*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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: The World Poetry Cafe radio show had exceptional guests today! January 11, 1-2 PM . First up was Kevin Morris, a blind poet who was launching his new audio book and reading poems from London, England. Then, we had the dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin , film music composers from LA who spoke about their work and gave tips for young music film composers just starting out. We also had a brand new Big Bessie story from Sharon Rowe and a proclamation from Alaha Ahrar, back by popular request and a e-peace poem from Egypt from the talented Mahinour Tawfik. also by popular request. Music by Andy Vine and Kendra Shank.
Much of Kevin’s poetry is inspired by the environment. He lives close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London).Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and remains one of the greenest parts of greater London.
Being visually impaired Kevin uses Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling him to use a standard Windows computer or laptop.
Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café went live for the first time ever to New Westminster, BC, Canada to celebrate our yearly program In Loving Memory with Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras along with super tech Victor Schwartzman at the controls in Vancouver!
Each year World Poetry features a tribute to our World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award winners who have passed on but are with us in spirit.
*If anyone has a picture of Shulamit , please send it to me and I will post it.
Featured on the In Loving Memory show: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Shulamit Joffre.
Shulamit was a valued member of our World Poetry family. She was a mystical poet with a deep and abiding attraction to all things spiritual, believed that writing poetry was a condition of her birth. Born in Montreal, she lived and wrote in Vancouver, British Columbia. She shared her life with her husband Ray, their dog and cat. She also spent as much time as she could with her daughter Jessica and her grandson Nathaniel. Shulamit was a World Poetry Lifetime Achievement award winner and the organizer and host of the successful reading series, First Tuesday Assembly of Poets held at Chapters in downtown Vancouver. Syllables of Creation was her fourth book of poetry.
In Loving Memory: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Crusader for Justice Dugald Christie. or a special program about the life and work of World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner poet and lawyer Dugald Christie. Christie often wrote poems about the justice system and presented them to lawyers and judges. One of his published books, A Journey into Justice described his cycling trip to Ottawa, Ontario to burn his robes in protest. It also contains many poems.
In loving Memory Tribute to Vera Manuel , First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, mentor to many. Vancouver-based Secwepemc-Ktunaxa playwright, poet, and storyteller. Vera was the eldest daughter of Grand Chief George Manuel, the first president of the National Indian Brotherhood.
Her play, Strength of Indian Women was staged through-out North American and published as in the anthology Two Plays about Residential Schools (along with Larry Loyie). Her work was honoured with inclusion at the Native American Women Playwrights Program, housed at Maima University, in Oxford, Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, most recently in ROCKSALT: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry. Vera was one of the inspirations along with Elder Gabriel Bartelman, MA lay faculty member for Ariadne for her thesis and mentor for an upcoming book, Love Poems for the World.
In Loving Memory tribute to World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Madge Kimball of Salt Spring Island. An amazing pianist and beloved piano teacher as well as a poet, writer and mentor to many. Beloved mother of Ariadne Sawyer and her brother . Cherished wife and the inspiration of Hudson Kimball, Poet and writer. She moved 35 times in her lifetime, in various countries and was well loved by her students. Her Poems appeared in The World Poetry Anthology and other publications.