Wow, I haven’t seen anything this powerful in a while. This five minute John Lennon interview about peace, called “I Met the Walrus,” won the 2009 Emmy for “New Approaches.” It was the first film ever to win an Emmy on behalf of the Internet.
According to YouTube, this is how the story goes, “In 1969, a 14 year old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and Illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack.” In my opinion, the words that John Lennon says in this interview are as profound today as they probably were back in 1969. His philosophies and how he describes simple things, like a flower, are just so meaningful.
Also, I’m blown away by how maturely Jerry Levitan handled the interview. It’s hard to believe he was only 14 years old at the time. He was way beyond his years then, as I am sure he still is today. Last but not least, James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina provided such a wonderful tribute with these fabulous illustrations, which accompany the voice recording of this interview. Get ready to be ultimately inspired and hopeful about us someday achieving peace in the world.