Author Archives: dannyashkenasi

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.

Danny Looks into the Lens

A Pit & Pendulum On-Set Tidbit We were shooting a moment where I am mostly in profile. So, before each take, Jason Chua, the cinematographer, would ask “Danny, could you look into the lens?” to get me to squarely face … Continue reading

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BEST ACTOR at the DENALI FILM FESTIVAL

Hi Danny!  We hope this finds you well! Congratulations! You won Best Actor in the 2020 Denali Film Festival! Please visit the laurel center for your winner laurel!  It was an honor to feature your work! Please be in touch … Continue reading

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A Thank You from Hair We Share

Dear Danny, On behalf of the staff and the board of directors of Hair We Share we want to thank you for joining our “Track Your Ponytail” program. It means so much to us and the person who will receive … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE at DENALI

“THE TELL-TALE HEART – A MUSICABRE” plays at the DENALI FILM FESTIVAL July 15-18 streaming on-line Alaska’s Denali Film Festival (click here to go there) had accepted my short film musical Edgar Allan Poe adaptation “The Tell-Tale Heart – a … Continue reading

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EVOCATION XXVIII – for Ed’s 62nd Birthday

Today is Ed’s birthday. And like every year since our first together, I will present him with a viola/piano duet I composed. They are all called Evocations. This year it’s Evocation XXVIII. Ed will probably blanche at the double stops, … Continue reading

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Thank You to the Crew of “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”

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LOOK, MA! NO HAIRS!

(More about all that to be posted soon … )

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P&P – Today the Hair Gets Shorn!

Today I cut my hair. All of it. Off. Beard too. I’ll be completely clean shaven and bald. This has been in the works for over a year. I got the closest hair cut of my life July 2019, and … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE SKIPTOWN MUSICAL WINNER

Skiptown Playhouse Film Festival Awards “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” or an incredible delightful distinction vs an insignificant dialectic dilemma As Vincenzo CarubiaI, festival director of the Los Angeles based Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival, elaborates in announcing the … Continue reading

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P&P – And So It Begins

We have had two shooting days on “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre“. And I already have enough material for maybe four production diary posts, including one that will be quite the doozy! But I probably won’t have … Continue reading

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Introducing the Pit and Pendulum Page

Next week we go into production for my Tell-Tale follow-up “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”. I hope to post some on-set diary entries; if I find time; we’ll see… Either way more news on my next short … Continue reading

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P&P – Intimations of the Horrors to Come

Next week “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”, the follow up to my first musical Edgar Allan Poe short film adaptation “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, goes into production. So now is a good time to share … Continue reading

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ALASKA – Harvard Glacier

We visited Harvard Glacier. Which is just left of Yale Glacier. And up from Vassar Glacier, Bryn Mawr Glacier, Smith Glacier… in College Fjord, Alaska. I’m not kidding. There is a College Fjord with about a half dozen glaciers named … Continue reading

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ALASKA – High Times, Low Tide, and Wild Life in Turnagain Arm

Mountain Vistas, Sweeping Inlets, and Alaskan Animals Turnagain Arm is a narrow branch of Cook Inlet, in the northwestern part of the Gulf of Alaska. It received its name when Captain Cook went down that way, sure he had found … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE at the HORROR HOTEL

It’s quite the weekend for dismembered hearts beating under floorboards! From the UK to OHIO! If you are not in London tonight, where “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” is playing at the Romford Horror Independent Film Festival, but you … Continue reading

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Tell-Tale at Romford this Saturday

If you happen to be in or near London this weekend, you can see my award-winning short film musical Edgar Allan Poe adaptation (deep breath) “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” this Saturday at 9:30pm (London time) in an actual … Continue reading

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