Media Life: Auburn poised for filming of stunt-filled TV pilot

Gold Country Fair headliners Steel Magnolia release first album; Newcastle's Constable Jack's welcomes Will Durst, Barry Melton, Joe Getty (not all at the same time)
By: Gus Thomson/Media Life
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Moves are afoot to put together a pilot TV show featuring the expertise of Auburn-based movie stunt director Gary Davis. Davis, who is currently at work on the fourth “Spiderman” movie, is partnering with Auburn’s Jaime Tafoya and his Red Barn Films on a pilot with the working title of “The Hollywood Stunt Show.” Filming could start as early as March on Davis’s rural Auburn-area ranch. Tafoya said plans are to shop the pilot to networks and, with any luck, produce a series in the Auburn area. Davis, a Del Oro High School grad, has served as stuntman and stunt coordinator on projects as diverse as “Smokey & The Bandit II” and “The Lost Boys.” His work can currently be seen in the Nicholas Cage film “Season of the Witch.” Rising stars Back in September, a country duo name of Steel Magnolia visited Auburn for a Sunday show at the Gold Country Fair. Greg Hegwer, who just retired as fair manager, stuck his neck out in booking this one but was also of the opinion that the team of Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones were an act on the way up and worth watching. The rubber meets the road this week with the debut of Steel Magnolia’s self-titled first album on Big Machine. Variety onstage What do comic Will Durst, former Country Joe & The Fish guitar player Barry Melton and Sacramento radio talker Joe Getty have in common? Newcastle’s always interesting Constable Jack’s has managed to book all three over the next couple of months. Durst, a five-time Emmy nominee for his political humor, graces the CJ’s floorboards this Sunday for a 4 p.m. show. Getty – of morning drive-time “Armstrong & Getty” on Sacramento’s KSTE AM – is slotted in for a turn onstage Feb. 4 with his band Joe Getty and the Deadflowers. And Barry “The Fish” Melton, one of the pioneers of the 1960s San Francisco music scene, will be showing up Feb. 12. Melton will be bringing along Steve Ashman of the Zazu Pitts Orchestra on bass, the Blues Project and Seatrain’s Roy Blumenfield on drums, and special guest Michael Hinton (of the late Norton Buffalo’s Knockouts) on guitar.