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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Over The Pavement Preview

In: Filmmaking

I spent the snowy first weekend in February at a gallery and performance space called Trinosophes, in the Eastern Market area of Detroit, recording video and audio of a unique festival of experimental and improvisational music, Over The Pavement. I’m working on a full-length DVD of festival highlights, but meanwhile, here are a few preview clips.

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FAVORITES AROUND THE WEB

SORRY, THIS HASN’T BEEN UPDATED IN A LONG TIME (9/4/16)
The links are all still good.

John Eger, who teaches communication and public policy at San Diego State University, has posted a fantastic article about advanced technology and the survival of many cities. He’s one of a number of experts who agrees that the world is turning into a collection of powerful city/states in a global economy where nobody is in charge. Excellent reading.

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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