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Rick James obit. (Links)

‘Reflecting on his breakthroughs, James once told me in an interview, “I was able to demonstrate that someone from a small country could compete with the best.”’

This is an excerpt from my most recent CREATIVE SPACE entitled Theatre on the Road and on the Stage: Rick James which is also syndicated at Antiguanice.com – which allows the post to reach potentially tens and tens of thousands and more (Ad! alert! Ad! alert! so for businesses in Antigua and Barbuda this series is an opportunity to boost your brand while boosting local art and culture. Email me at jhohadli at gmail dot com to find out how).

The post speaks about his acting career and his career in mas – his efforts on both fronts to elevate and keep both arts alive here at home after conquering the stage and TV overseas. Here’s one of his old headshots.

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You might also be interested in this piece and this one from the Daily Observer newspaper.

RIP to another of our artists.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.

 

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Jonathan Demme – Filmmaker – Deceased

The death of an artist is as a sad a moment (sometimes too fleeting a moment) as the death of any human being. The death of an artist also prompts reflection on the artist’s oeuvre – it’s one of the reasons we say that someone who creates never really dies, not as long as the work they’ve created remains alive.

I am a lover of film – just another form of storytelling, really.

So having come across this post on the life and death of Jonathan Demme, I thought I’d pass it on here and share (in order of favourites, from among the ones I’ve seen) my favourite (favourite being subjective and not always a reflection of best by cine-finicky standards but often because of your personal relationship with and response to the film, at the time in your life that you saw it) Demme flicks. Hey, I mentioned I was a lover of film.

1. Married to the Mob
2. Swing Shift
3. The Silence of the Lambs
4. Philadelphia
5. Something Wild
6. The Manchurian Candidate

Yes, the farcical Married to the Mob is my favourite Demme film – don’t judge me; and, yes, my fond childhood memories of Swing Shift eclipse the uni-years chills of Silence of the Lambs in my visceral memory – go ahead, judge me, I deserve it.

That he worked with my literary idol of idols Haitian-American author Edwidge Dandicat, producing content on Haiti is another one for the plus column in my book, and reason enough for me to reeeaach and include him on a Caribbean literary blog. For the record, well, assuming my research is right, their collaborations include the film The Agronomist (film), Island on Fire (book), Haiti: Three Visions (book) – in fact, she was a production assistant and researcher at his Clinica Estetico, according to her, her first job out of graduate school, and, in fact, it was while working with Demme on Beloved that she met Oprah who went on to select Dandicat’s Breath Eyes Memory for her highly influential book club.

So, there’s your Caribbean connection, although great art doesn’t need to have a blood link to be appreciated. And come on, Married to the Mob (with Alec Baldwin, Matthew Modine, Oliver Platt, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Joan Cusak, so many actors I like, including  the great Michelle Pfeiffer) is delightfully over the top, absurdist, farcical, entertaining, great art. So great, and so different from some of his more sober work (Philadelphia), it’s hard to believe that this is the same guy.

Our deepest condolences to Jonathan’s family–Joanne, Brooklyn, Ramona and Jos–neighbors and friends from Nyack. Jonathan’s generosity and support for my work on Haitian Art was unparalleled and I will be forever grateful. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Miami-based group Americans For Immigrant Justice, which specializes in […]

via ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ director and steadfast friend of Haiti Jonathan Demme dead at 73 — Repeating Islands

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