A Few Days in Italy, and LOTS of April Events

Good Morning, John Sayles fans and friends!

John and Maggie are winging their way back from Italy today, where they’ve been relaxing, sightseeing, and catching up with old friends.  They’ve sent along some great photos of their trip for me to share on the blog here.


John enjoying chocolate by the block at the brilliant Tiemplo de Gustaia in Spolete.



John with Mayes Rubeo, the costume designer from "Sunshine State." They found "The Help" playing in Spoleto; Mark Ricker, who won an Art Directors Guild Award for his work on "The Help" was the Production Designer on "Sunshine State." Mayes recently did costume design for "John Carter."



Traveling in Matera


So, if I’m not in these pictures, you’re probably wondering who I am.

My name is Chelsea, and I’ll be handling the majority of blogging duties around the site going forward.  John and Maggie have so many great projects in the works that they don’t always get enough time to share them — that’s where I come in.  I’ve known them both since I was eight years old, so I’ve been entrusted with passing along news, photos, behind-the-scenes info, and other fun stuff so they can keep writing, producing, and generally making amazing movies.

In the interest of absolute transparency, going forward each blog entry will clearly show the author’s name.

On the occasions when Maggie or John write, you will see one of their names as the author.  When I write, you will see “John Sayles Blog” as the author.

All right!  I’m glad that’s all cleared up, because lots of exciting things are happening in the month of April and it’s high time the word got out!


Starting TONIGHT, Duke University in North Carolina is screening three of John’s films (“Matewan,” “Sunshine State,” and “Amigo”) in advance of honoring him with the Duke Leaf Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts.

The screenings are tonight, tomorrow night, and next Wednesday, respectively.  The awards ceremony will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 21st.  You can find out all the information about the Duke Leaf Award events by checking out our “Upcoming Events” page.


Poster for the 2012 Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival


This Saturday, April 14th, John will be the keynote speaker at the Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival in Red Hook, NY.

He will be reading from and discussing A Moment in the Sun at 4pm at the Village Building.  Check it out if you’re in the Red Hook area — the festival is sure to be lots of fun.  A big thanks goes out to the folks at Oblong Books for inviting John!  You can find out all about the event by clicking here.


White River Indie Films festival poster


And on Friday, April 27th, John will kick off the White River Indie Films Festival in White River Junction, Vermont.

A screening of Amigo, followed by a Q&A reception with John and Maggie, will kick off the festival.  Both John and Maggie will be taking part in panels throughout the weekend, and on Saturday the 28th, John will do a reading from A Moment in the Sun.  You can find out all about WRIF 2012, and buy event tickets, by clicking here.

Looks like if you’re in the NY, VT, or NC areas this month, you’ll have ample opportunities to find out all about Amigo and A Moment in the Sun first-hand!

Until next time, this is your faithful JS Blogger, signing off.

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What a great time we had on the YELLOW EARTH book tour. We loved seeing all of our old friends. Lots of hugging and kissing and shaking of hands. That was then! We were very lucky to return home – la

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