Proud to announce some fancy news. My next film “THE OTHER RIPKEN” will world premiere in California on March 5th at the Cinequest International Film festival, and get this, it is in consideration for the Academy Awards 2017 now. Saying a bunch of filthy words on camera with G. Love and a great cast and crew somehow did this. What a weird wonderful world. None of this happens without a truly incredible cast and crew of people who really really “got the joke”. Thank you for being you, I’m in awe of you. I can’t wait for you all to see this one. It’s good times.
The first time I saw Matt Myers act, he put me on my ass.
I’m not talking about the first time we saw him in a movie, I mean we’ve seen Hairspray, we’ve seen Beverly Hills Cop 3, we’ve seen Moonstruck, but I mean see him perform, in person, was on a film my friend Calvin Hill was doing and it was called STREET LIFE. The plot to Street Life is Calvin Hill (who was also directing) was playing a depressed, down on his luck man, wandering around aimlessly in a Philadelphia park, and he runs into a homeless man, played by Matt Myers and they strike up a friendship. Let’s throw this out there, it was being filmed in Philadelphia’s LOVE PARK and we didn’t have any permits, I don’t think there was much of a budget. Matt Myers was in full character, and since we didn’t close off the Love Park (we didn’t have THAT kind of money, we’re not George Lucas) people were stopping in the middle of a take, they didn’t see the cameras, and they gave Matt money, they gave him food, they brought him all kinds of things. Matt stayed in character, he was outstanding in this part. Another take, had Matt breaking down a little bit, again he was OUTSTANDING, again more people stopped to help him. It says something about that Matt Myers performance in STREET LIFE, it also says something about the kindness of people in Philadelphia. I don’t know if that film ever came out and if it didn’t, I wish it would, I have seen it, and I loved it. Matt and Calvin gave the sort of performances that stick with you. I got a parking ticket that day while being on set. 29$. I happily paid it, 29$ is a small small price to witness a performance like I had just witnessed.
I mentioned that performance to JJ Garvine who I was working on a film with at the time, and I have no recollection how the conversation went, but I remember getting the green light to call Matt and ask him to come be in “13th Grade” with us. I know I called him, I know I spoke with his wonderful daughter Irene, and before you knew it, Matt had invited JJ and me to a BBQ at his house with his great neighbors and his great family. This is how Matt did things. Anytime I’d talk business or work with him, Matt would do it in in the most warm way possible. Any film story was told with love (and he had many), any interaction was done with a booming voice, that huge laugh and hugs and warmth and even if time had passed, with Matt, it picked right up where it left off. Matt seemed to be like this with everyone, in Matt’s life, there really must have been 15,000 ongoing conversations, just waiting to be picked right back up. Soon after I was on set doing a TV movie about jersey firefighters, directed by STREET LIFE’s Calvin Hill, and starring Tony Devon and Matt Myers, I knew, as soon as I booked the part it wasn’t going to be easy for me, Matt and Tony are VERY WELL KNOWN for being the best part of every movie they’ve been in, and this film was no exception. I spent every day just trying not to get my ass handed to me on screen by these 2 incredibly talented heavy hitters.
Matt Myers left us last weekend. And time had passed since the last time we’d spoken (he’d called me after a tv appearance and had said some very very kind things that I’ll never forget) and the last couple days I’ve felt a great sadness. We lost a great man, a great husband, father, actor, but we lost a guy who I’d learned from and will continue to learn from, not just business (though I loved his approach to show business, no part was too big, no part was ever too small, he was just always wildly happy to be acting, no ego, he didn’t care about “status” he just exuded happiness for the craft, and I could learn a lesson or two from that approach). I’ll just keep saying warmth because that’s what drew you to him, that’s what you immediately loved about him and that’s what you’ll never forget. I’m sad I won’t hear that voice on the phone, the way he’d end his phone calls with “ciao” I’ll miss his humor, and how truly funny he was in “13th Grade”, I’ll really miss never finishing our ongoing conversation. I’m proud to have known Matt Myers, and the world is a lesser place for him having left it. Rest well, Matt, rest well.
I was minding my own business today. I was excited to have 3 films in post production, and 3 films that’ll come out in the next couple months, (The Bob Hawk movie is doing a sneak peek in Brooklyn on Friday 10/30 all! If you’re nearby, drop in! it’s FREEEEEEEE) likely all 3 “officially released” in 2016, all with different jobs on them too…one as producer, one I wrote and one I wrote and directed, those all have stories and fun stuff to talk about, and I’ll do that soon, but for some reason this link that was sent to me, http://buff.ly/1KlsGac right here struck me. November is “Write a Script in a Month Challenge” it goes on par with the same idea but “first draft of a novel”. I like the idea of it, why not right? I love the idea of something not existing on October 31st, but November 30th, there it is, a pile of pages looking right at you. I’m in. I’m going for it. Time scheduled for this, won’t be easy with other time and work commitments in November , but I’ve decided to do my work on this in my less-scheduled off hours, late at night (coffee coffee coffee) and worst case, if it’s unreadable dreck, it’s ok, no one has to see it. Best case? You open it up to read it and YOU HEAR ANGELS SINGING. Ok, maybe not angels (YET), it’s a first draft, those are normally hard to read, but maybe it’s something worth taking another look at after November expires. (by then it’ll be December and you know what that means? STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS. Oh and holidays, but mostly STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS HAND SHOT FIRST STAR WARS STAR WARS)
But look, if it’s not a book or screenplay, let’s just all jump in and write something, write ANYTHING. Songs? GREAT. Shopping lists? Cool. Journal entries? Cool. Top 5 lists? LOVE THEM. I’m jumping down this rabbit hole. I invite you all to jump with me. Everyone plans on using the #ZD30SCRIPT tag, just to keep fellow challenge takers in on how it’s all going. I’ll use it when I babble about (I babble about it more on twitter @Tim_Carr than Facebook, but I do babble on both…and I babble often) I’m going something brand new from scratch. But whatever it is, let’s all jump in on it, and let me know how it’s all going! You can do it, I know you can and why not? It’ll be something in out there in the world that hasn’t been put out there before. FAIR WARNING: like any first draft of anything (many call this THE VOMIT DRAFT), if you get halfway through it and decided that you hate it, want to set it on fire and punch yourself in the face, IT MEANS YOU’RE DOING GREAT, KEEP GOING, it’s only a first draft anyway, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get that idea or thought down. Don’t give up and let’s all try and get something written in some way shape or form. Why not? Some new ideas and thoughts in the world never hurt. Let’s gooooooooo.
Now who’s got the coffee?
Take care and be good, Tim
Just a couple weeks ago, my friends and I did a show at Upright Citizens Brigade theater in NYC. It went great and there were laughs and good times had.
For me though, after a show like that, and after kicking around this business for a couple years, I’m star struck, not by the show, but by the crowds. I’m grateful. When anything in my life is happening, TV airings, screenings, sneak peeks (like a film I’m doing right now) or a live show, when, (movie preview voice) “in a worrrllllddd” where so much is going on, at any given time you could be doing anything, the fact people come out and pack a theater or venue, that’s what I take away, when LEAF started its tour a few years back (I know I know “about a month later than expected”) and we had some packed shows 2 straight weeks, one even after a blizzard, I took the Q&A from the theater to the parking lot in icy zero degree weather, because I was so star struck that so many great people cared to come out and hang out and see the film, there was no way I was leaving the venue that night without hearing everyone’s feedback and answering everyone’s questions. It blows me away, it will always blow me away. “Thank You” isn’t a big enough word, it just isn’t. So please know, whenever there’s a screening and anyone comes out, there are people star struck, but trust me it’s not the audience, it’s the people up front. I thank anyone and everyone who’s followed me along this journey, I always say “thank you”, sometimes I’ll bring an audience snacks and thanks, that’s not me trying to be silly or funny. That’s me, being blown away, anyone would give me a couple of hours. I’m thankful, I’m grateful, and my next film is about to start it’s tour here in the coming months (more on that later) and I assure you, during this tour I’ll answer every question, I’ll tell stories about how we made it, but really, what I really want to do is have a bowl of chips with each and every one of you and thank you so much, because you could be doing ANYTHING, and you’re out there with us. I’ll always be star struck by all of you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Your Friend, Tim