Welcome to my “Now!” page, which is basically my answer in website form to the question, “So what have you been up to lately?”
— Dave Holton
Acting & Working Behind-the-Scenes in Theatre
Back in 2020 I was cast as an actor-technician in the 83rd season of THE LOST COLONY Outdoor Drama. But then the pandemic hit, & the show was canceled. It was a punch to the gut, as I had been looking forward to the opportunity to walk onto the very same stage that Andy Griffith once roamed in his early years. Well, 2021 brought a second chance – not only was I cast to play the role of Captain Arthur Barlowe in the 84th season, I also sing, dance, & act as a member of the Ensemble. And on top of all that, I was also called upon to work behind the scenes as Assistant Technical Director. April & May were a whirlwind of preparation & rehearsal, & we successfully opened the show on May 28th. The season runs until August 21. If you happen to find yourself on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, please come out & see us!
Photos by C De La Cruz
Writing a Novel
I finished the rough draft of a historical fiction/magical realism novel on Christmas Eve, a gift to myself to round out the year. After several months off, I’m dusting off that draft & working on a series of revisions. I have a mountain of work ahead, but I’m very excited about the process!
Revising a Play
I recently finished the “almost-there” draft of a full-length stageplay (BELTWAY BREAKDOWN, in which a short-fused intercity bus driver wrecks his bus on purpose to forestall early retirement). I’m exploring opportunities to workshop the play & get it on stage! If you’re a theatre professional & would like to read it, please reach out!
Making “Crew-of-One” Films
2020 was a tough time for independent filmmakers; lockdowns & social distancing shut down many a project. I was bored & unable to sit still, so I picked up a Canon 7d DSLR & made a few shorts with minimal equipment, zero budget, & no crew, relying solely on the help of a few family members. My latest short film, SOME SH*T, has been making the festival rounds in 2021 with great success! To see the film & check out some of my other film work from recent years, head over to DAVE MAKES FILMS.
SOME SH*T: A Microfilm by Dave Holton
Synopsis: A woman struggles to maintain sanity when a huckster appears in her home & advises her to “Just Spray Some Sh*t on it!”
Written, Directed, Filmed, & Edited by: Dave Holton
Starring: Emily Mohler, Dave Holton, Walter Holton
Production Design: Alyse Stewart
Special Thanks: Andy Holton
Festival Appearances & Awards:
- Berlin Flash Film Festival: Outstanding Achievement Award
- Sunday Shorts Film Festival: Semifinals (Top 10)
- New York Flash Film Festival: Official Selection
Taking, Editing, & Sharing Photos
I love photography as a way to tell visual stories & to explore the world we live in, so I pick up a camera whenever I have a spare moment to go shoot! Here are the last three photos I posted to my Instagram (@writtenbydave):
Moving to Raleigh-Durham, NC
In February of 2017, I moved back east from Los Angeles to my little hometown of Manteo, NC. While I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with my roots on the Outer Banks, I miss city living… so later this year, I’m moving back to “the triangle” (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). Once there, I plan to carve out a studio space & explore all opportunities: If you live or work in that area & want to talk shop, please reach out.
Page last updated June 2, 2021.