We’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with George Stevens Jr., founder of the American Film Institute, plus we’ll welcome commercial mural artist John Cerney. All this, and more, on our special Memorial Day weekend edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing May 27-29 at the following times and venues:
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This week’s program will feature Part 2 of a conversation that began with last week with George Stevens Jr., founder of the American Film Institute and the Kennedy Center Honors, and the son of Academy Award-winning filmmaker George Stevens (A Place in the Sun, Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Giant). George was well on his way to establishing his own career as a director when a unique opportunity to work with legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow brought him to Washington, D.C. at the outset of the John F. Kennedy administration. That journey not only changed the course of George’s life, but changed the course of film history in the United States through George’s efforts with AFI—which George founded in 1967 and which led to the restoration of thousands of endangered motion pictures, while also training a new generation of filmmakers, including David Lynch and Terrence Malick.
We’ll ask George about the events that led to the creation of AFI, including the back story of the Life Achievement Award, the annual event that has honored such celebrated actors and filmmakers as John Ford, James Cagney, Orson Welles, and Martin Scorsese. We’ll also talk about some of the many distinguished TV-movies and TV miniseries that George wrote, produced, and directed during the third act of his career, including Separate But Equal starring Sidney Poitier as Supreme Court Justice and civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall. We’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with George Stevens Jr. in our first hour. George’s memoir, My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington, is available now wherever books are sold.
Speaking of Giant, this week’s show will also bring you a conversation with John Cerney, a commercial artist whose thirty-year career includes collaborations with ad agencies, businesses, television writers and producers, and such legends as Wayne Gretsky and the late John Candy. An artist whose work is best described as “giant cut-out art, ordinarily viewed from the comfort of one’s automobile,” John specializes in creating 16-foot-high, billboard-size cut-out art murals that dot the landscape of some twenty-eight states across the U.S. (and, particularly, the highways of California and the Midwest). John’s pieces include a portrait of James Dean that welcomes visitors to the SPCA in Monterey County, California; a mural of George Harrison in Benton, Illinois; a mural of Amelia Earhart in her hometown of Atchison, Kansas; flying saucers in Roswell, New Mexico; and, arguably his most famous mural, “Giant Marfa,” the multimedia tribute to George Stevens’ epic motion picture Giant that appears on Highway 90 in Marfa, Texas.
We’ll ask John what first sparked his interest in creating outsized murals, as well as learn some of the logistics that go into putting these pieces together. We’ll also find out how out former Monkee Michael Nesmith became involved in Giant Marfa, including helping John turn the mural into a multimedia experience. With Memorial Day weekend upon us, and more and more of us planning trips again, John’s murals may provide some fun ideas for you and your family as you embark on your summer travels. John Cerney will join us in our first hour.
The Giant Marfa mural includes a giant 1951 Ford Deluxe (the car that Rock Hudson drove in Giant), plus music by Michael Nesmith and the First National Band. To learn more about John’s work, visit JohnCerneyMurals.com.
This weekend being Memorial Day weekend, our show this week will also include an encore presentation of our May 2020 conversation with author, screenwriter, novelist, raconteur, and U.S. Army veteran Marvin J. Wolf. Marv served more than thirteen years active duty with the Army (including a combat tour in Vietnam) before returning to the States in 1974 to embark on a very successful career as a freelance writer and photojournalist that has continued for more than four decades.
Marv’s books include They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans, a collaboration with Joseph L. Galloway, the New York Times bestselling author of the We Were Soldiers series and, like Marv, an accomplished journalist and decorated Vietnam veteran. They Were Soldiers not only profiles fifty men and women from various walks of life who served in Vietnam in one capacity or another, but shows that the Vietnam generation is every bit as worthy of respect and admiration as the generations of soldiers that preceded them—particularly in light of the animosity that many Vietnam veterans faced when they came home to the United States.
Among the veterans profiled in They Were Soldiers are former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. In many respects, Oliver Stone’s personal story typifies that of many Vietnam veterans. We’ll talk about that, and more, when we replay our conversation with Marvin J. Wolf in our second hour.
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