Academy and Emmy Award winner Lou Gossett Jr. to direct “Cottonwood”

Academy and Emmy Award winner Lou Gossett Jr. to direct “Cottonwood”

Mark Campbell Productions announces Louis Gossett, Jr. will direct the feature film “Cottonwood”, starring Anthony Michael Hall (Foxcatcher, The Breakfast Club, “Dead Zone”, The Dark Knight), Ethan Suplee (The Wolf of Wall Street, Unstoppable, American History X, “My Name is Earl”), Alison Eastwood (Shadow People, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Absolute Power) and featuring Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry in his feature film acting debut among others.

The independent feature will begin filming in central Texas soon “Cottonwood” is produced by Anthony Michael Hall and Julie Campbell, based on the novel of the same title written by Stacy Dean Campbell. Set in West Texas during the summer of 1937, during the depression and dust bowl era “Cottonwood” tells the story of two families thrown together by tragedy and the binds of racial injustice.

Louis Gossett, Jr. says “Cottonwood is a timeless story. “It’s a story that helps make us heal as people. My life hero was Nelson Mandela. He came out of jail a healed man and healed others. The lessons from generation to generation about racial injustice in our society is not being taught to our young people, so films like this are very important to be made and seen. They need to see where we’ve been in order to see where we need to go. It’s about movement, constant change and it can help us all get to a better place in life. I am proud to be directing such a distinguished film with an amazing cast and a powerful universal message”

Louis Gossett Jr. is known for his Oscar-winning role in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” his Emmy winning role in “Roots” as well as his rolls in “Enemy Mine,” “Iron Eagle”. He is currently co-starring in Steven Spielberg’s Sci-Fi series Extant on CBS. Mark Campbell Productions and the film “Cottonwood” are proud supporters of the Eracism Foundation founded by Louis Gossett, Jr. to educate about and fight against racism.

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NAMM 2014: JHS at NAMM 2014

NAMM 2014: JHS at NAMM 2014

NAMM 2014: JHS at NAMM 2014

Worldwide independent trade distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. is taking its best ever selection of instruments to NAMM 2014, with a raft of great new models receiving their exclusive unveilings at the show.

Sharing a stand with its new USA distributor, LPD Music, JHS is showcasing its Fret-King, Vintage, Pilgrim, Santos Martinez and Laka ranges of guitars and folk instruments.

The Trev Wilkinson-designed Fret-King range continues to go from strength to strength, and new for 2014 is the Black Label Exige Standard, an offset double cutaway rock monster with huge-sounding Fret-King pickups, available as a standard model, in Cherry Red and Natural Amber.

 Gregory Brock - Fret-King Guitar Endorser

Fret-King Endorser, Gregory Brock. See artist page.

Alongside the entire Black label range will be a number of Trev Wilkinson’s luxurious, UK-built Fret-King STVDIO Series one-off masterbuilt marvels will also be on display.

JHS and Trev Wilkinson have refreshed the Vintage electrics range for 2014. The singlecut V100, doublecut VS6 and semi-acoustic VSA ranges now all feature a unique and ingeniously designed drop shoulder and offset heel, which provides improved access to the upper frets and opens up your playing.

In conjunction with Jerry Donahue, and Trev, Vintage will preview the new Vintage V58JD Reissued which uses unique Wilkinson single coil pickups custom wound to Jerry’s exact recipe and his custom wired five-way switch and circuitry, Trev has created an instrument which achieves Jerry’s vision – one single guitar which can emulate a huge number of the most instantly recognisable solid-body and semi-acoustic tones out there.

 

On the Vintage acoustics front, new for 2014 is the Vintage Viator, a travel-sized parlour guitar designed in cooperation with worldwide guitar authority Paul Brett. The Viator features a solid sitka spruce top, sapele back and sides and customised x-scalloped bracing, making it ideal for playing authentically in any number of styles. Don’t let the small body fool you, as this is one loud guitar! The Viator is perfect for playing at home or taking with you on your travels, thanks to the supplied Vintage custom Viator luxurious padded carry bag.

 

The Pilgrim folk instrument line is bigger and better for 2014, and designer Paul Tebbutt will be attending the NAMM show to promote this growing range of banjos, mandolins and mandolas. With new designs and praise from the likes of clawhammer banjo legend Ken Perlman and Joe Mac one of the UK’s finest bluegrass banjo players, the Pilgrim range is set to surge in popularity in the coming months.

 

JHS is also showcasing the best of its Santos Martinez classical guitars range – which included the UK’s Music Industries Association award winning Raymond Burley signature model – and the superb Laka line of ukuleles.

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry to Be Featured in Upcoming Dramatic Film, “Cottonwood”

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry to Be Featured in Upcoming Dramatic Film, “Cottonwood”

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has signed on to appear in an upcoming film titled Cottonwood, a murder-mystery set in West Texas during the U.S. Great Depression.  The movie, which is based on true events, focuses on a county sheriff named Rube Whitlock who becomes involved with the killing of a local racist.

Perry will portray a character named Joe Walker in the movie, and also will contribute to its soundtrack.  Cottonwood‘s other cast members include Louis Gossett Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, Alison Eastwood of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Ethan Suplee of the TV show My Name Is Earl.

“I am extremely proud and excited to be a part of this very distinguished, heartfelt film and to work with the outstanding cast and production team,” says Perry in a statement.

Meanwhile, Cottonwood‘s producers have launched a campaign to help raise money for the production via the project-funding site IndieGoGo.  The initiative is looking to bring in $750,000, and is offering those who contribute money a variety of perks, depending how much is donated.  Among the goodies are an official T-shirt, a DVD of the film, a copy of the script, behind-the-scenes photos, a private screening with the cast and crew, and the chance to appear as an extra or have a cameo role in the flick.  The campaign runs until February 15.  Money contributed to the film will not be refunded, even if the goal isn’t met.

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