THE SALINA JOURNAL encore! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1996 File photos Spike Lee s new film, "Get on the Bus," takes a fictionalized look at last year's Million Man March and follows a group of men who board a bus in California and travel across the country to the march. ,,»«>*. Spike Lee's new film celebrates Million Man March By JOHN BEIFUSS Scripps Howard News Service Spike Lee didn't need a million men for his new movie about the Million Man March. What he needed — in addition to a cast and crew — were 15 African-American men willing to contribute $100,000 to $200,000 each to finance "Get On the Bus." He got them — with ease. The spirit of cooperation and unity that existed during the planning, financing and filming of "Get On the Bus" was similar to the experience of the march itself, according to some of the film's actors. That cooperation enabled the movie to be shot and edited and ready for theaters in only seven months — a very short time for a feature film. "Get On the Bus" is about a group of men traveling'from California to Washington for the Million Man March. "There was a lot of camaraderie, there was a lot of brotherhood to'Get On the Bus,' " said actor Gabriel Casseus. Casseus portrays Jamal, a former South Central Los Angeles gang member who has given up a life of crime to become a clean-living Muslim. Other characters on the bus — each grappling with his own identity as a black man in late 20th Century America — include Evan Thomas Sr. Spike Lee funded his movie by finding 15 African-American men to contribute $100,000 to $200,000. (Thomas Jefferson Byrd), a formerly neglectful father; his swaggering young son, Junior (DeAundre Bonds); a trash- talking Memphis car dealer (Wendell Pierce); an entrepreneur who calls his bubblegum business "Yo, Bubble!" (Bernie Mae); and a gay couple, the refined Randall (Harry Lennix) and the hipper Kyle (Isaiah Washington). "The issues that came to light in the film are pretty much issues that are grappled with by black people every day, and by people in general," Lennix said. Those issues include respect for women; single parenthood; the benefits of being a Democ- rat or Republican; unfair hiring and promotion practices; anti-Semitism; and the value of African musical idioms, among many others. Lennix probably gets the biggest reaction from audiences when he raises his voice and almost shouts across the bus to his companion: "You're not man enough to admit that you love me. "During the march there was a large and visible and audible representation of gay black men. The woman clutching her purse isn't wondering whether the man she hears behind her is straight or gay but whether he's black." Casseus, Lennix and the oth- er cast members filmed scenes in California, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. Although they flew from state to state, they spent time together on the bus during the long hours of shooting. "For me, it was an incredible learning experience, by working with a lot of different actors with a lot of different styles and processes and learning from people like (actor) Ossie Davis," said Casseus, a native New Yorker who portrayed "Young Otis" in the critically acclaimed film "Lone Star," which was released earlier this year. Lee, screenwriter Reggie Rock Bythewood and producer Reuben Cannon, who themselves invested in the film, solicited contributions of $100,000 or $200,000 each from 12 others, for a total of $2.4 million. (The average feature film costs $30 million.) The other investors were Motown executive Jheryl Busby; actors Robert Guillaume, Will Smith, Wesley Snipes and Danny Glover; lawyer Johnnie Cochran; basketball player Charles Smith; and businessmen Larkin Arnold, Lem Daniels, Robert Davidson Jr., Calvin Grigsby and Olden Lee. Casseus said he hopes the film is a success. "It will hopefully send a message to Hollywood that this is a new direction for African- American films." Abilene • EISENHOWER CENTER: In the library, "Our Mothers Before Us: Women and Democracy, 1789-1920," a panel display with photographs looking at the suffragette movement, ends Nov. 24. "Quilts by Ida Stover Eisenhower and Hortense Beck," an exhibit of handiwork by Ike's mother and Beck, who was born in Atwood and lives in Topeka. Through Labor Day. Dwight D. Eisenhower Library. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily. Museum admission: $2 adults, $1.50 senior citizens over 61 and free for children 15 and under. No charge for home, library, visitor center and Place of Meditation. Hays • HAYS ARTS CENTER: 1996 Wildlife Art Series featuring last year's award-winning wildlife art and this year's finalists depicting sandhill cranes, ends Nov. 5. "Of Life," a six-year collection by Scott Wiedeman, ends Oct. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 112 E. 11th. Free. Lincoln • LINCOLN ART CENTER: "Einstein: Images & Impact," traveling exhibit by Kansas Historical Society, other German artifacts. 126 E. Lincoln Ave. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through EXHIBITS Friday; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and by appointment Sunday. • BIRGER SANDZEN MEMORIAL GALLERY: "Don't Fence Me In," featuring black-and-white photography by Barbara Van Cleve, Big Timber, Mont., ends Oct. 27. Kansas Postcard Competition, Series XIX, includes the work of 16 Kansas artists, ends Oct. 30. Other guest artists during October are Sallay Johnson, Lindsborg; Mindy Rhodes, Marquette; and Lois B. Jung, Hutchinson. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 401 N. First. $2 for adults, 50 cents for students in grades 1-12. • MINGENBACK ART CENTER: "Disciples," an exhibit of scultures and drawings by Diane Henk, Kansas City, ends Oct. 30. Bethany College campus Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. Logan • DANE G. HANSEN MEMORIAL MUSEUM: Exhibit of paintings, drawings and lithographs by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton ends Nov. 3.110 W. Main. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 15 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Marion • MARION HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Santa Fe artifacts, Indian artifacts, local items since 1860 and Marion High School graduates from 1884 to present. 501 E. Main. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. • 314 E. MAIN PLACE: 75,000 sheet music collection dated back to the early 1700s, 140 categories of sheet music, juke box, Little Golden Book Collection and postcard collection. Open daily or by appointment. 314 E. Main. Russell • DEINES CULTURAL CENTER: Exhibit of paintings and prints by Maleta Forsberg, Lindsborg. 820 N. Main. Hours: 1-5 p.m. daily except Monday. Free. Salina • BLUESTEM GALLERY: "Harvest," featuring work by the 24 members of the gallery, ends Nov. 10. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 117 S. Santa Fe. Free. • FIRST BANK KANSAS: Joy Walters, Salina, will exhibit her oil paintings during October. 235 S. Santa Fe. Hours: regular business hours. • SALINA ART CENTER: "Of Matter and Spirit: African Arts from Kansas Museums," features 102 objects from nine Kansas collections representing all major geographic and cultural groups of Africa. Continues through Oct. 27. 238242 S. Santa Fe. Gallery hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, until 7 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. • SALINA PUBLIC LIBRARY: Kansas Library Month exhibit. 301 W. Elm. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. • SMOKY HILL MUSEUM: "Custom •Cowboy Boots: The Kansas Story" ends Nov. 6. The exhibit, The Settling of-the Smoky Hills," which features a replica of a dugout used by early settlers- in the area, is on permanent display. 211 W. Iron. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. f Glassware W Postcards « Toys W Fiesta i Primitives W Advertising W Jewelry - A full line of Antiques and Collectibles Saturday, Oct. 19 - 10am - 6pm Sunday, Oct. 20 • 10am * 4pm Kenwood Hall 9QO Greeley (off Ohio) Admission: $1.50 DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER Small Fries & Small Drink only 9th &Kirwln 823-8066 Author / She's a late bloomer' FROM PAGE D1 "I made up why they left Paris, what drove them to go and what would happen if these strong bonds started to unravel. I could also explore their great sense of individualism, which I can see in my husband, who is a native Kansan." Lehrer was born and raised in north Texas, and had always wanted to be a writer. In I960, Lehrer had just decided that she was going to teach to support her writing efforts, when she met her future husband in Dallas. "Jim had just gone to work for the Dallas Morning News," Lehrer said. "He thought he was going to be the next Ernest Hemingway." Jim Lehrer wanted to be a novelist, too, and both intended to do other things until they could support themselves through writing. But three daughters soon changed those plans. "I knew I couldn't do everything, and my children became my priority," Kate Lehrer said. "It became easy to postpone writing. After all, no one was clamoring for me to write." The Lehrers moved to Washington, D.C., in 1972. Jim Lehrer went on to journalistic prominence, becoming co-host of "The MacNeil- Lehrer Report." Kate Lehrer stayed home and raised the children. "I'll admit I lost a little confidence over the years, but I knew I would write eventually," Kate Lehrer said. "It was important to "I knew I couldn't do everything, and my children became my priority. It became easy to postpone writing," Kate Lehrer author create my own identity apart from my husband's." In 1987, Lehrer finally sat down at the word processor and wrote her first novel, "Best Intentions." Her second novel, "When They Took Away the Man in the Moon," was published in 1992. Jim Lehrer is also the author of several novels. Both tend to critique the other's work, which can lead to some healthy debates, Kate Lehrer said. "I used to criticize his work, now he can get his revenge on mine," she said. Lehrer is about to embark on a 20-city tour to support her new book and will soon .begin writing a new one, this time with a contemporary setting. Lehrer said that she is happy with what she has accomplished so far. "It's a very exciting time for me," Lehrer said. "Being a late bloomer can have its great moments." Fair Taxes GARY SWARTZENDRIJBER For State Representative District 69 Pol. Adv. Paid For By Joili Helm, Chair - LofCtta Baize, Treas. 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