Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza

Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)
Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)

There’s an old adage, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and it’s a fitting description for the West Texas Film Festival based in Odessa.

While local film festivals sometimes span only a day or two, the 2019 festival stretches across three days, beginning November 21 and ending November 23. The good news for producers is there’s still time to send in your submissions, and there’s even a small tip about something special the organizers hope to see. Continue reading “Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza”

Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park

Yesterday Rebecca did a solo show at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. The day was hot, but shade from the trees and a gentle breeze made it comfortable. I met so many people as I did roadie duties, and every exchange was pleasant. I took note of all the different types of people there. The park is, like our country, a melting pot. After the performance ended, I witnessed something that touched me deeply. Continue reading “Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park”

New release expands Jax arts to comedy: Meet Tez

Jacksonville has musicians of all types, a diverse poetry non-community, and enough visual artists to sink Noah’s Ark. What we don’t see a lot of in our midst are comics. Thing is, they’re there, and Tez Brooks, who was born in Jacksonville, has just released his new comedy special “I Can’t Breathe.” Continue reading “New release expands Jax arts to comedy: Meet Tez”

‘Kill’ film produced in Jax gets more showings as ‘Walking Dead’ news emerges

Filmmakers involved in the movie I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday just keep getting good news. After sold-out showings in Jacksonville, the filmmakers strategized for a world tour. New dates are being added for screenings in other states. Amid the excitement for director Durden Godfrey and others involved, good news emerged related to the hit series The Walking DeadContinue reading “‘Kill’ film produced in Jax gets more showings as ‘Walking Dead’ news emerges”

Georgia film fest taps Jacksonville’s Jared Rush for social director

Jared Rush (center), president and creator of Open Door Jax, with Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson (right).
Jared Rush (center), with Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson (right). (Photo used with permission)

Jared Rush, with Third Man Entertainment, is on the road (and in the air) a lot these days as he travels to places on behalf of an industry that’s a perfect fit for him. Rush is a familiar when it comes to local arts of any kind, from music to film to visual art.

Now the Mosaic Film Festival has tapped the Jacksonville native for social director ahead of the 2019 event. Continue reading “Georgia film fest taps Jacksonville’s Jared Rush for social director”

National Poetry Day launches in UK, but Americans get in on the fun

At first I thought it was a mistake because I’ve covered National Poetry Month stories for a long time. In the US, April is the month we celebrate poetry. As I read through posts on the Twitter cesspool, I realized the Brits celebrate the genre differently. Turns out today, October 4, is National Poetry Day in the United Kingdom. It also turns out I found some nice poems nestled in a lot of lame verses.  Continue reading “National Poetry Day launches in UK, but Americans get in on the fun”

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”

Daysies’ livestream featured new songs, cancer fundraiser, and film producer

The Crazy Daysies had Friday night off, and ended up doing music anyway. It’d been awhile since they had time to do a livestream, so we invited some friends and family over and ended up having a ball. We heard a couple new covers and the original they’ll soon release. We also had some special guests.  Continue reading “Daysies’ livestream featured new songs, cancer fundraiser, and film producer”

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.

Psycho-thriller wraps in Jax as Sioux Falls gets attention for indie film action

Going to Kill Someone film poster
Poster image courtesy of filmmakers

Production on the film I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday has officially wrapped, with editing and post-production work still ahead.

Those of us who eagerly await the premiere will get to see the film in 2018.

As North Florida filmmakers do their best to get their works to market, a distant city is gaining attention for coalescing the community around an industry that will only grow as technology makes filmmaking more accessible and indie artists gain ground.

That distant city’s climate and population are very different than Jacksonville, Florida’s.

Continue reading “Psycho-thriller wraps in Jax as Sioux Falls gets attention for indie film action”