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World Poetry Celebrates Tomisin Adepeju!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Cafe radio show  CFRO, 100.5 FM at 1:35 pm PST, December 5th welcomed the talented director Tomisin Adepeju, calling in from the UK.  He is the writer and director of I Am Joseph now on Four8’s Youtube channel.

It was a fascinating interview about bringing the histories of the past to life in a modern format.  He is indeed a talented director that puts his creativity into the series. Also, the cast is exceptional. I found the dilemma of Joseph to be very powerful as he seeks to process and work through the information he has received. We were lucky to fit him in at the last minute.

Tomisin is a 2018 Edinburgh Talent Lab alumni and graduate of the MA Directing course at Met Film School, Ealing Studios. His multi-award-winning shorts, The Good Son & Marianne, have been selected at over 100 international film festivals including Oscar-Qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival, the 25th New York African Film Festival, Smalls Film Festival & Triforce Film Festival. His work has also screened at several prestigious institutions, including Cinematheque Suisse, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the British Film Institute & BAFTA.

His short film, The Right Choice had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was also selected to screen as part of Sundance London in June. The film recently screened at the Oscar-qualifying; Pan African Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and HollyShorts Film Festival. His latest short,  Appreciation, was selected to screen at BFI London Film Festival 2019 and he was one of 12 filmmakers selected for the BFI Network @ LFF development programme in 2019.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

Also featured on the show were the well-known poet Bernice Lever, Canada and Peaceathon E-poets Mahmood Jan, Afghanistan, Honey Novick Canada, Maki Starfield will be read next week. A lovely note of poetic thanks from Laura Tohe, Poet Laureate of the Navaho Nation, (https://www.lauratohe.com/)was received and read.  Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastinutti with super tech Victor Schwartzman.

 

I Am Joseph is the debut short feature film from Four8, that tells the powerful and moving story about one man’s struggle to come to terms with a truth that will change the course of his life. The world premiere on December 5th is the first in a series of films focused on elevating diverse, up-and-coming talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Starring Michael Akinsulire (Killing Eve, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) plays Joseph, a businessman set to marry his beloved Mary, portrayed by BBC New Talent Hotlist’s Asmara Gabrielle (Finding Fatima). When Mary reveals she is pregnant but her soon to be husband is not the father, their quiet rural life is transformed by her claim to who the father is, forcing Joseph to come to terms with this shocking revelation. He grapples with his faith and the impact this news will have on the rest of his life.

I Am Joseph is the latest feature from one of the UK’s most exciting writers and directors, Tomisin Adepeju (The Good Son, The Right Choice). One to watch, his films have been selected by more than 100 film festivals around the world including Sundance and Urbanworld and have been invited to screen at several prestigious institutions internationally including Cinémathèque Suisse, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Film Society of Lincoln Center and The British Film Institute.

Adepeju was excited to tackle this story and bring it new life. “Joseph is a largely forgotten character in the nativity story, he is seldom mentioned or referenced in any profound or significant way, despite being the earthly father of Jesus. Thus, to make a film entirely centred on him, exploring perhaps one of the most difficult and challenging moments of his life was what interested me in making this film. We really wanted to humanize Joseph and make him a relatable character,” says Adepeju.

It also stars stage and screen actor DK Ugonna (Tales Retold, Take on Me) who plays David, and BAFTA-nominated, Miles Ridgway as the cinematographer. The series was created and produced by Stephané Alexandre, with Emmy and BAFTA award-winner Matthew Barrett and Vikki McLachlan serving as executive producers.

I Am Joseph is the first film from the ‘I Am Series’; a series of films that reintroduces biblical characters in timeless settings, expanding on their individual journeys and humanizing their experiences. The film combines emotive and thoughtful storytelling with complex characters, to reinterpret one of the Bible’s most remarkable stories in a way rarely seen on screen. With a brilliant cast and team of emerging creators, I Am Joseph brings a classic story to life for a new generation.

I Am Joseph feature film premieres on December 5th, 2019 on Four8’s Youtube channel.

 New Talent Hotlist’s Asmara Gabrielle (Finding Fatima). When Mary reveals she is pregnant but her soon to be husband is not the father, their quiet rural life is transformed by her claim to who the father is, forcing Joseph to come to terms with this shocking revelation. He grapples with his faith and the impact this news will have on the rest of his life.

 I Am Joseph is the latest feature from one of the UK’s most exciting writers and directors, Tomisin Adepeju (The Good Son, The Right Choice). One to watch, his films have been selected by more than 100 film festivals around the world including Sundance and Urbanworld and have been invited to screen at several prestigious institutions internationally including Cinémathèque Suisse, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Film Society of Lincoln Center and The British Film Institute.

Adepeju was excited to tackle this story and bring it new life. “Joseph is a largely forgotten character in the nativity story, he is seldom mentioned or referenced in any profound or significant way, despite being the earthly father of Jesus. Thus, to make a film entirely centred on him, exploring perhaps one of the most difficult and challenging moments of his life was what interested me in making this film. We really wanted to humanize Joseph and make him a relatable character,” says Adepeju.

It also stars stage and screen actor DK Ugonna (Tales Retold, Take on Me) who plays David, and BAFTA-nominated, Miles Ridgway as the cinematographer. The series was created and produced by Stephané Alexandre, with Emmy and BAFTA award-winner Matthew Barrett and Vikki McLachlan serving as executive producers.

I Am Joseph is the first film from the ‘I Am Series’; a series of films that reintroduces biblical characters in timeless settings, expanding on their individual journeys and humanizing their experiences. The film combines emotive and thoughtful storytelling with complex characters, to reinterpret one of the Bible’s most remarkable stories in a way rarely seen on screen. With a brilliant cast and team of emerging creators, I Am Joseph brings a classic story to life for a new generation.

 I Am Joseph feature film premieres on December 5th, 2019 on Four8’s Youtube channel.  

*Source and thanks to Nicola Pender for her exceptional help.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Michael Mirolla !

 

Ariadne’s Notes: 

The World Poetry Café Radio, CFRO, 100.5 FM on November 21 at 1:10 pm PST with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti  was proud to present Michael Mirolla  in a wonderful show about his  term as the current Writer in Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. English, Italian and Spanish poetry was also read. It was exciting to get a glimpse of his life as writer in residence as well as his readings and presentations.

For more information: http://www.michaelmirolla.com. He is also the publisher of Guernica Editions,  www.guernicaeditions.com

Also, calling in to the  at 1:30 pm PST is :  LGBTQ IA Filmmaker NEELU BHUMAN travelling somewhere in the world whose will have a separate feature about the team and the difference they are making in the world.

E-poem by the well known Ruth Kozak and a tribute to the Silent Ones, with a poem by Ariadne Sawyer called the Tortured One,  a story by Sharon Rowe  and a welcome back to  Victor along with great thanks to Kerry Buckner for taking over the controls while Victor was away.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-66

Michael Mirolla is the current Writer in Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. He is the author of a clutch of novels, poetry collections, short story collections and plays. He is a three-time winner of the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. His novel Berlin was a finalist for the Indie and National Book Awards and has been translated into Latvian. The short story “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology and “The Sand Flea” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. His new novella, The Last News Vendor, was published by Quattro Books in November 2019. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. For more information: http://www.michaelmirolla.com. He is also the publisher of Guernica Editions.

World Poetry Celebrates Ezra Weiss!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

The World Poetry Cafe radio show,  CFRO, 100.5 FM on November 14, 1:30 pm PST,celebrated Ezra Weiss with his new CD We Limit Not the Truth of God.

Featuring a brilliant 17-piece big band that includes such distinctive soloists as saxophonists John Nastos, Rob Davis, Renato Caranto and Mieke Bruggeman; trumpeters Farnell Newton, Derek Sims and Thomas Barber; trombonists Stan Bock and Jeff Uusitalo; and flutist John Savage, the album was recorded live in the resonant Alberta Abbey, a historic church turned performance space in Weiss’ hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Weiss tries to make sense of a divided world on this stirring and impassioned suite addressed to his young children. It’s a heartbreakingly confessional work that’s both a loving message passed down from father to children as well as a profound and deeply felt plea for togetherness and empathy. I found this CD fascinating since it also contains Ezra doing spoken word which adds to the depth of the CD.

https://ezraweiss.com/

E-poets, Bozena Helena Mazur-Nowak, Poland and England and Pieter-Joris Morssink , Australia, and a new story by Sharon Rowe called Big Bessie Ends the Strike. A capsule of the Brain Bulletin Series plus news completed the show.

LISTEN NOW TO THE SHOW!

 

New CD!

We Limit Not the Truth of God 

Composer/pianist Ezra Weiss is “a bold, inspired figure in the contemporary jazz arranging scene.” (DownBeat)  He has released six albums as a bandleader:  The Five A.M. Strut (2003), Persephone (2005), Get Happy (2007), The Shirley Horn Suite (2010), Our Path To This Moment (2012), and Before You Know It [Live in Portland] (2014).  All of these CD’s have received substantial national and international acclaim from the press, and have spent significant time on the JazzWeek Radio Charts.

Additionally, Ezra composed the music for the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble’s multimedia concert and recording, From Maxville To Vanport (2018).  He also wrote the big band arrangements for Derek Hines’ recording The Long Journey Home (2017), which led to the formation of the Ezra Weiss Big Band.

Ezra currently leads his own big band and sextet, performing at major jazz festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, the 55 Bar, and Tonic in NYC; Ryles in Boston; Nighttown in Cleveland; Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Mak’s in Portland; and the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles.  His bands have featured such luminaries as trumpeters Michael Philip Mossman, Peter Evans, and Farnell Newton; saxophonists Antonio Hart, Vincent Herring, Mark Gross, and Dayna Stephens; bassists Corcoran Holt, Ameen Saleem, and Curtis Lundy; and drummers Kassa Overall, Steve Williams, Jason Brown, and Billy Hart (for whom Ezra also served as arranger), among others. He also co-led the Courtney Bryan/Ezra Weiss Jazz Orchestra in New York City.

Further, Ezra has composed music and lyrics to three children’s musicals: Alice in Wonderland: a Jazz Musical (2009) Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2010), and Cinderella (2013). All of these musicals were designed to expose young children to jazz. Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella were each named one of the Top 10 Cast Albums of 2009 and 2013 respectively by Talkin Broadway.com.

Ezra has won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times and has been listed in DownBeat Critics Polls in the Rising Star Arranger category.  He holds a Bachelors in Jazz Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from Queens College. His teachers have included Wendell Logan, Neal Creque, and Bruce Barth. He currently lives with his wife and two sons in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University. Source: Braitewaite and Katz with thanks.