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A Conversation with Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala, the guys who made what many consider to be the greatest fan film ever made— Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016

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35 years ago Raiders of the Lost Ark came out and was a hit. Folks flocked to the theater to see it. For some it was like a blast from the past—bringing back memories of the serials they watched in theaters back in the 30’s and 40’s. For other—those a bit younger—it was just great, exciting fun.

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If you listened to last week’s program—a repeat from November of last year—you heard the conversation I had with Chris Strompolos about how he and Eric Zala—all of 10 and 11 years old at the time—decided to do a shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

What they didn’t realize at the time was that it would consume the rest of their childhood and a12RAIDERS3-blog427 good portion of their adult lives as well.

It’s a remarkable story of friendship, dreams, perseverance, boulders and flying wings.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Chris and Eric on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

CLICK HERE for the link to Rolling Boulder Films Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for the article by Mekado Murphy published in the International NY Times entitled: They Remade ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Here’s Why. June 8, 2016.

CLICK HERE for the “Ain’t It Cool” review of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: The Adaptation.

CLICK HERE for Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation wikipedia page.

CLICK HERE for the IndieWire article I first read that lead me to Chris and Eric.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry I wrote for the conversation I had with Chris last year.

 

A Repeat of my Conversation with Chris Strompolos who played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation is considered by many to be the greatest “FAN” film ever made. Started in 1981 when Chris and his buddy, Eric Zala, were 10 and 11 years old it took them 7 years, essentially the rest of their raiders_adaptationchildhood, to “complete” the film. I have COMPLETE in quotes because, for obvious reasons, they never filmed the airplane scene back then…that would come 20+ years later.

One of the reasons I’m replaying this tonight is to prep everyone for the upcoming August 18, 2016 edition of Graffiti. Two weeks from tonight I’ll have both Chris and Eric on to talk about everything that’s happened recently including the release of the documentary about Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, and listen to a9781250001474 re-run of my conversation with Chris Strompolos on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

Please click here to take you back to the posting I wrote for when this was originally aired back on Thanksgiving night last year.

A Conversation with Alexandros Megas, Fine Artist, Photographer, Certified Hypnotist, Screenwriter and Musician, July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016

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FLYING by Alexandros Megas

The clock’s just struck 12 midnight and I’m mesmerized.

As I started writing this blog I came across Alexandros’s list of accomplishments and wondered if maybe—just possibly—he hypnotized me when I met him at the Agora Gallery last week.

Maybe. Or maybe I’m just blown away by his work, his vision, his understanding of what the role of the artist is in the world.

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Quotation used to introduce the film: Megas Art promo

Or maybe he does have me in the grip of some spell and it’s proof that there still isimg_2938 magic in the world.

But enough words. Enjoy the work.

CLICK HERE for the Alexandros Megas website.

CLICK HERE for Alexandros’s blog.

CLICK HERE for for the Agora Gallery link for Alexandros’s work being exhibited until July 28.

meditationCLICK HERE for his DIE4ME teaser.

CLICK HERE for the Recapitulation 7 video.

CLICK HERE for the HENDRIX (by KRYSTYLE) video.

 

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Alexandros on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website.

A Conversation with Meg Cotner, author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens”, July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016

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Meg and I had our first conversation three years ago…almost to the day. Since then we’ve done four more shows. Today’s show, I think, makes it an even six. It’s been a wonderful collaboration, though I’m not sure collaboration is the right word since Meg does most of the work. She supplies me with the information about what’s happening in Astoria and nearby communities then we get to talk about it on-air.

9780762781188Unfortunately for me, and many others, all that is coming to an end as Meg prepares to move to that coast way over on the other side of the country. She will no longer be the Queen of Queens, possibly now she’ll be known as the Countess of the Coast.

Whatever she goes off to do I’m sure she’ll put all her many resources and skills into it and be extremely successful.

Meg, I wish you well.

Bon Chance!

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Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Meg on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website.

Below are a number of links to things we’re talking about tonight.

CLICK HERE for The We Heart Astoria (WHA) 50+ THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER IN ASTORIA AND LONG ISLAND CITY (2016 EDITION).

CLICK HERE for 2016 ASTORIA AND LIC SUMMER OUTDOOR MOVIE SCHEDULE.

CLICK HERE for SUMMER 2016 OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES IN ASTORIA AND LIC.

CLICK HERE for ASTORIA AND LIC STREET FAIRS 2016.

CLICK HERE for Kickstarter Summer 2016 Festival.

CLICK HERE for Meg’s website.

CLICK HERE for her Harmonious Belly website.

CLICK HERE for the Brooklyn Grange events calendar.

CLICK HERE for The Sparrow Film Project FB page.

CLICK HERE for the Where’s Waldo FB page.

…and more.

Click here to find out more about the Open Mic Night—Friday, July 15—at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Open Mic Nights 2016 – Our Open Mic Nights, the 3rd Friday of each month, will give you an opportunity to share your words, music or comedy … in a nurturing, comfortable space with some great people.

Bill Buschel is our host for the evening….

 

A Conversation with Amanda Summer, author of 100 Places In Greece Every Woman Should Go. June 23, 2016.

June 23, 2016

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With style, intelligence, and personal anecdotes gleaned from years of working in Greece, archaeologist and award-winning writer Amanda Summer is your personal guide to the best of Greece. In crisp and often humorous storytelling she introduces you to the temples, shrines, grottoes, and churches of this magnificent country, intricately weaving in stories of the women—from goddesses of mythology Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite to goddesses of cinema and the arts Melina Mercouri, Irini Papas, and Maria Callas—who have molded the history and culture of Greece itself.

From the publisher’s website

4764979_origWhile reading 100 Places in Greece… I found myself being transported back to my first trip to Greece in the late 1970’s. Amanda’s words brought back so much of the excitement I felt then as I traveled by foot, bus and ferry from place to place. The thrill of hiking down the Samaria Gorge, exploring the Plaka, taking the funicular to the top of Lykavittos Hill and seeing the Parthenon…I could go on and on.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, to listen to my conversation with Amanda on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website. Or use the tunein App on your smart device.

CLICK HERE for the publisher’s website for 100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go.

CLICK HERE for Amanda’s website.1717913

CLICK HERE for for Amanda’s blog: Travels with Persephone.

CLICK HERE for an sample of the sort of website info Amanda has pepper though out the book. This one is for Lykavittos Hill.

CLICK HERE for another example of a website Amanda has placed in the section on Melissanos: The Port Sandal Maker.

CLICK HERE for one more example. This time for the Benaki Museum.

 

Tonight, the second part of my two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, June 9, 2016

June 8, 2016

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Tonight I’ll be airing the second half of my two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, the director of the film: How to Steal a Chair.

Two weeks ago we began our conversation about Konstantinos’s passionate exploration behind one man’s failed mission to bring art and design to a museum in Northern Greece. This week we’ll talk about some deeper truths he’s uncovered during the course of making this film.

13239017_1547849385511174_1188945112417342712_nHere’s the logline for the film:

A meditation on passion and lost dreams, this modern Greek tale follows a once famous design educator and collector as he struggles to salvage his legacy.

For more information click here for my previous entry dated May, 26, 2016.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, to listen to the last part of my 13266024_1546912805604832_3892106558355038863_nconversation with Konstantinos on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

Here are two other websites that maybe of interest:

CLICK HERE for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR Facebook Page.

CLICK HERE for for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR website at IFP.

 

If you missed part one please go to the Archives at the HPR website to listen.

Tonight, the first of a two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

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I think I can safely say that I’ve known Konstantino for most, if not all, of his adult life. He’s a friend…he’s also a deep thinker and feels things just as deeply. He’s also a storyteller…and a filmmaker. So knowing him I 13239017_1547849385511174_1188945112417342712_nknow that How to Steal a Chair is much more than a film about a man and a failed museum. I’m glad we had this chance to sit down and talk about it.

Here’s the logline for the film:

A meditation on passion and lost dreams, this modern Greek tale follows a once famous13230253_1546416362321143_1022148870747197908_n-1 design educator and collector as he struggles to salvage his legacy.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to the first part of my conversation with Konstantino on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website. Tune in on June 9 for the second half of this conversation.

Here are a number websites that may interest you:

CLICK HERE for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR Facebook Page.

CLICK HERE for for the HOW TO STEAL A CHAIR website at IFP.

Remember, tune in tonight at 7pm for the first part of our conversation then again in two weeks on June 9, for part 2.

 

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