Monday, June 26, 2006

hidden banjoists in Victor Nunez's, "Coastlines"

We just saw Victor Nunez's movie, "Coastlines" that was filmed in the Panhandle four years ago. Bob and I were extras in it and if you watch the first bar scene (the one with Cajun music and dancers) very carefully and squint your eyes to look behind the main actor and actress in the scene--you will see Bob and I dancing behind them (for about 5 seconds) Bob is wearing a light blue Hawaiian Shirt and I wear a black flowered dress .
Now where are the banjos? Well, they are most certainly at home--but there are several banjoists hidden in this film.
First of all, the band playing in this scene is Balfa Toujours (spel?) and although he is not playing banjo--Dirk Powell is playing in the band .
Then, the man who does the sound score for the movie is
Charlie Engstrom--who is also a clawhammer banjo picker.
And I've never met Victor Nunez--but Charley Cox tells me they went to high school together and that Victor made a banjo in shop and loaned it to Charley.

Anyway--we drove over to Carabelle five years ago to be Cajun dancing extras in "Coastlines" because they promised that Balfa Toujours would be there all evening and we would get to dance to them regardless of whether or not we would be background in the movie. (They shot hours of film of that one bar scene and only used a few seconds--so it is just chance that we are even in it at all. )
Also--we are big fans of Victor Nunez movies--and thought it was worth the chance to be included in even a background minor way.

Anyway--it is a pretty good movie--I liked Ulee's Gold better--but all in all a good story and it has the feel of North Florida five years ago. By the way--the bar is no longer there--it was blown away by a hurricane.
Best wishes,
Mary Z. Cox

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