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© 2010 Rodwan Productions

The Los Angeles International Film Festival has awarded John G. Rodwan, Jr. the Best Performance Award in an Experimental Film for his work in Imperfect Armor! John wrote the poem for the film and gave an emotional reading perfectly conveying the themes of loss, regret and hope that drive the poem.   Imperfect Armor also received an Honorable Mention in the Experimental Film Competition of the festival.   The Los Angeles International Film Festival is scheduling screenings for early Fall.  We will keep you posted.  Congratulations, John!

njr

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© 2010 Rodwan Productions

Filming of the clay that morphs from one image into another to interpret Edith Wharton’s poem Life is completed and  I am now busy gathering background images (paintings, photographs, and moving images) to enhance the sculptures’ visual renderings of the poem.  One of the pictures used in the film is a cropped image from a photograph of Da Vinci’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  I use the image as the backdrop for the hunk of clay as it turns into Adam’s hand.  The clay takes on many forms during the film including Buddha!

I have many ideas for the image to juxtapose with Buddha but have not settled on the direction I want to take.  I would love to hear your suggestions for the perfect backdrop for the big guy!

njr

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The Fighter Still Remains

Poetry and boxing came together again on the Fourth of July. John was asked by the good people at Our Story Inc. to be a part of the Johnson-Jeffries Centennial Celebration in Reno, Nevada. The Lane brothers and Our Story Inc. organized events for Independence Day weekend and throughout the month of July. John delivered a talk called “Jack Johnson’s Fourth of July” at the Bethel African American Cultural Center on July 3, after which he signed copies of Fighters & Writers. George Kimball, author of Four Kings, also spoke. Kimball, along with John Schulian, edited a wonderful collection of poetry and song lyrics The Fighter Still Remains: A Celebration of Boxing in Poetry and Song from Ali to Zevon. All profits from the anthology are to go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation benefiting Project Medishare for Haitian Earthquake Relief. After I purchased a copy of the book I discovered that the editors included Muhammad Ali’s “The World’s Shortest Poem” that we had included on our post about our documentary No Neutral Corner being an official selection in the 2010 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival that is taking play the weekend of July 10th. – NJR

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