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You may notice some people filming the Feb 11th Donna the Buffalo show at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY. The band is being included in an exciting project called JAMerica which includes a book as well as a documentary film chronicling the emergence, rise, future, etc. of the jam band and festival scene.

The book portion will be written by Peter Conners (www.peterconners.com) who is author of Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead (Da Capo Press, 2009) and White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg (City Lights, 2010). JAMerica will be published by Da Capo Press in fall 2013.

Conners is also working with filmmaker Denver Miller (www.denvermillerfilms.com) to turn JAMerica into a documentary film featuring interviews and live footage from festivals and shows. In addition to interviewing the band and filming the Feb 11th show, Conners and Miller will be conducting some spontaneous interviews with audience members at the show. This is your chance to share your love of DTB with the world!

Special thanks to David Gans for introducing us to Peter and Denver!

Here’s a video of DTB from the last time they played Water Street:


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My dear dear friend Margaret Lauzon passed away a couple of weeks ago. We had worked together on LAAFF and Music Video Asheville; and we hung out a lot talked about music, film, asheville, dogs, health, careers, men… you name it. She was always an inspiration to me in so many ways, and still is. Margaret is a true friend and I will always remember her dearly. She is already so missed by all that knew her… LOVE! Please visit her YouTube Channel and Check out some of her films http://www.youtube.com/user/meglauzon.

Also, please feel free to leave a comment and share your story of Margaret 🙂 She truly did bring a lot of people together, some of whom are just now starting to get to know each other…

Photo montage our friend Jenny Greer

Several of Meg’s friends including Jessica Thomasin, Jenny Greer, Michelle Moog, Christina Aurea, David Bragg, Steve Wilmans, Woody Wood, Ryan Grant, Jake Frankel amongst others got together in person, over the phone and via email to plan an Asheville memorial service for her. We asked a local writer and friend of Margaret’s, Rebecca Sulock, to help us write something up special to remember her. I know Rebecca had a difficult time with the writing of this, but it is absolutely beautiful and much appreciated!!!

In Loving Memory of Margaret Lauzon 1975-2010

“Just cause you’re not present, doesn’t mean you’re not here.”

Margaret wrote that in a November 2008 blog.

Margaret as "Butterfly Jones" with our good Friend Rhoni Sampson

Margaret Lauzon isn’t present here for her 35th birthday, on September 18th, 2010, but she’s surely still here:  Laughing until the furniture falls over (as Dan Ingenthron put it), surprising passersby with the fart machine on downtown streets (as Jessica Tomasin recounts), dancing in a giant afro wig as Butterfly Jones. Radiating a 100-watt smile. Her spirit and flair and passion are too strong to not be here. To borrow from e.e. cummings, we carry her heart in our hearts.

She’s remembered not just as a passionate, driven woman with incredible talent, and not just as a woman who made things happen — a woman who was “assertive but eloquent,” according to her friend Erin Scholze. The girl worked hard.

She’ll be remembered as a clever wit, an effervescent, talkative spirit and a gal who had her own way of talking about the world. Her way happened to be wicked sharp and cracked people up.

Meg and Jessica Thomasin at Film Awards

“She was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life,” says Tomasin.

She’ll be remembered, too, through the many projects she spearheaded: “Many were purely out of love for her work,” notes Jake Frankel, who watched Meg put in tireless effort on a short film for Toubab Krewe. She drove by herself to Florida and Chapel Hill, just to get the footage she needed for the project. The project had its share of challenges, and Margaret tackled and beat every one: The film turned out to be incredible.

Meg with Chusy, Bragg & Brandon at Sundance

Lauzon had been working on a documentary on the Asheville music scene for years called “My Life Rocks”. She lives in the hours of band footage she shot, in the Studio South sessions with local musicians, in the side-splitting “Tear of the Beest” and in the other work that she produced with Villasonica.

She’d also been filming pieces on her experience with cancer. She chronicled doctors and treatments, and worked to make use of that struggle, even while it weakened her. That’s how tough she was, and how industrious. And even in sickness, Margaret had the strength to be a support to others who were struggling.

And through it all, she still laughed.

Her laughter doesn’t stop, just because she’s not present. She’s still here, and always will be. A spirit that strong doesn’t fade.

“She inspired me so much,” says Scholze, and that’s true of a whole lot of people.

We are hosting memorial service and Meg’s 35th Birthday Throwdown for her friends and family this Saturday at the API studio of Echo Mountain. Here are some of the details:

Margaret Lauzon was a unique spirit. She was passionate about local music and film: She worked with events and musicians through her Villasonica production company, she helped found Music Video Asheville, she served on the LAAFF music committee for several years, her Studio South productions captured local musicians in action, and she was working on a full-length documentary on the Asheville music scene. She helped produce one of the best films to ever come out of Asheville’s 48 Hour Film Project: Tear of the Beest. That’s just to list a few.

Lauzon died recently after a two-year bout with cancer. On Saturday, people will gather at Echo Mountain’s API studio to celebrate her life. It’s open to the public — there were lots of people in town who she worked with, who she filmed, who she advocated for and who she made laugh. A lot. Woody Wood, Jenny Greer and others will play music at the event, and some of Lauzon’s films will be shown.

The Margaret Lauzon Memorial & Birthday Throwdown will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at Echo Mountain API studio (second floor), 175 Patton Avenue. 5-9 p.m. Info at 232-4314 ext. 300. Here’s a link to the event on Facebook. Here is a link to her obituary.

My alltime favorite photo of Margaret with my Gracie who passed away this January of canine cancer

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It’s that time of year again for Music Video Asheville!

This event returns to the Cinebarre for the third year in a row to showcase the talents of local musicians and filmmakers.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FoAM Presents: Music Video Asheville on Wednesday, March 10th
A screening of local music videos

Cinebarre, behind Biltmore Square Mall
www.cinebarre.com
800 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 17th, 2010 DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL NOON MONDAY, FEB 22nd

Screening:Wednesday, March 10, 2010
6pm to 10pm, $5

MVA contact: jenny@soundmindmedia.net, 828-279-4166
MVA website: http://www.myspace.com/musicvideoasheville

What is Music Video Asheville?

The third MUSIC VIDEO ASHEVILLE, a showcase to highlight the pairing of local musicians and filmmakers, taking place on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the Cinebarre at Biltmore Square Mall. The MVA mission is to: increase the awareness and appreciation of local musicians and local videographers by showcasing their collaborative works in a public event.

The showcase is open to all Buncombe County residents who are musical artists and filmmakers who wish to submit one video or film showcasing their act’s live footage, music video or documentary style film. At the event, the audience will vote for their favorite video and that video will win a cash prize.

The showcase offers local music fans can check out 40 local bands in one setting. 2009 participants included: Toubab Krewe, Ear Power, Laura Reed, Bugs Multiply, The Poles, Shapetastic, Angi West, Buncombe Turnpike, Velvet Truckstop, Mad Tea Party, LS and MJ Grillo, The Broomstars, Arizona, Custard Pie, Josh Phillips, Ice Horse, The Cheeksters, Chakra Bird, Nights Bright Colors, Tyler Ramsey, Quetzatl, Custard Pie, LAAFF, Silver Machine, Now You See Them.

The screening is open to the public, and tickets are available for $5 each. Be sure to bring your friends! All ticket proceeds will go directly toward the winning artists’ prizes.

All Asheville-area musicians and filmmakers are invited to submit one video or film. Please make sure to download the MVA submission guidelines and MVA submission form to participate in the event.

Do you have any videos to enter, know someone that might? Please spread the word. Thanks in advance for your support!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010 DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL NOON MONDAY, FEB 22nd

GUIDELINES

1. Video or film must focus on at least one musical artist currently residing in Buncombe County and must contain at least one song by the artist.

2. Song(s) in the piece must be original

3. Each submitter can submit up to 30 minutes of film or video, but each individual submission must be under 10 minutes long

Please review ALL the guidelines by downloading them at

http://www.box.net/shared/static/pos9xjsf0a.pdf

www.myspace.com/musicvideoasheville

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Fill out the Submission form by downloading it here.

http://www.box.net/shared/static/xnjaekdxbn.pdf

www.myspace.com/musicvideoasheville

1. The submission may be mailed or dropped off to the Submission Board as a DVD via standard first class mail, and must be packaged in a paper sleeve or jewel case in a bubble or padded mailer with a filled out Submission Form only. Mail to: MVA, 58 1/2 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.The video or film must be a standalone clip of the item being submitted, and must be a self-executing DVD, .avi, mpeg or other files will not be accepted. Do not send press kits, one sheets, bios, photos or any other materials with the submission. Submissions that include these materials or are not in the correct format will not be considered.

WHO GETS PICKED?

All submissions that meet the guidelines will be shown at the showcase on a random draw basis. When entries are in, and if there are too many hours of video and film, we will pull from a hat to determine what is shown.

Please see the attached Submission Form for more information. Questions? email jenny@soundmindmedia.net call us 828-279-4166 Good Luck!

2008 Crowd Favorite winning video:

Firecracker Jazz Band’s video “Happy Feet”

2009 Crowd Favorite winning video:

Icehorse “Cheese Pirates”

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Press Contact: Erin Scholze~ Dreamspider Publicity ~ 828-776-6248 ~ Dreamspider@gmail.com
Event Contact: Jenny Greer ~ FoAM ~ MVA ~ 828-279-4166 ~musicvideoasheville@gmail.com

Media Love for MVA:

The Mountain Xpress’s posts about the event: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2010/hooray_for_music_videos and their Spork preview of MVA: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2007/spork1/

Check out the post on the Ashvegas Blog

and in Blog Asheville.

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