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Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

Photo: Performer Perle Noire courtesy of James Lester and Get Naked NYC When you hear the word “burlesque,” you probably think of two things: Christina Aguilera and Cher in the not-so-stellar movie Burlesque; Women dancing naked. But a quick Google search will tell you that the primary definition of “burlesque” is: Noun 1. An absurd [...]

COLLABORATING WITH KEVIN BACON

COLLABORATING WITH KEVIN BACON

  The Making of Kevin’s Tough Day   When Rachel Weinstein, Operation Backpack® Founder, wrote a letter to actor and musician Kevin Bacon asking if he could attend their kick-off event, she never dreamed it would lead to the inspiring outpouring of support for Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s annual drive that it did. Every year, [...]

An article for the upcoming series I'm working on with Brick City TV

An article for the upcoming series I’m working on with Brick City TV

Sundance Productions’ CHICAGOLAND is produced by BCTV ‘Brick City’ filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and award-winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of BCTV, CHICAGOLAND is a non-scripted, eight-part original series about a heartland American city.  It is as authentic an American city as there is, and the series will explore where politics [...]

“Prayer for a Perfect Season” is a Fast-Paced and Immensely Satisfying Doc

Here’s the second high school basketball documentary I’ve seen in a week. “Prayer for a Perfect Season,” which debuts on HBO tonight (totally fittingly as part of HBO Sports not HBO Documentaries), is very different than “Elevate,” however, and definitely nothing like “Hoop Dreams,” the standard for this subject matter. It’s fast, literal, incredibly current [...]

AV Club : New York Television Festival

AV Club : New York Television Festival

Gelber And Manning In Pictures Creators/Point of origin/Running time: Jesse Gelber, James Lester, and Kate Manning/New York City (but really New Jersey)/11 minutes Cast: Jesse Gelber, Kate Manning, Mark S. Armstrong, Carson Grant, Noah Forrest Program: Drama Headline: “I like Mad Men!” “Well, honey, I like Glee!” “Guys, guys: What if you could have BOTH?” [...]