WILD ABOUT JOLSON Talk Show ep. #3

The wait is over, WILD ABOUT JOLSON #3 is online!

In this episode, Nigel, Andrea, Andrew, and Vlad discuss Al Jolson’s 5th feature film BIG BOY (1930) for over an hour. A silly comedy, deep social commentary, or both?

 

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Al Jolson Memorial Stone in Lithuania

DSC_0249Al Jolson received a memorial stone at Jakovas Bunka’s Litvak memorial park near Plateliai, a small village in the North West of Lithuania, on September 17th, 2014. Jakovas Bunka recently passed away and was considered the last Jew in the town of Plunge, close to Plateliai. Bunka’s son Eugenijus, journalist, writer, and activist, is now leading the foundation. Jens J. Reinke, my partner at AJ-Images.com and my husband Wyman covered the event.

Trip to Bromley, UK

Bromley Jolson Festival 2012
Bromley Jolson Festival 2012

Andrea and Wyman attended the 2012 Jolson Festival in Bromley, held by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society, UK. They gave a presentation on Andrea’s filmwork as well as on the Vilnius Jewish Public Library. They also interviewed Jolson biographer Michael Freedland. Once again, the organizers came up with an amazing UK Jolson weekend.

Wedding trip to South Carolina

Andrea and Wyman got married on August 22, 2012 in Marion, South Carolina. On August 20, they attended a one-day Al Jolson Fesival on Long Island, NY organized by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society. The wedding took place at The Grove in Marion, SC. The couple spent a brief honeymoon in Charleston. Visit their wedding website here.

Wedding Oberheiden Brent
Wedding Oberheiden Brent

Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer opening night in New York, Oct. 6, 1927.

In 2005, Andrea Oberheiden and Jens Reinke started to research on Al Jolson with the goal to produce a feature-length documentary on the life and times of this great entertainer. As a by-product, they produced a research film called „Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer“ which focuses on the first talkie in the history of films. It had its premiere on July 12, 2009 in Kiel, Germany and was also shown in England, Malta, Australia, and the USA.

Check out „Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer“. Here is the direct link to the film site. For more information about Andrea’s film work, please check out her website.