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Aug282016

"Lemme Get Some Action From The Back Section"-BEASTIE BOYS

"Hello everyone and thank you so much for watching our film "The Other Ripken", I sincerely hope that you enjoyed it. I want to thank Josue and the great staff and crew of the FOCD festival for having us. It's such an honor to have the film there and have it watched by all of you. Todays show, proves one thing, although I am currently 10,218 miles across the world from where you're all currently sitting, we are all very much the same when we can watch the same movies and laugh at the same things. Comedy knows no border, it knows no language, when we can all laugh together, the world doesn't feel so big, it can feel like we're all very close, and that's the power of laughter.

I know Bali is a beautiful place with great views and locations, you could look at anything, yet you looked at our film, and that is such an amazing honor, thank you all so much. Without an audience none of what we do is possible. Thank you for watching, thank you for laughing, thank you for being you. Please keep in touch, ParkingLotFilms.com or on twitter @ParkingLotFilms, let's be friends and let's keep this world small! Enjoy the festival and thank you for being the most important part of the filmmaking process. All the best, Tim Carr (United States)"


Friends! How cool is this? "The Other Ripken" played Bali! I looked it up, baseball isn't even really a thing there, so funny enough, this flick's comedy may have introduced baseball to some new fans! I love that. I love loov lurv when our stuff plays far away lands that may not normally have seen it.We wrote that speech for the crowds. Such an honor.

So what's up all? I am sorry I have been crappy and inconsistent here, I have actually gotten some help to keep this a little more updated these days. So when you see an update like "LIVE PIC OF TIM EATING A SALAD" that's basically the help I'll be getting.

Movie wise, stuff's been great! The Other Ripken has been playing to such great crowds in such cool places. SUHANI, is coming out in November and "Christmas Again" premiered in Jersey last month and "Killingtons" is out soon too! 

Live and without a net wise, I've spent the last couple months goofing off in NYC with some VERRRRRY funny Upright Citizens Brigade casts doing some live stuff, some of these funny folks, I mean some of them are gut busting funny and only like 19 years old (I may have had jokes at 19, but probably not "make NYC laugh it's tushy off" type jokes) smart people, funny people all of 'em, always in awe of them.

Next few months as we wrap up our Ripken tour (end of that probably early 2017, as much as I'd love to go full Grateful Dead and tour festivals on it forever) been over here tinkering and writing a new flick or two. Writing wise, I just want to get something in front of cameras easily, movie meetings and agents can go on FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER (trust me I'm knee deep in one of those now) so something easy for actors to film and wrap something easy locations wise, that's the goal coming up here. Eddie Burns did that a couple different times, just made a list "locations I know I can get for free/cheap" etc etc and just wrote around that. So the future may be a little of that, less meetings, more working. If I can get something in front of cameras nice and smoothly, I'll do a happy dance and call it a win!

We also did this photo shoot with the always good and kind people at Rhamshackll Studios this week! I think this fine dog upstaged me and I am completely ok with that! 


Take care and be good,
Tim

 

Tuesday
Mar292016

WHO, WHAT, WHEN (Dela)WHERE

The Other Ripken" tour hits the great state of Delaware on March 31st. Penn Cinemas on the Waterfront in Wilmington Delaware. 7:45pm at "Wilm Film" led by friend to all indiefilm and outstanding human Barry Schlecker. (please have a look at this piece about Barry written by the always exceptional Ryan Cormier)

Beautiful Penn Cinemas. So so lucky to be here. I've had films play in all sorts of venues, some small and with just a few wood chairs some with bleachers and so thankful for those venues too...and playing here in this spot and this view, I know we're lucky and I know how special it is.


You'd think that would be all the information needed, right? Nah. Of course not, Delaware has really played a supporting role in this career, especially the "independent" side of the filmmaking. The first attempt I'd ever made at getting behind the camera (thanks to Calvin Hill... I will forever say thanks to Calvin Hill for getting me behind that camera for the first time and throwing a "writer/director" hat on me) was for a very little film that I spent way too much money on called "The Wrong Fortune Cookie".

 THE WRONG FORTUNE COOKIE, festivals called the film "cute", never really the review you go for, though speaking of cute, I married my co star in this movie.

Now at this stage in the game, I'd done a couple things wearing the "acting" hat, which was basically "go, do a good job then someone else does all the test of work to get it out there" with "The Wrong Fortune Cookie" I realized that was ME that was going to have to do all of that work from beginning to end, and it was a whole new thing.

First thing I did was ship that thing off to Sundance where it was rejected in about 14 seconds. Surprisingly enough, Sundance doesn't fall all over themselves for a fairly wholesome, fairly safe little comedy. I'd just missed the cut off for the Wilmington Film Festival (which was eventually won by JJ Garvine's wonderful small little indie "Yearbook". JJ would then be kind enough to employ me me in some way shape or form in each one of his flicks after) and the Philadelphia Film Festival was a while away. Rehoboth Beach Film Festival in beautiful lower coastal Delaware (for real all Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters hangs out there, so you know it's good), and I'd missed that cut off too, but for some reason still called them, spoke with the good gentleman Joe Bilancio, and since I had no time to submit the film, I got in the car and personlly drove it down on a warm, September day. Joe watched the film, right in front of me, and also (thankfully) accepted the film to the festival right in front of me. We'd officially had a release date, we were going to premiere at a film festival. After that day, things seemed just a little easier. "TWFC" ended up playing LA, NY, Germany and even made it out to India. All started in Rehoboth Beach. (Since this fateful day in the early 00's, Joe has been such a good friend and supporter of my and many others's projects over the years)

Since then I've had the great pleasure of seeing some great films made or based in the 302. "Keeping The Peace" by JJ Garvine and Tai Parquet, "All Along" by Bill Page "200 Characters or Less" by Mauro Giuffrida, "Dead To The World" by Matty Martinez (Matt if you're reading this and I hope you are, go make another film, it's time) there has always been some really nice original stuff coming out of the first state. (and apparently a web series I need to check out that's like "The Wire", honestly you could say anything is like "The Wire" and I'll watch it)

So needless to say from that day at Rehoboth Beach,to showing up in a project that won an award for Daps Reinert at Newark Film fest (also co starred Liv Allison from 'The Wrong Fortune Cookie'!), Delaware has always been very kind to me, and it's an absolute honor to bring this little film, that really played to some great audiences in California a fewweeks back, to the Wilmington Waterfront's great audences, for a night of laughs and good times, Hope to see you all there, and if I don't, no worries, we'll be in a town near you very soon!

Take care and be good, Tim

Tuesday
Mar012016

"Everyone Starts with the Sweetest Dreams, Living Long Life Living Beautiful Scenes"

"The Other Ripken" was a script I wrote in a night, and then started filming then stopped filming to go film something else, then started filming again, then went and filmed something else and it went on and on like that. Thankfully, Jeff Bader and Portal Street Film and I were able to sit down and finally finish up and now, days awway, the film premieres in California! That happened fast. And slow!

Among the press the film is getting, is mentioning our cast...Adam Way, Jeff Bader, Dusty Cash,, Mike Schoch and a name that gets mentioned and is absolutely integral to our film, Philly's phinest, the great G LOVE.


So how did this happen? I'm so glad you asked because I've been dying to tell the story but wanted to wait until the film was done, plus G is always touring and recording, and the last thing I wanted to do was get in his way of him doing that job. Which by the way must be a Pennsylvania thing, everyone has 4 jobs, all my buddies I grew up with have day jobs or two and then are in bands or firemen or bands WITH firemen, and G is no exception, he's a musician, artist, writer, and even has his own hot sauce!

I'd known when the script turned out like it did for the movie, we needed a strong voice. A great voice sets the tone for everything, whether you have a Morgan Freeman voice or an Andre 3000 voice, I knew we needed a voice with some flavor. I didn't have to look far, as at that time I was watching G's wonderful doc "A Year and a Night" which I thought was great and refreshingly honest (trailer!) but THAT VOICE. There wasn't anything like it and here's a little more of that sound but the thought was, would G be willing to come out and bless this little film? Would schedules work? Would locations work? A quick call to his manager Jason and the good folks at Philadelphonic, and as the film gods smiled upon us, we were able to hammer down a time and a city, somehow our worlds merged in Avalon New Jersey on a beautiful summer night.
The crew for the evening was Tim Fennell and myself on a porch in Avalon, and we were expecting G, how would he show up? The main road had limos drive by, motorcycles, hummers all driving by, but rolling right up, pedaling on a bike was the man himself! Great time filming, talking movies music, family and he was on his way, why... rock star stuff? No way, G had to get some rest as he was getting up with his son early that next morning. Just some Cool Dad Livin'.

So fast forward, and in early reviews of the film, the first thing they mention? That "voice"! So thankful that I followed my gut and so thankful G Love came out to bless this film, and I'm writing him a part into everything these days. He deserves a film career as his 11th or 12th job too!

Now some folks aren't familiar with G's catalogue, and that's okay, we like to introduce things here. What I did was came up with a list of favorites, and my list was going long, my goal was to get it to 10, so what I did was remove songs that I really love and enjoy but that you can also easily find on GREATEST HITS collections like "Cold Beverage" "I76" or "Baby's Got Sauce" (my wife wanted this one as #1) but we got this list to a little more than ten and in no order, here they are, you should hopefully be able to find these anywhere you can find your music these days, please try a few of them, there's so much life to them, there are happy songs, sad songs, songs about rude roaches... also you may want to put on your dancing shoes...here we go:

"Peanut Butter Lips": One of G's newer songs. Fun song and FULL DISCLAIMER: you will absolutely sing that chorus all day long "peanut butta lips, peanut butta lips" I'm sitting at my kitchen table right now and I'm singing it and just did an air kick.

"Honey Bee": This one may take a little more digging than these others, it's off the "SWEET N BLUES" ep, which is a companion piece to G's "SUGAR" record. "Honey Bee" is absolutely worth your time searching for it "buzzz wit me"

"Weekend Dance #2": It is downright tragic to me that this song wasn't a massive massive hit. Everything about it works. You know how that song "CHEERLEADER" was on 24 hours a day every day last summer? I feel like "Weekend Dance #2" had all the components to be a song like that. This song should be played on every single radio station on Fridays at 5:01pm. It's not too late, radio stations that happen to reading this (and I like to think you all are)

"Recipe": If you forced me to make a top 3 or 4 list, "Recipe" is on it, no diggity, no doubt. Has this great beginning where you IMMEDIATELY start moving and the song keeps you moving the whole time. You won't do your normal dance moves to this one either, you know that dance move you do when you walk by your mirror and no one is looking? THAT'S the dance move this song will have you doing.

"The Things That I Used To Do": I feel like this song should be it's own genre. It's 10 flavors of music in one song. "Tim what sort of music do you listen to?" "Well I like a little of everything but listen to mostly things that sound like 'The Things That I Used To Do'"

"Pull The Wool": FAR too many people sleep on this one. This song feels like when you go to a party and you don't really know anyone, then somehow it all works and before you know it, everything does a 180 and you're out there smiling and shaking your moneymaker. Song is exactly like that, including the full 180 smiling/dancing part.

"Dreamin'": Know how I said "Recipe" would be in my top 3 if you forced me to make a top 3? "Dreamin'" would also be there too, and maybe, just maybe, would be #1 "are ya feeling the feeling that I'm feeling?" hell yeah G, I may spin this right now and you should too.

"Love": G has a few songs called "Love" try 'em all but I like this one off his "Hustle" record. Incredibly warm, incredibly catchy and a great video to boot. Let me see if I can find it (UPDATE: I found it)
"Beautiful": Love this one, we get G crooning with Tristan Prettyman who's got some great songs of her own too. G at the top of his game? Tristan at the top of hers? Together? It's a reeses peanut butter cup of songs, getting the best of chocolate, getting the best of peanut butter. (not to be mistake with "Peanut Butter Lips" or that they mention peanut butter in this song too and I feel like I'm talking too much about peanut butter, let's move on)

"Sneakster": Sneaky good this one, last song on the "Lemonade" record which is a very funky delightful record, this one pops on and is a full on rocker, plenty of flavor on an already very flavorful record.

"Peace, Love and Happiness": Another one of those songs that should have been so so huge, great beginning, great writing and you're not just singing the chorus by the end of it, you're BELTING out that chorus.

"Just Fine": I remember this song coming on the radio late one night and I had a car full of people and everyone just got quiet and listened to it. It just had everyone thinking. This one will get you in the feels.

"Won't Cha Come Home": I'm not counting but I know I'm waaaaay beyond my top ten songs for you all to check out. Not only do I love this one, I asked G and Jason if I could direct the video (I think I may have only asked, I don't think we ever much talked about actually doing it) but I wrote out the idea for it which I don't think anyone has seen or heard about, not even G or Jason, so here's the exclusive "We shoot on the Beach in Avalon New Jersey. G is walking next to and singing the song to 'video girlfriend' as the camera stays on video girlfriend who isn't paying attention to G, she can't be bothered, but G is singing the song to her soulfully "Won't cha come hoooome now". This is a crowded beach day and while G is singing his heart out to video girlfriend, he is getting hit by a stray beach ball, getting wiped out by waves, stopping to help a lost kid find their parents, all the while singing to video girlfriend, who has broken her stride. G tries to keep up with her brisk walking, he steps on a jellyfish, he trips over a sunbather and attempts to smoothe it over with angry boyfriend of sunbather, all the while still singing to video girlfriend. Towards the end of the song. Video girlfriend stops. Look at G, smiles. Takes his hand and they walk back. ALMOST colliding with a surfer, not this time, and why? Because love always wins"

So that's how G. Love came to bless this little film, and I hope he comes back to bless many more of them. We premiere on March 4th!

Enjoy the tunes, enjoy the film, here we go....

Take care and be good,

Tim

Wednesday
Jan272016

The 26th Annual Cinequest Film Festival!

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.

Monday
Dec212015

"...From The Killingtons"

Jenny Slate from SNL/Parks and Rec/Chipmunks: Chipwrecked asked us if we could do an entire holiday film in 30 seconds. For some reason we thought of FROM THE KILLINGTONS. Sorry. Let this family into your heart. Literally.

From the Killingtons from Jeff Bader on Vimeo.