Making Media Now
A Conversation with Award-Winning Filmmaker Dan Habib

A Conversation with Award-Winning Filmmaker Dan Habib

July 15, 2022

Joining host Michael Azevedo on this episode is award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib

Dan is the Director and Producer of the nationally broadcast documentary films Intelligent Lives, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS and Including Samuel, as well as many other short, disability-related films. His films have been featured in dozens of film festivals, translated into 17 languages, and used worldwide to support inclusive education and disability rights. 

Dan’s most recent film, My Disability Roadmap, which was featured on The NY Times website in May, follows his son Samuel, a college student with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, as he seeks guidance from disability activists on everything from leaving home to dating.
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
 
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 
Teens Share Their Truth through Storybooth

Teens Share Their Truth through Storybooth

July 1, 2022

Joining host Michael Azevedo on this episode of Making Media Now is Marcy Kaye, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Storybooth, a digital storytelling platform that invites teens to record and submit their own stories and share them with the world engaging and entertaining animations via YouTube, IG, Snapchat, and TickTok. There is also a daily Storybooth podcast on Spotify. 

Storybooth got its start on YouTube in 2015, and to date has animated close to 300 audio clips chronicling teens’ and young adults’ struggles with everything from racism to toxic friend groups to realizing your parents aren’t that great to pregnancy scares to the full gamut of high school faux pas.

The company’s channel counts 4.55 million subscribers and currently nets around 4 million views per month.

Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 
Cob Carlson Captures the Sights and Sounds of ”The Greatest Radio Station in the World”

Cob Carlson Captures the Sights and Sounds of ”The Greatest Radio Station in the World”

June 22, 2022

Joining host Michael Azevedo on this episode is documentary filmmaker Cob Carlson. Cob recently completed production on a documentary called The Greatest Radio Station in the WorldThe film provides a rich and entertaining history of radio station WPKN, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. WPKN began as the University of Bridgeport’s college radio station in 1963. It has been operating as a listener-supported, community-based radio station since 1989. In addition to featuring lot of great music, The Greatest Radio Station in the World, the film features a diverse cast of characters, sharing their personal, idiosyncratic stories, speaking passionately about their love of music, news, politics, health, cars, organic gardening, space exploration, and culture.

Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 

 

The Man, The Myth, The Music: Discovering the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OK

The Man, The Myth, The Music: Discovering the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OK

May 24, 2022

Joining host Michael Azevedo on this episode of Making Media Now is Steven Jenkins, the director of the just-opened Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OK.

As the primary public venue for the Bob Dylan Archive® collection, the center offers curated exhibits pulled from the priceless collection of more than 100,000 items spanning Dylan’s career, including handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments; and many other elements.

Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
Documentary ”Youth V. Gov” Makes Its Case

Documentary ”Youth V. Gov” Makes Its Case

May 10, 2022

On this episode 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. "Youth V. Gov" is now available on Netflix.

Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 

 

Roberto Mighty Makes ’World’s Greatest Cemeteries’ Come Alive

Roberto Mighty Makes ’World’s Greatest Cemeteries’ Come Alive

April 21, 2022
On this episode, host Michael Azevedo welcomes back filmmaker and television producer Roberto Mighty to talk about the two programs of his currently airing on PBS: 'World’s Greatest Cemeteries' and 'Getting Dot Older.'
 
On 'World’s Greatest Cemeteries' Roberto travels to some of the world’s most renowned burial sites , touring masterpieces of landscape, gardens and culture. Each episode includes a stunning visual tour of one of the world’s greatest cemeteries. 
 
'Getting Dot Older' features intimate revelations about aging from diverse baby boomers. The series premiered nationwide in January 2022
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 
Intelligence Squared US: Where Reasonable People Can Disagree

Intelligence Squared US: Where Reasonable People Can Disagree

April 12, 2022

Joining host Michael Azevedo on this episode are John Donvan and Clea Conner of Intelligence Squared US, a podcast and public radio series that provides a welcome respite from polarized discussions, and brings together the smartest minds to debate and dissect issues in depth, restoring civility and bringing intelligence to the public square in the process.

John Donvan is the series host and moderator. Clea Conner is CEO of Intelligence Squared US. 

Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 
Taking on PTSD Come ”Hell or High Seas”

Taking on PTSD Come ”Hell or High Seas”

March 31, 2022

A talented trio join host Michael Azevedo on this episode of Making Media Now.

Nick Hudson, the Executive Director of E2AC, and Chayne Gregg and Glenn Holsten, the producer and director of "Hell or High Seas," a powerful and personal documentary that tells the true story of life-long friends embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, as they brave the treacherous waters around Cape Horn, Chile. One of them is US Navy veteran who uses the expedition to share his own story, begin healing from his trauma and raise awareness about the millions of other veterans who need support returning to civilian life and battling PTSD.

Entertainment 2 Affect Change (E2AC) connects award-winning content creators, mission-based organizations, and passionate funders who want to share their impact through the power of story. And on April 1-2, 2022, E2AC will be hosting the Social Impact Film Festival. "Hell or High Seas" will be among the dozens of films featured free of charge as part of the festival line up. 

Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 

 

Director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor Discusses ”For The Love of Rutland”

Director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor Discusses ”For The Love of Rutland”

March 17, 2022

Joining Michael Azevedo on this episode is filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, the director of a documentary called "For The Love of Rutland", which takes viewers to scenic New England where a battle rages over refugee resettlement.  As passions heat up nationally over race, economics and immigration in 2016, the film captures the fallout in the blue-collar town of Rutland, Vermont, where residents grapple with the resettlement of Syrian refugees while facing the devastation of a stagnating local economy and a growing opioid crisis.

An intimate, verité-style documentary, "For the Love of Rutland" explores issues affecting communities across the nation in the microcosm of one small Vermont town. As tensions over the attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to the predominantly white town of Rutland grow, cultural, racial and political divides deepen amongst the town’s citizens.

Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
 
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 
Smooth Feather Youth Conjures ”The Queen of Hearts”

Smooth Feather Youth Conjures ”The Queen of Hearts”

March 9, 2022
Joining Michael Azevedo on this episode of Making Media Now are three representatives from a unique and inspiriting organization called Smooth Feather Youth.
Smooth Feather Youth is a non-profit that was founded in 2017 by one of my guests, Silas Hagerty. Recently, members of Smooth Feathers’ Youth Film School completed a short film called, "The Queen of Hearts”. The film premiered at a sold out showing at the Nickelodeon Cinema in Portland Maine as part of the Maine Film Assocations's 72 Hour Winter Film Challenge! Two students—James Wing, who directed the film and Cassidy Shea, one of the film’s stars—joined Silas Hagerty to speak me about the film making program and what it took to write, cast, shoot and edit a film in 72 hours!
Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers from across the creative spectrum. From providing fiscal sponsorship to presenting an array of informative and educational programs, FC supports creatives at every step in their journey.
About the host: www.mrazvo.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-azevedo/
Sound Engineer: A.J. Kierstead 
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