First United Methodist Church -- Ashland, Kentucky
Hello Family and Friends!
Happy Birthday Wanda Elizabeth Plummer!
I'm greeting you today on what would have been my sweet Mom's 91st birthday! We don't mourn her loss because she's not lost! We know exactly where she is! And we live with the joy of knowing that we'll see her again. Instead we celebrate and give thanks for the time we had with her and for the wonderful life she made for my sister Susan and me. If you had known her (and maybe you did!) she would've made you smile. She would've made you laugh. And she would've made you spaghetti and meatballs. Have you ever looked at me incredulously thinking, "What?!?" Well, that was her, too. That's where I got it. Most of all she would have prayed for you. She was a woman of God who loved the Lord and cared about the people He placed in her life. Mom's faithfulness got me through some rough patches when my own faith was lacking. And I'm sure Sissie would tell a similar story. We love you, Mom. And we all miss you terribly! We'll see you soon. :)
TWO BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS!!
Since last we spoke, I had the privilege of filming THE FOLLOWER in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio with JCFilms! I got to work with some old friends and I had the sincere pleasure of making some new ones! So many talented people were involved that I couldn't even begin to name them here all at once. Here are a few photos of our fearless crew. I'll include more later as further developments... well... develop:
We have winners. The front-runners held on wire to wire for the win. Here are the headshots you'll mostly be seeing for the foreseeable future:
ARVOLD EDUCATION SELF-TAPE WORKSHOP
I attended a mind-blowing workshop last weekend on the topic of Self-Taping, which is the new normal - especially here in the Mid-Atlantic where we are pretty much on an island somewhere between New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. The workshop was led by Erica Arvold and Richard Warner from Arvold Education and was hosted by Katie Killacky at Capital Coaching Studios.
Now, I've been successfully self-taping for several years and figured this would be mostly review. But I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know Erica, Richard and Katie better. And of course I was excited at the prospect of working with them in a workshop setting. I was certain to pick up a few tidbits here and there.
And then... my head exploded. Literally. Okay, not "literally" literally, but you know what I mean.
There is so much more to the art of self-taping than I could've imagined. It's a completely different genre. We covered at least a semester of information in two full-day sessions. And they provided us with the materials for weeks or months of additional learning on our own. I can't say enough good things about this workshop. Listening to Erica and Richard pepper each topic with personal experiences and insights was fascinating. Richard especially is a storyteller. A gifted communicator. He'll charm you with his stories and anecdotes.
Our brains were so full and we were so occupied with study and discussion and exercises that I only thought to get one picture. I'm disappointed in myself that I didn't get more - especially with Erica, Richard and Katie - but I did get one with my movie wife Erin: :)
If you feel you may need to up your self-tape game then contact Capital Coaching Studios. If not for the knowledge, do it for the muffins. :)
A CHRISTMAS TREE MIRACLE (2013)
A few years ago an old friend from our Frostburg days - JW Myers - directed a lovely Holiday film entitled A CHRISTMAS TREE MIRACLE. Written by another Frostburg homie - Ty DeMartino - the talented cast features Kevin Sizemore, Terry Kiser and Jill Whelan.
It is a lovely story in the classic American Christmas tradition and was awarded the All Ages Dove Approved seal by The Dove Foundation. If you've never seen it, I highly recommend it for you and your family this Christmas. It was filmed entirely on location in the West Virginia Panhandle and SE Ohio, so I would especially recommend it to my new friends in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. I've already told a few of you about it. Well, here it is! :)
You can find it THREE WAYS this Christmas!
A Christmas Tree Miracle usually airs on the UP Network. That's channel 338 on DirecTV. Make sure to check your provider for the UP Network wherever you are. Keep in mind that it may air a few times throughout the Holiday Season. I've already DVR'd it! :) Call me old-school, but I prefer watching a network broadcast rather than streaming. It just feels right. But if you are more of the new-fangled fancy-pants technological type, don't worry! We've got your ticket, too!
A Christmas Tree Miracle is available for streaming on Amazon and is FREE with Amazon Prime!
A Christmas Tree Miracle is available for streaming on YouTube if that's your thing! I love YouTube for many things! Feature-length films is not one of them. Trailers? Yes! Shorts? Yes! SLINGSHOT VIDEOS? Yes!! Features? No. That's just my opinion I could be wrong. :)
BTW, ACTM was before I started acting again after a 20-year absence. In fact, this film - and it's sibling THE PLEDGE - were in large part responsible for my return to acting. I stopped by the set one day in Wheeling, WV and forced myself into frame. I dare you to try to find me. Here's what I looked like way back then: :)
Photo by Ty DeMartino.
And if you're ever in Wheeling, WV stop by Ye Olde Alpha and try the Stuffed Banana Peppers! Holy Cow! :)
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