so I’ll talk more about that as things progress.

OK, so what else…? Oh! My friend Megan T. Kuehner put out a new EP a couple of days ago called The Truth. It’s really good; give it a listen. A couple of months ago, I directed a couple of live videos in advance of the EP release. We filmed these at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. (Many thanks to the Playhouse staff!)

Ooh, also released this past Friday was the new Spirit Guardian album titled Seasick. Spirit Guardian is a project by Jeremy Aitken, a good friend of mine and former bandmate from years ago (we were in a band called Easy Kiddo.) If that name sounds more recently familiar, it’s probably because we collaborated on a song called “Promises” that I blogged about last month. Anyway, give Seasick a listen. It’s really good! (And if you’re wondering who did the awesome album cover, that would be his super talented wife, Gloria. Check out her art here.)

And, since we’re talking about music and videos, and since those are types of art, it makes sense to talk about the month of March being Arts Education Month. Last month, the Alabama Arts Alliance tapped Terrible Master Films to put together a video for the occasion. I directed the video with help from my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and my friend Jeff McKinney of Early Riser Films. Special thanks to the educators and students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and Alabama State University for being part of it!

I think that’s all for now. Thanks for reading, listening, supporting, not punching me in the face, etc. Much love! Oh, and like, subscribe, follow… you know… all the things you do on social media. Thanks!

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‘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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Live this Saturday – Jan. 22, 2022!

Haven’t blogged in a month; lots going on behind the scenes, buuuuuuut, I wanted to make sure to do a quick post about the upcoming show this Saturday!

Towering Above is joining Grasping at Pieces and new band Venusville (their debut) at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery, AL. Doors open at 7:30, showtime at 8. It’s $10 at the door, and it’s all ages, so feel free to bring the kids so they can get inspired to be broke musicians like the rest of us! But for real, click attending on the Facebook event (and then actually attend! It’ll be fun!)

In other news… Towering Above has been working on music videos for the next album (which is still in process.) We shot one video in December and one this past Saturday. I’ve been directing, but I have to give a special shout out to my First Assistant Director C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) and Director of Photography Stephen Poff (Body Thief Films.) Their dedication to this project has been absolutely crucial to making it happen, and I can’t thank them enough. Also, lead actors Sean Golson and Jeff McKinney have been absolutely killing it. And many thanks to the other actors that have helped us make these projects happen; their dedication has been amazing, and we appreciate it!

Also, I recently worked on a project for my friend, singer-songwriter Megan T. Kuehner. She’s got a new EP coming out March 11 called “The Truth,” and I recently captured a couple of live performances (at the Cloverdale Playhouse; many thanks to the staff there!) Be sure to follow her for updates.

You might remember Megan (formerly McMillan) from a video I directed a few years back for a song called “Things that Change.” You can see it here.

OK… that’s it for now. Thanks for reading, listening, subscribing, following, etc. Please keep in touch. Much love!

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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.

American Songwriter magazine features the Electric Blue Yonder ‘Mourning Sounds’ video

Earlier this year, Johnny and Beth from Electric Blue Yonder contacted me about directing a music video utilizing the set for a play called The Quality of Life that was at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL.

That video, the title track for their newly-released album Mourning Sounds, is embedded at the end of an American Songwriter article that features a song-by-song review of the album.

The video is a Terrible Master Films production, in association with Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions and Early Riser Films.

Credits:
1st Assistant Director and Producer – C. DeWayne Cunningham
Gaffer and Producer – Jeff McKinney
Grip – Ahsen Bilal
Production Assistant – Anne Penrose Folkes

Special thanks to Sarah Thornton and the Cloverdale Playhouse. Additional footage provided by Irby Pace.