Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #57

Contents

GUILFORD STORY WINS EMMY

CALVIN BURNETT HONORED

PURE JOY OF MOVEMENT

AGE IS IN

ELLIOT NORTON BRINGS OUT THEATER COMMUNITY

LEGENDARY GOSPEL PERFORMER AT BERKLEE

INDY ADVENTURES LATER IN LIFE

THE CITY GIRLS AGE GRACEFULLY

LOCAL DESIGNER SHOWS LINE AT OBAMA FUNDRAISER

NARNIA’S PRINCE CASPIAN FIGHTS FOR ITS GLORY

UP-COMING EVENTS


GUILFORD STORY WINS EMMY

by Kay Bourne

b2fcaae2f8a832d04a8d082fa4adec30.124.68 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #57A short film on Roxbury resident nonagenarian JIMMY GUILFORD‘s military service and rescue from drowning by a fellow Black G.I. in World War II has won an Emmy.

Produced exclusively for the web and directed by Jesse J. Logan, 31, the 10 minute “pod cast,” “Surviving the War: the Story of James E. Guilford, Jr.,” can be seen on the Basic Black web site. The Emmy was for ‘Advanced Media Writer/Producer.’

Guilford, who was born in 1911 at home, which was the third floor apartment in a brick building on Sterling Street in Roxbury, was away from the Boston neighborhood only from 1942 to 1945, when his military duty took him to the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, the New Guinea Campaign, and the Philippine Campaign and invasion.

Logan’s film narrows in on Guilford’s memories of being wounded in northern Guinea when his boat which was transporting Christmas dinners to the front was blown out of the water. Guilford’s life was saved that day by fellow soldier and buddy Pvt. George Watson at the cost of Watson’s life. Mr. Guilford has written a book about the bravery of Pvt. Watson who saved many lives, including the white lieutenant in charge of the unit. Recently a ship was named in Pvt. Watson’s honor, the UNSN Watson.

Logan was invited to make the film in conjunction with the Ken Burns 7-part documentary series “The War,” which explores the history and horrors of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the lives of men and women caught up in the great cataclysm. These individuals came from four geographically disparate towns, none of them in Massachusetts. So WGBH wanted a local angle. Logan, herself African American, had heard of Mr. Guilford, although she is only recently in Boston. “I’d heard he is a living legend and an incredible person,” she said in a phone interview.

The word of mouth proved to be so, said Logan, who feels “so grateful to be appointed to do the film. I put my all in it.”

Logan, a graduate of Howard University, says she is comfortable talking with much older people as her family is long lived, including her great grandmother with whom she was very close, who lived to be 97.

“I knew going into preparing for the film that my conversation with Mr. Guilford would probably be long because he has accomplished so much in his life. The pre-interview is crucial to tease out the aspects best to be shown in the podcast. My concern was how could I narrow it down.” Logan’s camera follows Mr. Guilford as he walks on a cane down the corridor of his Fort Hill apartment building for elderly residents and into his small apartment where he goes through memorabilia of the war years and relates his memories. A “podcast” is an amalgram of ipod and broadcast.

“He still has nightmares about that experience. He still remembers it in great detail,” she said. WGBH Boston won four Emmy awards at the 31st Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony at the Marriot Copley Place on Saturday, May 10. The other wins were an interview by Maria Hinojosa “Ray Suarez” on “One-on-One, an advanced media interactivity, Open Call: “A Clearing in the Fog,” and advanced media animator/motion graphic design Open Call “War Games.”

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CALVIN BURNETT HONORED

by Kay Bourne (Sojourner Truth by Calvin Burnett)

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