Wednesday April 15, 2009
A standing-room only sellout crowd packed the Hollywood Heritage Museum in Hollywood for an evening program about Errol Flynn. Located across the street from the Hollywood Bowl and about two miles from the site of Mulholland Farm, the Hollywood Heritage Museum is housed in the historic Lasky-DeMille Barn, where the 1913 production of The Squaw Man made this site the first indoor studio in motion picture history. The building was made a California Historic Landmark in 1956.
The Errol Flynn evening at the museum kicked off with a presentation by noted author and film historian Marc Wanamaker discussing Flynn's life and career. Then Robert Matzen and Michael Mazzone, co-authors of ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE , discussed Flynn's life at Mulholland Farm, his dream home on Mulholland Drive.
Writer, producer, and actor Steve Hayes, author of GOOGIE'S: COFFEE SHOP TO THE STARS (Bear Manor Media, 2008), took the podium next to reminisce about his association with Flynn, which included a month-long stay as a houseguest at Mulholland Farm.
A book-signing session for ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE and GOOGIE'S followed the presentations. Notables in attendance included author and filmmaker Kenneth Anger, Errol's daughter Rory Flynn, artist Robert Florczak, and independent filmmaker Jack Marino.
Top photo: Errol Flynn Slept Here co-author Michael Mazzone speaks about Errol Flynn and Mulholland Farm before a packed house at the Hollywood Heritage Museum.
Center photo: Googie's author Stave Hayes, Errol Flynn Slept Here co-author Robert Matzen, independent filmmaker Jack Marino, and noted artist Robert Florczak gather after the book signing.
Bottom photo: Author and Flynn friend Steve Hayes poses with Errol Flynn Slept Here editor and project manager Mary Matzen.
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Monday February 2, 2009
Paladin releases the coffee-table hardcover, ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE, which includes new interviews and information along with 207 photographs in color and black and white, most previously unpublished.
Thursday February 14, 2008
In Hollywood, Paladin announces a new venture, publication of books related to various aspects of U.S. history and popular culture, to begin with the hardcover, ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE, scheduled for release in early 2009.
Tuesday October 30, 2007
The winners of The 2007 Davey Awards have been announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) today. With more than 4,000 entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide-the "Davids" of creativity in a world of Goliaths. Paladin Communications earned one of five Gold Davey Awards announced in the category of History/Biography for the feature documentary, PURSUIT OF HONOR: THE RISE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON. Richard K. Schutte of Paladin also earned a Silver Davey Award in the category of Videography/Cinematography for PURSUIT OF HONOR. Said the IAVA, "With its big creative ideas, the small, Pittsburgh-based Paladin Communications epitomizes the Davey Award spirit."
Saturday June 26, 2007
Robert and Mary Matzen stand by the one-sheet movie poster for PURSUIT OF HONOR in Toronto, Canada as the film makes its international premiere as an official selection of the ReelHeart International Film Festival. An enthusiastic audience in a packed house greeted the film.
Friday-Saturday November 3 - 4, 2006
Paladin participated in the 18th annual French & Indian War seminar at Jumonville, Hopwood, PA. The 2006 seminar included Patricia Brady, author of the historical bestseller Martha Washington: An American Life, the definitive biography of America's first First Lady. Patricia is a featured historian in Paladin's PURUIT OF HONOR: THE RISE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON. Robert and Mary Matzen also provided a tantalizing glimpse of a few minutes of the motion picture to 140 seminar attendees.
The Matzens with author,
Monday October 9, 2006
Robert Matzen presented a one-hour lecture to an enthusiastic group of Pennsylvania teachers at the American History Education Seminar held at Soldiers & Sailors National Military memorial in Pittsburgh. A total of more than 500 teachers attended the two-day event.
Thursday-Friday April 21-22, 2005
Paladin joined other exhibitors from publishing houses, educational institutions, and historic sites for the annual NCHE National Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. On hand as a primary speaker was Fred Anderson, star of Paladin's WHEN THE FOREST RAN RED, GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FIRST WAR, and the upcoming PURSUIT OF HONOR: THE RISE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON. The keynote was delivered by David McCullough (1776). The National Council of History Education is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the importance of history in schools and in society.
Friday-Saturday October 22-23, 2004
Paladin was on hand for the first-ever French & Indian War conference hosted by Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. More than 120 educators and history lovers attended the conference from several states. Fred Anderson, star of Paladin documentaries, served as keynote speaker. Andrew Knez, Jr., whose are can be seen in Paladin DVDs, also attended, as did prominent colonial-era historians. It was a successful and extremely well-run event. Congratulations to Bill Austin, Pat Zontine, Sandy Snyder, and the rest of the staff for a job well done!
Friday July 16, 2004
George Washington's First War earns its fifth national award, a Copper AXIEM Award in the category of Educational Television from the AXIEM Awards Committee in Rapid City, South Dakota. The AXIEM
(Absolute eXcellence In Electronic Media) Awards attract entries from all 50 states and many countries around the world.
Saturday July 3, 2004
Paladin paid a visit to the Fort Necessity National Battlefield for the 250th anniversary reenactment of the engagement at the Great Meadows. Present that day were approximately 3,500 spectators, representatives of the Three Empires, 400 living historians, a raft of media representatives, and many old friends. We want to commend the staff at Fort Necessity for coordinating an excellent event that delighted the general public in attendance.
Wednesday June 2, 2004
George Washington's First War earns its fourth national award, a Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award in the Individual/Creative Achievement category of Writing. The Aurora Awards are open to U.S. television stations, and worldwide private and corporate production groups and advertising agencies. Judging is performed by working groups of film and video professionals in major cities across the country. Programs are judged on a fixed scale in areas of creativity, message effectiveness, and technical excellence. The Platinum Best of Show Award is the highest honor given in this international competition based in Salt Lake City.
Thursday May 27 - Friday, May 28, 2004
Paladin participates in the first-ever May French & Indian War Seminar held by the Braddock Road Preservation Association in Hopwood, PA. For nearly 15 years the BRPA has held a November seminar that is the largest such event in Pennsylvania, drawing the world's top historians and an audience of approximately 200. This year the organization celebrates the 250th anniversary of the incident at Jumonville Glen with a real-time battle reenactment just after dawn, following the same sequence of events that touched off the French & Indian War as young George Washington "set the world on fire." Living historians authentically portray the French, Virginian, and Native American combatants in a live-fire event for the ages. Paladin directs a four-camera shoot to capture the event for BRPA. It is a once-in-a-millennium experience for all involved. The press was there too.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
The Special Edition of When the Forest Ran Red premieres on the big screen with two evening showings at the Destinta Theatres in Bridgeville, PA. The featurette Making 'When the Forest Ran Red' also is shown. It's a big night as local moviegoers get to see the definitive documentary of Braddock's Defeat in a state-of-the-art 380-seat, stadium-style auditorium. Historical fiddler Chuck Krepley, musical director of George Washington's First War, serenades the audience along with the group Shillingsworths, in their debut performance.
Chuck Krepley serenades attendees prior to the movie.
The Shillingsworths in their debut performance.
We can say we knew them when!
Tom Wilson peers down at the theatre from its state-of-the-art projection booth.
George Washington (Bryan C. Cunning) chats with
audience members after the show.
When the Forest Ran Red Special Edition producer Mary Matzen, star Bryan C. Cunning, and writer/director Robert Matzen relax after the show.
Wednesday, May 5, 2004
7:30 p.m. Paladin creative partner Tom Wilson kicks off the lecture series at historic Old Saint Luke's Church in Carnegie, PA speaking on little known aspects of the history around the French & Indian War, including the Ohio Company, the role of the Irish in the conflict, and the extraordinary adventures of Robert Stobo. orest Ran Red and George Washington's First War. Old Saint Luke's is located at 330 Old Washington Pike, Carnegie, PA. Following the lecture, When the Forest Ran Red Special Edition is sneak previewed. Almost 100 people attend the event.
Friday, April 30, 2004
Official release date for the When the Forest Ran Red Special Edition DVD.
Friday, April 16, 2004
Robert and Mary Matzen of Paladin attend the ribbon cutting reception for the new traveling George Washington exhibit (including the conserved 14-page handwritten reminiscence of GW's French & Indian War experiences), and the grand reopening of the Fort Pitt Museum. Also attending are U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, author Fred Anderson, artists Robert Griffing and John Buxton, representatives of the French and Native American empires, and more than a hundred other patrons of the arts and history lovers.
Monday, March 1, 2004
George Washington's First War earns its third national award, a Silver Winner's Trophy at the 25th Annual Telly Awards in Cincinnati, Ohio. This competition drew more than 10,000 entries from all 50 states and many foreign countries. George Washington's First War earned a Silver Telly Award, the top honor in the competition, in the category of History/Biography.
Robert Matzen appears on the cable television program Historically Speaking hosted by Robert Adamovich on HS-TV in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Paladin visits Winchester, Virginia, for a French & Indian War seminar hosted by Bill Austin and the Knowledge Point at Shenandoah University. Dr. Fred Anderson, star of Paladin's When the Forest Ran Red and George Washington's First War, delivers a lecture to about 200 history lovers on George Washington's French & Indian War experiences. At the conclusion of the lecture, When the Forest Ran Red is screened on a state-of-the-art projection system. We very much appreciate the opportunity to meet so many great people there, and look forward to a return engagement in October. Thanks, Knowledge Point!
Monday, January 5, 2004
George Washington's First War earns its second national award, a Finalist Winner Certificate from the New York Festivals, one of the world's most prestigious festivals for independent film and video.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
George Washington's First War earns its first national award, a Golden Eagle from the Council of International Nontheatrical Events (CINE--pronounced Sinny) in Washington, D.C. for its "excellent filmmaking craftsmanship."