Making Media Now
The Illuminating Tale of ”The Last Lightkeepers”

The Illuminating Tale of ”The Last Lightkeepers”

September 16, 2021

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.

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 
Composer Tom Phillips Sets the Score

Composer Tom Phillips Sets the Score

September 9, 2021

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".

Among his most recent work is his score for the documentary "Attica," which will open this year’s Toronto film festival on September 9 and be featured on Showtime later this 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 
Meet Aaron Biebert of VIDA Voices

Meet Aaron Biebert of VIDA Voices

September 2, 2021

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. 

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 
Uncovering “Enemies of the State” with Sonia Kennebeck and Ines Hoffman Kanna

Uncovering “Enemies of the State” with Sonia Kennebeck and Ines Hoffman Kanna

August 25, 2021

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.

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 
Chatting with David Hartman of the MA Production Coalition

Chatting with David Hartman of the MA Production Coalition

August 17, 2021

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.

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 
A Colorful Conversation with Rob Bessette

A Colorful Conversation with Rob Bessette

August 10, 2021
On this installment of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo chats with colorist Rob Bessette. Any of you who are familiar with the post-production process are likely familiar with what a colorist does. But for those aren’t…take a listen and discover.
 
As a Colorist Rob alters the color of images that you see on screen in order to better tell a story.  It’s his job to manipulate and enhance color to evoke emotions or create feelings that stem from the subconscious, and occasionally fix mistakes (yes, they do happen from time to time). 
 
Rob’s home base is in Boston but he works with people from all over the world.  He's been working as a Colorist at Finish Post (www.finishboston.com) for the past fifteen years.
 
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 Bond Between Two Former Marines is “Tougher Than a Tank”

The Bond Between Two Former Marines is “Tougher Than a Tank”

August 3, 2021

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.

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 
“Together Together” Writer/Director Nikole Beckwith Follows Where Curiosity Leads

“Together Together” Writer/Director Nikole Beckwith Follows Where Curiosity Leads

July 28, 2021
Joining host Michael Azevedo on this installment of MMN is writer/director Nikole Beckwith. Nikole’s latest film, the second feature she’s both written and directed is called "Together Together." The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, stars Ed Helms as Matt, as a 45-year-old single man whose desire to become a father leads him to hire young Anna, played by Patti Harrison, as a gestational surrogate.

 

"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.

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 
PBS’ Frontline Takes a Multi-Faceted Look at “Un(re)solved” Cold Cases

PBS’ Frontline Takes a Multi-Faceted Look at “Un(re)solved” Cold Cases

July 15, 2021

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."

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.
 

 

Meet Christi Cooper, Director of “Youth V. Gov”

Meet Christi Cooper, Director of “Youth V. Gov”

July 7, 2021

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.

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.
 

 

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