Quick film updates

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…

Audience connection

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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.

Good news for ‘City Federal’

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City Federal

The Foolish Henry Films short film City Federal will screen at this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, AL, the first weekend of March.

Many thanks to the cast and crew that made this film a reality. Principal photography took place in fall 2014, and it was completed by early 2015. We’re very excited to have it screen at the festival.

As mentioned in the previous “Help!” and “Thank you” posts, I use the funds generated from my Glorious 70mm film score project to help cover film festival submission fees to help get these films out there. All the music there is “name your price” (even if $0.00), so download, donate, or don’t, but either way, you’ve got some instrumental film score music to listen to.

Also, if you happen to be on Facebook, please take a moment to hit the “like” button on a couple of film pages:

Foolish Henry Films (who brought you City Federal and Death to the World)

Terrible Master Films (Four Thousand Wings, the “No One (Reprise)” music video)

And if you haven’t seen the trailer for City Federal yet, here it is on YouTube:

Thanks for your generous love and support!

Thank you!

To all of you who donated money and helped spread the word by sharing the “Help!” blog post,  thank you. That was really cool of you, and I do appreciate it.

The funds will help cover film festival submission fees in an attempt to get Four Thousand Wings seen by more people.

If you still want to help out, click here and get some music. You can name your own price for all of the Glorious 70mm releases. If you’re broke, put in “$0.00” and download the music anyway. If you have a couple of bucks, it’ll help.

Also, I see that Jeff McLeod has put out some new drone music. Along with being an extremely talented musician with many releases out under many project names, he also plays news anchor “Tyler Manning” in the Foolish Henry Films production Death to the World.

Click here to hear his new stuff and find out about his other projects.

Help!

So here’s the deal: the first weekend of June, 2015, four guys – Adam Davila, Nick Patterson, Eric Hoehn, and myself – went to Selma to film a short dramatic film called Four Thousand Wings.

After a few delays, that film is now finished, clocking in just shy of the 10-minute mark. We’re in the process of submitting to film festivals (and as any indie filmmaker will tell you, those fees add up.)

Our budget for this film was $0. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Everything that made this film came out of our pockets – the equipment, camera, lenses, lights, food, hotel room, etc. We did not do a crowd-funding campaign. We sat down in pre-production meetings and figured out what we could do with what we had, and we came up with a way to tell this story.

We spent that June weekend filming, getting very little sleep, going on a bag of espresso, water, and bourbon.

The synopsis of Four Thousand Wings is this:

A connection to the past is confronted when William is awakened in his hotel room by a mysterious visitor who knows more than he should.

Here’s where the “help!” comes in:

We would like to submit our film to more festivals (I say “more” because we’ve already submitted to a few), and as mentioned above, those fees add up. And even after paying the fees, it’s still a gamble as to whether it will even be accepted or not, and when I say “gamble,” well… uh… you play Powerball, right? (Sometimes the odds appear very similar.)

a2265336785_16But I’m not just asking for money. I’m not setting up a GoFundMe or anything like that.

I’m simply asking you to download the 2-song Glorious 70mm score for the film, and pay what you want. If you want it for free, enter “0.” If you’ve got a couple of bucks laying around, enter “2.00.” If you want to give more, we’ll gladly take it.

Click here to download from Bandcamp.

In fact, that goes for all the Glorious 70mm releases. Name your price. If you’re broke, download it anyway, and enjoy the music. If you want to help out with film festival fees, we’d very much appreciate your help.

 

Also, you can catch a 30-second trailer for the film (hey, it’s a short film; the trailer can’t be that long) from Terrible Master Films:

VHS and more!

vv_prof_picGet ready to dust off the ol’ VHS player. The Foolish Henry Films release Death to the World is getting the VHS treatment from our friends at Violent Video.

Quantities are extremely limited so reserve yours ASAP. Click here.

And of course, you can still stream the film or get DVDs from Amazon.

12071075_147192075639389_925959226_nIn other news, Four Thousand Wings is officially in editing. That’s the short that was filmed in Selma back in June.

And With Strings is still in the filming process.

I was also able to help out with a short titled Just a Dash recently, and some friends of mine are currently working on another short titled Bear.

A few other things are in the works, in pre-production, and I’ll talk more about those soon.

And in music news, I’ll be performing at Caldwell Tavern in Anniston, AL this Friday night. Details here.

Thanks for reading!

Van Winkle with @tkimbro2. #bourbon

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Who needs sleep anyway, right?

Nick Patterson, Adam Davila, and me. Photo by Eric Hoehn.

Schedule:

  • Fri: wake at 7 a.m.
  • Sat: sleep at 5 a.m.; wake at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sun: sleep at 7:30 a.m.; wake at 10:30 a.m.

No, those times are not mistakes. I didn’t switch “a.m.” for “p.m.” It was just what ended up being a filming schedule from this past weekend, and I loved every delirious minute of it.

The short film I mentioned last month – Four Thousand Wings – went into production this past weekend. It was a four-man operation – Adam Davila, Nick Patterson, Eric Hoehn, and me – as we served in roles both behind and in front of the camera. Many thanks to them for being on board and making this happen.

We filmed in Selma, AL, mostly in the historic St. James Hotel. Editing will start soon, probably after we’re able to catch up on some sleep. Updates soon!

Filming, day 2. #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama

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It begins! #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama

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From last night… #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama #moon #canon

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Still filming… #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama #setlife

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Wings and things…

Everything that’s been happening recently has been more behind-the-scenes type stuff, hence the lack of blog updates recently.

I’m working with Adam Davila and Nick Patterson on an upcoming short film called “Four Thousand Wings.” We’ve been in pre-production mode with shot lists, props, planning, table reads, etc.

Also, the Fall of Adam album is mastered! That’s the two-piece music project that Adam Davila and I are in. More news on that soon.

And finally, if you’re in Montgomery this coming weekend, I highly encourage you to go to the Sanctuary this Saturday. Some friends of mine from Hattiesburg, MS are on tour, and they’re making a Montgomery stop. They’re called Ostrov, and they’re touring with a Baton Rouge band called Christworm, and local favorites V-8 Death Car are also on the bill. Details here.

#lovingkindness

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