Hosts Janet Kira Lessin and Dr. Sasha Lessin interview Paul Davids on Sunday, October 11, 2015 on the Sacred Matrix on Revolution Radio (www.freedomslips.com), Studio B from 8 to 10 PM Eastern. We discuss Paul’s new movie, Marilyn Monroe Declassified and much more.
Writer / Producer / Director / Editor of “MARILYN MONROE DECLASSIFIED”
Paul Davids is from Bethesda, Maryland, the son of a famous Georgetown University professor of American History, Dr. Jules Davids. Dr. Davids worked extensively with John F. Kennedy on the writing of PROFILES IN COURAGE (for which he is credited in the Preface). Jules Davids was a professor to Jacqueline Kennedy and later to Georgetown undergraduate Bill Clinton.
Paul Davids is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in psychology and won numerous awards in writing. He then attended the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies in Beverly Hills. He is married to Hollace Davids, who is Senior Vice-President of Special Projects for Universal Pictures and who has produced several of his films.
After a few years working as a script analyst for Hollywood agent Paul Kohner (where he read all the submissions for Charles Bronson, John Huston and even William Wyler), his career in film and television took off when he got his “first break” as production coordinator (and a writer) of the original “TRANSFORMERS” TV show for Marvel Productions. He co-wrote (with Hollace Davids) THE FIRES OF PELE: MARK TWAIN’S LEGENDARY LOST JOURNAL. The husband and wife team co-wrote six STAR WARS sequel novels for Lucasfilm and Bantam books, including the award-winning MISSION FROM MOUNT YODA plus THE GLOVE OF DARTH VADER, THE LOST CITY OF THE JEDI, ZORBA THE HUTT’S REVENGE, QUEEN OF THE EMPIRE and PROPHETS OF THE DARK SIDE. The books sold millions of copies and were published in many languages.
Paul Davids is a prolific artist whose paintings have been displayed at many galleries ( www.pauldavids-artist.com ) He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and Producers Guild of America. Four of Paul Davids’ films are distributed to TV by NBC Universal’s International TV Division, including “STARRY NIGHT,” “THE SCI-FI BOYS”, “JESUS IN INDIA” (www.jesus-in-india-the-movie.com ) and “BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE” ( www.beforewesaygoodbye.com ). Information on all his films (including “SHE DANCES ALONE”, “TIMOTHY LEARY’S DEAD” and “THE ARTIST & THE SHAMAN”) and his books and music can be found at www.pauldavids.com and some additional info is available at at www.starrynightmovie.com
DIRECTOR PAUL DAVIDS INTRODUCES
“MARILYN MONROE DECLASSIFIED”
Director Paul Davids has worked with others to glean as much as possible from formerly top secret documents that were eventually released under the Freedom of Information Act. These show how the death of Marilyn was like a perfect storm, the opening act of the catastrophic chaos of the 1960’s, which included a cascade of assassinations. The film shows that authorities at every level worked overtime to conceal the facts of Marilyn’s death for reasons they defined as national security. The players of the drama of that era include John and Robert Kennedy, the enigmatic James Angleton at the CIA, the CIA’s private Mafia hit squad led by Chicago syndicate boss Sam Giancana, Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, and wiretappers Fred Otash and Bernard Spindel (who died in prison for illegal wiretapping).
In “MARILYN MONROE DECLASSIFIED,” Marilyn Monroe is revealed to be “the lady who knew too much,” and her threats to expose not only her secret romantic relationships with the Kennedys but also highly classified information put her in a situation reminiscent of today’s Edward Snowden. From the mid-1950’s, her marriage to esteemed Jewish playwright Arthur Miller (“Death of a Salesman”) put her under a microscope, due to his left-wing leanings in the days of the House Un-American Activities Committee. She was bugged, wiretapped and followed, and she came to the unfortunate attention of the CIA’s Head of Counter-Intelligence.
An advanced screening of this new documentary was presented by the San Diego Jewish Film Festival on July 12, 2015 at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, La Jolla, CA.The San Diego Jewish Film Festival’s director, Craig Prater, stated: “We are extremely pleased to work with Paul on his new, unique film about the extraordinary icon, Marilyn Monroe,” commented Prater. “I have worked with Paul on several of his other films – one received a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Movie and another the Saturn Award for Best DVD of the Year. His work with documentaries is the best. This film is spellbinding, fresh and remarkably insightful. If you think you know Marilyn now, you’ll think again, because declassified FBI and CIA documents highlighted in this film provided momentum to the director for new insights about her life and mysterious death in 1962 at the age of 36,” continued Prater.
Paul Davids, who says he’s read 30 books on Marilyn Monroe and seen almost all of her films and previous films produced about her, explains that unraveling the jigsaw puzzle of her life was one of the biggest challenges in his career. It’s a career that began at Marvel Productions with 79 of the original “Transformers” animated episodes – a career that included co-authoring six “Star Wars” sequel books for Lucasfilm and then writing, producing and directing about ten independent films, most of which have been seen on international TV courtesy of NBC Universal.