VIEW CLIPS

My work includes long-form (90 minutes plus) music documentaries and concert videos as well as hour-long cultural programs for public/noncommercial broadcast. Some of my full-length films can be viewed elsewhere on this site, or purchased at my store. I also have a Vimeo channel and two YouTube channels, one current and one archival.

Like my filmmaking hero Les Blank, I like to document the little-known, the seldom-seen, and the taken-for-granted corners of our culture. I also do crowdfunding videos, electronic press kits, artist profiles, lip-sync music videos, spoken-word videos, songwriter demos. Follow this link to see my rate card for basic services. Here is a directory of recent work.

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Two-minute trailer for OVER THE PAVEMENT, my three-hour DVD of improvisational and experimental music, recorded live in Detroit last February. It features some great musicians such as Marshall Allen, Susan Alcorn, Thollem McDonas, Battle Trance, Hasan Abdur-Razzaq and Ryan Jewell, LaDonna Smith, James Cornish and more. Order your copy here only $7 plus shipping.

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Make Music Day (Fete de la Music) happens each year at the summer solstice. It’s a day of free music in the streets. Performers of all ages and musical approaches scatter throughout the city to celebrate the arrival of summer. Here’s a sample of what happened last year, when Make Music Day came to Pittsburgh.

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Just finished, this is a fundraising video for songwriter Peter Case’s Kickstarter campaign to raise money for marketing/promotion of his new album, “Hwy 62.” Record companies nowadays provide little in terms of sales promotion or tour support; this is another area in which artists have to go it alone. Shot in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Hamburg, NY, with additional stills contributed by David Ensminger.
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Trailer for my two-hour DVD tribute to the late Tommy Osh, bass player for the Ultimatics and many other Pittsburgh bands, featuring Torn and Frayed, Trash Vegas, Norman Nardini, The Cheats, Motorpsychos, Dirty Charms, and the Ultimatics themselves. Available for purchase here only $10 plus shipping.
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Maria Moss and Jon Hogan are real troubadours. They have no fixed address, just a post office box and storage unit in Texas; most of the year they are traveling the country performing the unique high-energy blend they call “New Old-Time Music.” They’ve studied the presentational style of Dust Bowl musicians from the Thirties and asked that this clip be rendered in black and white. Jean Ritchie, the godmother of Appalachian folk music, wrote the words in 1947; Jon wrote the music.

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Here’s an electronic press kit I did for MJT, or Matt Thompson, an acoustic guitarist-singer who plays a lot of gigs on the local bar/restaurant/festival circuit in Erie, PA, and is looking to branch out. Matt has a huge repertoire of pop material, loves to do requests, and has the vocal chops to sing just about anything. The two-minute format is just right for busy venue owners looking for new talent to entertain their customers.

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This November 2013 concert by The Dream Syndicate was the trial run for a new product for Tom Weber Films: full-length concert videos in HD and 5.1 surround. Since this was recorded, we’ve acquired a third camera on a remote pan-tilt head, as well as a camera platform. Both are essential if you’re going to shoot videos in rock venues where most of the audience is standing. You can download the full surround version of this concert here.

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Here’s a fun video I did for my friend Skip Niebauer up in Erie, PA, owner of American Artist Studio and bass player in the Loose Change Band. It celebrates the odiferous but tasty ramp, a member of the onion family that grows wild throughout the region at this time of year. Incorporates footage from the documentary “King of Stink” by the late Steve Provence.


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Memphis Mike is an old friend from my “weekend warrior” days in the Dogs; his old band, the Rowdy Bovines, played a number of crazy shows with us at Goofie’s in Erie. Later, the Legendary Tremblers were one of Pittsburgh’s busiest bands, and opened shows for the Blasters and many other touring acts. Mike has traveled and played extensively throughout the U.S. and in the UK and Australia. This video, to accompany a single recorded in David Granati’s studio, was shot both in the studio and on location at an abandoned house and Winnebago that Mike found somewhere in Westmoreland County.

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Julie Christensen is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who is well known for her concert and studio work with Leonard Cohen. Before that, she was a member of the L.A. post-punk band Divine Horsemen, and an in-demand live and studio singer. This demo was recorded at the Folk Alliance International conference, February, 2009 — people think that it’s in a theater, but it’s a 10-by-12-foot hotel room. With Paul Lacques, dobro; Bruce Victor, 12-string baritone guitar; and the late Kenny Edwards on lead guitar.

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Here’s a promo that I just did for my friend Laura Thomas, who operates Combo Plate Booking of Austin, TX. 2013 marks the 10th year of South By Soup Fest, a benefit by Combo Plate artists and friends to support Caritas of Austin, an agency that runs a free kitchen to feed the city’s homeless. Last year’s benefit at Guero’s Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress, featured Birds of Chicago, Colin Brooks, Nathan Hamilton, Michael Fracasso, Nels Andrews, Raina Rose, Carrie Elkin and Robbie Hecht.

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Now for some non-musical work. This is a video done for the Erie Homes for Children and Adults for their Victory Ride, a unique event that features motorcycle sidecar rides for the homes’ severely disabled residents, and a charity bike run and party that raises funds for one of Erie’s most valuable charities. The video was used as supporting material in grant applications.

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Finally, here’s a fundraising video I did for my friends Dean and Chris DeCrease, trying to establish a winter garden in Erie, PA, in memory of their late son, Ben DeCrease. The tone is a little different from my other videos due to the sad occasion. The fundraising drive was successful.
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