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It’s about the “Ts”- Accomplishments & great things ahead for Clara54

That “t” in the headline stands for gossip for all of you folks in the “not cool” category…anyho, that’s the word according to Wendy Williams who has become this blog’s unofficial go-to-girl for the latest in celebrity news…not that Wendy is a walking Wikipedia mind you. Word is she gets her juicy tidbits from TMZ, In Touch Magazine, Perez Hilton, and a host of other Hollywood Insiders out there in celebrity land. I heard lots of stuff these last few weeks that you might not have gotten wind of yet. The gossip is that Miley Cyrus will be making a CAMEO in the new Sex And The City movie where she and Kim Cattrell wear the same designer duds, which in turn causes “drama”.

Kim from Bravos The Housewives of Atlanta and her “big Poppa” have finally called it quits… at least for now & our Chicago’s very own infamous former governor, Rob Blagolavich will be squaring off with The Donald on Celebrity Apprentice and my fave bit of juicy fruit? (just because I love his comeback so much) is that Bobby Brown will be joining Celebrity Fit Club with none other than Shar Jackson & her babies daddy (BRITNEY SPEARS EX) Kevin Federline, to lose some of those love handles…good for them!

I’m excited to report that information about When One Door Closes, Reflections from Women on Life’s Turning Points written by women for women and authored by Ms. Terri S. Nelson can be viewed at Terri’s http://www.reflectionsfromwomen.com and her blog right now. During the month of December, Terri will add your email address to her mailing list so you can be amongst the first to be notified of the books availability for purchase january 2010… I’m so excited & thrilled to see my name/story listed on the website along with such distinguished women who offer lessons for other women with true stories of their struggles & eventual triumphs…

There’s a young man I’d contacted in hopes of doing an interview with about his moving & thoughtful…some might say controversial film/documentary called A War For Your Soul. Reginald Bullock finally contacted me with good news…his film/DVD has received over 2.5 million viewers after only 7 months on the internet! The film’s popularity has led Reginald to start his own website @ http://www.warforyoursoul.com where interested folks can see the trailer and get info on speaking engagements & such. Clara54 commends his great accomplishment!

There’s so much more to report, but so little time right now. Just bid my overnight guests adieu…preparing for work this halloween weekend & following up on a proposal that is by far the biggest offer to come my way since deciding to grow my freelance writing biz, but because I’m a tad superstitious… I will hold off to spill on that later…

One On One With Kai Duc Luong-Filmmaker

C54. Last we talked you were in Paris doing  the video for CHAT-how’d that go?

Kai. Yes, indeed I was in Paris shooting a music video for EMI/Capitol France and an up -and-coming French Band called CHAT (which means CAT in French). She is a talented pianist classically trained @ the Conservatory in Geneva who started a career as a singer-songwriter three years ago. After being discovered through Myspace, she signed a major contract. Chat contacted me in October 2008 to work on her single ‘Alice Music Video’ for the release of her debut album (Folie Douce )which came out in February 2009. We had known each other for a few years and always wanted to do something together. This was the opportunity.

C54. You sent your readers/fans & such(myself) a copy of the spoiler interview. It was quite interesting and informative. Will you be doing that sort of Radio/interview soon?

Kai. I am always open to interviews. If any of you know of anyone interested in doing so, please do not hesitate to contact me. Spoiler Radio Alert is a very nice concept & I am grateful of radio host Toni Pennachia’s for her support of independent artists in the movie arena.

C54. Tell me about Los Angeles. How did folks receive the screening of your documentary “SomePlace Else”? Are you still getting rave reviews?

Kai. Yes, we went to LA for the screening of our documentary SOMEPLACE ELSE at the Director’s Guild of America, for visual Communications’ LA Asian Pacific Film Fest.  It was both a little trip for leisure to get out of Chicago’s moody weather and obviously go there to promote the film. My co-director Avisheh Mohsenin is Iranian, and the largest Persian community in the US is the LA area, and Avisheh happened to be featured on the main Iranian website so we had a great showing from this community. Also I am always humbled by the support of non-for-profit organizations and Asian-American programmers, who have singlehandedly been the most supportive of my efforts.

C54. Are you back in Chicago? 

Kai. Yes, I’m in Chicago but will have to go back to Paris again. I’ve been here for about a couple of months now,and was working on a few projects. I was quite drained after my Persian stint, so I also took a little time to relax.

C54. I’d read sometime ago an interview where you’d talked of how you’d like to make a film about your family’s escape from Cambodia. I thought of this beautiful/inspiring legacy for your family. Are you still considering this project?

Kai. I tried to pitch this to the producers in Paris, but no success thus far. Sometimes they don’t think about the personal touches that one can imprint on a story & tend to just see that a movie or a documentary has already been done on that subject, so this should be enough…Movies about World War11 are produced every year and keep on popping up… so why is it that there shouldn’t be more than one movie about the experience of the Cambodian genocide, or the Armenian one, or the Rwandan one?

C54. Have you kept in touch with that ‘raunchy’ bluesman from SOMEPLACE ELSE?

Kai. (laughs) Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Vance Kelly play for about nine months now…kinda miss it. I should try to go see him before I go out of town again but he’s aware of what’s happening through his daughter with whom I keep regularly in touch with. 

C54. I know you’re busy kind sir, so I’ll say keep in touch and much success.

Kai. Thanks so much Clara for your kind support all along and keep me posted on your end with what’s new!!!

*This interview was edited for sake of brevity. Clara54 will alert her readers to the full interview in upcoming posts…

Interview with Angel Harper

Angel Harper can be best remembered as one of those gabfest women alongside Whoopie Goldberg’s character “Clara” in the movie Clara’s Heart, or maybe folks know her as the reporter in Kiss The Girls with Morgan Freeman. No matter… if you remember Ms. Harper from those or other movies like “Gabriel’s Fire”. Hairspray. The Rugrats Movie , or Batman, the animated Series, this Hollywood Actress… Author… Comedian & Filmmaker so kindly allowed me an interview (after clearing things with her publicist) between fundraising junkets for her documentary Keeping The Faith With Morrie…

C54… You’ve worn many hats over the course of your career. Actress, Comedian, Author, Voiceover Expert for Animated movies and recently, Filmmaker. Which do you find more rewarding and why?

AH. I truly enjoy every aspect of the entertainment industry. I am so happy I can dabble in different areas. I am never bored.

C54. You wrote your book, Cold Reading as a guide for other Actors to follow when scouting for acting gigs. Did you accomplish what you set out to do in writng the book?

AH. I have not accomplished all I wanted to do with this book. My goal was to be a guest lecturer at colleges and speak about the technique of Cold Reading to students who have a serious goal to be an Actor in Hollywood.

C54. I loved Clara’s Heart! Do you and Whoopie Goldberg keep in touch? Has she seen the film?

AH. Well, it was a professional relationship. We worked extremely well together and I did see her at a few events in Los Angeles. She was cordial to me but we are not off screen friends.

C54. Your documentary Keeping The Faith With Morrie ,about the life and times of Morrie Turner, the first syndicated African-American cartoonist. I read that you’d never heard of his work? 

AH. When I first came to California, I was not involved with the cartoon/animation industry. Once I started doing cartoon voices, I learned about important people like Morrie Turner.

C54. What do you say to those who might infer that there were other great African-American cartoonists known before Morrie Turner, although not published in mainstream newspapers, but published in African-American newspapers? There’s mention of E. Simms Campbell & Ollie Harrington as examples.

AH. Morrie Turner is the first African-American cartoonist to have a syndicated comic strip with a cast of multicultual characters.

C54. You’re on a fundraising junket to expand the film to 60 minutes. After you’ve accomplished your goals & the film is ready for mass distribution, what’s next for Angel Harper?

AH. In March 2009 I completed a Teaching Artist Program. I will be introducing the Arts into the acedemic classroom, my first assignment is with the third grade. I created a six week lesson plan for Language Arts called Poetic Hip Hop Expression…the students will learn to read poetry with expression and a Hip Hop beat I will also teach them movement to enhance the words…

For information & a brief preview of the documentary Keeping The Faith With Morrie, visit www.heavensentproductions.org .

Film showing Potential Loss Of Jobs

People are losing their jobs all over, the mass amts of unemployed folks are accumulating on the daily. With small & lg car dealerships falling by the wayside, I was wondering who’s next?

Well, received an email from a friend in the know that Healthcare will be threatened & faced with massive layoffs as well… I had spoken to Kai duc Luong, the Chicago filmmaker & gotten a fantastic interview for clara54 recently, but he sent me another, more pressing short documentary piece he’d done, asking folks to take a look at and get the word out.

The short emotional film The Fight for Hartmax is a documentary produced by Heather Stone & directed by Kai. It pertains to President Barack Obama’s suitmaker which is under bankruptcy protection, and its fate is in the hands of the federal TARP funded Wells Fargo which might liquidate the company.

The film can be viewed at http://wwwyoutube.com/watch?v=fmem3pSy-uQ&fmt=18 . This film is a testament to all folks who have lost, or in the process of losing their jobs.

Look for the interview with Kai duc Luong in an upcoming post right here at clara54…