Face2Face with David Peck

7/3/2020

Protest, Resistance & Human Rights

Ep. 512
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.
6/30/2020

Motherhood, Grief & Living Well

Ep. 511
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.
6/26/2020

Graffiti, Freedom & Truth

Ep. 510
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.
6/19/2020

Addiction & The Opioid Crisis

Ep. 508
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.
6/11/2020

Impact Investing & Opportunity

Ep. 507
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.
6/8/2020

Media, Influence, Fake News

Ep. 506
Richard, Dianne and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Influence, fake news, lies and untruth, oppression and power, information overload, moral arcs and the politics of spectacle.TrailerGet tickets at Hot Docs online.And learn more about the film here.Synopsis:Influence is a profile of the morally slippery British reputation manager, Lord Timothy Bell. Born into a modest working class family, Bell climbed his way to the heights of global power, first spinning Margaret Thatcher into the “Iron Lady”, then working for the successors of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; later branching out into France, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and elsewhere.In 1998, Bell co-founded the legendary PR firm Bell Pottinger, which quickly earned a reputation for representing even the most unsavory characters, regardless of the circumstances. In tracking the particulars of Bell’s extraordinary life, the film examines the politicization of modern communication over the last 40 years—the winding journey from advertising to algorithms; television to Twitter.Influence examines how Bell and his associates shaped and co-opted the very institutions on which our governance systems are premised, quietly entrenching one of the most sophisticated—and successful—business ventures of recent times: the weaponization of democracy.About the Directors:Richard Poplak is an award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker. He has become one of the most widely read and controversial political journalists in SouthAfrica, editing at large for Daily Maverick.Poplak has reported from over 30 developing countries for news outlets across the world, and he was part of a team that won theprestigious Global Shining Light Award for investigative journalism.Diana Neille is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker from Johannesburg, South Africa. A 2011 alumna of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Neille has subsequently co-founded two media startups with the intention of fostering long-form investigative storytelling and documentary filmmaking at a time when journalism is facing unprecedented challenges globally.Image Copyright and Credit: StoryScope Productions and Richard Poplak and Dianne Neille. Used with permission.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.
6/5/2020

Mexico's Traumatic Past

Ep. 505
Rodrigo Reyes and Face2Face host David Peck talk about 499, time travel, Colonialism, the importance of listening, trauma and systemic violence, the destruction of knowledge and the beauty of cinema.TrailerGet tickets here at Hot Docs online.And learn more about the film here.Synopsis:The year 2021 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. To commemorate the historical occasion, director Rodrigo Reyes offers a bold, hybrid cinema experience, mixing non-fictional and narrative elements with components of a road movie.Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador, Reyes recreates Hernán Cortez’s epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City.As the anachronistic fictional character interacts with real victims and subjects of Mexico’s failed drug wars, the filmmaker portrays the country’s current humanitarian crisis as part of a brutal and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, 499 years later.About Rodrigo:Mexican-born American director Rodrigo Reyes has screened his award-winning work worldwide, at festivals such as Morelia International Film Festival, BFI London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, garnering highly positive reviews in Variety and the New York Times.Rodrigo has received significant support for his work from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute and more; his work has been featured on America ReFramed and Netflix.He is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the Creative Capital Award.Image Copyright and Credit: LaMaroma Productions and Rodrigo Reyes. Used with permission.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.
5/27/2020

Episode 504 - Liz Marshall - Meat The Future

Ep. 504
Liz Marshall and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Meat the Future, big, urgent questions, the good food institute, our moral compass, solution focused stories and clean meat.TrailerMore info here about Meat The Future here.Stream it now on CBC Gem.Synopsis:With animal agriculture occupying roughly 45% of the world’s ice-free surface area, producing more greenhouse gases than cars, the prospect of meat consumption doubling by 2050 is a wake-up call for solutions. The future may lie with “clean meat,” also referred to as “cell-based,” and “cultivated” meat – a food science that grows real meat from animal cells, without slaughtering animals.Meat the Future chronicles the birth of a revolutionary industry, and the mission to make it delicious, affordable and sustainable. Documented exclusively from 2016-2019, by award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall (The Ghosts in Our Machine), the film follows pioneering food scientists who are risking everything to bring their product to supermarkets and restaurants in the near future. This timely character-driven documentary focuses largely on former Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Uma Valeti, co-founder and CEO of American start-up company Memphis Meats. In 2016, Valeti and his team unveiled an $18K/lb meatball. At the forefront of the industry, Memphis Meats has attracted tens of millions of dollars in investment from billionaire influencers and corporate food giants. Their confidence is buoyed by the plummeting price of the product-in-progress.There are salivating moments as well, as top-ranked chefs perform their magic on the meat-of-the-future.Says director Marshall “The future of cell-based meat is unknown, but its revolutionary promise and journey into the world is a powerful story that I believe will stand the test of time.”About Liz:Liz Marshall is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker. Since the 1990s she has written, produced, directed, and filmed diverse international and socially conscious documentaries. Her work has been released theatrically, been broadcast globally, made available digitally, and has screened for hundreds of grassroots communities around the globe.Marshall’s visionary feature-length films explore social justice and environmental themes driven by strong characters. The impact of Liz’s critically acclaimed documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine is reflected in an extensive global evaluation report funded by the Doc Society.Marshall’s current feature documentary Meat The Future, chronicles the birth of the “clean” “cultured” “cell-based” meat industry in America through the eyes of pioneer Dr. Uma Valeti.Previous titles include Midian Farm, Water On The Table, the HIV/AIDS trilogy for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the War Child Canada/MuchMusic special Musicians in the Warzone, and the music documentary archive of folk-icon Ani DiFranco.Image Copyright and Credit: Liz Marshall and Meat The Future Inc.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.