The host of the 12th edition of the Montgomery Film Festival this weekend is also the subject of one of his short films.
Montgomery artist and filmmaker Josh Carples will launch “Clover / Capri”, a documentary that delves into the history of the Capri Theater. The building opened in 1941 as the Clover Theater.
“We started working on this in December 2020, so we’re excited to see how it’s received,” Carples said.
The 25-minute film, released by Terrible Master Films in association with Son Visions, 803 Films and Carolyn Jean’s Early Riser Films, details the history of independent arthouse cinema at 1045 E. Fairview.
“When Capri was closed for several months last year due to the pandemic, (Capri Theater Director Martin McCaffery) continued to send emails and weekly updates,” Carples said. “In some of those emails he talked about the history of the theater, and one of them mentioned a second entry that was used during the Jim Crow era of apartheid. This led me to wondering what other historical aspects of this theater I was unaware of. So Martin agreed to be interviewed on camera, and my team and I settled in and started asking questions. “
The Montgomery Film Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, with 3 feature films and 10 short films. Along with “Clover / Capri”, Carples was also heavily involved in two more of them: the feature film “Ghost 14” and the short film “Coffee with Friends”.
“In ‘Coffee with Friends’ I’m the lead actor and producer,” Carples said. “On ‘Ghost 14’, I’m co-director with Shane Gillis and Rick Gardner, actor and producer.”
Directed by Jimmie and Autumn Rogers, “Coffee with Friends” is the story of a man (Carples) whose morning coffee is interrupted by ghosts from his past. Starring Carples, the film stars Bernadette Chapman, Sydney Burdette Humphrey and Cera Sasser.
“Making this movie has to be one of the greatest adventures I’ve ever been on,” Jimmie Rogers wrote on social media.
“Ghost 14 ″ is creepy in the style of a found images thriller / Blair Witch Project, directed by Carples, Rick Gardner and Shane Gillis. A group (Carples, LC Holt, Rebecca Ivey, Rudy Banes and Jeff McKinney) search for ghosts of Alabama and find more than they think.
The festival kicks off Friday at 7pm with “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992), David Lynch’s infamous sequel to the popular TV series “Twin Peaks”.
On Saturdays, the shorts start at noon. Along with two short films Carples, three more have ties to Alabama.
* Obed Lamy’s “Once Forgotten” is linked to Montgomery. It’s a documentary that uses the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice to connect clues to a 19th-century Arkansas lynching.
* “The Panola Project” by Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine is a documentary that focuses on a woman’s mission to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to her rural Alabama town.
* “No Man’s Land” by Anna Andersen and Gabriella Canal, an LGBTQ documentary focused on the women who ran a small rural community in the 1970s in Alabama.
The other shorts are “Devils” by Brett Miller (gothic / horror), “Dora” by Joanne Delachair (thriller), and “Caroline” by Patricia Videl Delgado (drama), as well as international films “Human Trash” by Spain, and “Faryocious” from France.
After “Ghost 14”, which starts Saturday at 7pm, the festival will end with a screening at 9pm of “Racer Trash: h4ck3rs”.
Racer Trash, a “radical montage collective” that began to remix and reinterpret popular online media during the pandemic, offers a wild, psychedelic homage to the 1995 film “Hackers.”
Guests will choose the best film of the weekend for the Audience Award.
Capri follows COVID-19 guidelines and recommends wearing masks in the building.
General admission to the Friday film, Saturday short films and Saturday feature films is $ 10 each. Capri members enter for $ 8. Advance tickets are available on capritheatre.org. For more information visit montgomeryfilmfestival.com.
Music by ‘Clover / Capri’
In addition to the cinematic side of “Clover / Capri”, Carples was also heavily involved in the soundtrack. He is a musical artist from Montgomery who performs solo and with the group Towering Above.
With Glorious 20MM, he teamed up with Tequila Nylon to release two songs from the film: “Clover” and “Capri”. They are available for purchase online at glorious70mm.bandcamp.com/album/clover-capri.