Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jim Brown, who has covered such recording icons as Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Woody Guthrie and Peter, Paul and Mary in his decades-long career, turns his focus in his latest film on a recording star who has taken a very different path to fame.
Pop Twist Entertainment, Inc., with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has tabbed Aug. 14 as the DVD release date for Sir Ivan: I Am Peaceman.
Ivan Wilzig is the son of Holocaust survivor Siggi Wilzig and his wife Naomi. His father was a successful businessman, while his mother was more free-spirited and the founder of World Erotic Art Museum in Miami, Florida. Perfect opposites … a match made in heaven.
As the story goes, Siggi wanted his son to have a career that would be stable, so he introduced him to the world of banking. In 1980, with law degree in hand, he joined his father at The Trust Company of New Jersey (Siggi had purchased the century-old financial institution in 1968) and it seemed certain that his career path was set. Banker!
By 2001 his mother’s side of his brain kicked in and this New Jersey banker began exploring a career in music. With the death of his father in 2003, the Wilzig family sold The Trust Company of New Jersey for three-quarters of a billion dollars and Siggi’s banking days were done.
His recording persona is that of Peaceman, and he even founded his own recording label, Peaceman Music, which serves as the vehicle for his unique style of dance-themed reworks of famous recordings from the 1960s and 70s. He is Peaceman, he lives that — complete with his iconic cape — life and views music that glorifies drugs, hate and violence as “the cancer of the music world.”
But it doesn’t end there. Peaceman also has his own chartable foundation, which is dedicated to helping service members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (in honor of his father, who survived Auschwitz and suffered throughout his life with PTSD).
Sir Ivan, the Peaceman, recording artist, philanthropist and party animal — yes that too, for the past 16 years he has hosted elaborate “costume parties” at his “castle” (with a dungeon, of course) on Long Island. Even Donald Trump was on the guest list one year.
So if Ivan Wilzig, Sir Ivan or Peaceman are unfamiliar to you, pick up a copy of filmmaker Jim Brown’s Sir Ivan: I Am Peaceman on Aug. 14 and have yourself a good time.
Bonus goodies include five Peaceman music videos and footage from his lavish “castle” parties.