Join BLOOMATHON- -April 15th
Virtual Film & Book Release in the Time of CoVid-19?
The Challenge: How do you create a compelling Film-&-Book-Release in the time of CoVid-19? Especially for those of us in self-isolation
PONDERING the IMPONDERABLE with (his Oddness) Howard “Omnologist” Bloom is a four-hour online film happening, a Bloomathon, by filmmaker Geo Geller to be shown April 15th from 6 pm to 10 pm at https://www.facebook.com/geogeller , https://www.youtube.com/geogeller and http://randomplace.com/ and on Facebook and YouTube. The film coincides with the publication of Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me: a Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock & Roll, Bloom’s new book, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield on April 15th.
Filmmaker Geller spent three years meeting with Bloom every Sunday at the Bloom Brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, walking with Bloom in Prospect Park, and shooting 300 hours of film. Geller says that the four-hour Bloomathon will be “a Virtual Interactive Random Unscripted Meeting of the Minds that will Mix and Match excerpts from those 300 hours of conversation, ranging from the moments that turned Bloom into a ten-year-old theoretical-physics-and-microbiology-obsessed puzzler to a 76-year-old hunting down new scientific mysteries, defying gravity and doing the impossible.”
In both the book Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me and in the online film event Pondering the Imponderable, Howard Bloom searches for soul in science, music, history, economics, politics, the evolution of western civilization, and beyond.
In 1968, Bloom embarked on his Voyage of the Beagle, a scientific expedition into a field he knew nothing about, popular culture. Bloom was looking for what he called “the dark underbelly where new myths and movements are made.” Bloom became one of the most famous publicists in the music industry, working with Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Billy Idol, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, Chakha Khan, Joan Jett, Queen, Kiss, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, Run Dmc, Farm Aid, the NAACP, Amnesty International, the United Negro College Fund, the gay community coming out of the closet with disco, the woman’s movement expressing itself through the fists and fury of Joan Jett, the black community busting out of the chittlin’ circuit with Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more.
Since he left the music business in 1988, Bloom has gone back to his science and has worked with colleagues from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Space Society, not to mention with Buzz Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell, astronauts who walked on the moon. Bloom’s work has been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Knight-Ridder’s Financial News Service, Omni Magazine, Psychology Today’s blog site, The Scientific American’s blog site, and in scholarly publications like New Ideas in Psychology, The Independent Scholar, Entelechy—Mind and Culture, Across Species Comparisons and Psychopathology, PhysicaPlus, ArXiv.org, in NASA’s book Cosmos and Culture, and in two book series: Research in Biopolitics and the Disinformation Company’s series of three books: You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know is Wrong, and Abuse Your Illusions.
The tale of Bloom’s rock and roll adventures is in Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me: a Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock & Roll. Geller’s Bloomathon will take place from 6 pm to 10 pm eastern time april 15th at https://www.facebook.com/geogeller, https://www.youtube.com/geogeller and http://randomplace.com/.