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Face2Face is hosted by change maker David Peck and is rooted in casual conversation and intelligent inspiration. David interviews film makers, actors, writers and artists of various kinds and he does it in a fun, thought
Latest Episode1/8/2022

Son Of A Critch

Mark Critch, Tim McAuliffe and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new CBC TV series Son Of A Critch, photo bombs, family life, growing up, why socializing at a wake might be a good idea and what comedy can do for us.Watch the show on CBC Gem.Synopsis:Based on Mark Critch's award-winning, best-selling memoir, SON OF A CRITCH (13x30) is the hilarious and very real story of 11-year-old Mark coming of age in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the 80s. It’s a heartfelt window into the life of a child - much older inside than his 11 years - using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world. Filmed in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the comedy stars Critch as his father; Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (The Haunting of Bly Manor, Pinocchio) as young Mark; and Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as Pop. Additional cast members include Claire Rankin (Molly’s Game) as Mark’s mother, Mary, alongside newcomers Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera, classmates of young Mark.A CBC original comedy, Son Of A Critch is created by Mark Critch and Tim McAuliffe (The Office, Last Man on Earth and MacGruber) and produced by Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek).About Mark and Tim:Mark Critch is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian comedy and has won multiple awards for both writing and performance. For fifteen years, he has starred on CBC’s flagship comedy, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. As an anchor and “roving reporter,” he has brought celebrities and politicians to Canadian living rooms across the nation. He is the host of CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival and has written for and appeared in CBC’s world-renowned Just for Laughs series. Mark is the author of two best-selling books published by Penguin. His memoir ‘Son of A Critch’ has been adapted to television and will air in January of 2022.Tim McAuliffe is a television writer/producer from Montreal, Canada. He is currently the Showrunner/Executive producer of the upcoming Paramount Plus show, Players as well as the Showrunner/Executive Producer of CBC’s Son Of A Critch. He is also a consulting producer on the Peacock series Macgruber (starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, and Ryan Philippe). Previously, he served as a Executive Producer/Showrunner/Writer of FOX TV’s, The Last Man On Earth (starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones), writer/producer on the Emmy-winning, NBC show, The Office (starring Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, and Rainn Wilson), writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, writer for NBC’s Maya & Marty (starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short), writer/producer on NBC’s Up All Night (starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and produced by Lorne Michaels). He is currently developing The Foundation with Zooey Deschanel. In Canada, he was Showrunner/Executive Producer/writer on CBC TV’s long running This Hour Has 22 Minutes and a writer for Canada’s most successful sitcom of all time, CTV’s Corner Gas.Image Copyright and Credit:CBC Productions.F2F Music and Image Copyright:David PeckandFace2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.
1/8/2022

Son Of A Critch

Mark Critch, Tim McAuliffe and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new CBC TV series Son Of A Critch, photo bombs, family life, growing up, why socializing at a wake might be a good idea and what comedy can do for us.Watch the show on CBC Gem.Synopsis:Based on Mark Critch's award-winning, best-selling memoir, SON OF A CRITCH (13x30) is the hilarious and very real story of 11-year-old Mark coming of age in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the 80s. It’s a heartfelt window into the life of a child - much older inside than his 11 years - using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world. Filmed in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the comedy stars Critch as his father; Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (The Haunting of Bly Manor, Pinocchio) as young Mark; and Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as Pop. Additional cast members include Claire Rankin (Molly’s Game) as Mark’s mother, Mary, alongside newcomers Sophia Powers and Mark Rivera, classmates of young Mark.A CBC original comedy, Son Of A Critch is created by Mark Critch and Tim McAuliffe (The Office, Last Man on Earth and MacGruber) and produced by Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek).About Mark and Tim:Mark Critch is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian comedy and has won multiple awards for both writing and performance. For fifteen years, he has starred on CBC’s flagship comedy, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. As an anchor and “roving reporter,” he has brought celebrities and politicians to Canadian living rooms across the nation. He is the host of CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival and has written for and appeared in CBC’s world-renowned Just for Laughs series. Mark is the author of two best-selling books published by Penguin. His memoir ‘Son of A Critch’ has been adapted to television and will air in January of 2022.Tim McAuliffe is a television writer/producer from Montreal, Canada. He is currently the Showrunner/Executive producer of the upcoming Paramount Plus show, Players as well as the Showrunner/Executive Producer of CBC’s Son Of A Critch. He is also a consulting producer on the Peacock series Macgruber (starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, and Ryan Philippe). Previously, he served as a Executive Producer/Showrunner/Writer of FOX TV’s, The Last Man On Earth (starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones), writer/producer on the Emmy-winning, NBC show, The Office (starring Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, and Rainn Wilson), writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, writer for NBC’s Maya & Marty (starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short), writer/producer on NBC’s Up All Night (starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and produced by Lorne Michaels). He is currently developing The Foundation with Zooey Deschanel. In Canada, he was Showrunner/Executive Producer/writer on CBC TV’s long running This Hour Has 22 Minutes and a writer for Canada’s most successful sitcom of all time, CTV’s Corner Gas.Image Copyright and Credit:CBC Productions.F2F Music and Image Copyright:David PeckandFace2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.
12/13/2021

Tradition & Turtle Island

Ep. 579
Ron Chapman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new films Shelter and From Earth to Sky, architecture, tradition and Turtle Island, xenophobia, collaboration, and common ground, and why it’s better to give than to receive.Synopsis:From Earth To Sky is a unique and inspiring story of a proud and accomplished collective of Indigenous architects, driving a movement as climate change threatens the planet. They are world leaders in aesthetic, form, sustainability and ultimately protecting mother earth. Their stories have never been more important.Shelter is the inspirational story of how these brave Jewish immigrants survived religious persecution in their homelands to build wildly successful real estate and land development businesses and help shape a growing metropolis by making it a refuge for all newcomers to Toronto.About Ron:Director and producer Ron Chapman is an award-winning Toronto filmmaker. His feature documentaries have garnered acclaim worldwide and have aired on major networks and platforms. They include: Who the F**K is Arthur Fogel, featuring Lady Gaga, U2, The Police, Madonna, Rush, and key music industry insiders; The Poet of Havana, with Carlos Varela, Benicio Del Toro, Jackson Browne; and The Forbidden Shore, an in-depth exploration of Cuba’s top musical artists.Shelter is one of three films Ron has produced and directed being released 2021. It will have its world premiere as the opening film of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, June 3, 2021. His other documentary feature From Earth to Sky, the story of seven Indigenous architects from Turtle Island, will have its world-broadcast premiere on TVO, June 21st 2021, National Indigenous Peoples Day.Ron is currently in production on a new music documentary investigating 1969’s The Toronto Rock N Roll Revival – what Rolling Stone called “the second most important\ event in rock history” – with John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, Bo Diddly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, The Doors, Chicago and more, for release 2022.For more about the film and Ron’s work head here.Image Copyright and Credit:Chapman Productions.F2F Music and Image Copyright:David PeckandFace2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.
11/22/2021

Magic, Mystery & Luck

Ep. 578
Richard Wiseman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new book David Copperfield’s History of Magic, humour as a tool, Dale Carnegie, sticky ideas, tunnel vision, a need for mystery, bored and fascinated silence, and why it’s quite handy to be likeable. David Copperfield’s History of Magic Buy it where you usually buy your books.Synopsis:An illustrated, illuminating insight into the world of illusion from the world’s greatest and most successful magician, capturing its audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the art form’s most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield’s secret museum.In this personal journey through a unique and remarkable performing art, David Copperfield profiles twenty-eight of the world’s most groundbreaking magicians. From the 16th-century magistrate who wrote the first book on conjuring to the roaring twenties and the man who fooled Houdini, to the woman who levitated, vanished, and caught bullets in her teeth,David Copperfield’s History of Magictakes you on a wild journey through the remarkable feats of the greatest magicians in history.These magicians were all outsiders in their own way, many of them determined to use magic to escape the strictures of class and convention. But they all transformed popular culture, adapted to social change, discovered the inner workings of the human mind, embraced the latest technological and scientific discoveries, and took the art of magic to unprecedented height.The incredible stories are complimented by over 100 never-before-seen photographs of artifacts from Copperfield’s exclusive Museum of Magic, including a 16th-century manual on sleight of hand, Houdini’s straightjackets, handcuffs, and water torture chamber, Dante’s famous sawing-in-half apparatus, Alexander’s high-tech turban that allowed him to read people’s minds, and even some coins that may have magically passed through the hands of Abraham Lincoln.By the end of the book, you’ll be sure to share Copperfield’s passion for the power of magic.About Richard:Professor Richard Wiseman has been described by a Scientific American columnist as ‘…one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today.’His books have sold over 3 million copies and he regularly appears on the media. Richard also presents keynote talks to organisations across the world, including The Swiss Economic Forum, Google and Amazon.He holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter, and the Independent On Sunday chose him as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.Richard is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle and has created psychology-based YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views.He also acts as a creative consultant, including work with Derren Brown, The Twilight Zone and the hit television show, Brain Games.Find out more about Richard here.Image Copyright and Credit:Photograph by Antje M. PohseggerFor more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.
11/7/2021

Friends, Family & The War on Drugs

Ep. 577
Gian Cassini and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Comala, friendship and family, truth and ambiguity, “the war on drugs”, violence and responsibility, and how intimate stories can be universal.TrailerSynopsis:Director Gian Cassini grew up the only child of a single mother in Monterrey, Mexico. His father, with whom he had only intermittent contact, had left when he was a child and started a parallel family, giving Gian a brother and sister that he came to know as he got older. In Comala, the filmmaker’s powerful and daring debut documentary, Cassini puts his magnifying glass to the ground as he embarks on an intimate true-crime odyssey that criss-crosses Mexico, stops over in Cuba, and settles in San Antonio, Texas.One family member at a time, Cassini puts together the puzzle pieces that form an image of his late father — El Jimmy, a small-time hitman and drug trafficker in Tijuana — allowing him, and the rest of his family, to make sense of the man that made them who they are.Comala, named after the town where Juan Rulfo’s landmark 1955 novel Pedro Páramo takes place, bears witness to one family’s quest for personal truth, a journey that along the way uncovers a network of men stuck within deeply-rooted patterns of machismo; victims of their own intergenerational trauma. Cassini unpacks this web of toxic masculinity that has informed his own life and addresses the pain of abandonment head on. In searching for the root of his own family’s heartbreak, Cassini’s story offers unprecedented access into the personal ramifications of Mexico’s War on Drugs and gives voice to the countless women and children who are left behind by the vicious cycles of violence, drug abuse, and internalized misogyny at its core.About Gian:Gian Cassini is a documentary filmmaker based in Monterrey, Mexico. He is a writer, editor, producer, and director of features, short films, and television series. He has participated in different filmmaking programs including the IDFA Academy, DocMontevideo, Impulso Morelia, and the Logan NonFiction Program. Comala marks his debut feature.Image Copyright and Credit:IMAGYX Entertainment and Gian Cassini.F2F Music and Image Copyright:David PeckandFace2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.
10/22/2021

Oscar Peterson & Musical Genius

Ep. 576
Barry Avrich and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Oscar Peterson: Black & White, generosity, fear and confidence, music as a universal, the civil rights movement and Oscar’s Hymn To Freedom, and the alchemy of music.Learn more about Barry here and watch the film streaming Crave and HBO.Synopsis:Oscar Peterson: Black & White is a ground-breaking “docu-concert” that deeply explores the life and legacy of jazz icon and composer, Oscar Peterson: his sound, stardom, and cult of virtuoso. Oscar Peterson is the one jazz figure who had, and still has, the larger-than-life quality of jazz royalty. Other jazz artists from Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole to Duke Ellington and John Coltrane became legends but Oscar, like Picasso or Mozart, had an undeniable style rooted not just in his genius but in his relentless performances and personality. The documentary delves into the seven-decade career of the musical genius: from his days as a child prodigy to the development of his signature sound on recordings with his trio, from his collaborations with huge stars to his shifts to brilliant solo performances around the world — as well as his tenacious experiences confronting racism and segregation while touring in the United States which culminated in his epic composition of Hymn to Freedom.Set against a backdrop of civil rights and racial discrimination, this “docu-concert” will examine an extraordinary life journey, from prodigy to legend.There was only one Oscar Peterson. As the man himself prophesied, “Ain’t but a few of us left.”About Barry:Acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Barry Avrich is responsible for over 50 documentaries and best known for provocative exposes of Hollywood power brokers such as Lew Wasserman (The Last Mogul), Harvey Weinstein (The Reckoning), Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, David Foster: Off the Record and the critically acclaimed film Prosecuting Evil.Avrich has also produced the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Canadian Screen Awards broadcasts. In 2007, Avrich built the world’s first state-of-the-art movie theatre in a hospital at Toronto’s SickKids. Barry Avrich also directs and produces the prestigious Stratford Festival 'Stage to Screen' films.In 2016, Avrich released his best-selling memoir, Moguls, Monsters and Madmen.Image Copyright and Credit:Melbar Entertainment Group/Barry AvrichF2F Music and Image Copyright:David PeckandFace2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.
10/15/2021

Headlines & Perspective

Ep. 575
Wi Ding HO and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his poetic, compelling and intimate new film Terrorizers, challenging the status quo, fragmented headlines, choice and responsibility, perspective, sympathy and loneliness and why we’re all just looking to be loved.Synopsis:“A slashing incident connects a group of disillusioned youths, in director Wi Ding HO’s powerful look at the truth beyond the headlines. A splendid, tragic fresco of the lost life of youths in pre-COVID Taipei,Terrorizersis his latest film. Ho returns to directing with a complex, multiple-narrative work that defies genre definitions and classic film structure. Reality can be captured through cinema, but there is a gap between what an image shows and what really is — between representation and the real world. What lies behind the headlines, what happens around tragedy, forms the prism of events at the core of Ho’s story of passion, love, and vengeance — illuminated fragments of scattered lives.Terrorizersis a powerful story that investigates the origins of violence and finds poetry within aesthetics, while giving voice to a remarkable ensemble cast.”With thanks to TIFF and Giovanna FulviAbout Wi Ding Ho:A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, born and raised in Malaysia and currently based in Taipei, Wi Ding HO is truly a versatile international filmmaker. Wi Ding’s audacity is not only reflected in the choice of his subjects but also in his stylistic approach. His audacious style was first noticed at Cannes’s Critics Week with his short film Respire, where it won two awards and later Best Fantasy Short Film at Sitges Fantasy International Award. Back in 2005, the film depicted a distant future where people were required to wear masks by law because of the air born virus.Wi Ding’s debut feature Pinoy Sunday was a comedy of manners, devoid of strong visuals, but rather focusing on performance and story. Wi Ding tackles the challenge of shooting a culture and a language both utterly foreign to him. He also continued to push the envelope as he defied the definition of Taiwanese Cinema with a film featuring 90% of non-Mandarin language and two non- Taiwanese leads. The film landed Wi Ding a much-coveted Chinese- Oscar Golden Horse Award for Best New Director.His last feature film Cities of Last Things, in the form of a triptych, pinpoints three extraordinary nights in the life of a common man, as told with reverse chronology.Each vignette examines his relationships with women, which result in life-changing events. It won the Platform Award at the Toronto International Film Festival andGrand Jury Prize in Beuane Film Festival of France, both voted unanimous by juries.Terrorizers is his latest feature film and is making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.Image Copyright and Credit:Changehe Films Ltd and Wing Di HoF2F Music and Image Copyright:David PeckandFace2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.
10/9/2021

Memory, Film & Faces

Ep. 574
Bianca Stigter and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Three Minutes - A Lengthening, Kodak memories, human stories and faces as traces, film as a record, family and history and why everyone wants to be seen.Synopsis:Three Minutes - A Lengthening presents a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its ending. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet.The three minutes of footage, mostly in colour, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. The existing three minutes are examined to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid.The footage is imaginatively edited to create a film that lasts more than an hour. Different voices enhance the images. Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David Kurtz, provides his knowledge of the footage. Maurice Chandler, who appears in the film as a boy, shares his memories.Actress Helena Bonham Carter narrates the film essay.About Bianca:Bianca Stigter is an historian and cultural critic. She made the short film essays Three Minutes -Thirteen Minutes – Thirty Minutes (2014) and I Kiss This Letter - Farewell Letters from Amsterdammers (2018). She is associate producer of Steve McQueen’s feature films 12 Years a Slave and Widows. In 2019 she published the book Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945.Image Copyright and Credit:Family Affair Films and Bianca StigterF2F Music and Image Copyright:David PeckandFace2Face. Used with permission.For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visithis site here.With thanks to Josh Snethlage andMixed Media Sound.