Monday, March 22, 2010

Alexandria - Lafayette - Mobile

Alexandria

In Alexandria, I stumbled upon this article in the local newspaper and subsequently made a pit stop in the Alexandria Museum of Art, which, as it happened, was having a retrospective show of paintings by Robert Warrens.

Alexandria-Lafayette (en route to Mobile)
After a very pleasant screening and discussion in Alexandria, I cruised 70 miles south to Lafayette, my hometown. There, I reunited with two old friends in a place known as the
"4 Acre Wood", a hideout for raccoons in the middle of Lafayette.

Mobile
Once in Mobile, I sat in a leather recliner at
the Crescent Theater where I joined a few late-night moviegoers for an impromptu screening of God's Architects.

The Crescent is a fine example of a new one-screen independent theater. Plans are already in place to return to the Crescent with the cast of my next film Lord Byron, an event which will include a screening and a late-night jam session with the musicians in that film.

After a steady 15 hours of rain, for which Mobile lived up to its title as America's rainiest city (excepting Alaskan and Hawaiian locales), Sunday was about as perfect as it gets: blue skies, brunch with the ever-hospitable Charlie Smoke (of the Mobile Arts Council) at an Irish pub, a well-attended screening, and an aimless wander through a 19th century cemetery where lie the remains of Joe Cain...one of the legendary founders of what we now know of as Mardi Gras. After the screening, I had the chance to talk with some incredibly friendly Mobilians, as well as the Pascagoulian parents of my good friend, photographer Britney Majure. I spent the rest of the evening researching high octane fuel with Gideon (Carson) Kennedy, himself a filmmaker who made a really innovate short film called Clandestine...composed entirely of archival footage and sounds.

A picture of a picture on the exterior wall of one of the research facilities...

Coming soon...Reflections on the Capri Theater in Montgomery, and rocks falling from the sky at Hank Williams' grave.