Pulled back by desire and perhaps, discipline
It’s hard to believe that the recent busy schedule, at least, it feels like “recent,” has been going on for months and I haven’t posted any blog since last October when I was covering the 50th Chicago Int’l Film Festival for Xinhua News! It’s time to get back and be disciplined to write with consistence.
A lot has happened over the last eight months, among them, the most important:
- I’ve embarked on a challenging and yet exciting project: make a feature-length documentary film on Art Paul, an iconic figure in the U.S. or I should say, in the world. He is the bunny logo creator, the founding art director for Playboy for the first 29 years, and a fine artist in his own rights. Among the prominent people I’ve interviewed, up to now, include Hugh Hefner (at the Playboy Mansion in LA), George Lois, Steve Heller, Brad Holland, Richard Hunt, Roy Schnackenburg, Bob Lostutter, Lanny Silverman, Kerig Pope, and of course, Art Paul and his wife Suzanne Seed, and many more;
I’ve successfully brokered a groundbreaking cultural exchange programs between WFMT Radio Network, my client as a consultant, and several parties in China, including the Shanghai East Radio, the Shanghai International Music Festival (SSIMF) and China Radio International (CRI). Concerts by major U.S. symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, have been broadcast on Shanghai East Radio (Classical 94.7 FM) since Jan., and a series of eight two-hour programs based on the latest SSIMF (held in April and May) will be produced and broadcast in the West. And we are fortunate enough to get Abbott underwriting these two programs.
- I spend three weeks in China in May, attending the SSIMF (one concert a day for the 10 days I was in Shanghai!) and meeting with management teams at several radio stations, symphony orchestras, and the Beijing Int’l Music Festival, exploring several other major cultural exchange programs! All very exciting.
The list can go on, but I’ll save some for later when more development is made.
Even in the U.S., if you download an app called Qing Ting, and listen to the broadcast of U.S. concerts in Shanghai at prime time: Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. local time. The app will broadcast the program for 24 hours, and the radio station’s website will stream it for a week. Enjoy and Chao for now.
Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning doc film. Jian, aka Jennifer Hou Kwong, is directing a doc film titled The Man Behind the Bunny: Art of Playboy.