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'What Happened in Vegas?' Shocking and heart-breaking. It's A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland

Ruth Copland has been out and about covering the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley. This week she is featuring guests from What Happened In Vegas, a shocking and heartbreaking documentary about three murder cases where all the victims were shot by the police. The film had its world premiere at Cinequest and reveals a police department seemingly willing to go to any lengths to protect its image and hide its crimes. The film also features good cops trying to act with integrity within a broken system, and considers what has gone wrong and how it might be fixed. Listen here What Happened in Vegas? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 11 March).

Ramsey Denison, the director, producer and editor of the film decided to make the film after he witnessed police brutality, called 911 to report it and then was beaten up by police and arrested himself for doing so. He covers this story in the film as well as several cases including the police killing of West Point graduate Erik Scott. Ruth Copland interviews the father of this young man Bill Scott, the director Ramsey Denison, and editor Doug Blush, renowned for his work on Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated documentaries, including The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground.

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Are the Arts Important in Education? On It's A Question of Balance

Are the arts important in education? Or are they a pleasant add-on but not essential to getting a job? Ruth Copland talks to accomplished educator, Dr Zachary Roberts, Head of Gateway School in Santa Cruz, California; award-winning writer Betsy Franco; and high school student film-makers Alec Cohen, Dajiana Huang, Peter Gold, Sam Cook, and Zac Sanders about the role of the arts in education and career preparation. Listen here Are the Arts Important in Education? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast on 4 March). What do you think? Listen to the conversations and decide!

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How Can We Unite? On It's A Question of Balance

Would you like to see the USA more united? Unity ‘is the state of different areas or groups being joined together to form a single country or organization.’ We have the United States. The dictionary also says ‘When there is unity, people are in agreement and act together for a particular purpose.’ Is there a shared goal big enough the American people can unite behind to make us overlook our differences? Listen here How Can We Unite? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 25 Feb).

Ruth Copland goes Out and About to get opinions on the street. Are we all in this together to solve our problems, is the answer in working collaboratively - or do you think it’s more a case of the ones who have it ‘right’ finally convincing the ones who don’t? Is part of why we are not united because we don’t see our interdependence? Or that we’ve stopped giving respect to our idealogical adversaries? What do you think? Listen to the conversations and decide!

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Interview with Betsy Franco and Student Film-Makers from film 'Metamorphosis Junior Year'

On It's A Question of Balance, Ruth Copland interviews artists involved with the making of the film Metamorphosis Junior Year, which is having its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4th. The full-length feature film has been produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco. Listen to the interview here It's A Question of Balance - Betsy Franco and Film-Makers (broadcast Feb 18).

The film follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends, as he analyzes the world around him. A coming-of-age film, its themes are relevant to all adults. The film is based on the young adult novel by Betsy Franco whom Ruth is pleased to have on the show along with five of the student film-makers. The film is part of Elysium Bandini Studios and is the first philanthropic studio event created. Elysium Bandini brings together the Art Of Elysium charity with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production company. 

Betsy Franco, who majored in Studio Art at Stanford, is an award-winning author with over eighty books, including picture books, and poetry collections, some beautifully illustrated by previous guest of this show Michael Wertz. Betsy also writes screenplays, plays, and sketch comedies, and compiles anthologies of teen writing. Metamorphosis Junior Year the novel is illustrated by Betsy’s son Tom Franco and read on audio book by her actor sons James Franco and Dave Franco. It is also the basis for a successful play. Betsy is an actor on TV and in film, and is a member of a sketch-comedy troupe called Suburban Squirrel. She is currently polishing the sequel to Metamorphosis—The Art of Love. For more info on the show and to listen to previous shows visit It's A Question Of Balance


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What Does Love Mean To You? on It's A Question of Balance February 11th 8-9 PM

This week with Valentine’s Day upcoming I’m thinking about what love is and how we think about it today. In the USA, Valentine's Day is not just associated with romantic love as it is in Britain, but also with familial love and friends. In the English language we only have one word for love whereas the Greeks had 30! so for Out and About I ask people on the street whether they feel it would be a good idea to have more words for love. Love has become such an commonly used and overly used word, it’s meaning has definitely changed over recent decades if not actually been degraded by its use to say ‘we love’ the latest TV show or new ice cream flavour. So I am interested to hear people’s thoughts on whether more words for love would be useful. Join me Saturday 11th February 8-9 PM to hear my conversations and decide what you think!

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own. For more info on the show visit It's A Question of Balance




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