It's worth sitting through the 30-second commercial -- (smooth irony in the fact that this particular video opens with a commercial) -- in order to see the video.
The music video juxtaposes the value of the money spent to make the video with the value of what the money can do in the Third World. If you long for social justice in the world -- take a look at "World on Fire."
Kudos also to Warren Buffett for his decision to join Melinda and Bill Gates -- increasing the power of their philanthropy.
Critics say that his actions may "energize the nonprofit sector and possibly spawn a new wave of philanthropy."
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Over the last three months, I've been working on the screenplay for a short film (25 minutes) that I intend to direct: Goldfish. Three former students have helped me create the story.
The film's logline: A young woman risks her academic future by confronting her father with a choice he made when she was a child.
The completed first draft will be in my producer's hands by Friday.
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During the next few weeks, I will be living in San Diego, working with Myron Fink, the superb composer collaborating with me on the new American opera: Bloody Ground.
The play itself is actually written. I did that over spring break in March. Now, all I have to do -- as Hitchcock once said -- is add the dialogue.
Myron and his wife Bonnie have become dear friends of mine. Myron and I have been working on this story since July 2003, when I finished the staged reading of Tale.
From July 1 - 15, Myron and I will eat, drink, and walk to the story of Thomas Jefferson's nephew Lilburne Lewis, who killed his wife's personal slave in a maddened rage on December 15, 1811.
The question haunting us is not whether or not Lewis did the crime. That's an historical fact, along with the earthquake in Smithtown, KY, predicted by the great Indian Chief, Tecumseh, that interrupted it.
The real issue is this: what drove Lilburne Lewis to commit such an horrific crime?
And that's the question our story answers.
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During the last part of July, I will be applying to film schools (to begin my studies in the fall of 2007), and submitting my tax forms. Yes, I know. I should have done it in April. But that extension is so easy to get, and I'm so busy with school in April, and blah, blah, blah.
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On July 30, I will fly to Stark County, OH, to direct a staged reading of Bloody Ground, in one of the local theatres. Dick Gotschall is producer -- Amanda Swinehart is stage manager.
Auditions: August 1 - 3. Evening rehearsals: August 4 - 9. Three performances: August 10 - 12.
To do this, I intend to use the same company members I used to produce the staged reading of A Tale of Two Cities at the Canton Players Guild in July 2003.
Goal: to have a completed, workable libretto at the end of the staged reading. Then Myron can get to work
Oh, yes. Chances are good that a certain Stark County Native, who has made a name for himself as an opera performer in Europe, will be previewing one of the songs from the opera on either Friday or Saturday's performance. In addition, there will be a Gala before that show. More details to follow.
A second staged reading is being planned for Los Angeles in the fall.
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In between the reading and the beginning of school, I'm planning to take a much-needed vacation.
How does that line go? All work and no play makes Steve a dull boy. Something like that. Any ideas for a destination? Someone suggested the Caribbean.
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I received a thoughtful response to my comments about Al Gore's film on global warming: An Inconvenient Truth. Since my reader is a scientist and businessman whom I deeply respect, I took the time to click on the links he sent me. They were thought-provoking -- so I've included the letter and the links below, with the writer's permission.