Budding artist’s career and 8th Amendment derailed by a single night

I first ‘met’ Taylor Wells years ago. I came to know him well enough to accept his calls from a Florida prison. I came to know his advocate Beth Cioffoletti. Beth and I have since become cyber-friends who often disagree on politics but who are united in believing Wells should not serve more time for his role in a night of crime. Taylor is gifted in the arts, and that night not only derailed a potential career in the arts, but also the 8th Amendment to the US Constitution. Continue reading “Budding artist’s career and 8th Amendment derailed by a single night”

Jacksonville Landing shooting: Tragedy in gun-free zone

Yesterday I got a text from a loved one who wanted to know if all my family in Jacksonville was okay. Media were reporting a mass shooting in Jacksonville. I turned on the TV and watched as the latest assault on innocents commenced. I am still dismayed at the loss of lives and the injuries. I am still not surprised, however, by what happened on social media before the bodies and injured victims were removed from the site.  Continue reading “Jacksonville Landing shooting: Tragedy in gun-free zone”

Watch ‘Kill’ film and the psycho goes home with you

From Facebook page for "I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday"
From Facebook page for “I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday”

I finally got to watch the screener of Durden Godfrey’s film I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. I had to watch it on devices other than our TV, so I hope to see it soon on a bigger screen.

I’d go so far as to say this is one of the best indie films I’ve seen. Before I write another word, I have to disclose something. Continue reading “Watch ‘Kill’ film and the psycho goes home with you”

Sold out Jax premiere and reviews of film spark plans for US tour

Reviews have rolled in for an indie film produced by Durden Godfrey in Jacksonville. The overwhelmingly positive response is resulting in an opportunity for the indie film community in Jacksonville.  Continue reading “Sold out Jax premiere and reviews of film spark plans for US tour”

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.

Looking for live music or playing it? Check out your state’s trade groups

If you’re an independent musician, chances are you don’t have a manager working on all the small items that can lead to big things. If you’re a music lover interested in finding venues where live music is featured regularly, chances are you might not be sure how to find those venues. One resource for both musicians and their fans is their state’s trade group. For instance, Florida has a very active association that features a directory of live performances across one of the nation’s largest states and beyond.  Continue reading “Looking for live music or playing it? Check out your state’s trade groups”

Five indies heat up summer with classical crossover, Nicks tribute band, and more

Ever paid double digits for a concert and been disappointed? I have. I’ve also said you can often hear better music on the indie scene than you’ll hear on your device of choice. In writing about indies, I’ve come across bands whose level of professionalism and talent makes them worth following. Here are five of my favorites, starting with one unique singer trying to do what many used to believe impossible.  Continue reading “Five indies heat up summer with classical crossover, Nicks tribute band, and more”

One critical protection for musicians and attendees at outdoor concerts

It was a classic yin and yang moment. We were standing in a park along with hundreds of others here in Florida. We’d come to hear music, grab a bite from one of the food trucks, and socialize. My husband walked over to me and asked, “You got any of those wipes you always carry in that thing?”  Continue reading “One critical protection for musicians and attendees at outdoor concerts”

When cars were art: Trip brightened by ’56 Chevy

Over Mother’s Day weekend, we took a road trip north on I95 to see my mother. My husband laughs at my complaints about that highway. Traffic slowdowns. Crazy drivers. Monotonous landscape. Some terrible patches needing serious repair. Sometimes we hop off onto a secondary road just to get off 95 for a minute. So I was ecstatic to spot an immaculate ’56 Chevy when we stopped for gas.  Continue reading “When cars were art: Trip brightened by ’56 Chevy”