It took Jeffrey Wilschke a while to save $300 to legally change his name in Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop, but he accomplished it Nov. 28 2011 in Dane County Circuit Court, Wisconsin. Asked to give a reason for the name change on a court form, Beezow wrote, “I believe this is a much more fitting name for myself.”
In an interview, Beezow said his first name represents “the explosion of awareness of the interconnectedness of the infinite love in the universe.” Doo-doo “is the struggle of our daily lives with that awareness, that with love comes chaos.” Zopittybop-bop-bop “is the outcome of that struggle, which is often ironic, especially because all life ends in death.”
He is very particular about the way his name is capitalized and hyphenated because he says it came into his head just that way about two years ago. He isn’t very religious but believes in God and assumes a higher power was involved. “When I sing my name on the streets in a falsetto tone” — he stops to illustrate — “it has a spiritual resonance.”
After Beezow’s name went viral, people started writing songs about him and posting videos on YouTube. They say he looks like Jesus or a Johnny Depp character in a Tim Burton movie.
19 March 2013. A special day for us. The day of the “Triplete” as José Mourinho would put it. Our movie My Name is Janez Janša was in fact screened in three different locations simultaneously: in a cinema hall in the town of Kranj, at the Oslo International Theaterfestival in Norway, and on TV SLO 1, the first channel of the Slovenian national television.
The TV screening happened at 9 pm, prime time, and got a share of 12.5 %, that correspond to 88.869 spectators. Not a bad result for a documentary movie. So… bravo Janša!
But, on the other hand, with this great shot, we lost the chance to screen further our doc at Kinodvor, the City Cinema of Ljubljana. Folks there maintain it makes no sense to keep it in their program after the TV broadcast.
Never mind. We are leaving Kinodvor after over 4 months of programming there and a total of 113 screenings.
Thanks Kinodvor for the professionalism and for the great experience. And thanks also to the TV SLO, of course. It was a pleasure to work with you!
Have you thought you got rid of Janez Janša? Sorry, to disappoint you… here I am, still, alive and kicking!
I wasn’t posting much on the English session of the blog in the last couple of months. I beg you pardon for this, but I was rather busy with the distribution of the movie all throughout Slovenia and following the actual political situation and the ongoing series of protests in various towns in this country, demanding the resignation of political elites, including Janša (the politician) and several members of his cabinet.
Photo: Radio Študent
Recently Janša’s second government was ousted in a vote of non-confidence.
How did this happen?
Wikipedia: “In January 2013, the 2012–2013 Investigation Report on the parliamentary parties’ leaders by Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia revealed that Janez Janša and Zoran Janković systematically and repeatedly violated the law by failing to properly report their assets. It revealed his purchase of one of the real-estate was indirectly co-funded by a construction firm, a major government contractor. It showed that his use of funds in the amount of at least 200.000 EUR, coming from unknown origin, exceeded both his income and savings.
Immediately after the release of the report, Civic List issued an ultimatum to Janša’s party to find another party member to serve as a new PM. Since Janša was ignoring the report and his party didn’t offer any replacement for him, all three coalition parties and their leaders left the government within weeks and were subjected to ad hominem attacks by Janez Janša who accused the SLS’s leader Radovan Žerjav of being “the worst (economics) minister in history of Slovenia”, while the leader of the Civic List Gregor Virant has been mocked by Janša as engaging in “virantovanje” (a word game on kurentovanje, a Slovenian carnival festival). On 27 February 2013, Janša’s government fell, following a vote of no confidence over allegations of corruption and an unpopular austerity programme in the midst of the country’s recession. Positive Slovenia‘s Alenka Bratušek was elected as the Prime Minister-designate to form a new government. Foreign media noted that it will be difficult for Bratušek to form a new government and questioned whether she would continue with the reforms initiated by Janša’s government. Janša’s government has replaced experts in various state agencies, such as the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency, that were previously staffed by a renowned professor Ivan Prebil, an expert in car collision research, Vesna Kerstin Petrič, herself an expert in car crash injuries research, and Tomaž Tollazzi, an expert in roundabout civil engineering, by members of SDS without any expertise in the field, such as Mirko Brnič Jager from a local SDS branch in Ljubljana, Borut Kurmanšek from a local SDS branch in Domžale, Damjan Meško from a local SDS branch in Žalec, and Robert Sever from a local SDS branch in Pivka.”
The idea for this documentary sprang from a personal experience. In 2007, I legally changed my name, together with two other Slovenian artists, to Janez Janša. Janez Janša was the Prime Minister of Slovenia at the time and suddenly there were more Janez Janšas acting together within the same physical and media space. The system of reference of names started to crack… <<<<READ<<MORE<<<