Headshots by The Joes

The Joes directing duo of Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino promised me some professional headshots as part of my payment for producing the MOMHEART short film. We captured these photos in late July 2019 at various places in Asheville, North Carolina. I knew that I wanted highly detailed black and white textured photos in a controlled interior space, which occurred at the Grey Eagle venue in the immediate photos below. Afterwards, we walked throughout downtown to collect candid shots. I was very impressed with the Joes’ work, and always grateful for updated headshots, which are critical for the freelance creative arena.

Artificial Ink T-Shirts!

Artificial Ink Creative, LLC has produced its first batch of official t-shirts which were given as gifts to key cast and crew who have been important assets over the years. Lightning Bolt Ink screen-printed the shirts out of their shop in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. They approached the white font and grey streak in the logo design with two separate screens to create the desired texture effect.

The shirts were modeled by Braethun Bharathae-Lane and Whitley Albury who now rep the Artificial Ink brand both online and out in the world. Another batch of t-shirts will be ordered from Lightning Bolt Ink before the end of the 2019 year, and will be available for purchase at $15 per shirt in sizes S, M, L and XL. Shirts in XXL and up available upon request for $17. Email artificial.ink.creative@gmail.com to reserve your shirt today and ensure you don’t miss the second round!

Artificial Ink @ Asheville 48HFP 2019

Artificial Ink participated in the 2019 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, which marks the fourth year that I’ve competed, but the first year as a branded team. Artificial Ink received the genres “Sci-Fi / Road Movie”. Although the official rules say that teams only need to choose one of the genres, we decided to try both, and I think it turned out pretty darn decent given the parameters of the 48 Hour Film Project.

The images above are screenshots from the 48HFP entry entitled PHOBOS CON. The short film will be online within the next few weeks as the Director’s Cut is ultimately finalized. Personally, I am of the mind that the 48HFP reaps whatever it sows as a project, but there were a few credits snafus and edits needed before the film inevitably lands on the internet. Team Artificial Ink also had the pleasure of being featured on the local news, ABC 13 WLOS, owed primarily to Garin Wilson, the Director of Photography, who works for the broadcasting company.

Roughly twenty different films screened together for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, which was hosted at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon Avenue. Team Artificial Ink played on Tuesday 6/25 at 10pm and Wednesday 6/26 at 7pm, which all screenings sold out per usual for the 48HFP. There was plenty of steep local competition, but I think we held our own, though the point of the event is always to gauge progress in the production process from the previous year.

Most of the team was able to attend the premiere screening, as depicted above, from the left to right: Timothy McCarthy, Lyle Henry, Jeffrey DeCristofaro, Ted Kendrick, Jeffery Ray, Whitley Albury, Zach Echols, Garin Wilson, and Joe Kendrick. The behind the scenes photographs below were all captured by Jeffrey DeCristofaro who had a minor acting role in the film as the designated character Grant MacDonald, window washer. The other elements included a line of dialogue, “This isn’t what I signed up for” and prop of “a kite”. Overall, it was another challenging but educational experience in passionate guerrilla filmmaking.

VIA Benefit Show for Girls Rock

Leading up to Saturday, June 15th, I coordinated a music video premiere and fundraising event on behalf of the band VIA. The show was hosted by the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC as a benefit show for Girls Rock Asheville, a non-profit organization that leads a music camp for women and gender minorities.

In addition to VIA headlining and premiering their short film “Firefly” starring actress Katie Cassenti with dance choreography by Olivia Joy Harris. Other musical acts included Kathryn O’Shea, Miss Jean and the Love Cats, Moonlight Street Folk, and Rooster. I also designed the poster embedded below. Overall, the event was a great success for both VIA and Girls Rock, and I was glad to support both groups.

Ankhst @ Pop-Up Music Co-Op

Ankhst is a pop-up band which played the Pop-Up Music Co-Op at Sly Grog Lounge in Asheville, NC on June 1st, 2019. Braethun Bharathae-Lane and myself, Ted Kendrick, switched between guitar and bass for two original songs each, with Tim McCarthy on drums. I performed “Call Back Your Ghost” and “So Tell the Captain” while Braethun lead “Another No” and “High Hopes”, embedded below.

I enjoyed playing with these musicians, and hope we can again soon since there were many original songs to go around between us. The co-op also created this amazing sign which was so on brand with the ankh symbol in place of the letter T.

the828.com // new articles

I’ve written a few more articles for The828.com throughout the fall and winter of 2018 into the 2019 spring. Find my most recent writings embedded below, detailing all things eat, drink and play in the 828 area code of Asheville, North Carolina.

Asheville’s Cat Fly Film Festival 2019 returns with events at The Asheville Masonic Temple, New Belgium Brewing, The Mothlight, and other venues around the city.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Queen Bee and the Honeylovers sing of the people and places of Asheville. Find out about the group’s debut album and release party at Isis Music Hall.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Local filmmakers with Night Frizz Productions are bringing a Stephen King classic to life in WNC.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Asheville’s Jane Kramer celebrates album release at Ambrose West.

Posted by The 828 on Monday, February 18, 2019

Crooked Ghost Skeleton House Vinyl Release Show with Crooked Ghost, Morbids, and Thresher next Monday 2/18 at The Mothlight for FREE!

Posted by Ted Kendrick on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow at West Asheville’s Beacham’s Curve.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Join Comic Envy for the return of Asheville Comic Expo 2018! The event is back at the U.S. Cellular Center Nov. 10.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, October 28, 2018

The articles are listed in reverse order of publication with the newest at top. The feature on the up-and-coming Beacham’s Curve development zone was the most time intensive piece of the bunch as it involved multiple interviews with various business owners in the East-West Asheville area, but a fun challenge nonetheless.

THE REPLICA RAID II poster

THE REPLICA RAID II experimental short film is nearing completion with just another few weeks of post-production before it’s ready to head out on the festival circuit. In the meantime, the film needed a poster, which I designed myself. Hopefully I will add a few laurels to the poster before all is said and done.

THAT 828 VIBE podcast

That 828 Vibe podcast, hosted by Julio Ortiz and Kenny Stempien, had me on to talk Artificial Ink Creative. I plugged Watchtower Database, 12th Level Intellects, STEAMPUNK EDDIE, and POP-POP IS DEAD. We also chat THE LION KING trailer, and dissect my favorite song from the original soundtrack, which naturally, I chose “Hakuna Matata.” It means, “No worries.” Listen to the episode at the link below: 

https://www.buzzsprout.com/185005/876357-s2-e4-the-lion-king-w-ted-kendrick

MOMHEART crowdfunding campaign

Lately I’ve been producing independent film projects like the comedy feature POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions, which recently made its film festival debut on November 16th at the LA Comedy Film Festival, and the MOMHEART short film entering production from December 1st-3rd in Asheville, North Carolina.

MOMHEART is a dark comedy with sci-fi elements about an impressionable and childlike man named Gavin, who moves into his very first apartment. He has never known the love of a real family since losing his mother at an early age so he reluctantly turns to FamNi Inc., a shady family rental service, to fill the void in his heart. The film stars Gunner Willis (Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS), and is written and directed by filmmaking duo The Joes, Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino.

At the moment, we are gathering our resources, and aim to raise a modest $2000 for production– so close to the goal! –and currently accepting donations over Indiegogo: (https://igg.me/at/Momheart/x). If you can’t donate, you can support our efforts by sharing the campaign over social media. The Joes and I appreciate any measure of support in spreading the word and gathering an audience.

The828.com // recent articles

I’ve 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 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)