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We Need to Hang Out with Billy Baker

We Need to Hang Out with Billy Baker

February 28, 2021
On this episode, host Michael Azevedo chats with Boston Globe columnist and best selling first-time author Billy Baker. 
 
Billy Baker writes features and humor columns for the Globe. His first book, "We Need to Hang Out: A Memoir of Making Friends,” which has raced up the best seller lists since it was published by Simon & Schuster in January. (https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Billy-Baker/150722648)
 
In "We Need to Hang Out," Baker embarks on an entertaining and relatable quest to reprioritize his ties with his buddies and forge more connections, all while balancing work, marriage, and kids.
 
Along the way, Baker talks to experts in sociology and psychology to investigate how such naturally social creatures as humans could become so profoundly isolated today.
 
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Meet Media-Maker Michele Meek (Holy Alliteration, Batman!)

Meet Media-Maker Michele Meek (Holy Alliteration, Batman!)

February 24, 2021
In this episode, host Michael Azevedo speaks with the multi-talented, multi-faceted media creator Michele Meek.
 

Michele is a writer, filmmaker, professor, and the founder of NewEnglandFilm.com and Independent Media Publications. Her most recent books include Independent Female Filmmakers (2019) and The Mastermind Failure Club (2020). She has directed numerous award-winning short films, including Imagine Kolle 37 (2017), and she worked as associate producer on the documentary feature Salvage (2019), which premiered at SXSW Film Festival.

Her scholarly research focuses on depictions of sexual consent in media and literature, and she presented a 2018 TEDx talk. She is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department at Bridgewater State University, where she teaches film studies, digital media, and screenwriting.

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Exploring “A Reckoning in Boston” with Director James Rutenbeck

Exploring “A Reckoning in Boston” with Director James Rutenbeck

February 18, 2021
In this episode of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo speaks with award-winning documentary filmmaker James Rutenbeck (https://www.areckoninginboston.com/index).
 
James is a two-time recipient of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for his work as producer of the PBS series Unnatural Causes, about health disparities in the U.S., and Class of ’27, which he executive produced, directed and edited. 
 
He has been awarded grants from Sundance Documentary Fund, LEF Moving Image Fund, Southern Humanities Media Fund, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 
 
His latest film is called "A Reckoning in Boston," and centers on the experiences of Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler who, seeking to transform their lives, enrolled a highly regarded night course in the humanities taught at a community center in Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston. 
 
When James, a white suburban filmmaker comes to make a film about the course and its students, he is forced to come to terms with his own complicity in racist structures in the community. Kafi and Carl came on board as producers of the film and the three bring to light a history of systemic racism that has spanned generations, along with its modern implications. "A Reckoning in Boston" (https://www.areckoninginboston.com) shows that transformation, healing and social change begins within each of us.
 
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Exploring “CodeSwitching” with Jonathan Schwartz & Mike Mascoll

Exploring “CodeSwitching” with Jonathan Schwartz & Mike Mascoll

February 13, 2021
On this episode, Making Media Now host Michael Azevedo speaks with Jonathan Schwartz and Mike Mascoll, the makers of an eye-opening documentary film called "CodeSwitching." (www.codeswitchingmovie.com)

 

"CodeSwitching" is a mashup of personal stories from three generations of students enrolled in the Boston-area METCO program: a groundbreaking voluntary desegregation initiative. 

The film explores shifting race relations in the suburban-urban axis, teen self-perception, and the role gender plays in fitting-in. Many participants in METCO achieve enviable academic success while some find navigating between the two highly-segregated worlds difficult.

 
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 Multi-Faceted Media Maker Roberto Mighty

Meet Multi-Faceted Media Maker Roberto Mighty

February 8, 2021
On this episode of Making Media Now, host Michael Azevedo chats with a true creative Renaissance Man: Roberto Mighty. 
 

Roberto is a filmmaker, TV host/producer, multimedia artist and educator. His critically acclaimed projects garner national funding and extensive press coverage. 

Roberto is currently producing and hosting 26 half-hour episodes of two new, original public TV series: "World's Greatest Cemeteries" and "getting dot OLDER". Each series will premiere in fall of 2021. And both series employ engaging storytelling to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. To learn more, visit www.worldsgreatestcemeteries.com and www.gettingdotolder.com

Roberto's latest documentary, "Legacy of Love", about Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott's 1950's romance, premiered on Boston’s GBH public television in August.  It will be distributed nationally to other public television stations throughout 2021.


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Bringing the Past to Life: A Conversation with Novelist Jane Healey

Bringing the Past to Life: A Conversation with Novelist Jane Healey

February 1, 2021
On this installment of Making Media Now, we celebrate a first: an interview with a novelist, in this case it’s best-selling novelist Jane Healey.  We’re all about conversing with, as we say, ‘media makers of all sorts’….and seeing whereas books were certainly among the first forms of “media,” chatting with a novelist certainly makes sense…and makes for a lively and interesting conversation.  
 

When her daughters were born, Jane Healey left a career in high tech to become a freelance writer. Her passion for historical fiction became her new career when her first novel THE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS CLUB was published in 2017. With the release of THE BEANTOWN GIRLS in 2019, Jane continued to fulfill her dream of writing lesser known stories of women in history. 

Jane's upcoming novel THE SECRET STEALERS is based on the true stories of the women of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, during World War II. It will be released in April 2021. (www.janehealey.com)

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Is There a Doctor…On the Set? A Conversation Dr. Paul Heinzelmann of SetMD

Is There a Doctor…On the Set? A Conversation Dr. Paul Heinzelmann of SetMD

January 22, 2021

On this episode, Making Media Now host Michael Azevedo speaks with Dr. Paul Heinzelmann of SetMD. 

SetMD has been providing medical services exclusively to the motion picture industry since 2007. They specialize in serving the health and wellness needs of the motion picture and television industry through a concierge-style healthcare service that combines the personalized care of old-fashioned doctor house calls with the convenience and affordability of mobile and online care options.  As of 2020, over 150 productions have been served.

In my conversation with Dr. Paul, who is an urgent care and primary care physician based out of Massachusetts General Hospital we chat about the origins of SetMD, some of the particular health and safety concerns of cast members and crews on film sets and, of course, the steps he and his company have taken to address the challenges posed by coronavirus.
 
To learn more about SetMD visit www.setmd.org
 
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Toasting the Cocktail Conversations with Michelle Mitchell

Toasting the Cocktail Conversations with Michelle Mitchell

January 14, 2021

In this episode, I chat with award-winning journalist and filmmaker Michele Mitchell about The Cocktail Conversations, her lively and thought-provoking podcast. Each episode is a racy, raucous and informed deep dive into the topics you wanna talk about, featuring questions you just might be afraid to ask. You can find The Cocktail Conversations wherever you get your podcasts! Find a comfy seat, pour yourself a refreshing beverage and take a listen!

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Catching Up with Podcast Host and Comedian Pete Dominick

Catching Up with Podcast Host and Comedian Pete Dominick

January 5, 2021
Pete Dominick's experience as a media maker is extensive: from headlining stand-up comedy gigs across the country to a coveted job as the warm-up comic for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, then on to regular hosting and guest commentator spots on CNN. 
 
For more than a decade, he hosted Stand Up with Pete on Sirium XM satellite radio and in 2020 re-branded his radio show as a daily podcast (www.standupwithpete.com) by the same name. Five days a week, Pete engages in deep-dive conversations with news makers, policy experts, journalists, filmmakers and thought leaders. 
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers of all stripes with its array of benefits and services. Visit FC at filmmakerscollab.org to learn more. And if you’re enjoying these conversations please remember to subscribe, review and share! 
A Conversation with Filmmaker and Nutritionist Diana Rodgers

A Conversation with Filmmaker and Nutritionist Diana Rodgers

December 29, 2020
For more than 15 years, Diana Rodgers has lived on a working organic farm raising vegetables and pasture-based animals. In 2010, she realized the solution to her Celiac Disease and blood sugar roller coaster was to eat an ancestral-type diet. From there, she decided to change her career in order to help others through diet and lifestyle change. Today, Diana is a Registered Dietitian with a busy clinical practice and the author of two best selling books. 
 
And now, with the upcoming release of her documentary Sacred Cow—which will be available for streaming on Jan 5, 2021, Diana can add director to her long list of creative achievements.
 
Sacred Cow probes the fundamental moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries we face in raising and eating animals. In the film, Diana focuses her lens on the largest and perhaps most maligned of farmed animals, the cow.
 
Making Media Now is sponsored by Filmmakers Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting media makers of all stripes with its array of benefits and services. Visit FC at filmmakerscollab.org to learn more. And if you’re enjoying these conversations please remember to subscribe, review and share! 
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