History of Peli-Graphics
Vivian Blackstone, Owner/Director
Peli-Graphic Productions was formed in 1972 by Vivian Blackstone and Richard Lorrance. The first project they completed was the film, "Introduction to Acupuncture" in 1972 working with the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine in Palo Alto, California. Vivian Blackstone was born and raised in New York City, and attended schools in Manhattan such as the High School of Industrial Art, the Art Students League, and the New School for Social Research. She studied book illustration with Howard Simon, Life Drawing with Simon Nicolaides. She was trained as an artist, graphic designer, calligrapher, cinematographer and videographer. She moved to Los Angeles, California in 1949 and studied at the Kann Institure of Art with Saul Bass specializing in the the work of Gorgy Kepes and his “language of vision” also studying at the Chouinard Instituite with Harry Diamond and Donald Graham, and later, in 1960, at the Otis Institute with Fritz Faiss of Bauhaus fame. She became a freelance designer for Saul Bass, Jerome Gould, Marvin Grayson and others. She opened her own studio in Los Angeles in 1957.
She moved to San Diego in 1962 and studied with Edmond Székely (pronounced say-kay) for whom she helped build an 83 acre spiritual park called Mille Meditation in Tierra del Sol, California. She illustrated over 50 books for him. She later became the Art Director for the Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta in 1972 and has freelanced for them up until 2008.
In 1989 she started working with James Hubbell on his dream of the Pacific Rim Parks. The first monument was at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. The next peace park, “Soul and Earth”, built in 1994, was in Vladivostok, Russia; and in 1998 another peace park, “Pearl of the Pacific” was built in San Diego, California on Shelter Island. And then in 2001 another peace park was constructed in Yentai, China. All of these are Sister cities to San Diego.
Peli-Graphic is currently working with Writer/Producer Tish Streeten, famous for her film "Juliette of the Herbs", about the world-famous herbalist Juliette de Barclai-Levy. They are producing a film on Edmond Székely a pioneer in the field of cosmo-vital health and medicine and co-founder of the first spa in North America, Rancho La Puerta, and later the Golden Door.
Vivian is also working on a film on Sim Bruce Richards, the outstanding architect who started from humble beginnings on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma to become a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. He formed a center of art & architecture in San Diego. It was through his genius and inner creative spirit that helped so many San Diego artists like James Hubbell, Rhoda Lopez, Robert Thiele, Bill Davey, Spencer Lake and Keith York.
Richard Lorrance became Vivian’s husband in 1973, his background was also out of New York. He started as a trained Shakespearian actor, and then he became a disciple of Joseph Papp. He also studied dance with Martha Graham. He was an actor in the early days of television with Sid Ceasar, and did many voice overs on domestic and foreign films. In mid-life, he became a psychiatric social worker and specialized in helping underprivileged and wayward children. He wrote several treatments for film and radio and worked with Sy Wexler on the script “Introduction to Acupuncture”
Tish Streeten, Producer/Director/Editor
Tish Streeten is a herbal filmmaker. She has been making documentary films for more than 25 years, and studying herbal medicine for more than 35 years. Juliette of the Herbs (1998), Tish’s last feature length film, won an IDA (International Documentary Association) nomination, many awards, was shown in festivals and theaters nationally and internationally, and was shown on PBS and television stations around the world. Juliette of the Herbs is as well-loved and timely today as it was when it was first released.
Tish was born and grew up in Oxford, England. She studied agricultural botany at the University College of North Wales and then for the next ten years she worked throughout Europe and America as an organic farmer, gardener and herbalist. In 1982 Tish came to New York to make documentary films, studying for one year at New York University with George Stoney and Brian Winston. Here she made her first film, Community Dig (1984), which aired on public television. While making a living as an editor, Tish produced, directed and edited Sicilian Sojourn (1990), a documentary on responsible tourism and the cultural traditions of Sicily. She also co-produced and edited Ecological Design: Inventing the Future (1994), which was shown at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. She was researcher and co-producer of Sangoma (1996), a film for Canadian television about traditional healers in South Africa. Tish also worked on the highly acclaimed television series, Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. More recently Tish has edited films for the American Friends Service Committee, Organic Valley and Chatham Keep Farming, while mothering her 9 year old daughter.
Tish formed her production company, Mab Films, to produce and distribute documentaries on herbal medicine, women, the environment and the cultural traditions of the world. While working with Vivian on the film about Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, Tish is also producing Tulsi, Queen of Herbs, a film about restoring ancient partnerships between people and plants.