Rob NilssonDirector of CHALK
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Don BajemaActor/Screenplay Writer of Chalk
Don Bajema is a novelist, actor, and screenwriter. Since 1979, cast in West Coast Premiere of Sam Shepard's 'Curse of the Starving Class' is Los Angeles. Featured in acclaimed cab driver movie 'Signal Seven.' Also collaborated with Rob Nilsson and played a lead role in his Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize winner 'Heat & Sunlight.' (1988) Head writer for 'Choosing Success', recipient of several national awards in multi-media for this CD-ROM targeting teenagers "at risk." Published two highly acclaimed novels, 'Boy In The Air' and 'Reach.' Bajema reads his work frequently throughout Europe sharing the bill with artists such as Jim Carrol, John Cale, Lydia Lunch, HenryRollins, Exene Cervenka, Hubert Selby and Dave Alvin. Currently developing a SF-based film '3rd Set' with partners Starr Sutherland and JJ Morgan, founder of the famed Up and Down Club. Bajema is on the cutting edge of American artists who cut through the pale weakness of most popular showbiz poseurs. Watch for him!!!!!!!!
Reach(2-13-61 Publications. March 1996) by Don Bajema
" Reach is a collection of short stories and a few poems which focus around the world of Eddie Burnett...an entity anyone who grew up around tough times and tougher people can identify with..the reader gains from Bajema's writing, lessons that ring true for every aspect of one's life. After all, Burnett could be Bajema, he could be your brother, sister, or he could be you."
-Maximum Rock and Roll October 1996
"Don Bajema paints a blurry picture of reality, though the action is razor sharp vivid. He writes like a true story teller, the words rev and crawl and stumble and race, and never is there enough pause to put this baby down. As fiction goes this is mighty fine indeed.
-Thrust November 1996
"...Bajema undermines rational causality as we know it, that he may replace it with a new, poetic reading of cause and effect, imparting to the reader a view of the invisible hidden in everyday events, and their impact. Cunningly constructed and a captivating read, Reach is a novel of ideas disguised as a collection of short stories and poems, its continuity philosophic rather than linear. An impressive work.
-US Rocker September 1996
"..Evil permeates Reach . Bajema speaks through Eddie, who tells tales with wistful regret that is reminiscent of nostalgia for the 'innocent' days of yore. Yet something has gone terribly wrong with innocence in Eddie's world...Eddie constantly seeks a nobler perspective, only to find an illusion, a trick of the mind. There is no higher truth in Reach than the brutal reality of petty human nature...As the distinction between right and wrong continues to erode, Reach unveils a very dark answer in the quest to illuminate the human spirit."
-LA Reader May 1996
"A compassionately written book of hope and encouragement that takes chances and challenges the reader to maintain beliefs with conviction--to trust what is in your heart and eschew despair, 'to let time nourish, instead of erode.' "
-Bikini Magazine January 1997
"This often disturbing and strangely uplifting collection of 22 sudden stories and poems has an almost Bowles-like morbidity reaching into the very question of violence and change...Bajema is a writer's writer."
-Cups July 1996
"Reach delves into the psyche of Eddie Burnett, a semi-autobiographical character introduced in Bajema's first book 'Boy in the Air'. Eddie attempts to develop a vocabulary of allegiance and friendship with men who declare such things only by physical acts of violence and bravado. These are games in which no one keeps score and even the winner walks away with his head hung low. Bajema's stories of dysfunction document the dark nights in contrast to the happy days..."
-Your Flesh October 1996
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