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.)
Reminder: Two shows going on tonight, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017:
- I’m playing with Pensacola’s own Hello Crescendo at Against the Grain. Details here.
- 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.
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.
Bad 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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From the news release:
The producers of the horror film Spiritus are holding a screening on Saturday, April 8, at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery. The screening begins at 5 p.m., with a Q&A session held afterwards. Entry is $10. The Sanctuary is located at 432 S. Goldthwaite St.
The film, written and directed by L.C. Holt, tells the story of a troubled girl named Marjorie Hines. One year after her mysterious death, Marjorie’s tormented spirit returns to seek bloody vengeance on those responsible.
“We were able to tell this story in an interesting, nonlinear way,” Holt said. “The story unfolds piece by piece as each of Marjorie’s friends, along with an unscrupulous documentary filmmaker, start to uncover secrets surrounding the circumstances of her death.”
Before stepping behind the camera to direct Spiritus, Holt was focused on acting, and has appeared in films such as You’re Next, V/H/S 2 and Pop Skull.
Holt’s production company Buck’s Row teamed up with fellow Alabama-based production company Foolish Henry Films to make Spiritus. Foolish Henry Films was behind the feature Death to the World and the short film City Federal, both of which are available on Amazon Prime.
Spiritus is unrated; viewer discretion is advised. See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teiD-ZTfoSo
So if you’re in the Montgomery, AL area this Saturday, make plans to attend.
Also, I filmed and edited some cast and crew interviews regarding the film. We’ve been releasing those periodically and sharing them on the Spiritus Facebook page. The first two are out already (see below), and there are more in the pipeline.
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…
The Foolish Henry Films crew joined together with Buck’s Row last year to help produce L.C. Holt’s debut feature film Spiritus, and today, the official trailer is up on YouTube:
One year after the mysterious death of Marjorie Hines, a group of her friends – each grieving in their own way – begin to suspect there was more to her suicide than initially suspected. More and more details emerge as one of them attempts to make a documentary film about her life, details which suggest some of them may be more to blame than others. The only problem is that Marjorie’s spirit is restless and ready to claim vengeance, one way or the other. It’s going to take more than amateur detective work to appease the monster waiting in the dark.
Be sure to like the Spiritus page on Facebook.
I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I wanted to take a moment to provide a few updates on what’s been going on lately.
Writer/director Sylvester Folks, left, on set of Justus and Pece. Photo by Sherman Williams.
I mentioned last month that Sylvester Folks had a new short film production underway. On that project – Justus and Pece – my job was to cover audio (production sound/boom operator.) We wrapped principal photography on Dec. 4, and it is now in editing.
One of the main characters in that short is played by Ce Anderson, a writer and director herself. Just before Thanksgiving, we started working on her short film Lullaby, on which I’m serving as Director of Photography. We still have more to go on that one, but I think we got a really good start in the three days we’ve shot so far.
And in other news, the official trailer for Spiritus (produced by Buck’s Row in association with Foolish Henry Films) will be available on Jan. 2, 2017.
More updates coming soon, and as always, thanks for reading!
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.
Writer/director LC Holt, left, and production manager Rick Gardner review crane footage on the last night of principal photography for Spiritus.
Saturday night was that bittersweet moment when a project comes to completion. You’re happy and proud to see it finished, but you’re also kind of sad because it was so much fun working on it.
All that to say: Spiritus has wrapped principal photography!
It’s all post-production now, as writer/director LC Holt will continue editing and then hand things over to Foolish Henry Films‘ Shane Gillis to score. (Click here to listen to some of Shane’s music.)
So while we’re talking about Spiritus, be sure to check out this interview LC did with Tom Holland’s Terror Time about his work in You’re Next, V/H/S 2, and Spiritus.
And on the subject of interviews, check out this interview with Sylvester Folks on the We Are Moving Stories site about his project The Ghost and the Negro.
The Foolish Henry Films production Death to the World – the one where I play a serial killer – is now available to watch for free on Amazon Prime (or with ads if you don’t have a Prime account) just like City Federal.
See what the critics are saying:
“First of all, the “actors” were ALL terrible, especially the one who played the killer… [Hey, that’s me!]”
But in that reviewer’s defense, he gave this lamp four stars.
And then there’s this classic:
So click here to watch me be both “terrible” and “worse” for FREE!