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Khalilah Ali, a Remarkable Journey

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Home-Slider, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Khalilah Ali, a Remarkable Journey

Khalilah Ali, a Remarkable Journey

    Introduction to Khalilah Ali.  1:31 min.  Photo & design:  Raymond Elman.   In the Spring of 2018, photographer Robert Zuckerman introduced me to Khalilah Ali, the first wife (1967-77) of Muhammad Ali.  Born Belinda Boyd (1950), Khalilah Ali was raised in Chicago where she attended Islamic schools. Her parents were members of the Nation of Islam. Boyd married Muhammad Ali on August 18, 1967, at the age of 17. After their marriage, she changed her name to Khalilah Ali. When Ali’s avoidance of the military draft during the...

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Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto Make Timely Film

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Home-Slider, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto Make Timely Film

Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto Make Timely Film

    Introduction to Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto.  3:06 min.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   Two young Chilean filmmakers, Director Tomás Alzamora and Producer Pablo Calisto, made a timely and engaging allegorical film titled La Mentirita Blanca [Little White Lie] which won the Best First Screenplay award at the 2017 Miami Film Festival. Alzamora (b.1990) grew up in San Carlos, a very small town 100 kilometers south of Santiago, where La Mentirita Blanca was filmed.  Alzamora is also a rapper, a DJ, and a music...

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Celebrating Composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Celebrating Composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Celebrating Composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Introduction to Mario & Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  1:35 min. Design:  Raymond Elman.   I first met Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco at a Tribute Concert for her grandfather, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, at Florida International University in 2017.  The concert was part of the Miami International GuitART Festival which celebrated the musical legacy of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), one of the foremost guitar composers in the 20th century. Born in Florence, Castelnuovo-Tedesco was descended from a prominent Jewish banking family that...

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The Historic Hampton House

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Historic Hampton House

The Historic Hampton House

        Introduction to The Historic Hampton House.  4:27 min. Video Production:  Katja Esson, Penelope Pictures. Courtesy of Historic Hampton House Community Trust.   In the 1950s and ’60s, when Miami Beach was still segregated and African-Americans were not allowed to sleep there, the Hampton House Motel was an oasis for African-American leaders, activists, performers, and professional athletes, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Nancy Wilson, Louis Armstrong, LaVern Baker, Malcolm X, and Muhammad...

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Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Brian Rothschild and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

    Introduction to Brian Rothschild & The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Video: Jade Cheek. Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.  3:17 min.   Brian Rothschild grew up listening to the great harpsichord and piano music of the 18th and 19th century.  His mother was a concert pianist and music educator who began giving him lessons at an early age.  By 15 he began writing music and songs, and upon graduating from Hampshire College with a focus on music composition, was signed as an artist with Columbia Records under the name Iam Siam. In...

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Jamar Roberts: Got to Dance

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Jamar Roberts: Got to Dance

Jamar Roberts:  Got to Dance

    Introduction to Jamar Roberts.  3:55 min.  Photos:  Andrew Eccles.  Raymond Elman.  Dance Video Sequence:  MOONLIGHT by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  A new film from director Anna Rose Holmer, known for her 2016 drama The Fits, captures a unique collaboration between New York’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Academy Award-nominated composer Nicholas Britell. Choreographed by the theater’s artistic director Robert Battle, dancers Jamar Roberts, Christopher Taylor and Jeremy T. Villas play out a blue-lit movement to a...

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The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

The Remarkable Jonathan Plutzik

    Introduction to Jonathan Plutzik.  5:53 min. Drone video:  Zachary Plutzik.  Music:  The (New) Beethoven Quartets. The 32 Piano Sonatas Reimagined. By Jeffery Briggs.  Piano Sonata in C-minor, op. 13.  Performed by the Amernet String Quartet.  Photo & Design:  Raymond Elman.   How does the son of a poet become the owner of the most culturally advanced hotel in the world? Practice, practice, practice. (The hyperbole is mine until proven otherwise.) And with a “little” help from his family and friends — for the glorious cultural...

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Musically Speaking:
The Amernet String Quartet

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Musically Speaking:
The Amernet String Quartet

Musically Speaking:The Amernet String Quartet

    Introduction to the Amernet String Quartet.  6:18 min.   Franz Felkl, Violin Michael Klotz, Viola Misha Vitenson, Violin Jason Calloway, Cello   Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” The Strad magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” The Amernet String Quarter is the...

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The Classic That Changed Christmas

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on The Classic That Changed Christmas

The Classic That Changed Christmas

    The Man Who Invented Christmas trailer.  2:40 min.   Editor’s Note:  Mitchell Kaplan, the founder of both Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair, joined forces with award-winning Hollywood producer Paula Mazur to create The Mazur/Kaplan Company, with the objective of identifying, optioning, and producing literary properties for film and TV.  The Man Who Invented Christmas is their first film to be distributed nationwide, beginning November 22, 2017.  The film is based on the book The Man Who Invented Christmas:  How Charles...

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A Video Chat with the
Multi-Faceted Jane Alexander

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Chat with the
Multi-Faceted Jane Alexander

A Video Chat with the Multi-Faceted Jane Alexander

    Introduction to Jane Alexander: 3:27 min.  Photo: Lee Skye.  Design:  Raymond Elman.   Jane Alexander (b.1939) is an American author, actress, and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards and been nominated for four Academy Awards.  She is also a naturalist and conservationist. Alexander made her Broadway debut in 1968 in The Great White Hope and received the 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Other Broadway credits include, 6 Rms Riv Vu (1972), The Night of...

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