In the light of current events, Warner Bros. Pictures stated that Just Mercy will be available to rent for free (only in the United States) on all digital platform. It will be free for one month only. The studio's reason for this is to help people get educated about the country's archaic systematic racism and injustices that are prevalent in today's society.
Here are the tweet that JustMercy movie's twitter account tweeted to the masses:
We believe in the power of story. #JustMercy is one resource we can offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, #JustMercy will be available to rent for free on digital platforms in the US.
Just Mercy was first a memoir written by Bryan Stevenson.
There's also a 60 minutes episode on Bryan Stevenson and HBO's true Justice titled True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's fight for equality. Both are currently available on YouTube.
In 1974, a youthful John Egenes--with a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye--saddled Gizmo, his horse, and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. The journey took him seven months as he went across eleven states. It started from California and ended up in Virginia. With Gizmo as his spiritual guide, John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. John Egenes's memoir is full of heart and humor as it takes any reader to a journey of a lifetime. So, let's read in and see the author's experience writing his memoir.
First off, what are your thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic, and how are you dealing with it in New Zealand?
We’re living in truly unique and trying times. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s nonetheless true. We are having to come to grips with the tentative and unstable foundations upon which we have built our entire modern existence. I reckon we can’t ever go back to business as usual.
We’re lucky here in New Zealand. It’s still very much an egalitarian society, and as such the people here come first. We know that we need to make individual sacrifices in order to support the entire community. That’s something that has been lost in many places in the world today.
What inspired you to write Man & Horse :The Long Ride Across America?
As corny as it sounds, my horse, Gizmo, did. I have always felt deeply indebted to him for showing me pathways in life that weren’t clear to me when we began the ride. I felt—and still feel—that he deserves to be remembered. Writing about him is a very small thing, but it’s what I’m able to do. It took me many years to finally write the book, but I’m glad I did.
What was your writing schedule when you wrote Man & Horse:The Long Ride Across America?
I didn’t have a schedule, as such. It was a daunting thing, to think about writing a book, and it seemed an insurmountable task when starting out. I broke the journey into small segments, little vignettes, and concentrated upon each one as I went. I wrote mostly late at night, sometimes at two or three o’clock in the morning. I just chipped away at it until I felt it was finished, then I compiled all the stories and sent them off to an editor.
What research did you do when writing Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America ?
I kept a couple of diaries during the ride, so I was able to refer to my logbooks in order to jog my memory a bit. I hadn’t looked at them in years, so they brought back a flood of memories for me. I have a box full of newpaper articles and photos from that time (1974), which also brought the ride back into focus. So, I didn’t do “research” as such… more like “memory recall”.
What has been the best compliment you heard about Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America?
I’ve been stunned at the volume of reader feedback I’ve received, and the overwhelmingly positive responses that people have sent to me. I’m not sure what I was expecting—probably a bit of feedback from horse people and maybe some from folks who were revisiting the 1970s—but somehow Gizmo touched the hearts of people from all over the world, from all ages and walks of life, and inspired them in ways I just didn’t expect, though in looking back, I’m not surprised. And it truly is Gizmo who is the inspiration here, not me.
What was the most surprising thing you learned while writing Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America?
I’ve learned that simple words can have a profound impact upon people. Simple actions can serve as examples to inspire. And people naturally want an underdog to cheer for.
What do you like to read in your free time?
I read constantly, and always have. I read heavy stuff—philosophy, digital culture, economics, astronomy, computer and artificial intelligence books. And I read compelling literature, everything from science fiction to murder mysteries, from historical novels to shoot-em-up westerns. If it’s well written, I’ll read it.
In one word how would you sum up your experience with Gizmo?
What’s your favorite scene from Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America ?
Being as how I lived it, I don’t really have a favorite scene. I think back fondly on the day I spent in the little cafe in Arizona, sharing stories with a waitress there and listening to old country music on the jukebox. It was pretty idyllic.
Silly-Game question: From Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America book, could you please leaf through the pages and point at a random place. What is the full sentence? And what is the page number of this random sentence?
“The things that make you stronger, that feed your soul, are those that take a long time and require so much patience that you think you’re going to burst.”
—page 184 of print version; chapter: “It Ain’t As Easy As It Looks”
Do you visit the United States? If so, what do you usually like to do?
Yes, I manage to get back to visit family and friends every year or two. I am often there on tour, playing music. Other times I go over to attend a conference, or to present a research paper on digital culture or music. I manage to mix the academic stuff with the personal, so I often travel around America quite a bit when I’m there.
Could you express how you discovered Tale Flick and why you decided to send your book there?
It was just a fluke, really. One of those things you sign up for when you’re first trying to promote your book. I didn’t know anything about them at the time, but I figured what the heck, I’ll throw my hat into the ring.
Congratulations on your self-published book Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America being optioned by Tale Flick Production, what scene are you looking forward to watch on the screen?
Thanks for that. It will no doubt take a long time to get to the screen, if it does. And I really have no idea what scene I’d want to see. As long as they make Gizmo look good, I’m happy [grin].
Would you like to make a cameo in the film adaptation of Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America?
Probably not, though I reckon they could twist my arm. I’m not much for the acting stuff. [grin]
Last question, if one was to visit Port Chalmers, New Zealand what meal (or restaurant) should he or she try over there? Is there any place he or she should check out as well?
There are lots of great places to eat, to see, to hang out in Port Chalmers and Dunedin. There is certainly no shortage of things to see here. It’s a lovely place. Being a coffee guy, I spend time every day in a cafe somewhere, sitting at a table and reading a book. In Port Chalmers, that’d be the Union Co. Cafe, run by my friends Keely and Pete. A truly local hangout. In Dunedin, it’s the Good Earth Cafe, which is near where I teach at Otago University. Like everyone else here, I look forward to the day when we’re back to having coffee in cafes. But I don’t want to rush it.
Many thanks to John Egenes for taking his time to answering my questions. I hope you check out his memoir and read his fantastic journey across the United States. I can't wait to hear more news about the film adaptation to his memoir. Hopefully, everything turns out perfect. Thank you for taking your time to read this interview and I hope you have a great day and a happy read with Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America.
A division of NBC Universal Content Studios, UCP, has gotten the rights to adapt Jan Broberg's story. It is going to be a limited series and it is based on the memoir written by Mary Ann Broberg, the mother of Jan Broberg. The project is about the true story of Broberg family whose daughter, Jan, was kidnapped on numerous occasion by a family friend. The story covers how this family's lives was forever changed and how they endured their ordeal.
Jan Broberg and Mary Ann Broberg will be producers while Nick Antosca ( Eat the Cat production) will write and executive produce the project along with UCP. There was already been a 2017 Netflix documentary about the story titled Abducted in Plain Sight.
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Here is the goodreads synopsis of Stolen Innocence by Mary Ann Broberg:
How does a mother cope when her twelve-year-old is suddenly abducted? What goes through the mind of a child when she is far from home, helpless to determine her own destiny? How is a family affected when the oldest child is gone for weeks, months—when they don’t know whether she is dead or alive, when they have no idea where she is?Stolen Innocence follows the real-life trail of deception that plagued Jan Broberg from the age of twelve when she became the victim of a terrifying and bizarre four-year brainwashing ordeal. Jan's captor maintained such a convincing and threatening hold on her that even after she returned home from the initial kidnapping she continued to secretly meet him and was eventually taken from home a second time.
Stolen Innocence is a gripping story for anyone seeking assurance that the human mind and spirit can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. It tells the story of one family’s survival over incredible afflictions. Join their triumphant journey; see how the same determination, unending hope, and unwavering faith in God that provided strength to win their battles can give you strength to win yours.
Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story details not only the frightening acts of a dangerous pedophile, but also shows warning signals and teaches many of the tough lessons that parents, neighbors and society must learn in order to better protect our children.
Source material: Deadline.com
Paramount Pictures are moving ahead with making a Sammy Davis Jr. bio film. The film will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mike Menchel, and Lionel Richie. The film will look into Sammy Davis Jr's memoir, Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr., among other resources, to get information about his life.
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Charles Murray (Luke Cage and Sons of Anarchy) will be the screenwriter of this project. Here is a quote on his involvement with the project:
“If you saw me, I’m 6’4″ and 290 pounds, maybe 300 if I’m being really honest,” Murray told Deadline. “So it might surprise you that I grew up loving musicals, and gravitated to Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Elvis and James Cagney, and this little black dude I would see on TV, who held his own alongside Frank Sinatra,” Murray said. “I would see movies like Ocean’s Eleven and Sammy just stood out,” Murray said. “Singing with Frank, dancing like Fred and Gene, and none of those cats looked at him any different in those movies because he was black. I think I made the proclamation to my parents around eight that I wanted to make movies when I grew up. They’re from the South and knew all about what racial tension was and they said, ‘good luck.’ There weren’t a lot of actors on TV who looked like me. I would watch Bill Cosby as the gym teacher Chet Kincaid, and sometimes we would see Diahann Carroll in Julia. But of all those people, Sammy stood out. There was something completely unique about him and I never forgot him.”
Source material: deadline.com
Thanks to Ms. Mariel Hemingway, Mr. Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, and Village Roadshow A Moveable Feast will be develop as a TV series. Mr. John Goldstone and Mr. Marc Rosen will produce the project. There haven't hired a writer or a director yet.
Village Roadshow's executive vice president will oversee the project. Mr. Alix Jaffe, Ms.Jillian Apfelbaum and vp television Mr. Adam Dunlap are involved as well. Mariel Hemingway was repped in the deal by Nathan Talei and Tracy Columbus, and Goldstone by David Tenzer.
The memoir is mainly his notebooks that he wrote while in Paris, France. It was published three years after he died.
Here is a statement from Mariel Hemingway from Deadline:
"A Moveable Feast has been my favorite book since I was 11 years old when my father took me to Paris," Mariel Hemingway said Tuesday in a statement. "While reading the book together, he showed me where Papa lived (and daddy was raised), ate, wrote and dreamed of becoming a great writer. His deep love of my grandmother Hadley and his growing passion for art is an inspiring time at the beginning of his iconic career. I want to reveal on film the coming-of-age story that has captivated readers and burgeoning writers for several decades."
Finally, here is Goodread's synopsis of A Moveable Feast:
Hemingway's memories of his life as an unknown writer living in Paris in the twenties are deeply personal, warmly affectionate, and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him - James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald - he recalls the time when, poor, happy, and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation. Written during the last years of Hemingway's life, his memoir is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city.
Mr. LaKeith Stanfield will executive-produce the film adaptation of an Nigerian-american author Kwame Onwuachi's memoir titled Notes from a young black chef. Although a director hasn't been hired yet for the project, Mr. Randy Mckinnon will write the screenplay. Mr. Colin Stark will serve as an executive producer as well.
The memoir was written by both Mr. Kwame Owuachi and Joshua David Stein. The story is about Kwame's life journey from the Bronx to opening his own restaurant at the rightful age of twenty-six.
Mr. Kwane Onwuachi is known for appearing in Bravo's Top Chef and he won the 2019 James Beard award for Rising Chef of the Year.
I hope you check out Ms. Soledad O'brien's interview with Kwane Onwuachi on Youtube:
Source Material: deadline.com
Ms. Freida Pinto ( Slumdog Millionaire, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) has join the cast in the film adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy that includes Owen Asztalos, Amy Adams, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, and Glenn Close.
Vanessa Taylor is writing the screenplay while Mr. Ron Howard, Ms. Karen Lunder, and Mr. Brian Grazer are producing the project under their company Imagine Entertainment. Executive producer for Hillbilly Elegy movie are Ms. Julie Oh and Vance. Mr. Ron Howard is directing the feature film.
Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir written by Mr. J.D. Vance. It's mainly about his Kentucky family and the social issues at his hometown.
Source Material: variety.com
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