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Radio Iowa’s Matt Kelley interviews Greg Reitman about his documentary film ROOTED in PEACE

July 30, 2015

Documentary on the meaning of peace premieres in Iowa Sunday

Greg ReitmanA documentary that aims to define the meaning of “peace” will premiere in Iowa this weekend and the filmmaker will attend the debut. Six years in the making, Greg Reitman says “Rooted in Peace” is the story of his personal quest which took him around the planet, with a few stops in southeast Iowa.

“I go on a journey asking the question, ‘Why are we so violent?’ and why we don’t connect with ourselves and with nature,” Reitman says. “Along the way, I’m guided by some incredible people.” The list includes: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, spiritualist Deepak Chopra, film director David Lynch, media mogul Ted Turner, and music legends Donovan, Pete Seeger and Mike Love.

Reitman first met Love, one of the founders of the Beach Boys, at a 2009 concert in Fairfield. Reitman is a New York native who now lives in southern California and the process of making this film took him to several continents.

The documentary had its beginnings more than two decades ago when he visited Japan and saw the ruins of first city that was wiped out by an atomic bomb. “When I was in Hiroshima and I saw the devastation, I didn’t cry and learned a little about PTSD,” Reitman says. “I came up with this idea when I was 19 in college at UMass-Amherst that I was going to save the world by planting trees. I created this tree-planting initiative called The Giving Tree-Rooted in Peace.”

Now in his 40s, he shows himself in the documentary carrying a tiny potted tree through places like Times Square in New York City. “Essentially, I come back 20 years later with the bonsai tree as a symbol of hope, looking at the tree as a symbol for all of us and our connection with humanity and how we want to connect with nature,” he says. “That really becomes the unfolding story.”

The documentary “Rooted in Peace” will be shown Sunday at 7 P.M. at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield. Reitman will do a question-and-answer session afterwards. His 2008 film, “Fuel,” won the Sundance Audience Choice Award.

Audio: Matt Kelley interview with Greg Reitman. 5:06.

Another radio interview coming up is with James Moore on KRUU LP 100.1 FM today at 7:30pm Thursday, to replay on 3:00pm Friday, and 11am Saturday. You can listen if you’re in the Fairfield, Iowa area or online streaming live. James said he may replay Dennis Raimondi’s interview with Prudence Farrow at 2pm before Friday’s 3:00pm interview with Greg. She discusses a book she wrote, Dear Prudence: The Story Behind The Song, which I am enjoying reading. More on that in a future post. Both interviews involve Maharishi and Transcendental Meditation, appropriate to air together tomorrow on Guru Purnima Day!

See ROOTED in PEACE to play Martha’s Vineyard and an Iowa premiere at Fairfield’s Sondheim Center.

David Lynch Foundation Television to premiere David S. Ware: A World of Sound

August 18, 2011

“It’s like you’re trying to cognize a world of sound.” — David S. Ware

David S. Ware cognizes and manifests a world of sound. On August 30th 2011, David S. Ware: A World of Sound will premiere on David Lynch Foundation Television. The film profiles one of the most original minds in jazz history – saxophonist/composer/bandleader David S. Ware. In 2010, BBC reviewer Daniel Spicer wrote, “Ware’s playing is astonishing, pushing the limits of brain, fingers and equipment, ideas rushing out in a stream of furious, liquid invention, with an almost superhuman precision.”

“You learn to listen to music with sort of a third ear.” — David S. Ware

David counts Sonny Rollins as an early mentor, from whom he learned circular breathing in 1966 while still a teenager. By the 1980’s, David’s concerns as a saxophonist had shifted away from the rush and fury of extended improvisations, and into the area of concentrated thematic development. He formed the David S. Ware Quartet in 1989 to put these ideas into practice, and they became known as the reigning advanced jazz super-group of the 90’s and into the new millennium. Since that Quartet’s disbanding in 2007, Ware has found expression in a number of different forms; including solo performances and a new quartet entitled Planetary Unknown.

A World of Sound is the latest film by DLF.TV’s Amine Kouider, who has previously profiled several other innovative artists, including installation and performance artist S.B. Woods and Malek Salah, a pioneer of the modern art scene in Algeria.

At Amine and David’s first meeting, David said bluntly, “Good luck trying to finish this film.” The luck turned out to be much needed, as A World of Sound ended up taking over two years to finish. But, when finally completed, film director and DLF.TV founder David Lynch offered high praise, telling Amine, “How cool is cool? … I love this guy, David S. Ware … and I love this film you’ve made for him, Amine … Really good to have documented this great man and his music and his spirit.”

The film (13:36) premieres August 30, 2011 on http://DLF.TV. Also see exclusive bonus footage (8:01) of David S. Ware playing at home.

For more info on David S. Ware, visit and

News Coverage: Chicago Reader: Bleader: Saxophonist David S. Ware, sound and vision | JazzTimes: David S. Ware Documentary to Air Aug. 30: Saxophonist’s relationship with Transcendental Meditation will be explored | Ottawa Citizen: Jazzblog: David Lynch on David S. Ware | Listen to Mike Ragogna’s 2.0 interview (43:48) 20110828 – David S. Ware  on solar-powered KRUU-LP 100.1 FM. It was transcribed, edited, and posted in Mike Ragogna’s blog on The Huffington Post: A World Of Sound: Chatting & Improvising With David S. Ware | Also available on Allie Is Wired | TM Blog: David S. Ware: A jazz musician with “a world of sound”

Interesting interview in All About Jazz: David S. Ware: Planetary Musician

See Beautiful film on Algerian artist Malek Salah by Amine Koudier.

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