Friday, September 23, 2016

FCAA POST FILM FEST NEWS

FCAA NEWS


HELP US CONTINUE TO BE A VIABLE CREATIVE FORCE IN OUR COMMUNITY

The Franklin County Arts Alliance is looking forward to finishing out 2016 and stepping into 2017 with positive affirmation.  Those of you who have been members and supporters for the past twenty years understand that most of our programs are shared with the community free of charge.  FCAA received no local tax help this year and it has stretched the budget.  We want to encourage you to consider us as a viable and worthy organization that has tax-deductible status.  We have a beautiful building that has even been further enhanced the last few years with a new roof, air/heat unit, new electrical wiring where needed and Christmas lights on our building that let us shine as brightly as every other building in downtown Mt. Vernon.  Thanks to Lowes Distribution, Interior Passions, sponsors and volunteers, we have a new floor, refrigerator, dishwasher, outdoor tables and chairs.  Tom Scott Lumber helped with Landscape mulch and Dorcee Finney did a wonderful job weeding. 


CELEBRATE WITH US OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!


We’re sorry if you missed the DRIVEN Film Festival.  Linda Hammond and crew decked us out in style, 


Chef Donna Copeland and helpers took us on a satisfying tour of 1920-30’s food that matched up with Dustin Ellis’ Edison phonograph music on Friday evening. 


Saturday, the house was packed to see videos including book trailers, creative and documentary as well as the state of Texas Bankhead Faces and Places videos.  We were honored to have a number of guests including Susan Shore who presented Mayor Kit Marshall of Aledo the winning Texas Historical Commission and Texas Heritage video prize.  Our own dignitaries including Chamber Manager Diane Newsome and Mayor Margaret Sears attended. 


Mt. Vernon talent showed up in films by Liz Etheridge, Stephen Marshall and Jason Lewis.  There are so many creative local people to recognize.  What a wonderful time was had by all.  Special recognition to our featured director Brad Maule, guests from the Metroplex Kay and Louis Moore and the Convivial Society. 

But none of the good times would be possible without our members, volunteers and sponsors. 


The following sponsors were listed on our program:  Luminant; Brookshires; Lowes Distribution Center; Mama D’s Catering Co.; Edison Phonograph Museum Mt. Pleasant; St. Clair Foundation/FCHA; First National Bank MV; Ron Barker Photography;  Keitra Stoker Graphic Design; Ric Elliott Family; Allen Phillips; Tom Scott Lumber Yard; Sam Harvey Funeral Home; Colton Tenery; Linda Hammond;  East Texas Journal;  Elliott Auto Group; EAK Good Neighbors; City Meat Market ; Mt. Vernon Tire; Texas Country Farm Supply; Texas Historical Com. & Texas Heritage Tourism; FCAA Members & Friends.   Add to that those who gave items for the auction Velda Williams, the Frame-Up, Dorothy Szepesi, Jerry Smith, Brian@City Meat Market, Jan Switzer, Michelle Chitsey and Marilyn Kohls.


ALL PHOTOS FOR THIS FCAA NEWS EDITION COURTESY OF EAST TEXAS JOURNAL PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOS TAKEN BY SAM FERGUSON

Sam is a creative young man from Mt. Pleasant that currently works at the East Texas Journal.  We are grateful for his presence and skills. 










JAM SESSION WITH DYLAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7p.m. @ CAC



If you are interested in jamming with Dylan, possibly forming a band but mostly want to enjoy music to its fullest, FCAA invites you to become a part of this new venture.  Dylan McNutt is an accomplished guitarist from Mt. Pleasant, teaches at Northeast Texas Community College and we are looking forward to having him work with us in Mt. Vernon. 



Thursday, September 15, 2016

FELLOWSHIP OF THE BRUSH TONIGHT!



JOIN Fellowship of the Brush TONIGHT (Thursday, Sept. 15@ 6pm), at the Cultural Arts Center, 100 Rusk St., Mt. Vernon. COME JOIN THE FUN!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

FCAA'S 2016 DRIVEN FILM FEST SCHEDULE


2016 DRIVEN SCHEDULE
FCAA FILM FESTIVAL on the BANKHEAD HIGHWAY
SEPTEMBER 9-10
Cultural Arts Center, 100 Rusk-MT.VERNON,TX

FRIDAY

6 p.m. TALLULAH BANKHEAD GLITZ & GLAMOUR SOIREE

1920-30’s Gala Opening Featuring
*Culinary Delights (Chef Donna Copeland)
*Edison Phonograph Music (Dustin Ellis)

***
SATURDAY

2-7 p.m.: Spotlight on the GENERAL LEE
* Iconic Car from Dukes of Hazzard 1970’s TV series

TRAVEL THE BANKHEAD

*2-4:30p.m. INDEPENDENT FILMS
Book Trailers-Creative Film-Documentary
THC Bankhead Hwy Faces & Places Submissions & Awards

*4:30p.m. GUEST DIRECTOR BRAD MAULE
SFA Student film: Rediscovering Nacogdoches 1938

6 p.m. SPEAKEASY OPENS IN COURTYARD
* JAZZ FUSION presented by The Convivial Society
* SPECIAL APPEARANCE Brad Maule   (Dr. Tony on General Hospital)



         

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A WORD OF "THANKS..."



Please Help Us Thank Our Sponsors of the 2016 DRIVEN Film Festival:

Luminant – Brookshires - Lowes Regional Distribution Center – Mama D’s Catering Co. – Edison Phonograph Museum, Mt. Pleasant – St. Clair Foundation/FCHA – 1st National Bank MV – Ron Barker Photography – Keitra Stoker Graphic Design – Ric Elliot Family – Allen Phillips – Tome Scott Lumber  Yard – Sam Harvey Funeral Home – Colton Tenery – Linda Hammond – East Texas Journal – Elliott Auto Group -  EAK Good Neighbors – City Meat Market – Mt. Vernon Tire – Texas Country Farm Supply – Texas Historical Commission & Texas Heritage Tourism – FCAA Members & Friends






SATURDAY NIGHT!!!

JAZZ FUSION comes to Mt. Vernon…

The Convivial Society sounds more like a pomp and circumstance literary group, but when they get together to play Jazz Fusion, the sound is anything but. Forget pipe smoke, political renderings, or dull debatable topics and expect experimental sound coming from musicians who love what they do. They will perform in the Cultural Arts Center Courtyard just one block west of the Mt. Vernon town square Saturday evening at the DRIVEN Film Festival, a local venue celebrating film and the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bankhead Highway.

James Peters plays bass and guitar; he is the founder of the “Freakfase Presents” organization in the Los Angles arts community. I did spell Freakfase correctly. Did I say this group is anything but common? A composer and performance artist, Peters also founded the “Invanquishable DJs” of San Francisco Bay pirate radio fame. 


Then there is “Dr. Intoxication” Kaiser Knox on guitar and vocals. A performing artist in the Dallas area, Knox’s sharp wit is as polished as his guitar playing.



Matt Shaw beats out the strings with his percussion skills. Based in Dallas, Shaw was classically trained in orchestra percussion and rudimental snare drum and now focuses on jazz and improvisation electronics. He’s the man that keeps your foot tapping. 

James Gaskin comes in on violin and bass guitar and is the leader of a popular classical chamber group, the First Desk Quartet. From college days on an electric violin, his rock and roll has morphed into classical creativity peppered with spirit. 

The Convivial Society is bound to set new boundaries for musical lovers and the whole evening event is set around the speakeasy days of prohibition. Chairs will be available, but your favorite lawn chair might be more comfortable. The music follows an afternoon of film including the Texas Historical Commission Bankhead Highway videos. The 2016 featured film director, Brad Maule of Dr. Tony/General Hospital fame, will finish out the wrap-up party.

The Franklin County Arts Alliance has been promoting the arts for over twenty years. For information call Jean at 903-305-8023 or email Christian at franklincountyarts@gmail.com. Our website is in the process of being revamped as soon as a creative web-master ends up on our steps, sorry for any inconvenience. 

*Photos courtesy of The Convivial Society

Monday, September 5, 2016

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!!!

GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND PHONOGRAPH MUSIC FROM THE PAST


Tallulah Bankhead, granddaughter of Alabama Senator and Bankhead Highway promoter John Bankhead was a colorful character in the early era of filmmaking. The Franklin County Arts Alliance is hosting a Glitz & Glamour Soiree on Friday 6 p.m., September 9th in her honor and to open up the Franklin County Arts Alliance DRIVEN Film Festival celebrating film and the Bankhead Highway that begin traveling past the Mt. Vernon town square just four years before the Franklin County Courthouse, just recently renovated, was built.



Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas, Caterer & Certified Personal Fitness Chef, Donna Copeland has spent countless hours on this fundraiser concocting a crystal and high-end culinary experience that alone would dazzle guests, but topped off with the unforgettable deep-throated sound of 1920-30’s phonograph record music this gala promises a classy start for the festival. Both Chef Donna and Dustin Ellis from the Mt. Pleasant Edison Phonograph Museum will be on hand to greet guests and share their expertise.(Photo courtesy of Donna Copeland.)

                                                                                      *Photo courtesy of Mt. Pleasant Daily Tribune

Saturday afternoon is filled with films and film-related personalities, ending with Jazz Fusion in the Cultural Arts Courtyard and a live presentation by 2016 featured film director, Brad Maule. For information call Jean at 903-305-8023 or email Christian at franklincountyarts@gmail.com. Our website is in the process of being revamped as soon as a creative web-master ends up on our steps, sorry for any inconvenience.



Friday, September 2, 2016

BRAD MAULE TO JOIN DRIVEN'S SATURDAY FESTIVITIES


DR. TONY IS MORE THAN A CHARACTER IN TELEVISION’S FAVORITE SOAP!


When Brad Maule left Texas for California on a whim, he didn’t know his dream of having an acting career would result in his death…twenty-four times his character, Dr. Tony, was killed off in the popular television soap, General Hospital.   The fans brought him back to life every time until his final demise from Ebola.  Maule spent 22 years on the show and thirty some years in California involved in the film industry.  He is this year’s featured director at the Franklin County Arts Alliance DRIVEN Film Festival in Mt. Vernon Saturday, September 10th.

During a summer film class Maul referred to cinematic language as a thought process that has existed a mere one-hundred years, which would make it about as old as the Bankhead (Broadway of America), an early transcontinental highway that passed by the Mt. Vernon town square and is being celebrated along with film at this year’s DRIVEN festival.  Brad Maule now hosts the “Maule in the Morning” radio show at KSFA radio station in Lufkin and is a film instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Maule often incorporates the local community in feature length and short film projects.  He will be showing 1938 Nacogdoches, a student film recreated from found footage on Saturday afternoon. Maule believes the future of film will be in Streaming and Virtual Reality.  He says “we are in the age of the Image and that the film industry needs 48 hours of you-tubes every day –that’s eight years of content every day.”  Personal, informative and entertaining, Brad Maule and will follow up the Convivial Society Jazz Fusion performance in the evening with words and guitar.


FRIDAY NIGHT'S GLITZ & GLAMOUR SOIREE

GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND PHONOGRAPH MUSIC FROM THE PAST


Tallulah Bankhead, granddaughter of Alabama Senator and Bankhead Highway promoter John Bankhead was a colorful character in the early era of filmmaking.  The Franklin County Arts Alliance is hosting a Glitz & Glamour Soiree on Friday 6 p.m., September 9th in her honor and to open up the Franklin County Arts Alliance DRIVEN Film Festival celebrating film and the Bankhead Highway that begin traveling past the Mt. Vernon town square just four years before the Franklin County Courthouse, just recently renovated, was built.



Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas, Caterer & Certified Personal Fitness Chef, Donna Copeland has spent countless hours on this fundraiser concocting a crystal and high-end culinary experience that alone would dazzle guests, but topped off with the unforgettable deep-throated sound of 1920-30’s phonograph record music this gala promises a classy start for the festival.  Both Chef Donna and Dustin Ellis from the Mt. Pleasant Edison Phonograph Museum will be on hand to greet guests and share their expertise.


Photo courtesy of the Mt. Pleasant Daily Tribune

Saturday afternoon is filled with films and film-related personalities, ending with Jazz Fusion in the Cultural Arts Courtyard and a live presentation by 2016 featured film director, Brad Maule.

FCAA'S DRIVEN FILM FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

BANKHEAD HIGHWAY DRIVEN FILM FESTIVAL (September 9-10)----------This April (2016), the Optic-Herald reported approximately 40 vintage cars took time to circle the Mt. Vernon plaza, stopping 30 minutes before continuing on their trip commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Bankhead Highway.  That was 15 minutes more than was reported SEVENTY-NINE years ago in May of 1937.  The Optic article at that time titled “Goodwill Caravan Welcomed by Band.” reported the time as exactly 2:49 Sunday afternoon.  Music blaring, a group of boosting townsmen welcomed the big Broadway of America Caravan of 35-40 automobiles.  The 2016 group was on its way to Odessa, Texas but the 1937 group was going across the country from San Diego, California to New York City. 

The Bankhead/Broadway of America traversed Mt. Vernon’s Main Street and was an early transcontinental highway.  Drivers and passengers in the mobile contraptions of the early days traveled at 10 miles an hour and watched in amazement as the fence posts flew by.  The Bankhead was a major reason for small town prosperity in its heyday.  Today, bypasses leave merchants fretting, but the Texas Historical Commission and Texas Tourism are working to reestablish the route’s former glory and increase traveler awareness of small town Texas. 

The DRIVEN Film Festival at the FCAA Cultural Arts Center in Mt. Vernon kicks off Friday, September 9th at 6 p.m. with a Tallulah Bankhead Glitz & Glamour Soiree.  Saturday, September 10th begins with films at 2 p.m. to include the Texas Historical Commission Bankhead Highway‘s competition videos collected to promote tourism and awareness of the Bankhead’s role in early Texas prosperity. 


Film personality both in front and behind the camera, Brad Maule will be speaking and showing a student film he directed.  The evening focuses on Jazz Fusion music by the Convivial Society and closes with Maule’s entertaining expertise.  Please call Jean at 903-305-8023 or Christian at franklincountyarts@gmail.com for more information about the film festival.  Sorry, website not current. 

2016 DRIVEN FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

2016 DRIVEN SCHEDULE
FCAA FILM FESTIVAL on the BANKHEAD HIGHWAY
SEPTEMBER 9-10
Cultural Arts Center, 100 Rusk-MT.VERNON,TX

FRIDAY

6 p.m. TALLULAH BANKHEAD GLITZ & GLAMOUR SOIREE

1920-30’s Gala Opening Featuring
*Culinary Delights (Chef Donna Copeland)
*Edison Phonograph Music (Dustin Ellis)

***
SATURDAY

2-7 p.m.: Spotlight on the GENERAL LEE
* Iconic Car from Dukes of Hazzard 1970’s TV series

TRAVEL THE BANKHEAD

*2-4:30p.m. INDEPENDENT FILMS
Book Trailers-Creative Film-Documentary
THC Bankhead Hwy Faces & Places Submissions & Awards

*4:30p.m. GUEST DIRECTOR BRAD MAULE
SFA Student film: Rediscovering Nacogdoches 1938

6 p.m. SPEAKEASY OPENS IN COURTYARD
* JAZZ FUSION presented by The Convivial Society
* SPECIAL APPEARANCE Brad Maule   (Dr. Tony on General Hospital)