*From 2017, still reading over 700 Peace Poems on the radio show!
Ariadne’s Notes: January 18, 1:30 pm, CFRO, 100.5 FM, PST. Also, a wonderful interview with Janet Russ from Arizona on her life and the impactful films that they are working on. Our World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, producer and host, Dr. Diego Bastianutti, guest host and Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Opoku Mensah and a song by Luciano Pavarotti. English and Italian. Included was a fascinating e-peace poem by the well known poetess Huguette Bertrand, entitled GOLDEN PEACE and read by Victor Swartzman.
Janet Russ is working on getting production companies to make the following exciting films. If you are interested in being part of these great films, contact Osiris Munir at: email@example.com 15 minutes Media.
*** THE BLACK SWALLOW is Eugene Jacques Bullard, one of the greatest American flying aces of WWI, who never flew for the USA. All of his medals and military awards are from France. As a black youth in GA (circa 1900), his childhood dream was to live in France, because he’d been told no matter the color of your skin, All blood runs red. Running away from home at 7, he was a carnival worker, a stowaway on a ship to Europe, a prize fighter in London, and a song & dance man, A French WWI Flying Ace with more kills than the Red Baron (US ARMY rejected him because he was black), a nightclub owner, a spy for the Underground during WWII, returning to menial jobs in NY after the war. Years ago David Gerber tried to get this film made but the climate wasn’t right. I have all of the research and am seeking an Experienced producer/production company who can handle a film that spans 60 years and covers 3 continents.
***IN SELF DEFENSE – In 1956 the song “Long Tall Sally” was a hit for Pat Boone; NO, you say, Little Richard! Welcome to the music industry’s dirty little secret of Crossover Music. WHITE musicians performed for white audiences; BLACK artists ditto for black audiences. That’s the way it was until DJ Alan Freed starting having ALL teenagers at his dance parties and being arrested for doing it. In our script, our teen idol Frankie Avalon clone risks his career to integrate the world of Rock & Roll. I have the script, budget & research materials. Excellent chance to return to Philadelphia where it all began, re-record some of the songs for a hit soundtrack and retrace a piece of music history. Would like to team up with producer/production company with a knack for the 50’s and the means to make it happen. Want someone like the “La La Land” or “Pitch Perfect” team to help me recreate this period of music history.
*** JUST TWO OF A KIND – Its’ an Old Fashion John Wayne style buddy western. Bob Shelton was the founder of Old Tucson Studios and produced some of the most beloved Western films in his 40 years of operation, McClintock, Outlaw & Josie Wales, Young Guns I & II, and many more. On his 95th birthday he made us promised to get this film done. As he said, “If the Duke, Mitchum and Martin were alive, we’d be filming it”. As a legacy to the Old Time Cowboy movies, we (Carolyn Shelton, wife; Candi Shelton, daughter; Wendy Wolverton, producer and myself, producer), formed JTOAK,LLC, teamed up with Caravan West studio and are determined to make this film. What I need to get it into completion is additional funding of $1.3 million dollars.
Janet says: “In the current Industry climate there is a drive to get women up the ladder in Hollywood. I look forward to some of these folks reaching out to us to get these films made. THANK YOU”.
Earlier Biography Of Janet Russ:
Shebegan her financial career at the age of 14 by doing tax returns. She added the Entertainment aspect when, at the University of Az, she developed, wrote and co-hosted a Consumer Help TV show for Educational Television. Summer vacations were spent doing melodrams where she worked all aspect of theater and film from – writing, tech, wardrobe, PR and choreography. Janet also composed and performed musical scores, and produced Children’s Theater.
A chance meeting during a L.A. traffic jam, led to a show biz assignment. She joined Gymjazz Corporation as a financial troubleshooter for their video series. Never one to be idle she created an Entertainment tax class and taught it to various groups in Southern California.
Janet is active in numerous industry related organization, one being The Corporation for the Disabled in Telecommunication, where she served as a co-producer on the Emmy winning documentary “Breaking Ground” and produced the film festival “Superfest”.
She executive produced the western “Decoy” for an AZ film group. Janet developed the film arm of Perimeter Bicycling Association, and was executive producer of their documentary, “El Tour de Tucson”. These efforts garnered her two Telly awards for production excellence. She is the CFO of the Los Angeles Childrens Theatre and in this capacity has worked on several film projects for Gerald Gordon Enterprises.
After developing and instituting accounting procedures for numerous companies and individuals, Janet began her management company, HR, LTD. She continues to run the gamut of work from in-house money management, on location assignments, to troubleshooting tax & financial problems for productions.
Ariadne’s Notes: January 18, 1:10 pm, CFRO, 100.5 FM, PST. Wonderful show, amazing music by Opoku Mensah. Also, a wonderful interview with Janet Russ on the impactful films that they are working on. Our World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, producer and host, Dr. Diego Bastianutti, guest host and Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Opoku Mensah and a song by Luciano Pavarotti. English and Italian. Included was a fascinating e-peace poem by the well known poetess Huguette Bertrand, entitled GOLDEN PEACE and read by Victor Swartzman.
Guest host Diego Bastianutti took us through his experiences as a child refugee during the second world war. The silo that they were housed in had housed the Jewish people on the way to the death camps, the Italians who had been murdered and driven from their country (Diego and family) and now houses African migrants. “Diego said it was like a scene from Dante’s Hell.” Amazing how patterns keep repeating themselves over and over again.
World Poetry thanks Opoku Mensah for permission to share his lovely peace song:
Opoku Mensah is an award-winning band leader, keyboard player, composer and arranger with many years of experience in the music industry. The widely-travelled musician has also made Ghana proud on the international front by winning a number of awards in Dubai, Benin and Togo.
The multi-talented artiste is passionate about jazz, Latin and Afro-fusion music and has earned admiration for his intense injection of Ghanaian and African rhythms and melodies in his compositions.
Opoku Mensah and his band have an album, Spirit of Africa to their credit.
They are very visible on the Ghanaian live music scene and music lovers have enjoyed them at various venues in the nation’s capital including the Piano Bar, +233 Jazz Bar and Grill and Republic Bar.
If you wish to contact him, you can reach him on FB and Linked In.
Ariadne’s Notes: On January 11, at 1:30 PM PSA , CRFO 100.5 FM we welcomed the talented dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin to the World Poetry Cafe Show. Music composers for films, they opened a fascinating world of musical compositions in film. We had received several questions from young musical composers that are just starting out and wanted to get into film. Dig and Paul kindly answered their questions and gave tips about starting out. In the show, they also talked about their upcoming compositions for three film with a special messages. One listener commented: ” I never thought much about the music-this was one of the most fascinating interviews I have heard on the show.”
I would like to thank Osiris Munir of 15 minutes for bringing such a wealth of wonderful guests to our show.
Dig Lewis: Dig was a child prodigy and became an accomplished Violin, Viola and Cello musician at the age of 13 in Detroit Michigan, where he played on some of the earliest of Motown’s famous R&B sound tracks. He followed this remarkable accomplishment by serving as a junior concert master for the Detroit Symphony orchestra for three years, while concentrating his attention toward composing and conducting a diverse variety of musical scores. During this time he conducted orchestrations and concerts for notables such as Frank Sinatra, and the Pointer Sisters. He is an alumni of the University of Arizona and also attended Wayne State University and the University of Detroit. As his career evolved Dig continued to develop his skills as a musician gaining respect among the elite members of the R&B community, and was named among the top 10 bass players in the nation by both Downbeat and Bass Player magazines. He worked on numerous recording sessions as a studio musician and toured extensively with major performing artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jack McDuff and John Mellencamp. As time progressed, Dig became seriously interested in pursuing his true love in music which is composing. Over the years he utilized his unique and formidable composing skills, both electronically and “live” to make film scores come to life.
Paul Bolotin: Paul began his early youth learning to master the accordion, followed by the drums and bass. He worked his way through college playing in local bands and taking a variety of assignments at Warner Brothers and Capitol as a studio musician. He earned a Masters Degree at UCLA where he majored in Business Management with a minor in music, specializing in film scoring. Shortly after graduating he went to work for Motown Records in Southern California as a musician in their 16 piece orchestra, which was the house band for all of their artists’ live concert performances, including Jackie Wilson, Etta James, the Four Tops, the Olympics, Roy Head, Jimmy McCracklin, etc. After a rewarding stint with Motown, Paul spent several years on tour with various headliners including the Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Little Richard and Tina Turner. In recent years Paul has dedicated himself to developing his skills as a composer and has completed many successful projects. He is a dedicated professional who is intensely focused on “hitting the mark” with every composition.