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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Synthwave in Color (Kaitlin)

As promised the speed art and photoshop edit transforming a photo of Kaitlin into a full synthwave/retrowave aesthetic. The 90s feel is something I love a lot. From the VHS look, the neon-bright colors, and that future present vibe of not quite being in the future but quite being right now. This is an element that carries over into my films to not be soo crisp and hope to be present as we complete the short film “GoodNight”. This photoshop edit and video is also a venture into NFT and CryptoArt which I will talk about later. Check it out! Full presentation on the Behance portfolio.

Winter Creativity

Real Quick I am deciding to put some time into casual vlog style content as these weird times are making it harder to get work and has thrown a wrench into shooting days for the new projects in order to respect the Covid 19 protocols and be overall safe. So expect that in the new future.

As many of you know there was a nasty snow event that hit the center of the United States that put us in some frigid arctic temperatures as well as power issues. Not too often do we get a major winter event and with that, we received plenty of that white stuff we call snow. Well I have a camera and I love to create and this was a perfect time to get footage. Unfortunately with the extreme temperature of -2 degrees, it was near impossible to get anyone to come to join so I did it myself. It was a bad idea but I wanted snow footage for the new LUT pack I am creating of my 5 signature looks. Why was it bad? Should I remind you it was -2. Hands hurt and my feet had no feeling in them after I was done but I was able to get some amazing shots that I can put together into a few short trailers.

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In Production: While We Wait

Poster Art

Yea I know its like a whole production house over here but we have been secretly working on this production now titled “While We Wait”. The 2020 Election has been full of …well….everything. Locally has had its own challenges in every state in America but in Wichita, Kansas there has been a very unique one that took fold. First time political hopeful Sarah Lopez decided to put her hat in the race against Micheal O’Donnell. This race became one of the states most watched race in local politics in quite some time. This race was watched with constant coverage for corruptions, swindles, and political end fighting.

Something like this is something you look for in the top jobs like races for House seats, Judges, maybe even Mayor. This race filled with so many controversies, was to take over a district in the county commissioners office. Yep. A member of the board of health. It may seem insignificant but it is a lot more than meets the eye. This is a true David vs Goliath story where democrat Sarah Lopez is taking on the Republican establishment that is backed by big money and a strong reputation in a the Red State of Kansas. I am undecided on if this is a feature or a short yet but I am still currently in production with many interviews lined up. Did I mention Covid-19??? That is making shooting very difficult for the additional interviews but we are doing our best to get what we need.