What is the connection between fiction and nonfiction? With the dramatization of someone’s life on the big screen, we accept much of what we see to be real, based on facts. In American Gangster, Denzel Washington plays Frank Lucas. In Goodfellas, Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill. But back home in Harlem after 34 years in prison, Earl Foddrell is just being himself.
Exiting the Factory, cited earlier in this blog, was the Lumiere’s early silent documentary where we see workers filing out of their workplace at the end of the day. Factories are everywhere now, even rose gardens.
The story telling tradition is alive in rap music. Lyrics that spring from personal experience pepper our consciousness with a glimpse into other realities. Have you ever been homeless? QuePree has and he chose to write about it for this track.
The dust has settled on the search for the Brass Teapot, and one need look no further than to see this, the true purpose of my efforts – that of shining a light on a marvelous feature film, The Brass Teapot, by director Ramaa Mosley. Run to your neighborhood multiplex or view it on iTunes in the comfort of your own home.
A sample scene from the “documentary” of The Brass Teapot.
Late in the year 2010, I answered a call to direct a documentary film. When I spoke with the producer, I was offered the job of pretending to be a documentary film director of a film pretending to be a documentary instead. Much like Judas’ betrayal in exchange for a few pieces of silver, I set aside my principles and embarked on this strange journey.
What I discovered along the way is that “the truth” is whatever we want it to be. All it takes is a general consensus and a tall tale becomes the real story. Romulus and Remus were the founders of ancient Rome. Were they not?
As far as I’m concerned, the information contained in this blog is a fiction masquerading as nonfiction. Everyone portrayed in these short films is an actor reading from a script. If the story presented here seems truthful, it’s because you interpret it that way. We all want to believe in something.
I am a seeker, one not easily discouraged in the search for truth. I have interviewed many individuals on the subject of the legendary Brass Teapot and find myself at the point where there are still more questions than answers. Traveling to China for a much anticipated meeting with the noted researcher Dr. Ling, I held out brave hopes that here I would come closer to resolving my quest. In this video journal entry you will be able to see for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Needless to say, I am yet to get my hands on the teapot, though if there is anyone with new information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at this web address. Thank you.
Who knows more about everything than the government? Getting straight answers from the government, however, is another matter. In Washington DC, I was able to track down a State Department official who spoke with me on the record, detailing what the intelligence agencies knew about the location of the brass teapot. According to Colonel Tom Baker, the brass teapot was rumored to have been in the possession of Adolph Hitler at the beginning of World War II. He handed me this photo as proof.
Regardless of the authenticity of the photo, the fact that Germany lost the war indicates the teapot may have slipped from Hitler’s grasp at some point during the battles which raged across Europe. Where could it have gone? Colonel Baker’s explanation, though plausible, is not the whole story. It is the official version.
Follow this link to an excerpt from the recorded interview.