New music video for Doors in the Labyrinth released Friday the 13th

Considering the subject matter, it seemed fitting to release this new music video for Doors in the Labyrinth’s new song “Death in Paris,” written in response to Trump pulling out the Paris Agreement a few months ago, on Friday the 13th.


Zero budget, DIY music video shot in Pittsburgh locations: the Strip District and South Side

featuring footage of
the Great Pacific garbage patch,
the BP oil spill (2010),
California wildfires,
Three Mile Island (PA),
Neville Island (Pittsburgh) (1972);
NASA model of a melting ice shelf,
drought in Niger,
tsunamis in Indonesia (2004) and Fukushima (2011),
and footage filmed inside a flooded nuclear reactor in Fukushima (2011)

Watch it now:

New! Trailer – Improvising the Divine: the music of Tom Moran #indie #music #documentary

Hi, everyone, and Happy Fall!
Just sending a short note to let you know the official trailer for the new documentary short Improvising the Divine: the music of Tom Moran is now available.
So far this short documentary has been submitted to Three Rivers Film Festival shorts, Sundance Shorts, SXSW Film Festival, and LA Undergound.  Full Frame and American Documentary Film Festival entries are up next. Then we WAIT. 🙂
Pittsburgh screenings are in the process of being discussed  – as always, I appreciate any referrals for locations to provide screenings. I may also launch an online fundraiser to help with festival entry fees and public screening costs, and, possibly, a film and music fest!
Thank you,
Chris Mason
Director, Spinning Goat Productions
Watch the trailer now:

UPDATE: Improvising the Divine documentary #indie #film #music

From Chris, Director of Spinning Goat Productions:

I’m thrilled to announce that the 35-minute short documentary “Improvising the Divine: the music of Tom Moran” is now complete! (Note: a 20 minute version was previously submitted to the Three Rivers Film Festival Shorts Program).
And I just made the final deadline to enter it into the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program.  Next up: submit to the SXSW Film Program, and go from there…

More updates coming and I’m still cutting a cool trailer, but here are some production stills from the film below.

Documentary overview:

Improvising the Divine is a short documentary profile of guitar, banjo, oud, and sitar player, Tom Moran, and his lifelong musical journey through rock, punk, bluegrass, world music, and every fusion in between. Through musical performances, storytelling, archives, and creative imagery, the documentary shows the power of music to awaken the creative spirit and transcend cultural barriers.
Interviews with Tom Moran, Stephanie Vargo, and featuring J. Trafford.
Original music by Tom Moran, Stephanie Vargo, The Deliberate Strangers, The Five, J. Trafford, Cousin Emmy & The Stanley Brothers, Elizabeth Cotten, Hazel Dickens, and Hamza el Din.
Additional video courtesy of Larry Rippel.
Improvising the Divine will take you on a musical journey, both worldly and otherworldly.
A homage to Tom Moran’s long and interesting career, to creative, independent musicians, and to the special place music holds in our lives.
 #musicsaves #supportlocalmusic #indiemusic
Produced by Spinning Goat Productions
Director: Chris Mason

Bonus clip: Tom Moran live | electric sitar #music #indie #documentary #sitar #tabla

Bonus clip/experimental video using footage from a 2012 live performance by Tom Moran on electric sitar and Michael Dodin on tabla.

Teaser trailer for the documentary is in the works! Just wait ’til you see all the cool stuff that’ll be in this film about Pittsburgh music legend Tom Moran.

Watch the bonus clip on youtube and vimeo:


Reimagining…revising…redux! Tom Moran documentary project #indie #music #documentary

In 2014, I released a short documentary about Pittsburgh world musician Tom Moran. That film was mainly shot in one day in a local cemetery, with some additional live footage I shot over the years.

Now, in 2017, I am gathering all live footage, 3 sets of interviews, archive videos and other visual and musical delights to create a new short documentary to be released this year, with hopes of securing funding to complete a feature length documentary in 2018!

As I’ve been gathering footage and organizing clips and information, I realize that this film is special.  Tom is a very accomplished musician – on all things stringed – who pushes boundaries in an intelligent and thoughtful way.  His punk/indie spirit has lead him along a path from punk rock, to bluegrass, to oud and sitar music. He is very knowledgeable about American and world music, which has prompted me to dig up some musical geniuses from the past and present, both here and overseas.
I am inspired by his creative energy, so I can push the boundaries a little and create some interesting visual pieces in the film, as well as featuring some really awesome music!

I love music, and I love making films about and with music, so this project is of particular interest since I can delve even deeper into the world of music and musicians and celebrate what makes music so important and powerful, for both music makers and listeners. And recognize Tom’s unique talent and vision, and show everyone who doesn’t know him or his work yet! 😉

Stay tuned for more updates about this project, bonus clips, and a trailer coming soon!

Speaking of which, here is a bonus clip from one of the film shoots.  It’s an excerpt of an improv solo guitar piece by Justin Trafford of Suavity’s Mouthpiece, who joined the project to interview Tom, and discuss making music independently.