DCSF lineup, ‘Concubineapple’ and… Murder?

[Cue dramatic sound effect]

OK, but for real, the Druid City Songwriters Festival posted the lineup today, and you should check that out. I’m really looking forward to performing at this and seeing a lot of the friends I’ve made at the Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull over the years.

30051658_357630058065710_6073341576003648015_o

In other news, Chris Eckels (bassist from Abusements) grabbed some video footage from the debut Barrens show last Saturday. Here’s the song “Concubineapple.”

And this coming Saturday, April 21, I’ll be performing my solo material at Bomber’s Pub, opening for The Murder of Jane Crow, from Birmingham. (See, there’s the “Murder” from the post title. I didn’t leave you hanging.)

Click here for those show details.

30715126_10216377981862523_3981660980923858944_n

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhlCi5fH8WU/

Overthinking: “too local”

28157820_576168246078082_6331405260346621952_nI’ve talked about artists and audience connection before… and here I am talking about it again.

When the hometown screening of Commit to the Song was held, many people in the audience knew the people on the screen. Many knew most of the story already. That personal knowledge, I would think, would stir up personal feelings.

But how would an audience of strangers react not knowing anyone on the screen or much, if anything, about the film in advance? I had a concern that somehow this film might be “too local,” if that makes sense.

The film screened last weekend at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL, and it was my first time to test that.

I was having a discussion with another filmmaker about that issue, and he said, “Most documentaries that I watch, I don’t know any of the people in them.” And of course, he’s right. (This is a good example of how I sometimes get lost in the fog of my own thoughts. Overthinking.)

What really stood out to me after the screening in Florence was when an actress from South Carolina came up to me. She had tears in her eyes as she said, “Your film is the only one in the festival so far that has made me cry.”

And there it was, that audience connection to the art that we, as artists, desire.

Next screening will be this Saturday, March 10, in Dothan, AL. Details here.

‘Commit to the Song’ debut

Last night felt great. I’m not sure how else to really say it other than that. I think all artists desire for their work to connect with others, and the feedback, crowd response, laughter, and tears from last night’s hometown screening of my new documentary felt great.

Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull made its first public debut at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery last night.

Ligers

Specially made for the event by Liger’s Bakery.

I want to thank the people that made this screening happen: Sandra Nickel, Don and Glenda Armstrong, George Jacobsen, Will O’Connor, John G. Veres III, Johnny and Beth Veres, Sarah Thornton, Melaine Bennett, Greg Thornton, the Cloverdale Playhouse staff, the Capri Theatre staff, and Liger’s Bakery who helped cater the reception.

Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the film, and I appreciate all the kind words and feedback on it.

I’m still processing parts of it, honestly. There were family members of the film’s namesake in attendance – traveling from other states (FL, GA, NC) to see this film in Montgomery, AL on a Tuesday evening. And to hear what it meant to them was very touching.

My friend Robert “Bubba” Hall, who is one of the stars of the film, said this:

“It will make you laugh, cry and cheer, also teach you about believing in something bigger than yourself and what is possible if you do good things for good reasons.”

I hope other audiences will connect with it and get that same sentiment out of it.

Many thanks to the Alabama News Network for covering the event. Read their article: “Documentary Honoring Legacy of Local Musician Community

Upcoming screenings:

March 3 – Florence, AL – George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. (Screening at 11 a.m.)

March 10 – Dothan, AL – Featured Players Cabaret. (Screening at 8 p.m., followed by musical performance.)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfcQn3ih_tP/

‘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…)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bes_QOJhv-0/

Film and tacos… kinda

Just a few quick updates here…

One of my tweets ended up on the Montgomery Advertiser in a story about a candlelight vigil for a Taco Bell that burned down recently.

logo

This weekend also signals the return of the Montgomery Film Festival. Check out more about the festival and the films that will show on their website.

They are also bringing back their famous intermission with fake advertisements. (Here’s a link to the one my friend Royce Williams and I submitted last year. Warning: language NSFW.)

Also, festival director Anton Jackson was busy working on the new “Capital Carnage” spot this weekend:

1359146156

And in other film festival news, my new documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull will screen at this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL.

More news coming soon. Thanks for reading!

‘Commit to the Song’ original score by Glorious 70mm

a0668950189_16

Some new film score music for 2018!

Back in September, I mentioned the completion of my first feature documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.

There are a couple of very emotional moments in the film, and I wrote and recorded a couple of pieces of music for them under my film score project: Glorious 70mm.

Two of the three tracks are heard in the film, and the third track is an alternate version of the first. It has another layer of music on it, which I like, but I didn’t think it worked as well in the actual film.

Like all of the Glorious 70mm releases, I have this one set as “name your price,” even if zero. Yes, that means you can type in “$0.00” and download the music. However, if you’d like to help cover some film festival submission fees by throwing in a couple of bucks, I’d be grateful.

Track listing:

  1. The Middle of Fairview
  2. Hallucinogenic Drugs
  3. The Middle of Fairview, Part 2

Download it here.

For updates on the film, be sure to like the Commit to the Song Facebook page.

Happy holidays!

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.

23970299_1559642380737575_6112924504541888512_n

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!

 

 

November 2017 Guitar Pull photos are up!

… on the Facebook page.

‘Commit to the Song’

CttSmic

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.

Me: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Terrible Master Films: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Thanks for reading!