It Don't Rain on Sunny Days is actually a tune I wrote some 15 years ago
to entertain my teenagers. I would sing the song, practically through my
nose, to get that gritty Leon Redbone sound. In 2007, I saw the movie
"Ray" and there was a line in the film when Jamie Fox says I like
country... because the songs tell stories. That line inspired me to
make my song into a movie.
Months later, I ran into comedy writer Lee Fleming at the Tacoma Film
Festival. He was premiering his film called Following Chip. That
evening I gave him a rough outline of the story and I sensed we could
make this thing work. We began writing the script in December, ten
months later it was ready to film.
Prior to writing the screenplay, I approached Joe Rosati about jumping on
board as the lead and to co-produce the film. Joe starred in a movie
called Limbo and he and I had co-produced a film called Sarah Jane
Road. I knew he'd be perfect for the role and would be a big plus in
getting this movie done. Trying to find the right director on the other
hand took a little time. After interviewing several others I decided to
go with Justin Peterson, who had directed a movie called All About
Haggarty. What impressed me the most about Justin, was not only his
commitment and resources, but his keen sense to convey the story into a
The movie co-stars Teddy Haggarty who is often Alec Baldwin's stand-in
for major motion pictures. Blythe Oliver stars in the female
lead role. She's done several films and plays over the years and does
modeling. The movie also features three Pacific Northwest stand up
comedians: Seattle's Rod Long (see press clip Funny Bucket), writer Lee
Fleming and up and raising comic Colin Dillon.
The music in the film is an original score and has several versions of
the song It Don't Rain on Sunny Days in it. David McKibbin, the movies
music director, wrote all the instrumentals with the exception of a song by
Junkyard Jane. Leanne Trevalyan also wrote and sang the movie's feature
song "Sunny Days" which plays in the Credits and the DVD's main menu.
With a shoe string budget of $2500 filming began in September 2008 and wrapped up in July of 2009.
Scheduling and weather delayed the film from being completed sooner, but
it turned out for the better (see press clip Forecast: Sunny Days).
I wanted to give out a couple taps to post production pros that aren't listed in the credits. First to Steve Collins of Collin Systems, he did an excellent job in mastered the sound. The crew and cast that caught the film at GHFF, couldn't believe how stunning the sound sounded. The theater had a 1st rate multi-speaker system and there were sounds you didn't know existed. Second I want to thank Ed Shoemaker of Three Moon Bay for his help in taking a beat up .mov file and making it look awesome. He fixed the inner-lacing problem and created more sharpness and added vivid color. The performance is impressive.
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This film was the result of me putting together a film presentation for Tacoma's Historical Society event honoring Tacoma's Rock-n-Roll legends on October 9, 2011. Buck Ormsby of The Fabulous Wailers asked me if I could do a 10 to 15 minute film utilizing footage from the 2 Garage Guys interviews. My goal was to educate and entertain the members of the Historical Society. My thought was many of them may not know how much talent came out of Tacoma, Washington. After the event, I added 10 more minutes to the film. I had Justin Peterson edit a 3 minute piece on The Ventures. I than wanted to include Buck Ormby receiving a proclamation award from the Mayor of Tacoma and end the film with Kent Morrill's (The Fabulous Wailers) last performance of Dirty Robber.
Tacoma's Rock-n-Roll Legends is an entertaining and educational short film, mixed with interesting stories, facts and music honoring Tacoma's most notable garage rockers of the late fifties and early sixties. The movies raw and gritty format centers on a series of interviews conducted by Buck Ormsby of The Fabulous Wailers with Little Bill Engelhart of the Bluenotes, Kent Morrill of The Fabulous Wailers, KJR DJ Pat O' Day, Jerry Roslie of The Sonics, Jerry Miller of Moby Grape and Don Wilson of The Ventures.
The award winning 25-minute documentary “Tacoma’s Rock N’ Roll Legends” has been viewed 63.5K times on Facebook and has 1.9k shares.
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With US Presidential and Presidential candidates fessing up to taking a puff of weed and with the debate in the US continues on to decriminalizing marijuana and the legalization of it, "Glitch" a 2011 short film was way ahead of its time in dealing in this topic. A political satire, "A Glitch In the System" is a slap stick comedy about a man (prisoner 8675 309 a.k.a Buddy) locked up and released 25 years later for marijuana possession and due in part to an error in the jurisdictional computer system. Imagine how much the world has changed in that amount of time. Can our unfortunate stoner cope with the changes? Cell phones, no smoking ban and over priced shake. Can he get a job? Or is he better off staying in the slammer. Has justice been served? You be the judge.
"On Location Stories"
The unspoken mantra for virtually all slim-budget productions is “shoot first, ask permission later.” So when producer Randy Sparks needed to secretly stage a scene for his comedy “Glitch” in front of a bank, he knew it came with some risk. “When you’re the producer, you’re responsible for everything - and everyone,” he says. Randy certainly couldn’t afford he or any of his crew members getting hauled off to the pokey (though such a thing would have made excellent press for a film about a parolee run through the judicial wringer). Luckily he got the footage he wanted without any threat of a shakedown.
“Glitch” may have received a visit from the supernatural, however. After deciding to shoot inside Tacoma’s former City Hall, Randy found out the building was considered haunted. He kept this to himself so as not to disturb the crew, yet some experienced claustrophobia and difficulty breathing during their time in the character Buddy’s jail cell.
Despite these minor hiccups, Randy considers “Glitch” the most efficient production he’s worked on. While cementing relationships with his regular volunteers, he constantly keeps an eye out for new talent to invite on his team. His next project Rose Colored Shades begins shooting 2012 with local comedian Rod Long.
OMG!!! Last night I watched the new episode (S13, Ep 07) of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. In the show"s final segment "New Rules", he ending on a note that made me wonder if he or someone on his writing staff may of seen my short satire "A Glitch In the System" on Tumblr and was so inspired by the movie's premise statement that he incorporated certain elements in the ending of "New Rules". There was so many similarities between Bill's commentary and my beloved flick and it's description, it was uncanny. He even used a few buzz words, key points and statements that I had to stop and say.... OMG. Perhaps its nothing more than one of those moments where all great minds think alike. Perhaps it may of been pipe dreaming on my part. I don't know, but if you seen "Glitch" and the Real Time show last night... well, you be the judge. In any case, I'm a happy camper and glad the issue is center stage. Pardon the pun. R. Remember it's all about the tags.# vimeo.com/108165901 Uploaded 522 Plays 0 Likes 0 Comments
Tacoma Chalk Off is my first movie to be in a Film Festival and on TV. Soren Anderson (movie critic for the Tacoma News Tribune) put out a column calling all filmmakers for 5 minute shorts for the 2008 Tacoma Film Festival. Out of 75 entries TFF selected only 2 entries. Anderson told me at the festival's opening party that he enjoyed Tacoma Chalk Off tremendously. The film was filmed and cut in two days. Teddy Haggarty (Alec Baldwin's stand in) just got back in time from Hollywood, and on week 17 of the chalk off we met at Larry Frost park and filmed. I had to personally deliver the film the next day. So I pulled an all night-er editing and rendering the film in time for the festivals deadline.
Shortly after the film was submitted, we found out that Larry Frost wasn't the first Tacoma police officer killed in the line of duty. The Tacoma Weekly ran a story tacomaweekly.com/news/view/tacoma_honors_first_officer_to_die_in_line_of_duty/ a few weeks later that uncovered some lost documents about a Tacoma Police Officer killed in 1892.
The film briefly examines how Chalk Off got started in Tacoma and why local artists and the community rose to the call to help save Frost Park from being fenced up and closed to the public. Frost Park is named after Tacoma Police officer Larry L. Frost who was tragically killed on duty in the 70's.
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