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TITLE: Trailer to “SAINT STEPHEN’S DREAM: A Space Opera”

BACKGROUND NOTES: Here is the trailer to “SAINT STEPHEN’S DREAM: A Space Opera.” The rock opera/musical/eco-fable/cli-fi story made its world debut at FestivALL Charleston in June 2011, a citywide cultural fest in the Charleston, W.Va. And then I dropped the ball. Trying to decide whether to pick it up again.

The space opera unfolds the tale of what happens after Earth reaches a tipping point and seems no longer able to support human habitation. Ten thousand ships of all sizes flee into low-earth orbit and beyond, as a dazed humanity struggles to reorganize itself in what comes to be known as Nuova Terra (New Earth). Powerful leaders ordain that a return to the dying Earth is no longer possible. They decrees that all should just lay back and be content.

After all, they have rich, full-immersion web environments. There are endless alternative realities into which people can escape, fleeing from the reality of the warehoused beds and tiny metal capsules where most people now reside on the great space vessels. ‘Who are you going to be today?’ asks the computer each new ‘morning’ in space, as people rove through history, their avatars pursuing the latest characters, happenings and trends.

One of the most powerful leaders, the Doge of Nuova Venezia, has brought to life 16th century Venice as a dominant immersive environment on his great ship, La Serenissima. A merry band of performers, rebels, dreamers and fools, aided by the strange ‘trans-humans’ known as the Shua, oppose this new order.

They willfully ‘unplug’ from the immersive web and gather in a space-borne club called Third Eye Cabaret, where most of the musical takes place. They keep alive the hope of returning to Earth someday, inspired by the 9th century writings of an Irish monk named Brother Stephen, whose ‘dream book’ diaries seem to foretell the planet’s despairing future, with just the slightest hint of possible salvation.

VIDEO: Crowdsourcing the 2018 W.Va. Teacher Strike : PART 1
NOTES: I shot a video of the  massive 2018 W.Va. Teacher’s Strike on its eighth day in late March 2018. I awoke the ninth day feeling out of sorts and didn’t get to work until noon. That, of course, was the day the strike was settled to much jubilation and national coverage. Drat! Blaspheme! Curses! But….. wait! There were thousands of cameras there, if mine was not. Why not ask readers for their (literal) view of the strike? Facebook and newspaper solicitations resulted in a torrent of submissions: almost 500 photographs and videos. I lined up a green-screen studio shoot , courtesy of the EDC co-working site in Charleston, interviewed a key reporter covering the strike and wove in reader submissions and staff photography and video. Here’s the result.
NUMBERS: This video got more than 22,000 views on Facebook and was shared widely nationally, especially as teacher strikes took hold in other states such as Oklahoma and Kentucky.
RELATED:
A Crowdsourced look at the 2018 WV Teacher Strike: Part 2
Day 8 of the 2018 WV Teacher Strike: Bands, banjos and honks
— The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s 2018 Teacher Strike Roundup Page

 

VIDEO: A First-hand view on Day 8 of the historic 2018 WV Teacher Strike
NOTES: Teachers from across West Virginia remained on strike on day 8 on Monday, March 5, 2018, on the grounds of the state Capitol Complex in Charleston, W.Va. The wildcat strike garnered national attention. Here are some interviews from school employees who thronged  the state Capitol form  across the state’s 55 counties.
RELATED:
A Crowdsourced look at the 2018 WV Teacher Strike: Part 1
A Crowdsourced look at the 2018 WV Teacher Strike: Part 2
— The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s 2018 Teacher Strike Roundup Page

VIDEO: A “100 Seconds” installment that shows how to put up a Christmas tree in 100 seconds flat.
NOTES: Part of the mission of the “100 Seconds” video series is to showcase videos shot using only smartphones to showcase  “lo-fi media” capabilities. (Not that smartphones are all that lo-fi, these days, as they pack more computing power than the NASA computer that landed Neil Armstrong on the moon.)

 

VIDEO: Bill gets ready for stand-up
NOTES: Each month, Bill Lynch tries something new for his “One Month at a Time” series for the Charleston Gazette-Mail.  For June 2017, he was schooling (and steeling) himself for a 5-minute stand-up comedy routine. Go for the goat joke, a colleague suggests.
LENGTH: 1 min 36 sec