New Work April 2015

In: Filmmaking

Here are three videos I’ve completed since “The Trouble With Poets.”

The first is for a fundraising campaign by my friends Chris and Dean DeCrease. They are trying to establish a winter garden at Frontier Park in Erie, PA, in memory of their son Ben, who passed away in February. Here is the Kickstarter page for more information.

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My hour-long documentary about performing poets in Erie, PA, is completed and will be airing Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. on my local public television station, WQLN TV-54. It features performances by and interviews with 16 poets, collected over a nine-month period between June 2014 and last month. Here’s a trailer.

Special thanks to Chuck Joy, who more or less inspired it; to the late Kurt Sahlmann, to whom the program is dedicated; and Cee Williams, 2015 Poet Laureate of Erie County, who puts in an enormous amount of time scheduling and promoting events at Poets Hall (and still finds time to catch a few Lake Erie perch).

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Here’s the first edited video from last month’s “Over the Pavement” festival of improvisational and experimental music at Trinosophes in Detroit. Thollem McDonas is a world-renowned pianist currently based in Santa Fe, NM. Here is his bio on Wikipedia. Thollem is currently on tour in northern Italy.

I will be posting more clips here as they are completed. This is a lot of editing and will take some time. A DVD of festival highlights in 5.1 surround will be released later in 2015.

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Music industry gadfly Bob Lefsetz sure had me going with his April Fool’s Day blog titled “Apple Buys Spotify.” I did a quick search of technology news to see if anyone else had reported this, then read it again. A few sly clues give away that it’s a joke, but it’s a believable scenario.

Blackmagic Design rolled out some impressive new hardware last week at the NAB show in Las Vegas. Say what you will, this company is coming out with cost-effective innovations for all levels of filmmaking, from Hollywood movies to low-budget productions like my own.

Veteran indie producer Ted Hope, whose credits include 21 Grams by Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu, talks about Five Crucial Things We Want From Movies. Short, sweet, and definitely to the point.

Ted has gone back to producing after stints with the Fandor movie streaming service and the San Francisco Film Society. Here’s his master list of distribution case studies, a useful resource for those of us looking for ways to get our films in front of wider audiences.



Tom Weber Films LLC is a producer and distributor of films about music, including the feature-length documentary Troubadour Blues. We also produce artist profiles, electronic press kits, music videos, multi-camera live concert programs and narrative films. We act as distributor for other filmmakers in the North American and international markets. Welcome to our website.


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