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The more things change...

The more things change…

It’s hard to tell if it’s a good thing or not that Shipley’s fight against the Louisiana State board of Education as well as the NCAA is still a relevant topic. On one hand it points to the fact that it was a valiant effort, the other that not much has changed. The Cochane decision...
Elvin "little e" Ivory

Elvin “little e” Ivory

When we finally sat down with Elvin Ivory it was a welcomed relief. After a long period of tracking down someone named Elvin Ivory, it would be another month or so before I even knew if I had the right Elvin Ivory. I had never spoken with him, only heard tales of a towering superstar...
Shipley Bust Unveiled in Cajun Dome

Shipley Bust Unveiled in Cajun Dome

Six months into our little journey,  myself and my director of photography were asking ourselves what is the end game? What do we want to see happen when we are finished and the dust settles? After a little back and forth i tossed out “I’d like to see a bronze bust at the entrance to...
A message from my editor

A message from my editor

Every creative professional should have an editor, they provide the ever important fresh set of eyes so needed when tunnel vision sets in. Being an indy filmmaker you are forced to don many hats, the one that never seems to fit correctly on my dome is the writer’s hat. After experiencing a handful of grammar...
How Coach changed the game, year one

How Coach changed the game, year one

It’s hard to believe we have passed the one year mark in the making of “Lights Out in Blackham”, we are at day 460 to be precise. Along the way, we have met so many people who have changed our lives in so many ways, some good some not so good. We have stood tall and...
"Little Man" Steve Green

“Little Man” Steve Green

In 1970 a sandy haired shooting guard made his way to cajun country via  Xenia, Oh, and he was known as “little man”…or “wunda” depending on who’s asking.  “Little Man” ( Steve Greene as his momma knows him) had a couple of trademarks, solid shooting from the arc and tenacious defensive play. When Beryl wanted...
"Steady Freddy" Saunders

“Steady Freddy” Saunders

Way back in the year 2011 we had the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Fred Saunders. For those with minds that have wandered or weren’t there to see it in the flesh Fred was the backbone of the one of the most potent offensive attacks college basketball has laid eyes on....
Where have these bums been?

Where have these bums been?

Good question and one i get often as of late. Honestly i have been slacking on the web front due to some cool things happening behind door number three-the post production door that is. After the dust settled from  an extremely successful Tribute night to Beryl last November we stopped production the first week of December so...
The infamous Jimmy Dykes

The infamous Jimmy Dykes

Jimmy Dykes enjoys claiming the title “The Twelfth Man on a Twelve Man Team”  and always follows with “and damn proud of it too.” Chatting with Jimmy is always a treat and once we began rolling our interview was no different. Jimmy is a member of the clan known as  ”the Original Shipley Boys”, a group of...
Tom Cox

Tom Cox

We had been looking forward to this interview for a long time and our afternoon with former Cajuns assistant Tom Cox did not disappoint. Anytime you sit down for an interview and one of the first things you hear is “what i am about to say may be shocking to some of you…” you know it’s...
Beryl Shipley Tribute Gala Recap

Beryl Shipley Tribute Gala Recap

For people outside of the film industry it is difficult to understand how hard it is to raise both funds and awareness at the same time.  Lights Out in Blackham is a labor of love for all of us at NERD Pictures.  When Douglas Domingue first talked to me about this film, I remember clearly...
Chatting with Charlie English

Chatting with Charlie English

The nerds crew sat down with Cajuns big man Charlie English for the film and came away with some good tales of the Shipley boys.  I must admit i was a bit surprised when i opened the door and was confronted with Charlie’s towing stature. Once Charlie sat down and we began rolling the country...