Uncle Earl & The Ultimate Underground Experience Presents “Stage, Film & Action Down Under”
In today’s show,
meet filmmakers Mitsuyo Miyazakii, Peter Maestrey & Yvonne Jimenez,
as we discuss their new indie dance short
“Where We Begin” which is screening at Tribeca film Festival in NYC this weekend.
Go way down underground with our Australian correspondent,
Willow chatting it up with Rapper/Activist Imperial C.
Last but not least, Uncle Earl was invited to cover the new musical
“Recorded In Hollywood” (The John Dolphin Story).
You will hear from cast members and creative team, as well as,
Errol (John’s son) & Jamelle Dolphin (John’s grandson) regarding mounting this dream.
“Where We Begin” is a dance short film written and directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki, and music by MONO (Japan)
The film follows the life of Sophia, who’s near her end. Through dance performance the film sheds light on the many faces of love, life, and the pressures we place upon ourselves, and that others places upon us. This is a story of courage, perseverance, and the strength to endure all other obstacles.
The story was inspired from the experience Mitsuyo had when her grandmother had passed away. Experiencing her grandmother pass into the afterlife in a very symbolic way and her inability to write something so powerful led her to creating this dance narrative. She knew that this message was larger than words and she would have to find a medium that could express it. Nearly 16 years after from her grandmother’s death and over 3 years of searching for the music, Mitsuyo was introduced to MONO, a renowned Japanese post-rock instrumental band. After working with them closely as a photographer for their new album The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness, she began creating what is now known as “Where We Begin” the film. Making a film is difficult, but when you have chemistry and kindness present everyday, as we did, the potential moves beyond expectations. We are all very proud of what we created together and look forward to begin sharing the film with the rest of the world.
Mitsuyo Miyazaki Writer/Director/Producer
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Miyazaki began her career as a stage performer singer/actress at an early age. Her USC MFA thesis film Tsuyako (2011, Drama) visited over 100 film festivals worldwide, and won 43 awards including Best Female Filmmaker at DGA Student Award, Future Filmmakers Award and Audience Award at Palm Spring International Shortfest and Grand Jury Prizes at Academy Award qualified film festivals. In 2013, she was chosen as one of the 5 directors from around the world to write and direct a short film for The Weinstein Company and Lexus International. Her live action & animated short film “A Better Tomorrow” was the collaboration piece with award-winning animation director Koji Morimoto. The film was premiered at 2013 Festival de Cannes. Her past projects include Subaru Dramatic Cinema Series — commercials and short films that feature Subaru’s traditional cars to their latest models, and short films that are distributed throughout the world at film festivals, television programs, mobile platforms, exhibitions, EXPOs and universities where she often gives lectures to prospective students. Miyazaki believes in the power of visual communication, and that it changes society and the minds of the people.
She is currently producing a short film Robo Saints (2015, Dramady) for Project Involve – Film Independent’s support group for minority filmmakers.
MONO was formed in 1999 in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, MONO has quickly piqued the interest of both audience and critics alike by staging overwhelming, emotionally splendid, atmospheric performances.
Within the rage of distortion and bombardment of feedback, you are just as likely to experience sadness and beauty, light and darkness, chaos and peace, happiness and melancholy. It is MONO’s ability to combine, intertwine and swing back and forth from two such opposite extremes to create an emotional phantasmagoria that makes this band worth experiencing.
Over the last 15 years, MONO has performed over 1000 shows in over 60 countries on four continents. They have released six studio albums, a live album, several DVDs. Their music has been featured in numerous films and television placements. Their seventh studio album will be released in the fall of 2014 and be followed by an extensive world tour.
Please visit – www.monoofjapan.com for more information
Peter Maestrey Producer
Peter Maestrey’s most recent achievement was producing the independent feature film Cuba’s Love & Suicide, a groundbreaking film shot entirely in Cuba. The project was the first and only feature film to be made by American filmmakers inside Cuba in the last 50 years. Peter is also an accomplished 1st Assistant Director for Commercials, Music videos and Feature length mediums. He began his career in the business while still attending High School in Miami, Florida as an actor. Soon after he opened his production company and produced content in narrative formats as well as music videos for large industry corporations, such as Sony, Universal, Def Jam and many others. His career has developed him inside of several departments within the industry and has led him each day closer to his final vision. To develop and produce narrative feature length content that glorifies big story lines and shines a bright line on what being human means.
Yvonne Jimenez Producer
Yvonne Jimenez is an L.A.-based producer and consultant. She is currently producing both documentary and narrative films with award-winning directors as well as video content for other clients. Yvonne also consults with the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Institute summer lab programs on an ongoing basis. Over the past 15 years, she has produced events and special projects for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Nielsen Company and Anheuser-Busch and has managed internal business operations with companies such as Molera Alvarez and Wayans Brothers Productions. Yvonne brings the expertise, relationships and experience needed to benefit any film or company.
View Video Trailer Here: https://youtu.be/nXgt_x0rBVI
Rapper/Activist Imperial C.
Imperial C burst onto the local scene in 2007 after meeting Young Noble of the Outlawz, who taught Imperial C how to rhyme.
Since then Imperial C has been busy writing, recording and performing in various venues around Melbourne,
including the infamous Crown Casino.
At only 18, Imperial C boasts qualifications in both Sound Engineering & Music Performance
and even though he is young, is very experienced in live performance and percussion.
Imperial C has worked with some massive artists, including Sun from G-UNIT.
You can look forward to his upcoming collaborations with some huge players in the game,
including KURUPT, 40 GLOCC, LIL EAZY E, YUNG EAZY E
AND MORE and will be featuring on YOUNG NOBLE’s MIXTAPE.
Imperial C is about to take the Melbourne rap scene by storm, stay tuned here for all the latest updates!
“Recorded In Hollywood” (The John Dolphin Story).
Before Motown, there was John Dolphin World premiere of ‘Recorded in Hollywood’ tells fascinating true story of black businessman and music producer John Dolphin —a little-known slice of L.A. history.
In 1948, a decade before Motown, black businessman and entrepreneur John Dolphin opened his soon-to-be world famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood record store in South Los Angeles, just off legendary Central Avenue. Bringing this little-known slice of L.A. history to life on stage, the world premiere of Recorded in Hollywood opens at the Lillian Theatre on April 11.
Featuring a live on-stage band and an 18-member ensemble, Recorded in Hollywood, based on the biography “Recorded in Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story” by Jamelle Dolphin, features a book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin. The score includes 16 original songs by Andy Cooper plus covers of hit songs launched by Dolphin in his store, including Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me,” The Penguins’ “Earth Angel” and “Wheel Of Fortune” by The Hollywood Flames.
Four-time NAACP Best Director recipient Denise Dowse directs; musical direction is by Stephan Terry and choreography is by Cassie Crump.
John Dolphin recorded a host of R&B, blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and even western music talent on a series of labels with evocative names like “Lucky,” “Money,” “Cash” and “Recorded inHollywood.” The many great artists whose careers he advanced included Sam Cooke, Jesse Belvin, Charles Mingus, Pee Wee Crayton and Major Lance to name a few.
For nearly ten years, Dolphin’s of Hollywood was the most famous record shop in the country –perhaps the world – with legendary DJs like Dick “Huggy Boy” Hugg, Hunter Hancock and Charles Trammel spinning records all night from the front window. Recording artists appeared at the store and performed live on-air interviews, greeting and signing autographs for customers.
Dolphin’s was the first business to stay open 24 hours – even on Sundays – and to popularize abrand new marketing strategy: “Buy One, Get One Free.” An innovator who pioneered the crossover music concept, John Dolphin went on white radio station KRKD and played a blackmusic format, marketing black music to whites. White kids would pack the Dolphin’s of Hollywood record shop in the all-black neighborhood of South Central L.A. every night, bringing the races together during a time of segregation — and leading to increasing tension with Police Chief William H. Parker and the L.A.P.D.
In 1958, Dolphin was murdered in his office by a disgruntled “wanna-be” songwriter. Teenaged songwriter and piano player Bruce Johnston was a witness; he had come with the hope that Dolphin would sign his unknown band, The Beach Boys. Recorded in Hollywood, page 2 “John started from scratch and evolved into one of the most important figures in the history of American music,” says Jamelle Dolphin, whose biography of his grandfather, inspired by years of colorful stories he heard growing up, was based on extensive research of historical records and hundreds of hours of verbal interviews with family and friends. “When he realized that noone was going to let him open his record store on all-white Hollywood Blvd., he brought Hollywood to Central Avenue. By naming the store ‘Dolphin’s of Hollywood,’ he was telling the world that he was going to stare discrimination in the face and not blink.
”Stu James (Benny in RENT on Broadway, First National Tour of Oprah Winfrey’s The ColorPurple) stars in the role of “Lovin’” John Dolphin; Jade Johnson (recent graduate of USC’s School of Dramatic Arts) is his wife and partner, Ruth; Eric B. Anthony (Broadway casts of TheLion King, Hairspray, and Mary Poppins) plays songwriter Percy Ivy; Godfrey Moye (The Color Purple at Celebration Theatre) takes on the role of Sam Cooke; Nic Olsen (Avenue Q at Repertory East Playhouse) is Dick “Huggy Boy” Hugg; Rahsaan Patterson (recording artist,“Bleuphoria”) plays Los Angeles Sentinel founding publisher Leon Washington; and JohnDevereaux (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the El Portal; RENT, directed by Michael A. Sheppard; Chromolume Theatre’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown) portrays Jesse Belvin.
The ensemble, with each member playing multiple roles, includes Brooke Brewer, Richie Ferris, Jenna Gillespie, Franklin Grace, Nic Hodges, Philip Dean Lightstone, Jake Novak, James Simenc, Matthew Sims, Jr., Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield and Katherine Washington.
“The pre-rock ‘n’ roll epoch is not at all unlike the independent hip-hop world from which I come,” notes Cooper, a founding member of hip-hop trio Ugly Duckling who jumped at the chance to create original songs that capture a key era in American musical history. “Street-wise entrepreneurs like John Dolphin had to be two steps ahead of the industry and faced all the risk and peril of a highly competitive and unregulated business. The predominantly black music ,sometimes called “race music,” was promoted and sold on a local level, and places like Dolphin’s of Hollywood set the trends that the mainstream would soon emulate.
Set design for Recorded in Hollywood is by Joel Daavid; lighting design is by Christina Schwinn; costume design is by Mylette Nora; graphic design is by Jason Meza; and casting is by Michael Donovan, CSA. The stage manager is Ronn Goswick, and Racquel Lehrman,Theatre Planners produces.
Recorded in Hollywood opened on Saturday, April 11, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through May 17. There were two preview performances, on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10, both at 8 p.m. Tickets to all performances are $30 except previews which are $15. The Lillian Theatre is located at 1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood, CA 90038 (1½ blocks west of Vine).
For reservations and information,call (323) 960-4443 or go towww.RecordedInHollywood.com.
WHAT:Recorded in Hollywood – The fascinating true story of black businessman, record label owner and music producer John Dolphin. In 1948, a decade before Motown, he opened his world famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood record shop in South Los Angeles, but his contributions to music and the formative years of rock ’n’ roll have often been overlooked. Based on the book “Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story,” this new musical features 16 original songs to match the musical era of the 1950s, as well as hit cover songs associated with the story.
WHO:• Book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin• Music and Lyrics by Andy Cooper• Directed by Denise Dowse• Musical Direction by Stephan Terry• Choreography by Cassie Crump• Starring Eric B. Anthony, Brooke Brewer, John Devereaux, Richie Ferris, JennaGillespie, Franklin Grace, Nic Hodges, Stu James, Jade Johnson, Philip Dean Lightstone,Godfrey Moye, Jake Novak, Nic Olsen, Rahsaan Patterson, James Simenc, Matthew Sims,Jr., Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Katherine Washington• Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners
WHEN:Previews: April 9 and April 10 Performances: April 11-May 17• Thursday at 8 p.m: April 9 ONLY (preview)• Fridays at 8 p.m: April 10 (preview), 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15• Saturdays at 8 p.m: April 11 (Opening Night); 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16• Sundays at 3 p.m: April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17
WHERE:Lillian Theatre 1076 Lillian Way Hollywood, CA 90038(1½ blocks west of Vine at Santa Monica Blvd.)HOW:(323) 960-4443 or www.RecordedInHollywood.com TICKET PRICE:• General admission: $30
Brennan Haden & Jonathan Mendelsohn, Mono, Todd A. Curry, Imperial C.,
Teslanay, Shadow Raver and The Cast of “Recorded In Hollywood.”
Monday, April 13, 2015 at Noon (PST)
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INTERVIEWS & SPEAKERS:
Mitsuyo Miyazaki, Peter Maez, Yvonne Jimenez, Willow, Imperial C., Denise Dowse,
Eric B. Anthony, Franklin Grace, Nic Hodges, Matthew Sims Jr., Jade Johnson, Rashaan Patterson
Brennan Haden & Jonathan Mendelsohn, Mono, Todd A. Curry,
Imperial C., Teslanay, Shadow Raver and The Cast of “Recorded In Hollywood.
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Broadcast # 237
Air Date 4/13/15
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