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Frenetic Productions has been a little quiet on the website front, but incredibly busy in offline life. We’ve collaborated with Daily Riots Productions and writer director Joey Johnson to shoot the narrative feature, SHADOWED, and are busy editing it. Smoke, Sand and Rubber was in the Local Sightings Film Festival and not only did we [...]
Check out a little video I made for Seattle’s update to the Comprehensive Plan.
Don’t forget to come to our free screening tomorrow at the Shoreline Community College’s Theater. There will be feats of strength and race cars! For now, enjoy this short about two noteworthy Northwest races, Allen Heath, and Len Sutton – featuring Mel, Art Waller, Jack Snyder and the incomparable Bonnie Guitar.
Smoke, Sand & Rubber is an affectionate look at the little known world of midget car racing. This small gem of a film provides a panoramic view of abiding passion, familial love and creative legacy. I loved this film – it had me smiling the whole way through, even as I wiped away tears. Jennifer [...]
Mel Anthony, the 87 year old race car driver and star of SMOKE, SAND AND RUBBER is going to bring his training wheel to the World Premiere Screening on Tuesday, May 31st at 7 PM. Test your strength with a steering wheel that approximates the force required to steer a midget race car.
Two weeks after I thought it was ready to go, SMOKE, SAND AND RUBBER is actually being printed. We should have copies of it, more FINDING PLAYLAND copies, and even copies of RENDER ME DEAD, at the May 31st screening.
Here’s another DVD extra from SMOKE, SAND AND RUBBER. This one features some great vintage demolition derby footage and a Midget Auto Blues remix by Evan Hart.
We’re excited to hear that SMOKE, SAND AND RUBBER will be screening in June as part of the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. We had a great time last year and look forward to more good times with this years festival. Join us.
We’re pleased to announce that Smoke, Sand and Rubber, sponsored by 4culture and the Senior Housing Advisory Group (SHAG) will have its world premiere at the Shoreline Community College’s Theater on Tuesday, May 31st at 7 PM. We’ll screen the 30 minute movie, plus two of the DVD extra movies, ON GOLDEN WHEELS, about the [...]
I’m excited to announce that Bonnie Guitar, who wrote who wrote and recorded the song Midget Auto Blues in 1944, is writing and recording more music for the nearly completed, Smoke, Sand and Rubber. Here she is performing Mood Indigo last summer.
Chick Barbo was one of the great midget racers in the Pacific Northwest. In this DVD extra, Mel Anthony talks about how he came to be known as “Chick.”
Here is one of many additional movies that will form the extra features on the Smoke, Sand And Rubber DVD, coming soon. This concerns a roadster race in Sultan in 1948.
This is a little video about the Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake Neighborhood Advisory Committee that I am a member of. Thanks to James Allen Smith for shooting it and Sean Robinson and Landlord’s Daughter for the music.
The Violin Maker was made in five days for the 2009 International Documentary Challenge. We were given the genre of “Biography”. Our team of three, Dan Thornton, Gabriel Miller and Greg Brotherton, made this profile of a local violin maker with a deep resonance to his craft, Doug Yule. Chosen among the top 13 of [...]
PLAYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK was literally built on thrills. From 1930 until 1960, children, ages 8 to 80, enjoyed a high old time at this great amusement park of 65 acres on Bitter Lake, seven short miles from the center of Seattle. Finding Playland transports you back to that free and easy time with archival video [...]