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August 28, 2017

Good news for Canadian TV viewers.  Last fall Peter spent a good deal of his time up in Montreal filming a 6-part original mystery series for CTV.  It's called THE DISAPPEARANCE and it'll debut on Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning October 1 on CTV and CTV GO. You can watch the trailer at this link.

"The Disappearance" is a dark, emotionally charged drama that focuses on a family’s struggle to cope with an unthinkable tragedy when a 10-year-old boy goes missing during a birthday-party treasure hunt; Peter plays the family patriarch, a retired judge who has been estranged from his son and his wife but is drawn back into their lives when the horrible event forces them to turn to each other for support and comfort.

Peter says he was immediately intrigued by the first two scripts his agent forwarded to him, but admits he underestimated the workload that signing onto the project would bring.

He says, "The producers were very clever. I thought, ‘Oh, I’m the grandfather; it’ll be great — I’ll work a couple of days a week and I’ll collect my checks. It won’t be too hard.’ And then I came up here and got the scripts for the other four episodes, full of night shoots in Montreal in the winter, outside. And I thought, ‘Oh, you want to kill an old Jew.’"

This project and this city have been something of a revelation for Peter. Even after nearly four decades in the business, he embraces the possibility of eye-widening surprises such as this that keep him interested in his craft.

"Every actor should be lucky enough to film in Quebec," he says. "I really can’t think of a more enjoyable film I’ve had, in terms of the camaraderie of the crew and the cast, and the lack of authoritarian bull on the part of the director and the producers. It feels like a charmed environment... it’s exactly the way I like to work."

As previously reported, Peter has narrated another Ken Burns project. This time it's a 10-part documentary called THE VIETNAM WAR, which will be broadcast on PBS starting September 17. At a KQED event last month, Peter was asked about his own experience with the Vietnam War draft. He’d applied to be a conscientious objector and written an essay expressing his beliefs, and was turned down. He started graduate school and dropped out, and then "they drafted me. I went into the psychiatric interview, and said I would go ... 'but I am not going to go and kill people.'" He was classified 1-Y, to be called only in extreme emergency, he said. "I told the exact truth, with the worldview I could have written today."

Peter said he has done 170 narrations, some of which — for "The Roosevelts," for example, which he felt touched upon his parents’ lives and beliefs — involved him emotionally. "But when this one came up, this is one time I was flabbergasted at the degree my emotions and my memories were in my throat," he said.

On July 27 playwright and actor Sam Shepard passed away at age 73. Peter, who Shepard cast in the 1980 world premiere of his play "True West" at the Magic Theatre, remembered Shepard in an interview with The Frame as someone whose "genius was unmistakable."

"You didn't have to be close and intimate [friends with him] to realize how gifted and how original and how profound he was," Peter said. He recalled that Shepard "had a kind of tarnished eye toward the business of Hollywood," and was "very much dedicated to real, as opposed to commercial, art."

April 4, 2017

Peter was recently in Paris to participate in an event called "American Stories" held on March 26, 2017 at the Philharmonie de Paris. He was delighted to once again read Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait", this time with the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France. He has previously performed it in 2015 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center as well as with the Greensboro Symphony in NC. Both of these previous times he performed with conductor Dimitry Sitkovetsky, seen in the third photo taken in March 2015 in Napa Valley.

March 15, 2017

A Coyote-narrated documentary is now available online. BELO MONTE: AFTER THE FLOOD, directed by award-winning filmmaker Todd Southgate, explores the history and consequences of one of the world’s most controversial dam projects, built on the Xingu River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. It chronicles the inspiring work of indigenous peoples, grassroots activists, and their allies to prevent dam construction and its many impacts. The film exposes the gross disregard for the rule of law that marked the entire project, including a massive corruption scandal involving high-level politicians and construction companies. And it shows the unfulfilled promises for bringing “progress” to this remote Amazonian region. Since the film first premiered in late 2016, it has demonstrated huge potential for raising awareness and stimulating public debate on this critical issue. The film has also been well received at film festivals. It can be viewed online at the film's website, which you can access here.

February 3, 2017

Back in November Peter originally published "Democrats Need to Clean Up Their Own House" on, a daily weblog with political analysis on US current events from a liberal perspective. It has now been published on this web site at this link.

December 26, 2016

The 2017 BAMPFA calendar under its Big Ideas program now lists Peter as one of its speakers next year. BAMPFA stands for Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Big Ideas is a UC Berkeley course open to the public. This year's theme, California Countercultures, is inspired by the BAMPFA exhibition Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. Peter will discuss the Diggers, communes and community on Wednesday, April 12th at 12 PM.

2017 will also see the return of the Bay Area's Emmy Award-winning series, BAY AREA REVELATIONS, narrated by Peter. The next chapter will tell the story of how the Bay Area became one of the most innovative and successful movie centers on earth.

At the Lion's Roar web site, an essay by Peter can be found  called "It! It! It", in which he shares some of his Buddhist wisdom through his personal experience.

Last month Peter was in Quebec filming a six-part series called THE DISAPPEARANCE for CTV, which will air in summer/fall of 2017. While on location, the press caught up with him. He admits he's fairly picky about the roles he takes on these days as he has become more and more reluctant to leave his northern California ranch. "I have my dogs and my fruit trees," he says.

Peter plays a retired judge plunged into despair when his beloved 10-year-old grandchild goes missing. The script for the Canadian series had to pass his "must surprise me in the first ten pages" test. It did. He also liked that it was a limited run series. He gave a shout out to Montreal as a great city for an actor and praised Canadians in general as "grown-up Americans."

When questioned about the upcoming 18-hour Ken Burns epic, THE VIETNAM WAR, he said, "It's going to be a shocker. Really, the only people who come out of this conflict with any honor are the warriors on both sides. Politicians on all sides were despicable."

November 13, 2016

There are two additions today regarding the Presidential election. First is a link to a article by Andrew Bacevich called "All right we are two nations". The second is an essay by Coyote called "Overlooked Draft Boards for Trump Voters".

October 28, 2016

Peter has joined the cast of the television drama THE DISAPPEARANCE from NBC Universal International Studios and Canada's CTV. The Canadian six-part mystery series, developed by CTV and produced by Productions Casablanca, portrays the sudden disappearance of Anthony Sullivan on his 10th birthday with the police and the Sullivan family conducting their own investigations. Filming is is in Montreal with Peter Stebbings directing. The cast also includes Joanne Kelly Camille Sullivan, Micheline Lanctot, Kevin Parent and Aden Young. Peter will take on the role of  Henry Sullivan, a retired judge and prosecutor. The series is set to debut on Canada's CTV in 2017.

PBS will air the newest Ken Burns documentary series called THE VIETNAM WAR in September 2017. Once again, it will be narrated by Peter. The ten-part 18-hour series, directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. It features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations and more than 100 iconic musical  recordings by many of the greatest artists of the era.

October 8, 2016

On October 16 at 2 pm, the Melanthium Ensemble will perform a concert at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA. This is the second collaboration between Melanthium and Peter and will feature all-original music set to Peter's poems, along with the premier of several new pieces. The Melanthium Ensemble is a group of five accomplished veterans of the Bay Area music scene. Led by Lew Richmond, its composer and pianist, the Ensemble plays an all-original repertoire of Lew’s compositions, an eclectic blend that includes elements of contemporary classical, jazz, and blues styles.

September 26, 2016

On October 2 Peter will speak in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus on Oct. 2. His engagement will support the Literacyworks Center. Peter will be keynote speaker at an event that will include a reception and student and community speakers discussing the importance of literacy and lifelong learning. General admission to the event from 3-5 p.m. is $100; $50 for seniors and $25 for students.

Also narrated by Peter is a documentary called "A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education". The film details the challenges and risks four individuals - Luis B., Sergio Garcia, Janet Robles and Ruben Robles, Sr. - are willing to take as they cross the border from Mexico to the United States in search of the "American Dream." The documentary shows the human element to the often-debated and polarizing issue of immigration. Using interviews, re-enactments and archival footage, it offers a first-hand account of the struggles each of the four illegal immigrants face as they try to earn a living, seek a higher education for themselves and their children, and attempt to achieve a better way of life.

The International Association of Sufism will honor Peter at their Annual Inspiration Dinner on October 7th. IAS’s Annual Dinner honors an individual whose life and work offers a model of engaged creativity and positive contributions to the community and culture. The event will be held from 7-10 pm at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA. Speakers will include Emcee Jan Wahl, Bay Area film critic for KRON-TV and KCBS-Radio and winner of two Emmy Awards, Tenshin Reb Anderson, teacher and past Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center Center and author, Stewart Brand, author of The Whole Earth Catalog and winner of the National Book Award, and Jonathan Granoff, president, Global Security Institute, and attorney, author and international advocate.

Blast from the Past...  Here's an old photo I just discovered from the sixties showing Peter with Sandy Archer during his San Francisco Mime Troupe days.

August 14, 2016

The Emmy Award-winning series, BAY AREA REVELATIONS, which premiered in 2015, returned this year on August 5 on NBC Bay Area/KNTV. Narrated by Peter, the hour-long documentary called "Olympians" features interviews and personal stories from some of the Bay Area’s greatest Olympic athletes including U.S. figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, U.S. swimmer and eleven-time Olympic medalist Matt Biondi, U.S. freestyle skier and Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, U.S. figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano, Olympian and multiple Hall-of-Famer U.S. water polo player Jim Gaughran, and U.S. swimmer and three-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian.

June 24, 2016

As a Buddhist, Peter enjoys sharing his wisdom and views on world events, such as the Orlando shooting, so he has written an article for the Lion's Roar magazine called, "Buddhism, Orlando and the Question of Good and Evil." You can read it here.

June 15, 2016

Peter continues to share his well-recognized voice through his narrations on various topics.  On May 28th he was featured as a guest at Voicetrax San Francisco's "Inside the Voice Actor's Studio" in which he presented his insights and expertise in the field of voice-overs. Presently a 117-minute documentary is being featured around the country called "Paying the Price for Peace" narrated by Peter. It is about Air Force Vietnam veteran s. Brian Wilson, who lost both legs protesting against arm shipments to Central America in 1987. The film premiered in Hanoi, Vietnam about a month ago and is making its way through the film festival circuit and is also being shown in Unitarian Universalist churches and Veterans for Peace Centers around the country. Some of the people interviewed include Alice Walker, Martin Sheen, Phil Donahue and Daniel Ellsberg.

Another war-related documentary narrated by Peter is "Sands of War". Using both current and rare archival footage, the film recounts the creation and role of the Desert Training Center against the backdrop of WWII. Told through the personal experiences of veterans, the program provides a compelling account of the young men and woman thrust onto the heaving stage of world conflict. One million soldiers prepared for war at the Desert Training Center in the Mojave Desert. Major General George S. Patton, Jr. said in 1942, "We cannot train troops to fight in the desert of North Africa by training in the swamps of Georgia."

If you've ever trekked to the top of Mount Tamalpais, then you know it's one of the most majestic spots in the entire Bay Area with killer views to boot. But what you may not know, is that the summit is also home to an old Air Force station in dire need of repair. Local filmmaker Gary Yost tackled the much-needed restoration of Mt. Tam's western peak in a series of three short films, which debuted to a sold-out house at the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley last month. Through the use of historical footage, 3D reconstruction, interviews and breathtaking time lapse cinematography, the 20-minute films, narrated and co-written by Coyote, explore the history of Tam's West Peak and how local citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state.

Amie Windsor of Somoma West reported on the Sebastopol Community Center benefit held on Sunday, May 22 at the French Garden Restaurant and Bistro. The event featured Coyote with his second book, "The Rainman’s Cure Third Cure: An Irregular Education" and KQED's senior editor Scott Shafer as well as a silent auction, dinner and champagne reception, Ms. Windsor writes, "When a Zen Buddhist priest kicks off an interview confessing he’d like to pick his heroin habit back up, should he live to the age of 90 — you know it’s going to be an entertaining evening." Coyote’s conversation flitted on many of the book’s topics, hovering heavily on his involvement with the Diggers.

On June 12th Peter joined best-selling author David Talbot at San Francisco's Jewish Museum in conjunction with the exhibition "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution." The two authors reminisced about the Summer of Love and San Francisco. The event was followed by book sales and signing.

Coyote recommendation: In the wake of yet another terrorist attack, a former CIA counterterrorism agent has shared her insight into what causes such tragic, intentional carnage. Amaryllis Fox spoke for the first time publicly with Al Jazeera Plus (AJ+) about terrorism, misguided narratives on why it happens, and the underlying motivators driving it — ultimately urging Americans and those in power to adopt a different approach in comabating the ongoing violence. For more information, click here.

May 11, 2016

FYI, both of Peter's memoirs are now available at What a treat to hear Peter narrate his own books! For more information on each of these books, click on the book covers below.

May 4, 2016

The San Francisco Film Society presented the 2016 George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award to Peter during the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. The ceremony was held on April 25th at Film Society Awards Night at Fort Mason Center. The award honors a worthy member of the filmmaking community for outstanding and unique contributions to the art of cinema. Noah Cowan, executive director of the SF Film Society, said, "Peter Coyote is a Bay Area institution, and he has been an integral part of this film community for decades. His tireless efforts in defense of the arts are truly inspiring, and it is a great pleasure to be honoring someone whose values so closely reflect our own as an organization". He was presented with the award by his good friend, writer Rebecca Solnit. "I think there are many more worthy people than me," confessed Coyote of his award, "but I’m very flattered and very honored because this is my hometown."

Peter, who now lives in Sebastopol, counts the San Francisco International Film Festival as one of his favorites. "It’s not as snooty as any of the festivals in L.A.," he said. "But it’s a little snootier than Mill Valley."

At the end of the evening Peter, clutching his award, said, ""I wish you all peace, absolute enlightenment and a long life. Thank you very much."

Peter's latest book, "The Rainman's Third Cure" has been nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction as one of the best works by a northern California author published in 2015. The 35th Annual Northern California Book Awards will be held Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin, at Grove, at 1:00 p.m. Immediately following the awards, the book signing reception for all nominated books will take place in the Latino/Hispanic Room at the Library.

On April 25th posted an excellent interview with Peter. I especially relished author Jonathan Kiefer's description of Coyote - "At seventy-four, the former well-born New York Jewish kid, bohemian wayfarer, self-administrator of a shamanic 1960s name change, alumnus of the San Francisco Diggers and the San Francisco Mime Troupe (not to mention films by Almodóvar, Polanski, Soderbergh, Spielberg), one-time California Arts Council chairman, ordained Zen priest and bracingly reliable narrator of Ken Burns documentaries, certainly has been around."  You can read the interview at this link.

On April 6th Peter was in New York at a lower east side launch party. Guests gathered at The New Museum to enjoy live music, cocktails and art in celebration of 204 Forsyth, a new boutique condominium. On the far right in this photo is Peter's son Nick.


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