Friday, February 19, 2010
The Utopian Fairhope is a collaborative effort between two Alabama film companies Feather Head Productions of Fairhope and Scovil Productions of Mobile. Andrea Holloway head of Feather Head Productions is the Executive Producer and Gary Scovil of Scovil Productions is Co-Producer. Rounding out the team is business manager Stan Zimmerman and production assistant and second cameraman Corey Lipscomb. The production crew has been filming a documentary about the quaint southern town of Fairhope Alabama. The film will be released at an invitation only event at the South Alabama University Baldwin County Campus Saturday evening April 10 and Sunday afternoon April 11.
The film is shown through the eyes of a newcomer to Fairhope, Gary Scovil, who became inspired by the unique community, Entering the town I couldnt help being struck by its beauty. The inspiration leads him to collaborate with life long Fairhope resident Andrea Holloway to make a documentary film encompassing many of the things that make Fairhope a wonderful place.
Fairhope was built upon a belief in the Arts that still continues to grow. This little town has historically been a haven for free thinkers such as artists, authors, sculptors, musicians, photographers, and the like. The film focuses on outstanding artists within the community. Set to a beautiful backdrop, these scenes are accompanied by music from multiple award-winning film score producer Brian Keane as well as artwork from local talent some of which is recognized around the world. These many beautiful scenes of the area range from sunsets on Fairhopes pier on Mobile Bay to the Eastern Shore landscape of cotton fields and pecan orchards.
Featured interviews with people such as former Mayor James Nix bring to light simple and varied ideas, like the many colorful flowers and trees that adorn the streets of Fairhope. Artistic and aesthetically pleasing touches, tree lighting, hanging flower baskets and seasonal flowers that line the streets, make Fairhope a sight to see.
Colorful characters that stand out in the community, including everyday folks, depict a unique slant on life in such a peaceful and picturesque place. Many of the townspeople will recognize these individuals as true contributors to Fairhopes diversity. Truly old-fashioned values are evident in this place where folks stop on the streets and at the towns shops to catch up on local happenings and help others, including newcomers.
It is obvious from this film that the ideals of the 1890s are still alive and thriving in this multi-talented and amazing utopian time capsule of the South.
Posted by Michael Thomas at 8:06 PM
Monday, February 8, 2010
Ricky’s vision left him one eye at a time. His left eye was permanently damaged in an accident while on active duty as Captain in the Army in 1993. A logging truck slung an object through the open window of his vehicle, destroying his retina. The second accident happened years later in 2000 when Ricky’s vehicle overheated along Highway 59 in North Baldwin County, Alabama. more...