1. Attorney Tom Steel (1950-1998) explains the censorship of SHOWBOAT 1988-THE REMAKE, a film by Rick Schmidt©1978

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    Attorney Ton Steel was around 29 years old when he agreed to be videotaped for my "SHOWBOAT 1988," explaining THE UNCLEAR LAWS OF PARODY to Alan Shulman's camera (thanks again Alan!) and how I decided to resort to COMPLETELY CENSORING THE MOVIE to avoid further threats from MGM and the estates of Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstrein and Edna Ferber. I had no idea of Tom's legal background at the time, only following my friend William Farley's suggestion that I get in touch with 'an attorney who was helping out cartoonist Dan O'Neill with his battle against Disney for his cartoons featuring an X-rated MICKEY MOUSE' (thanks Bill!). Tom died from AIDS in 1998. Here's his obituary from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/08/09/nyregion/thomas-steel-a-lawyer-known-for-civil-rights-cases-was-48.html And also from the National Lawyers Guild http://www.nlgsf.org/news/thomas-steel His partner, Dr. Milton Estes, opened the TOM STEEL CLINIC in Marin in 2000, the only non-publicly funded HIV medical practice in Marin. Tom was a hero to many serious causes, as well as to me and my film. --------------------- BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ) “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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    • "Old Man River," actor Ed Nylund & sister, plus Larry Rice ("Executioner" act) from SHOWBOAT 1988©1978 Rick Schmidt.

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      BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ) “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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      • Jeff Wizig (Turtle), Ral-Pheno (guitar), bucketman, & attorney Thomas Steel from SHOWBOAT 1988©1978 Rick Schmidt.

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        BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ) “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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        • Billy Barksdale sings for SHOWBOAT1988 – THE REMAKE ©1978 Rick Schmidt.

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          BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ) “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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          • Blues legend J.C. Burris (actor Carolyn Zaremba with Dick Richardson (hat), & Willie Boy Walker) –1988 ©1978 Rick Schmiidt..

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            BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ) “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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            • Jesus Christ Satan (interviewer Constance Penley), & 2nd interviewer Kelly Boen – SHOWBOAT 1988-THE REMAKE ©1978 Rick Schmid

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              BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ). For discussion of the LGBT aspects of SHOWBOAT 1988, here's part of a chapter on the movie from Chair of Lesbian and Gay Studies/U. of Chicago's Lauren Berlant's book, "THE FEMALE COMPLAINT:" https://books.google.com/books?id=q8nVOAO8-NkC&pg=PA278&lpg=PA278&dq=show+boat+1988+the+remake&source=bl&ots=4iG5YAswuG&sig=mT8fpPoxLk5k1-2jqxN1MtbGXFc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bjtqVeebENH2oASNlYCwBA&ved=0CC4Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=show%20boat%201988%20the%20remake&f=false And more from "Love and Money" by Lisa Henderson, U. of Mass. https://books.google.com/books?id=VRJ9iOigxucC&pg=PA132&lpg=PA132&dq=show+boat+1988+the+remake&source=bl&ots=rOwjOEuu5h&sig=6zxWGH5qsoJWuuXp9FLPiweFpw4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LjxqVcPeMIGmsQXK9oHIAg&ved=0CCsQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=show%20boat%201988%20the%20remake&f=false “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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              • Doug Michaels (rolls), Thom Hover (Martian), Raymond Harvey (doll), Lowell Darling & Mom – 1988-THE REMAKE ©1978 Rick Schmidt

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                BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ) “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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                • Jerry/Dancer (interviewed by Kelly Boen), and Doug & Gannon Hall/Tap-Dancers -- SHOWBOAT 1988-THE REMAKE ©1978 Rick Schmidt.

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                  BEFORE The Gong show, BEFORE England's Got Talent, BEFORE American Idol, BEFORE America's Got Talent, BEFORE The Voice...there was SHOWBOAT 1988—THE REMAKE (91 1/2 minutes, B&W/Color, ©1978 L.L. Productions). The second film of the Rick Schmidt trilogy (A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A KILLER and EMERALD CITIES fill the bill),1988 is about a huge audition for the remake of the classic American musical "Showboat." For three nights, July 22-24, 1975, hundreds of San Francisco’s most bizarre talent turned up, while actor ED NYLUND, a real-life librarian and musicologist, tried to enact his dream of bringing "the stench of death" to the musical comedy form. As he narrates real-life stories of his childhood failures, the viewer can better understand any auditioner’s leap for glory. Actors RICHARD A. RICHARDSON and CAROLYN ZAREMBA again supplied pivotal Supporting Actor roles, along with WILLIE BOY WALKER, SKIP COVINGTON, BRUCE PARRY, RICHARD MARCUS. Directed by Rick Schmidt. Script by Rick Schmidt, Bill Farley (OF MEN AND ANGELS, PLASTIC MAN, etc.), Nick Kazan (AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, DREAM LOVER, etc.), and Henry Bean (INTERNAL AFFAIRS,THE BELIEVER, etc.). 1st PRIZE – ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL. Additional Fests: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, FLORENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Italy), FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal). Three (out of four) Stars (***) -"Movies on TV" / Steven H. Scheuer. Village Voice "Choice of the Week" / J. Hoberman. TV premiere: CHANNEL FOUR , UK. Featuring performances by rock star Sylvester, bluesman J.C. Burris, Jesus Christ Satan,Ral-pheno, others. SEE FULL MOVIE HERE: https://vimeo.com/124897112 (email for password: lightvideo@aol.com ) “The big hit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, it’s easy to see why. The film has carved a unique nitch for itself, somewhere between FREAKS and Fellini’s 8 1/2. It’s as though someone forgot to lock the studio door and Luis Bunuel and William Burroughs sneaked in and began a hatchet job on Hollywood." — David Harris, THE BOSTON PHOENIX “1988 recounts the fictitious tale of a middle-aged librarian’s attempts to finance and remake the film musical “Showboat” in contemporary terms. The auditions are arranged on a San Francisco stage, and range from incredible to merely bizarre.” — VARIETY “1988 in its culminative preposterous flummery is a spirited outcry for people to throw off the covert and overt forms of oppression and be themselves. Beneath the film’s Quixotic humor and surprisingly touching pathos stands the surrealist belief that art is never more important than life. An outrageous tour-de-force.” — Vic Skolnick, CINEMA ARTS CENTRE “Laugh more than you’ve ever laughed before…one of the hits of the festival." — Rotterdam International Film Festival

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                      A real-time branding event to cash-in on the significant word-of-mouth buzz online that was generated by “The Deliverers”. On the evening our advertisement broke - during Saturday night primetime TV - we were sitting in a studio, reading and reacting to what people were saying about the ad, then producing and publishing personal video responses within minutes. We then surprised the Tweeter by sending film-style trailers back to them featuring their quote.

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