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Big Al Foster plays a song he wrote for Lena Horne 50 years ago!

85 year old, Big Al Foster is one of my early Alzheimer's patients for the "This Is My Story" project. Al was the band leader at The Copa Cabana in the day, Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, The Supremes....he wrote this song for Lena Horne 50 years ago and I just sent her this DVD....she's 92!

   

85 yr old "Big Al Foster"

85 yr old "Big Al Foster" Makin Whoopee @ Early Alzheimer's "SPA" Program @
Stein Senior Center

   

SANTACON 2009 NYC

SantaCam's Schlockumentary Santarchy from Empire Diner to Washington Sq Park!

 

 

Y&R Mad Men and Mad Women Alumni from 1945 to......

On December 17 we had our biggest reunion ever, thanks to Denny Tillman!
Some of us hadn’t seen each other in 40 years!  I’m not sayin who. What an amazing group in an amazing career, we were the best of the best creating some of the most iconic advertising of all time and having a damned good time in the process!

   

Shadow Boxer with John Duddy "The Derry Destroyer"

Irish boxer John Duddy, known as The Derry Destroyer is ranked #9 in the world by the WBO and has won 27 of 28 bouts.. John talks about when be started boxing at age 7 in Derry, Ireland, his heroes...  

   

THE LAST DAY OF MANNY'S 1935-2009

THE LAST DAY OF MANNY'S 1935-2009 "If These Walls Could Talk".....Manny's... the greatest music store in the world!..... always in our hearts...thank you Jimmy Webb ...  

   

Paul Simon jokes about how Henry "was always in a good mood"

Paul Simon jokes about how Henry "was always in a good mood", the first time he went to Manny's with his dad who bought bass strings and rosin, and Paul's first guitar when he was 12!

   

Tim Robbins Finds his Dad's Picture on the Wall

Tim Robbins Finds his Dad's Picture on the Wall, Gil Robbins of The Highwaymen ...three generations of Robbins' bought their guitar's at Manny's!

   

Henry Goldrich talks about The Yellow Guitar

Henry Goldrich talks about The Yellow Guitar, Bo Diddley, Hendrix, The Who, The Beatles, The Stones, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, and everybody else!

   

GAVIN DeGraw JEALOUS GUY

Platinum recording artist Gavin Degree performs Jealous Guy with his band at his bar The National Underground

   

In loving memory of Irving Chais....a real doll! (1926-2009)

Another New York institution closes with Irving Chais' passing. The New York
Doll Hospital
: Where Springsteen took his teddy and The New York Dolls got
their name!

   

John Sebastian sings for Kodak "We Want To Help You Tell Your Story"

I shot this in Union Square for our www.mannysvirtualwall.com site, John Sebastian wrote the song for Kodak, I shot this with the Kodak Zx1 HD pocket camera in one hour

 

 

"My YouTube Virtual Resume...DIGITAL ACTIVIST and NEW MEDIA MAVEN gets 400,000 views on YouTube!

This is my YouTube Virtual Resume, it's really Sandi's greatest hits!

 

 

"TELLING JOKES IN AUSCHWITZ" Winner of the first IFP/CURRENT TV COMPETITION.WINNER "HERO AWARD" 3rd Place 2008 MY HERO Short Film Festival

Now airing on Current TV to 38 million daily, "Telling Jokes In Auschwitz"is about finding laughter in the last place you might think to look. In 1944, Werner Reich was in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, his life randomly selected by Josef Mengele the infamous Angel of Death. Werner is one of the surviving 96 "Birkenau Boys" spared, it seems because of a bad joke. This 'pod' was voted to #1 on Current TV and won the Current TV/IFP Competition and was screened at The Angelika Theater.

   

"SHADOW BOXER"

Voted #1 on Current TV on air 33 million viewers! Winner 2007 Action On Film Film Festival. When I met Irish Boxer, Seamus Patrick McDonagh on a street corner, he pulled out this dog-eared photo, “That’s me knockin the lunch out of Holyfield.” The photo, which I would learn, saved his life and would change mine forever. A charismatic contradiction of a man, graduate with honors from St John’s University with a powerful left hook. The Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, all knock-outs, had never been knocked down in his career, until, 1990, when against all odds, he fought Evander Holyfield for the Heavyweight Championship.

   

Maureen Shea, “The Real Million Dollar Baby”

Shadow boxes on the East River and talks about what it feels like to win

   

"SUCKO ON SOCIAL SECURITY!"

I pay $7,200 a year for health insurance and I have NEVER filed a claim. My policy was cancelled because I was a day late with the premium. George Bush says I should go to the emergency room if I don't have health insurance. So, I took to the streets and found out I wasn't alone.

   

"PRAY AWAY THE GAY...Pray for Us Sarah!”

Pray Away the Gay has gotten over 27,000 views on YouTube! Shot in 2 hours with Canon HV20 "You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality"
~Bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church

 

 

"THE MAGICIAN OF AUSCHWITZ"

In 1944, as a teenager in the Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Werner Reich shared his bunk with a magician named, "Levine". By a remarkable coincidence, when "The Great Nivelli" (Levine spelled backwards), who was known as the "Magician of the Holocaust", died in 1972 in New York. Werner recognized his tattoo as being that of the man who taught him magic.

   

"THE REDEMPTION OF BERNIE MADOFF?"

On February 7, a bunch of folks demonstrating outside Ponzi Scheme artist and goniff, Bernie Madoff's $7million apartment with some tips on how Bernie can redeem himself after he stole $150 billion i the most elaborate ponzi scheme in history.. I asked people if they could say something to him, what would it be?

   

"Dancing To Harmony"

Obama Renew America Together Event, January 19, 2009 26 lower east side kids, 8 community organizations whose mission is to explore racial harmony through dance. An ArtsPolicyNow.com event

   

"How to make a Schlockumemtary"

My short digital films have won film festivals and gotten millions of views on Al Gore's Current TV and YouTube. I shoot them all in one take in less than an hour. This is how i do it in 5 steps. All you need is to be completely FEARLESS and have a very high embarrassment level.

   

"HOW MUCH IS A TRILLION?"

Bernie Madoff, the $170 Billion Wall Street Bailout and the rest of us poor schmucks!

 

 


"What is it EXACTLY a Vice President does everyday?”
Gov Sarah Palin

hmmmm, let's see.....they approve torture, lie us into wars, treat us like morons, crap all over our Constitution, tap our phones, shoot people in the face and then get THEM to apologize....."So?"

   

""YES WE DID!" OBAMA RED, WHITE and BLUES" New York City June 4, 2008"

The day after Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee for President, I took to the streets and asked people what they would say to Barack if they had the chance. "Obama Blues" was made up on the spot by subway musician and Mississippi Delta blues man, Floyd Lee. www.floydlee.com

 


"WHO YOU GONNA BELIEVE ME, OR YOUR LYIN EYES?"

Keith Olbermann asks Scott McClellan "People come up to me on the street and say, am I losing my mind? This cannot be the America I grew up in, were the critics in the media largely....right?

 


"PATTI AUSTIN sings "Lean on Me" to QUINCY JONES!"

I shot this in one take with my Canon HV20. Grammy Winner Patti Austin sings "Lean on Me" at a birthday party for her Godfather, the legendary Quincy Jones, at the Cafe Carlyle on his 75th birthday.


 


"GOVERNOR ELIOT SPITZER, WAS THAT $4,300 AN HOUR...PLUS TIP?"

I went out 8:30pm the night New York's Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned for having sex with a prostitute and asked people what he could possibly have gotten for $4,300 for one hour with hilarious results. My Schlockumentary® was posted on YouTube by 6am the next morning.

   

"SUPERDELEGATES.....huh?"

I was SO confused as to what Superdelegates are and how much their votes count. For instance, Did you know Superdelegates get 10,000 votes to your one?

   

"THANK YOU BILL MAHER BLUES?"

We were all jonesing in New York during the writers’ strike, and we all love Bill Maher!

   

"Y&R Holiday Lunch.....THE MOVIE!"

For most of us, Y&R was our first job 40 years ago!

   

"KNOCK! KNOCK My Very First Trip to Ireland!"

Although I am a redhead and my mother was a Higgins, I never really considered myself Irish, until I went there for the first time. Thank you Seamus and Turlough, it wouldn't have been possible without you.

 

"SEAMUS PATRICK McDONAGH: PAUL SIMON'S THE BOXER"

When I first interviewed Seamus Patrick McDonagh, I asked him to read the lyrics to Paul Simon's magnificent prose, "The Boxer", what happens is pure, heartbreaking magic.

   

Steve Tyrell and the legendary Mac Rebennack better known as Dr John went into a New York Studio on January 3, 2006 to record a song for Steve's new "Disney Standards CD". I only had two takes, so it was shot in 6 minutes! It was used in the Electronic Press Kit for Steve's new "Disney Standards" CD.

 

My buddy Walt and I went to The Great White Way, we came up with the premise that he couldn't afford the ticket price so he'd back in to the theater and review the second act of Broadway shows. We shot this in one hour. It was our second Schlockumentary®.

   


"Dancing Backwards In High Heels...With A Camera January 10, 2009"

This is my friend Jeff's and his lovely wife Barbara's wedding.

   

"KEEN TEENS"

The first season of the Keen Theater Company’s Keen Teens mounting original plays off Broadway

   

"THE REBBE DOLLAR"

Curts tells how he brought his Guardian Angels into Crown Heights during the riots and the miracle of the Rebbe Dollar when he was shot

   

"THE NEW YORK MINUTE HAIRCUT!"

I shot this with my Canon HV20 in about 20 minutes and edit in iMovies. I love going to Simadi to have my haircut, plus he's in all my videos, it's so much fun, like nothing I've even experienced in beauty salons.... like Project Runway meets TMZ! Adi gives me my New York Minute haircut!

   

"PAIN IN THE GAS! for New York City Cabbies"

I don't get it, how can Exxon Mobile report the highest profits of any company in WORLD history and New York City cab drivers work 12 hour shifts to break even!

   

"WHAT I LOVE BEST ABOUT NY"

Finalist in the I Love NY film competition

   

"DANIEL & THE DECIDER"

The night of September 29, my friend, Daniel Ellsberg ("The Pentagon Papers") appeared on The Colbert Report. I had a chance to chat with Dan about King George The Decider and our Constitutional crisis! Daniel is a true American hero, as an official in the State Department, he hand Xeroxed (before Kinkos) 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers, and 'leaked' them to The New York Times 35 years ago! Dan maintains similar plans are afoot to drop a "nucular" bomb on Iran.

 

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CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT: "WHAT IS DANCE?"

The Chamber Dance Project held a workshop with the kids at PS89, across from Ground Zero. Diane, Phillip and Abbey have a unique approach to teaching kids about music and dance. www.chamberdance.org

   

"CIVIL WAR CABBIE"

I got into a cab in New York City and the cabbie told me of a dream he had that he was with Abraham Lincoln when he was shot. We just 'may' have proved that we come back. At the very least, it's a great New York City story!

 

 

"TIMES SQUARE, IRELAND"

Seamus Patrick McDonagh, Golden Gloves Heavyweight champ, who fought Evander Holyfield for the Heavyweight title in 1990, hails from County Mayo, Ireland. This week, we went to Times Square to tell folks, who all seemed to be from Ireland, about the new Ireland West Knock Airport.

   

"APPEARING ON CURRENT TV TO 38 MILLION VIEWERS "

I shot Seamus Patrick McDonagh, the Shadow Boxer, after meeting him on a street corner. Within 3 weeks, we were voted to #1 on Current TV (Al Gore's network www.currenttv.com) We are now running on the Current TV television channel (check local listings) reaching 38 million viewers! And Seamus and I did it all by ourselves. So there.

"ANGEL BABY"

When I was Media Director for The History of Guardian Angels, I took 25 years of archival footage I edited in iMovies...don't ask. The performance is Kenny Vance's version of the great Rosie and the Originals "Angel Baby".

   

"WALT FRASER: OPERA LIFE COACH"

Walt Fraser, sometime Life Coach, sometime Opera Singer, full time Improvactor and I shoot these little "Episodic Webisodes" in about an hour. We never know what we're going to shoot, it's improvisational "Instatainment" and it's so much fun!

   

"THE ORIGINAL JAY AND THE AMERICANS: ONLY IN AMERICA"

In one of the great turnabouts in Rock & Roll history, The group Jay & The Americans, started by 4 teenage boys in Sandy Yaguda's Brooklyn basement 40 years ago, with an unprecedented 12 hit records in the top 10, to their credit, Opening for the Rolling Stones AND the Beatles first trips to the US, have reunited as the greatest rock band to come out of Brooklyn EVER.

   

"CAN YOU DO ME A FAVOR??

Improvisational Webisodes, featuring Walt Frasier, founder of New York Improv group Eight Is Never Enough http://www.eightimprov.biz/ and his ?Do Me A Favor Players? as they ask total strangers to do them outrageous favors. We will encourage viewers to log on and tell us what favors they want Walt and his merry band to ask.

   

"ANGELS ON CHRISTOPHER STREET"

I spent the wee hours of Sunday morning patrolling the streets of the West Village with "Uncle Dave", "Crazy J", "Zeke" and "Super Terry". "Smarty Pants" is my Guardian Angels code name. These guys are so amazing, and it was an honor hanging with them.

   

"DAVID BLAINE: BUBBLE BOY"

May 8, 2006, Uber Illusionist David Blaine emerged after spending 7 days under water looking better than I do after Botox. All of my Schlockumentaries are Shot, Edited and Streamed the same day.

   

"OFF THE BEATEN PATH with WALT FRASER"

Traveling "Off The Beaten Path" with Walt Fraser is a trailer for what I call Episodic Streaming Branded Entertainment. Walt, a New York comedian, and I go out with my camera, come up with a premise, and shoot in an hour or less.

   

ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE: NYC LOVES THE NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT."

I shot this in about an hour at the St Patrick's Day Parade in March. I just went up to people and asked them to say hi to the New Orleans Police Department and I can't watch it without smiling. Everybody was so accommodating but then again most of them were pretty drunk. It was so much fun follwing the aroma of beer and the green line up Fifth Avenue. Sure am happy I stopped drinking.

   

This is a true story, I shot this in 5 minutes at LaMella Restaurant in Little Italy. Cooking tips from the Big House. Tip #1. How to cook pasta behind, or more accurately, BETWEEN, the bars.

   

"LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE"

I love shooting live music most of all, the sound is off the mic on my camera and it's all hand held, these are a few of my friends, all run and gun, single camera, shot at 24P.
- Dr John & Steve Tyrell "You Got A Friend In Me"
- Acid Reign: The Farewell Tour of Manhattan
- Mr Goosebumps hits the high note
- Steve Tyrell sings Frank at The Cafe Carlyle
- Les Paul at 90
- Kenny Vance & Frankie Lymon's Teenagers
- The Moonlighters at The Rodeo Bar
- Johnny & Kenny looking for an echo
- Jazz legend Bob Dorough

   

"ACID REIGN: THE FAREWELL TOUR OF MANHATTAN"

This was so much fun to shoot, it was like sitting in with the band. This is rare footage of The Acid Reign Farewell Tour of Manhattan at the end of last year. These whacky cats actual play for free, as a matter of fact they pay to play for free: Chris Palmaro, best known as one of the top keyboard players, kills on Drums, The spectacular and ubiquitous Joe Caro on guitar, legendary Sax player James Campagnola on Bass and the astounding and Sophia Ramos channels Hendrix vocals. Sadly, the only place you will ever see what is sure to become a cult band is right here! I shot the last three performances on my Panasonic DVX100A

   

"KENNY VANCE and THE PLANOTONES
LIVE AT THE CUILLO DVD
"

This is from my first FBI WARNING DVD. KENNY VANCE and THE PLANOTONES LIVE AT THE CUILLO. I was Director and Cinematographer. One camera, One hour. One take. You can buy it at www.planotones.com

   

"KENNY VANCE AND FRANKIE LYMAN'S ORIGINAL TEENAGERS: "I'M SO HAPPY"

One of the first of my Schlockumentaries, capturing a moment in Rock & Roll history. Shot in 5 minutes! Kenny Vance and "Frankie Lymon's Original Teenagers" sing some authentic Doo Wop in the parking lot of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. I shot with my Panasonic DVX 100A at 24P

   

"JOEY REYNOLDS GETS A TOW JOB"

I've been following my friend Joey Reynolds around with my camera for years now. This footage was used in a new DVD, "THE JOEY REYNOLDS RADIO SHOW 10th ANNIVERSARY" I shot at 24P with my Panasonic DVX100A and edited in iMovies..

   

"THE DACHSHUND PARADE"

My first DOGumentary. This was the first video I ever shot. Once again, shot in an hour. I couldn't stand up for a week getting that doggie POV. Thousands of weenie dogs waddle into Washington Square Park for the annual Dachshund Parade. Murray wrote the song for his beloved Sparky.

   

"ENTERTAINMENT TOMORROW WITH WORLD FAMOUS ISRAELI INTUITIVE RIKI KITARO"

World famous Israeli Intuitive, Riki Kitaro, predicts with stunning accuracy, entertainment news... that hasn't happened yet! On November 9, 2005, Riki made a bunch of predictions, check out how many have already come true. I taped Riki on the Joey Reynolds Radio Show on February 17, 2006. Her predictions will be a big upset for the Oscars! Coming soon, tape of Riki predicting "Crash" would win best picture in a big upset!