Aug 4, 2020

Sara Bernstein - Award-Winning Producer and Executive Vice President of Imagine Documentaries

Sara Bernstein is Executive Vice President at Imagine Documentaries, the documentary division of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment. Her latest project, REBUILDING PARADISE for National Geographic and directed by Howard, chronicles the devastating firestorm that ravaged the city of Paradise, California in 2018. Before joining Imagine, Sara was Senior Vice President at HBO Documentary Films. Needless to say, we cover a lot of ground with this 'cinematic' producing powerhouse!

Jul 28, 2020

Jessica Swale - Olivier-Award Winning British Playwright, Theater Director, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Talk about a creative woman! Jessica Swale fits that bill and then some. Her first play, Blue Stockings, premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in 2013. Then came Nell Gwynn, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Jessica is making her feature film debut with the newly released period drama, Summerland. She also wrote the screenplay. We know you'll enjoy meeting this accomplished, passionate, fascinating woman.

May 12, 2020

Ferne Pearlstein is Back - Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

She's baaack! And we're delighted to share another conversation with the very creative and accomplished Ferne Pearlstein. While we catch up on Ferne's latest projects, we also focus on her 2016 feature film, THE LAST LAUGH, which is all about finding humor in a crisis seen through the lens of the Holocaust. As we try to deal with and wrap our heads around the COVID-19 nightmare, many have been connecting to THE LAST LAUGH, to help us cope with this crisis and, for that matter, this new normal. There's lots to talk about in this open, frank, and yes, upbeat conversation.

Oct 29, 2019

Barbara Miller and Leyla Hussein, Filmmakers & Social Activists

You are about to meet and get to know two extraordinary, passionate, committed women. Swiss filmmaker Barbara Miller* is the woman behind the powerful documentary #Female Pleasure. It follows five courageous women from different cultures as they struggle for justice and equality as they take charge of their own bodies. And one of those women is Leyla Hussein, a Somali-born, British psycho-therapist and social activist who was genitally mutilated at the age of seven. She has made it her mission to fight against female genital mutilation or FGM, as well as for the sexual determination of Muslim women worldwide. This is one empowering, moving, critically important conversation.

Oct 15, 2019

Prune Nourry, Artist

Born in France and based in Brooklyn, multi-disciplinary artist Prune Nourry works in sculpture, performance and video and was living her life, when in 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It's a journey she shares in the first person film, "Serendipity." By doing so, Prune discovered new meaning in her impressive body of work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival and mortality. She shares that and so much more in this truly fascinating, riveting and inspiring conversation.

Oct 1, 2019

Irene Taylor Brodsky, Documentary Filmmaker

Irene Taylor Brodsky happens to be an: Emmy and Peabody Award-winning, Oscar-nominated, director, producer, writer, cinematographer, whose documentaries have been shown in theaters, at festivals and on the small screen. Her first documentary feature "Hear and Now" was actually a memoir about her deaf parents. Her mom and dad are back on the big screen as is Irene's son Jonas, in her newest work "Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements." This is one very open, very personal conversation with a very accomplished, passionate, creative woman.

Aug 13, 2019

Perri Peltz, Documentary Filmmaker

A broadcast journalist, radio host, documentary filmmaker, public health advocate, PhD candidate, Perri Peltz's career is a rich and rewarding one. As a filmmaker, her focus has been on health and social justice. However, her newest for HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS takes us 'outside the box.' ALTERNATE ENDINGS: Six New Ways to Die in America," explores the varied and non-traditional options of those who have chosen to celebrate life and take control of what will happen when they die. It is an intimate, illuminating, empowering film. We cover a lot of ground in our conversation with this committed, passionate, accomplished, creative woman.

Jul 30, 2019

Catherine Wolf, Actress

If you're a film, tv and theater person, you're probably familiar with Catherine Wolf's work. Currently, she plays Kevin Bacon's sarcastic mother-in-law on the Showtime series "City on a Hill." Her resume also includes roles on "Oz," "Sex and the City," "Law and Order" and "Cagney and Lacey." Catherine's film credits are numerous: she was Jennifer Connolly's mom in the Oscar-nominated "Little Children." She's also acted in several Harold Pinter plays and happens to be the Founding Producing Director of The Colleagues Theatre Company. There's plenty to talk about with this warm, engaging, creative woman.

Jul 23, 2019

Wendy Federman, Broadway Producer

Producer Wendy Federman and Broadway? Perfect together. Her 80+ co-productions include the highly acclaimed and award-winning: To Kill A Mockingbird, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, and Network. Wendy also happens to be a member of the John F. Kennedy Center's National Committee for the Performing Arts. And...she is also a 2019 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. There's plenty to learn in this 'theatrical' conversation with a committed patron of the arts!

Jul 9, 2019

Nam Holtz, Documentary Filmmaker

Nam Holtz was abandoned at birth in her native Korea, and at six months was adopted by a loving American family. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs. It was clear Nam had talent - after graduating college with a BFA in dance, she was cast in the Broadway production of The King and I, and toured the U.S. in Miss Saigon and Flower Drum Song. She's also acted in film and tv. Growing up, Nam never really thought about "her past." But that changed when her older sister gave birth. It became the catalyst for Nam to travel to Korea, to try and find her biological parents and learn all she could about where she was born. That journey is chronicled in "Found in Korea,." the film she, wrote, directed and produced. She talks about that and lots more in this engaging, honest, personal conversation.

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