Advice to musicians: Don’t beat up fans like this singer allegedly did

Depending on the type of music, concerts can sometimes go south very quickly. Now there’s a story breaking about a punk rock singer who allegedly spit in a fan’s face and then allegedly proceeded to hit the man too. The dustup was about politics, ever-present today in some music scenes partly as a means of the band catering to the corporate machine controlling their revenue. How’d it all get started? Continue reading “Advice to musicians: Don’t beat up fans like this singer allegedly did”

Daysies Live from the Big Orange to benefit cancer charity

Jen Day Thompson with husband David Thompson
Jen Day Thompson (left), violist and vocalist for The Crazy Daysies, shown here with husband David Thompson, associate with Coker Law in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy Jen Day Thompson)

What does a band do when there’s a rare Friday night off? Find a way to make music, of course. This Friday, August 17, at 7:30 PM, the Crazy Daysies will go live on Facebook to help raise money  for the American Cancer Society. David Thompson, husband of Jennifer, is heading up the fundraiser for his firm. David is an associate at Coker Law. This event on Facebook may yield some surprises. Continue reading “Daysies Live from the Big Orange to benefit cancer charity”

Indie film a spectacular mix of drama, suspense, horror and dark comedy

By Jen Day Thompson

Left to right: Joseph Stearman, cast/played Pat Dorette; Jared Rush, Co-Creator and Executive Producer; Durden Godfrey, Creator and Director; William Bishop, Cinematographer and Producer; Simon Strickland, Sound. (Photo: Jen Day-Thompson)
Left to right: Joseph Stearman, cast(played Pat Dorette); Jared Rush, Co-Creator and Executive Producer; Durden Godfrey, Creator and Director; William Bishop, Cinematographer and Producer; Simon Strickland, Sound. (Photo: Jen Day-Thompson)

Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday premiered in Jacksonville with a sold out, one-night-only event at the downtown Public Library on Thursday, August 9th, 2018.

For months, Facebook followers had seen teasers and promotional posts about the film, sparking interest, conversation and even a shout out from James Murray of television’s Impractical Jokers. Based on crowd response as the film ended Thursday, viewers were not disappointed.

Godfrey’s film premiere started with a red carpet pre-party and cocktails. Guests’ photos were made on the red carpet upon entering and everyone enjoyed drinks and conversation while waiting for the doors to open to the auditorium. There was an undeniable air of excitement from both guests and film crew.

Faneal Goldbold (left) and Jen Day Thompson
Actress and law enforcement expert Faneal Godbold (left) with Jennifer Day Thompson who covered the film premiere of ‘I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday.’ (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

I had the pleasure of meeting cast member Faneal Godbold who played Detective Iago in the film. As she waited to view the final product for the very first time at the premiere she expressed hope and optimism that films like Godfrey’s would help bring the film industry to Jacksonville, a city that has historically shown support for the arts. Godbold also acted as an advisor for the film, based on her extensive field experience in law enforcement.

I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday takes viewers into the mind of Robert Partridge, a husband, father and marketing executive who suffers from psychological disturbances. As many indie films do, the story takes viewers deeper than the characters on screen, sparking personal revelations and introspection. Elizabeth Baldree, a friend of executive producer Jared Rush, was expecting an eye-opening journey into the mind of a psychopath. Following the film, Baldree confirmed that the production did that and more, sparking personal questions and uncharted talking points.

Brian Mercurio (left) attended the film premiere with his wife Elizabeth Baldree. Jen Day Thompson is shown here with her husband David ( right).

With sponsors such as the Jacksonville Film Festival, Durden Godfrey’s motion picture is paving the way for the growing local film industry. The arts have a way of uniting communities, and Blu Fogarty aims to see that continue. As president and executive director of CORE Incorporated, a non-profit organization that helps needy and underprivileged communities, Fogarty believes in the healing nature of the arts.

Fogarty’s organization’s rock operetta production, The Bacchanal Carnival, travels to small towns and inner city communities, with all proceeds going towards production and the communities they visit. A friend of the makeup crew for Godfrey’s film, Fogarty got into the spirit of the evening with themed face paint.

Niki Logoreci, Jared Rush, Durden Godfrey
Left to right: Niki Logoreci, Jacksonville Film Festival Director; Jared Rush, Co-Creator, Co-Writer and Executive Producer; Durden Godfrey, Creator, Writer, Editor, Director (Photo: Jen Day-Thompson)

When the doors to the auditorium opened Thursday night, an usher reminded guests to take their time getting to their seats. That’s how packed the venue was for the premiere of I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday. With a spectacular mix of drama, suspense, horror and dark comedy, reactions from the audience could be heard throughout the film. Thomas Siedle’s portrayal of Robert Partridge was unforgettable. Though I’d seen him making the rounds at the pre-party, it was hard to believe I was watching the same person on screen. The premiere event closed with a Q&A session with the crew and an after party hosted by The Volstead bar downtown.

Blu Fogarty
Blu Fogarty, associate of make up crew, ready for the film premiere. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

Godfrey’s film earned lengthy applause from the audience at the premiere and is sure to see continued acclaim upon its release. As a community, Jacksonville proved its commitment to and support for independent arts Thursday evening. Despite an NFL game and a baseball game downtown, Godfrey’s film drew a crowd that filled every seat.

As the local film industry continues to grow, if Godfrey’s film is a preview of things to come, we have much to look forward to.

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Follow Godfrey’s film online: www.IAmGoingToKillSomeoneThisFriday.com, at www.Facebook.com/KillSomeoneFriday and at www.GoFundMe.com/KillSomeone

For more information on CORE Incorporated please visit www.COREincorporated.org

To learn more about the author, visit Jen Day Thompson at The Crazy Daysies and at her blog Jen Inspired Living.

Jax indie film opens to a packed house and packed downtown

Faneal Goldbold (left) and Jen Day Thompson
Actress and law enforcement expert Faneal Godbold (left) with Jennifer Day Thompson who covered the film premiere of ‘I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday.’ (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

It was bad enough I already had a commitment for the premiere of the indie film produced in Jax, I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. It was a good thing my older daughter Jennifer Day Thompson agreed to cover the premiere for the film. This morning when I asked her how it went, she said, “It was a packed house.” The film did not disappoint. Obviously, we have a community here willing to support indie art. Continue reading “Jax indie film opens to a packed house and packed downtown”

Freaky: Did our ancestors ‘talk’ to my daughter and me?

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Queen Medb (Maev) in ancient Irish myth. (Artist Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874 – 1951); US Library of Congress via Wikipedia)

Sometimes life is stranger than art. An experience with a new song Rebecca wrote this week caused me to stop and reflect for a moment. It has to do with Celts, sirens, and whatever might be lurking in our DNA. Is there passive consciousness of heritage?  Continue reading “Freaky: Did our ancestors ‘talk’ to my daughter and me?”

It’s personal: Rebecca explores faith and roots with “Living Room Blues”

I write about all types of artists, but this article is personal.

Rebecca Day, vocalist and guitarist for The Crazy Daysies, will soon release a song that took her on a journey into faith and roots. The song is a personal reflection on what her faith means, and it was partly inspired by frustration. Have you ever sat in church and become frustrated with politics in the pulpit? I have, and so have others. “Living Room Blues and Faith” was in part inspired by that experience. Continue reading “It’s personal: Rebecca explores faith and roots with “Living Room Blues””

Twitter redemption: Today I ‘met’ Charlie Shafter

If you know me, you’ve heard me call Twitter a ‘cesspool.’ That’s one of the few absolutes I believe. Yet every day I do a drive-by (or a few) on that site to keep up with music and news. I often roll my eyes at some of the Tweets. But every now and then Twitter redeems itself because I learn about musicians I probably wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Today I ‘met’ Charlie Shafter, and once again, I proclaimed Twitter’s (temporary) redemption.  Continue reading “Twitter redemption: Today I ‘met’ Charlie Shafter”

There’s a flip side to the dustup between Cody Wolfe and Cat Country 107.3

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Image/Indie Art South

There’s a good reason for that frequently used term ‘allegedly.’ There was a good reason I used it more than once in a recent article about a dustup country artist Cody Wolfe had with radio station 107.3 (Cat Country/WPUR) in south New Jersey. There’s a flip side to the story after a phone conversation I had with program/music director Joe Kelly.  Continue reading “There’s a flip side to the dustup between Cody Wolfe and Cat Country 107.3”