Making Media Now
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 
Revisiting Our Chat with Composer Tom Phillips

Revisiting Our Chat with Composer Tom Phillips

February 18, 2022

On this episode of Making Media Now we revisit host Michael Azevedo's chat with composer and musician Tom Phillips. Tom composed the score for "Attica," which was recently nominated for a Best Documentary feature Oscar and is currently airing on Showtime.

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 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".

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 
Catching Up with Mike Silva and the Stories He Tells

Catching Up with Mike Silva and the Stories He Tells

January 20, 2022

On this episode of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo catches up with multi-talented Filmmakers Collaborative member Mike Silva of Vessel Productions to learn about the path he took to becoming a filmmaker and editor. Mike brings us up to date on the making of his latest documentary, JUMP,  which tells the story of 26-year-old Maria Smirnova as she strives to high dive professionally for Cirque Du Soleil and Red Bull. The film will explore the sport of high diving as well as the recreational, and often dangerous, counterculture of freestyle cliff diving. 

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 
Filmmaker Fax Bahr Charts a Course with Waterkeeper Diane Wilson

Filmmaker Fax Bahr Charts a Course with Waterkeeper Diane Wilson

January 4, 2022

Joining host Michael Azevedo on this episode are filmmaker Fax Bahr and activist and fisherwoman Diane Wilson who discuss their documentary "Waterkeeper," which is now in production

"Waterkeeper" explores the astonishing and uplifting life of environmental activist Diane Wilson, Waterkeeper for the San Antonio Bay Estuarine system.

As writer, director, and producer, Fax Bahr won a Directing Emmy for Hearts Of Darkness, A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. That film also won Best Documentary from the National Board of Review. Fax has also served as a Community Organizer in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. He currently volunteers for InsideOUT Writers, teaching creative writing to incarcerated youth in Los Angeles.

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 Reality TV Powerhouse Mark Cronin

Meet Reality TV Powerhouse Mark Cronin

December 9, 2021

Joining host Michael Azevedo on episode #52 of Making Media Now is Mark Cronin, one of Hollywood’s most successful and prolific reality television producers. He is widely credited with co-creating the celeb-reality sub-genre with the breakout hit of “The Surreal Life” (The WB) in 2003.

As one of the most innovative creators and producers of reality television, Mark has founded three successful production companies, and served as show-runner on 44 separate TV series on 13 different networks. He created or co-created 46 series more than half of which went to multiple seasons and 23 of which were spin-offs due to the successes of their original flagship series.
 
After co-founding the reality production company, Mindless Entertainment, Cronin joined forces with 51 Pictures, to form the reality powerhouse 51 Minds Entertainment in 2004. Under that banner, Cronin created and co-created some of the most popular content in reality television serving as show-runner on such hits as “Flavor of Love,” “Rock of Love,” and “Charm School.” 
 
Cronin continued to develop new programming, including Bravo’s highest rated series premiere, “Below Deck,” now in post-production for it’s ninth season as well as the successful spin-offs “Below Deck Mediterranean” currently airing its sixth season, “Below Deck Down Under” which just wrapped production in Australia, and “Below Deck Adventure” now in production in Norway.
 
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 
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