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.
Also, my sons got even better at art! Here is some new art my sons created recently:
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
Here are some more pics of family:
Check out some of the close to 100 videos I have uploaded to my Youtube page since my last website update!
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:
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:
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!
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:
Here are the next music videos I intend to produce/direct/edit/star in next:
“Creature From The Black Lagoon”
“Erasing You” (This one is 100% written by David Frost, not just the guitar, but also all the lyrics).
“Buff at 79″
Anyway, thanks so much everyone! Peace be with you.
John Angel on Facebook
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…
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!
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!
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
My third feature film as an auteur is complete. Here is the official trailer I just posted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YOzSxds8lo&feature=youtu.be
Check out my newest movie project REDNECKS! Filming very soon!