Joining host Michael Azevedo on episode 43 of Making Media Now is Rob Apse, the director of a new documentary chronicling the preservation of New England lighthouses and profiling some of those who have taken on the responsibility of caring for and occupying them. Rob’s film is called The Last Lightkeepers and it will be featured among the films screened at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, beginning September 17. The film is also available through Amazon Prime video where a portion of each rental goes toward the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, to assist with preservation costs of Whaleback Lighthouse.
It's episode #42 of Making Media Now and host Michael Azevedo is chatting with composer and musician Tom Phillips.
Tom’s credits include well over 500 films for national broadcast networks such as PBS, ABC, CBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E and HBO, and he’s h amassed an impressive list of industry awards. His scores are regularly heard on national broadcast television, including the Antiques Roadshow theme, programs for American Experience, and for Nova.
His resume includes four national Emmy winners as well as many other Emmy nominated films, including "Freedom Riders" which won 3 national primetime Emmys. He has scored many independent films which have won film festivals including multiple Sundance Film Festival winners such as "The Murder of Emmett Till".
Joining host Michael Azevedo on episode #41 of Making Media Now is Aaron Biebert of Creative Northern in Milwaukee, WI. Aaron also heads up a filmmaking initiative called VIDA Voices. Through crowdfunding efforts, VIDA Voices crafts & amplifies stories about often overlooked societal issues by connecting unheard voices with filmmakers & storytellers.
On this episode of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo talks with the team behind the compelling documentary "Enemies of the State," director Sonia Kennebeck and producer Ines Hoffman Kanna.
"Enemies of the State" is a documentary thriller that investigates the strange case of Matt DeHart, an alleged hacker and whistleblower, and his former Cold War spy parents who believe they are at the center of a government conspiracy and are ready to do anything to save their son from prison. But what about their son?
Was hacker Matthew DeHart a whistleblower, a spy or a child pornographer? Or some combination of the above? Watching this provocative documentary, your opinion may shift more than once, as director Sonia Kennebeck pursues both the elusive nature of truth and the seductive qualities of conspiracy theories.
Joining host Michael Azevedo on episode number 40 of Making Media Now is David Hartman, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Production Coalition. Michael and David chat about what led to him running the MPC, the mission and offerings of the organization and how they benefit media makers throughout the state and region, and some recent state legislation championed by MPC that will have long lasting benefits for not just people involved in MA production, but the countless vendors and services they work with.
On this episode of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo speaks with Jon Mercer and Tim O'Donnell of Pixela Pictura Films, co-producers and co-directors of "Tougher Than a Tank," their new documentary film that examines the physical and emotional recovery of two Marine veterans while exemplifying the need for community. The film also reveals the emotional, physical, and financial struggles many veterans face today. Academy award winner Casey Affleck is the film's executive producer. The film will be released and distributed by Gravitas Ventures on August 3, 2021 with support from Diesel Jack Media.
"Together Together" explores the platonic relationship between two strangers, who are brought together through an intimate experience and need to explore parts of their own lives through each other. The film is currently available on VOD via Amazon Prime and iTunes. Nikole Beckwith spoke to me from her home in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
On this installment of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo speaks with Raney Aronson Rath and Dawn Porter, the guiding forces behind a team of producers, designers and technologists that created "Un(re)solved," a new multi-platform storytelling project from PBS’ FRONTLINE that tells the stories of unsolved racist killings in America, drawing on two years of reporting, thousands of documents, and dozens of interviews. The stories are shared through multiple media forms, including a podcast, a documentary, and an interactive web experience.
Raney Aronson Rath is the executive producer of Frontline, the long-running PBS series that has set the standard for investigative television journalism for nearly 4 decades, and Dawn Porter is the award-winning director of the film "John Lewis: Good Trouble" and "Gideon’s Army."
On episode #34 of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo speaks with director Christi Cooper about her film "Youth V. Gov," which tells the story of twenty-one young Americans taking on the world’s most powerful government in a revolutionary lawsuit that claims that for more than six decades, US presidential administrations of both parties have continued to actively abuse their most vulnerable citizens by willingly contributing to the climate crisis.