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http://www.seanrayford.com/img/s6/v143/u905142064-o202175713-50.jpg 2018-01-16T16:07:00Z Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/1/photos-king-day-at-the-dome---columbia-sc Photos: King Day at the Dome - Columbia, SC

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The South Carolina NAACP hosted the annual King Day at the Dome this morning in Columbia, SC. Following the statewide prayer service at Zion Baptist Church on Washington St., the march traveled down Main St. where about 750 people rallied at the South Carolina Statehouse.

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-01-15T19:36:47Z 2018-01-15T19:36:47Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/1/photos-new-years-eve-at-new-brookland Photos: New Year's Eve at New Brookland

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2018-01-01T21:56:28Z 2018-01-01T21:56:28Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/12/photos-charlotte-groups-rally-against-white-supremacy Photos: Charlotte Groups Rally Against White Supremacy

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White supremacists had planned to hold a rally and torch march last night at Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C. — but instead of tiki torches parading through Uptown Queen City, a diverse array of groups, including Indivisible Charlotte, city council members, a congressional candidate, and local Antifascists rallied in opposition to white supremacy.

During an open mic style forum on Thursday night, Charlotte City Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield defended local law enforcement while the antifascist group responded with chants, “FUCK THE POLICE!!! FUCK THE POLICE!!!”  When she urged members of the group to use their votes to battle injustice, a young man dressed in black with a red scarf and equipped with a bullhorn countered, “You can’t vote white supremacy away. It must be destroyed!!!”

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During the fall, the Charlotte Observer reported that the white supremacist group, known as Anticom, encouraged its members through social media channels to take their “torches, guns, armor, gear and flags” to Charlotte. Anticom reconsidered on September 28 and cancelled their event, citing safety concerns.

Rally goers on Thursday night suspected the group would assemble for a surprise march.

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2017-12-29T17:44:07Z 2017-12-29T17:44:07Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/12/photo-of-the-night---mikey-collins Photo of the Night - Mikey Collins

 

Photo of the Night - December 22, 2017

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Mikey Collins, performing with Kid Trails and Hunter Park, pays tribute to Tom Petty last night at the New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia, SC.

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2017-12-24T02:02:29Z 2017-12-24T02:02:29Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/12/photo-of-the-night---josh-roberts Photo of the Night - Josh Roberts

 

Photo of the Night - December 21, 2017

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Formed in 2005, Charleston's Josh Roberts and the Hinges, played at the New Brookland Tavern last night in West Columbia, SC. Kid Trails headlines tonight at the club.

Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2017-12-23T00:21:40Z 2017-12-23T00:21:40Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/12/photos-four-days-in-birmingham-doug-jones Photos: Birmingham's push for Doug Jones

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The Gadsden Mall security had Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires surrounded. Their orange lights bounced off the water of the nearby wildlife park and the exterior walls of the shopping complex.

With a PA in the bed of a Toyota Tacoma, decorated with posters for U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, Birmingham’s southern punk rockers were halted somewhere between the food court and Sears, where two former female employees described unwanted advances by Jones’ opponent Roy Moore in the fall of 1977. Getting kicked off of mall property seemed fitting.

Without resistance and with hours until polls opened, the band shut down their show and ended their day long tour campaigning for what would be the first  Alabama democrat elected to the senate in 25 years.

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In anticipation of working on a Portrait of AIabama Voters, I arrived a few days early in Birmingham a week ago today to take in the atmosphere. And for me, that involves being a photojournalist - without any assignments or deadlines. Here’s a look at Birmingham during the days leading up to last week’s election

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2017-12-16T16:55:37Z 2017-12-16T16:55:37Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/12/these-alabama-voters-elect-democrat-doug-jones-to-u-s-senate Portrait: These Alabama voters elected Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate

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Quenetta Gunn, a 33 year-old African American mother of two, was in high school when Doug Jones successfully prosecuted members of the Ku Klux Klan who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. It had been nearly 40 years since a group of white supremacists detonated dynamite sticks at the church, killing four young black girls, injuring 22, and described by Martin Luther King Jr., as "one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.” For four decades, two of the four klansmen had escaped justice.

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So when it came time to vote for a new U.S. Senator yesterday, Quenetta Gunn remembered that Jones had led that charge for justice. Gunn wasn’t caught up in the hoopla surrounding Jones’ opponent, Ray Moore, who had been accused by multiple women of sexual predation. “I don’t know of everything that they say to be true,” she said after casting a vote as her boys played on the playground at Avondale Park in the Southside neighborhood of Birmingham, “I was leaning more towards him anyway.”

In September at a campaign rally in Florence, AL, when Jones’ opponent was asked about when America was last great, Moore explained, “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery. They cared for one another. People were strong in the families. Our families were strong. Our country had a direction.”

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Yesterday, for the first time in 25 years, the people of Alabama elected a democrat to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Leading that charge, 96 percent of African American voters cast ballots for Jones.

“Given that this state is red completely but it's not far fetched for a democrat to have some say in the southern states as well. I think it will be the dawn of a new era. It's like the tides are turning again,” said Gunn, hours before polls closed on Tuesday.

 

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ANDRE AMISON - BIRMINGHAM, AL

(Andre did not disclose who he voted for)

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2017-12-13T20:31:05Z 2017-12-13T20:31:05Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/12/photos-the-68-whores-at-new-brookland Photos: '68, Whores at New Brookland Tavern

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DEC 08 - Philadelphia, PA
DEC 09 - Amityville, NY
DEC 10 - Cambridge, MA
DEC 12 - Canton, OH
DEC 13 - Indianapolis, IN
DEC 14 - Springfield, MO
DEC 15 - Memphis, TN
DEC 16 - New Orleans, LA
DEC 17 - Atlanta, GA

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2017-12-08T01:59:57Z 2017-12-08T01:59:57Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/11/a-practical-holiday-gift-guide-for-photographers 13 Practical and Affordable Holiday Gifts for Photographers [$10-$250]

One of the best things about photography - and most creative endeavors - is the unending process of learning. In celebration of such, here’s my list of practical gifts for photographers exploring the craft. No lens shaped coffee mugs or ties with cameras on them here. And the only gimmick is one that I'm selling. This list is aimed at beginner or novice photographers and outside of the book recommendations and the Canon version of the f1.8, I have used all of the items listed. Happy Holidays.

 

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1. Micro fiber cloths: $13.99  - This is an item that I am regularly purchasing. If a photographer already has some, they’ll want more down the road. Perfect stocking stuffer.

2. Light reflector: $20-$40 - If the photographer has an interest in portraiture, this is a must. If they don’t, they might after learning how to use one. It will also give them a basic skill set for being an assistant to a working photographer. The bigger ones are much easier to learn how to use.

3. 50mm f1.8 lens: $125-$175 - It’s a great lens to learn about composition and depth of field, and it’s one of the least expensive styles of lenses for any SLR. You’ll need to know the camera model, but just ask your salesperson. You’ll want to get them an autofocus model. Great portrait lens.

Nikon 50mm      Canon 50mm
 

4. Field Notes Notebooks and accessories: $10-$90 - These are good gifts for any type of creative. Encourage the brainstorms.

5. Rode shotgun microphone: $260  - Most cameras these days are also brilliant video cameras. If your loved one has an interest in video THEY NEED a decent microphone. Rode is the leader in that department and this is probably their most relied upon model.

6. Extra camera battery: $35-$50 - Once again, you’ll have to do a little research to find the camera model but any salesperson will be happy to help. DO NOT buy off-brand camera batteries. If it’s a Nikon Camera, get em a Nikon made battery.

7. External hard drive $75-125 - If they are making photos with today’s technology, they’ll need space to save em. I use Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive for my general use. All sizes for different budgets.

8. Private lessons with a professional photographer: $150+ - This holiday season I am making available a limited number of private lessons redeemable through the end of 2018. I’ve been working with fourth graders this fall semester and can help any age or skill level. For every hour of private lesson someone gifts this holiday, I’ll donate an hour of my time to a local school. DETAILS ON PRICING - Photo Tutor: Columbia, SC

9. Gift certificate to Borrow Lenses: $10+ - Borrow lenses is a gear rental service that lets you rent equipment out. Great for trying things out before purchases or special trips and projects.

10. Everybody Street: $5 - This is a brilliant documentary about some of the best street photographers in the grandest city in the world, New York City. (Some adult content)

11. The Americans by Robert Frank $33 - (book) “The book that changed photography.” -NPR

12. Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth $50 - (book) “Sleeping by the Mississippi has been ranked with the great representations of the United States, including Walker Evans’ pictures of the depression, Robert Frank’s harsh vision of the 1950s and, more recently, the colour work of Soth’s former teacher, Joel Sternfeld.” -British Journal of Photography

13. Vivian Maier: Street Photographer: $28  - (book) "An unassuming Chicago baby sitter named Vivian Maier was one of the pioneers of street photography.  But for 60 years, nobody knew it." -The New York Times Style Magazine

 

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Columbia SC Photographer theangrywhale@yahoo.com Columbia SC Photographer Sean Rayford 2017-11-23T19:56:01Z 2017-11-23T19:56:01Z
http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2017/11/photos-susto-at-the-music-farm-columbia Photos: Susto at The Music Farm Columbia

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Charleston's Susto performed at the Music Farm Columbia and will be heading back out on the road during the month of December as follows. Photos by Sean Rayford.

 

Nov 30 - New Orleans, LA
Dec 1 - Houston, TX
Dec 2 - Austin, TX
Dec 3 - Dallas, TX
Dec 5 - Phoenix, AZ
Dec 7 - San Diego, CA
Dec 8 - West Hollywood, CA
Dec 9 - The Catalyst Atrium
Dec 10 - San Francisco, CA
Dec 12 - Portland, OR
Dec 13 - Seattle, WA
Dec 14 - Boise, ID
Dec 15 - Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 16 - Denver, CO
Dec 17 - Denver, CO
Dec 20 -  Daphne, AL
Dec 21 - Mobile, AL
Dec 22 - Atlanta, GA
Dec 31 - Todos Santos, Mexico
Apr 21 - Charleston, SC

 

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University of South Carolina grad Andres Ortega had a nice job in corporate America. That is, until he and his girlfriend Maria Garcia took a trip in the drive-thru of the Sonic on Assembly St.

“When we were ordering we saw homeless kitties there. It was on of those cold, wet, rainy days in Columbia and we felt heartbroken that there was very little that we could do.” says Ortega.

The next day he drove into his work headquarters, turned in his ID card and his keys to the company car and told his employer that he was opening a cat cafe. “They had a look of shock on their face. I kinda just ran out the door, hopped in the car and left.”

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Last Friday morning when Ortega pulled out his keys to unlock the front door of Catitude Cat Cafe there were about twenty folks waiting for the business to open for the first time. He fumbled them and knelt down in front of Garcia on the West Columbia sidewalk and proposed. She said yes and they had about 45 seconds before getting down to business.

“We have definitely tied our entire lives into this business so I feel it was a great way to show our customers our lives and to welcome them.” says Garcia who is also a current student at USC.

The cafe, located in the former spot of Cafe Strudel next to New Brookland, gives folks an opportunity grab some coffee and decompress with more than a dozen cats in the second story of the building. Most of the cats are available for adoption and there is an hourly fee for the kitty floor.

 

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WHY OPEN A CAT CAFE IN WEST COLUMBIA?
“I graduated from USC and got my big boy job in corporate America and I was flying around everywhere. And it was a nice job because the company paid for all my expenses: my meals, flights, hotels, cars, etc, but the only thing I didn't have was when I was there, was [Maria]. I missed her and I missed our cat,” says Ortega, “So what I would do, was pop into cat cafes in the larger cities that I'd be traveling to for business and when I was there I would hang out there and it would make me feel better. About missing her, about missing our cat. And on the weekends I'd come back here and I saw we didn’t have one.”

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David Bazan performed last night at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia. Upcoming shows below:

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“In colonial America, all able bodied men from teenagers to sixty year-olds served in the militia, a local force that turned out for military service in times of emergency. Official training sessions, or musters, were held once or twice per year in peacetime. Training was often a social occasion with the men dispersing to taverns after a brief drill.


With the coming of the Revolution, militia duty became more serious. Patriot militia often took the field against the British, and after the British occupied South Carolina in 1780, they organized a Loyalist militia. The loyalist militia of Camden District guarded the town during the battles of Camden and Holbrick’s Hill and fought against the American partisans”

Since 1970 reenactors have gathered in Camden, SC for the Revolutionary War Field Days, a two day event aiming to revisit and explore America's beginnings. The preceding quote was taken from a historical marker at the edge of a creek near yesterday’s battle reenactment. More info can be found at Discover Columbia Annual Revolutionary War Field Days.

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Children laughing in every direction. Music coming from three. A shriek from a frightened skeleton wearing a tutu and an approaching barrage of little feet on the asphalt as Superman chases a Ninja Turtle. A random crash and more distant shrieks. It’s like the soundtrack to every horror movie that has a Halloween night scene. Except more.

“Grab his hand! Take your brother with you!” A mom tells one of her offspring, whose sibling is frightened by spooky live theatre in a front yard in the Elmwood neighborhood on Halloween night in Columbia, SC. He grabs his hand and off they go.

 

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A drunk zombie redneck stands in canoe with a severed limb hanging from a garden tool. Wearing overalls and holding a jug of shine in the other hand he rocks back and forth, the metal clanging against earth as Adam Cullum sits nearby playing seasonal bayou tunes on the accordion. Drunk zombie redneck is almost indiscernible in his vocal ramblings, but definitely creepy. Watching from the second floor balcony, a zombie bride and groom pace around. Sitting on specially made dock on their front steps, a rotation of characters hands out treats to those brave enough to wander close enough.


Apparently, the Elmwood neighborhood knows how to Halloween better than everyone else. And judging by the hordes of monsters, it’s no secret to area children and their parents.

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The last time I saw Third Eye Blind my friend Fred punched my not friend Larry at a stadium show in D.C. It rained during their set and it was the only time I've ever had a complete stranger on my shoulders or used a giant beachball to hide taking a leak. Among a slew of others, Green Day, The Crystal Method and The Foo Fighters played that day. It was summer of 1998, when I listened to mixed cassette tapes of songs I downloaded on Napster - mostly by New Order and Depeche Mode.

 

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When I walked into the bathroom my friend Jaime Clark was painting a rubber wiener. He looked up, saw my camera and realized his role in the production of The Theta Girl  would be identified as the wiener painter. But to clarify, only a very small part of Jamie's role involved painting a wiener and as one of two practical and visual effects supervisors, he made the gore and computer generated visual effects for the film.

The Theta Girl, a self described "psychedelic horror/action/sci-fi film," created by Columbia's Chris Bickel and David Axe, will have it's local premiere November 3 and 4 at Spotlight Cinemas on St. Andrews Rd. Created for less than $15k and filmed in the Midlands during this past winter and spring, it stars Darelle Dove, Shane Silman, Quinn Deogracias and Victoria Donofrio as Gayce, a drug dealing band leader at the center of a violent murder mystery.

During the filming, at times a few blocks from my home in West Columbia, I stopped by to see how things were going.

Photos by Sean Rayford.

 

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I also recently caught up with producer/director Chris Bickel (below, left) to talk about the film.

Sean: What type of film is The Theta Girl?

Chris: If I worked at a Blockbuster and this [movie] came in I would put it in horror even though it's not exactly a horror movie. It' a little bit of an action movie and it's a little bit of a revenge movie and it's kind of an art movie. It's a little bit of all these things so it's hard to pigeon hole it. But if I had to give an answer, it's a horror movie because it's just so violent. It's really brutal and probably nobody is going to be able to sit through it other than horror fans.

 

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Sean: Tell me about your interest in exploitation films.

Chris: That's been one of my favorite genres all my life and I guess since the Nickelodeon [Theatre] asked me to curate the Lowbrow Series over there I think I’ve started to study the genre a little bit more, finding why these movies exist. And by and large, it's because the filmmakers had no money at all. And if you don't have any money, you can't afford name actors and you can't afford big set pieces or really good special effects. 

So you have to throw in things that are gonna either shock the audience or titilate them in some way, or keep their attention. And more than anything make them talk about the movie after the fact. So basically, you have to throw in a bunch of stuff that is fucked up and crazy. 

 

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Seeing how the great exploitation filmmakers have applied that, it sort of led up to me and David [Axe] brainstorming before he wrote the script with all the things that the movie needed to have. And how often you'd have them. Every five minutes there had to be nudity or violence. Or just something really strange and bizarre. You couldn't have more than three pages of dialogue or else you're going to lose the audience. 

So, just hammer it. Like one after another. And with the nudity, a familiar exploitation trait, it's always female nudity. It's always tits and ass. We wanted to make it equal opportunity, so there's a lot of dicks in this movie. Which some people really freak out about. It's fine to have boobs, but they lose their shit if there's a dick. Which great, I want those people to lose their shit.

 

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Sean: Talk to me about the soundtrack to The Theta Girl.

Chris: I think the soundtrack is the most professional part of the entire movie. whereas with the visuals, there's a lot of things that demonstrate the naiveté of the filmmakers and the budget we were working with — in terms of poor lighting in places or some of the set pieces. But as far as the music goes, I think the music and sound design goes head to head with almost any Hollywood movie. Especially with Joe Buck Roberts and the songs he wrote. [They] ended up working so well with the main themes of the film that we brought those to the forefront and it actually takes the movie to a different place. It really, I think it puts it on a higher level than most other movies of it's genre and budget.

 

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Sean: Were the songs created specifically for the movie?

Chris: It was just some recording that Joe had done and I'm not sure he had released them. He just put out some burned CDs out in our free box at Papa Jazz. It's like, 'here are some songs I recorded at home' kinda deal. And I got the CD and listened to it and I was blown away by it and realized that a couple of the songs in particular just fit this movie like crazy. And I asked him if I could use them and he said 'yeah.'

He just saw the movie a couple of days ago and I don't even know if I should say, but it looked like he may have teared up a little bit. I think for him the movie took the song to a place that he didn't even intend - because it all worked so well together.

 

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Sean: Tell me about how your experience trying to make a feature film before creating a short.

Chris: I decided I wanted to make a movie and I didn't want to do a short film. I wanted to do a feature because I just thought there was no point in doing a short film. Because a short film might play a few film festivals but nobody really gives a shit about it. You can't really sell it and there is no shelf life. It's not like ten years down the road people are like, 'Man, that short film I saw ten years ago was so cool, I wanna watch that again.' It just doesn't fucking happen. 

So I didn't want to do it but I had several filmmaker friends who were like, "Man, if you've never made a movie you have to do a short first because you don't know how to make a movie. It's such a difficult endeavor, you're just going to be in over your head and you're going to fail if you just try to jump right in." But I was like, "No. I wanna make a feature. I don't want to waste my time doing a short." But the more I thought about it and the more persistent my filmmaker friends were about that, once we decided we were going to do a crowdfunding campaign it made sense to do a short, because you can't ask people for money for a crowdfunding campaign if you don't have any work to show. Why would I give money to somebody if they don't know what they are doing?

 

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So, the idea came up to make a fake trailer for a fake movie just to demonstrate that we could make a movie. And we'd be able to use all of the actors that we'd hired and our crew and that allowed us to sort of test them out and make sure that they were capable of doing the work. And that we could work with them on a personal level. The end result was that we made Teenage Caligula. Which did really well online and helped us raise a bunch of money. And more importantly, it gave me the experience to be able to make some mistakes on that - that I didn't make on the feature. 

If I hadn't had that experience I would have fucked up a lot more things on the feature than I did. Which, I did fuck up lots of things, but not bad enough to where it derailed the movie. But if I hadn't had that experience, it could have been devastating.

 

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Three Texas men with extremist ties have been charged with attempted homicide after firing at a group of protestors yesterday in Gainesville, Florida. According to the Gainesville Police Department, the men threatened protestors, “offering Nazi salutes and shouting chants about Hitler,” before firing at the group from a silver Jeep after a speaking event with Richard Spencer. The suspects, Tyler Tenbrick, Colton Fears, and William Fears (below -white shirt), are being held at the Alachua County Jail and bond for the shooter, Tenbrick is $3 million.

Here are 27 photos that preceded the incident at the University of Florida.

 

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Dressed as Lady Liberty, black tape sealing her lips, Miranda Anderson stood next to Brent Hutcheson on Monday night in Falls Park in Greenville, SC to rally against President Donald Trump and his appearance at a nearby fundraising event. Anderson, a local resident who works in occupational therapy cites the president’s “disregard for humanity in general,” as the biggest motivating factor for her demonstration.

“If people don't keep standing up for what's right — I feel like people are getting really fatigued by it and I'm concerned where that is leading us,” says Anderson.

 

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I'm not against Republicans,” says Hutcheson, a nursing student from Clemson who dressed in a clown suit with a flashing nose, “I'm just against Donald Trump. I think that there are rational people out there but I don't understand how he has taken over and not in my wildest dreams did I think I would have to be here protesting him as president. So it's just kind of a crazy situation that we find ourselves in right now.”

 

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You know something’s afoot when a dude walks past you on Main Street in Columbia wearing a Merge Records t-shirt and you don’t recognize him. Couple that with the largest gathering of college radio alumni since college, and it can mean only one thing: Jam Room Fest. Now in it’s sixth installment and created by the iconic recording studio on Rosewood Dr., the annual free music festival yesterday featured Guided by Voices, Elf Power, Hiss Golden Messenger, Valley Maker, Bask, Bombadil, FatRat Da Czar, Hearts on Fire, Numbtongue, The Lovely Few, King Vulture, and Barnwell. 

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