Archive for February, 2010

Full Circle

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 12:02 am

It’s been a couple of years and change since I offered some of my old photos (scanned B&W 35mm negatives) for a documentary film about Anderson Fair in 1970’s Houston.  The film is named after a Townes Van Zandt tune, For the Sake of the Song.

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Actually, these images are on my website, however finding them is a cryptic case of camouflage detection.  I made them available for those who could follow instructions and click on a small invisible link next to a certain photo.  These images will be made public once the movie goes public.  Well, that is finally about to happen.

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I got the invitation for a private gala of the film at the Houston Museum of Fine Art, taking place on Monday and Tuesday, March 8th & 9th.  Some of those in the film are Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Nancy Griffith, Robert Earl Keen Jr, Rambling Jack Eliot, Bill Staines, Vince Bell, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Willaims, Richard Dobson, Bill Cade, Shake Russel, and others.  I’m slotted to sit in the VIP section with the recording artists who will be attending the gala.  Some are old friends, all are at least friends of friends.

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I also have a pair of tickets for the SXSW public debut at the Paramount Theater in Austin (a couple of blocks from the capitol) on Friday, March 19th.  I’ve been backstage at the Paramount at least a dozen times (once with Ann Richards, once at the debut of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, once for Stevie Ray Vaughan…. you get the point, old stomping grounds).

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I have seen clips from the interviews in the editing room, and the cinematography is excellent.  Very impressive work, and to have my photos included is a big honor.  I got the perfunctory $10 check the lawyers insisted on offering for the gratis use of the images, and I cashed it so that they could feel fully legal with a signed and processed check on record.  Not that I ever would renig, but these things are crucial for publishing on PBS, where it will eventually surface.

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I’m looking forward to seeing the film, and it will be a hoot rubbing elbows with all those musicians at the Fine Art Museum which I knew well in my teen years.  It should be interesting to mix the old Houston hippie musicians who persevered and became famous, and the affluent Houston sponsors of the arts.

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Yes, it will be a hoot.

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In the meantime, I’m still nose down in commercial work.

Still nose down

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 9:25 am

Things continue to be busy with commercial projects, finances, and life in general, and I haven’t had much time for 3D.  It’s been a rather cool winter, but at least I’m well sheltered.