We were walking Chaplin and decided to have lunch on the patio at Molly Malone's on Pleasant Ridge when a pair of young ladies sat down and played some fiddle tunes. I asked if they were in a band, and they said, "We're Just Sisters." Merril Flanary on fiddle, Julie Powers on bodhran. You can hear Chap chime in on the last chorus.
Recorded live at the Third Street Tap & Grill, Hamilton, Ohio, and on location in Okeana, Ohio. Thanks to Barb Didrichsen for the additional camera work, and to Ernie Mills of Okeanas for showing me around his country home...
Here's a three-minute condensattion of "My Left Thumb" using Slammin' John's poem "Quadriplegic I Am" and some of his musical improvisations. I put this together for a couple of contests. Please go to filmaka.com, register and vote for us in the "What On Earth" contest. There are two $10,000 cash prizes at stake, and the drinks are on me if we win.....
I've been working with the local country band Tattoo Billy... Going to do a full-blown music video later this summer, but for now, I've just been following them around with my video camera and drove up to Waynesville to capture some concert footage... The situation was less than ideal (poor sound, humidity driving guitars out of tune, bright sunlight and shadows playing havoc with camera levels), but I managed to get one good song from the event ...
Fairfield Township resident and filmmaker Jim Justice will debut his first full length film, “A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story,” next week.
Justice, 38, a Ross High School graduate and resident of Fairfield Township in Butler County and partner Steve Caniff, 39, of Columbus are directors, producers and editors of the film released by their company, Flat Broke Productions.
The film won the “Best Documentary” category at the 2007 Colony Film Festival in Marietta, Ohio.
The documentary chronicles the life of musician and special education teacher Joe Grushecky and the trials and tribulations of a life in rock and roll. Grushecky, a Pittsburgh native, has released over 14 albums since 1979 and performed and co-written songs with musician Bruce Springsteen including the Grammy-winning “Code of Silence.”
The film includes interviews with Springsteen as well as legendary songwriter/guitarist/producer Steve Cropper, professional skateboarder/musician Mike Vallely, Cleveland International Records producer Steve Popovich and many more.
Justice and Caniff started Flat Broke Productions in 2005 and produced the film while maintaining their full time jobs, Justice as a structural detailer in the metal building business and Caniff as the manager of an electronics store.
Justice and Caniff spent three years talking about doing a documentary film before Caniff saw a news story about Grushecky, who in spite of being a good friend of Springsteen and very popular in Europe, is virtually unknown outside his circle of devotees.
The film will also debut in Pittsburgh at the Southside Works Cinema on Feb. 21, with a full week of activities planned including radio and television interviews, and culminating with a live performance from Grushecky and the Houserockers at the Hard Rock Café.
- WHAT: “A Good Life: the Joe Grushecky Story”
- WHERE: Rick’s Tavern, 5955 Boymel Dr., Fairfield
- WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31
- COST: No charge
- MORE INFO: (513) 874-1992; www.flatbrokeproductions.com
“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” combines dynamic, state-of-the-art animation with dramatic recreations to create a prehistoric adventure.
The film follows a family of Dolichorhynchops, or “Dollies,” as they travel ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid in the Late Cretaceous period, when a great inland sea divided North America in two and covered most of Texas more than 65 million years ago.
On their journey the Dollies encounter other sea creatures, lizard-like reptiles called Platecarpus that swallowed their prey whole like snakes and Styxosaurus with necks nearly 20 feet long and paddle-like fins as large as an adult human. At the top of the food chain are the monstrous Tylosaurus, predators with no enemies.
“Sea Monsters” weaves together a series of paleontological digs from around the globe in a story about scientists working as detectives to answer questions about this ancient and mysterious ocean world.
Viewers accompany modern and historical fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some these creatures, unearthing discoveries which shed light on exactly what happened to the film’s cast of characters.
There will be free family-friendly opening activities from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. A paleontologist from the Texas Memorial Museum will bring fossils discovered in Texas. There are also hands-on activities and fun giveaways for all ages.
The “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” video game release will coincide Friday's world-wide premiere of the film.
The game play will be similar to the film, showcasing a prehistoric world that brings sea creatures to life as they journey through Earth’s ancient seas. It will be available on the new Nintendo Wii, Sony PS2 and Nintendo DS platforms.
how to go
WHAT: “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”
WHERE: OmniMax Theatre, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati
WHEN: Opens today
COST: $7.25 adults; $6.25 seniors; $5.25 children
MORE INFO: (513) 287-7000; www.cincymuseum.org