eric sommer at whitlow’s tonight

singer, songwriter, “urban poet” eric sommer is in town tonight — playing at whitlow’s in arlington (one of his favorite locales when he’s here). i came to know eric a few years ago thorugh is role as founder/exec director for the georgetown indie film festival*. little did i know that he was on the verge of kicking his musical talents into high gear. he’s been touring up and down the east coast from boston to north carolina and has even made headway towards chicago and beyond.

if you’re into hearing a great folk-acoustic / blues / rock set, come out to whitlow’s. eric doesn’t make it back in the area as often as he’d and we’d like ;)

*the georgetown indie film fest is now combined w/ the adams morgan film festival, but the 2005 show had been postponed indefinitely…sigh

10 Comments so far

  1. TWE (unregistered) on January 7th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    Maybe eric doesn’t make it back in the area often because he is hiding from all those film makers from whom he took entry fees and never held his film festivals – two years in a row!


  2. eric stillions (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

    Whoever posted that last comment is completely mis-informed – eric ran one of the most successful film festivals in the area for three years – and when the georgetown property was lost two years ago, it moved to adams morgan and had a space all lined up and ready to go – the owner of the space – right above cities in AM – backed out and failed to deliver on his committment – all this is posted on the website – the details, the day by day negotiations, everything he and the team went thru to bring this about – http://www.georgetownfilmfest.com/scoop.html – and you can get the scoop…

    It is understandable that some might be miffed that the festival hasn’t happened for two years – and I was one of them – until I talked with Steve Ross, Parker and other local film makers and really got the scoop – did you know that eric put about $100k of his own money into this? Did you know that he spent 2 years searching everywhere for urban venues and projection opps to make it all happen?

    There is also a disclaimer on the entry forms that clearly explains the risks – and while we’re talking about risk, the entry fees are the lowest in any festival anywhere – $5 for student films and this past year it was $30 or $25 – still remarkably low… so any suggestion that the festival needed the money or took it intentionally considering not holding the festival is simply a dog barking…

    What festivals have you started? What attempts have you made to bring film and indie creative to the city? Silence?

    I thought so… I did go hear eric recently in Boston, MA at the SKYBAR and I was floored – if there is a better guitar player in washington, dc, I’d be hard pressed to find one… from what little I know of him and even tho I had heard he played with the Cars, John Mayall, Leon Redbobe, Little Feat and a few others, his show was more entertaining than any acoustic shows I and my girlfriend have seen in a long time and his guitar playing is astounding – plus the fact that as a songwriter he is the equal or better than anything on the local washington scene…

    Problems with a film festival? Go do something to help – why don’t you get involved and stop being part of the problem…


  3. tanya (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

    nice work – he is a world-class guitar player and a wonderful songwriter and amazingly talented…

    I think he is going to hit it big in the near future – has anyone checked his schedule? No wonder he is on the road as much as is…

    tt


  4. greg (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

    there you have it…

    someone who has done an amazing job regarding the georgetown film festival, is trying to make it happen, and nothing but complaints from some anonymous film thug who won’t even leave his name – shame on you…

    eric is my hero – he helped me so much with my film the 2nd year and I have a very good friend in Chapel Hill who did a show with him in Chattanooga recently and he helped her with her set-up, her guitars and then made sure the whole audience gave her a shout for her show – and he didn’t have to do any of that… considering the fact that she was a late addition and the ticket price was $17…

    No more bitchin’ about people’s good efforts – if you have some issue with that, call him – my friend says he is one of the most gracious and warm headliners she has worked with, especially rare in an industry loaded with assholes and maggotts…

    rock on eric…


  5. tanya (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

    nice work – he is a world-class guitar player and a wonderful songwriter and amazingly talented…

    I think he is going to hit it big in the near future – has anyone checked his schedule? No wonder he is on the road as much as is…

    tt


  6. filmbuff (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

    The comment on film festivals is simply not true. Sounds like it was posted by a poor loser in film. Or with some other chip on the shoulder…


  7. doc (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 4:40 am

    the thing I liked the most about the early gtown film festival marketing efforts was the series of square brown paper posters… where it specifically said NO CRYBABIES. Sounds like someone didn’t get the message.

    I am waiting anxiously for the gtown festival – whereever and whenever it is… they do a wonderful event and it is heads and shoulders above all the other festivals on the east coast – including Tribeca…


  8. Lee (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

    the festival posters I liked were the ones Eric Sommer sent to Clint Eastwood to autograph, but Clint returned them unsigned — his publicist saying the posters are “not only ugly but they’re stupid.” [article near bottom of page] “It just hurt,” the Washington Post quotes Sommer saying “… It’s just a slap in the face.”

    “Quit yer whining” (said the Post).

    Sounds like someone didn’t get the message.


  9. filmbuff (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    Whoa!!!!! Can you send me a link to the Post article???!!! I tried and it did not work. I HAVE the signed Clint Eastwood/Film Festival poster that Sommer designed; I got it from a friend who has a friend in Eastwoods office! Great design but thought of selling it on ebay..maybe it is worth more than I thought if there are no others. Yeah!
    On another note, I went to see Eric Sommer and his drummer play at Whitlows last night after reading the posts. They were awesome and I can see what all the buzz is about. Taking a group of friends next time. Wanna come?


  10. fstop (unregistered) on February 27th, 2006 @ 1:05 am

    I guess my question is… when is it going to find a home? loved the first three years, I was real sad to see them loose their space and georgetown deserves a film festival – I read the scoop page on the web site and I know exactly what they are talking about.

    Frankly, if that is their current attitude, the Georgetown Business Community – and the Georgetown BID – should reach out and try to bring this great festival back because we need eric, tad, jeannette and the dude.

    my heart is with you.

    fstop



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