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.
Joining Michael Azevedo on this episode is award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain.
Tracy is an award-winning director, producer and writer committed to using film and video to bring diverse and often unknown stories to light in order to advance social justice, build community and empower the marginalized in engaging ways. Her documentaries have been supported the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation, Independent Television Service, LEF Foundation, among other funding organizations.
In 1999 Tracy won a Peabody Award for her first two feature documentaries "Bright Like a Sun" and "The Dream Keepers" as part of the six-part Blackside/PBS series I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Arts, and another in 2019 for the American Masters television broadcast of her latest directing effort, “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” the first feature film about the late artist/activist best-known for writing the play A Raisin in the Sun. The bio doc, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival also netted Tracy a 50th NAACP Image Award for Motion Picture Directing last year, the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award and a Creative Arts Emmy producing nomination.
Tracy is also President and CEO of The Film Posse, the production company she co-founded with her partner and colleague Randall MacLowry. Together they have directed, produced and written the NEH-funded American Experience film "American Oz," which premiered April 19, 2021. The pair is presently developing a documentary for Nova. And Tracy also currently teaches documentary production, storytelling and history at Wesleyan University.