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.

IT’S MY PARTY @ 48HFP 2017

I participated in my second 48 Hour Film Project from Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th. The event is held nationally in dozens of participating cities, and Asheville in particular had 22 teams this year. Each team had 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Team Cat Fly, composed of filmmakers who participated in the Cat Fly Film Festival, entered the comedy / mystery short IT’S MY PARTY.

Team Cat Fly’s crew comprised of myself Ted Kendrick (Writer / Producer / 1st AD), Ryan DuVal (Director / Writer), Joe Naylor (Writer / Script Supervisor), Paul Rouse (Writer / Sound), Brittany Jackson (EP / 2nd AC), Madeleine Richardson (EP / Editor), Keeley Turner (EP / DP), Isabel Ferber (Art), Thomas Goddard (2nd Unit DP / Color Correction), Zeke MacMillan (Sound), and Tony Mozz (Sound Engineer).

Many local actors featured in shorts that screened at the Cat Fly Film Festival also starred in IT’S MY PARTY, such as Jeff Alexander, Elizabeth Babelay, Rebekah Babelay, Nick Biggs, Cameron Gregg, Caitlin Koenig, Franklin Lovingood, James Martin, Victoria Rae, Drez Ryan, Kendra Warren and Cat Wityk as hypochondriac Paula Wilhelm, the character all teams were required to use, our only fictitious name.

Original music was written for the film, including the diarrhea diddy “I’m Waiting” by singer/songwriter Kendra Warren, which utilized the line all teams needed as the song title and main chorus, as well as the synth-wave dance groove “Mystery Machine” by Tony Mozz, who also lent his expert ears for the sound mixing.

Madeleine Richardson was the primary editor, and powered through the process for over 30 hours straight. She got started as soon as there was footage available, and locked picture by Sunday afternoon. Thomas Goddard provided his services for color correction, and Tony Mozz speedily mixed the entire film together at the final hour, always facing down the most impossible tasks, only for the exporting to put us behind deadline, disqualifying us from awards aside from audience choice. Disappointing end to the weekend, but the event is always a learning experience.

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The 48 Hour Film Project screened at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st, both days at 7pm and 10pm ET, hosted and produced by Bruce Sales of 2BruceStudio. The audience seemed to really enjoy our film, and I found the others in competition to be just as entertaining. It’s always a fun game to identify the required elements in each short film, such as character (Paula Wilhelm, hypochondriac), prop (chair), and line (“I’m waiting”). Team Cat Fly’s entry IT’S MY PARTY will be released online in the near future.

Woods & Wilds Storytelling and Music Festival // poetry finalist

In November, my original poem “Tender Apocalypse” was selected as a finalist in the Dogwood Alliance’s Woods & Wilds Storytelling and Music Festival flash fiction contest. The top three finalists read their works aloud at the festival while the Asheville Grit published the works online. I was honored to have my work selected for a festival that promotes such a worthy cause like forest conservation.

Writing  “Tender Apocalypse” was therapeutic as it allowed me to process the devastating emotions I felt regarding the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. On the morning of election day, Asheville was covered in smoke from the wildfires in both Rutherford County and the Nantahala. The air was thick, hard to breathe, and needless to say, the atmosphere felt immensely apocalyptic.

My old friend Scot Langland is a studying poet at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he is earning his masters in Literature. He was a huge help in the editing and refinement of this piece, which you can read in full below.

Tender Apocalypse
by Ted Kendrick

Apocalyptic ash was in the air on Tuesday November 8th.
At first I thought it was just the atmosphere of anxiety
Created by the uncertainty of the Presidential election,
But as the ballots trickled in, the haze still remained
And I discovered that my countrymen were arsonists.

In the East, near the Rumbling Bald in Rutherford,
Lake Lure was lit by the Dirty Dancing of wildfire.
Flames spread across seven thousand acres of forest,
Blamed on the debris falling below the Party Rock.
A warning, perhaps, not to blindly toe the party line.

In the West, among the shade of the Nantahala gorge,
The Land of the Noonday Sun became a roaring Inferno.
Amid campaign trail vows to ‘Make America Great Again’
Adventurers on the Appalachian Trail were warned away
And much of the Great Smoky Mountains was closed.

Smoke still filled the air on Wednesday November 9th.
Not only was the city of Asheville enshrouded by smog,
But the entire country was faced with the sudden promise
That the drought would continue for another four years
And some folks might admit they prefer it that way.

EMPTY HANDS // music

During my senior year of high school in Homewood, Alabama, I was a member in a folk rock band called EMPTY HANDS, inspired by musical acts such as Bright Eyes, Wild Sweet Orange, and the Great Book of John, just to name a few.

EMPTY HANDS was comprised of frontman Trevor Litsey (Vocals / Guitar), C.W. Newell (Lead Guitar), myself (Bass) and Will Johnston (Drums) with rotating backup vocalists Molly Byrom, Lesley Wildes, Lily Womble, and Chelsey Whild.

From 2009 to 2010, we played a handful of shows including The Peerless Saloon in Anniston, Alabama which was the oldest saloon in the state, the Magic City Art Connection in Birmingham where we played right after Kate Taylor of Dead Fingers, and the Homewood Holiday Open House on the corner of 18th street.

Listen to our homemade album, with some songs produced by Ron Dometrovich, embedded below via NoiseTrade. I can safely say that the band’s unanimous favorite was track 11, “Utah” which truly still holds up as a damn good tune.