Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Fade to '98

Here's a crude effort at cobbling together some video footage I shot around town in 1998. (I'm learning how to use the Windows Movie Maker, so, I'm slicing and dicing some old material.) The original moving pictures were recorded for various reasons.

Now it all plays like a time-capsule. Basically, "Fade to '98" shows the viewer some moving Richmond postcards from late in the 20th century. The soundtrack by Don' Ax Me ... Bitch was grabbed using a camcorder during a live performance at the Texas-Wisconsin Border Cafe on a Saturday afternoon. Mike McAdam was sitting in.

This little film is also noteworthy for showing the late Joe Sheets performing on guitar, as well as a clip of the legendary bookstore cat, Gus, of Biff's/Carytown Books fame. And, there's the Main Street Grill and...


hoobie said...

Tell us about the final scene where everyone is applauding on the sidewalk. How did you get them to do that?

F.T. Rea said...


It was shot in front of the then-Grace St. entrance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch's building. Not long after that day that entrance was closed and the building was renovated. Now the entrance is on Franklin.

Here's the link to a post at SLANTblog -- -- that will explain how I came to direct that scene.

hoobie said...

Thank you. That's a nice story. And now I'm having a good day.

Haystacks said...

What a treat, although bittersweet, seeing Joe and the mighty Bitch. Any chance you'll be posting a longer clip from that show?

F.T. Rea said...


Probably not, I'm not sure where the raw footage would be.

Check out the "Closing of The Border" video I posted this morning. Part Two of that one will be up soon.