The828.com // recent articles

I have continued writing articles for The828.com throughout the summer and covered a variety of local news and events pertaining to all things eat, drink, and play. Find my most recent writing from May to September 2018 embedded and linked below.

Creative minds of screen, stage, and beyond are in Asheville this weekend to connect and inspire at Connect: Beyond The…

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bakery? Bar? Coffee Shop? The Waterbird Asheville takes flight with all of the above – and more.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Watch for lots of moviemaking around the828. Time for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project.

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Enjoy beautiful views from North Carolina’s newest winery siting at nearly 3000 feet high on Point Lookout Mountain. Check out the delicious wines that Point Lookout Vineyards has to offer at the828.com.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

When you think that The Hop Ice Cream Cafe has come up with every flavor of ice cream known to man they break the mold….

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Don’t miss the one night showing of the Asheville produced feature length film Luke & Jo at the Fine Arts Theatre this Thursday.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

See what’s brewing at the new location of One World Brewing, One World Brewing West.

Posted by The 828 on Monday, July 2, 2018

Try Bad Luck Bakery. What’s the worst that could happen? 🙂

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Find out about tomorrow’s new release at Urban Orchard Cider Company and Bar, plus what’s coming soon to the new South Slope location.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

This week’s Sunday Spotlight shines on Woodfin’s first brewery, Zillicoah Beer Company.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, July 8, 2018

Come try flavors from a world away at The Scarlet Bee in North Asheville. Get your HALF PRICE Asheville MEGa Deal while they last.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, July 13, 2018

Get ready for the rhythm. Kaleta & his Super Yamba Band come to The Mothlight in West Asheville.

Posted by The 828 on Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thanks for sharing the news about my Patreon, The 828!

Posted by All Around Artsy on Thursday, July 26, 2018

A free event at Sly Grog Lounge Monday will set the stage for a week of laughs with the Asheville Comedy Festival.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, August 3, 2018

Cat Fly Film Fest invites you to Cat Fly Presents: Films on Tap at Wedge Brewery.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Great way for local filmmakers to network. Asheville Studio – Asheville Camera Grip & Lighting Rental, Cat Fly Film Fest & AVLFilm.com invite you to Asheville Filmmaker Mixer: August.

Posted by The 828 on Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jeff Thompson & Off With Your Radiohead – returning to Asheville Music Hall.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Say so-long to summer with a new beer from UpCountry Brewing Company.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, August 31, 2018

What makes a perfect ‘Nerd Sanctuary’? West Avl’s Morgan’s Comics answers in a week of events leading up to its grand opening.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, September 2, 2018

Get set for ASHEVILLE BARNAROO with Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats and their many musical friends. Come to Franny’s Farm & mark the festival’s 10th anniversary!

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

BIGFOOT CALLING: Join Bigfoot 911 and McDowell Chamber of Commerce for the 1st ever 2018 WNC Bigfoot Festival!

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, August 5, 2018

EVERYONE’S A CRITIC with Critiqr – a new film app developed in Asheville.

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Celebrate RADfest at the The Grey Eagle & support Our VOICE.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

 

Also a few articles that were written, but not shared over social media:
– “All Go West: Festival Fun on Haywood Road” (6/14/2018)
– “Trade and Lore Goes to the Movies!” (6/27/2018)
– “Homegrown Concert Series at Homegrown West” (6/28/2018)
– “FurEver Friends and Petco recruit Foster Families” (6/29/2018)
– “Pop Up Music Co Op plays UpCountry Brewing” (6/29/2018)
– “Lake Julian Park displays 4th of July Fireworks” (6/30/2018)

THE REPLICA RAID II // production

THE REPLICA RAID II short film went into production on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, and everything was going on schedule until the infamous WNC summer rain interrupted the afternoon. Despite the setback, the sequel to my 2017 experimental project THE REPLICA RAID took some big steps towards actualization. We have a second day of production set for July where we will create the final elements.

The day would not have been a success without my excellent crew, particularly Thomas Goddard (Dir. of Photography), Cat Wityk (Line Producer), Madeleine Richardson (1st AD), Brittany Jackson (1st AC), Braethun Bharathae-Lane (Sound), Ethan Saut (Stunt Driver), Haley Martin (Location Manager), Betsabe Fregoso Lee and Joey Lee with Peak of the Mountain Productions (Drone Operators), and Production Assistants: Daniel Ballard, Erich Reinhard, and Garin Wilson of Wilson’s Productions who captured the amazing behind-the-scenes photos below.

Be on the lookout for more about THE REPLICA RAID II over the next few months, and you never know…maybe we’ll see THE REPLICA RAID III sometime in 2019.

2nd Annual Cat Fly Film Fest

Cat Fly Film Festival is preparing for its second annual event over the weekend of April 6-8th. Another incredible lineup of narrative short films and documentaries, all created by filmmakers in the Southeast, have been selected to screen at three exceptional venues in Asheville. Tickets are on sale now, and they do sell out!

I don’t have any shorts that I personally spearheaded in the lineup this year, though I was an Associate Producer and Sound Recordist on SIDES by Will Osigian and Trust Fall Productions. I am also assisting the festival’s directors– Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk– in an administrative capacity where I help plan the event and logistics in Cat Fly’s new status as a Nonprofit organization.

AS ONE FLESH poster

AS ONE FLESH is the horror short film that I produced over the summer, which was written and directed by J.W. Naylor, starring Jeff Alexander, Victoria Rae, Franklin Lovingood, and James Martin. Although the short film recently premiered at Cat Fly Halloween in Asheville, North Carolina on October 13th, we are now prepping to submit the film to other festivals, both domestic and international.

The film will also be available for online streaming within the next few weeks. When wading through the festival circuit, I believe it is always helpful to attach an attractive and engaging poster to submissions. Vincent Secary provided art and design on the poster for AS ONE FLESH. Find it embedded below via Instagram.

GOOD HAIR on Amazon Video

After enjoying an extended run on the festival circuit over the last year, notably at the Catalina Film Festival and Just For Laughs in Montreal as a guest of Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, GOOD HAIR has settled on a home for its online distribution. The romantic comedy short film is now available for free streaming on Amazon Video.

Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde are currently forging ahead on their latest venture, FAMILY TRADITION, a short independent film about a delightfully dysfunctional family, set in Holly’s home of Gaffney, South Carolina. Coki Productions, previously known as Good Hair Entertainment, is currently undergoing a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise production funds. Please consider making a donation.

GOOD HAIR is free to stream on #amazonvideo #goodhair #goodhairthemovie #romcom #shortfilm #film #atlfilm #atlanta

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Co-Owner at LEGION M

Legion M is the world’s first fan-owned media company. Individually, we are simply consumers, but with the goal to unite one million fans together as shareholders, Legion M presents huge potential for positive change in the way that we produce entertainment. Legion M’s mission is furthermore supported by the star-power of industry elites such as Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Tim League, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Alamo Drafthouse, Meltdown Comics, and 42 Entertainment.

I purchased 13 shares of stock just before the second investment period closed, making me an official Co-Owner and Investor of Legion M. I’ve since become a member of a private Facebook group where I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with other members of Legion M, as well as participate in exclusive discussions, surveys, and polls relating to the development of Legion M’s upcoming content.

Image by COLOSSAL

Legion M’s first project was the feature film COLOSSAL, written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. Legion M joined as a co-production with NEON after the film was purchased at Toronto Film Festival. COLOSSAL is a story about an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon. The film is currently available to stream via Amazon Video.

SIDES press in Mountain Xpress

SIDES by Trust Fall Productions received a write up by Ali Marshall in the Asheville local news outlet Mountain Xpress. The short is available to watch online in the linked article. SIDES was directed by Will Osigian, produced by Ryan Hand, and stars Jeff Alexander and Drez Ryan as two best friends on opposite sides of the Civil War. I was an Associate Producer, and Sound Recordist during production, which occurred at 5am in the early morning on the 4th of July, 2017, choosing to celebrate Independence Day our way by creating a timely American narrative.

We are so excited to be on Mountain Xpress! If you haven’t seen Sides yet, check it out!!!

Posted by Trust Fall Productions on Saturday, October 7, 2017

GIVE AND TAKE feature film // crowdfunding campaign

GIVE AND TAKE is an upcoming feature film written and directed by Andrew Shearer, a Nicholl Fellowship winning writer, and Screenwriting instructor at the Asheville School of Film. Shearer recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark to fund and self-produce his film project, a comedy documentary mashup about a father in the middle of a divorce who kidnaps his own daughter to save her from making a huge mistake which would ruin her life, a mysterious act that would become the big topic of gossip in their small town community.

Wow, the support so far we’re getting for GIVE AND TAKE is incredible! Shout outs to Thomas McCoy, Nicole Lachance, and…

Posted by Andrew Shearer on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

I had the pleasure of helping out on the film’s pre-production process, specifically drawing up multiple drafts of the total budget for both above and below the line expenses. The crowdfunding campaign has already surpassed its halfway mark, and I look forward to seeing it earn its funds and be actualized in the coming months. Watch Andrew Shearer’s video pitch for GIVE AND TAKE embedded below.

SIDES short film

Trust Fall Productions recently released SIDES, a dramatic short film about two best friends on opposite camps of the Civil War. SIDES was written, directed, shot, and edited by Will Osigian, stars Jeff Alexander and Drez Ryan, and produced by Ryan Hand and myself as an Associate Producer with Brittany Jackson and Wesley Osigian as Production Assistants. Brittany and I also managed the sound recording.

Watch the full film above, check out the poster below, and keep an eye out for the film’s presence in the festival circuit over the next few months, along with much more upcoming content from Trust Fall Productions as they continue to expand.

BUSTER BUSINESS short film

Over the first weekend of September, Brittany and I traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to work on BUSTER BUSINESS, a comedy short film in the vein of Charlie Chaplin and Pixar, where a quirky man named Buster interviews for a job at Big Business. The film was written and directed by Gunner Willis and Corey Wavle, who also stars as the lead Buster, with Zach Robinson and MJ Slide as Producers.

Day one took place entirely on a sound stage at Anderson College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In the photo below, Gunner Willis directs the corporate extras who work at Big Business as an anonymous mob of black ties and briefcases. MJ Slide looks on as the 1st AD, keeping the production safe and on schedule. The rail across the room was the dolly track, which was used for many moving shots.

Corey Wavle played Buster as a timid but quick witted man with a Kurt Cobain hairstyle and taste for vintage clothes. He enters the lions’ den, totally out of his element, but when faced with unpredictable obstacles and impossible questions, Buster turns his troubles into his advantages. I was not familiar with Wavle’s acting, but knew him previously from his work as a 1st AC on GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE. Gunner Willis, the Director, is a working actor himself, who has appeared in minor roles on Netflix’s OZARK and HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS television series.

The remainder of the crew on BUSTER BUSINESS was a total pleasure to work with, and involved John Carrington (DP), Kyle Vines (1st AC), Levi Milinar (2nd AC), Thomas Propst (Sound Mixer), Rob Leonard (Boom Op), Shane McMullin (Gaffer), Diana Valerie (Makeup / Hair), Carol Flack (Wardrobe), Clayton Tilley (Production Designer), Rachel Summers (Art Design), Jamie Condon (Key Grip), Micah Taylor (Swing Grip), Tommy Schwendler (Grip), Ben Wallace (Grip), Jon Stegenga (Grip), Nina Publico (PA), Elizabeth Paige (PA), and Brittany Jackson (PA) with BTS photos by Elizabeth Kabakjian and Jordan Hawkins. Supporting actors also included Russ Wood, Joe Wilson, Bruce Green, Debbie Goodwin, Rishik Patel, and Jared Buchholz.

We did it. And I couldn’t be more exhausted or proud. #BusterBusiness 📸 – @jzhawkins

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As the Script Supervisor, I worked closely with the Director, Gunner Willis, to note each take for script consistency as well as any visual incongruities. I kept a running log of notes which should serve as an important resource for the Editor, so they may anticipate any problems with a performance or production error in advance, and know exactly which take was best received. As one of the few people on set who actively watched the monitor for each take, I feel lucky to have such an inside perspective on how hilariously beautiful this film will be once it’s finished.

Be on the lookout for more info on BUSTER BUSINESS over the next few months as they enter post production and beyond. I expect the entire film will be completed by the end of the year with a slew of film festival screenings starting in early 2018.