The journey Steve, Billy and I took last September may be over, but the journey of the DVD is just beginning. Behold the beautiful proofs we received from the printers today! The film should be in the mail in July. Exciting to reach the FINISH LINE. (Hey, where have I heard that before?)
Steve Marshall and I went on Claudio’s Speakeasy radio show this week and had a great time. Steve called in from Japan and even did a trick on air for us. We talked about clowning, performing, film making, and of course our new feature film, Sayonara to Hello.
Duke University • Center for Documentary Studies • Fresh Doc Screening
Friday March 9th – 7pm • 1317 W. Pettigrew Street Durham, NC 27705
Sayonara to Hello focuses on the travels and adventures of Steve Marshall as he returns to the
United States for a magic lecture tour after 14 years of performing as a magician and comedic actor in Japan.
When the earthquake / tsunami of 2011 devastated much of Japan and made working as an
entertainer almost impossible, Steve teamed up with mentor and Charlie Chaplin impersonator Billy Scadlock and filmmaker and former clown partner Nic Beery with a plan to tour the East coast towns he and Nic had visited as clowns with the Ringling Bros Circus back in 1984.
Beery’s film goes beyond the tour and performances,searching for what it takes to live a dream that began 40 years ago.
About Nic Beery
A former Ringling Bros. circus clown, Nic now prefers to be behind the camera. His films have been in over 50 festivals from Cannes to New York City, and have won numerous awards, including a recent Emmy nomination and the 2009 Indie Arts award winner in The Independent. Nic is the owner of BeeryMedia.com, a boutique video production company in Carrboro, NC, and co-founder of the Carrboro Film Festival.
When it came time to settle on a group to score our feature film, Sayonara to Hello, it was quite a challenge. We wanted a sound that was classic but not retro. A group that could play many styles and create the emotional feel of a road movie with very unique characters. After listening to many groups and musician’s, the answer was right in front of us. The Doug Largent Organ Trio!
Doug and his trio play regularly in my neck of the woods and it’s easy to hear why. They are exceptional musicians.
Doug and his friends, Brad Maiani and TJ Maiani, gave this film the mood, groove and ambiance we needed. Not only that, they went way beyond out initial request and elevated our film to a new level.
We’ll post a video of them recording part of the score soon, so you can see and hear these cats in action.