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.

DREAMS and MEMORIES

  A Dream Memory for the Grand-Niece   Our niece Linden is homeschooling her children since the shelter-at-home order took hold in her state, just as it has done for millions of families all over the planet. She sent an … Continue reading

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The TELL-TALE VEGAS / NYC / MOSCOW TRIFECTA that was – and then wasn’t

  Thanks for Nothing, COVID 19   I was supposed to watch “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” in a Moscow movie theater today, in fact precisely while I’m typing this, “sheltering in place” this Saturday morning New York time, … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE LIVE STREAM Q&A

Watch my Q&A after Wednesday’s Tell-Tale live-streaming   Yesterday evening NewFilmmakers NY hosted a Facebook live streaming of most of their Wednesday program originally scheduled to screen at the Anthology Theatre in New York City, and now postponed for sometime … Continue reading

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GRAND CANYON – Long Walk along the South Rim

  Day Two at the Grand Canyon (South Rim)   The day after we drove along the Desert View Drive, and a lovely sunset at the trailer park we were staying, we returned to spend a full day walking along … Continue reading

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The 3/25 NYC TELL-TALE SCREENING will be LIVE-STREAMING

“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” was scheduled to receive its New York City screening premiere next Wednesday, March 25, at the Anthology Theater , sponsored by New Filmmakers NY. Well, we lately hit a little snag in the form … Continue reading

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No First Grade Operas – for now

  Thanks for nothing, COVID19   On Friday I received the following email from one of the first grade teachers at the Brooklyn Children’s School:   Dear Danny, The first grade operas have to be postponed. The DOE and our … Continue reading

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PRAGUE BEST ACTOR?

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO RECEIVING THIS AWARD   I received this email Sunday: Dear DANNY ASHKENASI, Congratulations! We are happy to announce that your film “THE TELL-TALE HEART – A MUSICABRE“ was a WINNER in our Quarterly Festival’s latest edition in the following … Continue reading

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GRAND CANYON – DESERT VIEW DRIVE

  Grand Canyon South Rim – Day One   Our first approach to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim (see the North Rim post here) was from the East. Even before one enters the East Entrance of the Grand Canyon, one … Continue reading

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BERLIN FLASH

  The Berlin Flash Film Festival announced their awards for November.   “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” was given an “Outstanding Achievement Award”.   Ausgezeichnet!     Having been born and raised in Berlin, I feel this recognition from … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE REELS of the DEAD

  3/14 – Update – Convid19 postpones the Reels of the Dead festival   Received this email from Las Vegas:   “Hello all,   Until this morning we were still optimistically planning our event next weekend in Las Vegas.  With the … Continue reading

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L’AGE D’OR AWARDS

UPDATE 2/25/20 Received notification that L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival has nominated“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” for their first annual Pigeon d’Or Award, in the following categories: Short Film Best Actor Film Score.   From their email: Warm … Continue reading

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GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

  The Global Film Festival Awards in Los Angeles just announced awards of Best Horror Short for “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” and a (runner-up) Honorable Mention Best Director award for me. They even released this slick announcement video: … Continue reading

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Isabel Allende’s Hosannas to the Quakers

  I am in the middle of reading Isabel Allende’s new book “A Long Petal of the Sea”, about refugees from the Spanish Civil War brought to Chile through the efforts of the poet Pablo Neruda. I came upon a … Continue reading

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MAVERICK MOVIE AWARDS

    Just found out that I’ve been nominated for Best Director by the Maverick Movie Awards! Another laurel on the “Tell-Tale Heart” wall.   And while I’m here, since yesterday was Valentine’s Day…

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WSTL Awards

    Is there a big old awards show airing tonight? Oscar who?   Well, you may not think it’s the same, and, well you’d be right, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m very happy for “The Tell-Tale … Continue reading

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LAKE POWELL & RAINBOW BRIDGE

  A Day Trip on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge     Lake Powell is a manmade lake, created by the Glen Canyon Dam at the Arizona side and mostly snaking deep into Southern Utah, filling the canyons carved out … Continue reading

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