A Conversation with Chris Strompolos who played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, November 26, 2015
In June of 1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark was released and Indiana Jones was born. Cinematic history and the hearts of movie lovers and generations to follow were changed forever.
In June of 2014… 33 years later: The Raiders Guys completed what has been called “the greatest fan-film ever made“ – a shot-for-shot recreation of the Spielberg / Lucas classic. Welcome to our adventure!
It’s summer. 1981…and it’s hot.
You’re 10, 11 years old…and there’s nothing to do.
So what DO you do?
Maybe you get a bunch of kids together and play ball: Baseball, basketball or soccer.
It’s summer…and it’s hot…. So maybe what you do is get together with another kid and make a shot-by-shot recreation of your favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
That’s exactly what Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala did that summer…and the next…and the next…and on and on for seven years.
Then long beyond that.
Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving. bb
Adam Nicolson employs Homeric thinking as the foundation myth to understand the evolution of Greek consciousness and to make the distant past of the Mediterranean world as immediate to us today as our own time.
Why Homer Matters is a magical journey of discovery across great stretches of time and place, sewn together by the epic poems themselves and their metaphors of life and trouble. Homer’s formulaic were invented after memory and before history to occupy as Adam Nicolson writes “a Third space,” in which to bend memory over back thousands of years beyond the customary three generations of human experience.
The Iliad and The Odyssey are among the oldest stories we have, emerging from a time—around 200 B.C.—before the Greeks became Greek, when warlike invaders from the Northern steppe—beyond the Black Sea—clashed with the more sophisticated inhabitants of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The poems tell us how we became who we are.
description from Macmillan/Holt website
Tonight’s program is a repeat. Hope you enjoy it.
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Struggling for the right words to express what “Turn Left at the Trojan Horse” is about is not my idea of a good use of time especially when I can poach the best description from the Kensington Publishing Corp. website.
“Go away. Figure it out,” she was saying. “Don’t come back until you do.” She looked at the calendar. “You have thirty-one days.”
With these words, like Helen of Troy launching a thousand ships across the Aegean, Brad Herzog’s wife launched a single Winnebago Aspect onto the open road. A modern-day Odysseus in Kerouac clothing, Brad Herzog plunges into a solo cross-country adventure in search of insight. With middle age bearing down on him and another college reunion fast approaching, he takes stock: How has he measured up to his own youthful aspirations? In contemporary America, what is a life well lived? What is a heroic life?
From the foothills…
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A Conversation with Costa Boutsikaris, director of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective, October 1, 2015
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible – what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.
In 2012, after finishing a Permaculture Design Course in NYC and
graduating from film school, Costa raised funds on KickStarter to convert a diesel van to run on Waste Vegetable Oil. The money was also used to buy an 80 Watt solar panel to create a renewable energy film vehicle that could allow for mobile editing and camera charging.
The following spring Emmett joined on and the two set off on a 4 month journey, visiting around 22 permaculture sites. The map above illustrates most of the journey. Filming wrapped in the Autumn of 2013 and by April of 2014 Costa and Emmett launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for editing/post production. After 8 days they surpassed their goal of $18,000 and eventually raised over $35,000 total.
Description from Inhabit website
Chris McDougall has done it beautifully!
“Done what?” you ask.
Written a self-help book disguised as a historical World War Two action-thriller.
He’s taken a story of the daring kidnapping of the German General, Heinrich Kreipe, from the island of Crete in March of 1944—a story that everyone’s heard but no one really knows—then combined it with elements of fascia profunda science, foraging for greens with a former ballerina in the heart of Brooklyn, George Hebert’s Natural Method and Phil Maffetone’s 2-week test back to health. And all along the way he’s giving us tantalizing bits of information about the festival of Dromaia, a Cretan passage into manhood; Parkour; The Firm, the WWII British Special Ops force; the celtic ritual of the “manhood stone”; the possible connection between the Chinese fighting technique of Wing Chun and the ancient Greek fighting style of Pankration (think Alexander) and so much more.
But maybe I’ve got it all wrong. Maybe it’s really a WWII action-thriller wrapped in a self-help book’s clothing. It doesn’t really matter. It’s an exciting read, it’s a fun read and it’s an exhilarating read.
Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program “Graffiti” to listen to my conversation with Chris on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.
Between their rounds of drinking, being worshipped and carelessly improvising at least one minor miracle, they manage to have a conversation about the nature of humanity and human intelligence. It is this conversation that leads to the wager upon which André Alexis’s wonderful novel, Fifteen Dogs, is built.
Join me tonight at 7pm when I have a conversation with André Alexis about Fifteen Dogs on my radio program GRAFFITI. Listen to it on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM website.
For more information you might find the websites below useful.
A Conversation with J. E. ‘Ted’ Lendon Author of “Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins”. August 11, 2011
Hope you enjoy this show that orginally aired back in August of 2011.
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Back in 2005 I interviewed J.E. ‘Ted’ Lendon about his new book Soldiers and Ghosts a fascinating study about the crucial role culture played in ancient Greek warfare. At the end of our conversation Ted mentioned that he was working on a new book about the Peloponnesian War. Earlier this year as I was wandering through my library’s “New Titles” section and saw the name J.E. Lendon on the spine of a book. The books title: Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins. It took half a decade but there it was.