Television star, peace activist, and Executive Director of the Peace on Earth Film Festival Dr. Nick Angotti joined Voices of Peace Talk Radio on Monday, March 4th. A veteran TV actor, Nick holds a Doctorate in Divinity from the Emerson Theological Institute of Oakhurst, CA and is dedicated to the pursuit of peace, justice, and nonviolence. As a part of this pursuit, Nick established Transcendence Global Media, an organization that pursues media ventures with the hope of building a culture of peace and nonviolence for all humanity. The Peace on Earth Film Festival is one such venture. Film directors from around the globe will come to Chicago to screen their films that raise awareness of peace, nonviolence, social justice, and an eco-balanced world.
In this episode, Bob Koehler and Adam Ericksen interviewed Nick and directors Ben Moses and Ellin Jimmerson whose films are in this year’s festival.
A Whisper to a Roar tells the heroic stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world – Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe – who risk it all to bring freedom to their people. Director Ben Moses (Writer, Producer, Director) has an extensive production background which includes shows that have garnered 21 Emmy® wins and/or nominations and an Oscar nomination. Since co-founding Appleseed Entertainment in 2006, he has taken the lead on the company’s documentary films, which he has written, directed and produced. Case in point, Taking the Hill: The Warrior’s Journey Home, about ways to help address PTSD in combat veterans. Best known as the creator and co-producer of Disney/Touchstone’s megahit Good Morning, Vietnam, starring Robin Williams, he also associate produced ITC/Orion’s Without a Clue, starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley; produced and directed RCA/Columbia’s Nickel & Dime (Wallace Shawn, C. Thomas Howell); produced the TV movie Hope Ranch (Bruce Boxleitner, Lorenzo Lamas, Gail O’Grady) for Discovery Networks; and executive produced Cupid’s Prey (Joanna Pacula, Jack Wagner) for Daybreak Pacific. Before his move into features, Moses produced and directed a string of Emmy-award winning broadcast documentaries, delivering thought-provoking and emotionally gripping programming on subjects ranging from hunger in America to euthanasia. He began his career on the streets and stages of New York, working as grip and gofer, then assistant director, production manager and producer—of commercials, industrial films and ultimately network television shows.
The Second Cooler is a documentary about illegal migration shot primarily in Alabama, Arizona, and northern Mexico. The premise is that Arizona is the new Alabama—the epicenter of an intense struggle for migrant justice. The documentary’s purpose is to bring basic migration issues into focus. Director Ellin Jimmerson has a Masters in Southern History from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, a Ph. D. in 20th Century United States History from the University of Houston, Texas, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Latin American liberation theology. She is Minister to the Community at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Because her parents were Civil Rights Movement activists during the 1950s and 1960s in Albany, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama, she cut her teeth on social justice issues. Her academic specialty is the intersection of US history, Latin American history, and Christianity. She has spoken to academic and non-academic audiences on liberation theology in the United States and Mexico. Ellin Jimmerson has spent years investigating illegal migration. In November, 2006, she took her first trip to the US / Mexico border to speak with people in their homes, on the streets, and in their places of business. After returning to Alabama, she began to speak in churches, universities, libraries, and other places about the basic causes of migration. In 2008, she was invited to a private meeting with the members of the Alabama Legislature’s Joint Interim Patriotic Immigration Commission. She was the plenary speaker at the Spring, 2010 Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn University in Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama.
Listen to these dedicated and inspiring individuals discuss the commitments that inspired them to make their films.
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