Happy 2017! As much of an absolute delight as it is running this blog, the truth of the matter is social media is where it’s at. We post much more frequently on our Facebook page so we invite you to join us there going forward, for updates on the film and other radio tidbits.
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Some big news coming up about a Canadian broadcaster and an international distribution deal for the film but for now, please enjoy film star David Marsden turning the tables on film Director Roger King and interviewing him for www.nythespirit.com
There will be a special screening of I Am What I Play at The Carlton Cinema in Toronto on Friday, May 6th. It’s a fundraiser for the University of Toronto radio station, CIUT. Film star David Marsden and Director Roger King will attend and do a Q & A after the screening. We’re happy to support free form college radio. Tickets and info at the link below:
We showed the film for the first time to a European audience at the biggest radio conference in the world, Radio Days Europe. This year, the conference was held in Paris March 13-15. Director Roger King was invited to Paris to present the screening and participate in a Q & A hosted by Radio Futurologist James Cridland. It was a tough assignment to have to go to Paris but Roger bravely agreed to attend. Here’s an interview with the Director in advance of the screening.
We’re a month into 2016 and we’ve got lots of news coming down the pipe in the coming weeks about I Am What I Play. First off, we continue to set up festival and special screenings. One of the stars of the film, Pat O’Day, finally got to see the film for the first time in January at a special one night screening in Bellingham, Washington at the Pickford Film Center. We’re told a full house enjoyed the screening and Q & A with Pat after the show.
There will also be another Boston area screening in late February with special guest Meg Griffin! Keep watching this space for details and of course have a look at our Screenings page on this site for more regular updates.
And in a few days, we will have amazing news about a special screening in Europe AND future broadcasts on Canadian Television.
Lots in the works!
And of course, we must say RIP to David Bowie who died on January 16. He and is representatives were so easy to deal with when trying to secure the rights to use the song DJ in the film. Of course, we took the title of the movie from a line in that great Bowie tune. He was always a true artist right to the end.
Finally, in our last entry, we highlighted a screening that was about to happen at The Regent Theater in Boston in late December. It was a smashing success with over 300 guests in attendance who enjoyed a special pre-screening meet & greet with Charles Laquidara. Some pics below.
Director Roger King and Charles Laquidara before the screening. Every theater should have a bar!
We’re very excited about a return film screening in Boston on December 23 at the legendary Regent Theater. This is kind of a homecoming for Charles Laquidara as the evening is being presented as An Evening With Charles…
Given that on college stations today, you still find the free form spirit highlighted in the film, we are happy to be part of events that raise a little money for college radio. Loyalist College and 91X in Belleville, Ontario are presenting a special screening of the film on Wednesday, November 25. We hope to do more events like this with other college radio stations in the coming months:
The Jacob Burns screening was apparently a big success. A sold out crowd we’re told! Meg Griffin was in attendance and did a well-received Q & A about her radio career, hosted by WFUV’s Rita Houston who also appears in the film. Below are some pics that were posted on social media:
From left to right: Rita Houston, Meg Griffin, Karen Goodman – Jacob Burns Programmer
Q & A with Rita Houston and Meg Griffin. Photos c-2015 Gayle Miller
Had some fun last week on Sirius XM Canada as a guest on the Todd Shapiro show. Lots of talk about I Am What I Play and being a radio DJ (as well as the voice-over industry). The interview starts around the 44:00 mark.
Happy 2015! I realize I have not been very diligent about updating this blog. Facebook is where the action is these days but I have to remember not everyone is on Facebook so will be more on top of updating here as well.
U.S. distribution news coming soon! In the meantime, I want to post some odds ‘n ends, starting with this below. David Marsden has left The Rock 94.9 and now does his shows live on his own site: www.nythespirit.com
Here was a tribute to David last month in Canadian Parliament, from MP Erin O’Toole: