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Chico Colvard - Family Affair

Chico Colvard is the son of a WWII German-Jewish mother and African-American father raised in the segregated south of Georgia. After pursuing a career in the theatre arts, Chico went on to eventually study and teach "race, law, and media" related courses at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Chico is the producer and director of a deeply personal and uncompromising documentary, called Family Affair.

Family Affair begins where at 10 years old, filmmaker, Chico Colvard, accidentally shot his sister in the leg. This random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities that shattered his family. Thirty years later, Chico bravely visits his relatives and what unfolds is a personal film that’s as uncompromising, raw, and cathartic as any in the history of the medium. Family Affair is a story that yields insights about the legacy of abuse and attempts to understand one’s capacity to accommodate a parent’s past crimes in order to satisfy an eternal longing for family.

Family Affair is a feature length documentary that premiered in competition at Sundance and was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her new cable channel, OWN. Family Affair has screened at premiere festivals around the world, winning Audience and Best Documentary Feature awards.

Direct download: ChicoColvard.mp3
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Nathan Larson - Musician and Film Composer

Nathan Larson is an award winning musician and film composer. 

Nathan’s work as a musician includes being formerly the lead guitarist for the influential 1990s band Shudder to Think and the founder of the band Hot One.  He was also the creative force behind Mind Science of the MindNathan also has a band A Camp with his wife Nina Persson, who the lead singer and lyricist for the Swedish rock group The Cardigans.

As a composer, Nathan has worked on the soundtracks for High Art, and Velvet Goldmine and has composed for a variety of independent feature films including:  Boys Don’t Cry, Lilya 4 Ever, TigerlandDirty Pretty Things, The Woodsman, Bananas!, and The Messenger.

Direct download: NathanLarson.mp3
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Mark White - Production Designer on Please Give and Winter's Bone

Mark White, an American production designer, began his career as a Toy Designer before moving into Theatre Design. He shifted gears into film as Set Designer on Twenty-Nine Palms and then as Art Director on Boiler Room

As Production Designer, Mark’s credits include: Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, The Ten, Tully and the Comedy Central series, Stella

He also was production designer for Morgan J. Freeman’s film, Homecoming, and the film Transamerica, featuring the Oscar-nominated actress, Felicity Huffman.

Mark was recently the production designer on two major independent films, Please Give and Winter's Bone.

Please Give is directed and written by Nicole Holofcener, a perceptive and darkly comedic take on modern life’s contradictions, good intentions, and shaky moral bearings, starring Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt.

Winter’s Bone is written and directed by Debra Granik is about 17 year old Ree Dolly who sets out to track down her missing father, who has put their house up for his bail bond, which will lead to the family’s eviction if he can’t be found. Winter’s Bone won the Best Picture Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Direct download: MarkWhite.mp3
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James Embree - British Stuntman

James Embree is a British stuntman that is a member of the British Stunt Register and the Taurus World Academy

A stuntman is typically a professional athlete or acrobat substituted for an actor when scenes involving danger are filmed.

James has worked as both a stuntman on major productions like The Dark Knight, The A-Team, and Robin Hood, in independent films like Bronson, and as a stunt double for Colin Farrell on In Bruges.

Direct download: JamesEmbree.mp3
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