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Paul Pondella and his wolf Wakahn. Paul and Colette’s wolf, Chenoa, laying in their bed.
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Yes–You Should be Watching Netflix’s
New Jazz Drama Series, The Eddy
By Ryan Rojas,
Executive Editor, Cinemacy
Note for note, The Eddy nails how life,
in all of its free-spirited, surprising–and at
it’s darker core, chaotic and uncontrollable–
moments, is like the beautiful harmony of
And no other current filmmaker makes
that musical leap to film better than Damien
Chazelle, who first splashed onto the scene
with 2014’s Whiplash, only to follow that
with the Hollywood musical throwback La
La Land, which made Chazelle the youngest
Best Director winner in Oscars history. With
his newest project, Chazelle side-steps narrative
features to get into the mini-series game,
here making an 8 episode story for Netflix
(now streaming). Centered around American
nightclub owner and previously prodigious
pianist, The Eddy (the name of the club) tells
the story of Elliot (Andreé Holland) trying
to save his Parisian nightclub, as well as his
band and singer (Joanna Kulig) from going
under. Throw in a newly transplanted daughter
(Amandla Sternberg) and a mob that’s come
around to settle their debts, and you get a
show that’s exciting, gripping, dramatic, and
visually stunning (the series was shot on
16mm film, which lends a grain not typical
for Netflix or any streamer).
Fans of the director will have already noticed
how Chazelle centers his stories around
gifted artists whose attempts to achieve greatness
through their craft often consume their
realities, and audiences will be happy to see
similar themes here, with Holland’s heartfelt
performance driving the show (although each
episode follows a different character). But
beyond all that, The Eddy is really at its best
when the story builds to a musical sequence,
at which point it stops to sink into the best
jazz jams you’ve heard, and all from the walls
of a real Parisian nightclub (and really, is
there anything better than being transported
to the heart of Paris while we’re all locked
down right now?). From the band’s on-stage
jams, to spontaneous musical moments that
sprout up like weeds on the streets, you’re
going to find yourself rewinding, sitting
breathlessly, and snapping to the rhythms
from the comfort of your couch.
The Eddy proves that life is just better
in the key of Damien Chazelle. ‘The Eddy’
is now streaming on Netflix. Ryan is an El
Segundo native and is the Executive Editor of
Cinemacy, read more of his reviews, features
and interviews at www.cinemacy.com. •
The Eddy, courtesy of Netflix.
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program reminds them of their courage and
strength of spirit.
Within all of these programs, Paul and
Colette lead by two principles: FAITH and
“If you spell the word faith, F-A-I-T-H—
Finding Answers In The Heart—and when you
learn to live from the heart’s energy, you can then
ask yourself, ‘Okay, how do I make this work?’
From there, you then move onto hope,
H-O-P-E—Helping Other People Evolve,”
One of the most nurturing wolves in the
pack is Freedom. Paul and Colette describe
him as a “Wellness Wolf” that doesn’t see
flaws or judgments.
To learn more about the Shadowland Foundation
or to schedule an event, visit www.
ShadowlandFoundation.org. You can also
watch the short documentary, Two-Legged,
on vimeo.com by visiting the following link:
Paul Pondella (left) and Colette Duvall Pondella (right) talking about the importance of wolves in nature.
The Shadowland Foundation’s “Wellness Wolf,” named Freedom.