Friday, February 5, 2016

A Whole Lotta Coen Goin' On

A look back on thirty years of Coen Brother's Filmography, on the release-day of their new movie, Hail Ceasar!

COENS | 30 from somersetVII on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hope in a Time of Politics

Hope is everywhere... if you have the eyes for it. 

But also, the opposite.

The world, you see, is full of shit. 
Not crap, or poop, or excrement. 

Shit. 

The most noisily obvious example of this right now is I guess this whole presidential-campaign mess. Hundreds of millions (billions?) of dollars spent on lies and counter-lies, all orchestrated to create a white-noise, placebo, wagons-circling clustercuss. All so no one will notice an oligarchy of billionaires with minds laser-locked on profit margins, wiggling its fingers inside velvet puppeteer gloves as we jump to help them do what power has always done: crush the weak and powerless in an insatiable lust for more-more-more. Enabling the hand that tugs our fear-strings until we are just one good, six-month famine from an honest-to-God totalitarian regime right here in America, where of course We the Sheeple delude ourselves into thinking we're immune. 

Because of what? The Constitution? Iphones?

Puhh-leeeze.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Author's Alley 2016

For anybody living in the area, I'll be taking part in a "local authors" event this Sunday at the Monroe Library in Monroe, North Carolina.

The address is 316 E Windsor St, Monroe, NC 28112.

I won't not like it if you drop by, and I'll have copies of my short story collection, my YA novel, and my art book for sale and I can sign 'em for you, if you get one. All three of my books have 5-star ratings on the Amazons.

Hugs not drugs, folks.

Monday, January 25, 2016

GNOMES: a short film by Josh Barkey, Jared Freeman, and friends


Gnomes from Jared on Vimeo.

A year and a half ago my mom started pestering me about acting in one of my films. About that time, my son was going through a Gnome-Phase in which he was, in his own words, "really into gnomes." He was also super-curious about themwondering if they really existed in real life for reals.

I, being a good parent and not a destroyer of worlds, told him that although I had never personally seen a gnome and although the general scientific consensus was that they weren't real... it is quite possible that they are real, just very, very good at hiding.

So I wrote this short film.

At first I was just going to shoot it with my T2i and knock it together (badly) in Windows Movie Maker. But then I showed the script to my friend Jared Freeman, who I'd met when he'd helped out as a production assistant on a short film I wrote called LOCKER 212. Jared loved the script and didn't want to let me butcher the story with my no-money, no-skills approach. So he threw together a couple of friends and a few resources, and we made GNOMES.

My son played the Gnome-believing kid. He did it while sick with a pretty-bad fever, soldiering on through bouts of medicine just potent enough to keep the fever manageable without putting him to sleep. I offered to find another kid to play the part, but he'd been looking forward to it for a long time, and insisted on making a go of it. I am super-duper amazingly proud of his courage and his dedication to the project.

My mom, dad and I played the adults.
  • Jared Freeman co-directed with me, and was the Director of Photography. 
  • My friend Christopher John (formerly of the rock band Stabilo) composed the score.
  • Sam Thomas was our Producer.
  • Parker McKinley edited the film.
  • Kevin Strahm did a fantastic job with sound designall sound was created in post.
  • Derek Donovan was our first Assistant Cameraman.
  • Jacob Kirby was our colorist.
  • Stewart Minges was our Key Grip.
This film was a complete labor of love, beginning to end. We're releasing it online today in hope that you'll enjoy it, and share it with your friends.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Every Frame a Painting: ensemble staging

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