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“The hypnogogic trance of language.” --- Harryette Mullen, Poet

“Recommended for all collections. Poetry lives here!"

 ---  LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW, Ernest Jaeger, formerly with North Plainfield Pub. Schs., NJ


APRIL  2015 


“With an act of artistic theatrical-cinematic magic, we have this film. A divine act of  poetic sorcery! Filmmaker Bob Bryan knows how to capture, edit and display the beauty of  poetry.” — Jack G. Bowman, Poet / MA LMFT


“A first-rate production that creatively cuts from poet-to-poet.  A lotta wisdom here from some very special beings on this planet.”   -- Don "Kingfisher" Campbell, Poet, Educator


“I'm impressed with the work you've done to create a comprehensible portrait of a diverse community of poets. I appreciate being included in your project.  It's been a pleasure to see how you've infused this work with your own enthusiasm for the art of poetry.”  --- Harryette Mullen, Poet


“It's gorgeous!! You did a great job. Thank you from the Poetry community for doing this beautiful documentary.”   

--- Dr. Thea Iberall, Poet


“If you walk away from this film scratching your head because you didn't get it,  call your mommy. Otherwise, take the time to revel in the 72 minutes of Magic and Enlightenment and pick up your pen! Poetry is for all of us and your voice is the perfect harmonic match to the souls that sing their hearts out in this walk through their lives.

If you didn't grow after watching this film—you're already dead.”

 —- Johnny Masuda, Poet 

Subject: Literary Page Poetry



Directed by Filmmaker Bob Bryan


"It is beautiful. Dazzles! Really is a short punchy course in what it is to be a poet, and what poetry is. Invaluable! Big congrats!. It is a reference work.  So meaning intensive that one could refer to it for a lifetime.  GV6 THE ODYSSEY is truly a breakthrough triumph!”  ---Steve Goldman, Poet


"I watched 'GV6  THE ODYSSEY: Poets, Passion & Poetry' last night, and it near well did my brain in!  The documentary is filled with excellent poets reading and discussing their work. Unlike a lot of documentaries and cinematic treatments of poetry, the discussion was deep and engaging. The poets all had widely different styles and backgrounds, and the overwhelming majority of the poems were excellent.   But more important was the discussion of poetry, hearing so many writers talk unguardedly about process, and about the role poetry plays and can play in the their lives and in the world. Frequently, I lament that the conversation about poetry at local readings is facile. People don't talk about writing much.  I think everyone who writes poetry should watch this DVD, it gives a lot to think about.                                                                                                                  --- Victor D. Infante. Poet

  GV6 THE ODYSSEY DVD examines and reveals the truth behind 31 multi- ethnic award-winning respected & published Poets in a seamlessly woven, uniquely honest visual tapestry.  


· GV6 Webpage:  http://www.graffitiverite.com/index_files/Page449.htm

· GV6 Press Release:  http://www.graffitiverite.com/1PRESSRE_files/Page434.htm

· GV6 Reviews: Page 1Page 2 and Page 3

· GV6 Poets Bios: http://www.graffitiverite.com/GV6PoetBios.htm



Ascent Aspirations Magazine,  A Review by David Fraser


Bob Bryan’s documentary film, GV6 THE ODYSSEY – Poets, Passion and Poetry  is a monumental achievement. Thirty-one contemporary American  poets candidly open their souls with their comments and the sharing of their work. Bob Bryan takes  the material filmed with each poet and creatively edits the footage into a cohesive presentation interspersed with text, graphics and visual images to produce a  stunning film depicting the universality of poetry, full of messages that  can be applied to any form of  creative endeavor.


Poets such as Wanda Coleman, Kamau Daaood, Brendan Constantine, Victoria Chang, Steve Goldman, Chungmi Kim, FrancEye, Lynne Thompson and all the rest explore what poetry is about, the relationship between the writer and the reader/listener, taboos and fears, the power of poetry, and the relationship with   truth and self-discovery. In the process they reveal their personalities, expose their struggles, give us their poetic voice and show us how their ideas evolve and how others can learn to write poetry.


There is an openness that is full of eclectic ideas that never even closely approaches the pedantic.   Bob Bryan clearly manipulates the infrastructure in his editing  process but this does not detract from the cohesive messages that are both bombarding and calming. Opposite feelings and ideas are expressed by the

various poets and these ideas are often  juxtaposed to produce an enlightening, revealing   sense of what poetry is, what  passions are involved and how poetry is created. The messages are so real and down to earth that they appeal to everyone; established, emerging, or beginning poets and to students who are still hesitant to wade into the language.   (click here for the remainder of the review)

Subject: Spoken-Word Poetry


GV7  RANDOM URBAN STATIC: The Iridescent Equations of Spoken-Word


“What I really like about this documentary is that there is an equal amount of focus on  the poetry and performance as there is with the one-on-one interviews for each poet. Issues of analyzing the portrayal of oneself vs. reality, the crumbling state of Hip-Hop, date-rape, and inequality of women, homosexuality, anorexia, and so much more are openly displayed. No topic is taken lightly or avoided, these poets are completely  exposed. 


There are 15 poets followed in this documentary and while every poet has their purpose, there are a few that really stood out and were very well written AND performed.  Every poet had their own individual message, so this documentary has no single message that connects each poet together… other than their collective vulnerability.”

--- Melody Simpson (Hollywood the Write Way)




GV7 RANDOM URBAN STATIC returns to the enigmatic world of Poetry. 

This time around Filmmaker Bob Bryan retrieves the perspectives of fifteen (15) uniquely talented poets involved in the world of Spoken-Word. From Grand-Slam Champions to Open-Mic Veterans, GV7 crosses all philosophical, racial, and social lines becoming the

quintessential  Spoken-Word documentary!


· GV7 Webpage:  http://www.graffitiverite.com/index_files/Page696.htm

· GV7 Press Release:  http://www.graffitiverite.com/GV7PressRelease.html

· GV7 Reviews: Page 1Page 2 and Page 3

· GV7 Spoken-Word Artists:  http://www.graffitiverite.com/GV7SPOKENWORDARTISTS.htm


“What was interesting and what makes Bob Bryan’s GV7 RANDOM URBAN STATIC   film less of a ‘movie’ or a ‘production’ and more of an actual  documentary was that there didn’t seem to be a message across the poets. Each  poet was represented as an individual, with their opinions, beliefs and experiences allowed to interact and contradict. The movie opened up a discussion and didn’t try  to pigeonhole any poet into a “performance” mold. Where one poet insists upon the poem working on the page, another poet insists that performance poetry is entirely focused on performance to the point that she doesn’t write her own work down. Where one champions directness and accessibility, another celebrates the bizarre and random. One defends the Hip-Hop connection to performance poetry, and another advocates breaking away from that connection and some of the negativity  it brings to performance poetry. This discussion opens up the idea of performance poetry as an evolving movement with many voices,  and not necessarily a static  entity with no potential for growth or change. 


As an educational tool, this DVD invites students and teachers into the conversation  and provides them with an idea of what is happening in the world of performance poetry without being too overwhelming or too flashy. It also connects the poetry to the academy, as certain poets (Tim’m T. West and J. Walker) speak about their educational backgrounds and how that has influenced what they do in performance.”                                                     

--- cleavelandpoetics: the blog


"Spoken Word is an often misunderstood art form. One viewing of  GV7 should clear up all misunderstanding  for those who pay close attention.   More than just two hours of  pure poetry, Bryan World Production's GV7 is a Hip-Hopumentary of a world class order, a documentary that walks inside the universe of Hip-Hop and Spoken-Word and gets to the heart of it without pulling the soul out from underneath. With interviews and visual cues interspersed with the lines and verses of the featured poets themselves - sometimes in performance and sometimes during bouts of inspiration - Director Bob Bryan delivers a thoughtful and provocative look at Spoken Word as an art form, as well as, a lifestyle. Focusing primarily on Los Angeles-based Spoken-Word poets and their Hip-Hop counterparts,  GV7  highlights the joys and disappointments of several poets that operate on this level, some of them National Poetry Slam winners, and brings the artists to viewers intelligently and vibrantly. The audience not only gets to the work of the poets as it is being created, but she also gets to know them personally through their own unique interests."  

--- WORLD CLASS POETRY, Poetry DVD Review by Poet, Allen Taylor 


Random Urban Static, is the perfect insight for one to grasp how the work from  the artist comes about. Poets are extremely cultured people, and to have many  a group from different genres only makes it so that anyone can get at least one message from the film. Poets jobs are to inspire, and this documentary definitely captures the emotions of the Spoken-Word Artist, for the viewer to watch with goose bumps.”

---- MARC MARCEL, Spoken-Word Artist

Subject: Wanda Coleman, Poet


  GV21 THE WANDA COLEMAN PROJECT: Genius. (period)


“This is a MASTER CLASS for poets and writers… A real treasure! I am viewing it now and bursting with gratitude.  This is an important work!”  --- Anthensome BC, Writer

In GV21 THE WANDA COLEMAN PROJECT: Genius. (period) multi award-winning filmmaker Bob Bryan features "One of the Major Writers of her Generation." Bryan interviews brilliant Poet/Writer/Journalist Wanda Coleman, author of over  20 books (The Riot Inside Me, Mercurochrome, Heavy Daughter Blues, Mad Dog Black Lady, etal.)  Genius. (period) is a “must-see" interview  if you've ever loved Wanda or if you're interested in finding out what her beautiful life, poetic conceptual process and philosophy of creative writing was all about.   THE WANDA COLEMAN PROJECT DVD includes interview plus Poetry Readings. 80 minutes of unadulterated magic.


· GV21 Webpage:http://www.graffitiverite.com/GV21_THE_WANDA_COLEMAN_PROJECT.htm

· GV21 PR:  http://www.graffitiverite.com/GV21_TheWandaColemanProject_PR.pdf

· GV21 Reviews: http://www.graffitiverite.com/GV21_TheWandaColemanProject_FilmReviews.pdf


THOUGHTS & REFLECTIONS  by Austin  Straus, Wanda Coleman’s Husband


Bob Bryan's interview with Wanda Coleman is a classic example of a  sensitive, intelligent, and superbly prepared Documentarian eliciting brilliant responses from a genius poet/writer/journalist  who is forced by smart questions to think deeply, eloquently and movingly. Many moments in this film made me laugh or cry  or just sit there in wonder at the depth and breadth of this woman's mind.  And I was her mate for nearly 33 years!


This film is far and away the best of all the dozens of interviews Wanda ever did  and I am profoundly grateful to Bob Bryan for giving me this treasure  I can turn to whenever   I feel like being reminded of my beloved's fantastic mind.  Bob, you have created a work of art, a masterpiece of the documentary interview.   Thank you from my heart,  --- Austin Straus


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Normally, I am not one to watch or listen to interviews, but  GV21 THE WANDA COLEMAN PROJECT: Genius. had me riveted to my seat in front of my computer.  I could not tear myself away from Bob Bryan's unique questions or Wanda Coleman's inspiring answers. I was so drawn in by her wonderful infectious laughter, her philosophy of life, her poetry, and Wanda herself. In the process, I learned new words and ideas to inspire me as a writer.  To describe Wanda Coleman - she was vivacious, beautiful, self-assured - without being vain, and a champion to people who needed one.  And not just black women, but to people of all races and both genders. I learned from   her and learned about myself through her.


Her poetry drew laughter and tears from me. I learned many facts to apply to myself   and to my writing.   Most of what I learned is her enthusiasm for the craft of writing.   Her poem "Mastectomy" (from her book Mercurochrome) helped me to understand   more about the physical and emotional nature  of the removal of women's breasts and I was in tears by the end of her reading.  What drew me to listen with different ears when she read her poems was the emotion   she poured into it.  She didn't just read it; she didn't perform it - she was the poem come alive. I would love to watch this interview again to pick up anything I missed, since it was filled with so much amazing information.   GV21 is not just an interview - it is a lesson in life, love, the craft of writing, and one writer's way of surviving and overcoming what life handed her.  This documentary should be required viewing in every creative writing classroom for young and emerging poets who think they want to write poetry or anything else.   


GV21 THE WANDA COLEMAN PROJECT will help them understand that the craft   of writing is not just taking a pen to paper and splashing words onto it,  but pouring everything - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - into the words and ideas that make it onto the page.  Because of Bob Bryan's excellent interview with a poet who will  be missed intensely, I have a new-found appreciation for the craft with which  I have been blessed and skilled to have as a talent. I'm honored that you allowed me to review this documentary interview. You made it extra interesting with the sound & special effects.  Thank you Bob, straight from my heart. --- Michelle ‘Chelle’ Angelini

Contact: Loida Mariano, Account Exec. / Producer                                            

BRYAN WORLD PRODUCTIONS   PO Box 74033 Los Angeles, CA 90004

Telephone: 323.856.9256  Website: www.graffitiverite.com   Email: bryworld@aol.com


Other Links:  


· GV6 THE ODYSSEY Press Release

· GV6 THE ODYSSEY Reviews: Page 1Page 2 and Page 3

· GV6 Review by A. Sharda



· GV7 RANDOM URBAN STATIC Reviews: Page 1Page 2 and Page 3




· Black Sparrow | University of Pittsburgh Press  | Red Hen Press (Coleman's Publishers)

· Schools & Libraries where GV Docu-Series can be found

· GV Docu-Series & Festival Honors

· GV Docu-Series Articles & Media

· "Remembering Wanda Coleman"  Bio Article by David L. Ulin, LA Times Book Critic

· GV Docu-Series Product Information

· GV Docu-Series Brief Synopsis

· GV Docu-Series Trailers 


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