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The Music Box

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I have started a fund raising project for the new film, The Music Box.

The Music Box is a story about one man who had to face what he considered the worst night of his life, till he walked a mile in the shoes of someone else.

James Maxwell is a successful lawyer in the legal department of a television station with a wife and kids. Most people would think of his life as being good.

But there is an underlying sense of sadness to James Maxwell. He was an up and coming financial manager who flew across the world to complete his deals. While he was in Japan on a business trip, his first fiance, Susan, died after a drunk driver collided with her car.

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All James had to remind him of their time was a small music box he had bought for Susan. Nothing very special, not very expensive. But it was something she enjoyed from the beginning of their life together.

A while after Susan’s death, James met and married Pamela. Together, they built a life, including children. James left the financial market, opting for a position in the legal department of a local TV station where he wouldn’t be traveling so much. James kept the music box on a mantle in their house.

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To spare Pamela’s feelings, James never told her why the music box was so special. Due to a mistake, Pamela sold the music box as part of a yard sale. She sold it to an elderly man she had seen in the local park.

James became frantic about wanting to reacquire the music box.

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James was able to track down the elderly man, Henry Stein, who turned out to be a Holocaust survivor. He had wanted the music box because the box reminded him of a box his mother had when Henry was a child. Henry Stein could listen to the box and remember all the family members who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-music-box–4/x/361133

My campaign is only asking $1500.00 dollars from people at large. There aren’t many perks available for this movie. I don’t know what I will do about the dancers, but I’m really not expecting any one person to give me $1000.000

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-music-box–4/x/361133

So far, for the cast, I have an agreement with the fabulous Patrick Higgs as Henry Stein. I still need one male and two females for cast members.

But, the exciting news is that I’ve lined up Alexander Clark to be my director of photography with his soon-to-be wife Bri Lewis as his assistant and my dear friend Liz Metcalf will be returning as my assistant director. My good friend, Shane Michaels will be co-producing this film with me.

In addition to the needed cast members, we need someone who can handle the sound recording and someone who can be the boom operator.  And a make-up artist who can age a person a few years.  If anyone would like to talk to me about the job, contact me through southciceromedia@roadrunner.com

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-music-box–4/x/361133

For everyone else, I could use $1500.00 dollars to help flesh out the budget. Please consider donating to me. If nothing else, please share the link for this blog. If you cannot help, maybe someone who sees it on your page can.

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Relish & other spices.

A couple of years ago, we took my niece to the Owensboro Museum of Science and History.  We took her on the tour of the coal mine.  I noticed the gentleman who conducted the tour, thinking of how great it will be to do some work with him.

Now, I have my chance.

Myself, Adam Pryor, Jody Hulsey and Lauren Brown Calhoun will be joined in our Relish film by Todd Reynolds.

Todd Reynolds is a mainstay in Owensboro.  He has been involved with Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, Back Alley Musicals as well as several different theater companies in Owensboro.   He has been directing the Voices of Elmwood for the last year.  He has been working several years as programming director for the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, by the end of November, he will take over as Executive Director of Theatre Workshop of Owensboro.

Todd is a very good human being.  He brings such a glorious human side to whatever project he is involved with.  He will be a joy to work with.

I also would like to take a minute or two and thank Nikole and Michael Gross of The Creme for allowing me to film my little movie at the Creme.

Looking forward from Relish, I have two short films, plus one feature in various stages of completion and I have the idea for my next documentary.

I don’t know what it is about documentaries that keeps me coming back for more, but I do.  I like telling stories from the past of all of us.  I suppose of mostly American history, but I would keep an open mind about 

But the next documentary I want to do is about the Haymarket Riot and their aftermath, America’s first Red Scare.

Artist rendering of the Haymarket Riots.

The Haymarket Riot was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers by the police, the previous day. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb atpolice as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded.

In the internationally publicized legal proceedings that followed, eight anarchists were convicted of conspiracy. The evidence was that one of the defendants may have built the bomb, but none of those on trial had thrown it.  Seven were sentenced to death and one to a term of 15 years in prison. The death sentences of two of the defendants were commuted by Illinois governor Richard J. Oglesby to terms of life in prison, and another committed suicide in jail rather than face the gallows.  The other four were hanged on November 11, 1887. In 1893, Illinois’ new governor John Peter Altgeld pardoned the remaining defendants and criticized the trial.

The Haymarket affair is generally considered significant as the origin of international May Day observances for workers.  The site of the incident was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1992, and a public sculpture was dedicated there in 2004. In addition, the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument at the defendants’ burial site in nearby Forest Park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997.

“No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few present the event accurately or point out its significance,” according to labor studies professor William J. Adelman.

The Haymarket Memorial.

As a working class Chicagoan southsider, I have always heard that the bomb was thrown by some agent of the police.  I really don’t know, but I can tell you that one of the police in charge was this slightly shady character, so…

At any rate, this documentary is somewhere in the future.  At best, right now, I have started my pre-research into a dark episode of my hometown’s past.

Relish: a Love Story

Hee Whack!

Hey, South Cicero Media has some news to share with all of you.

First of all, filming on our short film, Relish: A Love Story, has been rescheduled for January/February of 2015. There are a lot of reasons for the rescheduling, some personal, some not., but suffice it to say that everyone is better off all around.

Second of all, we have casted three of the four characters! Agreeing to appear in our film is Adam Pryor, Jody Hulsey and Lauren Brown Calhoun.

Adam Pryor is a well-known actor around the Owensboro area, having portrayed people in Voices of Elmwood and Theater Workshop of Owensboro production of A Few Good Men and A Christmas Story.

Jody Hulsey has also been seen in Voices of Elmwood and several productions with OCHS, TWO and others. Jody is the owner of Double Windsor Records.

Lauren Brown Calhoun has been in local productions of the Nerd, the Rabbit Hole as well as a wonderful part in Voices of Elmwood. She will soon be seen in the Back Alley Musical production of the Drowsy Chaperone.

We are still waiting for one more person to accept or reject our invitation to perform in our little opus. We’re really hoping this person agrees to perform with us.

We can still use a few assistants during the filming. No, knowledge of filmmaking is not necessary. Quite honestly, I don’t want my assistants standing over my shoulder whispering “You’re doing that wrong.” We would like to have at least one assistant who has had enough experience with cameras to not be afraid of using one of our pickup cameras.

Relish is happening, people! Since this is planned to be a very short film, we plan on uploading the finished film to Youtube for everyone to view for free.

Watch for Relish: A Love Story and more films from South Cicero Media! http://southciceromedia.com

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Backwards Into The Future

Well, with the premieres of the Owensboro film finally behind me, my thoughts can turn toward future projects.

What’s in the future for myself and South Cicero Media? Projects with which to keep stretching myself. First of all, one on which I’m already working, a documentary called The Great Crusade.

normandy2June 6th, 1944, the Western Allied Armies invaded the Normandy coastline of France, establishing a second battle front in Europe against the Nazi armies. Next June marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings and I feel I should do something to commemorate the individuals who helped launch the Great Crusade.

Several years ago, I made a documentary about WWII over all. I used actual newsreel footage, from a variety of sources, photographs, and the radio broadcasts from those days. * This time, I am concentrating on a well-known campaign, the Normandy Invasion. There will be extensive narration with some dramatic readings and possibly interviews from historians and maybe a few veterans.

Beyond the Great Crusade, I believe it might be time to turn my attention to fictional films.

One I hope to do is tentatively titled Shadows Dancing. It will be based on a small item I read in a book about the Leopold and Loeb murders, about a relationship of mismatched souls which ends tragically. This film will be using the forms of a documentary but, although based on a real incident, will have a central story that is fiction. ^

Beyond those two will be a comedy called Schnickeroodle Wannabe Post-toasted Modesto. This film will be round, or perhaps square with an overhead that’s too high and a brow that’s too low.

*- sources included German propaganda films

^-I dislike that term “mockumentary.” I am neither mocking the idea of documentaries nor am I mocking my audience.

Evansville Showtime!

evansville annoucementOn August 30th & 31st, Owensboro: Portrait From Middle America will be shown at the Evansville Civic Theater Annex in the North Park Shopping Center, 1000 North Park Drive, Evansville IN 47710.

Tickets to this august event are $5.00 per person.

Join with filmmaker Keenan Powell as he talks to civic leaders and a few residents about Owensboro today and what they hope the future holds for Owensboro.

1st night

Well, the first night of the Owensboro: Portrait From Middle America premiere is over with.

We had a few show up for the film. Over half of which I had never met before. They had seen the article in the Messenger-Inquirer and came to see the film. That’s great.

Not too many people, but more than I thought would turn out. And sold some of the DVDs.

Hopefully, an even better response tomorrow night. Then Evansville at the end of the month!

Onward! Forward! Mush, mush! Don’t eat the yellow snow!