March 13, 2019
To My Newsletter friends around the world:
I’m always reluctant to intrude on the time of those of you outside of L.A. with news about local SoCal events.
(Actually some of you in far distant places tell me you actually enjoy hearing about what we’re up to here in La La Land.)
So-o-o, please forgive the interruption, take good care of yourself and each other and I’ll be back in touch soon.
AN INVITE TO ALL MY SO CAL FRIENDS
I’m letting my L.A. friends know about this on the outside chance you might want to attend… and because I promised the wonderful lady who produced it that I would.
Her name is Brigitte Berman and she is a Canadian documentary filmmaker who won an Oscar for her film on Hugh Hefner.
Now, her follow up film further explores Hef’s influence and impact on matters of racism, integration, criminal justice, censorship and so many of the emerging social issues at the time.
While poring through the Playboy TV archives, Brigitte discovered an appearance that my partner David Somerville and I made on “Playboy After Dark” doing a stinging satirical bit about how absurd censorship sometimes is.
She contacted me and ended up conducting an on-camera interview with me about Hef and my experience on the show back then.
Here’s what she sent me when I asked her to synopsize the film for us...
What Hefner created with these pioneering TV shows that were provocative in subject matter and in the breaking of social and racial barriers, continues to be part of today’s zeitgeist. It also features present-day interviews with some of the activists
“The film features an incredible array of archival footage from Hugh Hefner’s landmark TV series, Playboy’s Penthouse and Playboy After Dark. Hefner's TV shows offered urgent cultural and political commentaries from pop culture luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Joan Baez, and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Joan Baez, Steppenwolf and many more.
What Hefner created with these pioneering TV shows that were provocative in subject matter and in the breaking of social and racial barriers, continues to be part of today’s zeitgeist. It also features present-day interviews with some of the activists and musicians. And of course, it features a remarkable performance from you and David, and wonderful interview clips from you.
It's a real tribute to Hef and demonstrates his contribution to society.”
The screening will take place on Sunday, March 24th at
7:30 pm at the American Cinematheque in Santa Monica.
Address: 1328 Montana Ave,
Santa Monica, CA. 90405
I’m sorry I can’t get comp passes for everyone but
I understand the admission will only be $15.00
I haven’t seen the film nor my segment and I may be mortified when I do, but I did promise to invite you… and it’ll be an interesting evening, that’s for sure.
Maybe… just maybe some of you will join us.
Thanks for hearing me out.