Category Archives: Literary Lyricism

The music in great literature, or great literature adapted to music.

TELL-TALE SUBTITLES 1 – Brazilian Portuguese

“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, my musical short film adaptation of the short story by Edgar Allan Poe, was seen in over 80 film festivals all over the world. Most festivals, regardless of where in the world they took … Continue reading

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Beautiful and yet Painful to Watch

How a Tell-Tale Compliment Became a T-Shirt Dare My friend Dean Jackson recently watched “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” and sent me a message about his reaction to my short film. I don’t make a habit of repeating on … 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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A NIGHT AT THE MUSICABRE – the Art is Alive Magazine Article

Art is Alive Magazine’s Matrell Wood interviewed me a few weeks back and the article has just been published. It touches upon “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, its companion piece-in-the-works “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” as … Continue reading

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THE ART IS ALIVE SESSIONS

A Tell-Tale Q&A and an Actor Panel This August I participated in several Zoom sessions with the Art is Alive Film Festival. I just received the recordings of two of them. First up is Art is Alive founder Cindy Mich … Continue reading

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CINS CHAT CORNER INTERVIEW

Friday, November 13th, I recorded an interview with Cindy Mich from Art is Alive, which she has now posted on her Blog Talk Radio webpage and YouTube (see below). We talked for nearly 90 minutes about my short film musical … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE RUSSIAN HORROR INTRODUCTION

To Russia with Chills Today “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” will play early evening at two festivals, not streaming via the internet but in front of physically assembled live audiences: the Russian International Horror Film Festival in Moscow, and … Continue reading

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RIVETING AND REMARKABLE

Tell-Tale Review in The Art is Alive Magazine “What sounds like a recipe for disaster turns out to be an artistic delight.” The Art is Alive Magazine has published a review of my short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a … Continue reading

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LUCY TELLS the TALE of the MUSICABRE

A Tell-Tale Review Lucy Buglass runs the site “Lucy Goes to Hollywood“, where she just posted a four and a half star review of “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” as part of her series “Short Film Saturdays“. I’ll share … Continue reading

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LANGSTON HUGHES, TOO, SINGS AMERICA

Who But The Lord – Words: Langston Hughes; Music: Danny Ashkenasi The above words were written by Langston Hughes in the 1950s. It angers me that they still speak so closely to the struggles we are witnessing today, even more … Continue reading

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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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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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Some Choice Quotes from “LESS”

  I just finished Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Less”.  It’s a really good read, with lots of writing you just want to quote for the pleasure of it.  So I will.  Here are some choice bits from … Continue reading

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450 DEGREES OF MORTAL TERROR – Tell-Tale Shoot Diary #4

    Presently I heard a slight groan And I knew It was the groan of mortal terror It was not a groan of pain or of grief Oh no It was the low stifled sound That arises from the … Continue reading

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THE DAY I MURDERED MY HUSBAND – Tell-Tale Shoot Diary #3

  Welcome back to the “Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” film shoot diary, and the day I murdered my husband.  Repeatedly.  Take after take after take.     Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” centers on a “very very dreadfully … Continue reading

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