Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Long Island Revisited: Sharing Peter's Story"

Peter Bové - Biography

When he was just twelve years old Peter Bové circumnavigated the globe in a solar powered Radio Flyer of his own design. The Pentagon for obvious reasons of national security quickly squashed news of the event. Later at age fifteen he traveled to Tibet to study with the Dalai Lama, who called him "Little Joe". No one will say why. Attempts to understand the mysterious moniker is made more elusive by virtue of the fact that Mr. Bové is nearly 6'4". He returned to the USA in 1978 and attended Parsons School of Design and the New School to study fine art. Before graduating he began to show and sell his work. In 1979 Mr. Bové applied for and received an Art in Public Places grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a mural that was designed and placed in the Greenville-Spartanburg Jetport in Greenville, South Carolina. The twenty-four foot mural entitled 'Right Bank View' was deemed too political by the Airport association. Mr. Bové was deemed as 'too Jewish' and the Mural was removed. It now hangs in the lobby of the Arts & Sciences Building at USCS in Columbia, SC.

Mr. Bové was born a Roman Catholic and is now a Saturdayist Buddhist. A sect of Buddhism he has founded based on the belief in Saturday. He quotes: "I believe in Saturday because as a kid it was the one thing that made sense. On Saturday I would play football or baseball with my friends. Sometimes we would play army or just fly kites but mostly it was baseball. Sometimes we would play on Sunday, but I didn't believe in Sunday as much as I did in Saturday because on Sunday I had to attend church. Growing up, nothing I did felt less believable or more fantastic than that. I guess it was the belief in Saturday that got me into trouble with my career as a fine artist - especially in the south. That's when I switched to writing. A typewriter was, far more compact than huge canvas stretchers, paint cans and thinners. It just made more sense when I had to leave town in a hurry."

He has been writing ever since. Mr. Bové entered the world of film production as a production assistant then quickly moved on to producing. Often as a producer and 1st Assistant Director of major television commercials. Most recently as a producer of Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Best Documentary award winner, Oscar nominated, "Capturing the Friedmanns." He has worked in virtually every facet of the film world. As an actor, stunt man, voice over artist as well as director-cameraman for a Portuguese documentary production shot during the Columbus Race aboard the tall ship "Sagres" and lateen rigged "Boa Esperanca" entitled "Columbus, Portuguese Spy?" He has taught film production at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He later went on to write and direct several projects: A pilot for children's programming entitled "The Cowboy Kid". A documentary on American Indians entitled "Wisdom of the Tribe" and a short film for CMEE entitled "Ice Scream" featured at the 2004 Atlanta Underground and Rome International Film Festivals. He has written countless music videos for artists ranging in style from Paul Shaffer & Lenny Kravitz to Wnyton Marsalis, and directed a music video for Lou Christie's comeback album.

He is presently writing and pitching film scripts and television shows to high level executives, actors and investors who are quickly falling in love with this soon to be major talent. Mr. Bové can be reached at [local telephone no]. If you can successfully state which of the above is simply fantasy blurred reality and which is truly real then you are the beneficary of a steak dinner compliments of Mr. Bové, unless of course you are a vegetarian. In which case you will enjoy a Jackie Robinson Health Juice from Lucky's Juice Point in NYC.

Mr. Bové once took me and Vel back to the LIRR station in Montauk. This is where I got his story. Considered it a gift all over 2008 and now, in early 2009, it was about time to share this.

1 comment:

veloner said...

wow, it took me a while to even remember him!