Jimbeaux Bloggins
My enchanting ranting, poetry and prose
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Cast & Crew. Day 1 & Day 2. 

I'm producing and directing a new courtroom training film for one of my longtime publishing clients. We held auditions 3 weeks ago and had some really great actors come in and read for the available roles. So I feel pretty good about the cast we've assembled. We are shooting a total of four days and we knocked two of those days out this past weekend..... good times. HUGE Thank You's to everyone who helped out and made for such an easy going, pleasant and productive experience. 
 

DAY ONE: "The People vs Robert Dale"
 
Corinne DeVries, James Huffman, Mike Muratore, Greta Hitzeman, Mark Planas, Judy Welch, Claudia Watson, Alex Watson, David Chattam, Kingsley Opara
 

DAY TWO: "The People vs Daniella Forcheimes"
 
Sam Jones, Clyde George, Breyen Katz, Katherine Norland, James Huffman, Wyn Costello, Alex Watson, Kingsley Opara, Glenda Suggs, Claudia Watson, Malcolm Matthews, Sheila Robinson




 

A Video for Drake Law School.... 

In November, cinematographer Alex Watson and I spent a couple of days at Drake University in Iowa to shoot this quirky little promo for Drake Law School. Here is the final cut featuring some great voiceover work from actor Rico Anderson. Check it out. Let me know what you think and please "like," "retweet," "comment" and "share" (here, there, everywhere)-



AND.... since we had to cut the opening scene down quite a bit to accommodate time constraints, here is the "DIrector's Cut" of that opening scene....







 

Morning Beverage Routine #13 

My most recent morning beverage regimen was designed to help me overcome some sciatic pain and some ongoing skin issues that have been popping up from time to time for a few years now. Still a mystery.... BUT... I'm currently leaning towards an anti-inflammatory diet with plenty of alkaline foods to keep my system as balanced as possible... and less INFLAMED... obviously.

I'm not going to get into all that stuff right now but if Google it... you can look up a chart (there are a few out there) that tells you what foods are highly alkaline to medium alkaline all the way to highly acidic.... you would be surprised. Now, it's true that your body pretty much regulates everything you pour into it.... to keep your system balanced... so if you eat a lot of acidic foods... your body automatically regulates and keeps you balanced....

BUT... if you eat a TON of acidic foods and don't eat enough ALKALINE foods... you are making your body work extra hard to do all that regulating. Wouldn't you rather same of that energy for other things? Your body is a complex network of systems and organizations that all work together and sometimes against each other... to keep you healthy and happy. Your body is kind of like the government... or the global economy. Why make all those intricate systems work so hard to regulate your acidity? If you eat more alkaline foods, your body doesn't have to work so hard to keep you balanced and then if can spend some time working on other stuff... like fighting free radicals killing cancer cells... that kind of thing.

It's not that hard. VEGETABLES... are the obvious choice. raw veggies are alkaline. Eat more vegetables. You know what else is Alkaline? Almonds, lemons, pumpkin seeds, sweet potato, watermelon, cashews, kale, KomBUCHA.

You know what's Acidic? Beef, Seafood, Beer, Wine, WALNUTS. Lots of stuff you wouldn't expect.

RAW honey is alkaline. Pasteurized honey is acidic. See what I'm saying? 

So eat more alkaline stuff to counter act all the acidic stuff. We ALL run into and eat a ton of that shit everyday. Acidic foods are hard to avoid. Why not give yourself the best available resources so your body and can do a better job of serving you? 

Ok, I'm spending to much time on the alkaline thing.... before I get carried away with analogies.... I just wanted to share my latest beverage regimen.

This morning I started with warm lemon water. I squeeze half of a lemon in to roughly 20 oz of warm water, throw a couple lemon slices in there and drink that first thing.

Then I do a little morning workout, stretch, foam roller routine... 

Then I take the dogs for a walk in and around Elysian Hills and Echo Park.

When I get back I whip up my special iced coffee protein drink coconut water concoction.

12-16 oz iced coffee from a pitcher in the fridge or occasionally I'll pick up some bottled cold brew (Chameleon or Secret Squirrel) from Lassens or Whole Foods.
(cold brew coffee without added sugar or cream is considerably more alkaline/less acidic than coffee with all the "fixins.")
2-4 oz of NAKED or COCO LIBRE organic coconut water. 
1 1/2 scoop of WFM Vanilla Cinnamon plant based protein powder (PER SCOOP: 17g pea/cranberry/hempseed protein, 250 mg cinnamon powder, MCT's, 200 mg green coffee bean extract, 200 mg green tea leaf extract) 
1 scoop of Amazing Grass "Detox & Digest" (low sodium, low sugar)
Sometimes I add an extra oz or two of spring water. 

I end up with a 20 oz drink in my shaker. I shake that bad boy up til I can't shake it no more.... and I try not to shake it too hard and hurt myself.... because sadly Ive done that before.

HOLD ON.. I'm not done yet....

On top of all those fine ingredients.... I throw back a handful of vitamins....
 

(I take more vitamins later in the day but right now I'm just focusing on my morning regimen.)


B-100 supplement
4g Arginine
MegaFood "Turmeric Strength" supplement

That's pretty much my breakfast. I may have an apple or a banana an hour or two after that... but thats it for me until lunch.

So all of this is customized for me, of course, based on what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm trying to reduce inflammation in my joints and lower back...  and keep mu system balanced and clean in an effort to get a handle of these skin reactions Ive been having off and on for a few years. That's why I'm trying to go low-to-no dairy and cut down on animal proteins. 

So al this feels like its working pretty well for me right now.

The other thing I do twice a week is I have jar full of a warm water, lemon, apple cider vinegar (3 tablespoons), turmeric (1/2 tsp organic root powder), cinnamon (1/2 tsp), Manuka honey (1 teaspoon), and a dash of cayenne pepper. BOOM. Not for the faint of heart but its GOOOOD for ya. Don't be scared of the ACV. You get used it it. The Manuka honey and lemon mask the taste. Try it. Don't be a wuss.













 

THE RIVER, a video by Leon Bridges and Miles Jay  

I've started watching a bunch of "Staff Picks" on Vimeo and Ive been pleasantly surprised. So I'll be popping off from time to time about cool stuff I find there.

So.... Here I go-

YO!!!! You MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO.....




THE RIVER by Leon Bridges

Writer & Director: Miles Jay 
Production: Smuggler & opc 
Exec Producer: Patrick Milling Smith, Brian Carmody, Harland Weiss, Allison Kunzman, Donovan Boden, Liz Dussault, Geoff McLean 
Producer: Dennis Beier 
Cinematography: Chayse Irvin 
Production Design: Jade Healy & Erika Lobko 
Editor: Ben Jordan - Work Editorial 
Color: Tom Poole - Company 3 
Post: Steve Mottershead - Artjail 
Sound Design: Stefano - Heard City 
Video Commissioner: Saul Levitz 
Columbia Records


I LOVE this...  powerful... poignant... perfect.

(I'm also becoming a big fan of Leon Bridges. Check him out)






 

Raising Awareness for Susac's Syndrome. 

So I was posting short clips all over social media this week to promote a new project I'm working on. Of course I've been trying to promote stuff I'm working on but I'm also hoping to support people worldwide who are living with a rare disease.  

Monday, February 29th was Rare Disease Day‬ 2016. 

I've teamed up with long-time family friend Nancy Goldhamer to produce and direct a ‪short film‬about ‪‎"Susac's Syndrome‬," a rare auto-immune disorder. I recently reconnected with Nancy after a 20 year hiatus. We go way back. My Father and HER Mother were together for more than 10 years. She was sort of a semi/pseudo step sister to my brother and I. Things didn't quite work out. My Dad and her Mom went their separate ways and then we all kind of splintered off in different directions.. exploring life and the world. Then my Dad died. I ended up tracking down and reaching out to Nancy and her Mom a few months ago... just to let them know that Jerry had passed away. Nancy and I started chatting and thats when I learned about Susac's Syndrome. Nancy was diagnosed with Susac's in 2000. 

A few more conversations lead to a discussion about my work as a filmmaker and her desire to make a short film that would help spread the word about her rare disorder. She wanted to put something together that would not only serve as a resource for those suffering from similar symptoms... but also for doctors who may be combing the internet seeking answers.
 
So here we are. We're making it happen. I've interviewed 4 people in California and 1 in Utah. Each person sharing their own unique experience and perspective on this disease... on ALL rare diseases. There is more to come but here are 2 "teasers" clips that shared on Rare Disease Day to show support for the day but also to start getting the word out about the film. 

This is a clip from the upcoming film featuring Stefanie Speed, a mother of 3 living in Yorba Linda, California. She was diagnosed with Susac's in 2005. She is one of the first 100 people in the world to be diagnosed. 


A short film on Susac's Syndrome- Stefanie Speed from James Huffman on Vimeo.


Dr. Robert Egan is a renowned expert in Neuro-Ophthalmology who frequently lectures on Susac's Syndrome, multiple sclerosis and functional vision loss.


A short film on Susac’s Syndrome- Preview with Dr Robert Egan from James Huffman on Vimeo.


For more information on Susac's Syndrome.... symptoms and treatment, you can contact Dr. Robert Egan at eganr8@gmail.com


Stay Tuned for more updates on this project.
 

 

Jerry's Gravestone 

Dad's memorial plaque is now in place at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, NC. If you're ever in the area, stop by and say hi. I'm sure he would love it.....


 

#RIP‬ ‪#‎Missyou‬ ‪#‎Dad‬ ‪#‎USarmy‬‪#‎veteran‬ ‪#‎catawba‬ ‪#‎memorial‬ ‪#‎hickory‬ ‪#‎northcarolina‬ ‪#‎tarheels‬



 

My Top 50 tracks of 2015 

Here we go again. My top 50 for 2015. These songs are not always "officially" released in 2015... they are simply songs that I personally discovered in 2015. For example, number 50 on this list, "Do Your Thing" is an old song that I heard watching the documentary "Rubble Kings" on Netflix. The movie is about the street gang scene in 1970's New York City and the subsequent birth of Hip Hop. Song #38 "Wrench and Numbers" is a drum solo track that I heard in FARGO (The F/X Series) Season 1. I love it.

So there is some Hip Hop in there, some Mainstream Pop, some Downtempo Electronic, Folk/Americana, some R&B... and some miscellaneous. These are all songs that shaped my year... songs that I found to offer some sort of comfort or inspiration... or songs that are just the jam... maybe some shit I simply HAD to Shazam. 

50) Do Your Thing- The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band 
49) Ex's & Oh's- Elie King 
48) Really Love- Body Language 
47) Goodbye Geoffrey Drake- Graffiti6 
46) Impossible- LION BABE 
45) Cream on Chrome- Ratatat 
44) When I Get My Hands on You- The New Basement Tapes 
43) Springful- Adult Jazz 
42) Uncertainty- Jagwar Ma 
41) Groove it Out- LoneLady 
40) Black Chicken 37- Buena Vista Social Club 
39) Good Life - Brassroots 
38) Wrench And Numbers- Jeff Russo (From Fargo, Season 1) 
37) Smooth Sailin'- Leon Bridges 
36) How Dare You- St Germain 
35) Let it Happen (Soulwax Remix)- Tame Impala 
34) Down the Garden Path- Felix Laband 
33) Til it's Gone- Yelawolf 
32) Jungle- X Ambassadors 
31) Sweat Shock- J Roddy Walston and The Business 
30) Fade Out Lines- The Avener (& Phoebe Killdeer) 
29) 10,000 Emerald Pools- BORNS 
28) I Will Be There- Odessa 
27) Boneless- Steve Aoki 
28) Turned Up- Ninjasonik 
27) Take it as it Comes- J Roddy Walston and The Business 
26) The Sticks- The Budos Band 
25) Baptism- Creepoid 
24) Honey & I- HAIM 
23) Let's Get Wrecked- Honeyhoney 
22) Come Save Me- Jagwar Ma 
21) Fool For Love- Lord Huron 
20) The River- The London Souls 
19) Truffle Butter- Nicki Minaj 
18) She Came to Give it to You- Usher 
17) The Perfect Parts- Shakey Graves 
16) Sweet Thang- Shuggie Otis 
15) How We Be- Sinkane 
14) Fallen Funk- Theo Parrish 
13) The River- Son Little 
12) Too Early - The Dream 
11) You Must Have Met Little Caroline- JD McPherson 
10) Future People- Alabama Shakes 
9) Quite Like- Her 
8) Left Hand Free- Alt-J 
7) Strong- London Grammar 
6) No Way (Bassnectar Remix)- The Naked and Famous 
5) Can't Feel My Face- The Weeknd 
4) Huarache Lights- Hot Chip 
3) Revolusion- Elliphant 
2) Dearly Departed - Shakey Graves 
1) Let Go (Feat, Kele & MNDR)


AND... here is the SOUNDCLOUD (alternate) version....







 

Product Liability- The Movie 

Last year, I produced and directed a series of videos for one of my publishing clients. It was based on a Tort Law Textbook written by a Professor of Law at Baylor University. This was an unusual situation because I did most of the writing for this series. Usually, this client will send me scripts and I coordinate and shoot them. This time they wanted to get this project wrapped and ready in a hurry so they sent me basic breakdowns for each lesson and asked me if I could write each vignette and add a little entertainment value to it. It was a really fun project and a few of the vignettes turned out great. The cast and crew enjoyed one of the episodes or "lessons" so much that we decided to make a short film out of it and submit it to some festivals. The submission fees for most of these festivals are not cheap... so I can't go crazy, but so far I've submitted to the Newport Beach Film Festival, the LA Comedy Fest and the International Hollywood Short Film Festival. Wish us luck. Coming soon to a theater near you.....

“Looking to reignite his passion for cooking- and jump start his career, a young chef finds inspiration (and a secret weapon) in a late night TV infomercial. "Product Liability" is a former learning tool for law students, pulled from the archives of educational videos at an anonymous institution of higher learning. ” 

Written by James Huffman 
Directed by James Huffman 

Starring 

Isaac Cheung 
Cliff Smith 
Victor Chi 
Mercedes Manning 
Michael Passage 
Delpaneaux Wills 
Josh Spiegel 
Christy Mele 
Jazz Beitler 
Priscilla Adams 
Andre Myer 
 and Joe Eberlein as "The DJ."



https://www.facebook.com/ProductLiabilityTheMovie/

 http://jamescliftonhuffman.com/product-liability-the-movie




 

THE REVENANT 

Wow. What a film. Beautiful but incredibly Brutal. Be Prepared....




If you are sensitive to animals being killed or hurt, this one will be a rough ride. I mean... its a rough ride regardless. That bear attack scene? HOLY crap. DiCaprio was great. Tom Hardy was even better. Amazed that they shot the entire film using ONLY Natural light. The ending COULD have been better but STILL....

Great movie.