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I believe that good conversation can create change. They can also be fun and engaging, full of insights and unexpected outcomes. And you're never quite sure where they're going to lead. Intimate dialogue assumes authenticity, transparency and dealing with substantive and sometimes difficult questions. I try to do that with Face2Face.
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May 25, 2016

Nicholas Greco

 

Listen in as Nicholas talks about vapid pop songs, Bono and U2, activism and idealism, why music matters more than we know and how one can transcend the here and now at a rock concert.

 

Please Note: Here’s a little update on a reference that Nicholas makes during the interview. The song he refers to at the end of the podcast is “Elvis Presley and America” from The Unforgettable Fire. The live track is from the the Live in Chicago DVD (right tour, but he referenced the wrong DVD), and the track is “40,” not “Yahweh.”

 

Biography

 

Dr. Nicholas P. Greco is Associate Professor of Communications and Media at Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba. Dr. Greco’s doctoral dissertation explored the enigmatic star image and the nature of fan desire in the case of British singer Morrissey.

 

He in interested in the nature of celebrity, the construction of masculinity and the sacramental nature of the televisual work of Joss Whedon.

 

His latest book is called David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1. Outside and the Late Career (published by McFarland and Company in 2015).

 

He lives in Southern Manitoba with his wife and daughter.

 

For more info about Nicholas head here.

 

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Please visit my website for more information on my podcasting, writing and public speaking.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

 

 

May 18, 2016

 

 

Listen in as Peter talks about what it means to be human, why he believes in something beyond himself, how we shapes our understanding in pubic life and why he thinks we should all be eating lunch at home a little more often.

 

Convivium Magazine

 

Biography

 

Peter has been a professional journalist since 1979. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Montreal’s The Gazette newspaper, editor of the Calgary Sun, Editorial pages editor of the Calgary Herald, and the vice-president of English editorial for Reader’s Digest Canadian magazines, where he oversaw the launch of new publications such as the highly successful Best Health. In 2009, he co-founded with Father Raymond J. de Souza the magazine Convivium, which is published by the think tank Cardus.

In 2011, Peter published the short story collection “If Only” through Montreal publisher Siren Song Press. He also has his own media company, Prima Communication, which offers strategic planning, editing, writing and photographic services. He currently divides his time between Montreal, where he is a part of Studio 411 in the city’s historic St. Henri neighborhood, and Ottawa where he tracks developments on and around Parliament Hill as a member of the national press gallery.

He spent years working as a journalist in Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Medicine Hat, Alta., Kamloops, B.C., Edmonton, Ottawa, Quebec City, Calgary and Montreal, and the international events he’s covered such as the funeral of Mother Teresa in India and Pope John Paul II’s historic meeting with Fidel Castro in Rome, are only part of the story.

The full story goes back to childhood lying on the living room floor scribbling stories in school notes, and roaming my small town taking snapshots with a tiny Instamatic camera. The love he developed for images, written and photographic has helped him earn a living throughout his adult life but, much more importantly, it still drives him to live out his twin creative passions.

 

For more information about Peter and his photography and writing check out his website here.

 

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

 



 

 

May 11, 2016

 

Christal talks about finding bravery when you need it most, looking for new stories to tell, how we need to change the questions we so often ask and why there is something beautiful about the inquisitive mind.

 

Biography

 

Christal Earle is a passionate communicator and powerhouse of inspiration and insight. Over the course of her career she has co-founded an internationally recognized charity (www.livedifferent.com), worked with numerous clients and audiences around the world focused on humanitarian endeavours driven by vision and the entrepreneurial spirit.



Christal’s message of understanding and embracing the brilliance of who you are and leveraging that to bring about hope and change to others resonates at both the personal level and from the stage.


Since 2001, Christal has been inspiring audiences all around the world, from all walks of life. From high schools and universities to international development and aid workers, to community interest and investment groups she has brought messages that have inspired, provoked and called her audiences to action. Her delivery style is infused with the power of personal story and humour, while providing tangible steps that can be immediately implemented.



In 2009 Christal and her former husband began the pursuit of adopting a four-year Haitian girl in Dominican Republic. What began as a simple and straightforward emergency humanitarian response on behalf of an orphaned child ended in an international debacle that is yet to be resolved. To date, their daughter has not been granted permission to come to Canada and is unable to leave Dominican Republic. The result of the experience caused Christal to have to completely rebuild her life around the limitations it presented.



Christal’s message is one of learning how to change the stories we tell ourselves. In December of 2014 Christal released her first book, Resonate: We Can Change the Stories We Tell Ourselves. Her life work continues to be focused on helping leaders and seekers of truth learn to change and transform the stories they tell themselves.



Christal is now a full time speaker and communication consultant, focused on working with social change organizations and leadership. She is based between Toronto, Canada and Cabarete, Dominican Republic as she works to fulfill her ultimate dream: completing the adoption of her daughter, Widlene.



To find out more about how to book or work with Christal, find her at www.yourbrillianceunlimited.com

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound

 

May 10, 2016

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

 

Alethea and I talk about her new film Angry Inuk, the “People of the Seal”, cultural prejudice, setting the Inuit record straight, song battles and a new model for animal activism.

 

Watch the Trailer here.

 

Synopsis

 

Anti–seal hunting campaigns have attracted high profile supporters, and with them, hefty financial contributions. From Pamela Anderson to Paul McCartney, celebrities have voiced their outrage about an issue they seem keenly unqualified to discuss. Meanwhile, seal hunters are unjustly targeted for traditional practices that have supported them for centuries.

 

With a way of life on the cusp of extinction, who's really at fault? How does a culture that exercises understated anger and finds peaceful ways to resolve conflict compete with animal activist groups that rely on anti-sealing sentiment they aggressively cultivate to underwrite their other causes?

 

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril uses her filmmaking skills to organize and embolden a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit to stand up for their rights. Establishing #sealfie on Instagram and skillfully employing social media, they lobby legislators and expose misinformation while staying true to their values in their fight for survival.

 

Biography

 

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuk producer and director from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She owns Unikkaat Studios Inc. an independent production company which produces films about Inuit life and culture in Inuktitut-language.


Arnaquq-Baril directed her first film, Tunnit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos in 2010, a documentary about her journey to explore the lost tradition of Inuit facial tattoos.


Arnaquq-Baril was also a co-producer of the documentary The Experimental Eskimos (2009), directed by Barry Greenwald. It tells the story of three twelve year old Inuit boys who were taken from their families in the 1960's to be raised by white families in Ottawa. The experiment in assimilation was painful and led to unforeseen consequences. The boys grew up to be effective activists in support of Aboriginal rights. She is now working on a documentary called Angry Inuk, about the Inuit response to the global anti-seal hunt campaign.


She says that because Inuit culture is primarily an oral culture, there is little written in Inuktitut about the past and she feels compelled to record it "while the last elders that traditionally lived on the land are still alive."


"Probably the most powerful thing I could do for myself and my fellow Inuit is to be a documentary filmmaker, because I don't know how else I can contribute to helping our voices be heard on the world stage, on issues that are critical to us."

Although Alethea did not produce a film for the 8TH Fire, she did an extended interview with us in which she talks about the history and impact of white colonization in the North, and about her recent film for APTN , Tunnitt: retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos. We use footage from this film to illustrate with thanks from APTN.

Read more about the film here.

 

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

 

 

 

May 8, 2016

Todd and Jedd Wider

Todd, Jedd and Lori I talk about their new film God Knows Where I Am. We touch on mental health issues, the “other”, the poetic edge to filmmaking and the “ever porous cracks” in our social safety nets.

Watch the Trailer here.

Synopsis

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humour, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record.

As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Biography

For over sixteen years, Todd and Jedd Wider have produced numerous critically and commercially successful feature documentary films including the 2012 King’s Point nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, the multiple Primetime Emmy Awarding winning Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) directed by Alex Gibney, the Emmy Award nominated Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011) directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, the multiple Emmy Award nominated Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) directed by Alex Gibney, 2008 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary and 2009 Emmy Award Winner for Best Documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) directed by Alex Gibney, the 2008 Sundance favorite Kicking It (2007) broadcast by ESPN, about the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament, the POV film A Dream in Doubt (2007) about the first post 9/11 revenge killing, Morgan Spurlock’s What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) about our obsession with materialism and consumption, the critically acclaimed Beyond Conviction (2006) directed by Rachel Libert, about restorative justice and victim-offender mediation in the Pennsylvania prison system, broadcast on MSNBC, and Paul Cronin’s A Time to Stir
 about the Columbia University student uprisings in 1968.

In 2011, Todd Wider and Jedd Wider were each nominated by the Producers Guild of America for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. 

The Wider’s commitment to social justice through film has been and remains informed by their respective professional endeavours.

Read more about Todd and Jedd here.

Read more about the film here.

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

 

 

 

May 8, 2016

Anjali Nayar

 

Anjali and I talk about the power of storytelling to change lives, her new film Gun Runners, friendship, the mediations of the marathon runner, the Global South and why we need to spend more time listening to others.

 

Synopsis

When it comes to world-class marathon runners, Kenyans are considered the cream of the crop. Particularly those from Kenya’s Rift Valley. These athletes have won marathons in London, New York and Berlin, and have set countless world records. But some of Kenya’s top runners aren’t running for fame and fortune.

Some are wanted warriors, running for their lives. For years, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda thrive among the roaming bands of warriors that terrorize the North Kenyan countryside. By the time they reach their mid-twenties, stealing cattle, raiding and running from the police is the only life they know. So when both warriors suddenly disappear from the bush, many of their peers assume they are dead or have been arrested. Instead, they trade in their rifles for sneakers—in the hopes of making it big as professional marathon runners.

Years of fleeing from the police have prepared the men for running marathon distances, but do they have what it takes to overcome the corruption, mistrust and jealousy that threaten to derail their careers? Or will they give up on their dreams and return to a life of easy power and money?

Told entirely by its central characters, Gun Runners is the American Dream, Kenyan-style.

Watch the trailer here.

Biography

Anjali Nayar is an award-winning filmmaker, multimedia storyteller and journalist, based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Anjali is currently directing "Logs of War," a cross-platform documentary about activists using smart phones to expose land grabs and corruption in West Africa. She has also just finished post-production on "Gun Runners," an epic story (over 8 years) about two warriors, who trade in their guns for running shoes and the Kenyan dream of marathon running.

Beyond film, Anjali leads the TIMBY project, which brings together designers, techies and filmmakers, breaking divides to tell stories that change the world. TIMBY is a suite of digital tools that helps activists report, verify and tell stories safely and efficiently around the world.

Anjali has a Masters in Documentary from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Masters in Environmental Management from Oxford University and a Graduate degree in Space Science from the International Space University.

Anjali has also written and filmed extensively for Nature Magazine, Reuters, the CBC and BBC.

Besides work-stuff, Anjali spends a lot of time playing capoeira and making cake pops.

 

You can read more about Anjali and her new initiative here.

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound

 

 

May 7, 2016

Viveka Melki

 

Viveka and I talked about her new film After Circus and about memory and recollection, about what defines us as we approach the dubious notion of retirement and how she loves performing and the circus.

Watch the Trailer here.

Synopsis

AFTER CIRCUS is an utterly charming look at circus folk and their world. I’d qualify that by saying it’s actually about retired & semi-retired circus performers, but it quickly becomes clear, watching the film that circus people never really retire. The circus is in their blood.

The film details the sense of community circus folk have with each other and their world. Many in this community have been circus people for many generations, passed down from parent to child. The film is about those family histories. It also touches on the fact that most circus people aren’t getting rich doing what they do – they do it for the love of performing and the love of community. And the film deals with the inexorable march of time, when performer’s bodies fail even as the passion for performing still lives on.

It’s a film about passing eras – of the individual people, of the institution, of collective memory….and the passion that endures.

  

Biography

Viveka Melki was herself a performer – a former professional swing dancer and instructor who performed with Michael Bublé, Colin James  and others. She understands the psyche of performing artists. 

She was born in The Gambia, West Africa and is of Brazilian/Lebanese descent,  and educated in the UK before immigrating to Canada. Here, she furthered her education, getting a BA at Simon Fraser University in BC in Communications, specializing in Women’s Studies, but ended up co-founding Tortuga Films with Adam Pajot Gendron in Rimouski, Quebec in 2006. She later sold her interest in the company to Adam in order to devote herself full-time to being a director and screenwriter. Multilingual and multicultural, she calls herself « consciously Canadian » and knows that it is these elements that allowed her to understand the immigrant world of Circus.

Viveka’s filmography as a Producer ranges from the documentary, Campesinos... we will inherit the earth (2008, Radio Canada and TFO) to Hippocrate (2012, Radio Canada, Explora) In 2014, she directed the two-part series War Correspondence (WWI and D-Day). She is currently developing We Interrupt This Program, a feature documentary on radio and social change around the world, for CBC’s Documentary channel, as well as working on her new documentary Carricks: la mer n'a pas volu de nous (2017, Radio Canada & RDI), about Irish Immigration in 1847 and the link to Francophone culture. She is the Curator of the upcoming traveling multi-media exhibition War Flowers (2017, Canadian War Museum, Chateau Ramezay, the new Visitor Centre in Vimy, France).

 

To learn more about her work visit her site here.

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

 

 

 

May 6, 2016

Best and Most Beautiful Things

 

Michelle Smith and I talk about authenticity, truth and transparency and the new film she stars in called Best and Most Beautiful Things. We’re also joined by some of the film team, Jeff Consiglio, Ariana Garfinkel and Jordan Salvatoriello and we chat about notions of the other, playing with you senses and that there are not just two types of people in the world.

 

Watch the Trailer here.

 

Synopsis

 

Off a dirt road in rural Maine, a precocious 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with big dreams and varied passions.

 

Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal” through a provocative fringe community. Will she take the leap to experience the wide world for herself?

 

Michelle’s joyful story of self-discovery celebrates outcasts everywhere.

 

Read more about the film here.

 

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

 

 

May 5, 2016

In part 2 Eden and I talk about the Genomic revolution, the double helix and Francis and Crick and where insights and innovation germinate. We chat about efficacious data, the move towards precision medicine and why biotech is not involved in “nice to haves.”

Biography

 

Eden’s approach represents a progression in Investment solutions, applying options to source Income and returns through strategies not easily accessible to investors, while protecting their capital with hedges designed over his career.

Eden’s experience includes two decades of Portfolio and Hedge Fund Money Management, Options Strategist, Derivatives & Biotech Analyst and Portfolio Manager.  He has managed and traded an options book spanning 250+ securities globally and 4 commodities, with open interest of 500,000 contracts in addition to 14 Covered Call ETFs (over $0.5 Billion AUM) in Canada, US & Australia employing his dynamic options writing discipline at Horizons Exchange Traded Funds.

Eden possesses a Top Quartile 5-year, 5-Star growth fund Portfolio Manager track record on over $1 billion in assets across 4 mandates at RBC Global Asset Management.  In addition, Eden has delivered a +26% compounded annual return across a Biotechnology mandate between 1995-2003.  He also has extensive institutional hedging experience through major crises, and the structuring of Notes to create specific payoff profiles.

For more info about Eden please visit their site here.

 

And for another interesting online interview check this out here.

 

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound

 

 

May 5, 2016

Eden and I talk about the Bio Tech industry and amazing innovations in the field of bio-logic pharmaceuticals. It’s remarkable what’s going on in the sector and Eden has plenty of insight to share. We talk about idiosyncratic risk, disease modifying drugs and why he believes this is a virtuous industry.

 

Biography

 

Eden’s approach represents a progression in Investment solutions, applying options to source Income and returns through strategies not easily accessible to investors, while protecting their capital with hedges designed over his career.

Eden’s experience includes two decades of Portfolio and Hedge Fund Money Management, Options Strategist, Derivatives & Biotech Analyst and Portfolio Manager.  He has managed and traded an options book spanning 250+ securities globally and 4 commodities, with open interest of 500,000 contracts in addition to 14 Covered Call ETFs (over $0.5 Billion AUM) in Canada, US & Australia employing his dynamic options writing discipline at Horizons Exchange Traded Funds.

Eden possesses a Top Quartile 5-year, 5-Star growth fund Portfolio Manager track record on over $1 billion in assets across 4 mandates at RBC Global Asset Management.  In addition, Eden has delivered a +26% compounded annual return across a Biotechnology mandate between 1995-2003.  He also has extensive institutional hedging experience through major crises, and the structuring of Notes to create specific payoff profiles.

For more info about Eden please visit their site here.

 

And for another interesting online interview check this out here.

 

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound

 

 

May 4, 2016

 

 

Alon talks about his new film Transfixed, activism and action, walking in the shoes of others and how it can help us to understand the world in a new and more inclusive way.

Film Synopsis

 

Martine Stonehouse and John Gelmon are middle-aged underdogs, living with Asperger Syndrome.  Despite their social challenges, both dream of getting married, but straight-identifying John refuses to tie the knot until transsexual Martine gets gender reassignment surgery. Will Martine and John find the happiness together that they deserve?

 

Alon Kol has worked in film and television for seven years as a director and editor. He recently directed the "Holy Threads" episode of The Naked Archaeologist for the History Channel. Kol has written, directed and edited his own award-winning films, which have been shown on television and at numerous festivals. He is also a senior film editor who has edited for broadcasters such as Vision TV, History US, and National Geographic.

 

Transfixed is a feature independent documentary film produced with the financial support of the Canada Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Council of the Ontario Arts and the National Film Board of Canada.

 

Film Trailer

 

Biography


Alon Kol has worked in film and television for seven years as a director and editor. He recently directed the "Holy Threads" episode of The Naked Archaeologist for the History Channel.

 

Kol has written, directed and edited his own award-winning films, which have been shown on television and at numerous festivals.

 

He is also a senior film editor who has edited for broadcasters such as Vision TV, History US, and National Geographic.

 

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For more information about my podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit my site here.

 

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound

 

 

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