‘Ray’ with Screenwriter James L. White
November 1, 2006
Hosted by Randall Libero
James L. White, who after decades of struggle as a writer, had his first produced script become Universal Pictures musical biographical drama of American legend Ray Charles. The film garnered six Oscar nominations including Best Picture and featured an Academy Award winning performance from Jamie Foxx in the central role. White’s personal journey had many parallels to Ray Charles’ life, including kicking his own heroin addiction before he created a screen story that touches people’s souls. White talks about the making of the film and his life; from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most sought after screenwriters in Hollywood.
Spirit of Film: Conversations
Archives Available on VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Channel
Movies are changing the way we think, live and dream. “Spirit of Film: Conversations” with Randall Libero showcases the resurgence of modern movies beyond traditional Hollywood fare; those with a strong social conscience, a search for values and meaning, and a willingness to take risks. The program explores the personal and artistic journeys of today’s independent and visionary filmmakers who are ‘breaking the mold’ and communicating their message by using new methods of distribution available in the New Media culture to make an impact. The program celebrates motion picture’s unique magic power to move us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually in this New Era of ‘Visionary Entertainment’; as new methods of storytelling, art, technology, and movie distribution are converging.
Randall Libero is a producer with more than 25 years of professional experience across three major media industries; creative and technical film and TV production for network and independent television, broadcast news journalism, and Internet Radio and TV.
His career began as a cameraman, editor, and producer of TV pilots, documentaries, TV talk shows and commercials in Los Angeles during the 1980s. In the 1990s, he created the first online media research facility and historical news archive for the U.S. State Department’s International Bureau of Broadcasting and WorldNet TV. His innovation earned him a major and prestigious agency award nomination for his efforts. He continued his career as a journalist for several years after writing national and international breaking news for CBS Radio and AOL Time Warner.
Randall brought his expertise to VoiceAmerica in 2005, and since has produced shows for many of the network’s leading hosts such as Jack LaLanne, Dr. John Gray, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Zhi Gang Sha, actress Dee Wallace, Gary Douglas & Dr. Dain Heer, Brett King, and many more.
As Senior Executive Producer, Randall imagined and developed the design for the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave channel, which premiered in May 2006 and in ten years, has reached more than 50 million listeners internationally. He is also the producer and host of the "Spirit of Film: Conversations" radio show, which ran as a live show on the network from 2006 - 2011.
Randall is also a speaker on media industry subjects, a self-taught musician, playing both bass and acoustic guitar, a major cat lover, and a writer working on a number of book and screenplay projects. He lives with his wife in Phoenix, Arizona and has two grown children.