Here we go with this fifth installment of six.
In 2006 i was looking for a topic for a new and
different documentary. I found a fun, irreverent band
out of Asheville, NC. I saw them perform a few times
and then asked them if I could produce a one hour
documentary on them. After spending several months
following them from gig to gig and radio station's to
their day jobs, I settled into the edit suite for a
couple months of editing. What I came out with was a
great portrait of three folks who live a wonderful and
creative lifestyle in and out of the band.
I am posting this doc in its entirety on youtube. I
will post this in 6 segments over the course of two
months, April and May 2008.
The band has had a few iterations since I made this
doc. As of this writing, Lora Pendleton is no longer
in the band. Ami and Jason are now a duo. I feel
very lucky to have captured The Mad Tea Party in this
particular trio configuration. The characters are
interesting, compelling, quirky. Enjoy The Mad Tea
Party circa 2006. If they are playing near you, go see
the live version.
Some of the friends featured in this documentary are Ami Worthen, Jason Krekel, Lora Pendleton, Sean Foley, Todd E. Gaul, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Firecracker Jazz Band, Berkley Grimbal.
Mentions of Donna the Buffalo, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Asheville, Carrboro, Shakori Hills Music Festival, The Cave, Chapel Hill.
Special thanks to Ismail Abdelkhalek, Chris Johnson, Todd Tinkham.
Cheers, Nic Beery