By Lolis Eric Elie
By the time you read this, I hope to have found the scoundrel who leaked the misleading and scandalous photograph of executive producer Jim Yoshimura and me allegedly asleep on the set of ‘Treme.’ This use of trick photography to close eyes and imply slumber can no longer be tolerated in polite society or on the sets of television productions. This trend in our nation toward the use of the most vicious facts and innuendo to smear the hardworking and conscientious among us must come to an end. And such tactics should not be allowed to denigrate Jim and me either.
Jim Yoshimura is a screenwriter of some acclaim. Though he is new to the ‘Treme’ family of writers, his credits include a Peabody award, two prime time Emmy nominations, and writer and producer credits on ‘Homicide: Life on the Street,’ and ‘The Jury.’
As I am relatively new to the screenwriter’s craft, I have apprenticed myself to Jim in the hope of learning the skills that have made him a great producer. When I saw the intensity and single-mindedness on display in this photograph—and even the cynical among us must concede that Yosh is nothing if not focused in the picture—I attempted to mimic his advanced state of consciousness. It hardly seemed to be the right time to interrupt him. I assumed he was engaged in some ancient form of Buddhist contemplation. Though raised a Methodist, I sought to imitate Yoshimura-san’s learned example.
The sympathetic viewer can readily imagine that the call time that morning was well before sunrise. If Yosh and I were asleep—and I am not saying we were—it would not have been unreasonable for us to take a few minutes of repose to replace the sleep that some overzealous, slave-driving producer had stolen from us with his predawn call time and general lack of consideration for the sleep deprived among us.
When I find this would-be wiki-leaker, I assure you, I will do such things I know not what! But in the meantime, I leave you with one all important question:
Who you are going to believe, your humble correspondent, or your lying eyes?