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.
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!
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…
Figured since updates might be a bit sparse, I should at least make another “Now” post. (For more about the “Now” thing, see a previous post about it.)
So, along with normal life and work stuff, this is what I’m working on:
- Editing the short film Lullaby by writer/director Ce Anderson.
- Editing audio for a live music/video project with filmmaker C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son VISIONS.
- Editing some behind-the-scenes interviews for the feature film Spiritus by writer/director LC Holt.
Along with that, there’s a couple of other film and music projects that are in varying levels of pre-production and production that I’ll be announcing in the weeks and months to come.
And of course, you can follow this blog via email for when there are updates, and keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Just wanted to give some quick film updates.
This past Saturday, writer/director Trishunda Mooney held a screening for her short film Land of the Freed at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery. I served as Director of Photography on that film, and Terrible Master Films is a co-producer.
We had a good crowd, and I appreciate the great feedback we received on the film. The film’s editor, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, captured this clip of Trishunda during the Q&A session after the screening:
The horror film Spiritus, written and directed by L.C. Holt and produced by Buck’s Row in association with Foolish Henry Films, is complete. Shane Gillis (director and co-writer of Death to the World) has finished the score, and the finishing touches have been applied.
Speaking of Shane, his band Witchchord put out their debut album on Halloween. It’s called “Nerostar,” and it’s available on Bandcamp.
And production has begun on a new short film by Sylvester Folks, the writer/director behind The Ghost and the Negro and Mercy and Plea. It’s called Justus & Pece, and it will continue production in the coming weeks. More news on that soon.
Thanks for reading.
Nothing deeply philosophical to discuss at the moment, so I’ll just give some quick updates.
The current production at the Cloverdale Playhouse is Dead Man’s Cellphone. It started last week and runs tonight through Sunday. Before the show’s opening, I got to team up with C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions to help shoot a promo for the play. View it here. And go see the play!
Let’s see… what else? Oh, I’ve started working on a new solo album. I began tracking with Aaron Burton recently. No clue as to when I’ll finish, but it is in the works.
I recently got the chance to be part of the film Union, written and directed by Whitney Hamilton.
And a short film I served as 2nd Assistant Director on earlier this year in Atlanta – The Talk, written and directed by Jay Ward – has been accepted into some film festivals: Los Angeles Film Awards, Chandler International Film Festival, and the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival.
Also, the short film Altschmerz, written and directed by Somica Spratley, has made it into another film festival – the Ax Wound Film Festival in Vermont. It’s showing Nov. 5.
The October edition of the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse was last night. Another great night, this time in their new courtyard area. I’ll be posting pics from that soon.
More stuff in the works… Thanks for reading. You can follow this blog via email (see the right side of the page) or hit me up via social media (links also on the right.)
My mother recorded a recent newscast on her DVR and made sure to save it until I could see it. Not giving anything away, she told me she had something she wanted me to see and asked, “Do you have time now?”
“Sure,” I said, as she loaded the program and hit the play button.
On the local news, they were talking about a Black Film Festival being held at Alabama State University, and there in the background was a scene from Best Friends Forever (The Love and Crimes of Tiye Ra and Corey) by my friend, writer/director C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions. Specifically, it was the scene of me in the role of “Daniel Andre Wilson” standing over a handrail talking to the main two characters.
I said, “Woah… hey… I’m on TV.” It was quite surprising. And then the next part showed a portion of the scene of Ebony Jones as “Tiye Ra” dragging a body on the ground.
Nice surprise. Thanks to my mom for catching that for us.
Oh, and speaking of Ebony, she made the news again. There is a scene in the film with her boxing in a ring, but what you may not know is that she’s really a boxer. Another news agency ran a story about her. See it here.
Four Thousand Wings
On Saturday, my friend and fellow filmmaker C. DeWayne Cunningham and I got to screen three short films at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery. (Many thanks to them for allowing us to hold this event!)
First up was Animus by Ce Anderson, followed by my short Four Thousand Wings and then DeWayne’s Best Friends Forever (The Love and Crimes of Tiye Ra and Corey.)
We did Q&A sessions after each film to answer any questions about the story, filmmaking process, or anything else one wanted to ask.
I’ve described my film as a “surreal drama” and there are some things left ambiguous in it, so I was not sure how people might react to it. Love it? Hate it? Meh? So I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised during the Q&A that people seemed to really like it. The feedback was very positive, and as an artist – whether the medium is film, music, painting, theater, etc. – having others connect and appreciate your art is a great feeling.
In December, I published a “Now” post, and maybe this one would be better titled “Lately,” but I’m not going to change it, so it’s another “Now” post. The other day a friend texted me and mentioned that I had been recently keeping a low profile, so I thought maybe it’s time for a blog update.
Last month was the 2016 Cinema Soiree where I got an audience choice award for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for my role as “Daniel Andre Wilson” in C. DeWayne Cunningham’s short film Best Friends Forever. I had no idea I was even up for anything, but it was definitely a nice surprise.
DeWayne is also the editor for Trishunda Mooney’s short Land of the Freed, which I served as Director of Photography for. (Terrible Master Films is an associate producer for this one as well.) I’m told that the first edit is done, so it’s well into post-production.
Along with that, I’ve been working on a song with a former band mate, and I recently spent some time in Nashville where (thanks to my friend Tara) I was able to catch the Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) solo acoustic tour featuring Casey Crescenzo (The Dear Hunter) as the opener.
This past weekend, I was able to serve as 2nd Assistant Director and 2nd Assistant Camera on a short film in Atlanta called The Talk with a fantastic cast and crew. So many good times.
There will be some announcements coming soon about the film Spiritus, so be sure to ‘like’ the Facebook page for updates.
And… I’ve got a couple of acoustic shows coming up:
Thursday, April 28 – I’m playing the annual truck raffle fundraiser for Brantwood Children’s Home.
Saturday, May 7 – I’m performing at Head on the Door with The Buckrabbits and Andrew Vinson.
In the meantime, I’m still on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which get updated more often, and I’d love to connect with you there.
Earlier this month, I attended the 2016 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival representing Foolish Henry Films and our short City Federal. It was a great weekend getting to meet and talk with filmmakers from all over the place and see their art on screen. The hospitality of the UNA staff was wonderful, and the city of Florence was beautiful. Lots of great restaurants and bars in the area.
There are two film-related things going on this weekend that I want to tell you about:
1. The 2016 Cinema Soiree
Two short films that I was able to help out with are screening at the event which is taking place this Saturday at 6pm at Pure Artistry Literary Cafe. It’s a formal event, so I might even wear a tux. We’ll see. Anyway, the two films I was part of are Just a Dash (I helped with sound and still photography) and Best Friends Forever (where I was co-director of photography – along with writer/director DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and played a character named “Daniel Andre Wilson.”)
2. Spiritus auditions
On Sunday, writer/director L.C. Holt, production manager Rick Gardner, and I will be holding auditions for the upcoming horror feature Spiritus. We’re starting at 3pm at the Cloverdale Playhouse. For details and information, see this post on the Spiritus Facebook page.