Archive for October, 2011

@theJoint Showcases Northstate Artists and Musicians

Posted in Feature Articles on October 29, 2011 by
Photo by Joe McGarity
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The Fantom Penguin asked local radio personality Rachel Lane what people did not know about this new show, @theJoint.
“That we’re not just, like, a pot group, okay?  We’re not that at all.  The reason we call it the Joint is because it was the Funk Joint.  It was a venue in Redding.  Now we’re just @theJoint, because we’re just kind of hanging out.  So, it does have a connotation of marijuana, but that’s not what we want to be known for.  That’s what we want people to know, really.”
You’re not an arm of NORML or something like that?
“No we’re not.  We’re not a part of . . .  We will address the 215 issue, but that’s not our main focus and we’re not just about music either.  We’re about our town, our communities and our local folks:  Business, artists, community.  That’s basically what people probably don’t know.”
So what should we tell people about @theJoint?
“I would tell them that we are your local independent media outlet.  We have all kinds of information about Northern California, specifically Shasta, Butte, Tehama, Trinity Counties, all the places that are close to us, from Red Bluff to Dunsmuir, Weed.  Whatever is going on, we want to get the information out to people in a very simple manner.”
Rachel is one of many hosts who appear on the show.
“You know me as the Mistress of Metal on 106X and Rachel Lane on Oldies 105.3.  I left about a month and a half ago.  I’d already started volunteering with @theJoint.  That is something that I’m very happy about because it was easier for me to make that transition right over to the realm of internet and television.”
“We are all volunteers and we are all about our town and we are fund-raising based as well.  We want to tie all of our events to some sort of fundraiser.”
“JimmyMac actually started this whole thing.  It used to be the Funk Joint down in Redding and after a while he decided he wanted to branch out and become more and more and more open to other genres of music.  So, primarily it was a music-based show and the show that we have on KIXE, which will air November 5, 2011 starting at 10:00 pm, (we have a six-show series), it’s all about lot’s of art and music and talent in our community.  So we’ve actually partnered with them.  Jimmy did all of that.  He just decided that he wanted to showcase the amazing talent that’s in Redding and I have always been about that.  That’s how I started here in Redding on the radio, actually.  I pitched a local show to 106X and that was on the air for six years.”
“We are online.  We are at  We’re also on Facebook with ‘@’ sign + ‘theJoint’ – ‘@theJoint’ basically.”
“We are going to be broadcasting on KIXE starting November 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm.  We’ll have a six-show series on that PBS Channel 9.  And after that, who knows?  We might be able to do another six-part series about music and art here in Redding.  KIXE loves the idea and we love KIXE.  Right now, we’re going to be doing a morning show from 8:00 – 10:00 am, @theJoint.  We do a Friday show from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, @theJoint and that’s all on the dot com.  Oh!  And Tuesday nights, Joe B1’s Musical Force.  He is a guitarist from Milk the Sun.  He played with Feral Farm and some others around town.  He’s been a musician for over thirty years, so he’s got a real interesting insight on the industry and he brings in other people who make guitars or talk about industry.  So that’s Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm on”

Time to Make your Movie for the 2012 Sundial Film Festival

Posted in Feature Articles on October 22, 2011 by
Photo by Joe McGarity
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Will Keeler, a local New York Life agent, is this year’s film chair for the Sundial Film Festival.  He spoke to the Fantom Penguin about the event.
The Sundial Film Festival is a film festival that puts emphasis on local artists.  We’re taking submissions from the Sacramento area north, the border of Nevada out to the coast.  So, we’re taking submissions from all over the Northstate, but when we get those submissions we’re putting an emphasis on who’s local and those folks will be given priority when having their films submitted to the festival.”
The festival, which is held each year at the Cascade Theater in Redding, also includes photographs and a category for one-minute films.
“There’s three categories for film and as you mentioned there’s also the photography and the one-minute films.  The three categories for the actual films are Narrative, Documentary and Animation.  But what I tell people who are potentially going to submit a film is:  Do not get hung up on the type of film or which category we can neatly fit it into.  Submit your film.  If it’s a good quality film, we’re going to get it into a category and we’re going to get it up on the big screen.”
“This is the 4th Annual Sundial Film Festival.  The three previous years have been hosted by the Redding Rotary Club and this is going to be the first year that the Active 20-30 Club of Redding is putting on the festival and we have every intention of building on what they had already provided and growing it and making it into a great event.  We want it to be a community event and we want people to really get involved with it and take ownership and make it something special for this area.”
“We’re the Active 20-30 Club of Redding.  We’re an international club made up of (as the name suggests) active folks who are between the ages of 21 and 39 years old.  Our primary focus of the club is to help out children in our community and I believe emphasis is placed on special needs children, but children in general.  So, all of our efforts, whether it’s fund-raising or community projects, they’re going to be geared towards helping out children.  Now the Sundial Film Festival, although we have children and young students who have entries into the festival, the film festival is going to be our primary fund-raiser, so all the proceeds that we receive from sponsorship, ticket sales, entry fees are going to go directly back into the community to help out young, sometimes disadvantaged or disabled kids here in the Redding and Shasta County area.”
“We’re taking submissions that would generally be considered at the most PG-13.  And just a way to think about it is that there’s going to be kids at this event.  There’s going to be families at this event.  So, is your film going to be appropriate for that type of an audience?  So, we kind of leave it at the filmmakers’ discretion, but at the same time if we receive something that’s too vulgar or has a lot of profanity in it, then obviously that’s not going to get shown at our festival.”
“The deadlines for submission are January 30 [2012] and we’re taking 30-minute films.  That’s the number one question that I get is ‘How long can it be?’  It can be 30 minutes at the most.  So, we ask that you try and respect that because we do want to show as many films as possible and if get much beyond that time limit then that’s going to cut into the number of films that we can show.”
“And we want to really put on good film festival this year, so we want as many submissions as possible, even multiple submissions.  If you have two films and you can’t decide which one to submit, submit them both.  Let’s do it.  Let’s see what you’ve got.  And if you have any specific questions, you can email me.  I’m available.  Either contact through the or also our Facebook page and you can just search Sundial Film Festival on Facebook and find us there.”


Posted in Feature Articles on October 15, 2011 by

Stand Down Event to Help Vets in Need

Posted in Feature Articles on October 8, 2011 by
Photo by Joe McGarity
The car show in Anderson last week was not just about the classics, but was rather a fund-raiser for the North Valley Stand Down Association an organization that holds an annual event at the fairgrounds in Anderson.  The Fantom Penguin met with Jim Richards, this year’s president who told us more.
“The services are here for all the homeless and needy veterans of Northern California.  We joined up and we’re non-profit.  Nobody gets paid.  We go out and hustle and do what we’ve got to do.  We use each other’s skills to accumulate things and to get this done for the homeless and the needy veterans of Northern California.  It has grown from 35 on up to about 252, somewhere in there, 257.  Each year it’s growing bigger.  I think this year is going to be a really big jump for us.  It’s to help all these homeless and needy vets.  We have everything that you need, counseling and so on there.  We have half-way houses.  We have drug and alcohol counseling.  We have mental health.  We have unemployment development there; they’re going to come out there, resources.  We have educational people that’s going to be there.  We also are going to be able to take care of your animals for you through the Anderson Veterinary Clinic will be up there helping us and to take care of them.  They’ll be totally taken care of while you’re in there, while you’re being taken care of.”
Participants camp out for a few days, this year inside the buildings.
“When you come in on the 21st, you’ll stay there until Sunday noon and you will go through all this stuff that we have here if you wish to.  You’ll be given clothes, showers.  You name it, it’s here and it’s offered to you.  It does not cost anything.  It’s for the veterans, the homeless and needy veterans of Northern California.  It’s to give a helping hand, for we can get you fit, back up, in shape and trust and get you back into society.”
All security is provided by the participants themselves and law enforcement is not invited, so don’t let that warrant keep you from seeking help.  You could even have some misdemeanors discharged at the event by participating in a special court.
“When you’re in court there, they’ll give you a sentence.  On that sentence will be a work sentence.  You will work with or for me, helping the other veterans there do jobs to take care of this.  You will work it off and once you’re done working, I will have people initial it that you’re working for and then I will sign it once you’ve completed your total work hours.  And I will take that to the court for you and it will be taken off your record.”
According to Richards, vets helping other vets works for one simple reason:
“Because they’ve got trust again and they’re with their fellow veterans and they understand teamwork and team effort gets the job done.  I’ve seen lives change and I’m not . . . — I know of three people last year that have turned their lives around and they’re doing very well back into society.  They’re not homeless.  They’re fitting in.”
This year’s event is Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23, 2011.

Some Photography

Posted in Feature Articles on October 1, 2011 by
Photo by Joe McGarity

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