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Patch Adams, Renowned Doctor, Activist and Clown! It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

‘What is at the root of well-being?’ Patch Adams has devoted his life to furthering peace, well being and connection. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process. With the help of friends, he founded the Gesundheit Institute in 1971 in order to address all the problems of health care in one model. The Gesundheit Institute, a non-profit healthcare organization, is a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society, and the world. In addition for decades, through his Clownvets project, Patch and his team of extraordinary volunteers have traveled the world as humanitarian clowns, helping heal veteran participants suffering from PTSD who are constantly working to relieve invisible wounds, and also bringing joy to marginalised people around the world.

Ruth Copland spoke to Patch at Cinequest Film Festival where the documentary CLOWNVETS directed by Estaban Rojas, had its world premiere, also being honoured with the award for Most Life-Affirming Film. In her conversation with Patch they talk about connection, love, war, education, healthcare, active thinking, mental health, what it means to really care about things and thus explore through his life, work, beliefs and the film CLOWNVETS ‘what is at the root of well-being?’

To listen to the interview click here Patch Adams | It's A Question of Balance (Broadcast 23 March).

Photo: Patch Adams clowning around with Ruth Copland at Cinequest Film Festival before the premiere of the documentary CLOWNVETS about humanitarian clowning.

For more info and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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How far will a 12-year-old go to be with her Homeless Veteran Dad? 'Princess of the Row' filmmakers Max Carlson, Shawn Austin It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

An emotional, heart-wrenching tale about the powerful bond between father and daughter, embodying the message that family is always worth fighting for, 'Princess of the Row' is a heart-wrenching and life-affirming film from Max Carlson and Shawn Austin. Together they wrote and produced the award-winning film, with Max Carlson directing. The inspiring story tells the tale of a runaway foster child who will stop at nothing to live with the only family she knows: her father… a homeless mentally ill veteran who lives on the streets of LA’s skid row. Ruth Copland talks to the film-makers about what inspired them to tell this story, how you take a story from an idea to a fully realised film, and why they became film-makers in the first place.

To listen to interview click here Max and Shawn | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 16 March)

Princess of the Row has a talented cast including iconic actor Martin Sheen; Edi Gathegi known for X-Men: First Class; Tayler Buck known for The People vs OJ; Ana Ortiz known for Ugly Betty; and Jacob Vargas known for Traffic. You can follow the film on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @PrincessoftheRowMovie

Photo L to R: Director and Co-writer Max Carlson; Film poster featuring Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck; Producer and Co-writer Shawn Austin.

For more info and to listen to past shows click here www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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What is it like Living on the Largest Garbage Dump in Central America? Award-Winning Film-maker Michael Dominic on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Four children living in a garbage dump get a chance in life. Young Manuel, Zulema, Chico and Edgar wait eagerly for the dump trucks, hoping to find left over food at La Chureca, a massive dump in Nicaragua. They work alongside their demanding mother, pulling out any usable discards in order to salvage an existence. Everything they know is this life of extreme poverty until an American philanthropist steps in and buys them a modest home with land to farm. With the kids in school for the first time, can they catch up to their peers, even with the new duties of farming? Can the family handle the demands of this new life, or will old habits pull them apart? Filmed over seven years, the movie CLEAN HANDS captures a family's struggles and growth, betrayals and complications, tears and celebrations.

Ruth Copland talks to award-winning film-maker Michael Dominic about his life and work as a photojournalist and film-maker, and why he devoted seven years of his life to making the feature documentary 'Clean Hands', which has its World Premiere at Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival in Silicon Valley.

 To listen to the interview click here Michael Dominic | It's A Question of Balance

 

Ruth Copland with film-maker Michael Dominic at Cinequest. Photo Credit: Daniel Garcia

Michael studied film at The School of Visual arts in New York City from 1990 to 1994 and at the same time worked for the legendary Annie Leibovitz as an intern and photo assistant. In the mid-1990s Michael was based in London where he directed music videos, including three for Norman Cook aka the wonderful Fatboy Slim. As a photojournalist Michael has travelled the world and his work has appeared in dozens of outlets in the US and abroad. For over 10 years Michael has dedicated his life to making work with social conscience. His feature-length documentary Sunshine Hotel - about the last "flophouse" on New York City's infamous skidrow, The Bowery, one of the few remaining affordable refuges for the destitute and out of luck - won three Best Documentary awards and ran on national US television for two years on the Sundance Channel.

For more info and to listen to past shows click here www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

 

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Emilio Estevez on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

An accomplished actor starring in many films, Emilio Estevez is also a talented writer and director with a compelling new film 'The Public' out in theatres from April 5th.

To listen to the interview click here Emilio Estevez | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 2 March).

'The Public' is being screened at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley on March 9th. Emilio Estevez will attend and take part in a discussion after the film. You can get tickets here 'The Public' Cinequest Screening

Emilio Estevez wrote and directed 'The Public' and also stars in it along with many great actors including Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. 'The Public' is about downtown Cincinnati librarians Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) who see their regular winter day shaken up when homeless patrons decide to take shelter in their library for the night. What starts as a peaceful sit-in quickly escalates into a face-off with the police and the media.

Emilio has established himself not only as an accomplished actor, but also as a talented writer, director and producer. In 2006, he wrote, directed and co-starred in the Golden Globe nominated for Best Picture and SAG ensemble nominee “Bobby,” which revisits the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968 and is set against the backdrop of the cultural issues gripping the country at the time, including racism, sexual inequality and class differences.
Emilio made his acting debut in Tim Hunter’s “Tex” and appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s ensemble drama “The Outsiders,” both based on S.E. Hinton novels. Estevez’ performance as a quintessential high-school jock in John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” won him widespread attention and acclaim. Later that same year, he went on to appear in “St. Elmo’s Fire” before starring in “That Was Then, This Is Now,” for which he also wrote the screenplay. In 1996, Estevez directed his father Martin Sheen for the first time in the Vietnam drama “The War at Home” which Emilio also starred in and produced. Other film credits include, “Repo Man” “Mission: Impossible,” and the “Stakeout, “Young Guns” and “Mighty Ducks” franchise movies. Emilio’s new film “The Public” marks Emilio’s fourth invitation to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival having previously been invited with his films THE WAR AT HOME, 1995, BOBBY 2006, THE WAY 2010).

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Do We Need Public Libraries in the Age of the Internet? Thought-provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

What is the role of the public library in society today? Thomas Jefferson in 1809 wrote “I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county”, yet funding of libraries is constantly under attack in budget cuts. Funding has seriously declined in recent years even though 90% of Americans say the closing of their local public library would impact their community*.

Ruth Copland gets opinions for her Out and About feature on the street. To listen click here Do We need Public Libraries? | It's A Question of Balance

If you enjoy this topic on public libraries, tune in next week March 2nd 8-9 PM to hear Ruth Copland's in-depth interview with Hollywood actor, writer and director Emilio Estevez. They talk about his highly engaging and dramatic new film 'The Public' which chronicles a stand-off between the police and the homeless in a public library, as well as about his life and film-making art.

Do we still need public libraries? Publishers are ambivalent or even hostile about libraries fearing reduced book sales. With their core mission of promoting reading, however, do libraries create new readers (and thus new purchasers)? 82% of Americans believe libraries should provide free literacy programs to young children*, which may include traditional reading, writing and comprehension as well as technology and new media literacies. Is this a good use of public money or should parents be responsible for providing these skills? Many people have home access to the internet for research and e-books but does this replace the cultural and intellectual experience of the library and its role as a vibrant community center? Is the library more than a repository of books? Libraries now provide free access to the internet and computers – is this as fundamental a right to information as the original intent of libraries providing access to books (and thus knowledge) for all people regardless of socio-economic standing? What do you think? Listen Saturday 8-9 PM!

For more info and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

*Pew Research Center.

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Award-Winning Jamaican Author Marlon James on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

From his first novel being rejected 70 times before it was published to becoming the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize, Marlon James has been on quite a journey. Ruth Copland talks to him about his life, art and new fantasy book 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'.

To listen to the interview click here Marlon James | It's A Question of Balance (Broadcast 16 Feb).

If you enjoy the interview you can meet Marlon James in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday February 18th at 7PM. He'll answer questions and sign his new fantasy book Black Leopard, Red Wolf. 

Marlon James is a professor and award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings explores several decades of Jamaican history around the time of an assassination attempt on Bob Marley. It won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women is about a slave woman’s revolt on a Jamaican plantation in the nineteenth century. It won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. Originally from Jamaica, Marlon currently divides his time between New York and Minnesota where he is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul teaching English and creative writing. Marlon’s latest book is the first in the Dark Star Trilogy and is called Black Leopard, Red Wolf. 

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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