Oz in the News 3.1.12

Judy Garland’s Bel-Air Residence Hitting the Market for $7.1 Million  Famed Southern California architect Wallace Neff designed the Stone Canyon Road residence for Garland in 1938 — the same year the actress was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Garland moved into the five-bedroom house in 1939 and lived at the property for nearly a decade with her mother.

Reel Chicago Rescues Long-Forgotten Films  By 1965, when the St. Louis native Tom Palazzolo graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, several of his hometown’s landmarks had been demolished. A shame, he thought. So Palazzolo, who had begun making experimental films as a student, pledged to focus on singular places and people with stories to tell in Chicago, his new home. For subjects, he turned to the likes of the East Chicago Lions Club and to Mary Ellen St. Aubin, a Southwest Side barkeep whose husband, Parnell, had played a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. They star in Palazzolo’s short films Labor Day: East Chicago (1979) and I Married a Munchkin (1994), both featured in Tom Palazzolo’s Chicago. Available in April from Facets Multimedia, the DVD is the latest in Facets’ Reel Chicago series of newly restored and reissued documentaries, which aims to bring to light a lost era of local filmmaking.

Marvel Digital Graphic Novels Now Available on Apple’s iBookstore Today, Marvel has entered a bold new era in digital comics.  For the first time ever, classic stories—from the Amazing Spider-Man to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz—will now be available for purchase on Apple’s iBookstore. With an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, Marvel fans across the world can now purchase over 80 graphic novels by launching the iBooks app or going to www.itunes.com/marvelgraphicnovels.

New Stories from the Land of Oz The Oz-Stravaganza Committee plans to publish a book containing the winning stories from past years of the Royal Historian of Oz writing contest. Writers in four age groups from third grade through adult have written Oz stories and the winners have been awarded prizes by the International Wizard of Oz club. The kickstarter organization has approved the project to publish the book and is seeking donations for the project. To find out more about the Oz book and the kickstarter program, visit kickstarter.com/The Writers of Oz-New Stories in the land of Oz. All donations are appreciated and help with the goal of encouraging writers young and old to pursue their dream of writing.

TeachWithMovies.com Announces New ELA Lesson Plan Materials for the Hero’s Journey of Personal Growth and Development  New English Language Arts lesson plan materials for Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey have just been published by TeachWithMovies.com, including an explanatory student handout, a worksheet with which to analyze the stages and archetypes of the Journey, and learning guides for popular movies in which the Journey appears. These films include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Fly Away Home,” and “Casablanca”, each of which tells the story of an internal Journey of psychological growth and development.

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