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
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.
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.
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.
A Repeat of my Conversation with Chris Strompolos who played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, August 4, 2016
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 childhood, 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 a re-run of my conversation with Chris Strompolos on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.
A Conversation with Alexandros Megas, Fine Artist, Photographer, Certified Hypnotist, Screenwriter and Musician, July 21, 2016
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.
Quotation used to introduce the film: Megas Art promo
But enough words. Enjoy the work.
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.
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.
Unfortunately 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.
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.
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.
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
While 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.
Tonight, the second part of my two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, June 9, 2016
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.
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.
Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program, Graffiti, to listen to the last part of my conversation 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:
Tonight, the first of a two-part conversation with Konstantinos Kambouroglou, director of the film: How to Steal a Chair, May 26, 2016
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 know 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:
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:
Remember, tune in tonight at 7pm for the first part of our conversation then again in two weeks on June 9, for part 2.