Category: Arts & Culture

Gregg Allman calls for end of production on biopic “Midnight Rider”

From the Hollywood Reporter, Gregg Allman Begs ‘Midnight Rider’ Director Not to Resume Filming (Exclusive): Midnight Rider subject Gregg Allman, a founding member of the iconic Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band, is urging director Randall Miller not to…

SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival in Forsyth Park – photos

Well it was a gorgeous day for SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival in Forsyth Park. I don’t even pay that much attention to the squares themselves — I’m much more into the people-watching. As in previous years, the bright sun and…

Savannah Fashion Week 2014 runway show in Forsyth will combine work of retailers, designers

A key change was formally announced today for Savannah Fashion Week 2014 (April 28-May 3). The big runway show, scheduled for Forsyth Park on May 1st, will for the first time include the work of local designers. Last year’s show…

Variety: “Midnight Rider” suspends production

From Variety: ‘Midnight Rider’ Suspends Production After Fatal Train Accident (EXCLUSIVE): “Midnight Rider,” the Gregg Allman biopic on which a crew member was killed last week, has suspended production. Crew members are being released, though they’ve been told that they…

Links regarding the tragic death on the film shoot of Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider”

My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sarah Jones, who was killed tragically on Thursday on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Others were injured in the accident involving a train that the crew…

Grace Leigh (Jack Leigh’s daughter) and her partner launch Kickstarter for book of photographs from across the nation

It’s really hard to believe that Jack Leigh died almost 10 years ago. The Savannah photographer created many iconic images that shared, in the most visceral of ways, his passion for place and for people. His daughter Grace Leigh is…

Anti-intellectualism vs. the potential roles of “public intellectuals”

Nicholas Kristof’s NYT column Professors, We Need You! begins: SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s great debates. Part of the reason…

Junk 2 Funk at Savannah Arts Academy: another thrilling year – photos

Savannah Arts Academy’s 6th annual Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show was presented last weekend to three sellout crowds in the school’s lovely old theater. I’ve been attending and photographing the show for a few years now, and I can’t even…

The Weather Channel used some of my photographs without permission. How much should I care?

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, I began one of my journalism classes at Armstrong Atlantic State University with a brief consideration of a newly released “crowd-sourced” video of Neil Young’s recent Carnegie Hall concert. It’s a special topics class about new…

Flannery O’Connor-inspired art in Southern Discomfort 2, silent auction and reception on 1/31

I haven’t read everything that Flannery O’Connor ever wrote — I haven’t yet tackled the recently released A Prayer Journal, for example. But I’ve been immersed to varying degrees in O’Connor’s life and work for I guess about a decade…

“Midnight” at 20; John Berendt’s book continues to resonate

Before I launch into a few thoughts of my own, I want to plug SavannahNow’s really interesting multimedia package about the 20th anniversary of the publication of John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Kim Wade’s feature…

NYT Bits blog: How do we escape the flood of email?

Before I sound like I’m whining, let me begin by saying that I love all the things that I’m most deeply involved with. I teach English and journalism at Armstrong Atlantic State University, an incredibly fulfilling job. I write columns…

How will Batman-Superman movie delay impact plans for Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” and its Savannah schedule?

I do not know the answer to the question in the title of this post, but there are a number of possibilities. To recap: it has been understood for a while now that Ben Affleck plans to adapt Dennis Lehane’s…

Bruce Feiler writes about family secrets in his latest NYT column

If you’re not reading Bruce Feiler’s monthly feature This Life in the New York Times, you’re missing out. (Click here for a list of those column’s on Bruce’s website.) The new column is especially poignant and provocative: Secret Histories; In…