Bob Klamm (know as Bobby Bill as a child) – what an inspirational man and a true magic lover!
As the Holidays get closer, we are reminded of our Bobby Klamm as a little boy – he discovered magic in Harry Otto’s shop (as illustrated by our cover photo) and was surprised to learn that he had a knack for it. Incredible! Here he was almost blind and he could actually perform magic tricks and delight others with this talent. He desperately wanted a special set of books from Mr. Otto’s shop to study – books written by another famous magician, Harlan Tarbell. How to books. But, they were very expensive, Bobby vowed to have them. To his surprise, he actually received the first one in the set on Christmas Day that year. One of his few good memories with his family was receiving that first book – even though his father still had to try to ruin the moment with his bitterness. His father’s words were: “That magic is pure foolishness. But I guess it’s all you’ve got (because of the blindness). It’s not like you’re going to be a ball player.” But nothing could ruin the pleasure of receiving that first book.
As we pursue our dream of making this wonderful Indie Film about a wonderful man, Robert Klamm, who we dearly miss and will always admire, we want to share our fun facts about the industry…read on for a history lesson:
The preliminary budget for our film is done! Casting is in progress! Hired hands all ready to go! We are having such a great time with the making of this film – the preliminary work does take it’s time but we are promising a quality film that is going to surprise you. The script has been described as “Hugo meets A Christmas Story”…this is going to be an incredible journey. Robert Klamm’s family is going to be proud of what we are doing here!
The definition of and Independent film is: “An independent film is a professional film production resulting in a feature film that is produced mostly or completely outside of the major film studio system. In addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies, independent films are also produced and/or distributed by subsidiaries of major film studios. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers’ personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower film budgets than major studio films. Generally, the marketing of independent films is characterized by limited release, but can also have major marketing campaigns and a wide release. Independent films are often screened at local, national, or international film festivals before distribution (theatrical and/or retail release). An independent film production can rival a mainstream film production if it has the necessary funding and distribution.”
Our film Fly Like a Bumblebee will be filmed entirely on location. We are excited that we have “many irons in the fire” for the details…but we’re not telling yet!
We are sorry to announce the passing of Robert W. Klamm. He died July 10, 2014 peacefully in his sleep. He was 84 years old and just a wonderful man to know. He will be deeply missed. Please join us in offering our condolences to the Klamm family as well as to all those who Mr. Klamm touched with his magic. Our Independent film production of the movie Fly Like a Bumblebee will move forward in his honor to tell the life story of this exceptional and inspiring man. He was inspired as a young man by a magician well known in that time, Harry Otto, and went on to utilize magic in his life to build his confidence, his ability to communicate with others and his career path. Born with a visual disability, Mr. Klamm struggled to overcome his handicap and emerged as a very accomplished teacher, inventor and writer. He will be remembered.
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This was one of Bob Klamm’s few favorite pictures of his childhood. He was know as “Bobby Bill” throughout much of his life. circa 1939.
24 year veteran movie critic Owen Gleiberman is laid off from Entertainment Weekly. We love to blog as a tech-savy generation, but can we really replace tradition and just plain smarts? We feel it’s blog worthy and ironic at the same time….