August 28, 2017
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
February 3, 2017
Back in November Peter originally published "Democrats
Need to Clean Up Their Own House" on dailykos.com, 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
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
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.
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.
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
are two additions today regarding the Presidential
election. First is a link to a billmoyers.com 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
May 11, 2016
both of Peter's memoirs are now available at
Audible.com. 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
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
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."
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.
April 25th Fandor.com 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.
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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