Making Media Now
“Clean Creatives” Issues a Challenge

“Clean Creatives” Issues a Challenge

June 11, 2021

Joining Michael Azevedo on episode 31 of Making Media Now is Duncan Meisel, campaign director of an organization called "Clean Creatives".

"Clean Creatives" is actively engaging with creatives working within the public relations, advertising and marketing fields to convince them to stop working with clients whose bottom line depends on the continued burning of vast quantities of fossil fuels.

Earlier this year “Clean Creatives” issued a report that revealed the connections between the world’s largest PR and ad agencies and the fossil fuel industry, as well as a video, a website, and a call to their fellow creatives to take the pledge to accept no fossil fuel money.

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.
 
Innovation Leads the Way to a More Hopeful Climate Future in ‘To Which We Belong’

Innovation Leads the Way to a More Hopeful Climate Future in ‘To Which We Belong’

June 4, 2021

It's episode #30 of Making Media Now. Joining host Michael Azevedo on this episode is Pam Tanner Boll. Pam is a filmmaker, artist, writer and activist. She is the Founder and CEO of Mystic Artists Film Productions and the Co-Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, "Born into Brothels." 

Pam followed that achievement up by producing and directing a documentary called "Who Does She Think She Is," which profiled 5 women balancing motherhood and their artist calling. Pam’s latest film is documentary called "To Which We Belong," which focuses on farmers and ranchers who are improving the health of their land with regenerative practices and helping to reverse climate change.

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.
 
Who Owns The News You’re Seeing? A Conversation with Heidi Legg

Who Owns The News You’re Seeing? A Conversation with Heidi Legg

May 28, 2021

It's episode #29 of Making Media Now, the Filmmakers Collaborative podcast and host Michael Azevedo is speaking with journalist Heidi Legg. (Twitter @heidilegg)

Heidi is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard working on the Future of Media Project. She has written extensively about the media landscape in publications such as The Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, CNN, The Atlantic and more.

Most recently, Heidi published 3 exhaustive and insightful indexes tracking the ownership and funding sources of hundreds of news sources. It’s Heidi’s contention that knowing who owns or funds a news organization can better inform news consumers about possible bias or slant. Heidi joined me from her home in Cambridge, MA.

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.
 
Michael Rossi Does It All

Michael Rossi Does It All

May 21, 2021

On episode #28 of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo speaks with award-winning filmmaker Michael Rossi. 

Michael Rossi has spent the last twenty years producing, directing, shooting, and editing national programs for public television. In 2012, he received an Emmy Award for his work as Coordinating Producer of the children's engineering series Design Squad. 

He also received a 2020 Webby Award for his work as producer, director, and editor of Stories from the Stage, a live, storytelling series in its fourth season on PBS. 

His production credits for American Experience include: Building the Alaska Highway; The Gold Rush ; We Shall Remain, a five-part television series and multimedia project on Native American history; The Rise and Fall of Penn Station; The Bombing of Wall Street; and The Race Underground. 

Most recently, Michael produced, wrote, and directed Mr. Tornado, a one-hour American Experience film about famed severe weather expert Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, which had a national PBS broadcast in May 2020. 

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.
 

 

A Climate Emergency: Understanding Feedback Loops

A Climate Emergency: Understanding Feedback Loops

May 13, 2021
On this episode, host Michael Azevedo chats with Susan Grey and Bonnie Waltch the co-directors of a new documentary called Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops. And also joining in on the conversation is Melanie Wallace, a former series producer for the PBS science mainstay, NOVA. 
 
Around the world, scientists are working to better understand a critical piece in the climate puzzle: feedback loops—irreversible chain reactions that are being set in motion by Earth’s rising temperatures. The film Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops highlights the efforts of the world’s top climate scientists as they address the urgent question: Are we approaching a point of no return, leading to an uninhabitable Earth, or do we have the vision, the will, and the ability to work together to slow, halt, and reverse course?
 
Beginning on May 19, the four primary feedback loops covered in the film will serve as the backbone of a series of virtual screenings and panel discussions hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. A discussion of forests as a feedback loop will be up first, with additional screenings and conversations taking place over the next 3 months.
 
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.
 
Uniting the World Through Dance: Meet Mickela Mallozzi

Uniting the World Through Dance: Meet Mickela Mallozzi

May 6, 2021
On this episode host Michael Azevedo is joined by Mickela Mallozzi, the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series highlighting the diversity of dance which airs on PBS stations nationwide and on Amazon Prime globally. (https://www.travelbarefeet.com)
 
A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went.  From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time.  She has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Dance MagazineForbesAFAR Media, and more, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show.
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by FC, 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. To learn more, visit filmmakerscollab.org
 
 
Director Layne Stratton Delivers a Tale of Grit and Redemption with “Billy”

Director Layne Stratton Delivers a Tale of Grit and Redemption with “Billy”

April 29, 2021

Layne Stratton has been photographing and filming extreme sports athletes since he was in his teens…which really wasn't that long ago! Through a combination of talent and timing, he found himself in the position of producing a 6-part documentary series that premiered on Outside TV in February 2021. In the film, called "Billy," Layne follows Champion Big Wave Surfer, Billy Kemper, on his recovery from a life-threatening injury sustained on a surf trip in Morocco. The film features stunning cinematography and an intimate examination of the forces that shaped and continue to drive a world-class athlete when he's faced with the biggest challenge of his life.

https://www.worldsurfleague.com/posts/462465/billy-kemper-series-big-wave-surf-injury-recovery

https://vimeo.com/user3674184

Making Media Now is sponsored by FC, 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. To learn more, visit filmmakerscollab.org
 
Meet Scilla Andreen, Co-Founder and CEO of IndieFlix

Meet Scilla Andreen, Co-Founder and CEO of IndieFlix

April 23, 2021
Scilla Andreen possesses more than 2 decades of film and TV experience, having started her career in film and tv as a costume designer. 
 
In 2005, she and a partner launched Indieflix; a global DVD, on-demand subscription, streaming and screening service that serves independent filmmakers and provides social impact films, television, shorts and documentaries to create positive change in the world. IndieFlix has amassed over ten thousand titles from 85 countries and has secured worldwide rights on a revenue share basis. 
 
In 2016, Scilla successfully pivoted the streaming service to be edutainment focused, and now streams over 5,000 curated features, documentaries, shorts and TV series. Today, she additionally oversees the creation and streaming of IndieFlix original social impact documentaries to thousands of schools, corporations and communities in over 50 countries; effectively connecting the off and online worlds through film.
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by FC, 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. To learn more, visit filmmakerscollab.org
 
Forgiving the Unforgivable: A Conversation with Garrard McClendon

Forgiving the Unforgivable: A Conversation with Garrard McClendon

April 15, 2021

Forgiving the Unforgivable: A Conversation with Garrard McClendon

On episode number 23 of Making Media Now, the Filmmakers Collaborative podcast, host Michael Azevedo speaks with filmmaker, professor and author Garrard McClendon.
 
Garrard’s debut documentary film, "Forgiving Cain," is a deeply personal examination of what it means to forgive an almost unimaginably painful act: the murder of your parents by armed assailants. This is the choice Garrard made in 2009, shortly after his parents, Ruby and Milton McClendon, were murdered.
 
Listen in to discover how and why Garrard arrived at this place of forgiveness and how he used this grievous loss as a personal catalyst to help others whose lives have been irrevocably altered by the scourge of gun violence in US cities. 
 
Now in post-production, the film will be released in late 2021. 
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by FC, 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. To learn more, visit filmmakerscollab.org
 
 
More about Garrard McClendon: https://garrardmcclendon.com
 

 

Picture This: A Conversation with Storyboard Artist Josh Hayes

Picture This: A Conversation with Storyboard Artist Josh Hayes

April 8, 2021
On episode 22 of Making Media Now, the Filmmakers Collaborative podcast, host Michael Azevedo has a fun and wide-ranging conversation with art director and storyboard artist Josh Hayes. 
 
If you’re a regular listener to this podcast, which often features conversations with filmmakers as well as folks who work their magic 'behind the scenes,' you just might be the kind of person who watches credits at the end of movie. So have you ever wondered what a Storyboard Artist does? Well, wonder no more! Meet Josh Hayes!
 
Josh is an LA-based storyboard artist who has worked with a virtual who’s who of Hollywood directors: Rob Reiner, Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Bay, Kevin Smith, and Barry Levinson just to name a few. His television credits include work on The West Wing, The X-Files, Heroes, and ER. And he’s storyboarded thousands of television commercials including dozens for Super Bowl spots for clients such as: Apple, McDonald’s, Budweiser, Audi, Coca Cola, Nike, and American Express. 
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by FC, 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. To learn more, visit filmmakerscollab.org
 

 

 

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