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Now displaying: March, 2017
Mar 29, 2017

Ngozi and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Ms. Lovely, Sarah Baartman, freedom, shame and the colonial gaze, “othering” and why we no longer have excuses.

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Synopsis:

The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, which is being staged as part of the inaugural season at The Crow's Theatre March 28 - April 8, 2017. The one-woman play stars Ngozi Paul (Da Kink in My Hair) and is directed by Canadian Screen Award winner Zack Russell (She Stoops to Conquer). 

Especially relevant in today's social and political climate, The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely is a hilarious, timely and evocative tale of a young woman’s search for love and agency. At different stages in her life Lovely struggles with her understanding of herself as a Black woman and awakens to her sexual identity as mirrored through popular culture. Personal stories from Lovely's life interweave with the story of Sarah Baartman (The Venus Hottentot), the historical symbol of the commodification of Black women’s sexuality. From the 21st century twerk to the “faux-cul” of the 19th century, Lovely travels a musical landscape using movement, sound and dance, looking for self-love and emancipation on her journey. 

The play was a Now Magazine critic's pick at the 2015 SummerWorks Festival, where Ngozi Paul also won the Spotlight Award for her performance. Would you be interested in speaking to her about the play and it's broader context in today's society?

Biography

Ngozi Paul is an award-winning Canadian producer of film, television and trans-media projects. Ngozi is best known for creating, producing and starring in the award winning television series ‘da Kink in My Hair. This top-rated sitcom has been broadcast in over a dozen countries and garnered multiple nominations and awards, including the Gold Medal Ribbon award for best scripted series and numerous Gemini awards. Ngozi was also a member of the original creative team behind Canada’s first black sitcom, Lord Have Mercy!, which was nominated for two Gemini Awards including best comedic series.

In addition to being a recent graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Center Producers Lab, Ngozi was selected by Women in View as a Creative Leader for 2012-13. This inaugural initiative is geared towards advancing accomplished women in television, film and the digital sector. Ngozi is also an award-winning actress and a recent graduate of the world-renowned Stratford Festival Conservatory for Classical Theatre.

Ngozi has been called “a strong force, using her artistic voice to push boundaries,” (24 News). With a focus on creating stories that celebrate the diversity of the human experience and appeal to a global audience, she continues to raise the bar by seeking innovative ways to create, distribute and tell provocative stories that are commercially successful. Finding the sweet spot where artistic merit, passion and commercial viability intersect, Ngozika Productions is looking forward to new ways of reaching, entertaining and engaging audiences.

Find out more about her 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.

 

Image Copyright: Ngozi Paul, NGOZIKA prodocutions. Used with permission.

Mar 29, 2017

Geoff and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his film The Missing Tourist, closure, mental health issues, forest bathing and the bigger mystery that we find ourselves in.

Trailer

Watch the film here.

Synopsis:

The Missing Tourist tells the story of Atsumi’s mysterious disappearance and the urgent missing person investigation that followed, and unfurled with the RCMP announcing that the 45-year-old doctor ‘arrived in Yellowknife with a plan to go into the wilderness alone and become a missing person.’ Tracing Atsumi’s journey from a small prefecture in Southern Japan to the wilderness of the Northwest Territories, the film explores the ways in which we experience missing person stories, while bringing closure to one of the most puzzling mysteries to hit the Canadian North.

“The film is about the journey to find closure, something that’s very difficult when there’s an absence of information,” said director Geoff Morrison. “This story made headlines at the time because it was a mystery and because it unfolded in an unusual way, and because there weren’t any clear answers. The documentary sheds new light on the investigation and goes beyond the events covered in the news to find out what really happened.”

Biography

Working in fiction, documentary and interactive media, Geoff’s work has screened at festivals and venues all over the world including the Berlinale, TIFF, Rotterdam, SXSW, BAFICI, Hot Docs, and the MoMA in New York. Geoff’s feature debut as co-writer/co-director/co-producer, No Heart Feelings, was released to much acclaim in 2010, and was hailed, “A quiet triumph,” by The Globe and Mail. In 2011, with his company FilmCAN he released, The National Parks Project, a cross-platform media arts project that features 13 short films, a 13-part documentary series for the Discovery Channel, a 65-track music release, and an acclaimed interactive piece. Geoff’s work producing and creating The National Parks Project earned him a Genie Award, Gemini Award, and several acknowledgements for the project’s interactive and cross-platform integration.

His next project with FilmCAN, Northwords, was released in 2012 with connected film, radio, eBook and interactive components. The film won Best Documentary at the Banff World Media International Pilot Competition and has been sold to CBC Documentary and the Knowledge Network. His latest documentary projects include Mackenzie’s Tributaries – winner of the Planet in Focus Green Pitch Award, and Beyond the Horizon, which has its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Geoff is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus and Queen’s University’s Film Studies program. He’s currently writing and developing several scripted and documentary projects with Big Cedar Films.

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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.

 

Mar 22, 2017

Nick and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Having Our Baby, misconceptions about surrogacy, reproductive tourism, laws and technology, test tube babies, and celebrating life.

More about the film here.

Trailer

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Synopsis

Having Our Baby: The Surrogacy Boom, follows Edmonton couple Sarah and Jason Geisler and surrogate Heather Chaput, and Montreal couple Phillipe Robert and Phillipe Malo and Woodstock, Ontario surrogate Eilise Marten, as they navigate the many challenges of surrogate parenting.

The film traces the steps these couples go through to connect with a surrogate mother, from first meeting (“it was a little like online dating”, one confides) through pregnancy and birth. The film also travels to the UK to hear Britain’s first commercial surrogate mother relate the high-profile public controversy she endured, and to India, where the practice of Indian women acting as surrogates for First World couples has become a contentious political issue involving charges of colonialism, mistreatment and exploitation.

Having Our Baby ranges far and wide getting expert opinion and insight on all aspects of surrogate parenting from specialists in the field including fertility counsellors and those operating fertility clinics, lawyers, medical ethicists, academics, psychologists, politicians, journalists, a group of Canadian surrogate mothers…and a vocal opponent of surrogacy.

Biography

Nick Orchard formed Vancouver-based Soapbox Productions Inc. in 1990 after returning to Canada from the UK where, for five years, he was Associate Producer on the popular series Eastenders and Brookside.

Since then, Soapbox has produced a broad variety of acclaimed, award-winning series, dramas, comedies and documentaries for Canadian and international broadcasters.

Credits include four seasons of the teen drama Northwood; two seasons of the popular astronomy series Cosmic Highway; three seasons of Double Exposure; as well as Shadow Warrior: The David McTaggart Story; Happy Birthday Blues: John Baldry in Concert; Cosmic Odyssey; and The Great Race. Soapbox also produced the award-winning O.Com; Cybersex Addiction, The New Beachcombers and A Beachcombers Christmas; the drama Tales of an Urban Indian; andthe Canadian pop music histories Shakin’ All Over, This Beat Goes On, Rise Up and Life Is a Highway. Other credits include three seasons of the children’s astronomy series Head’s Up; a 3-hour history of the comedy group Second City; three seasons of On Screen; Island Escapes; The Great Race; What Were They ThinkingIn the Shadow of the Blues; Magical Mystery Cures; and Notorious Women of the Bible. In pre-production is the feature film The McLean Boys.

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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.

 

Mar 20, 2017

Marie and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada, victimhood, calls to action, blindness to others, hope and empathy.

Read more about the commission here.

Biography

Marie Wilson served as one of three Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada following decades of experience as an award-winning journalist, trainer, and senior executive manager, including many years as the Regional Director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the CBC North region responsible for three northern territories and northern Quebec. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she has been a university professor, a high school teacher in Africa, a senior executive manager in both federal and territorial Crown Corporations, and an independent consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project management. 

Dr. Wilson was appointed the 2016 Professor of Practice in Global Governance at the Institute for Study of International Development, McGill University, and a 2016-2017 Mentor for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. In addition to awards for writing and journalism excellence, she is the recipient of a CBC North Award for Lifetime Achievement, Northerner of the Year, the Calgary Peace Prize, the Toronto Heart and Vision Award, and the Pepin Award for Access to Information. She has received Honorary Doctorates from St. Thomas University, the University of Manitoba and the Atlantic School of Theology, and has been awarded both the Order of the Northwest Territories and the Order of Canada.

Mar 17, 2017

Nouman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about self-dialogue and discovery, exclusion and empathy, racism, disrupting the status quo and something called “diversity by default.”

 Biography

Nouman Ashraf is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management area at the Rotman School of Management. He possesses a broad range of professional, academic and research interests, with a specialized focus on enabling innovative and inclusive practices within organization life.

 

For the last decade and a half, he has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto. He is a recognized thought leader in governance, and has taught thousands of directors in the national Rotman program on Not for Profit Governance in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Directors since its inception in 2007.

An award winning faculty member, Nouman teaches Emancipatory Leadership within the Executive MBA as well as the OMNIUM Global Executive MBA Program, Leading Social Innovation within the 2 and 3 Year MBA programs, and Leading across Differences within the Rotman Commerce Program. He is the Academic Director of various custom leadership programs in partnership with Rotman Executive Program clients.

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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.

 

Mar 16, 2017

Kevan and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his Canadian Screen Nominated film Hello Destroyer, truth, identity, ”ambiguity with intention,” “curious empathy” and why context is so important.

More about the film here.

Trailer

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Synopsis

A young junior hockey player's life is shattered by an in-game act of violence. In an instant his life is abruptly turned upside down; torn from the fraternity of the team and the coinciding position of prominence, he is cast as a pariah and ostracized from the community. As he struggles with the repercussions of the event, desperate to find a means of reconciliation and a sense of identity, his personal journey ends up illuminating troubling systemic issues around violence.

Biography

Kevan Funk is an award winning filmmaker, whose work has screened and won awards at various prestigious festivals around the world. His debut short, A Fine Young Man, premiered at TIFF and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Kevan's short films Yellowhead and Bison both premiered at TIFF, the former being awarded a Special Jury Prize, and both were named to Canada's Top Ten in their respective years. 

Kevan's short Destroyer, created through the TIFF Talent Lab, was runner-up for the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award. He also recognized as a highly regarded music video director, his video for BRAIDS' Miniskirt was shortlisted for this years Prism Prize award. Kevan was raised in Banff, AB, around his parent's grassroots theater company. He holds a degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC.  

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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.

 

Mar 15, 2017

Julie and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the Philadelphia Eagles, non-profits, charity, and how we as individuals and community-based organizations can create a more significant impact.

Biography

Julie Hirshey is the Director of Community Relations for the Philadelphia Eagles where she works to execute the team’s mission to serve as proud partners of the Philadelphia community.  In this role she leads the team’s efforts to support generations of Eagles fans and works to partner with non-profits throughout the region. Hirshey was instrumental in the creation of the Eagles Care initiative, which focuses on non-profit capacity building.  Her department also executes public facing corporate social responsibility initiatives such as the team’s Healthy Food Drive and Tackling Breast Cancer.  Hirshey also serves as an officer of the Eagles Charitable Foundation, which is a public charity that serves thousands of low-income children in the Greater Philadelphia region every year with a focus on improving health outcomes through vision care and autism research and services. Prior to joining the Eagles in 2000, Julie worked in the television and business affairs department at the National Hockey League in New York.  She received her BS in Sociology from Boston University where she worked for the Terriers Ice Hockey team.  Julie is a native of the Philadelphia area and comes from a family of long-time Eagles Season Ticket Members.

 

Find out more about the Philadelphia Eagles Community Outreach.

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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.

 

Mar 8, 2017

Andrew and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new book Light Come Shining, change, the “blood fo the land”, the world-weary qualities of Bob Dylan and his relevance still today.

You can purchase the book here: Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan

Or pick up the other one Andrew mentioned in the interview: Chronicles Volume 1.

Biography

Andrew McCarron is a teacher and writer born and raised in the Hudson River Valley. He holds a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology and currently runs the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics Department at Trinity School in New York City.

His first collection of poetry, Mysterium, was published by Edgewise Press in 2011, and book length study of the poets Charles North, Tony Towle, and Paul Violi, Three New York Poets, was published by Station Hill Press in 2015.

Mar 1, 2017

Paul and Face2Face host David Peck talk about pain, loss, fear, grief, and a god that never existed, celebrating life, love and relationships and the “holiness of the other.”

Paul’s New Book: Lies We Believe About God

The Shack

Find more at the end of this article!

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Synopsis

The Shack shares the story of a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith. After receiving a mysterious letter, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Biography

Wm Paul Young, author of the novels, The Shack, Cross Roads, and Eve, and recently released non-fiction Lies We Believe about God, was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua).  He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, and now enjoys the “wastefulness of grace” with his growing family in the Pacific Northwest.

Facts never tell real stories.  The journey has been both incredible and unbearable, a desperate grasping after grace and wholeness, the pain of trying to adjust to different cultures, of life losses that seemed too staggering to bear, of living with an underlying volume of shame so deep that it constantly threatened any sense of sanity, of dreams not only destroyed but obliterated by personal failure, of hope so tenuous that only the trigger seemed to offer a solution. A few facts also do not speak to the potency of love and forgiveness, the arduous road of reconciliation, the surprises of grace and community, of transformational healing and the unexpected emergence of joy.

More of Paul’s writing and related material:

Music from the movie

CrossRoads

Eve

The Shack: reflections for Every Day of the Year

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