Thursday, April 10, 2008

Your Call 041108 The Reality-Based Community

On the next Your Call, it's a special edition of our Friday Media Roundtable. This week, a panel of progressive independent filmmakers join us to discuss how documentaries are changing the mainstream media conversation. We'll be joined by Jeffrey Springer, co-director of Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, David Redmon, director of Mardi Gras: Made in China, and Laurie Walters, head of film acquisitions for Ironweed Films. What was the best documentary you saw this year? How much power do documentaries have to create social change? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar.

Jeffrey Springer in San Francisco
Co-Director, editor and photographer of Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, one of the featured films in an Ironweed Film Release. 

Laurie Walters in Los Angeles
Head of film acquisitions for Ironweed Films, a progressive film distribution company that curates a monthly documentary film festival that it puts on DVD and mails out to its members. Ironweed was a project of Act Now in San Francisco, but is now an independent company.
To submit to Ironweed send DVDs to:
PO Box 636
Ojai, CA 92023 

David Redmon in New Jersey
Director of Mardi Gras: Made in China

Your Call 041008 Bill McKibben, Environmentalist

What can we do to save the environment?  On the next Your Call, we welcome environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future and The Bill McKibben Reader.  For nearly three decades, McKibben has written about our relationship with the natural world.  He wrote The End of Nature, the first book about climate change, back in 1989.  How much time do we have left, and what changes are necessary?  It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar.

Bill McKibben in Ripton, Vermont
Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. He is the author of The Bill McKibben Reader, a collection of 44 essays written for various publications over the past 25 years.