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Face2Face is hosted by change maker David Peck and is rooted in casual conversation and intelligent inspiration. David interviews film makers, actors, writers and artists of various kinds and he does it in a fun, thoughtful and entertaining way. Check out this weekly podcast where David honors and celebrates people who believe in the power of little things, the splash and ripple effect and who are rolling up their sleeves to make the world a better place.

 



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Kathryn Bertine and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new book Stand, activism, social change, the gender gap, beacons of hope, mental health and why things are not always as they seem.Buy the book here and learn more about Kathryn here.STAND: A memoir on Activism. A manual for progress. What really happens when we stand on the front lines of change.“I don’t have time for a blurb, but congratulations on your book!”Malcolm Gladwell.“When confronted with injustice, Kathryn Bertine didn't quit, and she didn't back down: she poured her heart and soul into confronting this injustice, and she emerged victorious. Kathryn's story is one of hope and perseverance despite the odds being stacked against her. Every girl and woman who's been told they can't play or keep up with the boys will take heart from this inspirational, life-affirming story.”Gabby Giffords, U.S. Congresswoman, Survivor & Activist.“On and off the bicycle, Kathryn Bertine has always chosen the challenging road. Whether it was her tenacious battle for equal road at the Tour de France, or her soul searching comeback from a traumatic crash, Bertine's career as an athlete and advocate has been marked by courage, determinedness and an unshakeable sense of humor. As a slowpoke on two wheels, I hate that a talented cyclist can also be a great writer, but STAND is an inspiring testament to the power of choosing the challenging road, and it demonstrates how lucky all of sports – not just cycling – is to have Kathryn Bertine.”Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal. Author of Little Victories.“No one takes a stand like Kathryn Bertine. Rider, writer and above all activist she has fought long and hard for everyone to share the road. As a collaborator and interviewee she’s warm, witty and above all wise, as a writer she has the rare talent of infusing activism with humour and it’s her intelligence and humanity that makes STAND such a compelling, honest and kick ass (could substitute inspiring but you’re a kick ass) read.”Suze Clemitson, The GuardianAbout Kathryn: Kathryn Bertine is an author, athlete, activist and documentary filmmaker. During her pro career in cycling, she was a three-time Caribbean Champion, six-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) and raced five years on pro circuit with four UCI domestic and World Tour teams Colavita, Wiggle-Honda, BMW and Cylance Pro Cycling. She retired from racing in 2017 but remains active in advancing equity for women’s pro cycling.Off the bike, Bertine is a filmmaker, activist, journalist and author of three nonfiction books, All the Sundays Yet to Come, As Good As Gold, and The Road Less Taken. From 2006 through 2012, Bertine was a columnist, author and senior editor for ESPN. When she pitched a documentary film on women’s pro cycling to ESPN in 2012, they rejected the proposal. So Bertine decided she would make it herself. After a two-year labor of love and crowdsourcing adventures, in 2014, HALF THE ROAD: The passion, pitfalls and power of women’s professional cycling was released. It won five film festivals, debuted in 16 nations, scored international distribution and successfully brought the hammer down on the corruption and sexism in sports. Half the Road is now available on iTunes, Vimeo, Amazon Prime and DVD. Five years later, she continues to receive royalties on a film ESPN said no one would watch.As an advocate for equality in women’s sports, Bertine then started the social activism movement Le Tour Entier in an effort to bring parity to women’s professional road cycling, starting with the Tour de France. She and her team succeeded, and women’s field was included in 2014 with the addition of La Course by Tour de France. In 2017, she founded (and currently serves as CEO for) Homestretch Foundation, which provides free housing to female professional athletes struggling with the gender pay gap. Bertine was featured on the cover of Bicycling Magazine and profiled in Outside Magazine for her platforms of implementing change in the world.As an activist, Bertine continues to serve as a public speaker/lecturer on equality and advocacy. She shares her journey and her message—that through passion, disruption, opportunity and focus, anything is possible and we’re all capable of effecting change—with corporations, universities and other professional outlets. She is currently at work on her fourth book. A native of Bronxville, NY she lives in Tucson, AZ. She holds a BA from Colgate University and an MFA from the University of Arizona and a PhD from The School of Hard Knocks. Image Copyright and Credit: Kathryn Bertine.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Brett Gaylor and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Discriminator, serendipitous creativity, privacy laws, facial recognition, digital ethics and human rights, data sets, remix culture, surveillance technology and automated decision making.TrailerWATCH the film here.Find out more about Brett and his work here.Synopsis:Discriminator, Brett Gaylor’s latest cautionary tale about life online, looks at the sea of faces we’ve willingly uploaded to social media and the consequences of our oversharing.As the Internet has evolved, so has documentarian Brett Gaylor’s attitude towards it. The filmmaker, who imagined a utopian future of shared creativity in 2008’s hit documentary feature RIP: A Remix Manifesto, began to sound the alarm in 2015 with his Peabody award winning series on digital privacy Do Not Track. Last year’s CBC documentary The Internet of Everything explored the implications of the Internet moving off of our screens and into the world around us with the Internet of Things.And in his latest film, the interactive documentary Discriminator, he looks at the vast global database of faces – captured without consent on social media and other platforms – and how it’s being used to hone facial recognition and other advances in artificial intelligence.Discriminator traces the almost accidental amassing of photos on digital sites through the beginning of this century, and follows through to the realization in 2015 by Yahoo/Flickr that this archive had limitless possibilities no one could have imagined. The subsequent cloning of these databases has been used to build technology used by US defence contractors, the Chinese military and the largest corporations on earth.In this interactive documentary, viewers can see how this technology works by activating their own webcams. While this may sound creepy, the film manages to stay away from fear-mongering territory with AI-assisted animation, interactive AR filters, a glitchy original score and Gaylor’s familiar voiceover. It’s the most fun you will have exploring surveillance capitalism.“We need to move beyond narratives around AI that are scary and grant the technology it’s own human agency,” says Gaylor, whose own wedding images play a role in his digital supply chain analysis. “What we need to understand is that these are technologies that we can shape, and that we are alive during a moment where we can set the course “People’s faces are being used for purposes over which they have no control. We need to have consent over our digital bodies - we need to make permission normal again.”About Brett:Brett’s documentaries The Internet of Everything, Do Not Track, OK Google, and Rip! A Remix Manifesto chronicled the Internet’s peril and promise. His AR documentary Fortune premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.Brett has received the International Documentary Association award, a Peabody Award, the Prix Gemaux and three Webbys.Image Copyright and Credit: Brett Gaylor and Imposter media.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Trevor and Ellen Scherer Crafts and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Street Gang, revolutionary ideas, the definition of genius, lightening in a bottle, TV as a wasteland and Kermit the Frog.TrailerFind out more about Street Gang here.Synopsis:Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street takes us inside the minds and hearts of the Sesame Street creators, artists, writers, and educators who, together established one of the most influential programs in television history.In late 1960s, Joan Ganz Cooney, a socially conscious female television executive was working in the fledgling world of public television. She was asked by friend Lloyd Morrisett, who worked for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and who specialized in the psychological studies of pre-school children, to take on revolutionary experiment. Could Joan create a children’s show that would "master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them?"Inspired by the civil rights movement, Joan and Lloyd took this experiment one step further and began to envision using the new medium of television to educate all children, and specifically reach America’s "inner city" children to help close the educational gap that systemic racism and poverty had created. It was the right project, at the right time, and she needed the right group of people to make it happen.To harness the burgeoning power of television and create an educational, impactful, and entertaining show that could reach children nationwide. Cooney recruited visionary Muppets creator Jim Henson and acclaimed children’s television writer and director Jon Stone to craft the iconic and uplifting world of what became Sesame Street.Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street focuses on the first two experimental and groundbreaking decades of Sesame Street, highlighting this visionary "gang."With interviews with the original surviving creators, and their families, we hear and see how “the gang” came together. They share stories of the challenges and stumbling blocks involved to create the show and its iconic characters, and also speak to confronting boundaries that came their way with unflinching purpose. All with a wicked sense of humor, and pure joy. The gang knew that they were part of something that was special, critically important, and bigger than themselves.Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street reintroduces the world to Joan’s gang. With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and original cast and creator interviews, audiences will meet the people that audaciously interpreted radical changes in society and engaged children in ways that entertained and educated them like never before.Now is the perfect time to tell the story of the show’s origins and inspire people to use purpose, and the power of creativity, to make a positive impact in our world.About Trevor and Ellen:Known for creativity, flexibility, and a sense of humor, Trevor Crafts is a Producer/Director whose work has won an Emmy®, the LATV Festival, and 13 additional industry awards.With a visionary creative drive, strong leadership abilities, and a true understanding and passion for the cinematic arts, Trevor has spent his career creating dynamic stories with striking visuals featuring strong characters.His proven track record of leading studio teams to produce innovative story-driven content has helped film projects like the recently completed Sundance 2021 Premiere Street Gang: How We got to Sesame Street (2021) a feature length documentary on the origins of Sesame Street distributed by Screen Media and HBO, based on the book of the same name. Other Films include 7 Splinters in Time (2018) 12 Feet Deep (2016), Experimenter with Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder (2015) which premiered at Sundance, Manson Family Vacation from the Duplass Brothers (2015), Deep in the Heart (2013) and Smokewood, Nevada (2013).In publishing, Trevor is currently working on The Unseen Photos of Street Gang a photo book of behind-the-scenes pictures from renown photographer David Attie. Also he recently released The Not-So Secret Society Graphic Novel for middle readers, published by BOOM! Studios, under their KaBoom imprint. BOOM! Studios also published his original IP series Lantern City in 2015.Ellen Scherer Crafts started her career in entertainment producing special events to include headline entertainment for Cesar’s Entertainment and live boxing co-productions with HBO and Telemundo. She went on to prominent roles in promotion and marketing in the corporate arena executing large scale meetings and product launches for Fortune 500 companies all over the world.Ellen partnered with her husband and producer Trevor Crafts to build Macrocosm Entertainment, helping to market their original transmedia property Lantern City and co-create the original children’s property The Not-So Secret Society. Ellen is a producer on the anticipated documentary Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street premiering in 2021.Image Copyright and Credit: Macrocosm and levelFilm.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Beans, Bridges & Oka

Beans, Bridges & Oka

2021-07-3038:52

Tracey Deer and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Beans, bridges under construction, storytelling and changing the world, persistence, forgiveness, how anger can guide us for good, listening well and why trauma doesn’t need to define us.TrailerFind out more about the film here and Tracey here.Synopsis:Beans is a coming-of-age story, inspired by co-writer/director Tracey Deer’s own experience as a 12-year-old Mohawk girl who had to grow up fast during the 1990 Oka Crisis, a 78-day armed stand-off between the Quebec/Canadian governments and the Mohawk who were peacefully protesting a golf course expansion that would desecrate their burial ground.Since debuting at TIFF 2020, the film has reaped many accolades – among them, Berlin’s Generation Kplus Crystal Bear for best film, two CSAs (Best Motion Picture and Best First Feature), TIFF Emerging Talent Award (Deer), TIFF Rising Stars (actor Rainbow Dickerson), TIFF’s Canada Top Ten, VIFF’s Best Canadian Film, VFCC’s One to Watch (actor Kiawentiio), DGC Discovery Award, and WGC Screenwriting Award for feature film.Beans (Kiawentiio) lives with her caring parents (Rainbow Dickerson and Joel Montgrand) and her little sister (Violah Beauvais) on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawà:ke, Quebec, where the two girls happily play in the woods. Unprepared for the racism and violence that the Oka Crisis brings, Beans decides to transform into her own kind of warrior. “I was Beans,” says Deer. Using 200 local extras and partially shot in Kahnawà:ke (where Deer grew up) and nearby Kanesatake (where the protest began), the film is a Canadian production. Its female crew includes Deer, producer Anne-Marie Gélinas, executive producers Justine Whyte and Meredith Vuchnich (also co-writer), cinematographer Marie Davignon and editor Sophie Farkas-Bolla. Note: At age 13, Kiawentiio composed and performed the song for the end credits.About Tracey:Filmmaker Tracey Deer is a Mohawk filmmaker with multiple credits to her name, as a producer, writer and director. She currently resides in Kahnawake, her home reserve in Quebec.Deer began her professional career with CanWest Broadcasting in Montreal, and later joined Rezolution Pictures to co-direct One More River: The Deal that Split the Cree, with Neil Diamond (Cree), which won the Best Documentary Award at the 2005 Rendez-vous du cinema québécois in Montreal and was nominated for Best Social/Political Documentary at the Geminis.Deer formed Mohawk Princess Pictures in 2006, which produced her first short fiction called Escape Hatch, a dramedy about the romantic misadventures of a Mohawk woman on her quest for love. She also wrote, directed and filmed Mohawk Girls, about the lives of three teenagers, and herself as a teen, growing up in Kahnawake, which won the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at the 2005 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival.Currently, she has multiple projects in development, including a 3D feature documentary and a fiction feature screenplay.Tracey received a B.A. in film studies from Dartmouth College in 2000, graduating with two awards for excellence. In 2009, she shared the Don Haig Award with colleague Brett Gaylor for overall career achievement as an emerging filmmaker. In 2008, Playback Magazine declared her one of the 25 rising stars in the Canadian entertainment industry. She is also a member of The Writer’s Guild of Canada."Tracey represents the next wave of native filmmaking," says Adam Symansky, NFB producer of Mohawk Girl and Club Native. "It isn't based on the past so much ason native communities taking responsibility and control of their future. That is the challenge she is putting out in her films."Image Copyright and Credit: Tracey Deer and EMA Films.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Saul Williams, Motion and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new film Akilla’s Escape, extended family, lived experience, existence as resistance, racialized capitalism, poetry, art and pushing boundaries and why it may not be a great idea to dabble in hope or cynicism.TrailerFind out more about the film here.Synopsis:Akilla’s Escape weaves the present and past in a crime-noir about the urban child-soldier. Set in Toronto and New York where over 450,000 Jamaicans reside, the story speaks to the historical criminalization of black boys that modern society overlooks.Akilla Brown is forty years old and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis grow operation he runs is legit. Only one year into government approvedlegalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and Akilla decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool, summer night, destiny takes anunexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery.In the aftermath of the heist, Akilla captures one of the thieves, a mute fifteen-year-old boy named Sheppard. Upon learning thebandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded. Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he escaped.About Saul Williams:Saul Williams came to public attention after the release of the internationally acclaimed film Slam, which he co-wrote and starred in. Slam introduced the world to the Slam poetry movement and won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or in 1998.Saul holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Drama from Morehouse College and an M.F.A. in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in over 30 countries with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world.Saul has published five books of poetry and 7 musical albums. On stage, he was chosen for the lead role in Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical featuring music by Tupac Shakur and he has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He is currently working on his directorial debut Neptune Frost.Wendy "Motion" BraithwaiteWendy Motion Brathwaite is a Canadian musician, writer and activist from Toronto, Ontario. She is most noted as cowriter with Charles Officer of the screenplay for the 2020 film Akilla's Escape, for which they won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021.She also wrote the short films A Man's Story (2016) and Theodore (2020) and has worked as a story editor on the television series Coroner.She has performed as a hip hop artist and spoken word poet under the stage name Motion, and released the CD Motion in Poetry: The Audio Xperience and has also published the poetry collections Motion in Poetry and 40 Dayz, and has written theatrical plays including Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape, 4our Woman, Aneemah’s Spot, Loveleigh’s Logue, Nightmare Dream and Rebirth of the Afronauts: A Black Space Odyssey.Image Copyright and Credit: Cane Sugar FilmWorks.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nicole Dorsey and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Black Conflux, identity and uncertainty, empathy, attitude and ego, staying present, humility in asking good questions and why what you do next really matters.Watch the film now online.TrailerFind out more about Nicole and the film here.Synopsis:“The lives of an anxious teenage girl and a troubled man converge fatefully, in Nicole Dorsey’s vivid debut exploring womanhood and toxic masculinity.“Black Conflux is a constant visual delight.” –Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood ReporterSet in suburban Newfoundland in 1987, Nicole Dorsey’s debut feature is a dreamy account of two converging lives.Fifteen-year-old Jackie (Ella Ballentine) is navigating the tricky transition between vulnerable adolescence and impending adulthood. The film opens with Jackie auditioning for her school choir with a gorgeous rendition of “Hey, Who Really Cares?”, by obscure early-’70s psychedelic folk singer Linda Perhacs. It’s a symbolic overture for a promising young woman from a broken home. Raised by her aunt and living under the cloud of all the disappointments endured by the women in her family, Jackie finds herself giving in to internal and external pressures — partying, skipping school, and hitchhiking — in search of her own identity. Her choices leave her speeding inevitably towards Dennis (Ryan McDonald), a socially inept loner with a volatile dark streak and delusional fantasies of adoring women at his beck and call.Black Conflux is a vibrant and stunning debut, one that shies away from conventions common to small-town coming-of-age stories. Dorsey exhibits an inspiring cinematic style — both assured and mature — as she reflects on the past and her own experience. Exploring womanhood, isolation, and toxic masculinity, Black Conflux is a bracingly relevant narrative for today.”With thanks to Ravi Srinivasan and TIFFAbout Nicole:Nicole Dorsey is a Canadian film director and screenwriter, whose debut feature film, Black Conflux, premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.The film was subsequently named to TIFF's annual year-end Canada's Top Ten list for 2019, and received a nomination for the John Dunning Best First Feature Award at the 8th Canadian Screen Awards in 2020.A native of Burlington, Ontario, she is a graduate of the film studies program at Ryerson University. She directed a number of short films prior to Black Conflux, including Ivadelle (2009), Pop the Grapes (2013), Dennis (2015), Star Princess (2015) and Arlo Alone (2018).Image Copyright and Credit: Nicole Dorsey and Band With Productions.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
CJ Hunt and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his film The Neutral Ground, memory and racial justice, rewriting history, propaganda, troubling stories we tell and why it’s time to be honest, out loud and in public.TrailerFind out more about CJ and the film here and you can watch the film here on PBS and through WNED in Canada.Synopsis:An official selection of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, The Neutral Ground begins in 2015 as Hunt documents a raucous New Orleans City Council meeting about the removal of four Confederate monuments. It quickly becomes apparent just how divided white and Black residents are on the meaning of the city's statues. This tension between what to Hunt seems obvious – that the statues should be removed – and the fervor with which so many people oppose this view opens an opportunity for him to try and understand the mythology of the Confederacy and why Americans are willing to put so much on the line to guard its stone remnants.When death threats halt the removals in New Orleans, Hunt hits the road, travelling across the South to try and understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much political and imaginative power in contemporary America.Executive producer Roy Wood Jr. notes, “This film tells the story of people courageously dragging this nation into a promising and progressive conversation about racial reckoning. It’s also the story of those who refuse to admit that this reckoning has arrived." Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and known as one of the country's most incisive comedians on issues of race, Wood continues, "CJ’s approach to this topic ties into a much larger question facing America: How do we heal this nation’s deepest wounds when there are still so many people who won’t acknowledge those wounds exist?”About CJ:A comedian and filmmaker living in NYC, CJ is currently a field producer on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He has also served as a staff writer for A&E's Black and White, and a field producer for BET's The Rundown with Robin Thede.Before working in late night, CJ spent nine years living in New Orleans where - in 2015 - he began filming what he thought would be a quick and easy confederate monument removal.CJ is an alumnus of Firelight Media's Doc Lab and New Orleans Film Festival's Emerging Voices program. He is also a 2020 New America Fellow and a regular host of The Moth.A graduate from Brown University's Africana Studies department, CJ is endlessly fascinated by race and comedy's ability to say what we can't.Image Copyright and Credit: CJ HuntF2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Guns, Fact & Fake News

Guns, Fact & Fake News

2021-06-1443:05

Marc Silver and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his film 3.5 minutes, cities designed to separate, bridge building, racism, gun violence, fact versus fake news, vertical learning curves and justice through storytelling.TrailerFind out more about Marc here and stream the film here.Synopsis:Black Friday 2012: four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at the mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music blaring, one boy exits the car and enters the store, a quick stop for a soda and a pack of gum.A man and a woman pull up next to the boys in the station, making a stop for a bottle of wine. The woman enters the store, and an argument breaks out when the driver of the second car asks the boys to turn the music down.3½ minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead.About Marc:Marc Silver is an award-winning filmmaker and director of the Oscar shortlisted and Emmy nominated feature doc, 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets. It premiered at the Sundance Festival 2015 winning the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact.His first feature length film Who is Dayani Cristal? premiered at the Sundance Festival 2013, where it won the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary and the Amnesty International Best Documentary Award 2014.In 2017 his third feature length film To End A War about the peace process with the FARC was released in Colombia.From 2018-20 Marc has been embedded inside Amnesty International researching ideas related to future technologies and their impact on human rights. The work has led to a short film about the profound gene editing tool CRIPSR, as well as a series of ideas with Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism, and Christopher Wylie who whistle blew the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story.He is completing his latest feature length documentary The World Is Forest in spring 2021.Image Copyright and Credit: Motto Pictures and Candescent Films.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aidan Turner and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new TV series Leonardo, mystery and wonder, curiosity, nature versus nurture, solving puzzles, ego, painting the details and why humility is underrated.TrailerSynopsis:A compelling look at one of the most restlessly brilliant men of all time, Leonardo gets inside the mind of the genius, showing the drama behind his art, and exploring a tantalizing mystery left unexplained by biographers – the nature of his relationship with the model Caterina da Cremona.Caterina’s apparent murder – and the painting’s disappearance – make for a mystery full of twists and turns that takes us through the key years of Leonardo’s artistic life, leading to a thrilling climax nearly as ingenious as one of Leonardo’s own creations.About Aidan:Aidan Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, Aidan appeared in a number of stage productions, many with Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey. Such productions included The Plough & The Stars, Romeo & Juliet and A Cry from Heaven. In 2008, Turner made the transition to movies and television with a lead role in the film Alarm and a co-starring role in the popular Irish TV drama The Clinic.In 2009, Turner moved to the UK to take on a starring role in BBC's acclaimed Being Human. Aidan played the spellbinding Mitchell for 3 seasons during which time he also starred in BBC's Desperate Romantics and BBC's top rated TV movie Hattie. In 2011, famed director Peter Jackson cast Turner in the role of Kili in JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. The highly successful movie trilogy filmed for approximately two years in New Zealand during which time Aidan also starred in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments.In 2014 Turner was cast as Poldark in the BBC remake. Poldark premiered to excellent rating in the UK in March 2015 and also in the USA in June 2015. The BBC series also aired across Europe and Australia and returned for a second series, aired during 2016.In 2015 Aidan took on a small role in The Secret Scripture so he could work with one of his favorite directors, Jim Sheridan. He also voiced a role in the first painted animation movie, Loving Vincent, co-starred in the dark comedy, Look Away and starred in the BBC mini-series, And Then There Were None.With thanks to IMDBImage Copyright and Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Wuhan, Heroes & Hope

Wuhan, Heroes & Hope

2021-05-2335:45

Yung Chang and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new, memorable and hopeful film Wuhan Wuhan, empathy, universals, hatred and division, humanizing statistics and tragedy, everyday heroes and the poetic history of a city.Find out more about the film here.Synopsis:Wuhan Wuhan is an observational documentary unfolding during February and March, 2020 at the height of the pandemic in Wuhan city, where the coronavirus began. With unprecedented access at the peak of the pandemic lockdown, Wuhan Wuhan goes beyond the statistics and salacious headlines and puts a human experience into the early days of the mysterious virus as Chinese citizens and frontline healthcare workers grappled with an invisible, deadly killer.The film focuses on five heart-wrenching and endearing stories: a soft-hearted ER doctor and an unflappable ICU nurse from the COVID-19 hospital; a compassionate volunteer psychologist at a temporary hospital; a tenacious mother and son who are COVID-19 patients navigating the byzantine PRC healthcare system; and a volunteer driver for medical workers and his 9-month pregnant wife whose heartfelt story forms the backbone of this film. In a time when the world needs greater cross-cultural understanding, Wuhan Wuhan is an invaluable depiction of a metropolis joining together to overcome a crisis.About Yung:Yung Chang is the director of Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight and The Fruit Hunters. He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, which was selected in 2015 to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs.Chang’s films have premiered at international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and IDFA and have played theatrically in cinemas around the world. Up the Yangtze was one of the top-grossing documentary releases in 2008. In 2013, China Heavyweight became the most widely screened social-issue documentary in Chinese history with an official release in 200 Mainland Chinese cinemas.His films have been critically acclaimed, receiving awards in Paris, Milan, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Canadian Genie, Taiwan Golden Horse, Cinema Eye Honors, among others and have been nominated at Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Emmys. Chang's films have been shown on international broadcasters including PBS, National Geographic, ARTE, ZDF, Channel 4, HBO, TMN, NHK, CBC, TV2, SBS and EBS. Chang is the recipient of the Don Haig Award, the Yolande and Pierre Perrault Award, and the Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award.He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada. In 2013, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Image Copyright and Credit: Yung Chang and Kartemquin Films.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Cody Westman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Hell or Clean Water, the environment, activism, awareness, confidence and doubt, how change takes time and how one person can make a difference and why everyone should try.TrailerSynopsis:Shawn Bath is an unlikely environmentalist. Just 10 years ago he was throwing garbage out his truck window. But as a commercial diver in Newfoundland, Shawn has seen ‘everything that mankind doesn’t want’. The harbours in the province are full of tires, bottles, boat parts and fishing equipment, a world-wide problem that is ‘out of sight, out of mind’.After meeting his girlfriend Staunene, Shawn has a change of heart and is now hell bent on cleaning up the trash that’s littering the bottom of the Atlantic. He quits his job and devotes all his time and energy into his new cause Clean Harbours Initiative, relying solely on donations while he tries to secure government funding.The problem? He only has $9 in his bank account; creditors are calling daily and the funds aren’t coming in fast enough. Shawn is also a former seal hunter and one of the first groups to step up and help with his cause is the International Fund for Animal Welfare, an animal rights group that is against the commercial seal hunt, and therefore hated in Newfoundland.But Shawn will take help from anyone willing to assist him in cleaning up the mammoth issue of trash in his beloved ocean. In this David and Goliath story, Shawn risks everything to keep his waters clean. But with so much to care about in the world today, will the help ever arrive?About Cody:Cody Westman lives in in St. John's NL, Canada and is the owner of CatsEyeCinema Inc. - a video production company where Cody directs, shoots and edits, but also hires and collaborates with some of the best freelance film makers around.Cody has been involved in the film and entertainment industries in Montreal, Vancouver and St. John's since 1999. Since 2013, he has directed/produced/edited videos and commercials for countless corporations in Canada such as VICE, Canadian Tire, Amex, Hockey Canada, WWF, Atlantic Lottery and more. He has also directed 4 short films and many music & comedy projects.Check out the company demo reel HERE.Cody lives in St. John’s NL with his wife, 2 young boys and a cat named Miles.Image Copyright and Credit: Cody Westman and Little Heat FilmsF2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jason Sherman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film My Tree, fresh starts and gifts, staying inquisitive, conscience and push back, mysteries that unfold, belief systems and stories that are used to suppress.Synopsis:Jason Sherman, a Canadian Jew, searches for the tree that was planted in his name in Israel many years earlier.His travels take him to parks and forests throughout the country, where he learns a number of surprising facts about his tree: that it was likely a pine; that it was chosen because it grows fast; that it was completely wrong for the Israeli climate — and that it is sitting atop the remains of a Palestinian village that was captured and destroyed in 1967.Deeply disturbed by his findings, Jason returns home, determined to learn how it is he never knew these things — and what he should do now that he knows them.About Jason:Jason Sherman is one of Canada’s most influential and prolific playwrights, with a multi-award-winning body of work that has been produced around the world, including the US, UK and China. Among his plays are Patience, It’s All True, The Retreat and Three in the Back, Two in the Head, which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama.Sherman has also written extensively for the screen, notably the docudramas Jonestown: Paradise Lost, and We Were Children, about Canada’s residential schools system, as well as numerous one-hour dramas for network and cable television, including two shows he executive produced: Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures and The Listener. He also created and wrote a number of radio dramas for the CBC, including two long-running series: National Affairs and Afghanada.My Tree is his first feature-length documentary as both writer and director.Image Copyright and Credit: Jason Sherman.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
June Millington, director Bobbi Jo Hart and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their fun, engaging, long overdue new film Fanny: The Right to Rock. They touch on sexism in the industry, liberation, your inner compass, poetry, safe spaces and role models, racism and why it’s so important to play it forward.“Revivify Fanny. And my work will be done.” David BowieTrailerTo learn more about the band and their work head here.For more information about IMA go to www.ima.orgSynopsis:Fanny: The Right to Rock opens with the words of David Bowie, bemoaning the band’s fate: “One of the most important bands in American rock has been buried without a trace.” The film then takes us deep into the woods of Goshen, Massachusetts, where we discover the Institute for the Musical Arts. It’s an underground music camp and recording studio for girls and women only, where Fanny lead guitarist June Millington, 69, has been teaching young girls to rock out long before rock camps became “a thing.”There, she and fellow Filipina-American bandmates, including her bass-playing sister Jean and drummer Brie Darling, celebrate their 50-year reunion with a new rock record deal -- cheekily titled Fanny Walked the Earth. If the stars align, it’s a chance to right the wrongs of music history.Fanny: The Right to Rock juxtaposes an intimate, cinema verité journey of Fanny’s uphill battle to complete and release their new album, with the fascinating herstory of the band’s improbable journey during their 70s heyday. Their controversial, self-penned lyrics dared embrace the newfound freedom of birth control as well as the trauma of the Vietnam War.Discovered early on by the secretary of legendary producer Richard Perry and signed as teenagers to the epic Warner/Reprise label,Fanny honed their signature sound in edgy L.A. clubs like The Troubadour. Fanny Hill, hosted regular jam sessions with visitors/crashers including Joe Cocker, Little Feat, and Bob Dylan’s The Band. There, serious rock & roll comingled with sex, drugs and skinny dipping.Fanny toured extensively across North America and Europe with major groups including Slade, Chicago and Ike & Tina Turner. They toured while writing, recording and releasing a new album every year from 1970 -75. They performed live and gave interviews on major network TV shows with Dick Cavett, Sonny & Cher, Helen Reddy and The Tonight Show, as well as the famed BBC show “The Old Grey Whistle Test”.The movie includes testimonials from Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Bonnie Raitt, Cherie Currie of The Runaways, Kathy Valentine of the Go-Gos, and Bowie bassist Gail Ann Dorsey. Male music icons also sing their praises including Todd Rundgren, Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers, The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott (who unveils a Fanny flexi-disc he has saved for 50 years, since he discovered the band at age 12).About June Millington and Bobbi Jo Hart:Bobbi Jo Hart is an award winning American/Canadian documentary filmmaker with Adobe Productions International, based in Montreal, Canada. With a career that has spanned 25 years, Hart has filmed in countries as diverse as Pakistan, Russia, Guatemala, Australia, Scotland and Zimbabwe — with subjects ranging from women’s professional soccer and tennis to classical music, comedy, dance and manic depression. Her documentary films have the most common thread of revealing untold stories of marginalized girls and women, weaving universal threads of dreams, family, love, loss, happiness, sadness, success, failure and determination. Her intimate, cinema verité style results in thought-provoking films that ultimately celebrate our shared humanity.Her most recent feature documentary I Am Not A Rock Star premiered at dozens of worldwide film festivals and was broadcast on networks in many countries, including BBCFour, SVT Sweden, ABC Australia, Documentary Channel. Music in the film included Jack Johnson & Patrick Watson. This film won many festival awards as well. Hart’s previous award-winning films include SHE GOT GAME: Behind-the-Scenes of the Women's Tennis Tour (LIFE Network, Starz), which had exclusive access during over a year on tour. Hart is currently starting the festival tour for her exclusive theatrical documentary celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Documentary Channel, ARTV).June Millington “one of the hottest female guitarists in the industry” wrote, Guitar Player Magazine has been making music since she was a child playing ukulele in her native Philippines. Having moved from Manila to California in the early sixties, she and her sister bassist Jean turned in their folk guitars for electric and formed a succession of all-girl bands. By ‘69 they were in Hollywood with their band Fanny, which was one of the first all-women’s rock band to be signed to a major label (Reprise). Through five successful albums and extensive touring of Europe and North America, Fanny served notice that women could do more than simply sing, they could write and play passionate rock ‘n roll. As David Bowie said of the group in an interview with Rolling Stone (RS January 2000): “They were extraordinary: They wrote everything...they are as important as anyone else who’s ever been, ever....”Fanny played with major artists like Chicago, BB King, Dr John, the Kinks, the Staples Singers, Ike and Tina Turner, & Chuck Berry - and recorded an album at Apple Studios with Geoff Emerick, the Beatles engineer. June left the band in 1973 and continued to record and perform with her sister and on a number of solo albums. She played in the genre of women’s music for many years, and produced records by artists Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Mary Watkins, Melanie DeMore, and Bitch and Animal, among others. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Institute for the Musical Arts [IMA], an internationally known teaching, performing and recording facility supporting women and girls in music and music-related business. Founded by June, along with partner Ann Hackler, activist/writer Angela Davis, and engineer/producer Roma Baran, IMA expanded into a 25- acre campus in Goshen, MA which runs five residential summer programs for girls and young women from 9-24 and hosts shows and workshops with established artists the rest of the year.Millington has received numerous awards for her achievements including the Audio Engineering Society’s Lifetime Achievement award, the Bay Area Career Women’s LAVA award for being a “leg- end of women’s music,” the Outmusic Heritage Award and in 2007 she, along with the other members of FANNY, received the Rockrgrl Women of Valor Award at Berklee College of Music. In 2013 she received New England Public Radio’s (NEPR) Arts and Humanities Outstanding Individual of the Year Award, the Veteran Feminists of America Award and, along with her partner Ann Hackler the Outstanding Activist Award from the Living Kindness Foundation. In 2015 she was given an award for her contributions by the National Women’s Music Festival.June released her autobiography Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock ‘n Roll World in June of 2015 and has received a great deal of press, including articles in MS Magazine, Pitchfork and Newsweek as well as on NPR. Millington continues to perform, write and record and teaches at IMA as well as colleges and universities around North America.Image Copyright and Credit: Adobe Productions International and Bobbi Jo Hart.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Chris J. Russo, Sue Taylor, Chiah Rodriques and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new film Lady Buds, Cannabis, big business, trailblazing, racism, sexism, happy accidents, the war on drugs and our authentic selves.More about the movie here.See it at Hot Docs 2021Synopsis:Following the widely praised 2016 decision to legalize cannabis in California, six courageous women emerge from the shadows to enter the new commercial industry. As farmers, entrepreneurs and activists, these modern-day pioneers find their initial optimism is quickly replaced with uncertainty and fear as the new legislation favors deep pocketed corporations. Those who shaped the foundations of the cannabis industry for decades soon find themselves struggling to fight for their piece of the American Dream in a market they helped create.Lady Buds features second-generation cannabis farmer Chiah Rodriques, 72-year-old African American retired Catholic school principal turned dispensary owner Sue Taylor, Latinx queer activist Felicia Carbajal, serial entrepreneur Karyn Wagner, and Humboldt elders The Bud Sisters. Their stories speak to the many opportunities and issues facing commercial cannabis today: the complicated dynamics of raising a family on a cannabis farm, the ongoing fight for those adversely affected by the War on Drugs, educating seniors citizens about the healing power of cannabis, and honoring the LGBTQ activists who fought for legalizing medical marijuana over 25 years ago.At every turn these trailblazers defy stereotypes, while revealing that cannabis is much more than a plant-it's a community.ln her feature debut, award-winning filmmaker Chris J. Russo offers an insightful journey into the lives and work of the women who are the backbone of the cannabis culture in California. Their struggles and triumphs paint a picture of an industry in fux as it grapples with preserving its storied heritage while looking toward the future.About Chris, Chiah and Sue:Chris J. Russo's award-winning short films have screened all over the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, and have been broadcast on Showtime, PBS, lFC, LOGO and NETFLlX. She is a 2018 fellow of the Sundance lnstitute/Women ln Film Financing lntensive with Lady Buds, and is also a fellow of Film lndependent's Director and Screenwriters Labs, with her project, Directed By Dorothy Arzner. Notable short film credits include, A Woman Reported, about the moments before a hate crime occurs; Size 'em Up, a coming of age story; Straight Down The Aisle: Confessions of Lesbian Bridesmaids, winner of the Outfest Best Short Documentary Award for its poignant view on marriage non-equality (pre-Prop 8); and numerous music videos.After receiving two art degrees in Photography - a BFA from the University of Buffalo and MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY - Russo moved to Hollywood and worked for Kodak for 15 years and as a Post Production Supervisor on over 15 feature films. Russo is an exhibited fine art photographer, with recent group shows in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. She has dedicated the last four years to producing and directing Lady Buds, her first feature film, which will be having its World Premiere at Hot Docs 2021.Sue Taylor is a 72-year old retired Catholic school principal whose mission is to open the first cannabis dispensary for seniors citizens to offer alternatives to pharmaceuticals. As an African- American businesswoman in a white, male-dominated industry, Sue presses forward despite financial concerns, repeated delays and the frustrations of dealing with the local bureaucracy.Chiah Rodriques grew cannabis plants under blackberry trees and hid from federal helicopters growing up. As an adult and second-generation farmer, she's lived most of her life in the shadows until California legalized cannabis, which offered her the opportunity to become a permitted cultivator. With the price of weed dropping and a leap of faith into the unknown, Chiah must find balance between working on the farm and parenting her two sons amidst the harsh financial pressures of legalization.Image Copyright and Credit: Chris J. Russo.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Louise Detlefsen and May Bjerre Eiby and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their beautiful new film It Is Not Over Yet, community, compassionate care, family and belonging, living with dementia and the ethical demands of others. TrailerTo learn more about May Bjerre Eiby and her books work check out the website here.Synopsis:It Is Not Over Yet is an immersive, life-affirming journey into the day-to-day rhythm of a controversial nursing home for people with dementia in Denmark. The founding nurse of Dagmarsminde, May Bjerre Eiby, has no interest in specific dementia diagnoses or medicine since neither improves the quality of life for her 11 residents. Instead, she and her staff have developed a new kind of treatment inspired by the methods introduced by Florence Nightingale 150 years ago, as well as Danish philosopher Løgstrup."Compassion Treatment," as May calls it, prioritizes hugs, touch, talking, humor, eye contact, cake, nature, bubbles, and the joy of community. Having suffered the painful loss of her father due to neglect at a nursing home, Bjerre Eiby is determined to inspire a complete change in the way people with dementia are treated in the healthcare system, prioritizing holistic care and kindness over medication of any kind.Filmmaker Louise Detlefsen’s vérité approach offers unique access into the intimate and sometimes intense moments between residents and caregivers, providing a rarely seen and uplifting experience of aging with dignity, grace, and joyAbout Louise and May:Louise Detlefsen, age 50, is one of Denmark’s most experienced documentary filmmakers. Louise has directed numerous documentaries reaching a wide audience. The films show strong solidarity with the characters while achieving a strong artistic expression and have often raised public debate about the issues of the film. Louise Detlefsen’s latest documentary feature film, Fat Front, had its international premiere at IDFA 2019 in the Frontlight section. Her films have been shown on both television and at festivals all over Europe, and her debut film From Barbie to Babe premiered at IDFA.From a young age, Louise Detlefsen has worked with storytelling, trying out scriptwriting, and she is the author of a political biography about one of Denmark’s most remarkable female politicians Ritt Bjerregaard, also an EU commissioner. Louise Detlefsen graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 1996 and since 2000 she has been working as a documentary filmmaker.Louise has also worked in close collaboration with Louise Unmack Kjeldsen with whom she’s directed a number of documentary films and series. She lives in Copenhagen with her husband, cinematographer Per Fredrik Skiöld and their blended family of four children.May Bjerre Eiby, born in 1981, is a certified nurse, with a Masters degree in Nursing from the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Eiby primarily worked at nursing homes and hospitals with elderly patients, before single-handedly establishing her own nursing home north of Copenhagen for people with dementia in 2016.Her new form of treatment, which is entirely based on caring, personal contact, and active engagement with both the residents and their relatives, has successfully eliminated the use of anti-psychotic medicines and sedatives.Eiby has given lectures around the world on the current state of dementia care and her treatment, and she recently won the Fonsmark prize, a prestigious award given to Danish citizens who have raised public awareness about social issues.Image Copyright and Credit: Louise Detlefsen and First Hand Films and Fathom Film Group.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ann Shin and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Artificial Immortality, biotech & empathy, rogue technology, trans humanism and memory, carbon footprints, Deepak Chopra and robot priests.TrailerSee it at Hot Docs 2021 and CRAVE – eventually.Synopsis:If you could create an immortal version of yourself, would you? Until recently, that question was the stuff of science fiction, but now experts in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics suggest it will be possible.Artificial Immortality explores the latest advancements in AI, robotics and biotech as it poses the questions: what is the essence of being human, and can it be replicated? The technology in this field is exploding and it’s become a pressing issue as more and more of our lives is played out online.Visionaries, writers and thinkers such as: Nick Bostrom, Martine Rothblatt, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Douglas Rushkoff, Ben Goertzel and Deepak Chopra, explore how humanity is advancing toward a post-biological world of intelligence without bodies. As scientists point to a world where humans and machines are merged, we have to ask ourselves, will AI be the best, or the last thing we ever do?About Ann:Ann is a multiple award-winning Director and Producer known for compelling documentaries and series. Her feature documentary, Artificial Immortality was selected to be the Opening Night film at HotDocs 2021.Her previous film My Enemy, My Brother won Grand Jury Prize at SDAIFF, the short version was shortlisted for a 2016 Academy Award and nominated for an Emmy.Her cross-platform project The Defector film and interactive won Best Documentary, Best Documentary Director and the Diversity Award at the Canadian Screen Awards. The Defector Interactive won the FITC Award, the Canadian Digi Award, and at the SXSW Interactive Festival. Her directorial credits include: Artificial Immortality, The Superfood Chain, Smart Drugs, The Four Seasons Mosaic (CBC), Gemini nominee for Best Performance Doc; and Columbus International Film and Video Festival Award‐winning The Roswell Incident, Western Eyes, and Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World.Image Copyright and Credit: Ann Shin and Fathom Film Group.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Pedro Kos and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the new film Rebel Hearts, hypocrisy, patriarchy and institutions, reform and systemic change, movements and oppression, the power triangle, anti-intellectualism and why it’s so important to protest with joy.TrailerSee it at Hot Docs 2021 and find out more about the film here.Synopsis:In 1960s Los Angeles a trailblazing group of nuns, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, bravely stood up to the patriarchy of the Catholic Church, fighting for equality, their livelihoods, and their own freedom against an all-powerful Cardinal who sought to keep them in their place. Their bold acts of faith, defiance and activism turned the Church upside down, helping to reshape our society in ways that continue to resonate today. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, they challenged the notion of what a nun and a woman were supposed to be.These unlikely resistance fighters, including Anita Caspary, Helen Kelley, Pat Reif and iconic pop artist Corita Kent, were devoted to a life of service, not only to others but to themselves - forming a community that empowered each sister to live up to her fullest potential. Their desire to bring the church into modern life was met with forceful opposition at every turn. As each of them discovered their own talents and voices, they fully stepped into their roles as leaders in a movement that is still making waves.In the feature documentary REBEL HEARTS, director Pedro Kos combines incredible archival footage, stunning animation and two decades of interviews gathered by the film’s producer Shawnee Isaac-Smith, to beautifully illuminate the story of these incredible women.About Pedro:Most recently he wrote and produced Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s Netflix Original Documentary The Great Hack which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Bafta award and shortlisted for an Academy Award.His feature directorial debut Bending The Arc premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Previously, he edited Jehane Noujaim’s Academy Award nominee The Square which earned Pedro an Emmy Award for Best Editing for a Non-Fiction program, Lucy Walker’s Academy Award Nominee Waste Land and The Crash Reel (2013 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winner), Jon Shenk’s The Island President (2011 TIFF Documentary People’s Choice Award winner) among others.Pedro is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received his B.A. in Theater Directing from Yale University.Image Copyright and Credit: Rebel Hearts and Pedro KosF2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nicole, Nneka and Camila and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Collecting Courage, the right to heal, truth and experience, historic exclusion and why the time is now.To learn more and purchase the book head here.About the Book:Collecting Courage is a powerful and moving collection of personal experiences written by Black fundraisers that chip away at the idea of an inherent goodness of the charitable sector. So how can a sector that exudes such external benevolence be the cause and source of pain and trauma in the form of macro and micro aggressions as documented in these stories? It has to do with who holds power and influence; it has to do with white supremacy, inequity and racism and it has to do with deeply entrenched beliefs, behaviours and exclusionary policies and practices that have been ‘normalized’ within the sector.These personal testimonies document racism, survival and the pre-eminence of 14 accomplished Black North American Fundraisers, 5 from the United States and 9 from Canada. This collection of works also speak to the journey of asserting Black identity in all-white work environments. The writers speak of their quest, often thwarted in the charitable sector, to bring to their workplaces the love they have inherited from their struggles to survive in a white dominated society. These brilliant, first-person narratives give voice to a more accurate and complete picture of philanthropy and charity in North America.Gail K. Picco Books, an imprint of Civil Sector Press.About the authors:Camila Pereira was born and raised in Brazil, Camila comes from a very mixed family including Black, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Native Indian. She understood from a very young age that race relations, identity and gender roles were central not only to her family but to herself and that skin color in Brazil dictates your role, future and existence within society.Since childhood Camila has been involved in philanthropy through her family’s community initiatives. Her career in the nonprofit sector is a means to contribute towards the eradication of all forms of prejudice preventing the advancement and betterment of humankind; she is a fundraising professional in Toronto and a coach to Brazilians involved in philanthropy and fundraising in Brazil and Canada. Camila holds a PhD in Public Policy/Public Administration & International Relations from Howard University-USA.Alongside her career, Camila keeps a strong connection with her family in Brazil and loves spending time with her husband - Adrian and cat – Lila and travelling.Nicole Salmon was shaped by her Jamaican identity and deeply influenced by spending 2/3 of her life in Canada, Nicole is a skilled communicator who embraces her natural curiosity and thirst for variety and new challenges. An avid reader, gardener, sports enthusiast and mentor, Nicole is anchored by family, committed to service, building connections and deepening personal relationships.Spending over twenty-five years working in the non-profit sector managing a variety of fundraising portfolios, in 2014 Nicole founded Boundless Philanthropy, a fundraising consultancy providing a range of services, including interim leadership, board and leadership development. She is a former Director of Fund Development at Oxfam Canada.She serves on the Boards of Realize, an organization working to improve the lives of people living with HIV and other episodic conditions, and WellFort Community Health Services. A Book Review Panelist with The Charity Report Literary Hub and an inspired member of a Black Canadian Fundraisers group.Nneka Allen is a black woman, a descendant of the Underground Railroad, an Ojibwe of Anderdon Nation, a momma and a sixth generation Canadian. Born in the 70’s, Nneka was raised during a time of Black power and acute political awareness in North America.As a lover of justice, Nneka has inspired philanthropy as a Fundraising Executive in the charitable sector for the last 20 years.Nneka is also the principal and founder of The Empathy Agency. She helps organizations deliver more fairly on their mission and vision by coaching leaders and their teams to explore the impact identity has on organizational culture and equity outcomes.Nneka’s ultimate joy is her daughter Destiny, an Environmental Scientist working with Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Together Destiny and Nneka continue their family legacy of philanthropic activism in Canada.Image Copyright and Credit: Collecting CourageF2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
R.J. Cutler and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, stardom and family, empathy, authenticity and Justin Bieber, Orlando Bloom, opportunity and healing through storytelling.TrailerWatch on Apple TV+Synopsis:Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom.From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the film offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just seventeen years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?The documentary is from Apple Original Films, in association with Interscope Films, Darkroom, This Machine and Lighthouse Management & Media.About R.J. Cutler:Cutler is an American filmmaker, documentarian, television producer and theater director.R.J’s  first film, The War Room, was nominated for an Academy Award and he is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy, a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Award, two Cinema Eye Awards, and two Television Academy Honor Awards.Image Copyright and Credit: Apple TV+F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Fisher Stevens and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Palmer, Justin Timberlake, second chances, redemption, family and connections, limitations, and why it’s important to get out of your bubble.TrailerPalmer appearing globally on Apple TV+ Watch on Apple TV.Synopsis:Former high-school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself twelve years in a state penitentiary. He returns home to Louisiana, where he moves back in with Vivian (June Squibb), the grandmother who raised him.While trying to keep his head down and rebuild a quiet life for himself, Palmer is haunted by memories of his glory days and the suspicious eyes of his small-town community. Things become more complicated when Vivian’s hard-living neighbor Shelly (Juno Temple) disappears on a prolonged bender, leaving her precocious 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), often the target of bullying, in Palmer’s reluctant care.In time, Palmer is drawn into a more hopeful world as he forges a connection with Sam through their shared experience of being made to feel different by those around them. Life improves for Palmer, and a romance develops between him and Sam’s teacher Maggie (Alisha Wainwright).An inspiring and unexpected journey unfolds for the three of them, but soon Palmer’s past threatens to tear apart this new life.About Fisher:Fisher Stevens has been in the entertainment business for almost 40 years. His versatility in the industry is evident from his wide range of credits from acting to producing to directing, and from feature films to television to theater. In 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature with The Cove. Political and environmental activism has been a main focus of his work.Stevens’ recent credits include directing And We Go Green, a documentary about the electric car racing series Formula E, and executive producing the sensation Tiger King. He also currently holds a series regular acting role on the Golden Globe Award-winning Succession. Other recent directorial credits include The Confidence Man, the last installment of Dirty Money, executive produced by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney; Before the Flood, with Leonardo DiCaprio; and the Emmy-nominated documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which he co-directed. Previously, Stevens directed the Emmy-nominated Mission Blue and codirected the 2008 Independent Spirit Award-Winning Best Documentary Crazy Love.He produced Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction and Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guoqiang. Stevens also directed the feature Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, as well as John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown.As an actor, Stevens has been seen in numerous Broadway shows, television series and movies. His TV credits include The Blacklist, The Good Fight, Lost, Friends. Film work includes the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, Motherless Brooklyn and a trio of Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and now The French Dispatch.Image Copyright and Credit: Apple TV+ and Fisher Stevens.F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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