I want to thank Erin Jester and Bill Asti for selecting me as the Master of Ceremonies for this event at the Clinton Presidential Center (http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org). This was a HUGE honor to present the Documentary film about Jonathan Winters (http://www.jonathanwinters.com) called Certifiably Jonathan (http://www.certifiablyjonathan.com) to over 300 in attendance. To add to this, I had the pleasure to meet the Director Jim Pasternak and Producer Richard Marshall of this FilmDada production. This film was a kick off for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (http://www.hsdff.org) on October 15-24th.
“Certifiably Jonathan” is a serious (but not so serious) docu-comedy that weaves in and out of the bi-polar world of Jonathan Winters. It is a brilliant portrait of Jonathan as an artist in every aspect and I know you all will just absolutely love it. The film features an all-star comedy cast of characters, including fellow comics Robin Williams, Rob Reiner, Howey Mandel, Tim Conway, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Klein, Jimmy Kimmel, Patricia Arquette, Gary Owens, and many more hilarious actor/comedians.
I enjoyed doing some comedy leading up to and after the film along with sharing the podium with some very important people of Arkansas like Skip Rutherford (Clinton School of Public Services – http://www.clintonschool.uasys.edu), Malinda Herr-Chambliss (Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival – http://www.hsdfi.org), Becky Thompson (Arkansas Economic Development Commission / AEDC – http://www.arkansasedc.com) and Christopher Crane (Film Commissioner with AEDC). AEDC is the perfect source for any film maker needing any information for filming in this great state.
The event was centered on the documentary film of Certifiably Jonathan but carried an important message as well regarding Eggshibition XX (http://www.eggshibition.org) on April 1st 2011 that Benefits Youth Home in Arkansas (http://www.youthHome.org). Youth home is an organization that is there for mentally troubled adolescence located in central Arkansas. We are hoping that Jonathan Winters will be providing Eggshibition an artistic / painted egg to be auctioned off at Eggshibition XX (20th year anniversary).
After the film was over, a Q&A session about Certifiably Jonathan was led by Arkansas’ Own Philip Martin (The best film critic I have read) that included Jim Pasternak and Richard Marshall. Great questions were asked from the audience and great answers were given.
At the end of the event, Christopher Crane presented a very nice Arkansas’ Travelers gift to Jim Pasternak and Richard Marshall. What a great wrap up to such a big event.
I want to send out another big thank you to:
• Certifiably Jonathan / Jim Pasternak & Rick Marshall
• Clinton Presidential Center
• Skip Rutherford and Clinton School of Public Services
• Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Philip Martin
• Steve Taylor and his film crew for capturing the evening’s event to be sent to the actors in Certifiably Jonathan.
• The Point 94.1 for allowing for me to plug the event on air
• All of the people here at this incredible event for supporting film making and the Youth Home of Arkansas.
• All of my friends and supporters that were in attendance and those that could only be there in spirit.
I look forward to being the Master of Ceremonies for the Eggshibition XX April 1st 2011.
Thank you all,
Michael "Doc" Davis (Actor, Comedian, Entertainer, Event Host / MC)
Blog Spot: http://comediandoc.blogspot.com