6/26/2013 6:00:00 AM Producer meets with Paul Winer regarding reality show
Several months ago, Paul Winer, owner of Readerís Oasis Bookstore in Quartzsite and local musician, received a call from a producer Pierce Cravens who is interested in a reality show starring Winer.
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Joanne Winer QUARTZSITE TIMES
QUARTZSITE - Several months ago, Paul Winer, owner of Reader's Oasis Bookstore in Quartzsite and local musician, received a call from a producer in New York City who had heard about him and his bookstore, and also about his early career as Sweet Pie, boogie woogie blues pianist who toured Canada and the east coast of the U.S. for over 25 years. The producer, whose name is Pierce Cravens, asked Paul about his earlier career is show business, and also how he is making another career in the book business in Quartzsite running his store in the most unusual way.
Winer has had many inquiries over the years from all kinds of media--newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and other journalists and photographers who interview him for different publications and some have even thought about doing a movie or documentary about his life, but not all of the plans have come to fruition, so he tried not to get too excited about this latest inquiry and idea of a reality show based on the bookstore and also his career in music.
This past week, producer Pierce Cravens came to Quartzsite with his photographer and partner Cassandra, arriving on Sunday afternoon and staying until Wednesday afternoon. They met with Winer when they arrived, and spent the next few days scouting out locations, interviewing many locals and business owners, and learning about Quartzsite and what it has to offer. They interviewed Paul at the bookstore mostly, and also filmed him around town. They visited the Gum Gallery, and Gunny's Military Museum and filmed there. They ate at local restaurants and met a lot of local people. Their idea was to create what is called a "sizzler"--a short film that will eventually be considered as a project for a reality show. They came to film Quartzsite in the off season, and they will be back in January to finish by taking in a lot of the winter events.
The reality show will feature a lot of the bookstore and music with Paul and friends, but will also be focused on all the good things Quartzsite has to offer. When first approached about the proposed show, one of the things Paul insisted on was that it be a very positive show and not some thrill seeking reality show like some you see on tv these days. He was assured that this would be a great promotion for Quartzsite and would show the wonderful things that go on here and the great people that make this town so special. When Pierce went around town filming or just walking around, he said he was very impressed with the people he met and their response to the idea of the show. They were all so gracious and friendly to him that it really made it easy for him to get some great footage and responses.
Pierce Cravens may only be a young man, in fact he is 29, but his credits in show business are very impressive. He was on stage on Broadway since 5 years old, has played many parts on Broadway and off Broadway, including shows such as the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Ragtime, Beauty and the Beast, Titanic and more. He is currently producing another Broadway play that will open this October. He has also had many parts in doing voiceovers for movies, commercials and cartoons, and was the voice of Ronal in Ronal the Barbarian and Michaelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and others for Disney.
Pierce Cravens is currently a producer with Metropolitan Entertainment in New York. This company is a theatrical, film and TV production company that is dedicated to developing, financing and producing entertainment properties whose mission is to supply the marketplace with first rate productions and media content through partnerships with writers, directors and other producers. He is very interested and excited about Quartzsite, and is very optimistic that the idea for this reality show will garner a lot of interest to those who make the decisions. So, Paul is a little more excited about the possibility that it will happen now that they have met and done some of the initial filming.
The response to the idea of this kind of show in Quartzsite has been very good so far, and people are looking forward to having the town seen in the best light possible. There will be no politics or any kind of disparaging remarks about the town in any of the segments--they want to film 12 half hour shows if the "sizzler" is picked as one of their projects, and every show will highlight something that brings out the best in Quartzsite--something different every time. Hopefully it will bring more people to this area and help the town become nationally known for being the wonderful place it really is.
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
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Doing a show about Paul and the wonderful town of Quartzsite is a great idea. Three years ago we decided to winter in the area. We've come back each winter since. Everyone in the area is friendly and enjoy sharing historical information and must-see areas or events. Paul is a genuinely kind person. When my book "Free My Heart Of Grief To Love" was published I visited Paul for the first time. He asked that I join his Author Fair, explaining that he offers a covered area for visiting authors to sell their books for no charge. He supports everyone in the community and puts on a very entertaining concert - fully dressed. He is a true asset and a great ambassador for Quartzsite Arizona. I can't imagine going through a winter without spending time with him at his store.
Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
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What a great idea! We went to Quartzsite 6 years in a row and were always amazed that no matter what book you asked for he knew where it was. Enjoyed all his shows and chatting with him. Loved his Christmas outfit:) This show would be so great for those of us that can't come to Quartzsite anymore. Some of us have gone from "snow birds" to "old crows."
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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We have gone to Quartzsite the last 2 years. We have gone to Paul's shows, they are awesome and he is amazing! We visit him often and buy stuff there. He's great, very intelligent and amazing. Love his shows. Can't wait to visit with him this coming year but we go to Yuma and just visit Quartzsite a few times nowadays. I am thrilled you are doing a few shows on him. He's a hard worker.