January 2016 update

In the past year my ex-wife went from being a stay at home mom, who had a life-long dream of being a singer, actress or filmmaker… to finally earning a living on Youtube. This directly affects me, because my two sons Rowan and Ivan are the stars of her videos. It is pretty amazing how hundreds of little girls have a crush on my son Rowan, people recognize him when they go around town. They have the Elf on The Shelf videos and you can find them on Youtube by searching “Danica” or “Rowan.” Or, here is a direct link to their page: My sons and Danica’s Youtube Channel!

In the past year I was a guest with my two sons at a decent sized horror convention that my good friend Derek Young put on.Guests in attendance were Kane Hodder (Jason in many of the Friday the 13th movies), Mark Torgl (the original Melvin who got turned into The Toxic Avenger) and many other celebrities and also filmmaker friends I know from around Virginia.
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Mark Torgl and John shake hands

Mark Torgl and John shake hands- best

My children and I were guests at this horror convention put on by my good friend Derek Young.
My children and I were guests at this horror convention put on by my good friend Derek Young.

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Also, my sons got even better at art! Here is some new art my sons created recently:

My son Rowan pictured here with his new BB-8 (Star Wars) painting done all himself..  The next four drawings are my 6 year old Ivan's

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While on the subject of art, some time in the past year I got the opportunity to paint my first painting since I was a teenager! Check out the video:
How To Paint a Brilliant Painting- by John Birmingham

In the past year I have moved homes 5 times!!! The first move was back in December of 2014. There was an opportunity for me to move into a giant 6 bedroom home (nearly 5000 square feet!) in an upscale neighborhood, the whole house to myself. It was my childhood home growing up and my parents still owned it. I was very pushy about it and had wanted to live in the house again for a long time. I moved into the home and for the first time in close to 4 years of celibacy, I got very, very confident and started going out and dating, looking for a soulmate of sorts. I usually went on at least one or two dates a week, trying to find a good match. It was a big chance from being an introvert for more than 3 years before that. I finally found Tyler Moore, a beautiful girl who is a tattoo artist, and it was just a great experience living in this near mansion sized home all to myself, and then her moving in…

Here are some more pics of family while I was living in that giant house:

My son doing a stunt jumping off the deck into snow that can be seen on his Youtube page if you search "Rowan Birmingham."
My son doing a stunt jumping off the deck into snow that can be seen on his Youtube page if you search “Rowan Birmingham.”

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My son Rowan's painting.
My son Rowan’s painting.
My son Ivan's painting.
My son Ivan’s painting.

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Ivan's drawing.
Ivan’s drawing.
My 9 year old Rowan's drawing.
My 9 year old Rowan’s drawing.

Somewhere near the end of the time I was living in that house, I got into an argument with my parents, who were employing me, and I was having difficulties I couldn’t explain… Tyler and I had to break up. I decided to move to Los Angeles to work in entertainment and quit working for my parents. It was a big, difficult move, actually I had to move 4 more times in a matter of a few months, to be able to move my children and ex-wife out of the house they were living in that I owned, was planning on selling that, totally rehabbed the house almost entirely by myself… I finally moved out to Los Angeles… but it had changed a lot. I felt very uncomfortable, unwelcomed, and in general didn’t like the way it had become. After wanting to live in Los Angeles since I was 12 or 13 years old, finally moving out there to go to school and being forced to come back home for financial reasons… I had waited an additional 10 years to finally be able to move back, waited the whole time I was back in Virginia, and had loved the city of Los Angeles and wanted to go back almost the whole time… however, it only took me 4 days out there to see that it was no longer the city for me. It was very sad to see that dream of mine totally gone… but I rationalized that I can produce Youtube videos or feature films or even music from anywhere really, and it is better to be in a safer city that I feel more comfortable in. Besides, I don’t really like comforming to the politics and interests of some movie studio, studio executive, big producer, etc… I would rather be self-employed on Youtube. Not to mention the rent for a shoddy, I mean very cheap quality little one bedroom was $2900/month (I can only imagine when the big earthquake they are expecting hits if many of the homes and apartments are of that quality building material. I hope to God the good people of L.A. will be okay)… and I just wasn’t into what they thought was so trendy. For less than half of that I could have stayed in that giant home back in Roanoke, with a decent yard and people who are more like me in terms of my values, morals, political beliefs, etc. I just couldn’t see myself out and about, away from my own home for 12 hours every day on movie sets, just to barely pay my bills. I had it much better in my smaller town in Virginia, so I decided to stay here for now.

Check out some of the close to 100 videos I have uploaded to my Youtube page since my last website update!

My Youtube Channel!

-John Birmingham

Recent news!

My new band Animals From Outerspace has just recorded about 14 new songs and are about to release the album, available for download on iTunes and other stores. I sing and play bass guitar, as well as co-produced the album with Matthew Shively. David Frost wrote about half of the melodies and is the guitarist, and Matt was the studio drummer.

Also, great news, I have just finished producing/directing 7 original MUSIC VIDEOS for these songs! I am about to start editing “Vampires Rise,” any day now, and we have completed and released, in order starting with the newest:

Old Dead Skeleton Idjiots,”

Child of Mine,”

Veganaise,”

I Love Mayonnaise,”

Wee Wee Sherman

and “Perfect Girl.”

You can view all of these music videos on my Youtube Channel (or, if you are in Roanoke and have Cox cable, you can see some of the videos on Channel 2, on “John Angel TV,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 10PM).

Here are some pics from some of the music videos I have been doing:

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Veganaise for Youtube-Brandy-BEST!!-low res

Brandy smacking ass for Youtube pic!

Veganaise for Youtube- Best (old film) final

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In other news, I have an acting role in a new mocumentary about the actor who played the original Toxic Avenger, the character “Melvin” who transformed into the Toxic Avenger. The film is titled Toxic Tutu, directed by Joe Nardelli and starring Mark Torgl. My scenes will be filming in Martinsville at my good friend Derek Young’s house the weekend of August 23rd, 2014. I will be acting opposite my good friend and actor Jeremy Ambler. Also, co-producing this shoot is Derek Young. David Frost will be in the scenes as well.

Also, I have lost 40 pounds of fat after lowering a far too heavy dose of psychiatric meds, also working very hard to diet and exercise. So I am feeling great!

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I am also helping out my two sons with their new Youtube page. You can click here to check out Rowan Birmingham’s Youtube Channel.

If you include all of the videos I have been producing for Youtube the past month and a half, even behind the scenes videos like this one for “Wee Wee Sherman,” I am producing videos at the rate of about 100 videos per year (50 of those music videos)! Godwilling, I really hope to keep up this pace of creating amazing art…

That’s it for now. I have a long list of many other original parodies and song ideas for a second album from our band Animals From Outerspace, about to get started writing/practicing those now, in between work on producing/directing/editing these great new music videos, working my real estate job to pay bills… and of course, most importantly, leaving plenty of time to spend with family.

My 4 year old son Ivan’s newest original art:

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Here are the next music videos I intend to produce/direct/edit/star in next:

“Chester”

“Reanimated Corpses”

“Creature From The Black Lagoon”

“Furries”

“Erasing You” (This one is 100% written by David Frost, not just the guitar, but also all the lyrics).

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Anyway, thanks so much everyone! Peace be with you.

Sincerely,

John Birmingham
Filmmaker/Musician/Actor
John Angel on Facebook
birmeee@gmail.com

What I am up to these days…

Right now two films that I have speaking roles in are being presented at the Cannes Film Festival and Market. They are Darkstone Entertainment’s Plan 9 and Troma Entertainment’s newest production Occupy Cannes. But I haven’t checked in for a while, so I’ll overview what is up with my life, starting back in February…

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In mid February I was a guest at Mysticon, Roanoke, Virginia’s premiere film festival and convention (click the above photos to see them larger). I spoke on some panels, and a film I co-produced and had a speaking role in, Plan 9, screened to hundreds of people, was very well received and won awards. Another movie, my third feature film as a writer/director/producer/composer/editor and star, titled ‘Rednecks,’ screened there to a decent audience as well.

In between spending a lot of time with his two sons, Rowan, age 7, and Ivan, age 4, John started a band with his good friend David Frost (on guitar) and his little sister Tayza on drums. The band is called Animals From Outerspace. As of today they have 12 original songs. The first they already went into the studio and recorded, as well as John produced a music video for it. You can see their first song here: “Perfect Girl.”

John and his band Animals From Outerspace are planning on going into the studio this June (2014) to record their first full album of 11 songs (12, including the already recorded “Perfect Girl.”) over the Summer and Fall John is planning on producing and directing all 11 original music videos for these original songs. and over the remainder of 2014 John’s plans are to continue with his band Animals From Outerspace, playing live shows and pressing a physical album of their music as well as producing a feature length DVD of all of their music videos and their best live show(s) as well as interview or behind the scenes and other footage. You can see video footage of Animals From Outerspace rehearsing their songs here.

That’s it for now! I wish everyone the best for this summer and the remainder of 2014!

Sincerely,

John Angel

Recent news!

Check out my ABOUT page, I updated my bio.  Also, I was just informally told by a decent sized convention and film festival that I was accepted as a guest!  I am very excited about this but won’t make an announcement until it is official.  Not much else going on entertainment industry wise…  oh yeah, you can now buy my first feature film Crazy Animal for only $5 online!  And a new feature film that I act in with my friend Bjarni Gautur, or actually I play myself in, you can check the status of it here, it is almost done I believe, they are still editing it:  Occupy Cannes.  And I may in the next few weeks start an official store to sell two of my unreleased feature films, The Vampires of Zanzibar and Rednecks, as well as two other DVD compilations of music videos and short films and more.  I will have at least 4-5 feature length films or compilation feature films of my best produced original content.  I feel that is quite an accomplishment, personally.  I made every last detail of these films, made most of the music, sound design, everything.  As for my Youtube page, I have plenty of other ideas for skits, music videos and such.  But I think my next two videos will be an official REEL of my work as a filmmaker/actor, and another video of my funny voice mail messages, part 2.  In other entertainment news, was happy to see that Hollywood big budget movie writer/director has followed me on Google Plus, James Gunn!

In the meantime, things with my kids are going great, they are advanced in their studies for their age, both homeschooled.  They are having a great time with life and so am I!  I am just very grateful to have my mental and physical health as well as that of my loved ones.  That’s it for now.  My love goes out to the people of the Philippines, and goodnight!  :)

What’s new…

Now I am working on getting my second and third feature films distributed:  The Vampires of Zanzibar and Rednecks.  I may just self-distribute so I keep at least some of the money.  Also, I am working full time now on my Youtube page, starting today.   Now that i have had time to rest after producing and doing all post production on Rednecks, I think I am ready to produce more music/filmmaking/acting stuff for my Youtube page(s).  I may start making one video a day or may just do two videos a week, or both on two separate channels, not sure yet, but I am going to be working at it at least full time now, that is the plan to see if this will get me success.  Check out my main Youtube page to see what I am doing!   www.Youtube.com/johneeeee   or, here is my second Youtube channel, that I may change the name to “John Angel- Daily Videos!”  https://www.youtube.com/user/truthaboutthisworld

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