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Daniel Espeut on Okie Country 101.7

Daniel Espeut of Espeuté Productions was interviewed by Cliff Casteel and Katey Sherrick on the Fun Country Morning Show on Okie Country 101.7 KTFX.  Mr. Espeut spoke about the upcoming Oklahoma premiere of GreasePaint at the 15th Annual Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival.  Even with his other profession being a disc jockey, this was his first time being interviewed in radio studio.  Thus, Cliff and Katey made Mr. Espeut an honorary DJ with Okie Country 101.7 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.



Daniel Espeut Visits The Circus Ring of Fame

Daniel Espeut reads over the Circus Ring of Fame plaques of Lou Jacobs and Dolly Jacobs.

Daniel Espeut reads over the Circus Ring of Fame plaques of Lou Jacobs and Dolly Jacobs.

With the 16th Annual Sarasota Film Festival underway, Daniel Espeut, director of GreasePaint, brought his wife Laura to a very special place in Sarasota circus history, the Circus Ring of Fame located at St. Armands Circle.  The Ring of Fame was founded in 1987 as a way to pay homage to the men, women and families who have made major contributions to the circus industry and culture of the circus.  Annually, the public nominates a group of honorees who are voted on by former inductees.  Each new inductee is then recognized with a bronze wagon wheel plaque, which can be found lining parts of the sidewalk of the park.

GreasePaint features Circus Ring of Fame members Dolly Jacobs (1998) and Jackie LeClaire (2002).  Dolly is not only an accomplished circus aerialist and a co-founder of Circus Sarasota, she is a daughter of International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Lou Jacobs.  Lou was also inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame in 1988 and has a plaque right next to his daughter.  International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Jackie LeClaire has started his circus career at the age of one with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  His career is laden with accomplishments as a circus performer including doubling on the trapeze for Cornell Wilde in the film The Greatest Show on Earth and being one of first clowns to perform with an American circus  in the Soviet Union in 1963.  “The Children’s Clown” is a title that was given to Jackie by the Ringling Brothers.

Much like the Circus Ring Fame being considered to honor the greatest performers of the circus world, GreasePaint has been called the “Greatest Collection of Circus Who’s Who”.  As an official selection of the 16th Annual Sarasota Film Festival, GreasePaint will have its Florida premiere with two screenings at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 located at 1993 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.  The first screening is Tuesday, April 8th at 5:30 pm in Theater 10 and the second screening is Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm in Theater 8.

Daniel and Laura Espeut visit the Circus Ring of Fame plaque of Jackie LeClaire.

Daniel and Laura Espeut visit the Circus Ring of Fame plaque of Jackie LeClaire.



Neighbor Newspapers Paulding features Joey and Jamie Thurmond

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Jamie and Joey Thurmond show a pair of clown shoes which they plan to auction off to benefit a foundation the circus operates.

Joey Thurmond displays medals, pins and stripes from his 15-year career as a police officer.

Joey Thurmond shows a chain and bone he used as props during his days as a wrestler with World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s.