SoAL – SouthSounds Southern Music Video semi-finalists

Thank you to everyone who submitted videos for the first ever SoAL/SouthSounds Southern Video Music Block. The response has been overwhelming and the decisions were tough.

Below is the list of the 30 semi-finalists. Voting for the finalists will take place between Aug 15-30. On Aug 15 the full videos will be posted here and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. The top 10 vote-getters will be presented to a live audience during the 2013 SoAL Film Fest who will then determine their favorites.

Now’s the time! Rally your fans, text your families, call in all your favors… voting starts Thursday!

Thank you again to everyone who entered. Enjoy!

13ghosts – “Riverside” from The Strangest Colored Lights [filmmaker: Chris Garrison]

2 Blu & the lucky stiffs – “Dead Mans Blues” from Going Fishing [filmmaker: Kevin Wayne - Kevin Wayne Entertainment LLC]

20000 Leagues Under the Sea – “Dance Dance Claire” from Patchwork of Light [filmmakers: Trey Lane & Timothy Dixon]

Austin Eley Wade – “An Introduction” [filmmaker: Matt Gates - Matt Gates Photo]

Beach Weather – “Still Life” from Cascadia EP [filmmaker: Edward Appleby]

Cybroganics – “Round Trip” [filmmaker: Matt Gates - Matt Gates Photo]

Down the Phoenix – “Pick Up The Pieces” [filmmaker: Chaz Singleton - Astro Clown Productions]

Edward Appleby – “The Liberty Tree” from Magic Kingdom, vol. II: Liberty Square [filmmaker: Edward Appleby]

Eric Erdman – “I’m Through” from My Brother’s Keepers [filmmaker: Ray Iddings]

Eric Lee – “Small Town Ways” from Southern Redneck [filmmaker: Alan Moore - Johnnie Sprinkle Films]

G-Fiive Da Prince – “Searching” [filmmaker: Nathaniel Nuon - Nuon Films]

Joseph Wiseman – “Mallet Town” [filmmaker: Joe Wiseman]

Joseph Wiseman – “The Salt of The People” [filmmaker: Joe Wiseman]

K.L.U.B. Monsta – “Cypher Dream” from CANVAS [filmmaker: Lil Mase - VNN Cinematography]

KD – “Last Time” [filmmaker: Jurian Isabelle - Hollow Entertainment]

Multi – “Tupelo Honey” [filmmaker: Nathaniel Nuon - Nuon Films]

Nathan Felix – “Broken Down the Walls” from The Curse the Cross & the Lion [filmmakers: Nathan Felix & Blake Weaver - Axios Films]

Nick Nicholson – “Granpas Still” from Stronger Than Whiskey [filmmaker: Kevin Wayne - Kevin Wayne Entertainment LLC]

Paint Fumes – “Waste of Time” from Egyptian Rats [filmmaker: Edward Valibus - Corduroy Wednesday Films]

Ryan Balthrop – “Runaway Train of Thought” from Leap of Faith [filmmaker: Lauren Balthrop]

Ryan Balthrop – “Way Down Low” from Ryan Balthrop [filmmaker: Dustin Rudzinski - Port City Media Productions]

Sonny Bama – “On My Own” from The Long Way Home [filmmakers: Blake Franklin & Wes Phillips - Phixieous]

Sonny Bama – “The Bottom” from The Long Way Home [filmmakers: Blake Franklin & Wes Phillips - Phixieous]

Stoop Kids – “Stoop Life” from What a World [filmmaker: Adam Gambrel]

Suaze One (A.P. Morgan) – “Water Walker” [filmmakers: Erica Malone (Jae Media) , Juwan Dickerson and Lynsey Witherspoon]

The Grifters – “Bummer” from One Sock Missing [filmmaker: Edward Valibus - Corduroy Wednesday Films]

The Handsome Scoundrels – “Next To you” from Thick Cuts Pt. 2 [filmmaker: Jason Cooper - Melon Helmet Productions]

The Handsome Scoundrels – “Sweetie Pox” from Thick Cuts Pt. 2 [filmmaker: Jason Cooper - Melon Helmet Productions]

The Honorable South – “Beast” from I Love My Tribe [filmmaker: Adam Gambrel]

The Underhill Family Orchestra – “The Showdown at St. Lawrence” [filmmaker: Luke Lindgren]

Year Five Starts Now!

Muscle Shoals

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the ‘Singing River’ as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ and ‘The Swampers’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.

Who Are You People?

Documentary that explores the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Mobile, Alabama from May 31 to September 2, 1976, as told by the locals that experienced this sci-fi classic.

Close Encounters (FREE Outdoor Screening)

Roy Neary sets out to investigate a power outage when his truck stalls and he is bathed in light from above. After this, strange visions and five musical notes keep running through his mind. Will he find the meaning of the visions, and who – or what – placed them in his mind?

The Phoenix Rises

Worlds collide when a team of brilliant scientists are recruited to work with a secretive government run project called the Phoenix Program to develop counter measures for climate based weaponry. Special Agents Bob Smith and Tom Jones hand picked the team after observing their success with building the worlds first space elevator for the Bonner Prize a secret recruitment project purposed to find the worlds best and brightest. A newly formed terrorist group is using climate based weapons to hold the US and its allies hostage. Using extremely low frequency delivery methods the terrorists can cause earthquakes, alter rain patterns, cause droughts, and create deadly storms seeming out of thin air; but the terrorist threat is not the only challenge for the team. A deadly, vindictive mercenary from their past, Jamal Duegro, has launched a revenge operation to reacquire technologies his clients want returned to them and will stop at nothing in order to protect his interests.


Congratulations! is an absurdist comedy about Detective Dan Skok of the Missing Persons Bureau and the unusual case of Paul Ryan Gray, a boy who goes missing in his own house.


Stale sounds of the suburbs send a teenager out with a sound recorder in search of better ones. Listening with this device he begins to build his own soundscape and drift away from his surroundings. His dependence on the recorder affects his relationship with a charismatic girl and he struggles to re-engage with the world around him.

Music Videos Wanted!

Since the beginning, SoAL Film Fest has had southern music at its roots (thank you Rootsy Hip, Kevin Gant, Duke Bardwell, Alabama Shakes, The Ragbirds, Callaghan’s, and many more) and to mark our fifth birthday we wanted to take it to the next level. This year the SoAL Film Fest programming staff has decided to add an official Southern music video block to the festival, but we need the SoAL community to help us decided what to show.

To keep things easy, the details follow:

1. Music video submission is FREE!

2. Music videos can be submitted until Aug 8.

3. Bands, filmmakers and fans, please send the following to

  • Link to the video (YouTube or Vimeo preferred)
  • Band/Artist name
  • Song Title
  • Album Title (if applicable)
  • Filmmaker name & contact info (required for consideration)

4. The submitted videos will be reviewed by members of the SoAL programming staff and “semi-finalists” will be selected.

5. On (or around) Aug 9, these selected videos will be posted on for the community to view and vote on.

6. The top voted videos will be announced on Aug 30 and screened at the 2013 SoAL Film Fest for a live audience vote. Audience awards will be presented to the filmmakers/bands at the SoALFF awards on Sunday.

(now for the small print)
1. Video must have been completed between Jan 1, 2012 – Aug 8, 2013
2. Must be a Southern artist/band
3. Any filmmaker or band can enter as many videos as they wish, but see #4 & 5
4. Any single filmmaker can only have 2 videos in voting
5. Any single band can only have 2 videos in voting

To make this work we need as many videos as possible… Send ‘em on!

Submissions and questions can be sent to