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.


‘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…)

#Shooters4Hire: #TMFCJSV (@JoshCarples & @iBeTheSHOOTER) working on a promo for the GoodPeople at @Cloverdaleplayhouse. Henrik Ibsen's "A DOLL'S HOUSE" directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson in collaboration with @norasplayhouse in NYC. . . Nora, a woman who plays at being the perfect wife of a wealthy husband, spends much of the story seemingly shallow, flirty, giggly, and begging her husband for spending money. Her husband treats her like a doll in a box, giving her pet names like “my little bird”, “my little squirrel”, and “Miss Sweet Tooth”. He scolds her and speaks to her as if she were a small child incapable of understanding grownup things. For a time, she seems content with this life. However, Nora’s journey in the play created much turmoil, resistance, and harsh criticism from audiences, men and women alike. The character of Nora Helmer is known as one of the first female heroines of modern drama. . . "Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House" runs February 8-18, 2018 . . #Cloverdale #NorasPlayhouse #Local #MGM #LiveTheatre #Theatre #RiverRegion #Drama #Community #Volunteers #Acting #FilmLife #RodeMic #Canon #SetLife #NoDaysOff #iDGT #TMF #CJSV

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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.


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:


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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!

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…