Climate Change, Dreaming and Truth
Damon Gameau and Face2Face host David Peck talk about climate change, fact based dreaming, micro grids, seaweed, shared truth and inertia, and why we need to leave our happy bubbles.TrailerMake sure you check into the vision for the film and how we’re going to get there. Head to the Campaign here.Synopsis:2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now. The 2040 journey began with award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film). Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and change makers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability. Drawing on their expertise, he sought to identify the best solutions, available to us now, that would help improve the health of our planet and the societies that operate within it. From marine permaculture to decentralised renewable energy projects, he discovered that people all over the world are taking matters into their own hands.This journey is the central premise for the documentary ‘2040’, a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process.It is a positive vision of what ‘could be’, instead of the dystopian future we are so often presented.About the Director:Gameau graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Artwith a degree in Performing Arts in 1999. In 2011, he won the short film competition, Tropfest with his animation Animal Beatbox.In 2014, he announced the production of the documentary That Sugar Film, in which he relates the dire mood swings and weight gain he experienced after taking on the low-fat, high-sugar diet for 60 days.Gameau wrote a companion book for the film,That Sugar Book, which reached the top of the Health & Well-being best-seller lists in Australia. That Sugar Film is the highest grossing Australian documentary released in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand.His most recent film,2040, is a documentary is a letter to his 4-year-old daughter showing her what the world could look like in 2040 if we put into action the best solutions to many of our environmental challenges. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and has recently become one of the highest grossing Australian documentaries of all time in Australia. He also wrote an accompanying book, 2040: handbook for the regeneration'.He appeared in the 2009 feature film Balibo, in which he plays the part of Seven Networkreporter Greg Shackleton. He starred as Scotsman Andy Maher in the Australian TV miniseries Underbelly. Gameau starred as Sonny in the Australian movie Thunderstruck, a tale of a group of friends and their devotion to AC/DC and in particular Bon Scott. And has also appeared in many other meaningful projectsGameau is in a relationship withactress,Zoe Tuckwell-Smith and together they have one child, daughter, Velvet Gameau.Image Copyright and Credit: Damon GameauF2F 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.
Black Pioneers, History & Counter Narratives
Tiyahna and Merryl-Royce and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Black Pioneers who have shaped Canada, counter narratives, systemic racism, history and their important new book Trailblazers.Head to the Kickstarter Campaign here.Synopsis:Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada is a disruptive children’s book thatintroduces readers to Canada’s Black historythrough the brave, shocking and real-life stories of our country’s Black pioneers.This Canadian book featuresthe incredible and under-told stories of over 40 Black trailblazerswith representation across regions, time periods, professions, ethnicities and other intersections. Each short story is written in rhyme form and accompanied by beautiful illustrations so little ones are engaged while they read and learn.This hardcover anthology will be a beautiful family keepsake and a meaningful gift for young readers.With each short story carefully written as a poem, this book brings historical facts to life and is perfect for reading aloud before bed or as an immersive teaching resource.Trailblazers is a much needed Canadian read that can be enjoyed by people of all ages!About Tiyahna and Merryl-Royce:Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore:Tiyahna is alifelong bookworm and the author andresearcher of Trailblazers. As a dedicatedsocial advocate, Tiyahna believes in thetransformative power of inclusiverepresentation and intersectional story-telling.Tiyahna has a Master's degree in Public Policyand is a member of the Society of Children'sBook Writers and Illustrators.Merryl-Royce Ndema-Moussa:Merryl-Royce is a passionate,self-taught artist and the illustrator of Trailblazers. As a new father, Merryl-Royce hopes to leverage his artistic skill set to foster a more equitableworld for the next generation.Image Copyright and Credit: Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore and Merryl-Royce Ndema-Moussa.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.
Melodies, Music & Hope
Inna Modja and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film The Great Green Wall, representation, climate refugees, new narratives, gender disparity, music, melody and hope and about a green wall that unites.Trailer hereFind out more about The Great Green Wall here and visit Inna Modja’s site to learn more about her music and her activism.“Shines a light on one of the world’s most ambitious, but unsung initiatives to tackle climate change” Variety MagazineSynopsis:Executive Producer Fernando Meirelles (Academy Award-Nominated Director of City of God & The Constant Gardener) and Malian musician-activist Inna Modja take us on an epic journey along Africa's Great Green Wall — an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000 km 'wall of trees’ stretching across the entire width of the continent to restore land and provide a future for millions of people.Traversing Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Ethiopia, Modja follows the burgeoning Great Green Wall through Africa’s Sahel region — one of the most vulnerable places on earth (temperatures are rising 1.5 times faster than the global average) —laying bare the acute consequences of severe land degradation and accelerating climate change the Wall aims to counteract: increasing desertification, drought, resource scarcity, radicalization, conflict and migration. A Buena Vista Social Club meets Year of Living Dangerously, frontline characters give voice to a continent at a crossroads — stories Modja echoes on a sublime album.With the support of insightful musical collaborators (Didier Awadi, Songhoy Blues, Waje, and Betty G), Modja endeavors to amplify the promise of the Great Green Wall in helping to address the urgency of the real-time threats facing her beleaguered homeland. With almost half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 1 billion people under the age of 15 — a population set to more than double by 2050 — and over 80% surviving on some form of agriculture, upwards of 60 million people are expected to make a massive exodus.Although the film does the groundwork for a climate change cautionary tale, The Great Green Wall provides a refreshing story of resilience, optimism and collection action. If completed, the Wall will be the largest living structure on earth, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef — a new world wonder.As Modja passionately pursues an African Dream for a generation seeking to control their own destiny, she reminds us of the enormity of the task ahead and that time is not on our side. The resulting journey of hope, hardship and perseverance reveals our shared human condition, reflecting a deeper moral and existential question we all must confront: "Will we take action before it's too late?”About Inna:A renowned Malian musician and activist, Modja has released three studio albums: Everyday Is a New World, Love Revolution and Motel Bamako —combining Sahelian desert blues, Motown soul, pop and hip-hop.As a global ambassador for the UN, Modja uses music in her activism — raising awareness about climate, migration and social justice issues. Modja is a vocal women's rights activist and a survivor of female genital mutilation.Image Copyright and Credit: Make Waves Productions and Inna Modja.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.
Wine, Epiphany, Trust & Simplicity
Joe Pantoliano and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film From the Vine, existential crises, epiphanies, trust and loyalty, simple things, wine making, choice and risk taking and finding peace of mind.It’s one of the top 5 films in Canada right now!Trailer hereAnd watch the film on Google Play, Youtube or iTunes.Synopsis:A downtrodden man experiences an ethical crisis and travels back to his hometown in rural Italy to recalibrate his moral compass. There he finds new purpose in reviving his grandfather's old vineyard, offeringthesmall townofAcerenza a sustainable future, and reconnecting with his estranged family intheprocess.From The Vine is a story about Italy, humour, life, love, wine, and how one man finds himself again in a world that had counted him out. From The Vine is based on the award-winning 2010 novel Finding Marco, by renowned author Ken Cancellara. The book was published in Canada and Italy, and it received several awards.About Joe:With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run, Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive, Cypher in The Matrix and Teddy in Memento.Pantoliano was born September 12, 1951 in Hoboken, New Jersey, the son of Mary (Centrella) and Dominic Pantoliano, first-generation Italian Americans who split when Joe was twelve years old (though they never officially divorced). His mother was a seamstress and bookie, and his father was a hearse driver and foreman at a factory. Despite suffering from severe dyslexia that made studies difficult for him, Pantoliano displayed acting talent from an early age and moved to Manhattan after high school to pursue an acting career.After four years in Manhattan that included auditions, acting classes, waiting tables and a role as Billy Bibbit in the touring production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Joe Pantoliano moved to California to pursue television and film acting. Joe was successful in landing a number of television roles before getting his feature film debut in The Idolmaker, but his true Hollywood breakthrough came with his turn opposite a 21-year-old Tom Cruise as ruthless pimp Guido in 1983's Risky Business.A wide array of TV and film roles followed that have led Joe to work with many of Hollywood's brightest talents, both on-screen and off, including Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Lilly & Lana Wachowski, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Christopher Nolan and many others.Winner of a primetime Emmy for his work on The Sopranos, for which he also received two SAG Award nominations, Joe Pantoliano is married to former model Nancy Sheppard, with whom he has two daughters, Daniella and Isabella.Pantoliano also has a son, Marco, from a previous marriage, and a stepdaughter, Melody.Image Copyright and Credit: Mythic Productions and Far Point 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.
A journey of loss, rebirth & survival
Marie Clements and MozhdahJamalzadah and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new film Red Snow, ways of seeing, things we have in common, 10,000 words for snow and how racism happens everywhere.Trailer hereMore about the film here.And watch the film on Google Play, Youtube or iTunes.Synopsis:Dylan, a Gwich'in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is caught in an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander releases a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.The Far North meets the Middle East in a journey of loss and rebirth that lays bare the land, blood ties, and two ancient cultures that collide to re-imagine a future born of 10,000 words for snow.About Mozhdah and Marie:Marie Clements has ignited her brand of artistry within a variety of mediums including film, TV, radio, and live performance. Her latest project, the feature drama Red Snow has won Most Popular Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature Film at the Edmonton International Film Festival; earned nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film, and won the Best Director of a Feature at the 2019 American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) in San Francisco and Best Achievement in Film from the L.A. Skins Festival in Los Angeles.Red Snow has recently been nominated for 10 Leo Awards and her feature music documentary, The Road Forward, produced by the NFB premiered at Hot Docs, opened the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, closed the 2018 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, receiving five Leo Awards including Best Production, Best Director, and Best Screenwriter. The Road Forward has screened at over 300 venues in North America also receiving a Best Director Award at the AIFF, as well as, a Writer’s Guild Nomination for Best Documentary Screenplay in 2018,. A 2019 Telefilm Canada Birks Diamond Tribute to Women In Film recipient, Marie was also nominated for a DGC Best Director Award for her work on Red Snow. She received the WFF Women on Top Award and WIFTTV Spotlight Impact Award 2018.Her documentary Looking at Edward Curtis premiered at DOXA and The Yorkton Film Festival with four nominations for Best Documentary and premiered on Knowledge Network last summer 2018. Her multi-award-winning films have screened at Cannes, TIFF, MOMA, VIFF, Whistler Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival and ImagineNATIVE Film Festival.Her play The Unnatural and Accidental Women opened the first national Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this fall, and her opera Missing toured nationally both to critical acclaim. Marie’s fifteen plays have been presented on some of the most prestigious stages for Canadian and international work garnering numerous awards and publications including the 2004 Canada- Japan Literary Award, and two prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award nominations.MCM is an independent media production company owned and operated by Clements specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that explore an Indigenous and intercultural reality.Mozhdah Jamazadah is the first Afghan woman to brave death threats in order to host her own talk show and cover sensitive subjects impacting Afghan women and children.She plays Khartira the educated daughter of Dylan’s Afghan translator Aman. Mozhdah never calls herself the Oprah of Afghanistan. That’s just the name her adoring fans—which includes individuals like Barack and Michelle Obama as well as Ms. Winfrey herself—have given her. That’s because, like Oprah, this Kabul-born, Vancouver-based icon has sparked conversations and inspired women all over the world as a bold, big-hearted example of female leadership.Through her internationally renowned music career and ground-breaking television show The Mozhdah Show, Mozhdah has inspired profound respect and serious controversy in equal measure. She’s the first Afghan artist to produce hit records in English, capturing a global audience and performing on international stages. She’s the first Afghan woman to brave death threats in order to host her own talk show and cover sensitive subjects impacting Afghan women and children.She’s also the first Afghan to perform in the White House, to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show, or to express her mission of empowerment on CNN, Time, and other major news outlets. Mozhdah appeared on ET Canada as a guest co-host and was a panelist on CBC’s Canada Reads 2018 with Jeanne Becker and other prominent Canadian celebrities. Having just recently stepped into the acting industry, she has already booked a number of TV shows and commercials. In this her first leading role in a feature film, Mozhdah plays Khatira the spirited daughter of translator Aman.Image Copyright and Credit: Marie Clements and Principia Productions.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.
Rejection, Modern Life & Mega Churches
Ali Weinstein and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film #Blessed, mermaids, fear of rejection, authenticity, mega churches and loneliness and finding ourselves disenchanted with modern life.Trailer hereWatch #Blessed on CBC POV Docs here.Synopsis:C3 is an Evangelical church that opened in Toronto in 2013, quickly amassing a large following amongst the city’s young, hip and tattooed. #BLESSED offers an intimate look inside this fast-growing millennial church and follows the process of selling salvation in the 21st century as Pastor Sam and his team grow the church from two locations to three, living out their mission to save as many Torontonian souls as possible.While following Sam as he works to set up his newest church, the film also tells the stories of several of the church’s young members, who let us in on what compelled them to search for salvation. Aspiring pastor David works on a new and chaste relationship with his girlfriend Mona as he prepares to go to C3 College in Australia for a year. Former party girl Aimee’s life does a 180 as she turns from coke and a relationship with a woman to a celibate and church centred life. And Conan throws himself further into the church community while struggling to believe. We also meet Galen, a young academic studying C3, who wants to get to the bottom of what is making this church so attractive to millennials and raises questions about the church’s tactics.Though millennials are incessantly in touch with the world, constantly over sharing and over consuming on their phones, it’s no secret that this generation is lonelier than ever. C3 offers messages of love and community to its followers, along with a weekly rock show and traditional Evangelical values. Much like the other viral church start-ups of the 21st century, this church is tapping into something very real and apparently very needed in the hearts of millennials. While Sam and his team have given church a modern rebranding, it becomes clear as the characters’ stories unfold that what these youth are searching for is not new at all. But how will C3’s new followers react to the church’s conservative Christian values beneath the shiny new packaging?About Ali:Ali Weinstein is a documentary director and producer based in Toronto. Her directorial debut MERMAIDS, about a group of women who strongly identify with the powerful aquatic archetype, premiered at Hot Docs in 2017. Mermaids has screened at many international festivals since and has been broadcast in Canada, Israel, Brazil, France, and Germany. In 2018, Ali co-directed The Impossible Swim for TSN as part of their Engraved on a Nation series. She has two films at this year’s Hot Docs Festival – she directed #Blessed (CBC Docs POV) about the stunning success of an evangelical church amongst Toronto millennials, and she produced Lulu Wei’s There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace (CBC Docs POV) about the redevelopment of the iconic Toronto block where the world famous Honest Ed's store once lived.She holds an MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University, and her previous work includes two years as Associate Producer at Primitive Entertainment. Ali is also a proud board member of Breakthroughs Film Festival, Canada’s only festival devoted to showcasing short films by emerging women identified and non-binary directors.Image Copyright and Credit: Ali Weinstein and Notice Pictures.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.
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.