Worth Repeating: Albert Contreras: Studio Visit

WORTH-REPEATING“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 3/24/14:

“Albert Contreras, who was born during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term as President, is a lean and cheerful man around eighty years old. He lives and works in a small apartment two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. At least once a day he walks down to the water to look at what’s going on – joggers, surfers, bicyclists, sunbathers and people walking their dogs. The rest of the time he seems to stay in his apartment, happily working.”

Contreras initially found success as a painter in Stockholm, Sweden, in the 1960s. His art then was focused on circles. “They were very serious,” he said. The circles he painted became smaller and smaller until the canvas became, in his words, “blank.” So he stopped painting in 1972 and moved back to LA. He was in his mid-60s when he took up painting again, in 1997, after a hiatus of twenty-five years during which time he worked for the city as a trash truck driver. Click here for a visit to his Santa Monica studio and a look at his latest art.


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Lena Dunham & Documentary about Hilary Knight, Illustrator of “Eloise”

From the New York Times:

Vector abstract color pencils and paint brush in the caddyA few years ago, Hilary Knight, the illustrator best known for “Eloise,” was talking with a builder he knows in East Hampton. The guy had just read a profile in New York Magazine of Lena Dunham, which mentioned she had an Eloise tattoo. “I was unaware of Lena Dunham,” Mr. Knight, 88, said recently.

He called up the publicity department at Simon & Schuster and asked them to send Ms. Dunham some signed “Eloise” books. She wrote back, “You are the very fiber of my being.”

Thus launched the friendship between the two, which led to a 35-minute documentary, “It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise,” which aired recently on HBO.

Read more here.


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Experience Talks Is Going On Hiatus


KPFK LogoExperience Talks will be on hiatus until the end of May while KPFK reorganizes its schedule and holds its spring Fund Drive. You can support the only radio station powered by the people by donating at www.kpfk.org. Check out the cool premiums they offer. And, during the hiatus, we look forward to sharing some Experience Talks podcasts with you.  Thanks for listening!



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Jane Goodall: Over a Half-Century with Her Beloved Chimpanzees

In July of 1960, Jane Goodall, now 81, landed in Tanganyka on a mission: to study the wild chimpanzees. Her world-reknown research has had a significant impact. “Today the social lives of animals from whales to ants have been abundantly cataloged using Goodall’s methodology, which has helped to set the basic ground rules for contemporary field biology. Goodall herself became the first exemplar — before Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking or Neil deGrasse Tyson — of the pop-culture scientist-communicator. She has inspired countless scientists, from the leader of Save the Elephants to the director of the Orangutan Project, at the same time as she has thrown open the door to other pioneering women in the sciences.” Read an extensive article about her and her work here.


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Chef Chane, Ethiopia’s Version Of “Seinfeld’s” Soup Nazi


FYI“Just like his New York doppelganger, the 71-year-old Chef Chane runs a restaurant with its own unwritten rules. Rule No. 1: Come on time. Lunch is served only from 12 to 1 and he always runs out of food. Rule No. 2: Don’t ask for a menu. You’ll eat whatever dish the chef decided to cook that day. Rule No. 3: When you step up to the counter and face the imperious chef in his tall white hat, don’t, whatever you do, hold up the line.”

Learn more about the temperamental 71-year-old chef and his popular Addis Ababa restaurant here.


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Beryl Walker Is World’s Oldest Paper Delivery Girl

FYI“When her grandson decided to give up his paper round, former Post Office worker Beryl Walker offered to take over his duties. Thirty-five years later and the 88-year-old is still doing the paper round in Gloucester. . . Now, after clocking up thousands of miles delivering over a million newspapers on her bike, Beryl has been awarded the Guiness World Record for being the oldest paper girl in the world.” Read more here.


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Tim Carpenter to be Keynote Speaker at Leagueaires Lecture Series

“The Art of Active Aging” is the title of the third year LeagueAires Lecture Series taking place on April 2, 2015, at 7 pm, at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. LeagueAires, in partnership with MacPhail and ArtSage, will present keynote speaker Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE. Get details here.

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Worth Repeating: Bobbee Zeno in Memoriam

Worth Repeating: One year ago on this date, we published a tribute to our friend and colleague Bobbee Zeno, Founding Producer and Host of Experience Talks. Please click here to see the wonderful photo album that was prepared by Tim Carpenter to remember Bobbee. As we said at the time, his legacy lives on in the community he loved and served.

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Flo Fox: Blind Photographer Has Chronicled NYC for 40 Years

Digital Camera“Flo Fox is legally blind, yet she has shot over 120,000 images and counting. “I’d like to prove that even though I’m a total cripple, I can still take fantastic photos,” Fox says of her continuously growing portfolio. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 30, Fox, now 69 and completely paralyzed, still takes her camera with her everywhere, having attendants, friends, and strangers take photos for her with an autofocus camera.” Read more and see her photos here.


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Experience Talks 3/21: Donald Rosenfeld/Robyn Rosenfeld/Paul Cantelon – “EFFIE GRAY”


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Donald Rosenfeld/Robyn Rosenfeld/Paul Cantelon

with host Tim Carpenter


In her first original screenplay, EFFIE GRAY, Academy Award winning screenwriter Emma Thompson peers inside the forbidden realms of Victorian society through the true story of the marriage of Effie Gray and renowned art critic John Ruskin. Tim Carpenter talks to filmmakers Donald Rosenfeld and Robyn Rosenfeld, and composer Paul Cantelon, about bringing to life onscreen the unrequited passion hidden behind the veil of opulent public life in Victorian England. EFFIE GRAY opens nationwide April 3.

DonaldDONALD ROSENFELD (Producer) spent the years 1987 to 1998 as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, in charge of the financing and production of such titles as James Ivory’s “Mr and Mrs Bridge” (1990), Simon Callow’s “The Ballad of the Sad Café (1991), James Ivory’s “Howards End” (1992) and “The Remains of the Day” (1993), Christopher Menaul’s “Feast of July” (1995) and James Ivory’s “Jefferson In Paris” (1995), and “Surviving Picasso,” among others. He produced Chris Munch’s “Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day” (1996), which won Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, for which he recreated the Yosemite Valley narrow Gauge Railroad. Rosenfeld produced Ric Burns’ “New York: A Documentary Film” (1996-2003) and was executive producer of Taran Davies’ film about the people of Chechnya, “Mountain Men and Holy Wars” (2003). He produced the romantic drama “Forty Shades of Blue”, which won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in 2005. He produced Ric Burns’ first feature film, the four hours long “Andy Warhol” (2006), and he made “Anton Chekhov’s The Duel”, directed by the Georgian director Dover Kashashvili, and the following year he was the sole executive producer of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” repeating the task on the director’s recent “Voyage of Time”, with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. In-between, he was the executive producer of “Jodorowsky’s Dune”, the story of the Chilean director’s doomed attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel to the screen. EFFIE GRAY marks Rosenfeld’s third collaboration with Emma Thompson. He looks forward to many great films ahead with Emma.


ROBYN ROSENFELD (Executive Producer) has spent most of her career producing, distributing, and overseeing international sales for feature films and television. Most recently, Rosenfeld Executive Produced the upcoming feature film, EFFIE GRAY, written by Emma Thompson and starring Dakota Fanning, with a notable cast including Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, David Suchet, Derek Jacobi, Claudia Cardinale, Tom Sturridge, and Robbie Coltrane.  She also oversaw International Sales for the acclaimed documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE for City Film, which just received a nomination for Best Documentary from the National Board of Review and was also listed on Oscars Documentary Feature Short List for 2014.

From 2006– present, Rosenfeld joined the team of High Line Pictures/Sovereign Films where she has been involved in all aspects of production on films such as ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL, starring Tobias Menzies and Andrew Scott.  Rosenfeld distributed and supervised marketing and advertising for this critically lauded film for its U.S. release in April 2010.

From 1999 to 2001, Rosenfeld Executive Produced CREATURE FEATURES, an original series of HBO Primetime Movies, which premiered Fall 2001 in a two-tiered release on HBO and Cinemax. Rosenfeld also signed a five-picture development deal with A&E Television Networks to create and develop a series of movies entitled GHOST TALES. A&E’s GHOST TALES marked the network’s debut venture into classic horror.

Rosenfeld began her career in advertising and public relations where she produced TV Commercials, Industrial Films, Radio Commercials and Promos for clients such as Landmark Banks, The American Chiropractic Association, Clairol, and NBC. She gradually transitioned into television, where she wrote and produced news segments, news magazine shows, and documentaries. She’s directed and produced segments for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and THE INSIDER, as well as composed and conducted celebrity interviews; Associate Produced the 2005 TV special VOGUE MAGAZINE’s TRENDWATCH; wrote and Field Produced the fashion news segments for the NBC TODAY SHOW; and wrote and Co-produced the 13- episode news magazine show, SECRETS OF THE MASTERCHEFS, which aired on PBS.

Additionally, she’s produced and styled editorial photo-shoots with renowned photographers Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz, including cover stories for Vanity Fair and Traveler’s Magazines, featuring celebrities such as Demi Moore and Rebecca De Mornay; and two album covers for Bruce Springsteen.

PaulPAUL CANTELON (Composer) is a versatile musician and a composer of contemporary classical music who studied at the Geneva Conservatory, New York’s Juilliard School and the Conservatoire de Paris. Born in California, he is a founding member of the American alternative band Wild Colonials, and has recorded and performed with such musicians as Yo Yo Ma, Joe Cocker, The Kinks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, King Crimson, Everclear, and Ry Cooder. His first feature film score was composed for director Liv Schreiber’s quirky comedy, “Everything is Illuminated” (2005), but it was his work on Julian Schnabel’s four-time Oscar®-nominated “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)” two years later, which brought him international recognition. “Superheroes” and “Year of the Fish” followed, with Justin Chadwick’s “The Other Boleyn Girl,” starring Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson, hitting cinemas in 2008. He supplied the music for Shekhar Kapur’s segment of “New York, I Love You” and then scored Oliver Stone’s presidential biographical drama “W.” Next came “Conviction” (2010), starring Hilary Swank; the touching drama “The Music Never Stopped”; and a documentary about the legendary fashion editor, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel.” In 2013 he composed the music for the 1940s family drama “Wish You Well,” starring Ellen Burstyn and “Immigrant,” the story of a young Russian in search of the American dream.


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