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Rose Sellery and Tina Brown Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 4th June 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing the co-founders of PiVot: The Art of Fashion - award-winning artist Rose Sellery and personal clothing stylist and blogger Tina Brown. Pivot: The Art of Fashion brings art and fashion together, producing incredibly unusual fashion events showcasing the work of cutting-edge fashion designers and artists’ one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces. This philanthropic endeavor actively seeks to promote and aid in the professional development of its participants. Artist’s creations transcend the imagination and designer’s collections awe the crowd and blur the lines between fashion and art. Pivot works with artists and designers to help them express their vision, collaborate, build community and move forward with runway performances, workshops, exhibitions and the Pivot Designer's Market.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Rose Sellery and Tina Brown. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Jen Heck and Lina Qadri Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 28th May 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Jen Heck and Lina Qadri from the award-winning film, The Promised Band. The film is a nontraditional documentary about an unlikely group of women from opposite sides of the Israeli/Palestinian border who are set on an unexpected path when an American friend, the award-winning film-maker Jen Heck, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to meet. But in a region where sides are separated not by just a 26-foot physical separation wall but a social one, meeting is nearly impossible: most Palestinian citizens are barred from entering Israel, and Israeli citizens fear meeting violence upon entering the West Bank. The women decide that, despite their dubious musical talent, a music group is the best cover story to meet and interact with each other. The unlikely musicians have to cross the border, repeatedly and often illegally. They have to get their instruments through checkpoints, secure permits to travel when possible, and find safe spaces to meet. Despite their initial distrust, the women connect. As each learns more about the other, they come to understand the stakes between their countries in a whole new way. Together, they realize that while they have nothing to fear from each other, peace may be impossible in a place where their friendship is criminalized, and women's voices can be easily drowned out. Ruth talks to the award-winning director of the film, Jen Heck, and one of the lead protagonists from Palestine, Lina Qadri. The Promised Band won Best Documentary and the Canon-Atomos Documentary Filmmaker Award at Cinequest 2016.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Jen Heck and Lina Qadri. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Jo Baker Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 21st May 8-9 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing best-selling British writer Jo Baker. If you enjoy the interview, you can meet Jo in person on May 26th at 7 PM at Bookshop Santa Cruz where she is appearing as part of her American book tour.

Born in Lancashire in Britain, Jo Baker studied English Literature at Oxford University, then went on to study writing at Queen’s University, Belfast, eventually achieving a PhD on the work of the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen. Jo’s first book Offcomer was published in 2002 and she has gone on to publish five other novels - The Undertow, The Telling, The Mermaid’s Child, Longbourn and her latest book A Country Road, A Tree. Jo has also written for BBC Radio 4, and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies.

Jo Baker’s book Longbourn, a reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ perspective, was hailed by critics as brilliant, absorbing, moving and ingenious and is a national best-seller, A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Title, a Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book, a Miami Herald Favorite Book, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. Longbourn is also in development as a feature film. Jo Baker’s considerable flare for historical detail and nuance showcased so effectively in Longbourn are evident again in her new book, A Country Road, A Tree, where she reimagines the Nobel Prize-winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett’s involvement with the French Resistance during WWII, and his struggle to find meaning in the seeming futility of life, and value in the written word. In A Country Road, A Tree, (the title of which references a stage direction from Beckett’s play Waiting For Godot) Jo Baker explores the military experiences that ultimately contributed to giving Beckett one of the most powerful voices in the 20th century.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Jo Baker. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

 

‘Does it Have To Be Them and Us?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 14th May

 

This Saturday 14th May 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance we are featuring Out And About - thought-provoking conversations on the street. We consider ‘Does it Have To Be Them and Us?’

There’s lots of ways we can find ourselves thinking in terms of ‘them and us’ - young and old, rich and poor, healthy versus not taking care of oneself, right-wing versus liberal, gay and straight, black and white, first-world and third world. Do you ever find yourself feeling very different from a certain group of people? How does that make you feel? When you feel passionate about an issue how do you feel about those who disagree with you - do you see it as two sides, a wrong and a right? Or simply as a variety of views or beliefs?

In an article by Robert W Peck of the Constitution Party he comments “In a world with an “us versus them” mentality, it’s always “them” that are the problem… right? We’re never the cause of our own troubles, that would be unthinkable. It’s always the other guy who fouls everything up….The same phenomenon exists in the political arena where the “us versus them” mentality finds that it is always the other political party that is the problem. You name the trouble, the other party caused it. If only the country were turned over to our side, to our favored “ism” or political party, we would make it a utopian paradise.” In the political arena are you finding yourself feeling a sense of them and us?

Joseph Joubert said that “The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress”. I’m wondering if this is part of what gets lost when we get into a ‘them and us’ mindset - it seems we become more focused on converting others to our belief system than concentrating our energy on how actual progress could be affected. Is this something you see at all? Does it have to be them and us?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

 

Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Eye In The Sky’ and Cinequest Award-Winning Film-Makers from ‘Dependent’s Day’ Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 7th May 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Academy-Award-winning director Gavin Hood about new film Eye In The Sky, and screenwriter and film-maker Michael David Lynch, and actor and filmmaker Joe Burke, about their new film Dependent’s Day.

Gavin Hood is a filmmaker, screenwriter, director and actor best known for writing and directing Tsotsi (2005), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and for directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Ender’s Game. Written by Guy Hibbert, Eye In The Sky stars Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman and explores the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

Michael David Lynch makes his long awaited feature film directorial debut with Dependent’s Day, having previously worked on films such as Inception, Die Hard 4, Ironman 2 and Transformers 2 and producing several successful films including Drop, Between Us, and This Thing with Sarah. Dependent’s Day recently won the Audience Award Narrative Feature Comedy at the Cinequest film festival 2016. Michael studied film at Columbia College, Chicago.

Joe Burke is a filmmaker and actor who received his MFA from th American Film Institute. He earned his BA degree in Film and a minor in Theater from Columbia College. Burke has acted in several national commercials and has appeared on the critically acclaimed Showtime show Ray Donovan, and the popular Disney show Dog With A Blog. Recently Joe is starring in the Screen Junkies Interns of F.I.E.L.D. a parody on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Known for playing a witty, quirky character, Joe embodies Dependent’s Day’s protagonist Cam, and his eternal struggle to claim his manhood.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of these talented film-makers. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Rita Moreno and Steve Goldbloom Special Guests on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 30th April 8-9 PM

This week as her special guests from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Oscar-winning actress Rita Moreno and Steve Goldbloom, the director of Rita’s latest award-winning film, Remember Me.
Legendary performer Rita Moreno is one of only 12 people who have received an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award. She received the Oscar for West Side Story in 1961 and is still going strong at 84, starring in the new comedy film Remember Me, which had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival 2016 in Silicon Valley. She remains one of the busiest stars in show business working in TV, film, and theatre. Her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, published by Celebra Books, instantly became a New York Times Bestseller.
Steve Goldbloom is a writer, producer, and performer based in Los Angeles. In 2014, he created and hosted the PBS series Everything But The News, which lampooned Silicon Valley and public broadcasting. The show earned critical acclaim and was ranked best digital series by USA Today in its first year. In February 2016, Steve launched a new sketch series as writer/performer with AOL entitled On The Brink Of Greatness. Steve's directorial work includes creating the series Brief But Spectacular - a weekly interview series for PBS NewsHour. Steve runs his production company Second Peninsula LLC out of Los Angeles. Remember Me, starring Rita Moreno, is Steve's feature film debut.

Tune in Saturday 8-9 PM to find out more about the life and art of Rita Moreno and Steve Goldbloom. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com