12/18/2008 Fresh Fruit

 

*Janis Ian*, singer, songwriter, author, activist

Janis Ian's:http://www.janisian.com amazing career spans four decades. Her first song was written at twelve and recorded on her first album for Verve-Folkways in 1965, which also featured her first hit, Society’s Child. The song ignited controversy from coast to coast, resulting in the burning of a radio station, the firing of disc jockeys who played it, and a generation hungering for the truth finally having a female songwriter to stand beside Bob Dylan.

2008 sees a double-whammy: Society’s Child: My Autobiography
and the accompanying double CD-set, Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection that features all the classics, completely re-mastered from the original sources, as well as never-before-heard bonus tracks. The end of Society’s Child is particularly poignant, as Ian finally meets the love of her life, Patricia. The two were married in Toronto in 2003, and celebrate nineteen years together this coming December.

Most recently former Fresh Fruit host and filmmaker *John Killacky* made the documentary *“Janis Ian: Live From Grand Center”* filmed in St. Louis and is now being shown across the country on public television. It will broadcast on *Twin Cities Public Television* on
*December 28, 2008 at 11 pm on Channel 2* and
*January 2, 2009 at 7 pm on Channel 17*

*John Ottman*, film composer editor

John Ottman:http://www.johnottman.com reteams with director Bryan Singer on his new World War II film “Valkyrie” that will be in theatres December 26, 2008 Ottman again does double duty as both editor and composer. Ottman's score avoids the cliches associated with a WWII story. This was done by blending carefully designed electronic sounds with the orchestra. Ottman and Singer first began collaborating together at USC Film School on “Public Access,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Ottman has written the scores for and edited nearly all of director Bryan Singer’s films including “Superman Returns”, The Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil.

His editing on The Usual Suspects won him the British Academy Award and a nomination from the A.C.E. (American Cinema Editors). His score for that film also won the Saturn Award. Since then, Ottman has composed the music for such diverse films the recent “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” the thrillers “Hide and Seek,” “Cellular,” and “Gothika,” and the dark comedy The Cable Guy with Ben Stiller.

*Eleanor Savage*, producer, activist, former Fresh Fruit Host

Eleanor has produced, organized and collaborated in the Twin Cities queer community for many years. She has been involved with such events and groups as the Walker Art Center, Dyke Night, Outward Spiral Theatre Company, Queertopia, Vulva Riot, and Naked Stages, to name a few. She currently works for the
Jerome Foundation:http://www.jeromefdn.org in St. Paul.

Playlist Tracks: 
Fresh Fruit 3rd Thursday Theme / Theme artists: - Judy Garland, B52s, Angela Motter, Tori Fixx, Josie Cotton, Ochi, David Bowie,Diana Ross, Scott Free, Gaye Adegbalola, Candye Kane, Lou Reed, Deep Dickollective, Sandy Rapp, Romanovsky Phillips, RuPaul
Album: ; Label:
Janis Ian - Danger Danger
Album: Folk Is the New Black; Label: rude girl records
John Ottman - Olbricht Gives The Order
Album: * Valkyrie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack *New Release; Label: Varese Sarabande
Janis Ian - Society’s Child
Album: Society’s Child: the Verve Recordings; Label: polygram records
Janis Ian - At Seventeen
Album: Between the Lines; Label: Sony
Janis Ian - God the FBI
Album: God the FBI; Label: Windham Hill