Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Heart of Dixie

Last night November 16th 2009, Flying On One Engine was the 4th best grossing film in Montgomery Alabama! It even beat the John Cusak blockbuster 2012 in one theater. Flying ranked the 4th most watched film of 35 screens in all of Montgomery.

Also in attendance was Morris Dees the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, he was the man behind successful multi-million dollar suits against the KKK, Aryan Nations, and you-name-the-hate-group. Later that evening at his security detailed house we sipped bourbon and talked about filmmaking.

Thanks to Martin for his tour of the one block that Rosa Parks road the bus and the typo on Hank Williams grave. Also big appreciation for the great hospitably from Jim at the Lattice Inn.

Down on the delta we had a real party at the public library. Charlie and the Mobile Arts Council were wonderful.

Now onto a new section of the blog, brief interviews of people I meet...

Vanessa a California native, who has been living in Alabama for almost a decade is still called a Yankee. According to her people come to Alabama to die, she has seen the proof. Her husband was fine when they moved here, now he needs the assistance of a walker, also one girl at her work just died of a heat attack. For all her complaining, she had a fine disposition and maybe she was just frustrated that morning while we chatted.

Fionna might look like a Southerner, but today she explained that she was gay. And not gay as in a homosexual (this comment had everyone at the Lattice Inn laughing like a bunch of third graders.) She was gay, as in a form of happiness that can not be explained in any other terms. Fionna also told me the unbelievable story of moving to North Carolina from Scotland so her architecture husband could design banks as a front for a drug runner. This same drug runner later bugged the IRS.

Music was made to be played loud in fast cars with bass so deep you feel it from a block away. Revisiting my music collection has been one of my favorite parts of the trip. Official mix-tape might be posted at the end of the trip.

Current listening:
The Go! Team - Thunger, Lightning, Strike
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Spoon - ga ga ga ga
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

See bigger and more photos from my trip here: