Hollywood in Sturbridge

A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Adventures of Indiana James; the web series that blends adventure, spoof, homage and Jimmy Buffet has a INDIEGOGO

If you want to work in Indie Film, you have to believe sanity is over-rated cause you won't find it there. That has never stopped the truly dedicated bands of guerrilla film makers who will suffer for their art. Maybe they take some satisfaction in causing cast and crew from suffering along with them.

In spite of the madness, everybody stills shows up.

This explains the obsessive dedication of all who have been involved with the production of The Adventures of Indiana James. It is a web series like the old movie serials with cliff hanger endings that leave the audience on the edge of their seats, panting for the next installment.

The series covers Indiana James and his Search for the Lost Shaker of Salt.

I know what your thinking, “Hey, the name is Jones and that's the dumbest mixing of metaphors ever.” Well, stretch your mind, as it all makes sense except when it doesn't but it still works.

I don't know how the team came up with the concept of taking an Indiana Jones adventure and turning it into a web series about the quest for legendary lost shaker of salt, but as they are still at large, their quest for support should be heard as they can't afford therapy.

The impresario of the project is Thomas Pimentel. He is also the CEO of TNT LTD. PRODUCTIONS. TNT is a natural outgrowth of Thomas' love of movies and media production. TNT is a full service production company with oodles of experience in all aspects of the business. TNT owns all its equipment and has been part of numerous productions.

TNT brings to any production a team competent professionals. So what do they do with all that equipment and teamwork on the days off?

Make the Adventures of Indiana James .

They have the equipment, the props, the team. What don't they have?

The money.

This is where the humanity needs to step up. Now we know that not all of that entity known as the general public gets it, so we are appealing to people with imagination, a sense of humor and love of a bizarre if intriguing plot. Oh, and if you have ever heard yourself singing along to a Jimmy Buffet tune, this too should appeal to you.

Tom has been a busy lad, He is going to be significantly featured in the upcoming documentary, Parrot Heads. As you can imagine, this is going to have something to do with Jimmy Buffet. Bryce Wagoner, the director contacted Thomas about the project.

As webisodes, there is a likelihood of it being featured on Jimmy's web channel, Margaritaville.tv. Indiana James also hopes some important names will do cameos.

Team Indiana James has done a lot with little. A sand dune in New Hampshire doubled as a Caribbean island. The old navy ships at Battleship cove in New Bedford were appropriated for a day of shooting. An Aztec temple was found near the Salsibury coast.

Everyone, however, sooner or later hits a wall and needs to lean on others to help and encourage them to push on over the finish line. Help Indiana James and the Search for The Lost Shaker of Salt and history and a web series.

Head over to the INDIEGOGO page.  

To paraphrase Nigel in Spinal Tap, let's make this one go to eleven.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Where is March shameless self-promotion? Change in focus

Normally, the beginning of each month, or as close as I can rouse myself, I try to shamelessly self-promote my articles in the Sturbridge Times Magazine.  That practice is ending and this site will go back to its old purpose of promoting film, TV and video in the Western Central Massachusetts region

Efforts to start a film bureau in the region have not borne fruit to date, despite a few meetings with people who were interested.  Recognizing that, Hollywood in  Sturbridge will serve as an ad hoc film bureau and forum toward that end.  More on that later.

Shameless self-promotion will now be done at the writing blog I maintain under my pen name, http://rmorchoe.blogspot.com/ .  Please visit.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sturbridge Times Magazine is out, Shameless Self-Promotion-February edition

Winter has cruelly set in, but the Sturbridge Times Magazine is out as is it's sister publication, the Auburn Times Magazine as well.  At least there is something to warm us.

Well, time to self-promote.  On Page 8 is my review of Kevin Philips 1775 A Good Year for Revolution.  Did we do it all in that year and was everything else an anticlimax.  Read it and judge for yourself.  (Page 4 in the Auburn Times Magazine)

It's time to get serious about our fiscal problems.  Yes my fellow citizens, it is time to tax the poor.  See my column on Page 20.  (Page 18 in the Auburn Times Magazine)

My work is published with my pen name, Richard Morchoe.  So I hope you will look for that moniker in the articles.  Also, please check out my writing blog here.

One other aspect of the magazine you may want to look at is the Sturbridge Readers' Choice Awards.  What's best in the region, open to Page 4 to find out.

there are many other writers doing good work at both magazines.  Check out newstands or the website here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sturbridge Times Magazine is out, Shameless Self-Promotion-December edition

December is here and I am starting to get worried.  This does not go down well with my fellow citizens in the region, but I am hoping, if not praying for a harsh winter.  Yup, the lovely weather and temp outside is great only if you liked the plethora of mosquitoes last summer.  There was other obnoxious wildlife in profusion as well.  The squirrels were so plentiful and bold that one actually came up to the window, knocked and asked if the kitchen was open and could he see a take-out menu.  Okay, I'm exaggerating, but a season of cold would knock back some of the vermin and make working in the garden at least less unpleasant.  I know, I whined about this last month.  Let's hope the climate improves (or do I mean deteriorates?).

Sturbridge Times Magazine is out and it is time to self-promote. On Page 8 is my review of the African novelist Chinua Achebe's account of the heartrending tragedy of the Biafran war.  Never heard of it?  Something for the history challenged.

On a happier note, When people think of Gilbertville, well people don't think of Gilbertville all that often.  Rose32 is a bakery that may not make the little burg the gastronomical capital of New England, but it is a jewel.  Read about it on Page 16.

I didn't think so then, but George McGovern was right.  See Page 24.

My work is published with my pen name, Richard Morchoe.  So I hope you will look for that moniker in the articles.  Also, please check out my writing blog here.

I'm not the only one who writes for the Sturbridge Times Magazine.  There are many other articles for your reading pleasure.  So look for it on a newstand.  If you don't find one, you can download a pdf at the Sturbridge Times Magazine website.  It should be up in a day or two

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's back this Sunday, White Christmas in West Brookfield

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012, 11:30 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

WEST BROOKFIELD, MA…Come to the Celebration on Sunday, December 2, 2012 to help us commemorate our 20th annual White Christmas.  The day will include both the traditional activities and some new and exciting events.

The day’s festivities will begin with a free puppet show featuring the Pumpernickel Puppets starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall, the upper level of our Town Hall.  The presentation will include “The Billy Goats Gruff” and “The Lion and the Mouse”.  The show is appropriate for ages 3 and older.

Beginning at Noon shops, churches, banks, the Elementary School, Library, Senior Center, Fire Department and the Quaboag Historical Museum will host Open Houses designated by white flags.  Free raffles and refreshments will be available.  Craft shows can be found at Ye Olde Tavern and Quaboag Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center featuring many local artisans.

Kids don’t miss out on our “Elf Hunt”.  Search for elves and get your card stamped at 9 of the Open Houses to spell CHRISTMAS and win a prize.  Elf cards can be picked up at the Puppet  Show or at participating Open Houses.

Another new activity will be the “Sugar & Spice” Gingerbread House contest.  Entry forms are available at the Senior Center, Merriam-Gilbert Library, Purple Onion or Post & Boot.  Judging will be in three categories, children 12 and under, adults, and groups.  There will also be a “People’s Choice Award”.  Viewing and voting will be held at the Senior Center from Noon to 3 p.m. Your vote counts!  While you are there you can also have refreshments and hear The Silvertones at 1:00.

In addition the West Brookfield Elementary School will have Elves”R”Us gift sale from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop 118 will be having a bake sale.  The Merriam-Gilbert Library will have their Friend’s Raffle Table and will display a “Mitten Tree” accepting donations of new hats, mittens, scarfs and gloves to benefit a charity.

Food will be available at the Fire Department, try out their homemade chili and chowder from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and check out the fire engines.  Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church will offer a hot repast from 12:30 to 3:00.  The First congregational Church will serve a luncheon beginning at Noon and stay open until 6:00 p.m. should you need to warm up before the Tree Lighting.  The George Whitefield Methodist Church will serve donuts and cider from 1:00 to 4:00 and have a craft corner to browse through.

The traditional free horse drawn wagon rides will run from 2:00 to 5:00 while the Scouts serve up hot chocolate.  You may even run into Frosty and/or Father Christmas as they mingle with the sidewalk crowd.

The final events of the day will include the much anticipated Tree lighting on the Common at 5:45 p.m. accompanied by a sing-a-long led by Rob Adams.  The music will continue with a concert  in the Great Hall to begin at 6:15 presented by the Quaboag Choral Society under the direction of Eric von Bleiken .  Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the local food pantry.

The booklet of program events, including the location of open houses, will be available at local businesses.  Support for this community event comes from area merchants advertising in the booklet, as well as individual donations made to the “Adopt-a-Light” campaign.  The 20th Annual White Christmaas festival is an event that the community is especially proud of and will surely warm your hearts.  For additional information, please call Charlotte Boos, Chairperson, at 508-867-7703 or 508-867-5934.

CALENDAR  - Sunday, December 2, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – White Christmas, West Brookfield, MA

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sturbridge Times Magazine is out, Shameless Self-Promotion-November edition

It is November and there is a feeling of winter in the air.  I know this is terrible to say, but I am hoping for cold and snow.  Be assured, I am not a lover of either.  Unfortunately, the warm weather last year meant the infestation of mosquitoes was an order of magnitude worse than in prior years.  So bring on the freeze.

The Sturbridge Times Magazine is out and I have a couple of offerings.  On Page 5 is my review of a book written in 1952.  Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano was prophetic about a future that is coming closer each day.

My column is about a reform that is desperately needed.  We must move the national capital to .....Wyoming.

My work is published with my pen name, Richard Morchoe.  So I hope you will look for that moniker in the articles.

I'm not the only one who writes for the Sturbridge Times Magazine.  There are many other articles for your reading pleasure.  So look for it on a newstand.  If you don't find one, you can download a pdf at http://sturbridgetimes.com.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Celtic New Year – An Evening of Celtic Chamber Music

Halloween is the folk new year of the Celt, or so they say.  No expert, I'll defer to others.  Of course, you don't have to have the history perfect to enjoy good music.  A couple of virtuosi, Samantha Gillogly & Tim Maurice will be of help.  Here is the notice for an event they will play at.

Celtic New Year – An Evening of Celtic Chamber Music

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 from 7-8pm

Celebrate autumn and the Celtic New Year with an evening of Celtic Chamber Music.  New England-based violin/piano duo Samantha Gillogly & Tim Maurice perform a crossover genre combining the haunting, dynamic melodies of the Celtic tradition with the grace and lyricism of Classical-style chamber music.  At once contemplative, uplifting, and energetic, this concert is a conversation between violin and piano through the rich landscape of the Celtic spirit.  (CD signing and refreshments to follow performance.)
Tickets are $5 for this acoustic performance.

Location: The Arts Center - 111 Main St., Southbridge, MA