Were We Told the Truth?

(Editor’s Note: While many of our volunteer staff have access to Mr. Fain’s sites, this Editor has been block from viewing any of his work. The staff’s work on this piece is unedited. Please note that it is normally the not the wishes of the Editor to dabble in the business dealings of companies doing business with each other. This Editor feels that we are all grown ups and understand the risks of doing business with others. That remains true till those dealings start moving into public private ventures. Then it becomes everyone’s problem and accountability becomes paramount.)

It is time to take another look at William Fain’s work.

Nowadays, Mr. Fain prefers to be called Wilky, but up until about ten years ago everyone knew him as Rhea Fain.  He tells folks he owned three NASCAR teams, but they were really fan-based teams.  On one of his websites he proclaims himself to be an expert in constitutional arguments in family court worthy of a substantial hourly fee because he was part of a family court dispute of his own.  And now he wants us to believe he is an expert in yet another profession – videographer, film maker.

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William Rhea Wilky Fain

The last piece written serveral months was critiquing his production skills with a Sunday morning cooking.  It was not very flattering of Fain’s work.  This time we want to focus on an event that didn’t happen at all.  It had been promoted for months.  It was supposed to happen on December 8, 2012, but it didn’t (we were told because of a flu outbreak).  We will give them the benefit of the doubt.Tickets began selling for this in November.  Something was advertised, but not delivered.  There was never an offer of a refund for those who purchased either.  They were told they would get what they paid for in January.

Would they?

Saturday night (January 19) there was supposed to be a Pay-Per-View streaming show, a William Fain Production, Walt Willey’s Wild Bill one-man play, originating from Jackson, Tennessee.  People all over the country paid $10 to watch this show streaming on a new internet TV station, WJAXIN.  A “whois” Google domain search shows that site is registered to Steve Bowers who is employed by both WNWS 101.5 and Jackson Energy Authority.  Mr. Fain and Mr. Bowers have formed a partnership teaming up their respective businesses, Jackson Film House and Baltimore Street Productions, to entertain us here in Jackson, Tennessee.

The show was heavily promoted on Face Book.  Show day arrived and confused subscribers posted on the event’s Face Book.  No one knew where to go to watch the show they had paid for.  The emails were not sent out like promised.  At the last minute the link was posted on Face Book and emails arrived in the nick of time!  All was well!  Or was it?There was a free pre-show which was pre-recorded video promoting Mr. Willey’s work that anyone could view.  It played like a charm, but it only last 40 minutes.  That left 20 minutes before show time.  Some watched the free pre-show again while others decided to wait for the 7:30 live show.

At 7:30 the show didn’t start.

At 7:45 a message was posted:

“The Crowd is filing in late so we are giving them a few more minutes with a packed house.  Please enjoy the Cook show with Walt for a few minutes.  We should be up at 8pm.  The line is almost in.”

The clock struck 8:00.  Did the live Pay-Per-View stream start?

No, it did not.

At 8:20 another message appeared on WJAXIN:

“The show has started and unfortunately we have are experiencing technical issues.  We are filming the show and will upload for you to watch “On Demand”.  You will be able to watch as many times as you want and share it for free.  We will keep that link “alive” for one week.  I am being told that the show will be ready this Monday at 6pm.”

The people who paid $10 to watch a LIVE show didn’t get to see a live show.  They paid to see a pre-recorded and edited show two nights later.  We also got to see that show, but did I pay $10?  No, I did not.  If we had paid to see the show I would have demanded a refund.  They paid for something but got nothing more than those of us who didn’t pay got.

And finally, as to the quality of the production… the camera work, the sound, the editing… it is not what we would refer to as quality professional work.   We could hear the clicks as the camera operator zoomed in on close ups.  That sound was reminiscent of my own home movies and has no place in a professionally produced product.  Since this was done at a local high school as part of a learning experience with the drama students we did wonder if students were operating the cameras, too, but that involves a different story for a different day.

More to come so stay tuned…