Yahoo! Shouts For A-Desings
in Santa Monica recently completed a technical upgrade and redesign
of the main audio production and post production studio that included
the installation of one dozen A-Designs
Audio 500 Series-format microphone preamplifier modules. Purchased
from GC Pro, with Account Manager Pepper Denny facilitating the
sale, the complement comprises four P-1 modules plus two each of
the EM-Red, EM-Blue, EM-Silver and EM-Gold modules.
Director, Studio and Content Operations for Yahoo! Music, is thrilled
with the performance of the modules. I just used the P-1s
on acoustic guitar for a performance in our studio and have never
recorded a better guitar sound, he enthuses. The P-1 is based
on the A-Designs Pacifica, a rack-mount mic preamp that recreates
the performance of the classic Quad Eight analog console.
EM Series modules named for designer Jon Erikson and company
founder Peter Montessi feature custom-wound input and output
transformers that produce tonal colorations that make each particularly
suited to certain instruments, voices or microphone types. The
ability to mix and match offers almost limitless possibilities,
comments Dittbrenner. And the proof is when you mix. In the
sea of sweet pres the A-Designs modules are awesome
is generally to be found behind the mixing console in the Yahoo!
Music facility recording, mixing and mastering live
in-studio performances by top artists, which have included Dixie
Chicks and Coldplay. If you want to hear what instruments
are supposed to sound like, try putting bass through the EM-Silver,
snare through the EM-Blue, toms through the EM-Red and backing vocals
through the EM-Gold, he says.
It was while
attending an annual audio conference that Dittbrenner first experienced
the P-1 and EM Series modules. I luckily stumbled into hearing
them at TapeOpCon, he recounts. I was never looking
for any reason to swap out my previous pres but after hearing the
subtle differences of each A-Designs pre on the convention floor
I got really excited and knew that I would be able to hear the differences
much better once they were in my studio. I really wanted to explore
those differences, so I bought them.
The four P-1
modules at the Yahoo! Originals studio are installed in a 10-slot
API 500VPR rack alongside the pair of EM-Gold modules in the
studios equipment credenza. The other six modules are housed
in an API Lunchbox. A-Designs is a member of the VPR Alliance, which
has set a program of standardization and consistency guidelines
for manufacturers producing modules to fit into API Audios
500 series rack format.
The most visited
destination for music on the Internet, Yahoo! Music offers a broad
range of original programming, such as Pepsi Smash and Whos
Next, for which Dittbrenner also produces and post-produces numerous
lifestyle pieces every month. In addition, twice a month he mixes
and post-produces Nissan Live Sets, which is recorded live before
an audience and is the most popular music program on the Internet.
Featured artists have included Christina Aguilera, Tony Bennett
and Kelly Clarkson.
info on A-Designs
Lunde at www.lasvegasproaudio.com
or Phone (702) 307-2700
TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has
quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S.
sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges
on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard
of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product
line includes Accusound,
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George
Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil
Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix
Audio (UK), PAULY
Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss
Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA)
a division of TransAudio Group, is the exclusive U.S. source for
Accusound Cable, ATC studio monitors, Digital Audio Denmark AD/DA
DXD/DSD converters, Daking electronics, Enhanced Audio mic mounts,
Pauly Superscreen pop-filters, SoundField surround-sound microphone
systems and software. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide
unique equipment, useful information and long term support.
Expresso Cat Walk And Talk...
New Name, New Tec Award Nom-- studio bau:ton is now nonzero\architecture.
Peter Grueneisen, co-founder and former studio bau:ton Principal
of Architecture, has formed the new company to continue providing
the services bau:ton clients have come to expect. And congrats to
nonzero\architecture's Peter Grueneisen and Levels
Audio (picutred above) owner Brian Riordan for being nominated
in the Studio Design Project category for the 2007 'TEC Award for
Outstanding Creative Achievement'. The nomination is for Levels
Audio's new 13,000 square foot facility in Hollywood, California.
The TEC Awards are organized by the Mix Foundation and winners are
chosen by the readers of the industry-leading MIX Magazine, after
being nominated by a panel of experts. After receiving regular nominations
and a win with studio bau:ton over the last 17 years, nonzero\architecture
continues the legacy with the current nomination for its first completed
major project under the new company name. Voting is open at www.mixfoundation.org
until midnight on August 31st. For more information on the project,
Looking For Hip/cool Music For TV "The show Psychic
Challenge will air on Lifetime and is about putting psychics
through challenges to see how psychic they really are. All the music
I'm placing has to be gratis. We turn the shows around so quickly
that we don't have time to negotiate master and sync licenses. The
artists will make $$ via their performing rights organizations royalties,"
says Vince Quintero,
Music Supervisor/A&R for Bunim/Murray
Productions Lyrics are cool and instrumentals with the lyrics
will be 1000x better. Demographics are 18-26 year old and demos
in any genre are being accepted.
Album From Reba In September -- For her newest album, Reba joined
forces with some of the biggest stars in music today for Reba
Duets, which she co-produced with Tony Brown. The album hits
stores on September 18th, 2007. You may have already heard the first
single, Because of You with Kelly Clarkson. Other special
appearances on Duets feature Kenny Chesney, Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks
& Dunn), Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal
Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake, and Trisha Yearwood.
The Golden Moments by Keith Hatschek (Backbeat Books) shares
the secrets of 50 seasoned audio pros under one cover. From new
trends in high-resolution digital audio and podcasts to setting
up an effective home studio and getting the most from equipment,
dedicated musicians won't want to be without their very own copy
of The Golden Moment. The book also includes a foreword and in-depth
interview with 17-time-Grammy-winning-engineer Al
Schmitt and other heavy weights like Bruce Swedien, Richard
Dodd, Ed Cherney, Chuck Ainlay, Jimmy Douglass, Mick
Guzauski, and Elliot
Mixing With Your Mind offers a foreword by Sir George Martin
- "This book is a remarkable insight into the most important
piece of equipment in the recording studio - the human brain."
Mixer/engineer Ken Allardyce who keeps a copy in his studio also
highly recommeds the book "It's brilliant for both layman and
pro" says Ken
Allardyce (Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day).
Country's Answer to Sundance? On Saturday, September 15 at Paso
Robles Silver Horse Winery, few new artists get a chance to
advance to the final concert competition and win cash & prizes
Music Awards. Founded and produced by Kathy Kelly Productions,
Inc., the competition was created out of the growing popularity
of quality musical performances at many wineries throughout California.
The showcases are open to original music artists from the US and
Canada, independent and unsigned with major record labels. Producer,
Weber (David Benoit, Chick Corea, Etta James) who has served
as a judge, gives the Paso wines a thumbs up.
your story to the world! YourTrumanShow
will be following Keaton
Simons into the studio, capturing behind the music footage and
online diaries, for the making of his new album.
techno and heart-pumping drum-and-bass are not music genres typically
associated with fine art exhibits; however, using the Audio Spotlight(R)
directional sound system from Holosonic
Research Labs, Inc, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) was able
to incorporate this "runway" music into its "Fashion
Show: Paris Collections" exhibit without intruding on the peaceful
museum ambiance. The show, which opened in November, highlighted
10 designers' collections -- designers with very different aesthetics
and visions. The Audio Spotlight systems, located directly above
each designer's "runway," deliver targeted sound to those
viewing that particular collection, and no one else. The 1/2 inch
thin, circular speaker discs create an ultrasonic signal that generates
targeted sound only audible to those standing directly within the
acoustic beam. The directional sound of the Audio Spotlight system
enabled the MFA to include all 10 designers' collections, and play
their individual soundtracks, in one gallery without crossover noise.
Productions, Inc., George Wein's internationally celebrated
music festival company, has joined with Shoreline Media, LLC to
Festival Network, LLC (The Network), creating one of the world's
premier entertainment and production companies. The recent transaction
marks a new era for lifestyle marketing. Through The Network's consolidation
of the destination festival market, music fans will enjoy more diverse
live entertainment experiences and content. At the same time, corporate
sponsors will gain access to highly coveted audiences through a
single, unique and efficient marketing channel. eadquartered in
Manhattan, with offices in Newport and Los Angeles, The Network
will produce 18 music festivals (more than 105 days of music) in
2007, and will rapidly expand its offerings in 2008 and beyond.
With live musical entertainment as its foundation, The Network will
leverage its expertise and international relationships to produce
festivals leading up to, and coinciding with, the 2008, 2010 and
2012 Olympic Games, as well as with other major sporting events.
The Network's core team includes event production, music industry
and marketing veterans Landon Mertz, Ian Zaider, Hudson Ansley,
Thomas Rosen and Hank O'Neal. In addition to Wein (Chairman of Festival
Productions) and Phillips (President), long-time associates Darlene
Chan (Senior Vice President), Dan Melnick (Artistic Director), Bob
Jones and Rick White (Producers), Charles Bourgeois (Public Relations
Director), Scott Foster (Finances) and others will continue working
on events around the world.
Imagination Meets Elegant Style and Exquisite Technique
Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist whose career
is clearly on the rise. Highlights from his 05-06 season career
include with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael
Tilson Thomas and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Music
Director Peter Oundjian as well as his return to the Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Jarvi, and his Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Now you can hear Goodyear's breathtaking performance with The New
West Symphony on:
Friday, September 14, 2007 8pm at Oxnard Performing Arts
Saturday, September 15, 2007 8:00 pm at Countrywide Performing
Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Sunday,
September 16, 2007 4:00 pm Wadsworth Theatre, Brentwood . Program
with maestro Boris Brott includes:
Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Gershwin's Concerto in
F Major for Piano & Orchestra; An American in Paris and Rhapsody
Order Tix here or
for a VIP guest pass (limited number available on 1st come 1st serve
Standard For Video Advertising Emerges Google announced new
plans to display advertising on popular video site YouTube
by using an "overlay" ad unit, which appears as a strip
on the bottom fifth of the viewing screen and begins to play 15
seconds into the start of a video. Initially, the ads will appear
only on videos officially licensed to YouTube. Other sites, including
VideoEgg, have been using the overlay format.
New Beginning For The Robb Bros Owners of Cherokee Studios with
a 35-year history in the entertainment industry will move their
operation to Culver City. The three-room Cherokee
Studios in Hollywood will close its doors on August 31. However,
according to owner, Susan Donaldson, this marks a new beginning.
"We're excited to move to beautiful Culver City near Sony Pix
and will change the name of our business to Brothers Robbes Productions."
Meantime, Cherokee was sold to a designer/developer who plans to
errect four-story artist lofts with parking in place of the studios.
The all-green project will begin in September while the brothers
move to their new studio just in time to mix the soundtrack, Love
N Dancing and have plans to continue with artist development.
"We're moving our staff to the new location with us, "
says Susan. The studio's phone number (323) 653-3412 remains the
According to sources the rumors of closing Virgin Megastores are
want my voice to sound like the Dalai Lama chanting from a mountaintop,"
Lennon told producer George Martin as the 19-year-old engineer,
Geoff Emerick (left) sat on his first Beatles session. It would
be his job to make Lennon's wish come true. Emerick will be interviewed
by Howard Massey, co-author of Here, There and Everywhere: My Life
Recording the Music of the Beatles, on September 15 at the Beacon
Theatre after a performance by the Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute band
comprised of top New York musicians including Will Lee (The Late
Show with David Letterman), Jimmy Vivino (Late Night with Conan
O'Brien), Frank Agnello, Jack Petruzelli and Rich Pagano.
Ehrlich, who recently executive-produced the 49th Annual Grammy
Awards, is one of the industry's most accomplished producers of
specials, concerts and notable live events. He has produced 27 Grammy
Award telecasts and created and produced the MTV Movie Awards, VH1
Honors and VH1's acclaimed Divas series. Ehrlich will return as
executive producer of the 59TH Primetime Emmy Awards after previously
announced producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have stepped down.
The announcement was made jointly last week by Dick Askin, Chairman
and CEO, Television Academy, and Peter Liguori, President of Entertainment,
Fox Broadcasting Company. We respect Nigel and Ken's decision
and are fortunate that Ken Ehrlich has agreed to return to executive-produce
his fourth Primetime Emmy telecast. He did a terrific job with the
Emmys last year, and we are glad to have him back," said Askin.
Said Lythgoe and Warwick: "After we wrapped the enormous effort
of American Idol Gives Back, we looked at our upcoming slate of
projects including the American Idol finale and the additional shows
we will be involved in this summer, and realized that we could not
devote the creative energy and time necessary to make the Emmys
outstanding for the Television Academy and FOX." The Academy
of Television Arts & Sciences 59TH Primetime Emmy Awards
will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Sunday,
Sept. 16 (8:00-11:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. In addition
to numerous credits to include: Genius: A Night for Ray Charles,
the Fifth Annual Latin Grammy Awards and the Blockbuster Awards,
music specials for artists including Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Elton
John, The Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain and Ricky Martin, as well
as for *NSYNC, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and Christina Aguilera,
among others, Ehrlich has also been involved in the creation and
production of the music-related series Motown Live, The Dennis Miller
Show and the landmark series Fame and produced the series of specials
Women Rock! Girls & Guitars as well as several episodes of Intimate
Portraits profiling female musical artists
Hits Or Miss Most will agree that iTunes has made greatest-hits
albums redundant. If you want an act's highlights, you can assemble
them yourself. This dichotomy has, for some bands, made the decision
to make a best-of album an increasingly difficult, sometimes contentious
one. Some view greatest-hits albums as a blatant money grab that
disrespects the integrity of the album. Pressure from labels can
also come sooner than expected. The Sacramento, California, band
Cake (its hits include "The Distance" and "Short
Skirt, Long Jacket") was requested by its former label, Columbia
Records to make a greatest-hits album. With only a handful of well-known
albums to its name, the band judged a best-of disc to be premature.
They refused, prompting a legal fight between Cake and Columbia.
In the end, Cake left to form its own label, Upbeat
Records, and will instead release "B-sides and Rarities"
on October 2, with a live disc to follow this fall. "I have
mixed feelings about greatest-hits albums," said Cake lead
singer and guitarist John McCrea. "They're a force that can
be used for good or evil." "For us at that point, we felt
like it wasn't the appropriate moment -- that we hadn't existed
long enough to warrant some sort of wistful retrospection. It kind
of reeked of desperation." In recent years, a number of acts
have released greatest-hits albums early in their careers, including
Britney Spears, Hilary Duff and Sugar Ray. Though the advent of
iTunes (not to mention illegal downloading and MySpace) has meant
a band's most-popular songs can be instantly sampled or bought,
greatest-hits discs remain lucrative to labels. In recent Nielsen
SoundScan sales charts, at least half of the top 50 top-selling
catalog albums typically are compilations. Labels often add rare
unreleased material or unique packaging to these albums to entice
die-hard fans. They are also viewed as a way to introduce audiences
to an act with whom they may be unfamiliar. Still, there are several
notable holdouts, including AC/DC, Radiohead, Phish and Metallica.
Many artists feel greatest-hits discs corrupt the integrity of their
prior albums. For the same reason, Radiohead and AC/DC have thus
far resisted putting their music on iTunes, where albums are chopped
into single tracks. It's a stance Chris Lombardi, founder of independent
Records, often encounters.
"I've been trying to encourage some of our bands to do greatest-hits
records, but I think artistically they have a real difficult time
taking away the identity of the album as it stands alone,"
Many of the artists on Matador's roster haven't had hits in the
conventional sense, but could benefit from having highlights assembled
to make it easier for the more passive music fan. In 2003, Matador
released "The Best of Guided by Voices: Human Amusements at
Hourly Rates" -- a sensible collection for Guided by Voices,
whose prodigious output included 16 full-length albums. "I
felt the output was so huge for that band that to narrow it down
would be helpful," said Lombardi. "Somebody might be intimidated
by the size of the catalog."
Whether a label needs the consent of an act to issue a compilation
varies from contract to contract. Catalog sales account for approximately
40-50 percent of a label's annual gross, so rereleasing and repackaging
old material is far more than an afterthought. "If an artist
has a say in these kind of things, you'd think that they'd want
a greatest-hits record to be an intro to the band as a way to guide
you into buying the rest of the records as opposed to being a substitute,"
said Steve Kandell, deputy editor of Spin magazine. Some greatest-hits
records take on a life of their own -- like the Eagles' "Their
Greatest Hits (1971-1975)," which is the best-selling album
ever in the U.S. Similarly, Bob Marley's "Legend" was
(and still is) a sensation. At one point, it spent 106 straight
weeks atop the Nielsen SoundScan catalog chart. Other bands like
U2 and Aerosmith have been criticized for their seemingly unceasing
parade of greatest-hits albums. U2 followed 1998's "The Best
of 1980-1990" and 2002's "The Best of 1990-2000"
with 2006's "U218 Singles." Last year's "Devil's
Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith" was the band's
eighth compilation over the course of their 27-year career. "There's
a reason why it doesn't seem very artistic: it's not. It's a commercial
ploy," says McCrea. "That said, there are some terrific
Bop is on the road to support his new album Beautiful Door
released on July 24 on New Door/Universal. According to John Prine,
Thornton's music and songwriting is on a par iwth his directing,
screenwriting, and acting. "It's all imaginative storytelling
with a twist," adds Prine. As his own producer, Thornton puts
the focus squarely on the songs, which seem the private writings
of a man who lives an intensely insular life, not an internationally
to David Kiley in Businessweek, companies turn an ear toward improving
the rings and pings in their product. The first sonic brand signatures
date back to the 1950s. NBC has used its three-chime ID for decades.
Intel's familiar sound logo gave an identity to a complex technology
brand few consumers understood. And United Air Lines has found that
its longtime use of a snippet of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
translates into trust. Successful sound brands can take on a life
of their own. McDonald's Corp.'s "I'm Lovin' It" sound
bite has been adopted by consumers as a cell-phone rington and incorporated
into a song by Taiwanese recording artist leehom Wang.
Next year's Ford Flex SUV will greet drivers with a symphonic door
chime. "Customers are incredibly attuned to the sounds of quality,
but we weren't, and I think it was costing us," says Derrick
M Kuzak, Ford Motor Co's global chief for product development
So the Ford
Taurus hitting the showrooms now has a new latch system that will
make a vault-like sound when the door closes. The innovations on
the Taurus and Flex will be rolled out across the rest of Ford's
lineup over the next three years. At a time when most companies
are focused on attracting consumer eyeballs, a few are targeting
their eardrums. Unique sounds like smells trigger emotions - and
tend to be far more memorable than traditional marketing messages.
Tat has carmakers, cell-phone companies, and others hiring sound
engineers to make their brands sing.
The Gold BustDejay
and Ill-Eagle were two companies pumping out as many as one thousand
plaques per gold or platinum record--the awards were doled out to
radio stations, venues, and sound engineers, in addition to the
artists and executives involved in the records' making.
Profit margins were 40% for displays that ranged from $125 for a
basic one to thousands of dollars for elaborate ones. Companies
like Ill-Eagle design and assemble the framed awards, but don't
produce the replica records themselves. Those are subcontracted
out. (The records contain little or no platinum or gold; they are
typically vinyl or plastic covered with a metallic-colored material.
Small businesses like Mr. Sage's Ill-Eagle Enterprises and Jewel
Box Platinum, a supplier of gold-record awards in Los Angeles, are
some of the unsung victims of the massive downturn in record sales
to decide which records were worthy of gold status via various criteria.
The RIAA formalized the process in 1958 with uniform criteria. Perry
Como's "Catch a Falling Star" single was its first gold
record. Platinum was added to the mix in 1976.
Today, labels rarely order more than 40 plaques--and since the number
of certified albums has taken a nosedive, too, these companies are
heading into side businesses like ready-to-hang art sold at Bed,
Bath & Beyond, although why they haven't gotten into the framed
album art business is a mystery to us. The
award makers were protected from much competition by the RIAA-licensing
Fox Installs Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers
St. Amand with the Brainstorm DCD-8 in the newly remodeled 20th
Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage. Photo by David Goggin.
A leader in the
world of blockbuster film music and audio post-production, 20th
Century Fox recently installed Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers
with hi-resolution VSG-4 Video Sync Generators in its Newman Scoring
Stage. The combination of the DCD-8 and the VSG-4 delivers a complete
solution for all sync requirements in the scoring, recording and
post-production environment We could not have done Pirates of the
Caribbean without the DCD-8,? remarks Denis St. Amand, Assistant
Chief Engineer of Fox Studios Operations
Goo Goo Doll
John Rzeznik Taps Telefunken USA
Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.Photo by David Goggin.
Goo Goo Dolls
co-founder John Rzeznik had a Telefunken Ela M 270 stereo tube microphone
personally delivered to him backstage by company founder and CEO
Toni Fishman. The Goo Goo Dolls are in the middle of a three-month
world tour and performed near Telefunken | USA headquarters in South
Windsor, CT. The Goo Goo Dolls, were formed in 1986, in Buffalo,
New York, by guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist
Robby Takac. In 1997, Rzeznik was approached to write a song for
the City of Angels soundtrack, and the end product was Iris, which
propelled the band to stardom, as it stayed on top of the Billboard
Hot 100 Airplay charts for 18 weeks, and was nominated for three
Grammys in 1998, including Record of the Year.
now sign up at their local Guitar Center store with any sales associate
for Store-level competitions, at which drummers showcase their talent
by performing a three-minute drum solo, begining on September 12.
Judged on originality, skills/technique, style, stage presence and
overall performance, winners of the store preliminaries will advance
on to the store finals. Subsequent winners will then advance on
to district finals, regional finals and finally the grand finals
which will take place in December 2007. Drum-Off is open to contestants
16 years of age and older. This year's winner will receive a prize
package valued at more than $45,000 including a Toyota FJ Cruiser,
$10,000 cash, a feature in a Guitar
Center ad campaign, a $2,500 Levi's shopping spree, a custom
designed drum kit from DW, Pearl, Tama or Gretsch, a Roland TD20
electronic drum-set, a set of cymbals custom printed with the winner's
signature, a one year drum/cymbal/stick/head endorsement deal, and
a write up in Modern Drummer magazine. Additionally, store, district
and regional winners will walk away with thousands of dollars in
prizes from Drum-Off partners. An addition to this year's Drum-Off
is a new interactive website that offers members the viral tools
to upload tracks, edit profiles and share their passion. Users can
also chat with other drum enthusiasts on the discussion boards dedicated
to everything from talking shop to sharing techniques or viewing
the exclusive video content with drummers such as Travis Barker,
Adrian Young and Stephen Perkins.
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Quote Of The Month
"I am the
biggest technophobe of all time. I dont have a mobile phone
or an iPod or anything. I am such a Luddite when it comes to making
music. All I can do is write at the piano.
-- Elton John
July 6, 1925--Aug 12, 2007
1963 AP photo
Griffin...More than Talk, the big band-era crooner turned impresario
who parlayed his Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune
game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire, died Sunday. He was
Above all, he demonstrated that musicians can reinvent and be brilliant
at business or anything they set out to do. From his beginning as
a $100-a-week San Francisco radio singer, Griffin moved on as vocalist
for Freddy Martins band, sometime film actor in films and
TV game and talk show host, and made Forbes list of richest
Americans several times. Griffin is survived by Tony and daughter-in-law
Tricia Griffin, his grandchildren Farah and Donovan Mervyn, and
his many friends and admirers. The funeral mass, by invitation only,
will be at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. My
father was a visionary," said his son Tony
I AM Cuba
Mikheil Kalatozishvili, Director
One of the most surprising cinematic rediscoveries of the 1990s
was the revival of Russian filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozovs forgotten
Cold War epic depicting, in intoxicating visual detail, the decadence
and poverty of pre-Castro Cuba. Four didactic stories (co-written
by poet Yevgeni Yevtushenko) are of secondary importance to the
sensual and amazingly acrobatic black-and-white cinematography directed
by Sergei Urusevsky, in which the handheld camera appears to fly
over a Havana street and literally follow a bathing beauty into
a hotel pool.