‘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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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.

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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.

‘Ghost 14’ trailer is up!

Near the end of July, I mentioned that I was helping edit a new film by Foolish Henry Films (the studio behind Death to the World, City Federal, Bad Deal, and co-producers on Spiritus.)

Well, now I can finally talk a little bit about it. Or at least share the synopsis and trailer for Ghost 14:

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.

It’s a found-footage horror film directed by Shane Gillis, Rick Gardner, and myself, starring L.C. Holt (You’re Next, V/H/S 2), Rebecca Ivey (Spiritus), Rudy Banes (Death to the World), Jeff McKinney (Riding with the Rabbi), and me (from other movies and stuff.)

Film festival submissions are just now starting for this, so I’ll update as news comes in.

So… what’s next?

Recently a friend asked me something that I had already been thinking a lot about. It was two questions, actually:

  1. What have you been working on?
  2. What’s next?
Photo by Jill Friedman.

The first question is pretty easy. I, as a solo artist, and Towering Above finally had a first public performance since everything shut down early last year. I’ve been promoting the release of Remembering Anarcha (see it on VOD, review at Rotten Tomatoes), I’m near the final edit for a music video for Electric Blue Yonder’s upcoming album, I’ve edited and done some poster art for a new short documentary (from Terrible Master Films, Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, 803 Films and Early Riser Films), and I’ve been helping edit a new project from Foolish Henry Films.

Then the hard question… what’s next?

That’s always the hard one. I think most artists feel an almost constant need to create, so when you’re between projects, it’s easy to feel kind of lost.

Somewhat related, there’s also the “post-show blues” that happens at the end of a project. I know that hit me earlier this year after the close of Sweat. When you spend almost every day for over two months becoming a character, there’s a bit of grief when the play closes. Or at the end of a film project. People become like family in a short amount of time, and then everyone is off to something else.

Towering Above is about to return to Headless Dinosaur Recording to begin work on a new album, so that’s something to look forward to as a “next,” but I want to do more acting, make more movies and music videos, write more songs, write more screenplays… and I don’t know exactly where to begin on any of it at the moment.

Sometimes the initial idea is the hard part for me. Hopefully something will spark soon.

If you’re wondering about a point I’m getting to here… um… I don’t really have one. This has been on my mind recently, and I haven’t blogged in close to a month, so it was time to express my thoughts. Hopefully it was an enjoyable read anyway.

Thanks for reading, and for your support and encouragement. Hope to see you at a show soon. Much love.

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‘Four Thousand Wings’

I originally had planned to post this last month, but with everything else going on in the world, it didn’t seem appropriate at the time. My reasoning for a June post on this was because June 5 marked five years since filming began on the short film Four Thousand Wings.

The trailer has been up since Feb. 3, 2016, and the short has been available on Amazon Prime since late April 2017. But now it’s on YouTube, so you don’t even need an Amazon account to view it.

The film is just shy of 10 minutes. I hope you enjoy it.

A little bit of background:

This was the first time I was the director of a film. (On the Foolish Henry Films short City Federal, I shared directing duties with my friend Rick Gardner, but I wasn’t the sole director.)

It was also the first time I had to handle editing, color correction/grading, sound design/foley, score… basically all post-production. You can probably tell it was my first time doing all of that stuff, but hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? It was definitely a learning experience, but it was fun.

Other than the very last scene, the whole production was handled by four people: Adam Davila, Nick Patterson (RIP), Eric Hoehn, and myself.

We filmed it over the weekend at the historic St. James Hotel in Selma. Here’s a blog post I wrote after that weekend with our schedule and some behind-the-scenes pics.

The story is based on a dream I had. It’s also the first official Terrible Master Films production.

Thanks for watching/reading.

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‘Carry the Wounds’ album art + release show (and more)!

As mentioned last month, my 4th studio album Carry the Wounds will be released on Friday, March 6.

That evening, I’ll be performing at Goat Haus Biergarten in downtown Montgomery. Details here. (Side note: you should catch their weekend brunch – it’s so good!)

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And below is the Carry the Wounds album cover:

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So yeah, I hope to see you at Goat Haus on March 6. And like my other albums, this will be available from all digital retailers on that date (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc.) so you can hear it in full prior to the release show that evening.

In other news…

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BARRENS is performing as part of the Punk Rock Art Show vol. 11 on Saturday, Feb. 29. That event is at Brennan’s Irish Pub in Birmingham, AL’s five points area downtown. Details and full lineup here.

We’ve also been working on some new songs, so we’ll begin testing out some new jams soon.

And Foolish Henry Films is working on a new project. That’s all I’m going to really say on that front at the moment, except to say that it brings back a couple of Death to the World alumni for the project.

Let’s see… what else…

The new play at the Cloverdale PlayhouseThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – opens this Thursday.

And our buds in Abusements, Skeptic?, and the McRyatts are playing at Black Market Bar and Grill in Birmingham this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9pm.

There’s probably more stuff, but that’s all I can think of right now. So… make plans. Get out of the house and do stuff.

Much love.

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‘Spiritus’ DVD and Barrens hit Bham

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On June 1, the producers of the feature horror film Spiritus launched an IndieGoGo campaign to take pre-orders for the DVD. (Full disclosure: As a member of Foolish Henry Films, I am one of said producers. I also served as 1st AD on the project and played the role of “Greg Hines” in the film.)

The film is written and directed by L.C. Holt, who is known for acting in horror films such as You’re Next and V/H/S 2. By pre-ordering your copy of Spiritus through IndieGoGo, you’ll receive extra perks that are only available through the campaign. See the video below for more:

Click here to place your order! The campaign only runs during the month of June.

In other news, Barrens is hitting the road this Saturday, joining Skeptic?, Abusements, and The Goddamn Rights in Birmingham, AL. We’ll be at Brennan’s Irish Pub. Show starts at 9pm. Details here. Or hear the details straight from Mr. Wolfman:

‘I wrote you a letter, asked your best friend to send it…’

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OK, the title of this post is a lyric from the Foxing song “Rory,” but it’s what popped in my head when thinking about an article from Withal.com about handwritten letters. That article includes my friend Robert “Bubba” Hall, who appears in Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull documentary.

Read the article here.

In other news, tomorrow – June 1 – writer/director L.C. Holt (You’re Next, V/H/S 2) and the Foolish Henry Films crew will begin a DVD pre-order campaign for the feature film Spiritus. Be sure to follow the Facebook page for details and links so you can get your copy.

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There are some other projects underway that I’ll talk about more as they progress. In the meantime, here’s a behind the scenes video of one in progress taken by C. DeWayne Cunningham on Instagram:

‘Translation’ is up!

Last year, writer/director Royce Williams discussed shooting a horror/thriller short with a voodoo aspect to it, and he talked to me about being cinematographer for it. It’s now public and available for viewing. Check it out on YouTube.

(When you get to the credits, you might recognize another name. The score you hear throughout the film was done by Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films, who scored both Death to the World and Spiritus. If you haven’t heard his new album Portal, then be sure to check that out on his Bandcamp. It’s really good.)

Show tonight! ‘Spiritus’ score and ‘Bad Deal’ preview

Reminder: Two shows going on tonight, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017:

  1. I’m playing with Pensacola’s own Hello Crescendo at Against the Grain. Details here.
  2. Witchchord and Pleasant Valley are playing at the Sanctuary. Details here.

Pick a show and go. Of course, I’d love for you to pick my show, but I’m friends with the folks playing the other show, so pick one and go. Just don’t stay home tonight.

As I said in my last post, one of the guys in Witchchord happens to be Mr. Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films. (Full disclosure: I am FHF’s PR Director.)

Anyway, FHF is a co-producer on the film Spiritus, written and directed by LC Holt, and Shane happens to be the score composer, and he recently released it on Bandcamp.

Shane also directed the recent short film Bad Deal that’s currently in post-production. Director of Photography – the man, the myth, the legend himself – Mr. Joe Walker sent a still image from the film featuring the character of “Jody” played by Mike Cunliffe. It’s already looking awesome.

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