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SYLVIO is Simply DiVine at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)

Q:  Where does a 180-pound gorilla sit?

A:  If he’s the gentle gorilla who’s the title character of SYLVIO – the fantasy film based on “Simply Sylvio” Vine videos – he wants to sit on the floor behind a table he uses as a stage to act out scenes of “Quiet Times with Herbert Herpels” with his hand puppet Herbert.

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 30, 2017. Film event of screening of SYLVIO, a fantasy feature film, and Q and A with ALBERT BIRNEY, KENTUCKER AUDLEY, and mdoeraotr RUSSELL HARBAUGH, is hosted by Radio, Television, Film Department of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication of Hofstra University.

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017. SYLIO screening and Q&A with (R-L) ALBERT BIRNEY, KENTUCKER AUDLEY, & moderator RUSSELL HARBAUGH, is presented by Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Before Twitter shut down Vine, “Simply Silvio” had over 500,000 followers. But when I heard Hofstra’s Herbert School of Communication was having a screening of SYLVIO, followed by a Q&A with ALBERT BIRNEY and KENTUCKER AUDLEY – the film’s co-directors & more – it was the first time I’d heard of the character.

So, based on the movie poster, I could tell Sylvio was an anthropomorphic gorilla who wore clothes and red sunglasses, and that’s about it. Which is why I was cautiously looking forward to seeing the film.

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 30, 2017. At screening of SYLVIO, a fantasy feature film, Sylvia the gorilla has Harold the puppet act out scenes of

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017. At Hofstra screening of SYLVIO film, Sylvio the gorilla uses hand puppet Harold to act out scenes of “Quiet Times with Harold Herpels.”  (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

SYLVIO

Early in the film, Sylvio, who doesn’t speak, is at his job making calls at a debt collection agency. The one thing he likes about it is watering his cubicle plant.

Then he’s ordered to make an outside call to collect a debt from a man who hosts a talk show in his basement. When Sylvio arrives, he’s mistaken for a juggler, and since he isn’t one, ends up dropping things that break, loudly.

The talk show audience loves this, and Sylvio ends u[ chained to a wild on=air persona the opposite of who he wants to be. 

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 30, 2017. Film event of screening of SYLVIO, a fantasy feature film, and Q and A with ALBERT BIRNEY, KENTUCKER AUDLEY, and moderator RUSSELL HARBAUGH, is hosted by Radio, Television, Film Department of Lawrence Herbert School of Communication of Hofstra University.

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 30, 2017.  Sylvio reluctantly becomes the “What’s the Ape Gonna Break?” TV personality, in SYLVIO, screened at Hofstra. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Q&A

After the SYLVIA screening, Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley and Prof. Russell Harbaugh held a Q&A.

VIDEO Panel discusses the central concept of the movie,  what’s most important to Sylvio the gorilla, and more in this excerpt:

Birney is the creator of the “Simply Sylvio” Vine character, and he and Audley are the film’s directors, and, with Meghan Doherty, its screenwriters.

The gorilla who doesn’t talk and the talk show host make a solid team.

Wordlessly, Birney expressively plays Sylvio Bernardi, who at least gets to grunt a few times. I’m not surprised I didn’t figure out on my own who played Sylvio, but I didn’t even realize Audley co-starred as Al Reynolds, the financially strapped talk show host, until he talked about it.

GREAT APE

Sitting in the audience at Hofstra’s Breslin Hall that night, I was so moved by Sylvio and his quest to lead a simple, peaceful life that I have a feeling he’ll quietly be with me for a good while.

Sylvio twitter: @simplysylvio  movie: SylvioTheMovie.com

My SYLVIO Hofstra event photos:   SLIDESHOW    GALLERY

John Kasich Hosts Town Hall at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 8, 2016

This eventful week of presidential primary events on Long Island started off with John Kasich, Republican candidate and Governor of Ohio, hosting a Town Hall on Monday at Hofstra University.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he hosts at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Town Hall he hosts at Hofstra University. (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Maureen O’Brien, of Bethpage, brought a colorful, handmade “GO JOHNNY GO” poster, which I spotted while sitting on the floor near her front row seat.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. MAUREEN O'BRIEN, from Bethpage, holds a 'GO Johnny GO' sign she brought to Town Hall hosted by JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. O'Brien is a registered Republican and supports Kasich. The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. MAUREEN O’BRIEN, from Bethpage, holds a ‘GO Johnny GO’ sign she brought to Town Hall hosted by JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate, at Hofstra University.  (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When I gave Ms. O’Brien a heads up I might need to grab the back of her chair later on when I stood up, she offered to switch places with me.  I thanked her for such generosity, but ended up staying on the floor.

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he's hosting at Hofstra University David Mack Student Center in Long Island. Audience includes senior citizens from Long Island AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) wearing red shirts with message 'Does Your Candidate Have A Plan For Social Security?' on back, . The New York primary is April 19, and Kasich is the first of the three GOP presidential candidates to campaign in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and is in third place in number of delegates won. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. April 4, 2016. JOHN KASICH, Republican presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, speaks at the Town Hall he’s hosting at Hofstra University. Several Long Island members of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) wore red shirts with message ‘Does Your Candidate Have A Plan For Social Security?’ (© 2016 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Since I had my sweatshirt under my knees when kneeling, I could comfortably focus on capturing the governor speaking – without notes – to the audience, which frequently applauded and cheered.

John Kasich Town Hall at Hofstra:   Gallery  |  Slideshow

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Guantanamo Bay Courtroom Artist Janet Hamlin at Hofstra

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 27, 2013

After hearing WNYC’s NPR interview with Janet Hamlin, the only courtroom sketch artist allowed to depict Guantanamo Bay military tribunals from 2006-2012, I was excited to learn Hamlin was coming to Hofstra to discuss her work and new book Sketching Guantanamo.

Hempstead, New York, U.S. 12th November, 2013. Janet Hamlin, a courtroom artist covering the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, shows her charcoal drawings and discusses her work at Hofstra University. Much of the time she was the only journalist providing a visual record of the events at the United States naval base in Cuba, and her new book

Hempstead, NY, U.S. – Nov., 12 2013. Janet Hamlin, a courtroom artist covering military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, at Hofstra University. (©2013 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Seeing several of Hamlin’s original large sketches on brown paper and hearing her describe the challenging – and, at times, surprising – restrictions placed on her Guantanamo work, gave me a more fleshed out understanding of her unique work and experiences at Guantanamo.

Hamlim had a book signing at the end of her visit, and I bought two copies of Sketching Guantanamo – one for my family and one for a friend.

Want to learn more? SEARCH:  Hofstra Chronicle + Janet Hamlin

Photo gallery –  Janet Hamlin “Sketching Guantanamo” Courtroom Artist

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