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My Toxic Backyard

The residents of the community in Asheville, NC depicted in this documentary by Katie Damien are headed to the Supreme Court to try and get the site cleaned up.

Read about it at: Citizen-Times

Read about the documentary here: My Toxic Backyard - Documentary Review


Wally Pfister - What it's like to be a director with a $100 million budget.

Read it at thedailybeast.com


A Photo Essay of the history of WBTV in Charlotte North Carolina

See it at BTMemories.com


Musicians organize against Lionsgate for unfair practies.

The American Federation of Musicians , state legislators, labor union officials, community leaders, and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra organize for fair treatment of musicians

Read it at Creative Loafing Atlanta


The father of Sara Jones says the death of his daughter on set was senseless.

Her parents have hired an Atlanta law firm to hold someone accountable for the accident and explain why they were working on the train tracks without permission.

Read it at journalgazette.net

GSN This Week

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SoutheastFloridaFort LauderdaleFilmCastingDiscovery Channel - Crime Show
Mon 04/21/14 thru Fri 04/25/14
Fort MeyersMusicFestivalWelcome to Rockville Festival
Sat 04/26/14 thru Sun 04/27/14
GeorgiaNorth Georgia MountaFilmCastingExtras: Robert Redford - Walk In The Woods
Mon 04/21/14 thru Fri 04/25/14
KennesawTheaterAuditionNew Company Actors
Sat 04/26/14 thru Sat 04/26/14
MilledgevilleFilmFestivalMilledgeville Film Festival
Fri 04/25/14 thru Sun 04/27/14
North CarolinaAshevilleTheaterEventBard-a-thon
Fri 04/25/14 thru Sat 04/26/14
DurhamMusicFestivalThe Art of Cool Project
Fri 04/25/14 thru Sat 04/26/14




AshevilleMusicFestivalMoogfest
Wed 04/23/14 thru Sun 04/27/14
WilkesboroMusicFestivalMerlefest
Thu 04/24/14 thru Sun 04/27/14
South CarolinaColumbiaFilmCastingLake House
Sat 04/12/14 thru Tue 04/22/14
GreenvilleFilmEventPremiere: I Married an Alien
Fri 04/25/14 thru Fri 04/25/14
Myrtle BeachFilmFestivalMyrtle Beach International Film Festival
Wed 04/23/14 thru Sat 04/26/14
Rock HillTheaterEventWinthrop Student Choreography Showcase
Fri 04/25/14 thru Sun 04/27/14
TennesseeKnoxvilleFilmCastingPilot
Sun 04/13/14 thru Tue 04/22/14







Featured Music Video

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Resurrection After-party Album Cover.jpgResurrection After-Party is the latest album from Stephanie Wolfe.  It is being released on her Chipped Polish Records label tomorrow, February 14th, Valentines Day. 

This album is heavy into electronica.  My favorite song is Excited although Something Wicked is very popular too.

Chipped Polish Records is committed to female artists in the genres of pop, electronica, rock, and experimental music.




Thomas Lorenzo on acoustic guitar

 (Photo credit: Fgil65 via Wikipedia)


If you enjoy music and poetry and have never experience an artists in the round type of performance you should attend this one presented by The Charlotte Singer-Songwriters and Poets Circle.

Five performers present their songs and poetry, taking turns on stage, for your enjoyment.  Sometimes artists that are touring the country are booked to perform and at these in-the-round events.  So you never know what to expect.


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One of Tweetsie Railroad's two steam locomotiv...

One of Tweetsie Railroad's two steam locomotives, 2-8-2 #190, on May 20th, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tweetsie Railroad, located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is seeking entertainers for their 2014 season.

They are needing singers, dancers, actors, equestrians, magicians, and specialty acts.


2014 Local Auditions
January 25 & 26
9:00 am Registration / Auditions begin at 10:00 am
I.G. Greer Hall
Appalachian State University
401 Academy Street
Boone, NC


Crystal Tyler.jpgJade Castle Studios is an asset to the upstate area, the Carolinas, and beyond.  It is a place where actors, performing artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists of all kinds can meet and rub shoulders with one another.  You can attend classes or rent space for your projects such as a songwriter's club, writer's club or as a space where you could audition actors for your upcoming film.

Started earlier this year and operated by Crystal Tyler it is just beginning to take hold and needs your help.  If you are able to give just a small amount to assist with this well intensioned project it will help filmmaking and the performing arts thrive in the community and their will be some perks for you as well.


"Crystal and Jade Castle have been a great resource for me in connecting with other professionals. Whenever Other Vision needs to look for talent, I give Crystal a call. Through Jade Castle, she's already helped connect me with so many other great film professionals in the Greenville area." - Collins Abbott White - Other Vision Studios


If you can't afford to donate then please share this message with your friends so they can learn about Jade Castle Studios and how it might benefit them.

Learn more about Jade Castle Studios in the article below by The Greenville News and in my conversation with Crystal.


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Photo and Makeup by Abbey Sacks
Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las...

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)


America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.


Find the city closest to  you below.
Kira ABYFM1.jpgKira Bursky is a talented young lady, filmmaker, and musician.  I always look forward to finding out what comes next from her.  She splits her time between home in Ahseville, NC and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.  A boarding high school where she is in the Motion Pictures Arts program.

Kira has just directed and completed her short film Clean which was made for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project and won the award for Best Cinematography.   Recently I had the opportunity to talk with her about the film and some of her other work.  Find out what what she has to say below.

SETC Fall Auditions.jpgActors, singers, dancers.  The Southeastern Theatre Conference has their professional acting auditions coming up this September.  The auditions will be held at the Atlanta Airport Hilton.  Representatives from dinner theatres, professional stock, repertory, touring, theme parks, and cruise lines will be there to see your audition and choose talent for their productions.

To qualify you must have a minimum of two paid acting contracts in theatre or be a fully paid and current member of the Actors Equity Association.  You must also be 19 years old or older and, have recommendations from two professional credits listed on your application unless you are an Equity member.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Riverfest.pngThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a traveling show of films on the environment. It will be coming to Valle Crucis, North Carolina at the end of this month in conjunction with Riverfest.  There will be 10 short films along with music, food, a raffle, and a moonlight river float.

A climate of change is the theme for this years lineup.  The raffle will be for outdoor gear and there will also be a star party after the films to view the stars in the dark skies of Valle Crucis.




John Mellencamp (singer, songwriter, and guita...

John Mellencamp (Public domain photo by Peter Rimar. via Wikipedia)

What do you get when you put John Mellencamp and Stephen King together then add T-Bone Burnett for good measure?  A musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.  

Conceived by John who enlisted the help of Stephen King as the writer, it's a southern gothic musical about a sibling rivalry that turns to tragedy.  John wrote all the songs for the musical.  After more that 10 years of collaboration they brought on T-Bone Burnett (music producer of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and many others) to help pull it all together.

The musical will have shows coming this October and November in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa.  In addition it will be released as a digital and hardcover book.  The soundtrack which is available on iTunes includes Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Roseanne Cash, and John Mellencamp with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz.   

See the promotional video for the musical below.

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Debbie's Angels Productions is holding auditions for its popular revue Broadway After Dark.  This is a racy, rowdy revue of some of Broadway's biggest hits including songs from Chicago, Rent, Gypsy, Smokey Joe's Cafe, etc.  They are looking for men and women. You will be performing songs, dances, scenes and monologues from various shows when you audition so please be prepared.

Checklist:
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • 32 bars (a verse and a chorus) of a Broadway song.  If you don't know any Broadway songs, prepare a pop, rock, gospel or country song.  Bring sheet music if you have it but also be prepared to sing acapella.
  • If you are NOT a singer, please prepare a 1-2 minute comedic or dramatic monologue.
  • Bring a headshot and resume if you have it.   If you don't, no worries. Just come anyway!


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Debbie's Angels Productions is seeking a music director for their Spring theatre classes.  You must be able to read music, teach vocal parts and play the piano.  There is some pay.  Please email your resumes to debbiesangelsproductions@gmail.com.  Looking for someone in the Onslow County or surrounding areas of North Carolina. 



A ball of fire singer out of Tennessee with an acoustic guitar, and a harmonica playing rhythm section of a fella from Texas punching out the beat.  That's what you get when you see Shovels and Rope.

Cary Ann Hearst
and Michael Trent now call Charleston, South Carolina home and have recently been touring the U.S. in support of their new album O' Be Joyful.

Check them out below in their recent appearance on The David Letterman Show.


To Russia With Love

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Dreamkiller2.jpgLet's send Christy Johnson and the Dreamkiller Band to Russia.  You can help by liking them on the ULikeUs page now through January 31st.  

ULikeUS is a competition where artists compete to bring their music to Russia.  The top twenty bands that gain the most attention at this stage will compete for a panel of judges to see who gets to go to Russia and play their music.  More about that here.



To vote for Dreamkiller go to the ULikeUs voting page.  Find Dreamkiller and vote by clicking on the Facebook or VK.com icons.








Check out the Dreamkiller Watch This video below and visit their web page.  Also, like this page so all your friends can vote too!



Nederlands: Darrell Scott @ Paradiso (Amsterda...

Darrell Scott (Photo credit: Erik Joling at nl.wikipedia)

Darrell Scott wowed a packed audience at the McCelvey Center last night with his guitar prowess and remarkable vocals.  The event is part of the Southern Sound  Series being presented at the center over the next few months.  Other performers coming up in the series include The Secret Sisters, Ruthie Foster, Suzy Boggus, and Abigail Washburn.

Keeepers of The Culture Awards were presented to Alan Miller, Pat Veasey, and Joe Zdenek for their contribution in keeping cultural events and education alive in York County, SC followed by Scott's performance.  

Darrell is a Nashville session musician as well as singer/songwriter and performing artist.  He has collaborated with other performers such as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Tim O'Brien, and Guy Clark.  Scott's song Long Time Gone, from his album Real Time with Tim O'Brien was covered by The Dixie Chicks sending it to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.



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At the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC

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English: Music Video Still from "SHE IS S...

English: Music Video Still from "SHE IS SO CRIMINAL" (Photo credit: Mehran Naseer Wikipedia)


The $500 Days of Summer website is offering professional videos for 5 bands to be filmed in the Charlotte, North Carolina area for $500.  This may still sound like a lot of money but these guys have made music videos in the $20k range and knows how to produce a video that will keep a viewer engaged.

Each video will be directed by UNC-Charlotte and the Art Institute of Charlotte film professor William S. Davis. who has worked with local as well as international artists.  He is also president of Yellow Arrow Film, Inc.

There are only 5 slots open.  So if you are a band or solo artist in need of a quality music video on the cheap then check into this site.