Accountability, Optimism & Hope
Godfred and Marc and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new film Above the Law, wellness checks and reform, choice and accountability in law enforcement, impunity and optimism and the importance of having a platform and sharing your voice.Trailer here.Above The Law, premieres on CBC Docs POV and CBC Gem.And learn more about Lost Time’s work here.Synopsis:In 2013, Godfred Addai-Nyamekye suffered a vicious attack at the hands of Constable Trevor Lindsay (a member of the Calgary Police Force), in a case of apparent racial profiling and unlawful detention. Despite Godfred’s formal complaint, Constable Lindsay remained on duty, and in 2015, violently assaulted a handcuffed man, Daniel Haworth, causing him traumatic brain injuries. Lindsey has yet to be charged in the assault of Addai nearly seven years later. A third incident, also in 2015, involves a wellness check that turned deadly for 27-year-old Anthony Heffernan, an unarmed man, in his hotel room, after being shot multiple times, including three times in the head and neck, and Alberta’s top prosecutor stating that no charges would be laid.Alarmingly, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) was involved in more shooting deaths in 2018 than each of the Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Chicago, and New York police departments in the same year. Canadians need to ask themselves why this is the case, especially in a time of mounting calls to defund the police nation-wide as public outrage over systemic racism and police brutality mobilizes citizens around the world.Above The Law, an urgent and timely documentary, exposes instances of excessive and lethal force and a disturbing lack of police accountability right here in Canada.About Marc and Godfred:Marc Serpa Francoeur is co-founder of Lost Time Media and is originally from Calgary, and studied screenwriting, language, and creative non-fiction in Vancouver. After several years in Nicaragua, he returned to Canada to complete an MFA in Documentary Media with a focus on interactive storytelling.His current work includes projects in Portugal, Latin America, and Canada.Godfred Addai-Nyamekye is 32 years of age and was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He immigrated to Canada in 2006 in hopes of a better life. Life was ‘going great”, as planned — he was healthy, happy, very energetic, and active... until December 28, 2013, when I had a run-in with the police and my life changed forever.He was 23 years old at the time of the attack.Image Copyright and Credit: Marc Serpa Francouer and Lost Time 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.
Protest, Resistance & Human Rights
Mia Donovan and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Dope is Death, community acupuncture, police resistance, drug addiction, protest that leads to practical action, freedom from oppression and healthcare as a human right.TrailerAnd learn more about Mia and her work here.Synopsis:Dope is Death tells the story of how political radicals developed the first acupuncture detox clinic in America during the early 1970s. Under the leadership of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of the late Tupac Shakur, Lincoln Detox became the first and only politically run drug treat program ever funded by the government.The clinic grew out of a militant occupation of the Lincoln Hospital by members of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords who viewed heroin and methadone as weapons of chemical warfare waged on poor, black and Puerto Rican communities to pacify resistance. The clinic’s overt rejection of methadone maintenance and its deep political ties with black and Puerto Rican Nationalist groups directly confronted Nixon’s freshly launched War on Drugs campaign and Big Pharma. Despite the fact that Lincoln Detox helped thousands of people detox from heroin and methadone, the clinic was shut down in 1978. The radicals were disbanded. Some went back on the streets.Dr. Mutulu Shakur continued his work at his new clinic in Harlem called BAAANA (Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America), however the lack of government subsidies made the clinic less accessible to those who really needed it and forced them to look for other ways to procure funds.About Mia:Mia Donovan is an award-winning filmmaker based in Montreal. She made two documentaries, Inside Lara Roxx and DeProgrammed. She was the recipient of the prestigious Don Haig Award for outstanding achievement as an emerging filmmaker in 2012. Her films have been presented worldwide at film festivals, on TV broadcasts, theatrically and on digital platforms such as Netflix. In 2016 she wrote and directed her first virtual reality experience called DeProgrammed VR, which won the coveted IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling that year. She is currently in development on her first narrative feature film called The Touch of Her Flesh.She recently directed and produced her first music video for Rufus Wainwright’s song Trouble in Paradise.Image Copyright and Credit: Mia Donovan and Eye Steel 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.
Motherhood, Grief & Living Well
Judith Helfand and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Love and Stuff, Mothers, grief, defiance and resilience, living well and why we all need to do a stuff review.Watch the 10-minute version on the New York Times page here.And learn more about Judith and her work here.Synopsis:Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother die in home-hospice, filmmaker Judith Helfand becomes a “new old” single mother at 50. Overnight, she’s pushed to deal with her “stuff”: 63 boxes of her parents’ heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby’s room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half-century older than her daughter.Love & Stuff follows a set of universal, life-changing moments: death, birth, new life, the burden and blessing of your dead parent’s stuff, the insanity and exhilaration of being a new “old” single parent in your fifties and the possibility of transformation.Judith wirtes, “My parenting trajectory includes everything from the struggle to deal with all that additional baby “stuff”, to the hell of strapping baby Theo into a stroller while she’s wearing a snowsuit and I’m overweight and sweating in my winter coat, to the shame of not really being able to get down on the floor with the other parents and kids, to navigating “the terrible twos” while healing from gastric sleeve surgery, to facing the psyche-crushing threes to the thrill of losing 85 lbs and actually being able to sit at Theo’s little table in a little chair -- and get up.”About Judith:Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and make them personal, highly-charged and entertaining. Three of her films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with national broadcasts on PBS (POV), HBO and The Sundance Channel. Her films include The Uprising of ‘34, the Sundance award winning and 2X Emmy nominated Blue Vinyl, its Peabody Award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl, and Everything’s Cool.A committed field-builder and educator, Helfand co-founded Working Films in 1999, and Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2005. As part of her work at Chicken & Egg Pictures, where Helfand was Creative Director for almost a decade, she was a Producer on the Oscar-nominated, Dupont winning short, The Barber of Birmingham, and Executive Producer for the award-winning films Brooklyn Castle, Semper Fi: Always Faithful, Private Violence and Hot Girls Wanted.In 2007 Judith received a United States Artist Fellowship, one of 50 awarded annually to “America’s finest living artists.” In 2016 she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is currently in post-production on Cooked, a feature documentary about extreme heat, the politics of disaster and survival by zip code.Image Copyright and Credit: Judith Helfand.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.
Graffiti, Freedom & Truth
David Hayward and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the status quo, the burden of structure, oppression, freedom, independence and religion, alternatives to the church, comics and graffiti, trust, truth and authenticity.Find out more about his comics and writing and the NakedPastor here.About David:David Hayward is the NakedPastor and he’s a graffiti artist on the walls of religion. He’s a former pastor turned cartoonist.He helps people deconstruct without the self-destruct. He helps people lose their faith without losing their minds. I help people undress their religion to the core essential of their own unique spirituality. I call this spiritual independence.He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Diploma in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University in Montreal, and a Diploma in University Teaching from the University of New Brunswick. He served the church as a pastor for 30 years and left the ministry in 2010.Like all graffiti artists, NakedPastor uses words and images to challenge the status quo and offer hope for those who struggle and suffer under it.He coaches people who long for spiritual freedom and independence.Image Copyright and Credit: David Hayward.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.
Bias, Leadership & Mistakes
Mazarine Treyz and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the non-profit sector, relationship building, “staff and donor love”, cultures of mistakes, leadership and values, cognitive bias, authenticity and transparency, why it’s a great time to experiment.Find out more about Wild Woman Fundraising.About Mazarine:Mazarine Treyz is the CEO of Wild Woman Fundraising, a national fundraising training company. Her organization trains people with online conferences, webinars, workshops, and 10+ e-courses.Ms. Treyz has co-founded a non-profit and worked in increasingly responsible fundraising roles for 10 years. She’s trained over 16,000 people from 2011-2019 and helped nonprofits raise millions more.She specializes in non-profit leadership, fundraising careers, writing fundraising plans, direct mail, e-newsletters, and copy for online fundraising.Image Copyright and Credit: Joey Klein and William Woods 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.
Addiction & The Opioid Crisis
Joey Klein and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Castle In The Ground, the opioid crisis, addiction and empathy, vulnerability and bearing witness and about why we need to share the planet.TrailerWatch the film here in iTunes.Synopsis:Henry (Alex Wolff) is a devout caretaker of his chronically ill single mother (Neve Campbell). His girlfriend, and lone support system, is about to leave for college. His relatives and their obligatory condolences frustrate more than comfort. His only focus in life is to nurse his mother back to health; it is his only point of meaning; his obsession.When his mother suddenly dies and with him feeling largely complicit, he is left grief stricken and without purpose. Overcome now with new grief and guilt, he falls into a world of addiction, abusing his mother’s left over stash of Oxycontin 80s.The only person in his life that isn’t placating to his loss is his subversive new neighbour ANA (Imogen Poots), who’s across the hall and trying to kick her own habit just as Henry is developing his. As they form an unlikely friendship based in equal parts on drug dependency and commiseration, they become ensnared in a deadly situation involving a missing bag of drugs.About Joey:Joey Klein is a method-trained actor/filmmaker originally from Montreal. His first film The Other Half played the festival circuit in 2016 (SXSW/Los Cabos In Competition) before being theatrically released in Canada and the US. Castle In The Ground is his second film and the second instalment in a planned trilogy exploring grief, mental illness and addiction.As an actor, recent/notable credits include: Through Black Spruce, We’re Still Together (ACTRA Award 2017, Prix Iris Nomination 2018), Girl In The White Coat (Prix Iris Nomination 2013), American Gangster, and What Keeps You Alive.Image Copyright and Credit: Joey Klein and William Woods 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.
Impact Investing & Opportunity
David O’Leary and Face2Face host David Peck talk about opportunity and impact investing, burn rates, cultural taboos, entrepreneurship, and why you need to hope for the best and plan for the worst.More info here about Kind Wealth here. About David:David O’Leary is Founder & Principal at Kind Wealth, a social enterprise dedicated to democratizing access to high-quality and unbiased financial advice for underserved Canadians.Previously David was Managing Director of Origin Capital; the impact investing division of World Vision Canada. His team’s mission was to raise and deploy capital in ways that measurably improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people in the hardest to reach places. Prior to that, David was co-Founder of a financial advisory practice called Eden Valley Partners managing discretionary portfolios for High Net Worth Canadians. David spent the first 13 years of his career as Director of Manager Research with Morningstar; a global investment data & research provider.David has a variety of experiences working with vulnerable groups. He has lived, worked, and volunteered in various countries and contexts throughout Africa. One of his proudest accomplishments is founding and running Grassroots Youth Development (providing education, nutrition, and physical exercise to vulnerable youth in Khayelitsha) while living in South Africa. David also took part in the Vision 2020 program run by Toronto Foundation; an effort to teach the next generation of philanthropists about the most pressing needs facing vulnerable communities in Toronto and how to do philanthropy well.David is a frequent speaker at conferences and in the media (The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, BNN Bloomberg, CNBC Africa, etc). He holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Rotman School of Business and the Chartered Financial Analyst and Qualified Associate Financial Planner® designations. David is currently working toward Certified Professional Impact Analyst designation and has completed the first two of three levels required.Image Copyright and Credit: David O’Leary and Kind Wealth.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.