It says something about me that two of my favorite Gorka songs, occurring back-to-back on the 1994 album Out of the Valley, explore the dark side of Johna€™s psyche.
The first is a€?Bigtime Lonesome.a€? It describes the pulling apart of a couple in which the woman, unsatisfied with her wandering partner (John, himself?), sends him packing when he proposes.
The emotional terrain was all too familiar when I first heard it and, though life has been good -- Ia€™ve been gifted with a loving, solid marriage -- the darkness still calls to me. Johna€™s dark, comedic sense shines on two other songs on the album, a€?Mystery to Mea€? and a€?Up Until Then.a€? Here we encounter his trademark sarcasm and laser-sharp perception of human foibles. John soldiered through his Fast Folk Cafe performance and the cafe survived for another four years until the lease ran out (giving the landlord the opportunity to charge higher rent to a carpet store -- also now defunct). In it, Gluck quotes Jennie Esposito, who ran the folk group: a€?Jennie Esposito remembers her first encounter with John Gorka. At some point, after graduating from college, he lived in the basement of Godfrey Daniels for a few months.
When his first recording came out, his voice had a deeper sound, similar to that of Stan Rogers. I mentioned to John that he shows a great amount of empathy in his songs and asked how it developed and if the Fast Folk experience enlarged upon that. When I asked about some memorable experiences during this time, John recalled: a€?I remember singing on a tabletop with Shawn Colvin at the first Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 1988. Novelist and short story writer Richard Ford, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was a new name to this author.
The album Jacka€™s Crows was released in 1991, and the title track caused some speculation among some of us who thought it might be about attendees of Jack Hardya€™s song swap and their sharp critiques. His 2006 CD Writing in the Margins included themes that strike deep into the heart on both a national and personal level. The album also contains a cover of one of his favorite Stan Rogers songs, a€?The Lock Keeper,a€? an eloquent musing on the sacredness of home life. Hea€™s the one who gets it better than everybody else, and delivers it in a voice so rich, it makes Pavarotti weep. The voices and names poured out of the speakers: Greg Brown, Shawn Colvin, Cliff Eberhardt, Lucy Kaplansky and a€¦ John Gorka. An online description states that a€?he got his first guitar as a Christmas gift, but it was taken by his older brother soon afterward.a€? It makes his brother sound selfish, but the full story is different. As he describes it: a€?My first banjo books were Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo which also had a companion record album, and was very helpful. He says that Stan made an impact on him and that he inadvertently absorbed Stana€™s vocal style. He learned about Jacka€™s New York song swap group and the principle that you could improve as a songwriter by writing one song per week and playing it for the group, whose attendees would give feedback.
He replied: a€?I know people started taking notice of my songs when I started to write about the neighborhood around Godfrey Daniels and some of the local characters. It had started to pour rain and everyone moved into the ski lodge (the festival was held at the Catamount Ski Area). In the beginning there was a€?I saw a Stranger with Your Hair.a€? Ita€™s on his first album, I Know and is listed as one of the tracks on the first Fast Folk Musical Magazine recording. A ship is passing through the lock and the sailor exhorts the lock keeper to free himself and follow him. However, there are elements that prevent his work from getting old: mastery of language and the ingenious way he combines phrases. While being held under house arrest there, Paul received a visitor named Onesimus, whose name meant profitable or advantage. Much of what was played was generously sprinkled with a€?graduatesa€? of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine stable of discoveries. He states: a€?I knew I wanted to be a writer before I knew that music was going to be the route Ia€™d take. Ita€™s fun to contemplate what kind of impact the big baritone of this newcomer musta€™ve made on audiences back then. At Jacka€™s urging, he moved to New York and became one of the Fast Folk Musical Magazinea€™s greatest co-operating musicians, and one of its more well-known a€?graduates.a€? Emusic lists John as being a contributor on 14 of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine recordings. Wea€™re witness to a perfect marriage of melody to words and, of course, that astonishing instrument, his voice. In the songs Ia€™m talking about, there is a melancholy so pure, so true to the human experience, it brings tears to your eyes with the expression of its stinging light. Much of what was played was generously sprinkled with a€?graduatesa€? of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine stable of discoveries.A  A lot of them had played at the Speakeasy, a Greenwich Village venue on MacDougal Street. It seemed that my songs sounded better to me than the versions of other peoplea€™s songs that I was trying to learn. At Jacka€™s urging, he moved to New York and became one of the Fast Folk Musical Magazinea€™s greatest co-operating musicians, and one of its more well-known a€?graduates.a€?A  Emusic lists John as being a contributor on 14 of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine recordings. At around 1996, when I realized that I didna€™t have the tools to be a performing songwriter, I figured I might be happy singing Gorka covers for the rest of my life as a music feature at poetry readings. I had already started playing banjo and loved Scruggs style and the melodic style, as well as clawhammer and Seeger styles. Ita€™s there in his song a€?Thata€™s How Legends are Made,a€? written about the great Canadian folk singer, the late Stan Rogers and his brother, Garnet. Among the many John learned from he cites, a€?to name a few,a€? Claudia Schmidt, Roselie Sorrels and Dave Van Ronk.
There are two instrumentals on the album, a€?Fret Onea€? and a€?Fret Not.a€? Recording in his home studio allowed John to explore the sheer joy of letting an instrument do the singing. When that closed in 1992, Fast Folka€™s founder, Jack Hardy, looked for two years and found a space in TriBeCa to provide a listener-friendly place to play. Ita€™s there in his song a€?Thata€™s How Legends are Made,a€?A  written about the great Canadian folk singer, the late Stan Rogers and his brother, Garnet. When I started to try songwriting I realized that through music I could express more than I could through words alone.
We listened to the radio growing up and I loved the Beatles and Elvis but didna€™t really think that I would ever do music for a living. When he headed out on tour, taking his songs and big voice out on the road, some of those hea€™d opened for, opened doors for him. The song, a€?Ignorance and Privilege,a€? was sparked by Molly Ivinsa€™ remark about George W.


I wrote a€?Ia€™m From New Jerseya€? after reading his book The Sportswriter.A  I admire the poets for their ability to sing with words alone. When Onesimus ran away, he probably took with him money and goods which belonged to his master Philemon.
When I sing them, in my head to myself, they roll in, one after another in an almost endless chain, then loop around and start repeating. I got a guitar for Christmas, but my hands were too small and the strings were too far from the fretboard so my brother took it and carved his name in it.
I learned quite a few chords from my brother and he was very generous in lending me songbooks and knows a lot about music. A year later, Jack headed back out on the road to get back to his career and left the cafe in the hands of volunteers.
John states in an interview I found online: a€?People were sitting around the front room passing around a guitar. Maxwell will be deciding upon and after this illness passed we will take a look at producing these scripts into feature films or television productions. He hesitated between songs, appearing to try out a new persona, a€?the slow guy.a€? This brilliant performer haltingly spoke his song introductions, causing Lucy to look at him quizzically.
Maxwell is spending this time taking care of his wife, and not in production, he has plenty of time to read scripts. Thus, this is a wonderful time to have him take a look at your script.i»?A This page is set aside to give us an opportunity to keep our visitor abreast of what is going on with Maxima Vision Films and our film school. Paul, however, honored the social tie that bound a slave to his master and respected the duty Onesimus owed to Philemon, his master. At the same time we encourage our visitor to write us anything they feel may be of interest in film and television to our community. Guided by the tenth commandment, which forbids coveting another man's worker, and by the law of love, Paul decided Onesimus should return to Philemon.
Many of these articles are written by our own CEO who is serious about keeping our whole community up to date with any breaking news and events we may be involved with.
Paul was about to send Tychicus, a co-worker, to Colosse with a letter Paul had written to the church there.
In the event you write to us a story we find the community may want to know about we will post here on this page. Hea€™ll listen to the names of songs and respond, a€?I recognize those names as songs Ia€™ve writtena€¦a€? In other words, a€?there are too many to sing, and Ia€™ll do the ones I want to do.a€? Ita€™s an unusual audience member who goes away unsatisfied.
These stories may be of any kind pertaining to the film and television industry, from casting calls our community may want to know about, to events in the area, to a new story ideas you come up with you think might make for a good film or television production. Tychicus' traveling to Colosse offered Paul the opportunity to send Onesimus with Tychicus to Philemon. Onesimus went willingly as a penitent Christian to seek his master's forgiveness and to return to his service in Philemon's household. Randall Maxwell of Maxima Vision Films takes some of the backdrop of that particular White House, fictionalizes the story, orchestrates some look-a-likes and dramatizes a womana€™s lust for power who is willing to do whatever it takes to become the first lady president of the United States, including assassination, sex, love or war. Rather, Paul commended Philemon for the loving compassion he showed to his fellow Christians and then interceded in Onesimus' behalf.
Slaves, such as Onesimus, who were brought back to their masters were often treated most harshly and under Roman law could be killed. Paul noted that Philemon was having Onesimus come back to him as more than a slave but as a brother in Christ and fellow believer. Since it was quite possible that Onesimus had wronged Philemon and was indebted to Philemon for what he had stolen, Paul even offered to have Philemon charge the debt to him so that Paul might repay him. In offering to repay Philemon for Onesimus' indebtedness, Paul reminded Philemon that he owed him his very life, for it appears that in some way as a result of Paul's gospel ministry Philemon had become a believer in Christ the Savior. In the course of his letter Paul hinted that he would very much like to have Onesimus back with him in Rome. When three unlikely but well-intentioned groups of mighty people join forces to battle the demon, they face challenges within and without. Their variegated backgrounds, including slavery, military, and commoners, must be overlooked if they are to stop Man Burnera€™s evil quest. The powerful and precious Atma stones must be kept secret if the world is to be saved.Will Man Burner be able to succeed on his quest to find the Atma stones? This delay is expected to last a couple of months, postponing production of every film by a couple of months.The reason for this suspension is due largely to the fact of us not yet having our film school, which is attached to our production company at the point where our investment group had wanted it by summer of 2013.
Another large factor is not finding a large enough pool of talent here locally who have enough professional film experience or training to allow us to completely cast four feature films per year, let alone finding enough professionally experienced crew.Thus, one of the things we are now awaiting is hiring a casting director in Hollywood to cast any remaining major speaking roles for each film we have been unable to cast thus far. An automobile may be filled with enough fuel to drive a long distance, but it wona€™tA go anywhere until someone puts the key into the ignition and then turns the key. This is an all out effort to raise the bar in this region of professionally trained actors as well as crew.
At this summer feature filmA  consortium; Whether you are an aspiring producer, director, script writer, editor, animator, actor, cinematographer, or just want to learn the ins and outs of the film making industry, you may begin as early as the summer of 2013 building your working resume by participation in our Summer Feature Film Consortium!
Well, we have serious investors who share our same passions who are willing to put their money where their mouths are. Let us commit ourselves then together to perfecting our craft of film making and television production by committing to professional training and stop spending money with so-called agencies who are simply in business to sell schools and photos, but have no real connections to even consider making even a feature film. It is a very sad thing that so many have been lured into such scams and have been taken advantage of, but now it is time for change and a part of this change is a must, raising the bar of excellence. It is now time for us to show our investors that we are willing to invest in our future so that very soon they will allow us the opportunity that all of us can make a very good living doing what each of us love doing and that we are extremely passionate about.A This film school has always been and will continue to be always a very specialA  part of our production company and our plans for the future as a means of keeping well trained professionals continuing to come on board with our production offices, from professionally trained actors to crew.
Even though Goda€™s Word says I have a sound mind, I continually feelA like I dona€™t have control of my thought life. This keeps fresh ideas coming through the doors, but more importantly it allows us to always know we have the most highly skilled actors and crew that money can buy. And in spite of the fact the Bible says God has blessedA me with gifts and talents, I feel like a dope who has nothing to offer to this world.
Our investment group has always made the film school a stipulation on their investing in our feature films and will continue to do so. A One of the biggest concerns of our investment group is to keep from happening here what happened in Louisiana, where their film makers were at least diligent in getting their law makers to raise the incentives to entice major film production companies like Maxima to come into their state to produce films in their state.
But for that potential in you to be released, you have to hold the right key in yourA hand.A Furthermore, it isna€™t enough for you to just possess the key.


They were able to do this by quoting statistics which prove, when major film production companies come into your state and begin producing motion pictures, they bring with them literally millions of dollars into the local economy. You have to put that key into theA a€?ignitiona€? and turn it so the latent potential that resides inside you will be ignited. In Louisiana, they experienced tremendous success in enticing these companies into their state.A Unfortunately, these companies came by the droves, however, once there they found there was not enough professionally trained talent already there to produce the number of films they wanted to produce, causing them to have to hire the bulk of their needed talent out of state. Because these incentives are based on hiring local talent, these companies when they were forced to hire outside of state talent, they lost their incentives.
This is a person so sure of his information that when he speaks, he does so with confidence and boldness. Louisiana has since worked diligently trying to get professional instructors in their public schools and universities to train up a workforce of professionally trained film and television professionals to salvage what they can of the professional production companies who have remained and tried working with them.A At Maxima Vision Films, we have experienced the same thing in this region as far as finding sufficient professionally trained talent to do here what we had planned to do in this region. When I speak of this region, I am speaking of the region of Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. We have two investment groups, one of which has already committed to funding four feature films or television productions per year over the next five years here in this region with Maxima. We want to shoot films that matter, films which can help to shape our culture positively as opposed to negatively. These films will be marketed directly to the Christian community, which when one considers 70% of the USA population are professed Christian, this is an enormous market. We are certain if we can keep our production cost down under a million dollars the odds are in our favor of at least breaking even if not making a few dollars, especially considering telling stories that matter. If we can keep our films under $500,000 the odds go up even further, and we know one film in 6-7 will make a substantial return. You should study, read, listen to teaching material a€” inA other words, you should use every available resource to discover what Goda€™s Word says youa€™ve beenA given in Jesus Christ. Our main goal though is telling stories that matter, that might help shape our culture positively, and we can all make a decent living while doing what we are all passionate about doing. A To accomplish all of this though, we are going to have to raise the bar here in this Texas region as far as talent goes. We are diligently seeking those individuals who have a real passion for film making and television productions, who are driven by this passion to do whatever it takes to one day be able to make a living in a industry that chances are very bleak in anyone getting to a point of making a living.
However, one thing is for certain, to have any chance at all, the more one is willing to do in the industry, whether it be sweeping the floors, taking coffee to the director, or being the lead role, or simply investment of time, energy, and money to keep perfecting their craft, all tends to lead to work, which gives us more exposure, that in turn leads to more work, etc, etc, etca€¦ A The point is this; we have investors, which is something, if not the one and only thing which keeps most from doing what they truly want to do in this industry!
The moment you open your mouth and start confessing the good things that are in you by Jesus Christ, a supernatural connection is made between your faith and allA that Jesus has deposited inside you. These investors are seeking individuals like yourself who are like minded, those who have a real passion for film making and television productions, but who are also just as passionate about telling stores that matter.
At that moment, the gifts and treasures God has placed insideA you become supernaturally activated. However, the real key is finding these like minded individuals who take this business very serious, as serious as our investors take it, those who are willing to invest into their own future, so as to help them to perfect their individual craft so that they are the very best they can become, so that as a collaborative art form we are able as a group of individuals creating a quality product. Instead of speaking what God says about them, they ridicule themselves, put themselves down, and speak badly of themselves. By acknowledging the basic truths of what you have been given in Jesus, you will release so much divine energy that it will radically transform your life. When I hear my own words, even I can tell ita€™s wrong for me to speak so lowly about myself. Forgive me for speaking so wrongly and for allowing myself to remain imprisoned in self-defeat. I am truly repentant for theseactions, and I ask You to forgive me and to give me the power to change my behavior.
I agree with all that Goda€™s Word declares me to be, and I speak these truths about myself.
Every dayA Iam getting more positive and more faith-filled, and my mouth is speaking what God says about me.
After he began his own recovery, he helped set up centers to help other addicts."I abandoned my old life to serve the Lord Jesus Christ," he said. Do you speak well of yourself, or do you find that you constantly criticize yourself and continually point out all your flaws? If you were to ask your friends what they hear you saying about yourself, would they say you speak positively or negatively?A 2. What changes do you need to make in your life in order to change your confessions about yourself? One twin struggles with an addition to prescription drugs, while the other battles doctors whose prescription anti-psychotics are driving her sister to madness and death.a€?One is what I call a€?preachya€™ and more for the church community and affirming faith,a€? Maxwell said.
With the first type of film we will focus on films which are considered preachy and on the nose which will be marketed directly to the Christian community. The second types of films we will focus on are those designed to reach the un-churched with a message of hope for a hurting world, a film with at least a redemptive message. This investment group is especially interested in getting involved with projects where the project owner has some sort of invested interest in the project themselves or have some avenue to put together a split funded project somehow, thus splitting the risk as well.A A Thus, this investment group funded many trips around the country for Dr.
Maxwell to travel and meet with other investment individuals, companies and groups who had expressed interest in partnerships with the films we were already in pre-production stage which were our films a€?Rachela€™s Gracea€? and a€?Sister Surrendereda€?, both of which had an estimated production budget of around $300,000. We had felt with partnering with others who could double the production budget we could add at least some actors with much experience as well as other talents. Unfortunately, at this point, though we met many such investment groups who had expressed interest in split funding our film projects, most simply had projects themselves who they wanted our investment group to invest in their film projects and did not show us even any interest what so ever in split funding our film projects after our investment group paid travel and lodging expenses for Dr Maxwell to meet with these people. A With this being said, this has been a very expensive summer for our investment group in trying to put together split funded film projects.
Guided by the tenth commandment, which forbids coveting another man's worker, and by the law of love, Paul decided Onesimus should return to Philemon.
Tychicus' traveling to Colosse offered Paul the opportunity to send Onesimus with Tychicus to Philemon.
Rather, Paul commended Philemon for the loving compassion he showed to his fellow Christians and then interceded in Onesimus' behalf.



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