October 19, 2015

New stills from King Lear.
Lear: "I did her wrong."

Gloucester (Jim Zidar), Lear (Alexander Barnett), Goneril (Leah Filley)

Fool (Aaron Strand), Lear (Alexander Barnett)

Lear, Cornwall (William Le Dent), Regan (Samantha Dena)

September 26, 2015

Production Stills from The Eyes of Van Gogh

The film will be available shortly with closed captions.
Gordon Joseph Weiss (Theo) Alexander Barnett (Vincent)

Alexander Barnett (Van Gogh)

Alexander Barnett (Vincent) Gordon Joseph Weiss (Theo)

Dinner with asylum inmates
Vincent (Alexander Barnett) with father (Keith Perry)

 Other stills.

May 02, 2015

King Lear has Wrapped

My film wrapped on 4/28 - a difficult, but incredible journey.  For post I will be looking for an assistant editor, a sound designer, and a colorist.  www.kinglearfilm.org

April 21, 2015

February 01, 2015

January 03, 2015

Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, a man of enormous dignity, integrity, humanity, passion, courage and towering intellect has left us and the loss is enormous. Aside from Bernie Sanders, there is no one in the political arena today who can come anywhere close to matching what he stood for. Again, that repugnant malignant monster death, has taken a great one from us. I am enormously grateful that he lived, but to lose him is heartbreaking. His greatest hero was Lincoln. As they say "like attracts like." He will always be an inspiration.

November 25, 2014

Van Gogh Musuem to showcase The Eyes of Van Gogh

In 2015, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will commemorate the 125th anniversary of van Gogh’s death. They will be showing clips from my film The Eyes of Van Gogh throughout the year. www.theeyesofvangogh.com

May 28, 2014

May 10, 2014

Stefanie Cytron joins King Lear Team

Stefanie Cytron is a Costume Designer based in Los Angeles, California.  She specializes in design and costume construction, costume illustration, and wardrobe styling.  She has worked on many international productions, and her designs have been showcased at various film festivals, including the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2011 OneCloudFest, as well as in TV commercials and on stage.  Her dye work and fabric manipulation have been featured in Kanye West’s 2014 Yeezus tour, during Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week, and in the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.  Cytron has extensive stage experience at the LA Opera, Washington National Opera, California State Long Beach Opera, Powerhouse Theatre, LA Fringe Festival, and the New Jersey Opera Theatre.  Cytron holds a degree in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Florida, where she designed costumes for a number of productions, ranging from period theatre and opera to African dance.  She is a Washington, DC native.

April 30, 2014

Costume Design Internship available in LA July-August

This summer intern will be reporting to the film’s Costume Designer, Stefanie Cytron.  The costume design intern will assist with and learn about research, sketch submissions, fabric selections, and period costume construction. They will have the opportunity to collaborate on pieces or projects appropriate to skill level and interest. The position will be based in Los Angeles for the pre-production phase of the work. Background in costume design and construction is required along with proficiency in research, excellent communication abilities, flexibility, and attention to detail.  Two or more years of college, college graduate, or grad-student preferred.  A positive attitude and willingness to collaborate and learn is more important for me.  This internship opportunity provides hands-on experience.  It is an unpaid position.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Ms. Cytron stefbc7@gmail.com

April 28, 2014

Leo Netto selected as DP for King Lear

Brazilian born, British raised and American improved, Leonardo Agrizzi Netto was always been a disciple of the arts and from a very early age realised the visual medium of cinematography was his calling in life. After graduating from the prestigious Bournemouth Screen Academy in England, where he was mentored by Witold Stok BSC, it was not long before Leonardo enrolled in the No.1 film school in the world, the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, to pursue a postgraduate degree in Cinematography. There he was mentored by Stephen Lighthill ASC, Robert Primes ASC, Bill Dill ASC and Charles Rose AIC.

In 2012 Leonardo funded Photek Films, Inc., a boutique production house focused on the highest quality image capture. Having worked on over 60 productions internationally, Leonardo has the experience to match his illustrious education.

April 25, 2014

Grant for King Lear

I am delighted to report receiving a grant for my upcoming film.  I would also like to welcome Ms. Jacqueline B. Mars as an Associate Producer.
Stefanie Cytron has joined the creative team for my upcoming film of King Lear as costume designer.

December 08, 2013

Creative Team - Film

I am now accepting resumes and supporting materials from cinematographers, lighting designers, and art directors only for the independent film King Lear.  Please visit the film's website for information.

November 29, 2013

I am pleased to announce the official website for my upcoming film of King Lear, now in pre-production.   Please visit site for job information.

September 12, 2012

No, No, No!

Another production of King Lear that has Lear molesting his daughters?  How tiresome, banal and ridiculous. 

There is nothing in the play to support that interpretation.  Further -- if Lear is a monster, it makes Cordelia, Kent, Edgar, Gloucester, the Fool, Albany and his knights blithering idiots.  They love him.

Most important - if Lear is an incestuous monster, there is no tragedy whatsoever.  He deserves everything he gets.  That makes Shakespeare a blithering idiot.


September 11, 2012

Dead Gitmo detainee was cleared for release in 2009

So much for Obama's promises.  And where is the anti-war demonstration?  You can't object only when the party you don't like is in power.  Sheer hypocrisy.

August 31, 2012

Was Vincent van Gogh color-blind?

A major problem with the suggestion of color-blindness is that it ignores van Gogh's incredibly specific written description of his paintings.  I think not.

May 23, 2012

New van Gogh exhibit

Van Gogh: Up Close - Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Opens at the National Gallery of Canada Until September 3, 2012

January 02, 2012

Sugar Ray Robinson: Bright Lights and Dark Shadows

An excellent biography of one of the two greatest prizefighters of all time.

A profile of the man considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time includes film clips and interviews with Jake LaMotta, journalist Nigel Collins, wife Edna Mae Robinson and son Ray Robinson Jr. The original score was composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis...

July 11, 2011

The Eyes of Van Gogh

I am very pleased to announce that my film, The Eyes of Van Gogh, has just completed a five year distribution deal with China.  With prior deals for Hong Kong and Taiwan that just about covers southeast Asia.


July 02, 2011

Stand with Aung San Suu Kyi

A courageous woman who should, rightfully, be the leader of her country's people. Support her in her battle against the brutal thugs who run her country.

International pressure helped free Burmese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, but thousands of other activists remain in brutal jails. I've just signed a petition to support Suu Kyi's call for their freedom, join me!

June 25, 2011

Burzynski Movie subscribers

June 24, 2011

Screening June 26, 2011 - Ridgefield, CT:
This Sunday June 26, 2011 at 6:30PM "Burzynski, the Movie" will screen at the Ridgefield Playhouse as part of their Documentary Film Series.

Director Eric Merola, Dr. Greg Burzynski (Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's son), and lung, liver and adrenal cancer survivor Kelsey Hill and her mother Sarah (who are featured in the documentary) will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
80 East Ridge Ave. Ridgfield, CT 06877. For tickets call (203) 438-5795

FREE Screening June 26, 2011 - Frankfort, Michigan
Also this Sunday June 26th at 1PM "Burzynski, the Movie" will screen for free at 1:00 PM. Doors open at 12:30 PM.
For more info: marti.jeffs@yahoo.com • (231) 357-0864
Results from free online viewing: Since we placed this documentary online for free on June 10, 2011, it has been viewed over 500,000 times and still growing. Both Mr. Merola and The Burzynski Clinic have received hundreds of emails and inquiries into both this story and Burzynski's treatment itself. Although we only intended it to be a limited free release, due to high demand we are leaving it online for free until further notice. The first step in this fight is mass awareness, once we have a large enough percentage of the population willing to stand up and demand the release of these medicines for worldwide public use—a force for change can occur. The 500,000 online views in merely 2 weeks is a great start so far. This fight is just getting started. Please keep emailing the free link to the film and spreading the word! (Some people emailed about having trouble viewing the film online, this is also the direct ink to the film: http://vimeo.com/24821365

June 14, 2011

Synetic Theater

I have the greatest admiration for this company.  Brilliant, beautiful theatre.  Go.

The Great Cancer Hoax: The Brilliant Cure the FDA Tried Their Best to Shut Down...

I urge anyone who has cancer or has a friend or relative with cancer to see this film. I've read every book written on Dr. Burzynski and there is no question that the man is a brilliant pioneer in the treatment of cancer. For those who trust the government, the F.D.A., or the drug companies re: medical care, you're in for a very rude awakening.

Go to Dr. Mercola's website for Sat. 6/11 and hit 'The great cancer hoax' and then watch the movie for free through 6/20. The title is 'Burzynski: The movie'. Tell everyone you know about it.  http://vimeo.com/24821365

Burzynski the Movie tells the story of Polish doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who developed the gene-targeted cancer treatment method using antineoplastons.

April 30, 2011

King Lear

I congratulate Paata Tsikurishvili on a brilliantly reimagined King Lear along with the splendid Synetic theatre company.  Bravo.