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I had the pleasure of interviewing filmmaker Byron Hurt about his journey as a document filmmaker and his work as an anti-sexist activist. Listen to the play back of AAU Conversations with Deli with host Verdel Jones as she talks to this award winning filmmaker.
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, "REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT." His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.
Byron's latest film, Soul Food Junkies, won the CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. Soul Food Junkies aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens in January and April 2013.
A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Hurt’s next film is called Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?
Twitter: @byronhurt - Website: bhurt.com
#ConversationsLIVE host Cyrus Webb welcomes filmmaker Samir to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss the journey of making the film IRAQI ODYSSEY and what he hopes those who see it take away from it.
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Nora Maccoby is an energy strategist and an award-winning filmmaker who trained in theater directing and playwriting at Oberlin College and earned an MFA in Film Directing from The American Film Institute, where she won numerous awards. She co-wrote "Bongwater" and "Buffalo Soldiers" which was nominated for 6 Independent Spirit Awards and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay in 2003.
In 2002, while researching a film on the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada, West Indies, she began working with the local government to develop clean energy solutions and later worked with leaders to create Nature’s Partners, a bipartisan energy literacy initiative and common ground for a national energy conversation. Nora is a champion of clean energy technologies and a strategist for bringing them to the public. She has appeared on C-Span, led workshops internationally, and brought together leaders in the investment world with green technology experts. http://www.maccoby.com/nora
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Guest: MICHAEL G. KEHOE (Actor/Director) With the recent success of his Short Film HUSH, Micheal G. Kehoe stops by to talk about his JOURNEY as an Artist, and his DEDICATION to making movies that can be ENJOYED by the Masses.
Michael's short Film won over 30 Film Festival Awards, and will soon be turned into a FEATURE FILM. MIchael has enjoyed FILM FESTIVAL success, not only with his new short HUSH, but also with his short film SECOND DANCE, both can be viewed on youtube. MIcheal's first job in HOLLYWOOD was as SYLVESTER STALLONE'S assistant on ROCKY IV. MIchael expertly guides us through his journey from DREAM to MANIFESTATION, from BARTENDER to FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR. He reminds the ASPIRING FILMMAKER to Follow Thru with Their Dream, Have Patience, Learn a little about everything pertaining to Filmmaking, and to Believe in themselves no matter WHAT.
http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0253107/ Twitter: @MikeyKehoe
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Filmmaker Frank M Calo is an independent film producer and director with over 20 years of industry experience in a broad range of capacities. His critically acclaimed The Believer, starring Ryan Gosling and Billy Zane, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival. Before moving into independent producing, Frank worked on studio pictures for Lions Gate and New Line with such greats as Robert DeNiro, Demi Moore, Mike Myers, Shelly Winters, Queen Latifah, and Marlon Brando. A graduate of the NYU Tisch School of Film, Frank taught film for the Columbia Graduate Film Program, Harvard Film Program, and the International Film and Television Workshop in Rockport, ME. Frank’s latest project is a documentary, Hernan of Panama. This film will take you on an inspirational flight of one man’s mesmerizing journey from the jungles of Venezuela to the cities of Panama, where he is known throughout Panama as HERNAN DE PANAMA. Watch the trailer here. Frank has a Kickstarter campaign in progress to help with financing his project, and he anticipates returning to Panama to complete the filming in January of 2016. A trusted friend of Hernan brought the project to Producers Doug Proctor and Frank M. Calo's attention, and they fell in love with this man's incredible journey. This is an unusual story, and Frank will share details of why he decided to make this film. After the interview, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
Dante James is an award-winning independent filmmaker of dramatic and documentary films. He joined the University of Dayton as adjunct faculty. He has served as the Assistant Director of the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University. Artist in residence at Duke University. In 2006, James won a National Emmy for his work as series producer of the critically acclaimed PBS documentary series, "Slavery and the Making of America." He is the recipient of two Washington, DC region Emmy awards. His most recent documentary “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris jazz Story” has screened at film festivals in Paris and Biarritz, France and was awarded best documentary at the 2010 Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, France.
He wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed dramatic short film “The Doll.” Based on a short story by Charles W. Chesnutt, "The Doll" was named best dramatic short film at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. In 2003, for Blackside Films in Boston, MA, he executive produced the PBS series, "This Far by Faith." His earlier work at Blackside has been honored with the DuPont Columbia Silver Baton. Dante James has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University. He was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Grand Valley State University. He served as guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He plans to return to Cape Town next year to make a film with a black South African resident of the Khayelitshia Township. Additional projects under development include a series of dramatic short films based on classic African American short stories, two independent feature films a feature documentary on Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party.
It takes a lot to be a passionate writer, or have the vision to be a talented director, and the creativity to be a great producer. For many Indie Filmmakers, being all three, is just the nature of how to get things done. But our guest, on A Reel Point Of View this week, does more than just "get things done". Nia Malika Dixon is an accomplished writer, director, and producer. An expressive woman, who's gifts in story telling, give us a glimpes into the mind, heart and soul of this strong individual. Please tune in for our conversation with this passionate filmmaker, as she shares her courage, insight and experiences as they relating to Independent Films.
Our show will be broadcast live on Blog Talk Radio and from 11:00 pm until 11:30 pm EDT, then continuing the conversation on Google Hangouts On Air from 11:30 pm until 12:00 am-ish EDT...
Algonquin Elder Mike Bastine will possibly also join us tonight.
Adrian Esposito is a young prolific filmmaker. He is 26 years old and has already made seven films many of which have won awards. Adrian’s films tend to focus on social issues and subjects that have faced significant challenges in life. Diagnosed as having autism as a child, Adrian has faced many challenges of his own. His history includes dealing with many educational and social barriers but he remains positive focusing on his talents and strengths rather than limitations.
“Inspired by his love of film, Adrian began to take classes at The Animation Workshop at Animatus Studio in Rochester when he was 12 years old. This study opened a door for him. He found a way to express himself using the vocabulary and the medium of film,” writes journalist Jim Memmott in an article about Adrian Esposito in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Oct 18, 2008). In 2008, Adrian received his certificate in Radio & Television Broadcasting from Monroe #1 BOCES EMCC. He continues to study filmmaking with Animatus Studio.
Adrian feels that his Autism works well with his filmmaking. “People with this disorder tend to hyper focus on an area of interest, my interest area has always been movies,” says Adrian.
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes filmmaker and author Gregory P. Wolk to #ConversationsLIVE to discus his love of words and what it's been like to see his words come to life.
Cassidy McMillan is an award-winning filmmaker who is currently directing and producing the critically acclaimed feature documentary on bullying, youth suicide, and a precedent setting court case on bullying, BULLIES AND FRIENDS. The documentary, which has been noted as an educational resource by the United Nations Association and academic organizations, is currently being prepped for worldwide release on DVD and TV. Cassidy McMillan made the film when she learned that teens were committing suicide due to bullying. She set out to make a difference with a film that presents solutions to bullying to teens and schools, and could serve as a learning tool in schools and communities.
Cassidy is also an actress in theater, film, television, and voice-overs and recently starred in a four week southern California production of the Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage". Other acting roles in theater plays and musicals include "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Noises Off!", "Oliver", "Good Morning Miss Vickers". She's also produced and stage managed theater productions. She's a Member of the Screen Actors Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and has worked on productions for the Discovery Channel, AMC, Warner Bros. and additional shows and films.
More Information and Contact information can be found at www.CassidyMcMillan.com and www.BulliesAndFriends.com
You can Follow Cassidy on Twitter @CassidyMcM and "Like" BULLIES AND FRIENDS FILM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BulliesAndFriendsFilm
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Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, media commentator, Sikh activist and interfaith leader who centers her work on storytelling for social change. She has made many award-winning films and led multimedia campaigns on a wide range of issues. She is the founder of Groundswell Movement, the nation’s largest multi-faith online organizing community of over 200,000 members.
Valarie is a regular television commentator on MSNBC and opinion contributor to CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, to name a few. A Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary, she regularly teaches “storytelling for social change” to students, organizers, and interfaith groups.
Valarie is currently the Media and Justice Fellow at Stanford Law School where she co-founded Faithful Internet and advocates for Internet freedom and access. In 2013, she was named “Person of the Year” by India Abroad and one of eight Asian American “Women of Influence.” Visit http://valariekaur.com and www.groundswell-mvmt.org. Watch Valarie’s address at the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions.
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Tonight I will have G.Brian Benson on my Vitural Sofa to chit chat with me about his amazing projects. Brian is a very talented Author/Actor/Filmmaker/Storyteller and much more, This man wears many hats. I will talk to him about his current and future projects. I am a fan of his motivational quotes, and I will ask him about his own personal inspiration, motivation and much more. Be sure to check out his Website at www.gbrianbenson.com and read up all about his projects. This young man does incredible things, and inspires others. He def. inspires me, and I am sure that you will feel the same way once get to know him a little closer. That is exactly why I invited him to this show. I want my listener to learn about this incredible man.
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