Writing in the Dark,, an apt metaphor for anyone who has ever tried to tap out words on a  backlit screen.  This book, a collection of essays gathered by Max van Manen, shows how "different kinds of human experience may be explored, the methods for investigating phenomena contributing to human experience…the process of inquiry, reflection and writing…a valuable and rich resource".   That is to say, writing is an attempt to reflect what goes on inside us.  Inside us is where "story" occurs.Scott Popjes maintains a busy schedule, writing, producing and editing major theatrical trailers, promos and EPK's and developing and producing TV series and films, such as "The Remarkably 20th Century" and "The Long Ride Home".  Born and raised in suburban New Jersey, this everyman director/editor loves making movies.Ernest Hemingway - The man who ran with the bulls.  His literary sparseness and compression, well-worn and well-earned, captured the attention of critics and public in a volatile age.  In 1952, he received the Pulitzer for The Old Man and the Sea.   In 1954, he received the Nobel Prize for his "powerful style-making mastery of the modern art of narration."  He wrote from life.  Until his life subdued and rescued him.Will Shakespeare - Aka "The bard".  Arguably the best English writer to ever glide pen to page, populist hero as well as aristocratic raconteur, though we wish he had used all women instead of all men to populate his plays.  (Not a prejudice, just a fact.)   His sonnets remain divine.  Rare is the writer who can scribble successfully in one genre, let alone two.  Some postulate this poet and playwright was, in fact, more than one man…or woman.  What would he have done with film, we wonder?Though he produced fewer than 40 paintings, Dutch painter Jan Vermeer is one of the most respected artists of the European tradition. He is known for his serene, luminous interiors populated by one or two figures. Vermeer grew up in Delft, Holland, joined the painters' guild in 1653, and worked as an art dealer to support his wife and 11 children.  In 1672, war with France ruined Holland’s economy and Vermeer's business failed.  Soon after, he died of a stroke at age 42, leaving his family bankrupt.  Vermeer's paintings were largely forgotten for nearly 200 years, until 1858 when a French critic began to write admiringly about his work.  Interest in Vermeer surged again recently with his work exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Contemporary writers have also been inspired by him, including Tracy Chevalier whose novel Girl with a Pearl Earring imagines the life of the girl in Vermeer's painting of the same name. L.Ron Hubbard - Whatever you may think of his other worldly beliefs, the full body of L. Ron Hubbard's work includes more than 5,000 writings and 3,000 tape-recorded lectures, spanning five, highly productive decades.  A humanitarian and adventurer, he  believes, "There are only two tests of a life well lived: Did one do as one intended? And were people glad one lived?"  We add, "And can one write about it, anyhow?"Johannes Vermeer's "Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid" records a prior chivalrous age where class decorum reigned.  (Oh, well, you can't have everything.)   One of the most talented painters in the Dutch Golden Age, that's the 1600's, Vermeer's work was forgotten for centuries.  The most brilliant artists of any century are probably never discovered, their paintings hidden till ruin, their pages dropping to dust in unfound attics.  We find this oddly comforting.  No martyr of time, this particular masterpiece hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland.  Definitely worth a gaze.Jules Verne - Ode to childhood and the player within us.  Verne was born, aptly, in Nates, France in 1828.  He promptly ran off to become cabin boy on a merchant ship but was caught and sent back to his parents.  Thus constrained, his imagination wandered.  He wrote story after story, became very rich, bought a yacht and resumed his initial intent - to sail around the world.  Or Europe anyhow.   Our favorite remains Twenty Thousand Leagues.
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WOMEN OF COLOR PRESENTS
THROUGH HER EYES: WOMEN OF COLOR ARTS AND FILM FESTIVAL 2003
   For Immediate Release 545 Eighth Avenue, Suite 402
New York, New York 10018
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Fifth Annual Arts and Film Festival Still Going Strong!

 

New York -- Through Her Eyes: Women of Color Arts & Film Festival 2003 marks our 5th annual spring festival showcasing the works of extraordinary Women of Color from across the globe (African American, Native American, Middle Eastern, African, Latino, Caribbean, East Indian, and Asian origins).

     This year's festival runs from April 30, 2003 through July 30, 2003.  It is the longest running festival of its kind!  The Film section of the Festival will take place at Peter Norton Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre located at 2537 Broadway (southwest corner of 95th St and Broadway.)  Tuesday, July 29, 2003 and Wednesday, July 30, 2003.  Festival performances will showcase at the historic Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center located at 466 Grand Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side, April 30 through June 29, 2003.

     Formed in 1998 by Jacqueline Wade and Sharon Hope, Women of Color Productions was created to serve the needs of emerging playwrights, directors, filmmakers, actors, dancers, visual artists, and musicians.

     One of the films included in this year's festival is Her Father's Daughter, a short fictional piece about the daughter of a slain civil rights leader who takes the good fight to the corporate battlefield, risking her reputation, career and marriage.  The film stars: Bonita Brisker, as the most powerful black woman in corporate America, Samantha Beaulieu, as her betraying prot`ege`, and John Wesley, as her unlikely partner.  Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Paula C. Brancato, Her Father's Daughter was a sundance 2003 finalist.  The film screens Tuesday, July 29th at 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 30th at 6:30 p.m.

     Film tickets can be purchased by calling 212-864-5400 or visit www.symphonyspace.org.  For more information please contact Jacqueline Wade at 212-501-3842 or email her at womenfest@hotmail.com.  You can also access the festival schedule and Women of Color Production via the World Wide Web:
http:// www.womenof colorpro.citymax.com.