As many of you know, a feature-length documentary is underway with the working title of “December’s Boudoir”. It is to be an exploration and celebration of the musical genius of Laura Nyro.
First and foremost, this project is blessed to have Maria Florio as its producer, and I am thrilled to be co-producer. Maria is an extraordinary filmmaker, someone who has directed and produced numerous films that are at once stunning visually and musically, and that strive to capture the essence of her subjects. Maria also, and this is the greatest blessing of all, is a woman of the highest integrity. She approaches her work with an enormous heart, with compassion and care. Our vision for this film is that it be a work of art, one that will take the many who didn’t actually know Laura herself, into her musical world.
You may find out more about Maria and her work at this site www.earthworksfilms.com And to get a better idea of the kind of work she creates, I’d like to suggest two films: “Broken Rainbow”, which is about to be re-released, and for whom Laura wrote and performed the title song; and “Tibet, Cry of the Snow Lion”. Both are gifts to the viewer.
We are at the stage of collecting all available footage of Laura---there isn’t much, as you may know. Over these years, there were a couple of fans who wrote that they have some footage available. Even if it is "bootlegged", that won't be an issue. This is the time, if you would be so kind, to share it. Finally, there is a project underway where your footage could be put to very good use. We would be most grateful to have whatever is out there. Please contact this site if you have a gem somewhere.
And, over the next few weeks, I will be looking for the many of you who have written beautiful, intelligent and powerful comments. I will be seeking your written permission that your words may be used in “December’s Boudoir”. Of course, appropriate credit will be given.
The comments that you have made throughout the years, will be an extraordinary way to define just who Laura was, what her music has meant to the world. I honestly cannot think of a better way to go after the essence that was hers other than through your many voices.
Vis a vis the above, I am so happy to also tell you that Maria and I have been fortunate to attain legal advise from two generous souls. Howard Siegel, Laura’s forever music publishing attorney and friend (this speaks volumes about him, doesn’t it?) is most kind to assist us with the project regarding all things musical. And Maria has the hottest documentary attorney and friend, Michael Donaldson, on board to help in his areas of expertise. We cannot thank both of them enough and promise to use them judiciously but completely. For the first time in my life, I believe in legal Angels.
And finally, Maria has enticed a most creative and talented musical director to work on “December’s Boudoir”: Jimmie Haskell. I remember his good work for Laura’s Memorial Concert in October of 1997, as well as his stellar musical production on "New York Tendaberry", and I know that he has the sensitivity and skill to weave the songs and the images together perfectly, seamlessly.
So, as you can see, we’ve progressed some distance with far more yet to come. I will keep you apprised of developments as time goes by, and I say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have offered encouragement in the past and who will assist in many ways in the future. (I’ll be emailing you for those permissions!)
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