Rowe added to TGA Board of Directors

If the last few years has taught us anything it is how important it is having diverse voices sitting at tables where important things are happening. Those seats are very valuable to organizations that are looking to grow and do things better. Every voice matters. I am happy to announce that I have accepted the nomination by Lisa Tatum and the role as a member of the Board of Directors for the Tallgrass Film Association. I have screened 2 films in their past festivals with the “Caveman Evolved” documentary featuring David “Caveman” Rickels and in the 2020 festival our thriller short film “Stay Home”. I attend the festival every year looking to find and support other emerging filmmakers as well as find that sleeper film thats getting buzz.

I have equally been a harsh critic of the TGA because of my involvement as a filmmaker and attendee which was cause for concern when I was offered the nomination. I didn’t feel I was right for that position. I consulted a friend who lectured me about the seats at the table. You can be a critic serving as a loud mouth of grief and criticism for so long but there comes a point where it is on you to take action and be apart of change. This was the opportunity to take action and be action. I am not looking to be the voice of change or wield the iron hammer to be the one that is right. I am looking to be a voice at the table where change can be made on behalf of people like myself as a person of color and as a filmmaker. Those two hats will not be the only hats that a measure from but will be important ones that I am happy to represent.

In Production: Dusty Grant For You

New Project alert! Recently aka a month ago singer songwriter Dusty Grant contacted me about interest in me shooting the music video for his single “For You”. Initially I thought this must be a mistake because I have not shot a music video despite have a moderate desire to do so. I have been sprinkling music video styling in some of the shoots I have done with models but nothing serious enough to evoke interest. He said from my short film stuff and how I play with dark themes that he feels like I could be a good fit.

We set up a zoom meeting and really hashed things out and made a preliminary concept for the video. I could tell that Dusty was excited and was ready to put tire to pavement and get this thing going. For me (no pun intended) I wanted to put together a proper treatment and presentation. Sometimes words get lost and having something down on paper to say what the vision is and where do you wish to make changes or object to. A physical treatment helps make the world real as well as serves as reference material when you have so many moving pieces and parts.

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Stay Home Gets LEGIT!!

We were very pleased to join the crew of Wichita’s podcast Legit Flavor with Chris Key and Janee Alexander to talk about Stay Home short film and how the idea came and the deeper message behind the story. As well we talked about my future plans, my feelings on the response, and they play a few games to understand who I am better. Great talk check it out below!