Face2Face with David Peck
Ancient Stories, Ceremony & The Land
Sarah Loretta Todd and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Monkey Beach, indigenous storytelling, delicate spaces, narrative anchors, displacement and why it’s in the bones and blood.TrailerMore about the film hereSynopsis:Waking up in her East Van apartment nursing another hangover, Lisa (Grace Dove) is served notice by her cousin’s ghost (Sera-Lys McArthur), "Your family needs you." Reunited with her Haisla kin in Kitimaat Village, she realizes that she’s meant to save her brother (Joel Oulette) from a tragic fate she’s foreseen since childhood. Of course, there’s also the matter of contending with the mystical creatures lurking in the nearby woods. And so begins a captivating allegory about learning to coexist with both the ghosts that haunt us and spirits who might enlighten us.In bringing Eden Robinson’s beloved novel to the screen, Loretta S. Todd offers us a modern epic underpinned by themes that have long defined heroic journeys. Todd’s first feature narrative unfolds through a thrilling array of temporal shifts and stylistic flourishes. A film about reconnection with the land, its denizens and the secrets it holds, Monkey Beach is also a testament to Indigenous women’s ability to not just endure trials but emerge from them empowered.About Sarah:Female. Cree. Metis. White. Writes (been to Sundance Writer's Lab). Directs (many films, lots of festivals). Thinks (essays full of tersely cogent remarks or flamboyantly theoretical analysis). Produces (she understands the labyrinth). Challenges herself and others and makes things happen. And yes, she has many awards and accolades. Known for lyrical, expressionistic imagery combined with strong storytelling skills, Todd tells truths that are haunting, funny and real.Ms. Todd credits include award-winning documentaries, such as Forgotten Warriors, The People Go On and Hands of History, with the NFB of Canada, digital media work and television. She created, produced and directed Tansi! Nehiyawetan, a Cree children’s series on APTN. And, she created MyCree, a Cree language learning app – and which has over 20,000 downloads. Currently she is in production with Season 3 of Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science, the award-winning children’s series about Indigenous science. Ms. Todd was invited to speak at Kidscreen 2019 on the Indigenous Representation: Getting it Right Panel. And Coyote Science was also invited to MIPJr, on a panel on diversity in Canadian children's programming. And she created, produced, wrote and directed Skye and Chang, a martial arts sci-fi mash-up that one Best Drama at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.This fall, Ms. Todd is releasing Monkey Beach, her first feature film based on the iconic Canadian novel by Eden Robinson, And she created Fierce Girls, a webseries and transmedia project for Indigenous girls about Indigenous girl superheroes. She is also in development with a new animated children's series called Nitanis & Skylar.Selected Festivals include: Toronto International Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, Sundance Festival, Yamagata Documentary Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, Hot Docs, Vancouver Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, etc, etc. Other significant honours for her work include the 2018 Women in Film Artistic Innovation Award, NYU Rockefeller Fellowship, participation at the Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab, Mayor’s Awards for Media Arts (City of Vancouver), as well as numerous film awards, such as Best History Documentary at Hot Docs Festival, Special Jury Citation at Toronto International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the American Indian Festival, as well as awards from the Chicago Film Festival, Taos Talking Film Festival, Yorkton Film Festival – to name a few.In demand as a writer and lecturer on arts and media, Ms. Todd spoke at the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, as well as other prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the American Indian and numerous conferences on Indigenous language to AI and Immersive technology. Her essays appear in many publications from MIT Press to UBC Press.Ms. Todd also initiated organizational change within cultural practice in Canada, helping to develop media training programs, reviewing policy through various committees and creating the IM4 Lab – a VR/AR Lab in collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Recently she was chosen as a Lead Fellow to MIT, through the Indigenous Screen Office.Image Copyright and Credit: Sparrow and Crow Films and Sarah Loretta Todd.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.
Seed Saving, Percy & GMOs
Clark Johnson and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Percy, starring Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci. We talk about yield to field, activism, GMO’s, seed saving, resisting and telling stories that matter. TrailerSynopsis:Can you patent something that’s alive? Percy is based on the events of an independent canola farmer’s six-year long crusade against global corporate monolith, Monsanto. Accused of growing the company's genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without a licence and forced to risk losing his land, 67-year-old Percy Schmeiser (Christopher Walken) takes his fight to the highest court, challenging the multinational’s right to own life itself.Publicly disgraced by the agrochemical giant, Schmeiser becomes all-consumed by his fight for justice and soon he’s neglecting his farm and family in his need to “set things right.” As he begins to explore Monsanto’s business practices, Schmeiser soon realizes his battle is not isolated. Rather, he is fighting for hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised farmers around the world. Hitting the road to raise money for his defence, Percy talks to crowds large and small, building a movement. Suddenly, he is an unsuspecting folk hero and leader in a war to protect farmers’ rights and the world’s food supply against corporate greed. What can an ordinary man do against global corporations that are more powerful than countries?The task seems insurmountable, hopeless. But Schmeiser and his wife, Louise (Roberta Maxwell), never give in to bullies and together they face the final battle against Monsanto’s multi-million-dollar legal team. Percy suits up with lawyer Jackson Weaver who is played by Zach Braff (Garden State, Scrubs) and gains support from anti-GMO activist Rebecca Salcau played by Christina Ricci (Sleepy Hollow, Monster).Joining them, and Academy-Award winner Christopher Walken, are others in the film’s impressive ensemble, including Roberta Maxwell (Brokeback Mountain, The Postman) as Percy’s wife; Adam Beach (Hostiles, Suicide Squad) as Percy’s field hand Alton Kelly; Luke Kirby (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Take This Waltz) as Percy’s son; Martin Donovan (Ant-Man, Insomnia) as Monsanto’s lead lawyer Rick Aarons, and Peter Stebbings (Immortals) as Rebecca’s NGO boss.About Clark:Clark Johnson is an accomplished actor and director whose work includes a wide range of both comedy and drama.On television, he has played such notable characters as Senator Robert Bettencourt on the Amazon series Alpha House, the edgy news editor Gus Haynes on The Wire for HBO, and detective Meldrick Lewis on NBC’s long-running series Homicide: Life on the Street.Clark’s recent credits as a filmmaker include S.W.A.T. starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell and The Sentinel starring Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland.His most notable work as a television director, which is extensive, includes Homeland, Law & Order, The Get Down, Luke Cage, The Good Fight, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead and The Shield.Image Copyright and Credit: Inferno Pictures and Clark Johnson.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.
Horror, Authenticity & Cultural Meaning
Karen Lam, Elfina Luk and Face2Face host David Peck talk about The Curse of Willow Song, ways of being, authenticity and cultural meaning, transgressive horror, familial hostility and aggression and the monsters we create.TrailerMore about the film hereSynopsis:Willow Song, a recovering addict, is released on probation after serving her prison term for arson.She is struggling to get a jobas a welder. She faces systemic racism and socioeconomicdisplacement and Willow's new life on the outside is stymied by obstacles and pitfalls wherever she seems to turn.Against the backdrop of Vancouver, a city seen in turmoil from booming construction and development with a wasteland of vacant properties and those left behind.Willow can't escape the nightmares, as her own shadow self comes to life.About Karen and Elfina:Karen Lam has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000. Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced five feature films, eight short films and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director (The Cabinet) won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written/directed seven short films, a music video, Very Bad Men a true-crime documentary series for Investigation Discovery (US), a web series Mythos created for TELUS and three feature films – Stained, Evangeline and The Curse of Willow Song.In 2016, Karen entered into the world of television drama, first working as a story editor for the SYFY series Van Helsing under showrunners Neil Labute and Simon Barry.She was a staff writer and writer on two episodes of Simon Barry’s SYFY series Ghost Wars, now streaming on Netflix worldwide.In the fall of 2018, she was commissioned to write and direct a short film tribute to Sandra Oh entitled Sandra Oh:Inspiration, which premiered at the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards in Ottawa in April 2019.Karen is currently in development on two true crime series.Elfina Luk has acquired a long list of credits utilizing her range ofcomedic chops alongside legendary Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Hit the Road)and Ron Livingstonon Tullyand Loudermilkto her dramaticand tri-lingual speaking skills on DwayneThe Rock Johnson’s Hollywood blockbuster Skyscraperand earning her a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the award nominated Best Dramatic Series Blood and Water and director/writer Karen Lam’s multiple award winning feature film “The Curse of Willow Song.”Luk is also a driven entrepreneur with over 25 years of owning and operating businesses and lends those invaluable skills to her producer roles. Luk produces under her company titled Moment to Moment Pictures.She also holds the position of COO and board member of Imagin•ere – a turnkey executive producing, marketing and distribution company.Luk’s most recent notable film and TV acting credits include Paramount PicturesSonic the Hedgehog (Jim Carrey) andABC’s Golden Globe nominatedThe Good Doctor (Freddie Highmore, Daniel Dae Kim).Image Copyright and Credit: Opiate Pictures, Tallulah Photography and Karen Lam.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.
Raw Capital, Labour and Resilience
Peter Findlay, Jerry Dias and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Company Town, collective strength and the labour movement, false expectations, betrayal, raw capital without a conscience and resilience and resistance.TrailerWatch it on CBC GEM.Synopsis:In 2018, workers at General Motors plant in Oshawa were rocked by a bombshell just weeks before the Christmas holidays. After 100 years of production, GM announced it would be shutting down operations at the end of 2019 - despite receiving a multi-billion-dollar government bailout as recently as 2009. What was once known as ‘The City That Moto-vates Canada’ was shaken to its core.Unifor - the powerful national union representing the autoworkers - immediately went on a war footing.Launching a massive anti-GM media campaign, and calling for a boycott of GM vehicles, Unifor soon found an unlikely ally in rock superstar Sting, who – while in Toronto to perform in The Last Ship, his play about union struggles in England in the 1980s – stepped up to perform a solidarity concert for the GM workers. Firebrand Unifor leader Jerry Dias was adamant there would be no plant closure.Only two months later, in the late spring of 2019, GM came to the table with a new offer of enhanced settlement packages for its departing workers - and an agreement to retro-fit the plant to make automotive parts, but with the promise of only 300 jobs. While keeping any production at the plant was a partial victory for the union, the reality was that 2,300 GM workers would still be walking out of the plant for the last time at the end of the year.Equally devastating, the shutdown of the plant would also wipe out another 2,500 union jobs through a network of supplier companies whose existence was tied directly to GM assembling vehicles.Told through the wrenching personal stories of rank-and-file members of Unifor Local 222 in Oshawa, Company Town takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions as the clock ticks down to the closure of the plant. With exclusive access to Unifor President Jerry Dias and his senior negotiators, it’s the dramatic fight to the finish, with the fate of 5,000 workers and their families hanging in the balance.About Peter and Jerry:Peter D. Findlay is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has appeared on the CBC, CTV, Discovery Canada, TVO, ZDF-ARTE, History Canada, the National Geographic Channel and PBS, among others.A proponent of immersive, character-driven storytelling, Findlay is also a former staff producer at CBC’s The Fifth Estate and The National Magazine, as well as an alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.Since leaving the CBC in 2000, where he produced and directed a range of award-winning social issue and current affairs documentaries, Findlay has written and directed documentaries for virtually every major Canadian broadcaster, including Justin, a 1-hour profile of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (W Five, CTV); The Life & Times of Maude Barlow, a biography of anti-globalization leader Maude Barlow (CBC); Who Do You Think You Are – Avi Lewis?, an investigative documentary on Avi Lewis and his family’s radical roots back in the Eastern Europe of the 1880s (CBC); and Raw Opium: Pain, Pleasure, Profits, a feature documentary on the failure of the war on drugs, shot in Vancouver, Washington, India, Tajikistan, and Portugal (TVO/ZDF-ARTE).Findlay has also directed a variety of documentaries in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Antarctica, and Scandinavia for Mighty Ships (Discovery Channel), traced the path of the Norsemen across Europe for The Real Vikings (History TV), and embedded in Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace to tell the story of the Ottoman Empire for Museum Secrets (Smithsonian Channel/History TV).A Gemini Award-winner for best sport documentary, the winner of three Remi Awards at Worldfest Houston, a Canadian Science Writers Award, and a finalist for best political/social documentary at HotDocs for The Paper King: The World of Conrad Black, Findlay’s film Raw Opium was also shown at the DOXO Documentary Film Festival and excerpted for broadcast on the PBS News Hour as part of the Economist Film Project.Jerry Dias is the Unifor National President, and is at the forefront of the fight for workers’ rights, equality and social justice.Jerry has been active in the labour movement since he started his work life at de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) where he served as President of Local 112. He went on to join the union’s national staff as aerospace sector coordinator and then became Assistant to the CAW National President. In 2013, he was elected as Unifor’s first National President at the union’s founding convention. Since then Unifor has grown to represent more than 315,000 workers in every sector of the Canadian economy.An effective negotiator, Jerry has taken on corporate giants to secure good jobs for members and create the economic basis for increased living standards and shared prosperity.Jerry assumed an active role in the USMCA as a consultant to the Canadian government and negotiating team where he consistently pushed to raise labour standards, maintain Canadian sovereignty and protect key domestic industries.A committed trade unionist, he has been vocal on emerging labour issues including precarious work, youth unemployment and underemployment, growing income inequality and lack of work-life balance while strongly advocating for LGBTQ rights, gender equality and the elimination of violence against women. Under his leadership, Unifor’s ground-breaking Woman’s Advocate Program has expanded into more than 350 workplaces.When he is not at the bargaining table, you can find him walking in a “Hope in High Heels” fundraiser for the Halton Women’s Place shelter or supporting a variety of local charities across the country.Called one of the most fearsome people in the country by Sun News, one of the most powerful by Maclean’s and Canada’s most influential union leader by Ottawa Life, Jerry has been named the Toronto Star Wheels’ 2016 Newsmaker of the Year and an Automotive News All Star for the past three years.Jerry’s mission is to strive to create progressive change for a better future.Image Copyright and Credit: Nomad Films and the CBC.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.
Civil Liberty, Kenya & Possibility
Sam Soko and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Softie, the failure of the system, racism and violence, civil liberty and human rights, photo journalism, the idea of possibility and why you can’t empty a dirty river.TrailerSynopsis:Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?Softie is director and producer Sam Soko’s first feature documentary filmed over the course of five years. After meeting the character Boniface Mwangi, nicknamed ‘Softie” by his close friends and family in 2013, Soko, who had directed several short music videos and films by that time, decided to try his hand at directing a documentary.What started out as a short video, that he had planned to take a year filming, evolved into a story about politics, family and what it means to be Kenyan. Four years into Soko filming chaos filled street protests against corruption, police brutality, extra judicial killings, Softie decided to run for a political seat in his old neighbourhood Starehe.Soko knew he had a possible ending for a film, and pushed to do one more year of filming as his political campaign would give a much needed insight into the political and voting process in Kenya. But the material he filmed went far beyond that and gave insight into a young family, in a young democracy that was struggling to balance their love for their country with the needs of their family, a universal story that Soko felt that audiences across the world could be able to connect to a visceral level.About Sam:Sam Soko is a film director and producer based in Nairobi who seeks out stories that enable him to engage in socio-political spaces. His work on civic literacy projects in music, non-fiction and fiction has allowed him to connect with artists around the world.He is co-founder of LBx Africa, a Kenyan production company that service produced the 2018 Oscar nominated short fiction film Watu Wote.Soko's first feature documentary film, Softie, is set to premiere at the Sundance Festival in 2020.Image Copyright and Credit: Sam Soko and EyeSteel 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.
Power, Privilege & Monolithic Ideas
Michelle Latimer and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her important new film Inconvenient Indian, monolithic ideas towards history, power and privilege, alternate histories, relationships with living things and making space for others.TrailerSynopsis:Métis/Algonquin filmmaker Michelle Latimer’s urgent documentaryInconvenient Indiandivesdeep into the brilliant mind of Thomas King, Indigenous intellectual, master storyteller, and author of thebestselling bookThe Inconvenient Indian, to shatter the misconception that history is anything more than stories we tell about the past.Latimer unpacks hundreds of years of history from a distinctly Indigenous point of view, creatively framing Thomas King’s critical journey back through the colonial narratives of North America with Coyote as our cabdriver. “Stories are all we are,” King tells us as he eloquently exposes the falsehoods of white supremacy and deftly punctures myths of Indigenous erasure to lay bare what has been extracted from the land, culture and peoples of Turtle Island.In this time of momentous change and essential re-examination, Latimer’sInconvenient Indianis a powerful visual poem anchored in the land and amplified by the voices of those who continue the tradition of Indigenous resistance, such as Christi Belcourt, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Nyla Innuksuk, A Tribe Called Red, Skawennati, Jason Edward Lewis, Carman Tozer, Steven Lonsdale and Kent Monkman. Their words and actions subvert the‘inconvenience’ of their existence, creating an essential new narrative and a possible path forward for us all.Inconvenient Indianis a crucial part of the conversation between Indigenous peoples and those who have settled, uninvited, on these lands.About Michelle:Michelle Latimer is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, writer and activist. She is currently showrunning and directing the scripted seriesTrickster(Sienna Films/Streel Films/CBC), and has just completed production on the feature docInconvenient Indian(90thParallel Productions/National Film Board of Canada/Crave), an adaptation of Thomas King’s book.In 2016, Michelle chronicled the Standing Rock occupation protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, as part of the eight-part Indigenous resistance seriesRISE(Viceland), for which she was also the showrunner and director.RISEwas awarded the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program in 2018. Her short filmNuuca(Field of Vision) premiered at TIFF 2017 and screened at the 2018 Sundance and Berlin film festivals. In 2020, Michelle was named the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs and was awarded the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Award, a prize given to five international filmmakers for their work in social-justice filmmaking.She was also a 2018 Field of Vision Fellow, under the mentorship of acclaimed filmmaker Laura Poitras. Michelle’s mixed heritage informs her filmmaking perspective, and much of her work is dedicated to the pursuit of Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Michelle is of Algonquin, Metis and French heritage from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (Maniwaki) QC.She grew in Thunder Bay, Ontario and currently splits her time between there and Toronto, Canada.Image Copyright and Credit: Michelle and the NFB.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.
The Greed Economy & The New Corporation
Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan and Face2Face host David Peck talk about The New Corporation, economic values, lifting the veil, democracy and justice, authentic hope and why horror movies got it wrong.TrailerSynopsis:From Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott, filmmakers of the multi-award-winning global hit, The Corporation, comes this hard-hitting and timely sequel.The New Corporation reveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiraling inequality; the rise of ultra-right leaders to Covid-19 and racial injustice, the film looks at corporations' devastating power. Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet's future.In the face of increasing wealth disparity, climate change, and the hollowing-out of democracy The New Corporation is a cry for social justice, deeper democracy, and transformative solutions.About Jennifer and Joel:Jennifer Abbott is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and media activist who for the last 25 years has been making films about some of the most urgent social, political and environmental issues of the day. Born in Montreal, she pursued an education dedicated to radical political thought, women’s studies and deep ecology, which are at the centre of her beliefs today.She is best known as one of the Directors & the Editor of 2003’s breakthrough documentary, The Corporation. This year will also see the release of her feature documentary, The Magnitude of All Things, about ecological grief in the era of climate change. Jennifer is a mother of three and lives in Vancouver.Filmography: The Magnitude of All Things, Us & Them, Unspeak: Brave New Minds, The Corporation, A Cow at My Table.Joel Bakan is professor of law at the University of British Columbia, and an internationally renowned legal scholar and commentator. A former Rhodes Scholar and law clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada, Bakan has law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie, and Harvard. His critically acclaimed book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, electrified readers around the world (it was published in over 20 languages), and became a bestseller in several countries. Bakan wrote and co-created (with Mark Achbar) a feature documentary film, The Corporation, based on the book’s ideas and directed by Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The film won numerous awards, including best foreign documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and was a critical and box office success.The New Corporation, a sequel to that film, is based on Bakan’s book of the same name and directed by Bakan and Jennifer Abbott. Bakan’s scholarly work includes Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs, as well as textbooks, edited collections, and numerous articles in leading legal and social science journals. His award-winning book, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children has been translated into several languages.A recipient of awards for both writing and teaching, Bakan has worked on landmark legal cases and government policy, and serves regularly as a public speaker and media commentator.Also a professional jazz guitarist, Bakan lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife Rebecca Jenkins.Image Copyright and Credit: Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan and Grant Street 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.
Counting the Cost, Crisis & Healing
Christian Sparkes, Mark O’Brien and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Hammer family, wholeness and healing, personal crises, inclusion versus exclusion, relational shorthand and things you never should say.TrailerSynopsis:Parents will go to great lengths to protect their kids and that’s exactly what happens to a father and son in the new film Hammer. A father faces a personal crisis when he discovers his estranged son fleeing a botched drug deal. The two men embark on a violent odyssey that grapples with themes of fatherhood, family and fate.It’s the story of a young man that is put in a terrible position after a deal goes sideways – a deal between him, a young woman, and a local criminal. Fleeing for his life, he finds himself turning to the only person willing to help him at any cost—his father. With his family’s life in jeopardy, he and his dad have to figure out how to fix everything and bring it all home while dealing with a murderous criminal that is willing to get blood on his hands.The film starsWill Patton,Mark O’Brien, andBen Cotton, Patton is a character actor probably best known for his roles in films such as Remember the Titans and Armageddon.O’Brien is one of the more underrated actors working today, with great performances in the TV series Halt & Catch Fire, as well as films such as Marriage Story and Ready or Not.Christian Sparkeswrote and directed Hammer. The filmmaker previously directed the 2014 film, Cast No Shadow.About Christian and Mark:Christian Sparkes is an award winning writer and director of film and television hailing from Newfoundland, Canada. His films have screened at various festivals around the world including TIFF, Fantastic Fest and Cannes and are typically revered for their unique blend of fantasy and drama along with a classical shooting style.Christian recently won the Best Atlantic Director prize for his debut feature Cast No Shadow. The film was also nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Picture. Sparkes is a recent alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre's Director's Lab in Toronto.Mark O'Brien is an award-winning actor and filmmaker. He is an English major with a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland. His mother was a nurse and his father a truck driver. Mark also has three older sisters. He married actress Georgina Reilly on January 6, 2013 after meeting on the set of the hit show Republic of Doyle.With thanks to IMDBImage Copyright and Credit: Christian Sparkes and A71.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.
Transplant, Universals & Starting Over
Joseph Kay and Face2Face host David Peck talk about Transplant family, trust and immigration, corrosive politics, starting over, universals found in the specific and important, quiet reminders.TrailerSynopsis:A charismatic refugee doctor who fled his native Syria to come to Toronto must overcome numerous obstacles to resume a career in emergency medicine. Transplant, created by Joseph Kay, premieres on NBC in September 2020. Dr. Bashir Bash Hamed (Hamza Haq), a Syrian doctor with battle-tested skills in emergency medicine, makes the difficult decision to flee his country with his younger sister Amira.With the hope of returning to a career in medicine, together Bash and his sister strive to build a life in Canada while managing the struggles that come with a new country. With life experiences and a medical background unlike his counterparts, Bash works to navigate a new environment and forge relationships after earning a coveted residency in the emergency department of a bustling Toronto hospital.Co-starring Laurence Leboueuf, Ayisha Issa and Jim Watson as Bash’s fellow residents and John Hannah (Agents of Shield, Four Weddings and a Funeral) as their Chief, Transplant blends an immigrant tale with an ensemble medical drama.The first season of Transplant aired on Canada’s CTV network in spring 2020 to huge audiences, becoming the most watched scripted show in the country.Creator Kay and Jocelyn Deschenes executive produce, along with Bruno Dube, Randy Lennox, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry and Tara Woodbury.Transplant is produced by Sphére Média Plus in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles worldwide distribution for the series. Transplant joins current NBC medical dramas New Amsterdam and Chicago Med.About Joseph:Joseph is creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer of Transplant, a drama series premiering September 1, 2020 on NBC’s fall schedule. Transplant, which follows the life and career of a refugee Syrian doctor who flees his war-torn home for Toronto and must redo his residency from the ground up, stars Hamza Haq and John Hannah (Agents of Shield, Four Weddings and a Funeral), and won its time-slot every week throughout its 13-episode run on Canada’s CTV network in spring 2020, gaining audiences consistently and ending its first season as the most-watched scripted show in Canada.Prior to creating Transplant, Kay developed, wrote and served as showrunner and executive producer of the series This Life for CBC Television, which received multiple Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Series. Previous writing credits include the CBS procedural Ransom, the historical epic Frontier for Netflix, the WW2 drama Bomb Girls for Global and CBC's hit action/comedy Republic of Doyle. Joseph co-created the single-camera comedy Living in Your Car for HBO Canada and was a writer of the acclaimed legal drama This is Wonderland which aired on CBC for three seasons.Before becoming a screenwriter, Joseph worked as a transactional lawyer at one of Canada’s foremost law firms and attended Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film CentreImage Copyright and Credit: Joseph Kay.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.