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Monday August 31, 2020

 

Hello all from Guile Branco!

I hope you are safe in these crazy times! I would like to present you with my latest film - a short docudrama adventure set in Egypt!

Raiders of the Lost Tomb

A man fools his wife into a trip to Egypt under the pretense of a honeymoon, when in fact he is searching for a lost tomb.

A homage to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as an exciting docudrama set in real archeological sites in Egypt!

Filmed during a real honeymoon, wife was very accommodating.

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Monday July 1, 2020

Deadline

 

ASCAP Says Donald Trump Campaign Can’t Use Any Rolling Stones Songs In Its Repertory, Following BMI’s Lead

“At this time, the 2020 Trump campaign has not applied for an ASCAP license and therefore currently is not authorized by ASCAP to perform any songs in the ASCAP repertory (unless they have licensed those works directly),” an ASCAP spokesperson told Deadline.

Linda Comes to the Rescue

Offers Campaign A Song They Can Use

(Fake News)

 

 

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OUR MISSION

Started in 2006 and backed by more than 700,000 veterans, military family members and their supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns to give a voice to veterans on matters of national security, veterans' care, and every day issues that affect the lives of those who served, and their families.

 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lets End Hate

Arnold Explains It Best

He's seen it with his own eyes: "Let me be just as blunt as possible Your heroes are losers."

Lets Make Our World Better for Everyone

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Sign the petition to end hate speech.

OUR COMMITMENT

In order to build a more just, free, and civilized world, we commit to do our part to combat anti-Semitism, one of mankind’s oldest, most pernicious, and most destructive forms of bigotry and hate.

 

 

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Down below, in the dark dystopia tunnels beneath the Vegas Strip, we follow the life and struggles of Holy Smoke’s homeless friends, building make-shift homes, out of the garbage the tourists throw away.

 

Jessie Colin Young

Love is but a song we sing
Fears' the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the dove is on the wing
And you may not know why

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
And try to love one another right now

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Fake News

Jonathan Lemire on President Trump's visit to Arizona:

"Him heading to the border wall . . . Trying to, in some ways, change the subject from what we're seeing all around us. He's trying to go back to 2016, talk about immigration."

Paul Simon, One Trick Pony

He's a one-trick pony
One trick is all that horse can do

He does, one trick only
It's the principal source of his revenue

But when he steps into the spotlight
You can feel the heat of his heart
Come rising through

See how he dances
See how he loops from side to side
See how he prances
The way his hooves just seem to glide

He's just a one-trick pony, that's all he is,
But he turn that trick with pride

The Wrap

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Comedian Sarah Cooper Mocks Trump for Low Tulsa Rally Crowd Size in Latest Video

-- Trump’s boasts about an expected “record-setting crowd,” including the claim that more than “a million” people wanted to attend, as well as his unfounded assertion that his rallies “never had an empty seat." --

Comedian Sarah Cooper is back with a new video mocking Donald Trump’s recent, hilarious-in-hindsight comments about crowd size expectations for his Tulsa rally that didn’t remotely pan out.

In the clip Cooper, known for her videos on TikTok and Twitter in which she lip syncs audio of Donald Trump speaking on various topical issues, mimes an interview Trump gave Friday afternoon where he talked up what he said was huge demand to see him speak. As Cooper can be seen slouching lower and lower in her chair, she puts particularly cringe-inducing emphasis on Trump’s boasts about an expected “record-setting crowd,” including the claim that more than “a million” people wanted to attend, as well as his unfounded assertion that his rallies “never had an empty seat.”

And as the audio clip of Trump ends with the president saying there won’t be an empty seat in Oklahoma, Cooper-as-Trump falls right out of her chair and onto the floor.

-- As reported in The Wrap

Monday, June 22, 2020

(CNN)

White House admits Trump was involved in firing of top US attorney after Trump claimed he wasn't

 

Unsubstantiated

At Last, A Scientific Explanation!

Happy Father's Day

From the Happy Family!

Still searching for missing attendees

Sunday, June 21, 2020

(Satire. Amusing, but fake news.)

As Forbes estimates capacity at 32.2% Martha Davis Temporarily Devotes Song to Tulsa Rally Attendees, and of course, the Host

We walked the loneliest mile
We smile without any style
We kiss all together wrong
No intention

We lie about each other's drinks
We live without each other
Thinking what anyone would do
Without me and you

It's like I told you
Only the lonely can play

 

Forbes

Turnout At Trump’s Tulsa Rally Was Just Under 6,200
A Fraction (32.2%) Of The Venue’s 19,200 Capacity

(Less than 1% of his promised million!)

"While President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday was pitched as an over-subscribed event, with Trump campaign staffers touting ticket registrations over a million, the final turnout came to a fraction of the venue’s overall capacity, confirming reports of low turnout that dogged what was meant to be Trump’s triumphant return to the campaign trail."

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Previous Features

Actor Sebastian Faure on Today's Events

Actress - Producer Noy Marom: Follow Your Bliss

The Point of Harry Nillson (Updated!)

The Highwaymen: A Modern Screen Classic

Who Was Peter Wooley?

Brass Egg Studio: Combining a Passion for Color, Texture, and Symmetry, With a Feminist Awareness

 

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

 

 

Actress Producer Sabrina Percario Joins Touch A Life Productions

Sabrina Percario is a Los Angeles based actress and producer. Her IMDb profile now lists an astounding twenty-nine producer credits, along with thirty-two actress credits.

Early in her career, she produced the very personal, semi-autobiographical Julia, the story of an actress struggling with the decision to leave her home in Brazil and move to Los Angeles to develop her craft. Her work in Julia earned her two nominations, and three awards including Best Actress and Best Leading Actress.

She has gone on to work on numerous films, earning a variety of awards. No one likes playing favorites, but two projects stand out to Sabrina for personal reasons.

Although Breaking is a short film, the story unfolds on several levels, which appealed to Sabrina. Actress Alessandra Hajaj approached Sabrina about producing. "Sabrina is a great friend and professional. Her experience in the industry was crucial on the process of Breaking. She helped me prepare, organize and execute many tasks in which I had no experience. She is a great producer, great actress and she has a lot of potential."

Sabrina was attracted to the project not only because Alessandra is a good friend, but because she also admired Alessandra. "She's super talented and wears so many hats on set, plus I know I can count on her. When she asked me to produce Breaking, I was very touched by her story and theme.

This film is very important to us because it is our way of working to bring awareness of those who have suffered from sexual harassment. Our film approaches the subject in a poetic, innovative and beautiful way, so people from all ages can see it and become more aware."

Breaking is now available for viewing on Filmocracy.com, the only movie streaming platform that rewards you to watch films and leave reviews.

Sabrina has continued to work steadily in many different types of projects, but one that she is very proud of is Mojave Shadows, the story of a woman named Susan Carvalho who is hiking in the middle of the Mojave Desert while coming to terms with guilt of the death of her son. One night, she is attacked by a rattle snake, and finds herself stranded in the middle of the Mojave. With only a couple hours left to live, she calls for help from a remote located Ranger.

"When I read the script I was a little intimidated by the story because we’re talking about suicide and depression, I had to find a place in me that resonates with those emotions but the good thing about this story is that my character never loses hope. My character Susan Carvalho is dealing with guilt and she’s grieving. She feels guilty about her soon getting killed in a car accident."

Sabrina earned the Best Actress award at the August 24th, 2019 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFFA.)

"Ronan Barbour (my scene partner) and I had a really good connection. It was easy to work with him. He and I have also been recognized as Best Duo on screen by the Actors Awards Los Angeles, who also awarded Mojave Shadows Best Short!"

Mojave Shadows also won for Best Director -- Jaime Torres, and Best Produced Screenplay -- Alejandro Etcheagaray, Jaime Torres, and Miranda Elisa Guzman.

Mojave Shadows is now available for viewing on YouTube and will also be available on Filmocracy.com soon.

Sabrina continues to run her own company Percario Productions, but she has also recently teamed up with Raja Deka at Touch A Life Productions. The company's objective is about lifting humanity and planting seeds that are already changing lives, and will without question, benefit generations to come. "Our goal is to see all walks of life globally leaving the theaters after experiencing our films realizing there is a warrior within each one of them with specific purpose."

Touch A Life's mission blends perfectly with Sabrina's intention to "touch people's hearts, inspire them, and spread a good positive message through her characters and films she produces."

Sabrina Percario is a Los Angeles Based Actress and Producer

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Monday June 15, 2020

Actor Sebastian Faure on Our Current Situation

There are good and bad apples from both sides. Right now, we are facing big issues. We have institutions put in place that protect police officers from any repercussions. If police officers have nothing to fear from their actions, it pushes them to overstep, overpower and perhaps use excessive force.

The only reason why Derek Chauvin was fired and arrested was because the event was filmed and exposed. I watched the video and it was heartbreaking. Derek showed no fear, a stone cold face of a man who pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck without an ounce of remorse or empathy.

The worst part is he was aware that he was being filmed. It puts things in perspective on the number of cases and police encounters that weren’t put on film.

Are these institutions creating psychopaths under the illusion of law and order?

Remember, Derek Chauvin had seventeen complaints filed against him and he was still roaming the streets. I understand officers go through a lot mentally and they often have the right intentions to help their community. But the system in place corrupts them by making them less accountable and immune to rules and regulations. Therefore officers become “tribalistic” and less fair to anyone who isn’t a cop.

These officers chose their path, and it’s a heavy burden they must face. And of course, there are good cops. Back to where we were, the murder of George Floyd was filmed and exposed; protests and outrage pressured the people in power to take actions against the police officer who killed George Floyd. The other three officers still at large should be convicted, as they are complicit to this brutality. With great power comes great responsibility, the more power you gain as a police officer, as a politician or even as the President, the more accountable you should be. The bar is set higher to balance out the powers that have been handed to you. You become a leader, and a leader’s duty is to show and set the proper example. It is to unite, not to divide. It is to listen to those who have less, not to dictate what you think is right. It is to admit mistakes and take responsibility. Not to victimize yourself and accuse others for your mistakes. You have the highest position in office, own up to it.

That’s how you build trust within communities and that’s how you get law-abiding citizens. I studied history and somehow history keeps repeating itself to those who are ignorant of the past. Ignorance is bliss but no matter how dark it gets, the truth must prevail. The changes that were put forth in America were always done and executed with the use of force.

America had the Native American genocide, the War of Independence, the Civil War between North and South, the Civil Rights movement; and I’m not counting the wars abroad. Honestly, the whole history of America is based on violence.

It might be embedded in the culture of guns, the second amendment, the paranoia of the invisible enemy and the need for freedom against tyranny.

We all know hate will spread hate and violence isn’t the answer - LOVE IS!

You can’t deny this. Major changes always come through violence in the US; this is a fact. We can criticize all we want and find excuses on how it should be done: a peaceful protest. Truthfully, there is no structure for a proper protest. It’s subjective and everyone reacts differently. But I do know a lot of people are suffering and these events are making us reevaluate what’s important in life, a person’s breath (his life) or a person’s business? Or are both of them intertwined?

We are aware! Violence won’t solve anything and it might get worse before it gets better. People want change but the status quo remains the same because the people in power like their habits and become accustomed to how the system works to their benefit.

It is in human nature to develop habits and to grow accustomed to a system or a routine, we can get too comfortable and we go into autopilot mode. Habits create laziness, change demands effort.

We must do what’s right and call out injustice, for George Floyd and for the other victims, for the Black Lives Matter movement, for liberty, for equality and for solidarity.

From what I’ve learned, if you don’t question anything, then you must believe the system in place is perfect. We both know that isn’t the case, by questioning rules or orders as a citizen or as a police officer, you’re discovering flaws in the system that need to be addressed.

Addressing the flaws in the current system will lead to progress and change. Ultimately, it will lead to a better future. Please, stop following orders blindly and start questioning, especially during this time when the person at the top is unfit to lead.

Be brave, spread love and stay safe.

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Sebastian Faure is a Los Angeles Based Actor

Sebastian Faure Press Materials

 

 

Tuesday July 16, 2019

 

 

Introducing Noy Marom

 

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Actress - Producer Noy Marom: Follow Your Bliss

Noy Marom is a New York City based actress and producer. For as long as she can remember, she has loved to perform.

First, with her sister, designing costumes and performing for friends and family, then later discovering the magic, and power, of how actors tell stories with emotions through theater and cinema.

Born and raised in Israel, she has always loved Natalie Portman, also born in Israel.

She began studying acting when she was in middle school, and throughout high-school. She then took a break for military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and then began training at the Nissan Native Acting Studio in Israel. Where she rediscovered her passion for acting, studying Acting Technique.

From there she decided to take the big step of following an old dream to study acting in New York. The idea of studying the technique in the theater capital of the world, going through this artistic journey in the big apple, refining the craft in the city that never sleeps, was the next best possible step for her.

She studied at The Barrow Group and Grace Kiley Acting (An incredible mentor and teacher) both which she enjoyed very much. It was her first experience of acting in a different language and although it was challenging, she found it very rewarding. And then she found The Stella Adler Studio.

“From the moment I walked into the studio, it felt like home. It just felt right.

The atmosphere was so professional, but also very friendly and welcoming and I loved that there were many foreign students walking around, from all over the world.

I auditioned and got in and I did the advanced theater training two year conservatory.

It was a challenging experience to say the least, but I’ve learned so much from so many wonderful teachers and I am forever grateful for this amazing journey.

I think what I was most surprised about is how much it changed me, not only as an actor but also as a person. That’s what The Stella Adler studio is all about. They believe that ‘Growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous,’ and that’s exactly what I felt during my time there and even more so after graduating. Like I was finding my voice. I also really started taking advantage of the cultural richness of New York City. I went to different Broadway shows and screenings, whenever I got a chance to go. You can learn so much about acting from watching different works and different performers.”

 

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The first roles she did were mainly roles in short films. She got a chance to work with wonderful directors and cinematographers and learned how to really work with the camera, along with the differences between film acting and theater acting.

“There’s more to it than you’d expect and you really have to work on it and find the correct balance. I love both equally: the intimacy and power of the camera, and the magic of theater with live audience. I feel very lucky that I have received the great training that taught me and allowed me to do both.”

After graduation, it was time to go out to the real world and become a professional actor. “When you’re just starting out, going on auditions and trying to build your resume, the competition is fierce and it’s all very intimidating. It takes time to find your place in the industry and my Adler friends and I, ‘fresh’ out of acting school, felt that we really wanted to go out there and implement everything we’ve learned. We were extremely passionate and we also wanted to control and own our artistic choices as much as we could, so we created Virago Ensemble.

 

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Virago Ensemble is an international all-female theater company, striving to empower women's voices by sharing old and new works created by female-identifying writers. “We talk a lot about developing and working on material that shows the different and unique aspects of our different cultures.

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Left to right: Deborah Amaa, Amanda Erixon, Irina Bravo, Gilda Mercado, Jenna Kemmer, Noy Marom, Kanja Grobler, Eliya Rodeh.

We are very proud of the productions we've produced so far and we really feel like we've found our voice and our vision moving forward.

It's a learning process and we continue to learn through every new project we develop.

We plan to keep moving in the same direction and to look for more interesting and creative projects to share, with emphasis on new works, as always, by female-identifying writers.

So far we have produced two shows:

Last Summer At Bluefish Cove By Jane Chambers

Directed by Angelita Esperanza

It is the story of a dissatisfied straight woman who leaves her husband to spend some quiet time by herself and who unwittingly and naively wanders into the midst of a group of seven lesbians at the beginning of their annual beachside vacation.

Cast: Deborah Amaa, Noy Marom, Kanja Grobler, Eliya Rodeh, Gilda Mercado, Amanda Erixon, Jenna Kemmer, Irina Bravo

Emilia Bjornsdotter, Swedish Actress in New York Blog reviews Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.

 

Kiss That Frog By Serena Cates

Directed by Angelita Esperanza

Cast: Amanda Erixon, Angelita Esperanza, Deborah Amaa, Eliya Rodeh, Kanja Grobler, Noy Marom, Rosemary Tross, Samia Omari

Kiss that Frog was inspired by the social media trend of young adults writing lists about everyone who they have kissed. This "Kissed List" hunch has opened the door to themes such as love vs. lust, sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, sexuality, secrecy and much more. The resulting script investigates the relationship millennial girls have with kissing, relationships, sex, and sexuality in general. It was inspired by true stories of women known by the playwright.

Kiss That Frog Profiled on BroadwayWorld.com

© Adam Jellicorse

Left to right: Jenna Kemmer, Gilda Mercado, Noy Marom.

“We'll strive to continue to tell important stories centering powerful, strong, brave women and speak up about issues concerning women's rights and to empower women and artists through our artistic journey and through story telling.

We also intend to focus on writing our own stories and texts and to share them through unique presentations, while including different elements such as movement and music.”

Several shows are currently in development, announcements about upcoming shows will be made soon, when the productions are ready to be presented.

Amanda Erixon with Noy Marom in “A New York Moment”

A New York Moment is a passion project, it’s a special collaboration between friends who are also international artists.

The short film tells the story of two good friends, Dana and Molly, both facing the struggles of pursuing their dreams in the big apple.

The story takes place in a park in NYC and it gives us a look into their journey as individuals and as friends. Their hopes and dreams, love affairs, friendships and struggles.

The best friends try to stay together and support each other through it all, but they’re about to face another serious difficulty along the way.

"My good friend Amanda Erixon and I studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting together.

After graduation, we co-founded Virago Ensemble together with a small group of fellow actors from school, and we started producing our own theater productions.

After focusing on theater for a while, and because we really enjoy creating together, we decided to produce and act in our own short film.

We knew that we wanted the story to include different aspects of our own personal journey in the big apple: The reality of living in NYC, away from home and from the people close to you, going through struggles while following your dreams and the impossible balancing act of being an artist in the big city. We discussed the idea with Amanda's friend, Anthony Demare, who is an actor and a writer, and he was very interested in collaborating. We presented him with the aspects of the story that were important for us to share and he wrote a wonderful script that really touched us.

The next step was bringing our story to life. We tried to keep the project within our circle of friends, and we found a wonderful talented group of professionals who really helped us to make it happen.

It’s a very unique project because it's a collaboration between an international group of friends and artists from different countries: I’m from Israel and so is the producer and coordinator Vered Rodrigues. Amanda Erixon is from Sweden and so is the PA Emilia Björnsdotter. The writer, Anthony Demare is from Canada. The director, Flemming Laursen is from Denmark and the sound technician, James Boylan is American.

I am very proud of this film. I think that it really has strong, universal message that can help and inspire a lot of people. It’s about following your dreams even when times are rough and to not give up. A reminder that even when it looks like there's no hope, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel."

The film is currently being submitted to film festivals world-wide and was just announced as a Semi-Finalist of the Variety International Film Festival.

There’s a famous quote by Joseph Campbell from a 1985 interview with Bill Moyer conducted at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California that Noy really loves. It says: “Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.

When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. And when you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.”

Noy concludes: “I believe in that, and that’s what I intend to keep doing. To follow my bliss and to enjoy the ride.”

Check back to her press page shown below for her current information.

Noy Marom Press Materials

Keywords: noy marom; virago ensemble; last summer at bluefish cove; kiss that frog; a new york moment

 

 

Thursday October 25, 2018

The Highwaymen
A Modern Day Screen Classic

Like the characters in The Highwaymen, I'm old enough to avoid making absolute statements, knowing I'll likely need to reverse myself in the next few days.

Recently Steven Spielberg made a statement that films produced for Netflix should not be considered for Academy Awards. After all, Academy Awards are for films that have appeared in theaters, and many Netflix films are viewed on tv or device screens, which directors like Mr. Spielberg feel are something much less than the movie theater experience.

Seems reasonable, and I think I'll avoid disagreeing with Mr. Spielberg for today, since I've never stood behind a camera, and been responsible for completing a major film project.

I have however, been a big film fan for all of my adult life, and "I may not know art, but I know what I like."

That love began with Bonny and Clyde. In 1967 there was no home video industry, you had to "go to the movies" or wait a few years for the sanitized version be broadcast on one of the three television networks.

Bonny and Clyde was instant, hypnotic, cinematic magic. Likable characters, beautiful costumes, catchy music, cool old cars, a palpable sexual undertone (obvious even to a seventh grade viewer) all presented in a tight, fast-moving, highly emotional script. When the lights went down in the theater, we were instantly swept away.

Audiences agreed, IMDb estimates it cost $2.5 million to produce, and as of January 1973, generated a cumulative world gross of $70 million, earning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Warren Beatty, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Faye Dunaway, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Gene Hackman.

So it's basically now a screen classic, which has stood the test of time for over fifty years! A very hard act to follow!

Would you try to remake this story, in today's competitive theater and streaming market?

I'm glad Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, and everyone at Casey Silver Productions were up to the task.

Faye Dunaway as Bonnie
Denver Pyle
as Frank Hamer

Photo: Warner Brothers

In the original, the great actor Denver Pyle plays the role of Texas Ranger Frank Hamer.

In this production, we learn more about Frank Hamer, played by Kevin Costner, who has retired from law enforcement, and done well in providing private security. He has a beautiful home, and a loving, socially active wife.

He clearly doesn't need the work, and age has caught up with him. The Texas governor's office offers him the task of capturing Bonnie and Clyde, which he accepts. He looks into drafting his former partner Maney Gault to help him, played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson. Maney has descended into the life of a former hero, and is up to the challenge of joining Frank on the chase.

The next act is how they arm themselves, how they track Bonnie and Clyde, and all of the resistance they meet from their prey's families, neighbors, and the public who have made them into folk heroes.

But we see the trail of violence and death they leave behind, which motivate Hamer and Gault.

From here we all know how the story ends, but director John Lee Hancock knows that, and keeps us rivoted anyway.

The Highwaymen is a deeply rewarding cinematic experience: Great cast, fast-paced story, lots of surprises, great costumes, beautifully shot, hypnotic soundtrack, even lots of old car action.

Which brings us back to my original point, Steven Speilburg's suggestion that Netfilx films not be considered for Academy Awards. If you see him before I do, tell him I'd like to know what he thinks of The Highwaymen.

Years ago an interesting film entitled Donnie Darko was released just before 9/11. The plot included an intentional place crash, so it was pulled because of 9/11. But the film became such a home video sensation, that Picturehouse mounted a second limited theatrical release. Great! My wife and I went to a small NYC theatre to see it on the big screen, we were joined by dozens of other enthusiasts, but the run only lasted a few weeks.

If Netflix mounts a theatrical release of The Highwaymen, we'll be there, make it iMax!

 

 

Thursday October 25, 2018

Who was Peter Wooley?


(Just ask Mel Brooks!)

Several years ago producer Tony Schweikel contacted me about promoting a documentary he had produced with his partner Peter Wooley. The documentary Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy, was about ancient mariners of the Mediterranean Sea attacking the southern coasts of Italy, and the towers the towns built to protect themselves from those pirates. (Towers that still stand today!)

Somewhere along the way Tony said: "You should check out my partner Peter Wooley, he has quite a track record."

I had never heard of Peter, and when I did check him out, Tony was right, I was totally astounded!

IMDb Pro lists an amazing ninety-three film and television credits for Peter, including Summer Rental, Porky's Revenge, Under the Rainbow, Up the Academy, High Anxiety, Blazing Saddles, and many, many others.

And not only did Peter work in all of those films, but he wrote a highly entertaining book about his experiences: What! And Give Up Show Business? A View from the Hollywood Trenches.

Many of us who were fortunate enough to work in the film business in recent years were inspired by the many great films of the seventies, and the very talented performers and personalities of that era, projects Peter worked on, and people he worked with!

Peter describes working with Brian Keith, Robert Mitchum, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, and many, many others.

And from the Amazon description: "And his memories are not just about stars, but also about the scores of creative, clever, zany, egotistical characters he's worked with in his demanding and creative profession. Full of fun and gossip and yarns, it's for everyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes."


"Fraught with insight and mirth, just like Peter himself." adds Mel Brooks himself!

With holiday season on the way, Peter's book is the perfect gift for the film lovers on your list who are fascinated with inside stories on Hollywood.

 

And if all of that were not enough, Peter also wrote a novel: You Only Go ‘Round Once, a kind-hearted, sometimes shocking, and continually fascinating novel about three men's unique, fifty-year friendship.

In the fall of 1956 three guys who grew up along the same river in Northern Indiana had a chance meeting in the cafeteria of a small university in Southern Indiana.

Their stories begin as very young men in Hawaii and Germany, then proceed to Southern Indiana, Montana, Florida, Hollywood, and the Middle East. A chance meeting in a cafeteria of a small university in Southern Indiana begins a fifty- year friendship that goes as far as it can go. Three guys who saw something in each other they liked, stayed friends for life.

They went their separate ways after graduation, but kept in touch. Their lives often times were one in the same-as close as you could be one minute and spread to the winds the next.

For over fifty years, they realized their dreams and lived them to the fullest. They fought for and with each other, and played the games they wanted to play.

“After all”, they reasoned, “you only go ‘round once.” But if you do it right. . .

You Only Go Around Once is another riveting, emotional story told in Peter's unique, almost hypnotic style.

I couldn't put it down!

Most recently Peter and Tony produced The Hybrids Family, starring Paul Sorvino and Carolyn Hennesy.

 

Peter Wooley on IMDb

What! And Give Up Show Business? A View from the Hollywood Trenches on Amazon

You Only Go Around Once on Amazon

 

 

Sunday October 14, 2018 (Updated 10/5/2019)

The Point of Harry Nillson

Harry Nilsson’s Animated Film ‘The Point!’ Gets 50th Anniversary Digital Release

From Harry's Facebook Page: "We are excited to announce that for its 50th anniversary, the Nilsson animated classic, The Point, has gotten a spiffy upgrade and will be released on Blu-Ray and HD Digital, along with a ton of bonus features and a special poster!"

Original post:

I probably spend way too much time on my laptop in my dining room . . . one night a week or two ago my wife was watching tv in the living room, when what do I hear:

This is the town and these are the people
This is the town where the people all stay

Not a cover, but the original by Harry Nilsson himself!

That's the way they wanted it
And that's the way it's going to stay.

Of all people, who would be using this music in a tv spot? Facebook!

I laughed, then thought "Wow at sixty-four might I actually be cool again, even if just for a moment?"

In 1973 a friend convinced me to move to Southern California with him, and I ended up making some terrific new friends. No mortages, insurance, car repairs, just a job that barely paid to keep a small roof over my head and a couple of frozen pot pies in the freezer, with lots of free time to do what guys in their early twenties did back then.

It was the same time John Lennon was in LA on his "long weekend," many evenings spent with Harry Nilsson and others making tabloid news.

Peter Lawford, John Lennon, Mai Pang, and Harry Nilsson with hat, in the audience of a Smothers Brothers LA club appearance

Out of that time peroid came Harry Nilsson's The Point short animated film and album, a charming story about conformity. For me it was one of those albums that I listened to many, many times, so it became a symbol of that free and easy youthful time period. Me and my Arrow came from that project.

Fast forward to the 90s when somehow the subject of the film came up with my young grade school kids, they discovered it, and loved it!

So all of these things occurred to me from the soundtrack of that Facebook commercial.

 

(Coincidentially that's a '76 BMW 2002, I had a black one before my daughter was born.)

Here's a brief history on Harry Nilsson:

 

 

Think About Your Troubles, from The Point to get a flavor for the animation style.

 

 

 

Perennial Party Favorite from that time: You're Breaking My Heart, with George Harrison, Peter Frampton, and Ringo

 

So after seeing a little bit of Harry Nilsson's life and work I think you can understand why it brought a smile to me hearing him in a Facebook spot.

-- Steve Thompson


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Combining a Passion for Color, Texture, and Symmetry, With a Feminist Awareness

Meet Jane Petersen, founder of Brass Egg Studio, Madison, Wisconsin. "Brass Egg came from my radical feminist days when I realized that there was insufficient language to express courage for women.

The Egg represents the feminine, and the Brass represents the strength and courage we women possess.

Years ago on a vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama, my Mom and I found some shells with holes at the top. I took them home and made earrings out of them. Friends loved them, (and so did my Mom!) and Brass Egg Studio was born!"

Murano Italian Glass Peridot Green 24kt Gold Necklace - 19.5"

Using the fabulous colors of Murano Italian glass beads and semi-precious gemstones, Jane now creates unique, one-of-a kind handmade artisan jewelry, naturally designed to make women feel beautiful when wearing it.

Jane has always had a keen appreciation for colors, symmetry, and visual texture, and she loves the vibrant colors and patterns in quilt fabric. For years, Jane made quilts and quilted accessories for everyone in her family.

Today her love of color and texture carries over and is reflected in her colorful jewelry designs.

 

Brass Egg Studios on Etsy

Brass Egg Studios on Facebook

 

 

Monday October 8, 2018

From The Redford Center on Facebook

A message from our co-founder, Robert Redford:

"Tonight, for the first time I can remember, I feel out of place in the country I was born into and the citizenship I’ve loved my whole life. For weeks I’ve watched with sadness as our civil servants have failed us, turning toward bigotry, mean-spiritedness and mockery as the now-normal tools of the trade.

How can we expect the next generation to step up and serve, to be interested in public life, and to aspire to get involved when all we show them is how to spar, attack and destroy each other?

It’s hard to blame young people for calling us out, and pointing to our conflicts between the values we declare, and those we stand behind only when it’s convenient to partisanship. Many people are rightly calling it a damn mess.

But I want to encourage you to dig deep for hope and civility right now -- to try to make connections with people you disagree with, to be better than our politicians.

We don’t have to share the same motivations to want the same outcomes. Let’s focus on each other, and strengthening our communities, and reflecting on what’s happening. Let’s live in justice and respect and let others fight it out now to the bitter ends.

This is our country too. Every woman, man and child in it, our American future.

We’ve got work to do."

 

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

Social media has turned us all into journalists, most without the benefit of any journalistic training. Musicians who spend years learning their craft, then spend countless hours practicing, generally sound pretty good to us, way better than those of us who might just pick up a guitar and start strumming away.

So I started this page for curious people who want to learn interesting, true, things, to help improve their own peronal journalism.

A journalist's most valuable asset is their credibility, and the foundation of credibility is reliable sources. Fake news never quotes recognizable sources, they use meaningless phrases like "people are saying" or "people have told me . . . " or "the result of a recent study was . . . "

Your questions are "Who is saying?" "Who told you?" "What study?"

So I'll be telling you about some of the interesting things that I see throughout my day, and about some of the people I know with ideas and accomplishments I think you should be aware of. Don't expect to agree with everything, and don't waste our time arguing. If you go out to dinner, and you see something on the menu you don't like, you don't argue with the waiter, do you? No, of course not, you just move on and find something you like.

I have always loved arts: visual, music, film, and now live community theatre. There is no greater thrill to me than watching a film with the cast in the audience, and I was priveledged to attended several Ritz Theatre original productions, hosted by the playwrights, which were every bit as memorable and enjoyable to me. So many of the stories I'll share will have an artistic theme.

So here are a few stories from today to help get the ball rolling. Let me know what you think, then tell me your story!

Steve Thompson

I'm the former Community Outreach Director for The Ritz Theatre Co. in Haddon Township. I thought we'd have some fun discovering some interesting people and things, so contact me with your own interesting story!

Before working with The Ritz, I promoted nearly forty films, worked with an Academy Award Winner for ten years, and promoted a variety of producers, directors, actors, and film technicians.

steve@thomcomm.com