On Saturday, May 30, my buddy Jeff and I headed to downtown Montgomery, AL, for a protest – one of many around the nation (and world) in support of Black Lives Matter and ending police brutality. Of course, this was after the tragic death – more specifically, murder – of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
I brought my camera to capture footage in hopes of putting together a short documentary (similar to the short in·dig·e·nous that I did last year.)
The two-hour event was completely peaceful, with passionate speakers talking about a host of issues. The Montgomery Police Department was there, observing, in their regular uniforms. I point this out because of the stark contrast between how Montgomery PD has handled events like this compared to other cities – Huntsville, AL, for example. Last week, Huntsville PD showed up in riot gear and ended up using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters. A friend of mine – a photographer documenting the event – was arrested; another friend got tear-gassed. Read more on their use of force here. And here’s a first-hand account of the incident by a Huntsville-area physician.
In contrast, here is a tweet from Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed:
So, back to Montgomery.
I took the footage I shot and put together a short documentary called The Time Is Now. Many thanks to my friend Pro Status for the use of his song “Do Dat,” to my friends Irby Pace and Stephen Poff for the use of their photos, and to my friend Jeff for being my 1st AD on this.
Next week, I’m serving as Director of Photography for a short film, along with acting in one scene. Also, I’m working with C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Williams on two documentary projects – one is still filming and one is now in the early editing stages. And I helped both of them and writer/director Sharisma Bell recently with an upcoming web series they’re producing. More on all of those soon.
Please tell your friends, and most of the online retailers have a review section, so you can tell the world if you like it, hate it, listen to it everyday or use it as a coaster. I’d love to know your thoughts on it.
In other news, thanks to my friend Lee, I have now had the opportunity to try four brews from the Olde Towne Brewing Company in Huntsville, Ala. and I must say that I am impressed. The “amber” has a taste that I’m just not used to, but their pale ale is one of the best (maybe even “the” best) that I’ve had. Their pilsner and hefeweizen are both really good as well. I wish they had distribution in the Montgomery area. (We still need to get Fat Tire here, too.)