40 Days of Outdoor Memories

Thanks A Lot, COVID 19!

 

Back in early April, when it became clear we would be hunkering indoors for at least the next month, barely getting out, and certainly not doing any traveling, I started posting on my social media accounts pictures of some wonderful vistas I took in the past in the great outdoors.  I called the postings “Daily Outdoor Memory Escape”, a name I now find a bit unwieldy but I guess I’m stuck with it.  And it looks very much like I’ll continue posting these for some time still, since we’ll be hunkering down in NYC a lot longer than we first assumed back in early April.

So here are the first 40 Outdoor Memory Pics, with links to the original blog posts they hail from, and which include a lot more pretty outdoor pics like them:

 

4/2/2020 – Daily Outdoor Memory Escape #1:

Grand Canyon (South Rim)

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4/3/2020 – Daily Outdoor Memory Escape #2:

Grand Canyon (South Rim – Desert View Drive)

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4/4/2020 – Daily Outdoor Memory Escape #3:

Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell 

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4/5/2020 – Daily Outdoor Memory Escape #4:

Dunedin, Florida

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4/6/2020 – Daily Outdoor Memory Escape #5:

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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4/7/2020 – Daily Outdoor Memory Escape #6:

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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TELL-TALE Now Playing in the LIFT OFF ONLINE FESTIVAL

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WATCH & VOTE FOR TELL-TALE!

 

I’m pleased to announce that “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” has been selected to play on-line in the LIFT-OFF GENRE CONTENT EXTRAVAGANZA, running through May 13.

 

CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN THERE

 

That link will take you to a page of 122 films, shorts and features, in the comedy, horror or sci-fi & fantasy genres.  There is a one-time $10 rental fee, which will allow you to watch as many of the films as you like for a week.

“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” can be found at #106.

 

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And while you are there, please give “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” your vote in the comment sections.  Instructions are on the site and also copied below:

 

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“Enjoy and please remember to share this great collection with your friends, family and peers.

We are running the Lift-Off Genre Content Extravaganza to bring people true indie content during these crazy times! Our Online festivals have been a proven method for bringing new eyes to the independent film market. Thank you for supporting true, indie cinema!

 

Please vote by first writing VOTED in the comments section, followed by the names of your two favourite films. Then head to our website on liftoff.network/voting-system-logce2 to fill out the more detailed voting form. When selecting your festival page from the drop down menu, this page is LOGCE2.

Votes with only one selection/ the same film twice will be INVALID.

Strictly ONE set of votes per person.

The top five films from both pages of the festival will be rated by Lift-Off’s Official Judges who will go further in-depth and score the 10 films based on multiple aspects.

The film with the highest overall score wins an official selection for a live screening at an upcoming Lift-Off Film Festival.

The top 3 voted finalists will join us for a Director’s Commentary on our YouTube Channel.

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Voting will end 10pm (BST) Wednesday 13th May

After the festival, these films will be removed from the public domain.”

 

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#LiftOffGenreLabs

#LiftOffGenreContent

#LiftOffGenreContentExtravaganza

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#SupportIndieFilm

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The Tell-Tale Award That Got Away

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I was doing some maintenance work on the Tell-Tale Homepage, when I saw I had noted an award won from Flicks Film Festival, but had not posted a laurel or certificate or even logged what the award was for.

I checked the Film Freeway website – Film Freeway is the site through which I submit “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” to festivals – and found Flicks Film Festival among the list of submitted organizations, and that I was listed as an award winner.  But here again it wasn’t noted for which category the award was won.

I went through my emails.  And discovered this notification from November 29, 2019:

 

Congratulations – Your entry has been identified for official selection and has gone through for further judging.

 

And then December 18:

 

Huge Congratulations – Your entry has been identified as an award winning achievement and you have WON.

Your winning entry is automatically entered into our Annual Award Event being held in July 2020 under the category you are a winner in.

Please be sure to email at us so we can send your Official Winners Certificate and Laurel for the category you have won this month.

 

That was great news.  And that must have been when I added Flicks Film Festival to the Awards list.  And the notification to be in the running for the Annual Award surely gives me something for which to be in happy suspense.

But none of that explains what the award is for.

At the time I emailed back:

 

Hi, Flicks Film Festival,

How exciting to learn “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” is a November winner.

I look forward to learning via the Official Certificate and Laurel what the win is.

best,

Danny Ashkenasi

 

And that is the end of the “paper trail”.

I never received the expected response with my Official Certificate and Laurel.  And what with the winter holidays and travel and several other festivals contacting me, the Flicks Film Festival award question slipped my mind and I didn’t follow up.

Until now, when I was editing the Tell-Tale Homepage and noticed this unexplained awards listing.

A little late to email Flicks Film Festival again perhaps?

Luckily they do have a website, where the winners of past months are just a click away, which is where I found this certificate for their November selections:

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So, I won for Best Actor in a Short.  Excellent!  Thank you, Flicks Film Festival!

And the Film Freeway website allows for the creation of a laurel using a generic template:

Best Actor in a Short - Flicks Monthly Film Festival - Nov 2019

So, all’s good.  That’ll do nicely.  The award that got away has been finally officially claimed.

But I’ll keep my eyes open wider come July…

 

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What we are doing with our Coronavirus Relief Money

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Ed and I will be donating our Coronavirus relief money to “Church and State”.

 

Ed to “Church”, meaning his Quaker Meeting.

 

Me to “State”, meaning the baker’s dozen of senate races where Democrats have a good to fighting chance to oust the Republicans:

 

1. Kentucky – Amy McGrath is neck in neck with the odious turtle Mitch McConnell. It would be so sweet to get rid of him!

2. Maine – Sara Gideon is leading in polls against Susan Collins.

3. Arizona – Astronaut Mark Kelly (Gabby Giffords’ husband) is leading strongly against Martha McSally, who already lost one senate race before being appointed to McCain’s seat.

4. Colorado – John Hickenlooper has double digit leads in polls against Cory Gardner.

5. North Carolina – Cal Cunningham is neck in neck against Thom Tillis.

6. South Carolina – Jaime Harrison is fundraising well and gaining on Trump asslicker Lindsey Graham.

7. Kansas. Yes, Kansas! Barbara Bollier is looking strong and the Rep primary field is a mess. The likely Rep contender, the malevolent Kris Kobach already lost one statewide race to Governor Laura Kelly last year.

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CLASS 1-3’s FIRST GRADE OPERA – involving a magic carpet and a family transformed into chameleons

 

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NYC’s schools closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic the week the three first grade classes at the Brooklyn Children’s School were scheduled to perform their operas, which the children had written and composed themselves.  I still held out hope at the time that the performances would only be postponed.  But schools will remain closed for the rest of the term.  The performances won’t happen.

So now, as a poor substitute, I am sharing – in three posts, one for each class – the stories and the music of the three first grade operas that never got their day on the stage.  The children have their scripts at home with them, but with this they now also have recordings of their songs to share and sing along.

Just like in class, every recording will start with three piano chords to get ready before the melody starts and you can sing along (or simply follow along reading the words in the score).  I used a different “instrument” from my keyboard’s sound library for each melody.  For Class 1-3’s songs I used “Steel Guitar”, “Church Organ”, “Vocal Aah”, “Violin”, “Music Box” and “Oboe”.  Can you guess which sound is the melody for which song?

 

CLASS 1-3 OPERA

“The Mysterious Castle”

 

No dragons or big cats in this story.  But a dungeon figures here, if not quite as prominently as in 1-1’s opera.

 

The story begins up in the skies, where Dana is flying a magic carpet.  The carpet can fly because it has been soaked in magic water from a magic pond.  Dana is flying to the pond to retrieve more magic water to use it to help Dana’s home village, currently suffering under a food shortage.

 

SONG #1 – FLYING ON A MAGIC CARPET

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Meanwhile, in the Bad Castle, the ruler Caya is counting all the gold in the gold room.

 

SONG #2 – COUNTING GOLD

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The Bad Castle’s dungeon master Bena is unhappy, because Caya has turned Bena’s family into chameleons.

 

SONG #3 – CHAMELEON FAMILY

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CLASS 1-2’s FIRST GRADE OPERA – of the moon and the earth and a celestial smash up

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NYC’s schools closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic the week the three first grade classes at the Brooklyn Children’s School were scheduled to perform their operas, which the children had written and composed themselves.  I still held out hope at the time that the performances would only be postponed.  But schools will remain closed for the rest of the term.  The performances won’t happen.

So now, as a poor substitute, I am sharing – in three posts, one for each class – the stories and the music of the three first grade operas that never got their day on the stage.  The children have their scripts at home with them, but with this they now also have recordings of their songs to share and sing along.

Just like in class, every recording will start with three piano chords to get ready before the melody starts and you can sing along (or simply follow along reading the score).  I used a different “instrument” from my keyboard’s sound library for each melody.  For Class 1-2’s songs I used “Flute”, “Gospel Organ”, Marimba”, “Trumpet”, “Rich Strings” and “Horn”.  Can you guess which sound is the melody for which song?

 

CLASS 1-2 OPERA

“Space Flight”

 

Class 1-2 also cast their opera with a dragon and a big cat, a jaguar in this story.  The other main characters are the Earth, the Moon, and, making a surprise cameo appearance at the end, the Sun.

This opera wound up being one of the most sublimely odd operas first graders have concocted in twenty years at the Children’s School.

The story begins with the Moon and the Earth.  Specifically the Moon telling the Earth why it is angry.  The Moon is jealous of the Earth’s bountiful life, when all the Moon has is dead rocks.

 

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SONG #1 – MOON AND EARTH

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Meanwhile the Jaguar wants to be friends with the Dragon.  But the Dragon believes jaguars turn dragons into chickens.

 

SONG #2 – I DON’T WANT TO BE A CHICKEN

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CLASS 1-1’s FIRST GRADE OPERA – in which a dragon and a tiger meet in a dungeon

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NYC’s schools closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic the week the three first grade classes at the Brooklyn Children’s School were scheduled to perform their operas, which the children had written and composed themselves.  I still held out hope at the time that the performances would only be postponed.  But schools will remain closed for the rest of the term.  The performances won’t happen.

So now, as a poor substitute, I am sharing – in three posts, one for each class – the stories and the music of the three first grade operas that never got their day on the stage.  The children have their scripts at home with them, but with this they now also have recordings of their songs to share and sing along.

Just like in class, every recording will start with three piano chords to get ready before the melody starts and you can sing along (or simply follow along reading the score).  I used a different “instrument” from my keyboard’s sound library for each melody.  For Class 1-1’s songs I used “Jazz Organ”, “Ballad Organ”, “Accordion”, “Brass Section”, “Saxophone” and “Vibraphone”.  Can you guess which sound is the melody for which song?

 

CLASS 1-1 OPERA

“Into the Dungeon and Out Again”

 

Dragons are popular with this generation of 6 year olds.  Last year two of their kindergarten operas featured dragons.  And this year two of their first grade operas do.  Incidentally the same two also feature big cats.  For 1-1 it’s a tiger who joins the dragon as a main character in the opera, along with two people, one very nice, one very nasty.

If Class 1-1’s opera were written this fall, it would easily be thought of being a response to the quarantine, as the bulk of the story involves the four main characters stuck together for a long time in a dungeon.  But Class 1-1 came up with their story last fall, so the parallels must just be a coincidence, or a premonition.

We first meet Ashley, a kind hearted person, who just adores baby dragons:

 

SONG #1 – BABY DRAGONS

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The baby dragon is hungry.  There isn’t enough food for it in the forest.  Ashley suggests the baby dragon sneak into the dungeon through a little hole in the wall to find food.  The baby dragon sneaks in successfully, but is scared away by the presence of a full grown tiger inside.

The baby dragon runs back into the forest.  Ashley follows it.

Meanwhile at the the town market, Bashlyn is bullying the other villagers.  Taking all the tomatoes, stepping on feet, bumping into people and insulting them.  The townspeople finally have enough, and throw Bashlyn into the dungeon.

tigerOnce in the dungeon, Bashlyn yells at the tiger, who backs away and covers his eyes.  Then Bashlyn makes fun of the tiger, calling him a big striped baby.  The tiger cries.

The next day the baby dragon, even hungrier, dares to go back into the dungeon for food.  The tiger says hi.  The dragon realizes the tiger is nice and they become friends.

The dragon asks the tiger why it is locked up in the dungeon, and the tiger says: “I started scratching things I shouldn’t.”

 

SONG #2 – TIGER’S SONG

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4/25/20

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These groom figurines stood upon one of our wedding cakes April 25, 1998.

 

Today is Ed and my anniversary.

27 years together.  22 years married.

And it’s a Saturday.  Last time our anniversary fell on a Saturday was five years ago.  It won’t happen again for another six years.

So of course we will go out on the town, splurge on a big fancy meal at our favorite Brazilian restaurant and treat ourselves to a hot ticket Broadway show.

Yeah, that’s how to celebrate our anniversary when it falls on a Saturday!

 

Or… maybe not.

 

Maybe we’ll just treat ourselves to a box full of chocolate ganaches and watch gay romantic comedies on the home screen all day.

Yes, I think we’ll choose to do that instead ….

 

sigh…

 

… it’ll still be grand, because it’ll be us together.

 

 

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GRAND CANYON – BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

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Taking a Morning Hike Down into the Grand Canyon

 

The morning of our final day at the Grand Canyon, we took the Bright Angel Trail down to the first rest house and back up again.

These first pictures are views of the trail from the rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

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This is Ed on the rim trail.

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And this is the upper part of the Bright Angel Trail seen from the rim trail.

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Panorama video of the trail:

 

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The view of the canyon just as you start to descend on Bright Angel trail:

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The first trail “doorway” cut into the rock:

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DROPPING NAMES

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Can you name all the celebrities in this famous celebrity group selfie, and which one of these beautiful people is a celebrity’s “civilian” sibling?

 

A Collection of Mini Memoir Memories

You may have seen this going around on Facebook or Twitter:  People listing names of celebrities they have met in their life times, but including one name that is a lie.  Then people try to guess who is the celebrity this person hadn’t met.

I decided to play too:

 

OK, I’ll play too. 12 celebrities I met. One I did not. Can you guess who?

(We’ll call it a Josephine Baker’s dozen):

 

Jennifer Aniston 1 Jennifer Aniston

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Al GoreAl Gore

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman

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ViggoViggo Mortensen

Marni NunMarni Nixon

Isabella Rossellini 1Isabella Rossellini

Paul RuddPaul Rudd

Andy SerkisAndy Serkis

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Elijah Wood 1Elijah Wood

 

As people started guessing who the wrong imposter celebrity might be, and getting it wrong, I would share little anecdotes regarding the circumstances of my actual interactions with those individuals.  These turned out to be worthy of a collection of mini memoir memories, which I will post below.  I’ll start with the celebrities my Facebook friends guessed wrong before the right name was pinned down, then add the rest of the anecdotes before leaving the name of the celebrity I hadn’t met until the end.

So you could play along by approaching each anecdote as a helpful narrowing of the field, starting with who my friends thought were the likeliest suspects.  Guess (and reconsider your guess) scrolling along:

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CORONAVIRUS DANCERCISING

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Boogieing Away the COVID 19 Blues

New York City’s gyms were shut down four days after Broadway and one day after the schools.  Six days later the whole state would be ordered to shelter at home.  There was to be a lot of sitting around and the girth of my middle aged midriff was very likely to expand egregiously.  I am used to getting my cardio on the elliptical exerciser at the gym, staving away boredom reading a good book while my legs pedal away.  What to do cooped up for weeks on end with no such machine at home?

I was going to have to dance the fat and the Covid 19 blues away.

 

Adam Lambert – Superpower

 

VelvetIt just so happened that Adam Lambert latest lp “Velvet” dropped that very week.  I’m a fan and this is his most accomplished album.  More importantly every track, even the ballads, crackles with groovy funk beats and dancetastic flights of musical and vocal fancy.   I’m compelled to get my disco on, and so in lieu of the gym I instituted daily full album listening sessions as a way to get my daily cardio.

I am nurturing my inner Dancing Queen as well as working up a salutary sweat.

 

Adam Lambert – Stranger You Are

 

CD2What’s that look like?  Well, I basically have not been “getting down” in public like this since attending high school dances many decades ago (I’ve not been much of a clubber or raver, to say less than the least).  These pictures I’m including here (after much internal struggle) were taken at Jason and Bertram’s wedding last summer.   The last time I boogied before then was at the wedding of my niece, and, to do the math, she is home schooling a first grader now.

So do these pictures accurately freeze my “dance stylings” in time?  There has been an ongoing argument between my inner editor, critic, whipping boy and flasher as to the need for or wisdom of posting these pictures,  appalling or appealing as they may be depending on your sensibilities.  A decent amount of alcohol lowered my inhibitions enough for these incriminating photographs, but even then, my mostly downcast glances testify to self-consciousness still being very much present.  CD3I confess these photos offer only modest glimpses into my dancercising reality.  On my own in our den my gyrations feel a lot less … contained … as I sense from within my own body far from prying eyes, cameras, and mirrors.

Imagine a middle-aged Middle Earth dwarf laying down moves a la Drag Race Vogueing (lip-sync for your life!), Manic Tai Chi and Kate Bush Running Up That Hill.  That’s what it feels like to me.  No one is watching.   Ed is forbidden within sight and I am avoiding reflective surfaces as well as my own shadow.

After a week of exclusively grooving to “Velvet”, I decided to create a “Dancercise” playlist of 377 tracks to be played on random shuffle.  Turns out certain playlist songs like “I’m So Excited” and “Walk Like an Egyptian” propel me beyond cool school Adam Lambert stylings into a more crazed convulsive cardio.  So now add to the RuPaulTaiChiKateBush dance metaphor above a fourth image: Epileptic Energizer Bunny.  It can’t be pretty (still avoiding reflective surfaces and shadows) but it burns even more calories than my Lambertian locomotions.

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DREAMS and MEMORIES

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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 email request for family to help her with a homeschool story project with her oldest daughter Lyra:

First grader Lyra was working on family stories before regular class let out for the year, and we decided to continue that learning. Her plan is to compile any family stories she receives into a book, complete with her own illustrations, and then a personal essay/reflections about the stories she compiled. We are happy to share digital copies of the completed assignment.  

This is the story I sent.  It is one that has stayed with me all my life, profoundly influencing my understanding of memory:

 

Danny’s Memory Story

Memory can be a strange thing.  When I was your age, I would tell grown-ups my “favorite” nightmare.  I didn’t remember most of my dreams but this one I remembered very well.  I remembered it took place at a birthday party next door that my big brother and I attended when he was 8 and I was 3.  Many children were in the yard.  In the back there was a big white tower.  A girl climbed up the tower and poured a bucket of water into it.  Then silly little red cartoon devils climbed up out of the tower, angry that water had been poured on them.  One of the cartoon devils took a stick and poked my brother with it above his left eyebrow.  He started crying.  I was very upset.  And then I woke up.  That was the dream story I would tell for several years.

Until one day my brother heard me tell the story and told me that it wasn’t a dream.  It had really happened!  We were at a party next door.  But there was no big tower.  There were no cartoon devils.  Some older boys on the other side of the garden wall were playing with fire, and a girl poured a bucket of water over the wall to stop them.  One of the boys came over the wall and poked my brother with a stick.  It hurt him.  I remember him crying.  The cut above his eye.  How upset I was.  And since I was only 3, the wall seemed very high and the angry older boys seemed very scary.  So much so that over time I thought of the wall as a big tower and the boys as silly little red devils like the ones I’d seen in a cartoon on TV.  Which were things so strange that I figured that this couldn’t have really happened, this must have been a dream.  Just a nightmare that I remembered very well.

But then my brother reminded me of the truth.  And the “dream” parts of the memory faded.  No more big tower.  No little red cartoon devils.  I remembered again the garden wall and the angry older boy as they had really been.  It is one of the few things I still remember from when I was only 3 years old, and the one memory from that age I recall with the most details.

 

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

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“It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little film festivals don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

 

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, which is early evening Moscow time.

I was looking forward to seeing my film with subtitles in the Cyrillic alphabet, and hearing my answers in the Q&A translated into mellifluously guttural Russian.  But for now I will have to make do with this screenshot from the festival program.

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I was looking forward to posting a little blog piece about how my short film was skipping from Las Vegas to New York City to Moscow in just eight days.  Instead I am now writing how it once was going to hit that trifecta, before a certain world-wide pandemic got in the way.  I know, in the scheme of things, my little festival disappointments don’t amount to much more than, well, see Bogart above, but let me just quickly recount what woulda been and how it drip by airborn drip turned into an ain’t gonna be.

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Last weekend “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” was scheduled to screen in Las Vegas at the “Reel of the Dead” film festival, part of the “Day of the Dead” Horror convention.  A Friday evening screening was scheduled, and the festival director told me she planned to re-screen Tell-Tale during the closing night party late Saturday.

I would have loved to go to Vegas again and check out the horror convention – I imagine thousands of scarily costumed attendees on line for autographs from Linda Blair and Richard Dreyfuss – but Ed and I already had plane tickets to fly to Berlin and Moscow the following week, and logistically and economically it seemed too difficult.  However I have friends in Vegas whom I gave my convention/festival passes.  They were going to attend for me, take pictures, and report on how it all went for the blog.

Well, COVID 19 happened, and the festival has been postponed.  To June.  For now.

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TELL-TALE LIVE STREAM Q&A

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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 after the Coronavirus pandemic subsides.

The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” closed out the program.  As much as I would have preferred to experience the screening in a theatre, it was novel and fascinating to watch it on the Facebook live-streaming screen, while comments were being posted to the right and anytime someone clicked one of the like or heart or emoji buttons on the bottom the icon floated jauntily up the screen.

The live streaming of the film and all the virtual interaction on the site was a one time thing, not preserved for posterity.  But I did get Ed to video-record his laptop screen during my Q&A.

Q&A Screen Shot 2020-03-25 at 11.38.56 PMThere were some technical difficulties with the Q&A, resulting in me being the only director NewFimmaker NY’s program director Brandon Ruckdashel was able to interview; although, as you will see in the video below there was a bit of a sound snafu (mostly in my own ears) at the beginning of our Q&A.

You’ll see me talking about the process of recording the score and filming on set.  You’ll also – drum roll – see me announce that I’m working on a companion piece to Tell-Tale.  You’ll have to watch the Q&A video to find out what it is.

Or wait for the inevitable blog post about it. 😉

 

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GRAND CANYON – Long Walk along the South Rim

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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 the rim trails of the Grand Canyon South Rim.

 

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We started east of Mather Point and over the course of the day wandered west all the way to Hermits Rest.

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

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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 of a global pandemic (Covid-a-thunk-it?!), and New Flimmakers NY has had to postpone their brick-and-mortar-audience-in-close-quarters screenings in the Anthology theater.  Again, the screenings are postponed, not cancelled.

 

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But the March 25 screening will still take place, as a live-screening on New Filmmakers NY’s Facebook page!

(Click Here to go to NewFilmmakers NY’s Facebook Page)

UPDATE:

NewFilmmakers NY sent out the schedule for tonight’s Facebook Livestream.

NEWFLIMMAKERS NY LIVE STREAM LINK

“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” is still scheduled to begin streaming at 7:45pm, followed by a Q&A.  I recommend tuning in early to be sure not to miss it, and also to watch the other programmed shorts:

 

6:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS SPECIAL PROGRAM

Adrienne Gruben LILY (2019, 26 minutes, digital)*

6:30PM NEWFILMMAKERS FIRST SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Elia Sahlman BUT MOM! IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD (2019, 9 minutes, digital)*

Alexandra Neuman OVA (2019, 16 minutes, digital)*

Julian Karian ALONE (2019, 19 minutes, digital)*

Greti Claggett STORMCHASER (2019, 28 minutes, digital)*

7:45PM NEWFILMMAKERS SECOND SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Danny Ashkenasi THE TELL-TALE HEART- a musicabre (2019, 38 minutes, digital)*

A musical adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic horror story. A man is so disturbed by an old man’s “vulture eye” he resolves to murder and dismember him. But the murderer is driven to madness and confession by the incessant beating of victim’s heart under the floor boards.

 

 

I will participate in a live-stream Q&A, so stick around for that too!

 

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Ed and I were planning to host a reception with baked goods after the screening at the Anthology, alongside our seven foot Tell-Tale Banner, which I brought back from the London International Filmmaker’s Festival (blog post on that still forthcoming).

But times call for an adjustment.

 

Yet Social Distancing really means physical distancing.  We can still be social and share the Tell-Tale experience for one evening via Facebook’s live streaming.

 

No baked goods, but still lots of Poe and cellos.

 

and music, madness, murder!

 

 

 

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