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The Music Box


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


Return of the Son of …


The original
Dr. Mel Praxis

What would you guys think about me reviving Dr. Praxis? Originally, Movie Madness with Dr. Praxis was an animated series. I’m thinking, in addition to working on films, etc., of reviving the animated series, maybe on a limited basis. Once a month, twice a month. This would still be the rough, limited animation, but it might be fun.

What do you guys think?

This time, though, I think it will be a web based only program. That way, I can use independent movies from friends, etc., without having to worry about nudity, as well as a few Public Domain films, cult movies, etc.

I don’t know exactly where it would be shown. I would entertain thoughts about some of the different Internet TV sites people have set up, but I might just set up something of my own to show this and maybe other things.

Anyway, what do you guys think? Comment me on Facebook or Twitter, but let me know what you think.


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.

Owensboro stars in documentary

Owensboro stars in documentary
By Angela Oliver
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

With “Owensboro: Portrait From Middle America,” Keenan Powell has merged his love of history and filmmaking.

The documentary will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday and will show again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Theater Workshop of
Owensboro’s Trinity Center, 407 W. Fifth St. It was produced by his company, South Cicero Media.

It features black-and-white clips of early Owensboro life, present day scenes and interviews with Mayor Ron Payne,
Judge-Executive Al Mattingly, long time journalist Keith Lawrence and the Rev. Larry Birkhead, among other residents.

Powell said he was inspired to the start the documentary by the opening of Smothers Park last August.

In the film, Payne describes as “the most exciting place in the state of Kentucky, if not the region.”

“I hope that with the film, 50 years from now, people will have an idea of what Owensboro was at this time, Powell
said. It’d be hard to make a definite film right now because (the city) is constantly changing.”

Though he’s made five other documentaries, including “Before I Sleep: Remembering John Kennedy” and “Blood, Toil,
Tears & Sweat: The Saga of World War II,” Powell said his recent effort is his most involved.

“The others were mostly old clips and narration, some interviews,” he said. “This has far more interviews. The
mayor, the judge-executive, everyone was really receptive. Those two have seen the film and they’ve told me they loved
the film.”

The documentary highlights some of the bright sides of Owensboro, such as the development, but Powell didn’t shy
away from asking his interviewees about the trouble spots, such as teen pregnancy rates, substance abuse, homelessness and
recovering from the economic downturn.

Though lacking in some aspects, Powell said he’s proud of “Owensboro: Portrait From Middle America.”

“I wish it was more diverse, he said, noting that he would consider a more inclusive follow-up.

Powell, who grew up on Chicago’s South Cicero Avenue, has lived in Owensboro for 11 years. His interest in films
came during a family trip to Universal Studios in California in 1970 when the tour guides demonstrated a few production
tasks. He was also inspired by a silent film version “Phantom of the Opera” that he saw at Disney
nd. It reminded him of the silent comedies he often saw as a boy at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

His next project, due in 2014, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The documentary will also show at 7 p.m., Aug. 30th and 31st at Evansville Civic
Theater Annex, 717 N. Fulton Ave., Evansville. Admission is $5 at all shows. For more information or to purchase the
DVD, see southciceromedia.net

Owensboro: Portrait From Middle America

Smothers Park, Owensboro, on the Ohio River

Smothers Park, Owensboro, on the Ohio River

Not the greatest name for a film, I admit, but much better than the working title, “Stalking Project.”

My Owensboro project is finished. Next step will be artwork and getting the film to the distributor as well as making plans for exhibition and getting copies to film festivals.

This film is not quite what I envisioned at the start. How many filmmakers say that about any movie they create? This film is not quite what I envisioned, mainly because I wasn?t able to interview sufficient people for this film. This film tends to be a little on sided for my tastes. Something else to remember in the future.

This has been a nice learning project. I’m lucky it was a local subject. Made things a little easier. However, I need to work on organizing for projects. Furthermore, I can’t allow myself to be intimidated by people or locations. I took my lighting with me to interview Judge Mattingly and Mayor Payne, but I intimidated myself, let their offices make me very self-conscious and didn’t use them. The end film shows it. Let me state, for the record, Judge Mattingly and Mayor Payne are both good people who went out of their way to help me relax. I allowed myself to become intimidated. And I can’t allow that to happen anymore. The next film I’m planning on will be larger in scope, so I need to do everything right the first time.

There are technical problems with the camera work and the sound. Some were unavoidable, such as taping Governor Brashear’s speech at an outside event. Some “shaky camera syndrome,” learn to use your tripod more, quit laughing when your hand is still on the tripod. You’ll see.

I’m very glad I followed through on this project. This was the first time I conducted any interviews at all. I wish I had conducted more interviews, but I did arrange all the interviews, by approaching people in a professional manner, both by letters and by simply talking to people. Although several people declined to be interviewed, it is good that some agreed.

This won’t quite be the last you hear of this film, with any luck. But I’m already to begin the research for the next one.

Here is the link to the trailer for Owensboro: Portrait From Middle America: