‘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…)

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Montgomery Film Festival IX intermission

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I got to be in a couple of fake ads for the 2018 Montgomery Film Festival that was held last night. See this year’s intermission.

The “FudgeIt” ad is a sequel to last year’s. Both of those are on the Terrible Master Films website and YouTube channel.

Happy holidays!

It’s been a little while since my last update, so I want to start off wishing you happy holidays!

As for me, since my last update, I’ve been trying to stay busy.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, I stepped back in front of the camera in a short film production written and directed by Jack Goody. I shared camera time with Mallory Ivy (a Spiritus alum) and worked with makeup artist Tara Galloway Merryman. I’ll share more on that once it’s ready.

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From the set of that Jack Goody horror short.

After that, I got to catch “Little Women” at the Cloverdale Playhouse thanks to my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham. And speaking of the Playhouse, tomorrow night is the monthly Guitar Pull, which is the event that sparked my upcoming documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.

After that, I handled audio for a short that DeWayne was directing and shooting for our friend Lee Khole. She and C. Stephen Browder were the actors in that one.

I got together with Royce Williams after that to work on a fake ad we hope will be in the Montgomery Film Festival intermission next month. We did one last year for it – the language is… uh… NSFW, although we did bleep it all out. Click here to see it.

And Royce and I worked together on a project this past weekend for Blue Yonder. He and I filmed while Robert Shimp (Technical Earth Recorders) handled audio. That’s a new Terrible Master Films production that’s currently in the editing stages.

I think that’s about everything… and of course, once these projects are ready to be seen, I’ll post updates.

Thanks for reading and happy holidays!

 

 

‘Commit to the Song’

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In August 2016, I began work on a documentary film project, and I am happy to announce its completion!

There is a monthly music event here in Montgomery that I have regularly posted about and photographed for quite a while now – the Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse. The more I was around, the more I would hear stories about how it all began, and I thought it was an interesting story to tell, which led to my new feature film Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull and the following tagline:

“A true story of music, inspiration, death, amputation, and legacy.”

Many thanks to the film’s stars – Robert “Bubba” Hall, Jonathan Tew, Gini Thomas, Greg Thornton, Michael Thornton, Sarah Thornton, and Mike Winkelman – for their time and support, and thanks also to all the musicians who allowed me to document their performances and everyone who contributed info, photos, encouragement, etc.

I’ll be releasing more information in the coming weeks. Follow this blog via email for updates, and connect with me and Terrible Master Films on social media.

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Thanks for reading!

‘Live at Seville’ is out!

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The “Live at Seville” EP is out today! Find it on your favorite platform – iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc. And the live performances are on YouTube. It’s live, raw, emotional, imperfect. I think it was my friend Bubba Hall that used the phrase “psychological nudity” to describe what we do, and I think that’s fitting.

 

The videos are a Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions / Terrible Master Films collaboration, directed and edited by C. DeWayne Cunningham. He and Sylvester K. Folks ran cameras.

Special thanks to them, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this happen!

‘A taste of relatable sadness, done beautifully’

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The Live at Seville EP comes out next Tuesday, but Chasing-Sky.com has an exclusive first look at one of the full videos from the EP – the song “Postmark.”

Along with the video, there is a review of the EP, which is where the title of this blog post came from.

You can wade as deep as you want in the pensiveness of the songs or use them as a sweet distraction from your own set of woes. A taste of relatable sadness, done beautifully.

Read the full review and see the “Postmark” video here.

Again, many thanks to C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), Sylvester K. Folks, Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the Seville Beauty & Barber Shop staff for making this project happen, and thanks to Mary at Chasing-Sky.com for taking the time to write about it.

Brineaboy ‘Unalienable’ music video debut

Today is the day! The Brineaboy “Unalienable” music video officially debuted this morning on the Impose Magazine website! Click here to see it.

The magazine wrote a little bit about the video as well, and I really like this quote:

…the video is a timely representation of the need for empathy.

I’ve got so much running through my head right now, so I’m trying to focus it all into this blog post. Please bear with me.

First of all, the entire cast and crew of this production were truly incredible. Alex and Amy (who make up Brineaboy) are wonderful, talented people, and I’m proud to call them friends. I am thankful and honored that they trusted me to direct this project and make this vision a reality.

16830899_10154098454601012_6415129183369068068_nThey are also dedicated. Film productions take time, and when that time includes hours – literally hours – of being tied up and blindfolded so the director can get the needed shots, it’s not easy. Also, many thanks to Evelyn Blythe, who dragged Amy down that hallway over and over and over again.

I must also give special thanks to assistant director and producer Kristy West. Without her help, there is no way this production would have gone as smoothly as it did. Whatever was needed – from pre-production details to lighting to props to helping me keep up with the shot list and a host of other things – she handled it. I can’t sing her praises enough for all that she put into this production.

Thanks to Amber Dickinson for stepping in to handle makeup, almost last minute. Without much notice, she joined the team and nailed the bruising looks we were going for, and then duplicated it for the second day of the shoot.

I’m sure there’s so much I’m leaving out in attempts to coalesce all these thoughts into one post, so apologies for anything or anyone I’ve skipped. Many, many thanks to the entire cast and crew (and the artists who allowed their works to be on display for the video.) Their time and dedication – and chanting, haha – made this project come together nicely. (The complete list of people who made this happen are in the video description on YouTube; just click ‘show more’ to see the list.)

When the video discussions first started with Amy, Alex, and myself throwing out ideas, I knew it would be fun, but I had no idea that the finished product would debut on a magazine website with thousands of followers/readers. Thanks to Amy and Alex for believing in me.

And thank you for taking time to read this. Much love.

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…

Film updates for Nov. 2016

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:

13692827_1140419289355534_4407476906249183579_oThe 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.

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