AN EFFORT TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD
Alan Gorg, (B.S. 1952 and M.F.A. 1970, U.C.L.A.), teacher/writer/producer/director/actor, has written and produced documentary films for the University of California and PBS in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and founded theater groups in Hawaii in the 1970’s and California in the 1980’s. Media Associates published his autobiographical novellas THE SIXTIES, THE SEVENTIES, PROOF THAT GOD EXISTS, ENCOUNTERS WITH ABORIGINAL PHILOSOPHERS, and his Young Adult novella LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING in the 1990’s, available through www.amazon.com:
The short films FELICIA (1965), THE SAVAGES (1968), FREE GROWTH (1970), and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI (1978) were honored at the American, Columbus, and Mercer Film Festivals, the National Short Film Competition, and the Los Angeles International Film Exhibition (FilmEx). In 1980 Gorg produced a weekly video magazine THE OAHU GAZETTE for PBS station KHET-TV in Honolulu and the short film 1NSIDE STATE PRISON, which was also honored at FilmEx.
Gorg and wife Gwyn wrote and produced the feature film LIVING THE BLUES (1986) with legendary guitarist and vocalist Sam Taylor, winning a Filmtrax Award at the Ghent International Film Festival and a Best Feature nomination at the American Film Institute Video Awards. .
Their educational documentary/docudrama PROPHECY&POLLUTION (2011). has been an official selection at the Columbus, Dreamspeakers, New Beijing, GreenReel Environmental, and Mumbai International Film Festivals and won a Neptune Award at the Moondance International Film Festival.
LIVING THE BLUES is available on the watchbox.com and amazon.com:
The rough cut of EARTH SPIRIT is on amazon.com:
The rough cut of EARTH SPIRIT is there on amazon, but the final fine cut is on the watchbox.com:
DVDs of PROPHECY&POLLUTION are available from amazon.com:
But downloads of PROPHECY&POLLUTION are on thewatchbox.com:
In July 2007, PublishAmerica announced the publication of the Young Adult novel LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING by Alan Gorg, the story of a Los Angeles high school senior seeking a simpler future away from angry kids, stressed adults, monstrous schools, everyday violence, massive traffic, choking smog, sickening pollution—seeking a little peace, a little quiet, some connection with nature.
Hollywood, HI United States
REVIEW by Gwyndolin Lee
Looking for the Real Thing by Alan Gorg
Young people who love nature might be our hope for a better future—like the hero in the new young adult novel LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING from
Written by veteran teacher/filmmaker/novelist Alan Gorg, this is the story of one L.A. high school senior Corey who seeks a simpler future away from angry kids, stressed adults, monstrous schools, everyday violence, massive traffic, choking smog, sickening pollution, junk food—seeking peace, a little quiet, some connection to nature.
Corey has felt that rush you can get from stress, but the side effects he feels and sees around him make him back off and hang back. He is not with the raging ambitions and angry desires and frustrations of the masses of his schoolmates. He wants a life out of the rush, working with others who want to make the world better.
Corey hates the competition and aggression promoted in schools—and in truth, consumer capitalism does appear headed for disaster. All modern achievements—from automobiles to computers to spaceships—get their energy from the burning of coal and oil, sources of our increasing global warming. Corey sees the effects of pollution in the city, in the countryside, everywhere.
He describes his senior year: "I'd loved Cleo since we were kids together. We were the real thing, destined to be soul mates. But in high school, Cleo decided she wanted the good life. She thought I was crazy, wanting to leave L.A., where all the money is. But the mountains, the desert, the beaches—out there in the silence, my feet on the earth—I could feel a spiritual connection.”
This is that rare story for those sensitive teenagers who seek a way out. Many do not want to go to a university or wear suits and ties or drive two or three hours commuting every day. That does not mean they are lazy or gang members or delinquent or stoners. Some kids do not feel right going along with a mean system. Maybe they feel trapped. This book is for them.
Kula HI 96790
Contact Author: Alan K Gorg
ALAN GORG AUTOBIO
Following my graduation from Hollywood High in 1949, I went to UCLA, then Stanford and UCBerkeley, and finally back to UCLA for my MFA in 1970 from the Motion Picture Division of the College of Theater Arts.
The civil rights movement came to colleges in the 1960s, and I was involved in demonstrations by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and later the Committee for Traditional Indian Land & Life (TILL), which led to my short documentary films THE SAVAGES (1967) about unemployed African-American youth in Venice, California, and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI (1970) about the life of a traditional, which led to our docudrama feature film EARTH SPIRIT (2006) about traditional resistance against oil and mining, which led to our educational feature trilogy video PROPHECY&POLLUTION, which includes those two previous American Indian film stories but adds a conclusion entitled THIRD WORLD INVESTMENT SEMINAR which shows the terrible effects of oil and mining on indigenous peoples around the world, as predicted by the prophecy of the Hopi and others.
EARTH SPIRIT received the Neptune Award at the MoonDance International Film Festival.
PROPHECY & POLLUTION has been an Official Selection at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival, the GreenScreen Environmental Film Festival, the S.U.R.G.E. International Film Festival, and the Unseen Human Rights Film Festival. It is presently being set up by amazon.com to sell DVDs.
I have also made two entertainment features:
LIVING THE BLUES (1986)
This feature film received a FilmTrax Award at the Ghent International Film Festival
HOLLYWOOD LOVE (2011)
My latest and perhaps last video is PEACE&WAR, an educational short showing how modern wars are created and engineered for profit.
In the civil rights movement I met my wife Gwyn, and we also share an interest in theater and film. My first college job in 1977 teaching film courses for Hilo College developed out of my theater and video work there. Gwyn and myself founded a community theater for youth in Hilo. Then I took the film course to Manoa for the College of Continuing Education and Community Service there, and Gwyn and I both worked as media specialists at Leeward College, producing a weekly video magazine THE OAHU GAZETTE for PBS station KHET-TV in Honolulu.
We returned to Los Angeles to produce the feature dramatic theatrical entertainment film LIVING THE BLUES with rhythm-and-blues legend Sam Taylor. I taught drama and English courses for the Los Angeles Unified School District. At the Inner City Cultural Center and later at the Boys and Girls Club, Gwyn and I worked with disadvantaged youth as well as students with learning disabilities. We found most students who cannot handle academic studies or discipline are nevertheless capable of mastering dialog and stage performance and gaining self-confidence.
In 1986 we moved north near Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with a dream of a summer performing arts camp for children. We started with buying our own restaurant and constructing an outdoor stage and dining area, writing and producing dinner theater scenes and plays to cater to locals as well as tourists. I taught for Merced College, and we organized a children’s community theater group.
In 1990 we again returned to Los Angeles because Gwyn was awarded a contract as an educational consultant to write and perform a history education stage presentation with drama and music for the Blues Schoolhouse Program created by the House of Blues Foundation for student audiences from the Los Angeles public schools. I returned to teaching and to writing and producing educational videos.
Currently my wife and I are with Maui College. Three of our adult children call Maui their home and want to work with
their mother and myself on media, drama, and dance projects.
My Young Adult novel LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING is the story of a Los Angeles high school senior seeking a simpler future away from angry kids, stressed adults, monstrous schools, everyday violence, massive traffic,
Please allow me to add that i am currently featured filmmaker on Alternative Review:
LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING
A teenager describes his senior year: “I’d loved Cleo since we were kids together. We were the real thing, destined to be soul mates. But in high school, Cleo decided she wanted the good life. She thought I was crazy, wanting to leave L.A., where all the money is. I hated the choking smog, pollution, brutal schools, gangs, killings, everybody uptight and mean—never any peace and quiet. The mountains, desert, beaches—out there in the silence, my feet on the earth—I could feel a spiritual connection. Only Cleo vetoed our destiny when she got pregnant by Westside High’s top jock. Then he restored my faith by dumping her. I was the stepfather at the birth, and I thanked God because I found a place in the country where the three of us could start life together. Then the baby’s real father showed back up. Had God forsaken me?”
The ten years from the civil rights movement to the new age produced the greatest advance toward equality since the abolition of slavery and also brought defeat of the most massive war machine in human history, all this by peaceful protest! For the people profiled in THE SIXTIES, it was a bewildering spiritual search as police undercover agents agitated in favor of violent protests, while rich communists stonewalled to preserve the status quo. The black heroine overcomes female impotence. An atheist libertine transforms into a religious guru. Funny and miraculous!