Face2Face with David Peck
How Magicians Think
Joshua Jay and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new book How Magicians Think, mystery, philosophy and wonder, asking good questions, doing what youlove, problem solving and why magic matters.To buy tickets for Thursday, November the 10th head to Jokers.About Josh:Joshua has performed on stages in over 100 countries. He was awarded the top prize at the World Magic Seminar and has fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show, FoolUs. He holds a Guinness World Record in card magic. Jay has performed magic on numerous television shows, including appearances on The Tonight Show withJimmy Fallon and The Late, Late Show with James Corden.Joshua Jay is the author of several books, including the best-selling MAGIC: The Complete Course, and the upcoming How Magicians Think.He has designed illusions for stage and screen, including a recent collaboration with HBO for Game of Thrones. Joshua consulted with the United States PostalService on the design of their postage stamp series, Magic.Joshua appeared at the 2008 Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama and has also delivered private performances for former President Clinton.Most recently, Joshua was awarded Magician of the Year 2020 by the Society of American Magicians Parent Assembly for his contribution to the art of magic.Image Copyright and Credit: Joshua Jay.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.
Repair, Recycling & Rust
Stacey Tenenbaum and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film SCRAP, why rust is beautiful, upcycling, the preservation of history, objectivejuxtaposition, the right to repair, circular economies, changing minds and looking closer.TrailerFor more information head to the website here.Synopsis:Must a disposable society throw out its memories along with its unwanted possessions?Director Stacey Tenenbaum tackles this question in her globe-trotting documentarySCRAP which takes place in metal graveyards where, “things like planes and ships and trains and trolleys all go to die.”Discover the vast and strangely beautiful places where things go to die and meet the people who collect, restore, and recycle the world’s scrap. SCRAP scratchesbeneath flaking paint and rusting metal to reveal the beauty and pathos in the ugliness we leave behind.About Stacey:Stacey Tenenbaum is an award-winning producer and director. Stacey is passionate about making cinematic films that are filled with humour and heart.In 2014 she founded H2L Productions, a boutique documentary film production company specializing in crafting character driven stories which are shot internationally.H2L Productions’ first documentary Shiners, premiered at Hot Docs and was broadcast on the documentary Channel, TV5, and PBS. Stacey’s second film PipeDreams also premiered at Hot Docs and was broadcast on the documentary Channel, NHK, SVT and PBS. SCRAP is her third feature documentary.Image Copyright and Credit: Stacey Tenenbaum & H2L ProductionsF2F 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.
Human Rights & The Voice of the People
Jason Loftus and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Eternal Spring human rights, the lens of the artist, universals, Aristotle and poetry, activismversus pacifism, and the nuts and bolts of disinformation.TrailerSynopsis:In March 2002, a state TV signal in China is hacked by members of the banned spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal is to counter the government narrative abouttheir practice.In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and comic book illustrator Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee. Hearrives in North America, blaming the hijacking for worsening a violent repression. But his views are challenged when he meets the lone surviving participant to haveescaped China, now living in Seoul, South Korea.Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art, Eternal Spring retraces the event on its 20th anniversary, and brings to life anunprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religiousfreedoms, no matter the cost.About Jason:A Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee, Jason’s work spans documentary, docuseries, virtual reality, narrative games,and animation. Jason produced the docuseries on Chinese cuisine, Confucius Was a Foodie, which was named Best Food Series on TV at the 2021 Taste Awards. Ithas aired in over 100 territories worldwide, including on PBS stations across the US and NatGeo People Asia.Jason’s directorial debut in a documentary feature, together with Eric Pedicelli, was called Ask No Questions and premiered in competition at Slamdance in 2020. Itwon the Copper Wing (Best World Cinema) at the Phoenix Film Festival, was endorsed by artist Ai Weiwei, and was nominated by Film Threat as 2021’s Best SociallyRelevant Documentary, among other honours.Eternal Spring is Jason’s follow-up to Ask No Questions and his second documentary feature as director.Image Copyright and Credit: Film participant and illustrator Daxiong & Lofty Sky 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.
The Beatles, Love & Inner Peace
Paul Saltzman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Meeting The Beatles in India, John Lennon and following your heart, politics, civil rights andhow storytelling can do magical things and what it might mean to look for inner peace.TrailerVisit Paul’s other sites: Moving Beyond Prejudice and Prom Night in MississippiFor More InformationSynopsis:Filmmaker Paul Saltzman retraces his journey of 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with the Beatles at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram on thebanks of the Ganges River. In 1968, he discovered his own soul, learned meditation, which changed his life, and hung out with John, Paul, George and Ringo.Fifty years later, he finds “Bungalow Bill” in Hawaii; connects with David Lynch about his own inner journey; as well as preeminent Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn;Academy Award nominated film composer, Laurence Rosenthal; and Pattie and Jenny Boyd. And much of this is due to Saltzman’s own daughter, Devyani, remindinghim that he had put away and forgotten these remarkably intimate photographs of that time in 1968.Narration by: Morgan FreemamExecutive Producer: David Lynch & OthersAbout Paul:Paul Saltzman is a two-time Emmy Award-winning, Toronto-based director-producer of over 300 film and television productions. In 1968, he learned meditation at theMaharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in India, an experience that changed his life. There, he photographed the Beatles, Jane Asher, Cynthia Lennon, Pattie BoydHarrison, Maureen Starkey, Mia Farrow, Donovan, Mal Evans and Mike Love.In 1968-69 he assisted in the birth of a new film format as second-unit director and production manager of the first IMAX film. He later attended the original WoodstockMusic Festival, produced a Leonard Cohen concert tour, and made his first film, a documentary on Bo Diddley. In 2000, Viking Penguin released Paul’s first book, TheBeatles in Rishikesh. In early 2006 Paul created the Deluxe Limited-Edition box set, ‘The Beatles in India’.Today, Paul continues to make films; leads small tour groups to India; and does film screenings and workshops worldwide on the Beatles, Moving Beyond Prejudice,Meditation, Maximizing Creativity, Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Communication, and Overcoming Performance Anxiety.Image Copyright and Credit: Paul Saltzman.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.
Character, Justice & The System
Kyle Thrash and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film The Sentence of Michael Thompson, politics and clemency, character, tenacity and humility, thecriminal justice system, and something called the Last Prisoner Project.TrailerFor more information.The Last Prisoner ProjectSynopsis:Michael Thompson is the longest serving non-violent offender in Michigan history, and this year he is finally up for clemency. In 1994, he was arrested for selling three pounds of cannabis to a close friend turned police informant. He was sentenced to 42 to 60 years in prison and remains there even after Michigan legalizes the recreational use and sale of cannabis.The film follows Michael’s daughter, Rashawnda Littles, and his lawyer, Kim Corral, during the fight for clemency, examines the harm the War on Drugs has caused on communities, and explores paths forward as federal cannabis legalization gets closer to becoming a reality.About Kyle and from his website:Kyle was born in Philly but grew in Germans Ville which is actually a place and he made a lot of Skate videos and listened to a lot of ska which is what you'resupposed to do as a teenager in a small town, but made a fly-on-the-wall doc about his school which nearly got him expelled. So, he tried being a child actor and RonHoward cast him but left him on the cutting room floor so he started directing his own stuff because what does Ron Howard know anyway.And then the whole music video thing exploded with everyone loving his films so he won a load of stuff and made his feature maybe next year about the Philadelphiaeagles winning the super bowl and he shot incredible spots for the NFL and LinkedIn and although he secretly likes watching other people play video games and wasin a Mariah Carey movie we don’t care because his work is sublime and he really is a definite knucklehead.Image Copyright and Credit: Kyle Thrash.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.
Pacifists, Police & Empathy
Stefan Forbes and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his film Hold Your Fire, conflict resolution, toxic masculinity, messy conversations, risk and bridging the gap and how we might be able to transcend street justice.TrailerFor more info check out the website.Synopsis:Brooklyn, 1973. When Shu’aib Raheem and his friends attempted to steal guns for self defense, it sparked the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. NYPD psychologist Harvey Schlossberg fought to avert a bloodbath, reform police methods, and save the lives of hostages, police, and the four young Muslim men at the heart of the conflict.About Stefan: Stefan Forbes is an Emmy-nominated director. His award-winning documentary Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story won the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was nominated for a WGA Award for Best Theatrical Documentary. It played 40 US cities theatrically and was seen on PBS's Frontline, The BBC's Storyville, the CBC's Passionate Eye, and was a Critic's Pick in newspapers worldwide. The Washington Post called it “one of the best political films ever made.” Mr. Forbes' award winning hourlong documentary One More Dead Fish (2004), about environmentally friendly fishermen in Nova Scotia fighting globalization, was broadcast on PBS. Ken Loach called it “excellent” and Howard Zinn termed the film “an inspiring example of working people resisting the giant forces of globalization, in the great tradition of civil disobedience on behalf of justice. Mr. Forbes wrote and directed the cinematic musical performance Monk Recut with Grammy-nominated jazz ensemble MONK’estra, which Monk biographer Robin D.G. Kelley called “fabulous…breathtaking.” Mr. Forbes is a former New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and has served on the nominating committee of the Independent Spirit Awards. Image Copyright and Credit: Fab 5 Freddy and Stefan Forbes.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.
Poetic Comedy & The Middle Man
Bent Hamer, Pål Sverre Hagen and Face2Face host David Peck talk about their new film The Middle Man, precise poetic comedy, empathy and philosophy, existential angst, satire and rich literary material, and why humour is a way through which we can begin to understand each other.TrailerSynopsis:The Middle Man is a darkly humorous social satire which takes place in a small town that is experiencing an epidemic of accidents and deaths. The town is run by “The Commission” - the Sheriff, the Doctor and the Pastor - who decide to hire a ‘Middle Man’ whose sole responsibility will be to inform the family when an unfortunate incident occurs.Frank Farrelli is a quiet, thoughtful man who proves perfect for the job. He takes his new role on with gusto and quickly becomes the town’s beacon of bad news. But the pressures of the job and a budding new romance overwhelm Frank. To ease his burden, he calls in a ‘favour’ that ends up in a horrifying yet oddly amusing murder.About Bent & Pål: Bent Hamer is a Norwegian director, writer, producer and owner of the film production company BulBul Film. After studying law at The University of Oslo he worked for some years as sailboat skipper abroad before he completed his education in Film Theory and Literature at the University of Stockholm, and in film making at Stockholms Filmskola. Bent’s feature films include the award winning O’Horten Factotum, Kitchen Stories and Eggs which all had their international premiere at Cannes International Film Festival. 1001 Grams, O’Horten, and Kitchen Stories were Norway’s entry for The Academy Award. In 2013 Bent was awarded the Norwegian Amanda Honorary Award for his complete work. After graduating from the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo in 2003 Pål Sverre Hagen has played major roles in both Scandinavian and International films, for which he has received several awards and accolades. He is perhaps best known for his roles in Troubled Water, Kon-Tiki, In Order of Disappearance, Amundsen and the TV series Exit. He is also an award-winning stage actor. Amongst his 2020 releases are drama comedy Diana’s Wedding, Halo of Stars alongside Lily Collins, Holliday Grainger and Lukas Haas. Hagen achieved world-wide recognition for portraying Thor Heyerdahl in the epic historical feature Kon-Tiki directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, about the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. He received an Amanda Award for his role and the film was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 2013 he starred in fantasy adventure Ragnarok. The year after, he starred in the role of the eccentric villain and crime lord “the Count” in the comedy action feature In Order of Disappearance alongside Stellan Skarsgård and Bruno Ganz for which he was awarded Best Actor, at Austin Fantastic Fest.Image Copyright and Credit: Bent Hamer, BulBul Film, The Film Farm & Pandora 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.
Love, Faith & Family
Sara Taksler and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film How Saba Kept Singing, entertainment as social justice, beautiful coping mechanisms, non-violent advocacy, relationships, love and closure and putting mindfulness into action.Synopsis:Ninety-four-year-old David Wisnia never told his wife, children or grandchildren in Levittown, Pennsylvania, the whole truth about how he survived Auschwitz-Birkenau. They knew that David's singing voice had entertained the SS guards, that his musical gift had changed his fate, but no one knew what, or who, gave him the will to live: a love affair with another prisoner. Accompanying David on a trip to Poland commemorating the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation, grandson Avi learns about Helen "Zippi" Spitzer.A talented artist whose scale model of the camp earned her privileges, Zippi was able to orchestrate their encounters and keep them safe. They promised to find each other if they survived, but the war intervened.Over 70 years later, they reunite, sharing unimaginable memories and even more startling secrets in this moving testament to the life-giving power of music.About Sara:Sara worked in late-night comedy for two decades, including 12 years at The Daily Show, where she was a senior producer. She is the director and producer of the feature film How Saba Kept Singing, Executive Produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, which will debut at Toronto’s Hot Docs 2022.Taksler's previous documentary, Tickling Giants, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The New York Times declared Tickling Giants a “first-rate documentary”, Variety called it “an ebullient ode to freedom”, it reached the number one documentary spot on iTunes, and Rotten Tomatoes scored it 100 percent. TWISTED: A Balloonamentary, Taksler's first feature film, is a lighthearted look at the world’s premier balloon-twisting convention. The Hollywood Reporter hailed it a “thoroughly winning feature.” Taksler can talk backwards, has a remarkable fake sneeze, and grew an entire human inside her body while directing her most recent film.Sara’s favorite song: Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & The PipsHow Saba Kept singing is her latest documentary and is executive produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.Image Copyright and Credit: Sara Taksler & Hidden Light 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.
Politics, Power & Change
Michelle Rempel Garner, Chloe Sosa-Sims and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the new film Hunting in Packs, idealism, political inertia, community, the calcification of beliefs, personal change, authenticity and why politics should be about the conversation.Find out more here.Synopsis:What happens when strong-willed women join the circus of politics? How do they create the change? Make the policy real? Achieve their dreams?The 3 female politicians in this film, Jess Phillips (Labour, UK) Pramila Jayapal (Democrat, US) & Michelle Rempel Garner (Conservative, Canada), represent differentends of the political spectrum, with different constituents and vastly different agendas. That said, they share one common fight – enacting bold policy in the face of anoutdated political establishment. Sometimes that fight pits them against their country’s leaders, and other times against their own political parties. Taking place in threeWestern countries, the film will explore three democracies currently being rocked by the deep polarization of party politics.Just as they all begin to make progress, they are thrown into elections and leadership campaigns, and are expected to shift gears for “the good” of their leaders orparties. As each woman’s portrait becomes fully realized, the viewer must decide whether our system allows for their success.About Chloe:Chloe Sosa-Sims is a Toronto-based director/ producer/ writer committed to documentary & stylized filmmaking. Her chilling and emotionally raw feature debut DANAND MARGOT illuminated the complicated truths of schizophrenia. The film has screened internationally, with special presentations at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and theHot Docs Bloor Cinema. She has participated in the UnionDocs Documentary Lab, RIDM Talent Lab, and the Reelworld E20 Program for her new film on women in politics.Her work spans independent documentary, television, branded content, and narrative shorts for CNN, VICE, CBC, History Channel, Super Channel, TVO, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, and A&E.She takes on issues from politics to pop culture, and advocates for a more equal, fair and sustainable industry through her work with Film Fatales and othercommunity groups. Her previous work includes 5 years as the Industry Programmer at Hot Docs.She holds a BAH in Film & Media from Queen’s University.Image Copyright and Credit: Chloe Sosa-Sims & Fathom Film Group.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.