‘Remembering Anarcha’ is out today!

Today, May 4, 2021, is the official release day for Remembering Anarcha! The film my team and I started working on back in 2018 is now publicly available to purchase on many video-on-demand platforms across the U.S. and Canada.

You can find it on Apple TV and iTunes (special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered!), Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft, some cable and satellite VOD channels, and more!

There are also DVDs and Blu-rays available through online retailers.

Check out this post at TerribleMasterFilms.com for some links.

On this day, I’d like to share a portion of a recent Facebook post:

I want to take a moment to give a shout out to a few people. First and foremost: Michelle Browder. Her art, passion, and activism inspired me to make this film, and she continues to educate and raise awareness about Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey through her “Mothers of Gynecology” project. (Be sure to check out https://www.anarchalucybetsey.org/)

I also want to give a shout out to my fellow producers: C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Williams. They came on board knowing that this was a passion project with no budget, and they have been supportive every step of the way.

And through this project, I made friends with author J.C. Hallman. His research is fascinating, and I’m looking forward to reading his forthcoming book “The Anarcha Quest.”

Thanks to everyone who has supported this project and pre-ordered the film. I hope you both enjoy it and learn something new. I appreciate the support. Much love.

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CJSV presents ‘The Wheelman’

TheWheelman

Writer/director C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions has a new web series out called The Wheelman.

Synopsis:

El Pablo J Ablo is a young licensed driver and sneaker head with an interesting part-time job that keeps him on the move.

I got to help out a little on this – B-camera operator (slow-motion footage and second angle) as well as some sound department help as boom operator. (See the Vimeo page for each episode for entire cast/crew listings.)

In the series, you’ll see some cameos and references to some previous CJSV productions that take place in the same universe, specifically The Pretty Brunette and Best Friends Forever: The Love & Crimes of Tiye Ra’ and Corey.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVKCI2JBfkh/

‘The Pretty Brunette’ short film

C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, a close friend, fellow filmmaker, and frequent collaborator, has released one of his short films on VimeoThe Pretty Brunette.

The film stars Jasmin K. Love and Julius “Jay R” Minor and has the tagline “Look closer, first impressions can be deceiving.”

Watch below, or click here to view on Vimeo. Enjoy!

A #TBT blog post? What?!

Yep. Throwback Thursday, y’all. No, but really, I was thinking about a music project I was in a few years ago with Trey (Hail the Titans‘ drummer) called “The Boss and The Rabbi.” It was a 2-piece, improvisational, instrumental project that included guitar, drums, keyboard and a Korg Kaossilator with both of us playing everything, switching instruments, etc.

This video is from a show we played in Auburn, Ala. on Aug. 14, 2010:

 

If you dig that kind of stuff, we have three recordings on Bandcamp.

The first recording was a 2-song demo that we titled Her Origins at Midnight.

 

The next was a completely live recording we did, splitting the performance into separate songs. The EP is titled Six Victims (The Theatre Curtain was the Color of Blood). There is a serial killer story told through the song titles and music.

 

The last release was just one song, which is a prequel to the Six Victims story line titled Her name was Miranda (He was suspected from the start). This was actually the sound check we did prior to recording Six Victims, but we liked it and decided to release it later on. Also, the cover photo was taken by Pint Bottle Photography (as was the band photo at the top of this post.)

 

All of the music is set at “name your price,” so you can put in zero and download it for free if you like what you’re hearing.

This week – shows! (And more)

I’ve got a couple of acoustic shows this week:

This Thursday, Helicity Montgomery is presenting a show featuring me and Rae Fitzgerald. The show is at “The Sanctuary” at Jubilee Community Center, 432 S. Goldthwaite St. in downtown Montgomery. It’s an early show: doors open at 6; music starts around 7. Cover is $5.

Rae is an Americana artist from Columbia, MO that is touring through the area. You can hear her album Quitting the Machine here:

On Friday, I’ll be playing at McLeod’s Publick House in Dothan, AL with Michael VanDusen. This show starts at 9, and there’s no cover.

Now on to other news…

If you missed the Montgomery Film Festival this past Friday night, you missed some great event. The films ranged from dramatic, artistic, funny to outright bizarre, but it was a fun time.

Also, some local commercials were made for the intermission. If you haven’t seen them yet, check them out on Vimeo:

The Capri Theatre is showing the film Dallas Buyer’s Club from Jan. 31 – Feb. 13, but this Saturday, Feb. 1, one of the actors – Michael O’Neill – will be there to introduce the film and take questions afterwards. That is at 7 p.m.

And apparently, it’s supposed to snow in Alabama tomorrow, so… be safe and try to enjoy “Coldpocalypse 2.0.”

Music I think you should hear, vol. 8

The Swedish instrumental band pg.lost has a new split coming out with Wang Wen, from China. They’re releasing the split on 12″ vinyl; pricing should be up on their Bandcamp page soon. In the meantime, you can stream the whole thing:

 

Atlanta’s own Nigredo is putting the final touches on “Collapse & Resurrection,” and they have now made the track “Last of our Kind” available for download.

You can hear/download the track below (and be sure to check out some other songs, including some live stuff, on their SoundCloud page.)

 

They are also raising money for a double vinyl release. I know I’ve posted about this before, but now that you may have some extra Xmas money, be sure to visit their IndieGoGo page to donate. Also, the guys are using 20 percent of your donations to help the Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center of Atlanta.

And here’s a teaser video they put out about a month ago:

 

And if you want something for free, I’ve put the piano version of “Ocean” as a “name your price” download, so you can download it for whatever you want to pay, even if $0.

A venue, some bands… and more

The video below was shared by quite a few people in my Facebook feed yesterday, but if you missed it or just want to see it again, I encourage you to check it out below. It is a music video about an original music venue in Montgomery, Ala. called Head on the Door. It was created by a very good friend of mine, Hillary Andrews of Ah Ha Designs.

And speaking of Head on the Door, there are two great shows going on this weekend there that you should plan to attend.

On Friday, Hail the Titans are having our 100th show. Our friends in R_Garcia (from Atlanta) are opening, and I hear that Aaron from Nigredo will be filling in on bass duties for Mr. Garcia that night.

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc6/187784_318552824910024_2137735506_n.jpgOn Saturday, The Hard Gospel is making their debut with NO and The Most Amazing Century of Science (from Nashville). The Hard Gospel features members from Weak Music For Thomas and Man vs. Plague (Mr. Zane Tremontana, Hail the Titans’ guitar tech extraordinaire) and NO features the very talented trio of Jeff and Vonda McLeod and Glenn Grant.

 

If you’re in or near the Atlanta area on Saturday, you really need to be at 529 starting at 3 p.m. (Eastern.) The Hijacking Music Festival features 10 bands on two stages. So much good music in one place – Hail the Titans, Nigredo, Jungol, Psychedubasaurus Rex, Swank Sinatra, the Sneaky Hand, Tricil, Cusses, Hanzelle and Fine Peduncle. See the promo video below:

 

And there is a band from New Mexico that I’ve posted about before, but I’ve been listening to them a lot the past few days. The Coma Recovery, whose album “Goddverb” can be found through Deep Elm Records. It’s well worth the $5.

Hail the Titans needs your help!

Last night, we (Hail the Titans) launched our IndieGoGo account to raise money to release our new album, “Hymns of Mare Nostrum.” We need your help.

We have set up various levels of “perks” – from $3 to $500 – to help raise at least $1,300 by the end of June. (Of course, more would help, and we can go over goal, but that amount will be a great boost for us.) You can see the different pricing levels and donate via credit card at IndieGoGo.com/HailtheTitans.

On Sunday, we got together with some friends to film a video to raise awareness for the campaign:

The goal was to make it funny, different and entertaining while still getting the message across. With the help of our friends Joe Collins (of Pseudo Nein), Mr. Steve Andrews, Katie Malachinski, Hillary Andrews (of Pint Bottle Photography), Tamara Spann and Shannon Davis (Yours Truly Designs), we were able to shoot both the “hostage” part of the video and the “chili cookoff” scene.

Check out this gallery on the Pint Bottle page with photos from the video shoot. Click here. It includes photos of Wes hog-tied:

Joe and Wes hamming it up:

and Adam and I discussing camera angles:

OK, so back to the IndieGoGo campaign. Some quick notes:

* When you make any contribution of $3 or more, please email me your physical mailing address (or P.O. Box) so we can send you the “Thank You” note. You can reach me at joshcarples [at] gmail [dot] com.

* If your donation is at least $45, I’ll need your t-shirt size. Email that to me. We can get these sizes (adult t’s): XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL.

* If you live within 50 miles of zip code 36109 and are thinking, “Man, I would like to go with the $350 option or the $500 option, but money is tight,” trust us, we understand. However, here is an idea: Because the acoustic performances and cooking will be at your house, you can invite whomever your want. It’s your house, so your guest list. That being said, while the contribution has to come from one person (it’s on a credit card, after all), I don’t think there are any rules that would prohibit you and your friends pooling your money together to make that happen. So if you want us playing some acoustic solo stuff in your house and/or throwing down our culinary skills in your kitchen, you might still be able to make that happen.

In the meantime, please help us by donating and spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Here is the link: IndieGoGo.com/HailtheTitans.

Thanks!