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THE JULIAN LENNON CONVERSATION

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Julian, you are Executive Producer of the documentary Kiss the Ground, narrated by Woody Harrelson, which will premiere on Netflix on 22 September, and have produced other environmental documentaries in the past such as Whaledreamers and Women of the White Buffalo. What drew you to this particular project about soil regeneration?

There are a lot of doom-and-gloom exposés about climate change out there, and rightfully so, but it’s always nice to watch and learn from something that brings hope. That is what drew me to become involved with Kiss the Ground— the message of hope. In this film, we’re not only bringing the climate crisis to the forefront, we’re offering a feasible solution that could impact the entire planet.

What do you enjoy most about producing and how did you begin your producing career?

I think what I enjoy most about producing is watching how the completed films can influence people to see an issue from a new perspective, or learn about something new and inspire them to take action. I began my producing career with Whaledreamers, which was an effort to bring awareness to The Mirning People in Australia after I learned about their struggles to preserve their land and culture.

Did you know much about the biosequestration process beforehand or was this all a real learning curve for you? During the making of the documentary what were some of the biggest revelations for you regarding this process, and the profound ways in which it can heal the planet?

I was well-versed in the devastating effects that carbon dioxide has on the planet by way of greenhouse gases, but I didn’t know that biosequestration could be the answer to restoring atmospheric balance. I’ve always believed that nature can solve nature, I just perhaps didn’t realize there was a simple solution to such a monumental problem, literally right at our feet.
What valuable or optimistic messages are you and your fellow filmmakers hoping that viewers will take away from Kiss the Ground?

That science can bring miracles, and that if we work together, the planet’s problems that once seemed impossible to solve can be overcome.

Are you looking to set up any healthy soil initiatives that can build upon the discoveries made in the documentary that perhaps people can become involved with?

The film’s debut won’t be the last you hear of our movement. Our team at The White Feather Foundation will certainly explore creative ways to communicate how individuals can take action based on the film’s learnings.

How do you personally keep positive in the face of what seems like a constant, mindless onslaught of destruction wreaked on our planet? Are there any things that you particularly like to do to help recharge and retain balance such as meditation, spending time in nature, getting lost in your photography or your music?

Without question, the 24/7 reminders of the harm we’re doing to the planet sadden me, but I do my best to find light in spite of it, because it’s a destructive mental path to go down otherwise. All of the things you mention are ways that I cope, especially my almost-daily 3-6km power walks in nature. At the water’s edge, or on a deserted trail high in the mountains are where I truly disconnect and reconnect with what’s important. I wrote a piece for our charity about this for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day earlier this year.

As a bestselling children’s author, do you remember spending lots of time in nature as a child, and did your mum, Cynthia Lennon, encourage this love and appreciation for nature and the environment?

Absolutely—I was a kid who played outdoors morning to night, climbing trees and running around with my friends in the countryside of North Wales. Mum always encouraged time in nature and seeing how many kids are growing up today, attached to their screens and devices, I’m grateful I was raised in a simpler time. I think the more we expose children to nature, the greater appreciation they have for taking care of it.

When writing the White Feather Flier three-book set which encourages children to love and appreciate the planet and care for the environment, did you find it challenging to find a way to convey such complex subject matters and make them relatable to children?

Writing for a young audience was definitely a new experience for me. I was lucky to collaborate with my friend Bart Davis on the series, who was already an accomplished author when we began, so that definitely helped. But yes, taking very real and sometimes frightening concepts and making them not only understandable, but enjoyable for a young audience was not an easy feat, though I enjoyed the process very much.

In 2007, you founded The White Feather Foundation, which supports environmental and humanitarian issues from around the world. How did the organisation begin?

Years ago when I was young, my Dad told me that if he were to pass away, he would let me know he was okay, or that we were all going to be okay, by sending me a white feather. Then, when I was on tour in Adelaide, Australia, promoting my album Help Yourself and it’s No 1 Environmental Single Saltwater, I was resting in my hotel when the manager called my room and summoned me to the lobby where an Aboriginal Tribe was waiting to speak with me. There, one of the tribal elders presented me with a white male swan’s feather and said “You have a voice, can you help us?” because their people were battling to save their culture. I had goosebumps head to toe and recognized this as a sign to shift my life away from music and more toward humanitarian work. In the course of getting to know The Mirning People, I made the Whaledreamers film about them, and to ensure the proceeds went back to their tribe, I formed The White Feather Foundation. Now, we not only help with the preservation of Indigenous cultures around the world, but our areas of giving have expanded to the environment, clean water, education and health.

As a visual artist, you have a passion for photography. Can you tell us about some of your influences, and have any of these found their way into your visual style of filmmaking?

I have always felt that I observed life in a different way than others, so I’m thankful that photography has given me an outlet to express that. Landscapes are my favourite thing to capture and Ansel Adams is someone I admire in that respect. Where people and fly-on-the-wall glimpses of life are concerned, I’m inspired by Mick Rock, Henry Diltz and my dear friend and mentor, Timothy White. I’m not sure how much of my visual style is reflected in filmmaking—that’s probably a better question for the audience.

Having diversified in music, photography, filmmaking, acting, and writing during your career, is there one discipline you feel more drawn or inspired by going forwards?

I enjoy working in each area, of course, but most recently I’d say photography has been at the top of the list. I’m happiest when I’m heading into unknown territory, exploring areas I’ve never travelled. There are so many places and cultures I still want to see and share with the world.

Kiss the Ground premieres on Netflix on 22 September.

 

 

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JULIAN LENNON WRITING GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR KIDS: THE MORNING TRIBE

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Julian Lennon is a singer-songwriter, philanthropist, environmentalist and photographer. With Bart Davis, Alejandra Green and Fanny Rodriguez, he is creating a series of middle-grade graphic novels called The Morning Tribe.

The series follows 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named Dusk and Dawn, who live in the Amazon River Basin and fight to protect their homeland. The Morning Tribe: Book One will be published by Sky Pony in the autumn/winter period of 2021 and annually to follow. Mark Gompertz at Sky Pony acquired world rights after agents Robert Gottlieb and Mark Gottlieb at Trident Media Group did the deal.

Julian Lennon and Bart Davis had previously collaborated on the Touch the Earth, Heal the Earth and Love the Earth book trilogy that were published from 2017 to 2019. Alejandra Green and Fanny Rodriguez are the creators of the Fantastic Tales of Nothing graphic novel series, the first book of which will be published in October from Katherine Tegen Books.

Julian Lennon was the direct inspiration for three Beatles’ songs Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, whose lyrics describe a picture he had drawn as a boy, a watercolor painting of his friend, Lucy O’Donnell, from nursery school, surrounded by stars, Hey Jude, and Good Night.

He has produced a number of solo albums starting with Valotte, and a number of singles that enjoyed chart success. In 2006, Julian Lennonventured into Internet businesses, including MyStore.com with Todd Meagher and Bebo founder Michael Birch, later creating a new partnership with Meagher and Birch called theRevolution, LLC, through which he released a tribute song Lucy, honouring the memory of his schoolfriend. He has held exhibitions of his photography and produced the environmental documentary film Whale Dreamers about an aboriginal tribe in Australia and its special relationship to whales, and the film Women of the White Buffalo which focused on the Lakota women living Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, how they are used and how they preserve and protect their ancestral values and wisdom.

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JULIAN REVEALS HE´S HAD AN EMERGENCY CANCER OPERATION IN LA

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Julian Lennon, visited his dermatologist just days ago, who noticed a lump on his head which he had had all his life ‘looked and felt a little different’ and she urged him to have a biopsy.  The results showed that the mole was malignant/cancerous, and that her recommendation was to get it removed immediately, which is what happened…

He wrote on Facebook:

“The Trouble is… You think you have time….

Well I’m going to keep this short & sweet….
This last week, was one of the most positive & productive weeks of My Life….
I’ve had some of the most incredible meetings, about My future in the World of Music, Photography, Documentaries & Charity, amongst other things, and was flying high with excitement for the year ahead… 2020, especially after having a very trying year, if not 5 years, since Mum passed…
But this year, things started to look up… The smile was back on My face, My heart had opened up again, to all kinds of possibilities, Personal and Professional…
A few days ago, I went to visit My dermatologist, here in LA, when she noticed a little bump on My head, that was actually a Mole, that had been there, along with a Birthmark, for the last 57 years…. But this time, it looked & felt a little different.
She urged me to have a Biopsy 2 days ago, which I obliged… Only to learn, 24 hrs later, that it was Malignant/Cancerous, and that her recommendation was to get it removed immediately, which is what happened today….
Hopefully We managed to remove all that was cancerous, but the Mole is being sent off again, for a further/deeper analysis, and I’ll have those results next week.
I cannot tell you how I felt, from One moment of Joy, to the fear of feeling that I may be gone, at any given moment.
I’m still shaking inside… But My Faith is Strong….
I’m not saying this for any kind of Sympathy… I’m saying…
If You Love this Life, and All that it encompasses, then take time out for yourself, to go and get checked out By Your Doctor, and do every Health Check possible!!!!
Go twice a year, if you can, minimum…. Things can turn in a Day, as it did with Me….
Take care of Yourself, and urge those you love, to go for Check-Ups too….
Life is too Short… Don’t make it shorter, by being ignorant about Your Own health.
The images below were taken over 48 hours….
Love to All…. ♥️🙏🏻😘
Jules x
P.S. Thank You Dr Tess Mauricio, for quite possibly, saving My Life… I shall be forever indebted…. 🙏🏻”

JULIAN LENNON ATTENDS LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA – GALA GOTHAM HALL NYC

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The event was emceed by stand-up comedian Hunter Hill and entertainment was provided by actress Stephanie J. Block and actor Sebastian Arcelus. The program looked back at the last decade of lupus research accomplishments. Milestones that were highlighted included the approval of the only drug specifically developed and approved for the treatment of lupus by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as the establishment of the Lupus Research Program at the Department of Defense, which to-date has received more than $36 million in funding. Additionally, the event featured a special video highlighting the hope for the future with notable Foundation supported lupus researchers discussing promising research studies underway.

This year, the National Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Tom Kingsbury, Executive Chairman of the Board, Burlington Stores, Inc. Their support has helped the Lupus Foundation of America make a significant difference in the fight to end lupus – Burlington is a founding supporter of the stem cell clinical trial for lupus in the United States.

Special guests included actor Kazy Tauginas, star of Dolemite is My Name, and best-selling author, recording artist and photographer, Julian Lennon. Julian also serves as the Foundation’s Global Ambassador and has been steadfast in his commitment to raising awareness and funds for lupus research for more than ten years.