This documentary short presents a glimpse of Dr. S. Allen Counter whose life story is the subject of Elixir's enCounter: north,
a drama in development.
The narrative drama:
Seen through Dr. Counter's eyes
as he makes a discovery propelling him to relive
the Admiral Robert Peary/Matthew Henson exploration
conquering the North Pole in 1909.
Considered by many the coolest western movie,
this is the original trailer. The film debuted as the highest rated movie in cable TV history.
"Conagher," adapted from the book of the same name by Louis L'Amour, stars Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, Ken Curtis, Barry Corbin, Billy Green Bush, James Gammon, with Dub Taylor and Buck Taylor.
This was completion of a circle for John Kuri as the film's producer since 39 years earlier
he got the sting for the old west on the set of
Shane in Jackson Hole, WY. His dad, Emile Kuri,
designed the sets for the George Stevens' classic.
Adapted from John Kuri's published story the movie was produced for Disney by John. Starring Meredith Baxter and Chris Cooper,
with Jean Simmons in a cameo role.
One More Mountain was produced in Calgary, the Canadian Rockies, and the northern Great Plains. Oxen were imported from Nova Scotia in the effort for authenticity in this tale of the Donner Party. John also directed 2nd unit.
John was the 1994 recipient of the Christopher Award "affirming the highest values of the human spirit".
Grammy® winner, American blues artist, winner of numerous W.C. Handy Awards, the legendary John Hammond with his band of blues masters including Charlie Musselwhite as they perform Tom Waits' originals before a sold-out, standing room only crowd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
The event was the premiere performance and release of "Wicked Grin," an album of Tom Waits' originals, produced by Waits and released on Point Blank/Virgin Records.
Joining Hammond are:Harmonica legend, Charlie Musselwhite, Frank Carilo, guitar, Augie Meyers, keyboard and accordion, Samuel L. Taylor, contra bass, Stephen Hodges, drums, percussion, and guest artist, Ralph Carney, saxophone.
Produced by Kuri Productions for Elixir, and Monterey Light & Sound for StayTuned TV.
Two basketball legends, NBA star Jerome Kersey and UCLA All-American Anita Ortega participate in a Hollywood casting call with local teens trying out for a part in a movie about teens like them.
The movie in development is based on John Kuri's novel Takin' It Back. The book is cover endorsed by NBA great Shaquille O'Neal.
A look inside the production of the movie in the Laurentian Mountains of Southern Quebec, Canada.
The WWII drama stars Pat Morita, Chris Makepeace, Michael Sarrazin and introduced Mari Sato. It was produced by John Kuri who also directed 2nd unit. The screenplay was written by Pat Morita and John.
In this short directed and edited by John Kuri, Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Former Chief Scientist for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association, and TIME Magazine's first "Hero of the Planet" comments on the natural system of nature and the oceans, speaks about the critical nature of the oceans and points out how much of the world is blue, saying,
"We should think of the planet as blue since so much of it is water. Therefore, we must protect the oceans. That is where life begins."
Georgetown University Professor of International Government, Emeritus, Roy Godson, Ph.D. introduces the project and presents coverage of some of the conferences held in the Middle East and Persian Gulf by the NSIC and participating governments.
Supported in part by the U.S. Dept. of State, the report from Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, confirms the positive results of this NSIC project. It is available at:
John Kuri was a Senior Fellow with the NSIC, 2006 through 2012. He was a speaker at several conferences in the MENA region, Colombia and Mexico. John directed and edited this documentary short, as well he shot the Abu Dhabi footage while participating in the conference.
Mongolia Concert: Part 1 & 2
13th century music and dance comes to the Lincoln Center Festival from the far side of the world as a troupe of nine artists from Mongolia perform traditional music and dance. In addition, the storyteller and musician Burenbayar gives the first known performance in North America of the 13th-century national epic, The Secret History of the Mongols, which recounts the life story of Genghis Khan. This is considered the founding work of Mongolian literature.
The performance was recorded at Lincoln Center by Elixir Entertainment. The video production of this North American premiere was directed, shot and edited by John Kuri. This group of remarkable Mongolian artists was brought to America by the Asia Society.
John Kuri and his jazz sextet plus guest artist Bassam Saba, a virtuoso on the ancient Oud and Ney and member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble are joined by vocalists Carolina Dos Santos Shorter and Michele Tasoff. This tune, Fotografia, written by Brazilian legend Antonio Carlos Jobim is a favorite of John's.
John Kuri designed the sets with Oscar® winner Robert Clatworthy for this gem from 1975 directed by Milton Katselas.
Report to the Commissioner, a textured police procedural examining changing social mores and the generalized internal corruptions within the NYPD, resulting in tragic circumstances thanks to the sincere ignorance of its protagonist played by Michael Moriarty. Also starring Yaphet Kotto, Susan Blakely,
Héctor Elizondo, Tony King, and the movie introduced Richard Gere.
John spent many days and long nights in NYC experiencing the underground club life, police precincts, the Tombs, Bellevue's Prison Psychiatric Ward, then recreating the look and feel of the 70's Manhattan at Warner Bros. Studio and downtown LA.
:30 spot directed and edited by John Kuri for the LA Sheriff's Dept. featuring Ron Howard who, at John's request, gave his time in support of this effort.
Introduced by Peter Coyote, the Squirrel Nut Zippers in concert at Trax nightclub, Charlottesville, Virginia. Included are interviews with Jimbo Mathus, the swing revival band's co-founder and vocalist / co-founder Katharine Whalen. Band members Chris Phillips (drums), Stuart Cole (bass), Robert "Griffanzo" Griffin - (piano, keyboards), Je Widenhouse (trumpet), David Wright (trombone), Tim Smith (tenor and alto saxophones).
Produced by Kuri Productions for Elixir, and Monterey Light & Sound for StayTuned TV. Directed & edited by John Kuri, Produced by Patrick Ireland and John Kuri.
Leftover Salmon performs "Danger Man" featuring Vince Hermann on vocal, Drew Emmitt - mandolin and lead guitar, Bill McKay - piano and keyboards, Greg Garrison - bass, Jose Martinez- drums, and Mark Vann with another brilliant banjo solo.
Leftover Salmon is a jam band from Boulder, Colorado, formed in 1989. Their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco, which the band calls "Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass", has found favor with the jam band scene. Recorded at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco..
Video produced by Kuri Productions in association with Monterrey Light & Sound for StayTuned TV. Directed and Edited by John Kuri. Produced by Patrick Ireland and John Kuri.
Sexual assault on college campuses is an endemic problem. We address this crisis in a pilot for a series that will take on the core issue. Colleges are not providing an education on this subject, they are only prosecuting the perpetrators, but in many instances ignoring victims.
This planned multi-episode series will take the viewer to campuses across the nation, to top NCAA schools where we will meet the athletes, coaches, school administrators, campus police, students, and victims, as a part of experiencing special classes being conducted by college instructor/sex therapist/counselor Laurie Handlers.
George Gershwin's "S'Wonderful" performed live during a Los Angeles summer evening concert featuring jazz vocalist/ Stacy Rowles, the daughter of the famous pianist, singer, composer Jimmy Rowles. Stacy is a killer hornwoman and truly exceptional vocalist. In this concert Stacy is part of John Kuri's jazz ensemble "Elixir and Friends."
Virtuoso Bassam Saba improvisational Oud performance.
Recorded in 2007 at Quad Recording Studios, Times Square, NYC by Elixir Entertainment for StayTuned TV.
Directed, photographed and edited by John Kuri.
Concert performances and music lessons with Bassam Saba available at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPUU-YL1QDDk_ju9oZxJgIka438A8aFtr
An improvisation on the D Ney recorded the same day is available at:
John Kuri's sextet Elixir and Friends with guest artist Bassam Saba perform Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" featuring Stacy Rowles on fluegelhorn and Bassam Saba on flute and Ney. The Ney is the origin of the flute.