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  • Peter Byck - Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there)

    Award-winning Director-Producer Peter Byck discusses his 4-part documentary series, Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there)" – available to rent at Click here to watch the trailer: Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there) is a 4-part documentary series about inventive farmers and maverick scientists building a path to solving climate change with hooves, heart, and soil. Can an underutilized way to graze cattle that mimics the way bison once roamed the land help get farmers out of debt, restore our depleted soils, rebuild wildlife habitat, and draw down huge amounts of carbon? Cattle have been seen as eco-villains for a long time. What if they can help us revive rural economies and ecologies? One question looms over the whole series: even if science shows that the adaptive way to graze is better for the land and the farmers' pocketbooks, will the old-school farmers change, or will they adopt a different method?

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  • Vanessa Hope - Invisible Nation

    Award-winning director and producer Vanessa Hope discusses her award-winning documentary, "Invisible Nation," – available to watch in select theaters! Click here to watch the trailer: unprecedented access to Taiwan's sitting head of state, director Vanessa Hope investigates the election and tenure of Tsai Ing-wen, the first female president of Taiwan. Thorough, incisive, and bristling with tension, Invisible Nation is a living account of Tsai's tightrope walk as she balances the hopes and dreams of her nation between the colossal geopolitical forces of the U.S. and China. Hope's observational style captures Tsai at work in her country's vibrant democracy at home while seeking full international recognition of Taiwan's right to exist. At a time when Russia's invasion of Ukraine has demonstrated the ever-present threat of authoritarian aggression, Invisible Nation brings punctual focus to the struggle of Taiwan as it fights for autonomy and freedom from fear.
  • Mark J. Harris - Misfits

    3-Time Oscar-winning filmmaker & Award-winning Author Mark J. Harris discusses his new book, "Misfits," an acclaimed collection of arresting short stories. Following a kaleidoscopic array of characters adrift in a precarious world, Misfits grapples with the challenges of contemporary life, including climate change, inequality, uncertainty, and pain. A depressed accountant stumbles on a teenage eco-terrorist in a parking garage; a middle-aged psychiatrist buys a drink for a seductive young artist during a flight delay; an out-of-work journalist recruits Chicano gangbangers to help a desperate tennis partner; a troubled biologist runs into J. Robert Oppenheimer in a Santa Fe hotel. These fraught encounters all have unexpected and startling consequences. Despite their differences in age, background, and circumstance, the characters in Misfits share a common sense of dislocation and alienation. They struggle to find a sense of belonging and connection but ultimately discover unexpected sources of resilience and hope. With its evocative portrayal of Los Angeles as a microcosm of contemporary society, Misfits offers a compelling exploration of the human condition in an unpredictable and rapidly changing world.
  • Alonso Duralde - Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film

    Renowned film critic Alonso Duralde discusses his new book, "Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film."For generations, members of the LGBTQ+ community in Hollywood needed to be discreet about their lives, but make no mistake, they were everywhere, both in front of and behind the camera. With Hollywood Pride, renowned film critic Alonso Duralde presents a history spanning from the dawn of cinema through the "pansy craze" of the 1930s and the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, all the way up to today. He showcases the hard-working actors, writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, art directors, and choreographers whose achievements defined the American film industry and charts the evolution of LGBTQ+ storytelling itself—the way mainstream Hollywood decided it would portray (or erase) their lives and the narratives created by queer filmmakers who fought to tell those stories themselves.Illustrated with more than 175 full-color and black-and-white images, Hollywood Pride points to the bright future of LGBTQ+ representation in cinema by revealing the story of the community's inclusion and erasure, its visibility and invisibility, and its triumphs and tragedies.
  • Noah Benshea - Jacob the Baker

    Pulitzer Prize-nominated national and international best-selling author Noah Benshea discusses his inspiring film, "Jacob the Baker." Noah Benshea is the writer, producer, and star of "Jacob the Baker." This film will lift lives around the world! Click here to watch the trailer: "Jacob the Baker" is now streaming on Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Tubi.Based on the international bestselling book series. When a young, skeptical reporter is assigned to interview the author of a bestselling book series, she discovers the incredible story of how the author and his fictional character, Jacob, provide help and hope to countless people around the world. In the interview, the reporter's own secret struggle comes to light, making her reconsider the author and her own life.
  • Aron Eli Coleite & Holly Black - The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Award-winning TV/film/comic book writer, producer, and director Aron Eli Coleite & #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black discuss with Jan Price their new television series, "The Spiderwick Chronicles," starring Christian Slater! "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is streaming exclusively on Roku – click here to watch the trailer: Spiderwick Chronicles follows the coming-of-age story of the Grace Family as they move from New York to Michigan and into their family's ancestral home. Upon arrival, the family uncovers mysteries hidden inside their great-grandfather's Spiderwick Estate and discovers a fantastical world around them.  
  • Doug Pray - The Power of Film

    Award-winning filmmaker, Doug Pray discusses with Jan Price his new TCM Original Documentary Series, “The Power of Film,” currently streaming on MAX! THE POWER OF FILM is a 6-part television event from legendary UCLA film Professor Emeritus Howard Suber, analyzing why certain films have remained both popular and memorable for generations. He uncovers mysteries, dispels myths, and explains with clarity and humor the defining principles and inner workings of some of the most powerful and beloved films of all time. Scenes from hundreds of these much-loved movies are featured throughout.