Showing posts from March, 2019

John McCutcheon profile

Here is the latest feature in which I produced, wrote, edited and distributed. This is a video about folk musician John McCutcheon , who released his 40th album in 2019. John's latest work is on folk legend Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 years old this year. It was certainly a thrill to come back to Eddie's Attic in Decatur , Georgia to interview John for this project.An extra special thanks goes to my wonderful narrator Holly Firfer - who also hooked me up with camera-person extraordinaire Ammar Albadran ...and always a big thanks to copy editor Christian Duchateau for his constant encouragement and also for joining with me at the start line of many local races that are held in the Atlanta area. You may play the video by clicking on the second box below: This is a still of me interviewing John McCutcheon Check out the feature here:

Four decades since 'Terror' was filmed

still from 1979's The Terror of the Poison Mask As promised, I'm continuing to write about the milestones that are taking place for me throughout 2019. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the making of our first script Super 8mm film titled,  The Terror of the Poison Mask.   About two years prior to the making of this film short, Dan ordered this Halloween mask out of a catalog.  At night, sometimes Dan and I would knock on a neighbor's window, either wear or hold up the mask, only to be greeted by screams. In March 1979, we came up with the idea of having me sit on the front stoop to my then-childhood home, pretend to mix up a potion and turn into a living skeleton who then turns neighborhood kids (Lee Davis in sweatshirt and Michael Green in the Browns jacket) into an object. Here's another one of my non-sequitur moments: Years before we shot this, I made it a practice to scare Michael because he was easy to scare. One day while Michael was riding o

Kitty Wiggy turns 40

Forget all that crap about Trump/Russia collusion or the woes of Michael Avenatti because... wait for it... Kitty Wiggy turns 40! "What in the world are you talking about?" the cynic who peruses the Internet will say. My reply: Kitty Wiggy is 40, so STFU! "What's a Kitty Wiggy?" Kitty Wiggy '79 is the first Super-8 film that my then-filmmaking buddy Dan Freed and I shot in, well, yes, 1979 - and to be precise, it was filmed in mid-March 1979. A few months before this film was shot, Dan and I were walking home from a day at school. We  found a cat and brought him or her back to his house. I'm not going into the diatribe about how hard we had it because we happened to walk home on that day and many others. Plenty of times parents drove the few miles to retrieve us from school in good and bad weather. But on that late autumn day in 1978, we just took a cat back to Dan's and promptly named him or her, Kitty Wiggy. I'm not sure

Steve Dorff, composer of pop, TV and film hits

Steve Dorff When most of us hear songs on the radio, TV, in movies or online, we typically think that the performer who sings the songs also writes and composes them. While that's true of the traditional singer-songwriters of our times including Sir Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting or Billy Joel, few know that many performers have composers or lyricists doing that part of the song for them. Take for instance the huge pop hit "Every Which Way But Loose" sung by Eddie Rabbit. That chart-topping single that got the world to hum along to in their cars for the past four decades, is actually composed by a guy named Steve Dorff. "Every Which Way But Loose" is just one of the many hit singles he wrote throughout the years. Songs such as Kenny Rogers' "Through The Years," Barbra Streisand's "Higher Ground," and Anne Murray's "I Just Fall in Love Again," are just a few of the classic

Public transportation vote is happening in my neck of the woods

File: MARTA/ ​When I first came to the Atlanta metro, I was impressed with the MARTA rail line. I came here for great opportunity from Ohio's North Coast. If one thought that the Atlanta metropolitan area didn’t have much in the way of public transportation, Cleveland at that time, had an old-style rapid rail system. I do hope Cleveland's RTA is far better these days, but at the time to me, Atlanta's MARTA was amazing. When I first rode from the Chamblee station to the downtown Omni/Georgia World Congress Center station, I was amazed at the quality and speed of the trains. I know, the cynics reading this will scoff of course, but to me, MARTA was and is a decent system. I have taken the system many times over the years. Like many who take it, there have been plenty of hiccups, but any regular rider has experienced public transit technical difficulties. That comes with the territory, just like one’s own automobile, house or any other mechanical gadget(s). S