THE WING OF THE FALCON
THE WING OF THE FALCON Writer/Director Jo Franklin
The motion picture, currently underway, is based on Ms. Franklin's
"...written as a novel, the book in fact contains
one of the most accurate and piercing looks inside Saudi
Arabia: the terrorist cells revealed this week trying to
overthrow the country, the Royal Family, Saudi women, the
history and the culture of a country now center stage in
the world's consciousness.....
THE WING OF THE FALCON, internationally translated
bestseller on Saudi Arabia and the world of the Gulf, has now
been released by Amazon on Kindle. A story of war, intrigue,
betrayal, the Saudi Royal Family, Saudi women, and those inside
determined to overthrow a country.
"Riveting! Characters so authentic, the drama and passions
of war and politics so palpable, I couldn't put it down. Never
has the world of the Persian Gulf been rendered so real and
Jack Nelson, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Los Angeles Times
"A spellbinding novel! Moving, intense, unblinking--the
society and world of the Gulf is brought to life in characters
the reader will long remember."
John Hill, former Undersecy. of Energy
"If this book is read for no other reason, it
should be read for its vivid portrayal of the history, the culture,society,
politics and challenges of the Arab world. Jo Franklin understands
the subtleties of these forces and can write about them better
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopfff
"THE WING OF THE FALCON is a breathtaking novel in its scope
The passions of wartime reminiscent of Herman Wouk's "The Winds
the exoticism of the Gulf culture and world, at once complex
and fascinating, all combined with a techno-thriller aspect
worthy of Tom Clancy, make this a truly stunning book."
"Mesmerizing! A novel, a thriller of the first
order. The author knows the Middle East as few do, and tells
a story as few can."
Jody Powell, Press Secy. to
US President Carter
"Nobody knows the Middle East--the people, the
passions, the politics and culture---like Jo Franklin. Her work
with the Special Operations Forces before and during the war
Richards F. Brauer Jr., Colonel USAF Ret.
Commandant Special Operations Forces
Jo Franklin is president of Sea Castle Films in Marina del Rey, California. Formerly she was producer for the McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. She is author of "The Wing of the Falcon" (Print Edition 1995, eBook Edition 2010), which she also made into a movie. Franklin is also the writer and director of a number of documentary films.
Source - University of Florida
Charlie Rose: A conversation with Jo Franklin
First, Richard Tafel, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, discusses gay Republicans and Log Cabin's contribution to the Dole campaign. Then, author Paul Theroux talks about his book "The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean", and meeting Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz in Egypt. Next, author and documentary filmmaker Jo Franklin discusses her book "The Wing of the Falcon", a thriller set in the Middle East. Then, artist Ivey Hayes discusses his painting process and what inspires his artwork. Finally, a conversation with journalist and author Hal Crowther about celebrities, liberalism, and his book "Unarmed But Dangerous: Reflections".
Reprinted from: The Hollywood Reporter
World's Pre-eminent Film Archive of the Middle
East Goes to King Faisal Center
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Franklin Film Archive
of the Middle East, the pre-eminent assemblage of Middle East film
footage in the world, has donated a copy of the Archives to the
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Valued by experts at $45 million, the 120 hour film archive (never
before available to the public) has been lauded as an invaluable
and unique historical asset. Dr. Carney Gavin, former Director of
the Harvard University Semetic Museum, now Curator of the Archives
of Historical Documentation, stated, "It is almost impossible to
exaggerate the long-term value of the ... [
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A GIFT FROM THE DESERT
Filmed on location in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Great Britain, Kentucky, and
California with the Saudi Equestrian riders, the Oman Royal
Cavalry, National Jumping Champions, National Dressage
Champions, National Western Champions, National Working Cowhorse
A soaring panorama of the horse that began in Arabia and went on
to create Empires and champions today in every category.
"This is a truly exciting history from the early to the modern
evolution of the Arabian horse. Learn about the breed that has
made more of an impact on modern breeds than any other."
- ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION
"Brilliant! Galloping out of remotest antiquity, prancing majestically at mankind's most fabled royal courts, in an awe-inspiring destiny siring all the lineages of racing's thoroughbreds as well as the mounts for Napolean's lancers and Gustavus Adolphus' "Polish-Arabs", the "Gift from the Desert" is the gorgeously enchanting star of this wondrous film.
"At this moment when tragic images bombard us nightly from the Middle East, one of our world's most expert film-makers has launched a star into our sadly darkened sky. Gift from the Desert chronicles an all too rare interaction with the Arab world whereby 19/20th century U.S. breeders helped to "save" this splendid breed. For joy as well as useful wisdom - come and view this beautiful film !"
DR. CARNEY GAVIN, Historian
"This is a fascinating film viewers are sure to enjoy again and again! It tells the remarkable story of the Arabian horse from its ancient desert beginnings to its place in the world today. The most beautiful equine athlete captivates with its grace and stamina."
ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION
"A wonderful film! A fascinating and entertaining story whether you are a horse expert or novice."
This film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Jo Franklin. Named "One of the Top 100 Film Producers in the US" by Millimeter Magazine, Ms. Franklin is a rider and breeder of Arabian horses. She is on the Board of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park and is a member of the Arabian Horse Association, the Pyramid Society, and the World Arabian Horse Organization.
THE ARC OF KUBLAI KHAN
Writer/Director Jo Franklin
A political thriller set in Mongolia.
This motion picture, currently in development, will be filmed on
location in Mongolia and China.