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Beloved Actor William H Macy and Oscar-Nominated Producer Rachel Winter from 'Krystal' on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

William H Macy and Rachel Winter talk to Ruth Copland about 'Krystal' a wonderful dramatic comedy about a young man living a sheltered life who develops a crush on a stripper with a disabled son, and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her! 

'Krystal' was the opening night film at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival where Ruth Copland saw the film and spoke in person to actor William H Macy and Academy-Award-Nominated producer Rachel Winter. Fourteen years in the making, 'Krystal' is directed by William H Macy as well as starring him and Rosario Dawson in the titular role. The stellar ensemble cast also includes Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman. 

To listen to the interview click here William H Macy, Rachel Winter | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 31 Mar)

Krystal is both inspiring and highly entertaining art and is released in theatres on April 13th.

For more info and to listen to past shows click here It's A Question of Balance

Photo L to R: Rachel Winter, William H Macy, Krystal film poster featuring Rosario Dawson and Nick Robinson.

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Special Guests Actors Jessica Paré, Adria Tennor, & Editor Mindy Elliott From the Film 'PIE'

This week Ruth Copland's arts' guests are from the Cinequest world premiere film PIE. Ruth Copland talks to actress Jessica Paré, award-winning editor Mindy Elliott, and writer and star of PIE Adria Tennor. PIE is a darkly original short film about love and betrayal featuring a homemade pie with a secret and scandalous ingredient! Ruth and her guests talk about what's behind the very unusual story of PIE, and also about acting as an art, how to keep a sense of your self in the challenging world of Hollywood, how art can help us consider difficult issues, and how film editing significantly shapes a story.

To listen to the show click here Jessica Paré, Adria Tennor, Mindy Elliott | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 24 March)

Jessica Paré is a Canadian actress and singer who has starred in many films both in her native Canada and in the US. She has also had many successful TV roles including Megan Draper in the Emmy award winning series Mad Men. Her in-show performance of the song "Zou Bisou Bisou" proved so popular that it became a hit download on iTunes and reached #1 on the Billboard World chart. She is currently starring in the CBS show SEAL Team.

Adria Tennor, who conceived PIE, is an award-winning screenwriter, director and actress, as well as a successful Los Angeles restaurateur. Mindy Elliott is an award-winning editor, known for co-writing and editing the award-winning documentary 'A Plastic Ocean' and for her work on 'Downsizing', 'House of Lies', and 'Ugly Betty'.

For more info and to listen to past shows click here It's A Question of Balance 

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Could Your Forgive the Unforgivable? 'Risking Light' Film-Makers on It's A Question of Balance

This week we’re considering ‘Could you forgive the unforgivable?’ Life can bring us great challenges, place us in seemingly unbearable situations, darkness may come and seem to obscure all light. How is it possible to experience terrible tragedy or injustice or inhumanity and not be consumed by rage, bitterness and thoughts of revenge?

To listen to the discussion click here Forgiving the Unforgivable | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 17 March)

For this week’s topic Ruth Copland is happy to have two special guests on the show both associated with the documentary film 'Risking Light' which features the stories of three people, in very different circumstances, who forgive the absolutely unforgivable. How did they do it and why? These people had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion. The film 'Risking Light' explores resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness challenging us to ask “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”

Ruth Copland's guests are Dawn Mikkelson - 'Risking Light' Senior Producer, Director, Writer, and Editor - and Miranda Wilson, 'Risking Light' Producer.

For more info and to listen to past shows click here It's A Question of Balance


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What Do Non-Americans Think of the US? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

This week Ruth Copland presents an outside perspective on how the US is viewed and whether views may have changed in the last year or so. There are varied opinions on what Americans think of the US right now - whether it needs to be made great again, whether it still is great, whether it ever was great. What does ‘great’ mean? But what do non-Americans think about all this?

Ruth went Out and About on the street on the Embankment in London, England to interview people. London is a very cosmopolitan city and the Embankment is a particularly cosmopolitan area as it is near Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and the historic City of London, so there tend to be lots of visitors from many different countries. Sure enough, the first people who agreed to be interviewed by Ruth were from Italy and France.

Ruth also speaks to ex-pat, internationally best-selling and award-winning British author Michael Marshall Smith, who currently resides in Santa Cruz, California, to get his views as a non-American living in the US. A highly talented and original writer for over 20 years, he is known in particular for 'The Straw Men', which he is currently adapting for TV. His supernatural thriller ‘The Intruders’ was made into a dramatic TV series starring Mira Sorvino, Millie Bobby Brown and John Simm. His latest book ‘Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’ has just come out in paperback in the UK, and will be coming out in the US in November.

Listen live from anywhere 8-9 PM Saturday March 10th via KSCO.com Livestream.

For more information and to listen to past shows click here It's A Question of Balance


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The Future of Local Media, With Special Guest Jeanie Howard Publisher Of The Santa Cruz "Good Times"

Future Of Local Media

Listen To The March 3rd Saturday Special.

As MZ and Michal Olson follow Jeanie Howard through the past and future of Local Media, the unique and stories past of many Santa Cruz and Bay Area publications past and present are revealed. The conversation becomes quite heated as MZ pleads that we start, "using the power of talk radio to do some good in the world!"

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Inside Perspective on 'Best Film Festival in USA' Cinequest on It's A Question of Balance

Cinequest Director of Programming Michael Rabehl, and Award winning director Jeremy Guy, give insight into Cinequest from two different perspectives: one from the creative organisational side and the other from the film-maker side (broadcast March 3).

To listen to interview with Michael Rabehl click here It's A Question of Balance | Michael Rabehl

To listen to interview with Jeremy Guy click here It's A Question of Balance | Jeremy Guy

Cinequest Film Festival runs 27th February through March 11th. Ruth Copland will be interviewing Andie MacDowell live on stage at the California Theatre in San Jose on March 10th. To get info, tickets and festival passes for Cinequest visit Cinequest Film and VR Festival 2018 

Michael has been a member of the Cinequest team since 1994 and as Director of Programming manages the film selection process for the festival and supervises the programming teams to create a world class line up of films and guests every year. As the Associate Director he’s also directly involved with the strategic planning of the festival. Jeremy Guy, an award winning director and cinematographer, whose documentary feature Purdah is having its world premiere at Cinequest. Jeremy’s film Purdah follows a young woman in India who recently removed her burkha for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming one of the only Muslim women to play cricket professionally in all of Mumbai. It also follows the career aspirations of her sisters within a restrictive religious context. Jeremy Guy's work includes a wide variety of projects including narrative feature films, major television shows, and independent documentaries.

To get info and tickets to see Purdah visit Cinequest: Purdah

For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

Photo L to R: Michael Rabehl; Jeremy Guy.

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