Arts Interview: Ruken Tekes, Human Rights Expert and Film-Maker of ‘The Circle’

March 26, 2017

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Ruken Tekes

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As her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Turkish human rights expert and film-maker Ruken Tekes, whose short film ‘The Circle’ had its California premiere at Cinequest. ‘The Circle’ has won best film awards at multiple International Film Festivals. It is set in a 12,000-year-old Mesapotamian ancient city which is slated to be flooded in 2017 to create a dam. It is based on true events and features 39 local children. It tells the story of Zelal, a petite 7-year-old whose different ethnic and religious background leads to trouble in the small school she attends on the day the teacher announces the letter of the week is ‘O’. It is a subtle and moving film, artfully capturing the natural beauty of the region and the different aspects of its characters.
The film is the debut of Ruken Tekes and is an artistic exploration of the global reality of discrimination through the true story of the Ezidi Circle. It is a beautiful film both cinematographically and in the simple power of its story. ‘The Circle’ is a production of Sarya Films, a young independent film collective established in 2016 by Ruken Tekeş. As an ancient name, Sarya means 'woman cavalry' and the collective is prioritising bringing women film makers to work together in all stages of film making and to empower them in the film industry in Turkey. Graduating with an EMA in Human Rights and Democritization, Ruken Tekes has worked as a human rights expert for the United Nations and as a lecturing university professor.

Ruth Copland interviews Ruken Tekes at the premiere of ‘The Circle’ in the foyer of the iconic California Theatre at Cinequest, Silicon Valley.

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Arts Interview: Harris Yulin, Catherine Eaton, Teddy Sears from ‘The Sounding’

March 20, 2017

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It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

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Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Harris Yulin, Catherine Eaton, and Teddy Sears
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Ruth Copland has been out and about covering the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley and this week she talks to some of the extremely talented film-makers and actors associated with the film 'The Sounding', which had its world premiere at Cinequest.

'The Sounding' is deeply affecting because it speaks to one of our core human needs - to be seen and accepted as our true selves. It tells the story of Liv, who having remained silent for years starts to speak using only the text of Shakespeare as her language. Fully functioning in every other way and self-supporting, she is nevertheless committed to an institution by a well-meaning psychiatrist when her grandfather dies. The story concerns her battle to be allowed to meet the world in the way she wishes, however unconventional. Ruth talks to vetaran actor Harris Yulin (Training Day, Ghostbusters 2), lead actor Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex, The Flash), and director, writer, and lead actor Catherine Eaton.

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Arts Interview: Saila Kariat - Director, Writer, and Producer of ‘The Valley’

March 20, 2017

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It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Saila Kariat
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Ruth Copland interviews Saila Kariat, director, writer and producer of the film The Valley, a poignant and haunting film which ponders some deeply human questions - What does it mean to really connect as human beings? How well do we actually know those we love and know ourselves? Are we willing and able to let others be who they truly are?

The Valley is the feature directorial debut for Saila Kariat. Although she has had a lifelong passion for film, Saila began her career as an engineer having obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering. She was a research staff member at the prestigious IBM T.J. Watson research center, worked as a development manager at IBM overseeing twenty eight engineers, and as director of marketing at a high tech start-up.  She subsequently started a residential construction busines. During this time, she somehow found time to also pursue her lifelong desire to become a film-maker, and obtained a Bachelor’s in Film from San Jose State, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. Saila has since directed several short films and has written shorts and feature length screenplays. Her screenplay “Minor Gods” was selected as a finalist for best feature screenplay at the California State University Media Arts Festival.

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Arts Interview: ‘What Happened in Vegas?’ Ramsey Denison, Bill Scott, Doug Blush

March 12, 2017

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It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Ramsey Denison, Bill Scott and Doug Blush from the documentary 'What Happened in Vegas?'

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Clockwise L Top to Bottom: Ramsey Denison, Bill Scott, Doug Blush.

Ruth Copland features guests from What Happened In Vegas, a shocking and heartbreaking documentary about three murder cases where all the victims were shot by the police. The film had its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival 2017 and reveals a police department seemingly willing to go to any lengths to protect its image and hide its crimes. The film also features good cops trying to act with integrity within a broken system, and considers what has gone wrong and how it might be fixed. 

Ramsey Denison, the director, producer and editor of the film decided to make the film after he witnessed police brutality, called 911 to report it and then was beaten up and arrested himself for doing so. He covers this story in the film as well as several cases including the police killing of West Point graduate Erik Scott. Ruth Copland interviews the father of this young man Bill Scott, the director Ramsey Denison, and editor Doug Blush, renowned for his work on Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground.

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Topic: Are the Arts Important in Education? | Interviews with Dr Zaq Roberts, Betsy Franco and High School Students

March 10, 2017

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It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Topic: Out and About - Conversations About Questions That Matter: Are the Arts Important in Education

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Are the arts important in education? Or are they a pleasant add-on but not essential to getting a job? Ruth Copland talks to accomplished educator, Dr Zachary Roberts, Head of Gateway School in Santa Cruz, California, award-winning author Betsy Franco, and high scholl student film-makers about the role of the arts in education and career preparation.

What do you think? For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

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Topic: Are the Arts Important in Education? | Part 1: Dr Zaq Roberts

March 9, 2017

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It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Topic: Out and About - Conversations About Questions That Matter: Are the Arts Important in Education?

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Are the arts important in education? Or are they a pleasant add-on but not essential to getting a job? Ruth Copland talks to accomplished educator, Dr Zachary Roberts, Head of Gateway School in Santa Cruz, California about the role of the arts in education and career preparation.

What do you think? For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

Copyright 2017 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Topic: Are the Arts Important in Education? | Part 2: Betsy Franco and High School Student Film-Makers

March 9, 2017

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Topic: Out and About - Conversations About Questions That Matter: Are the Arts Important in Education?

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Are the arts important in education? Or are they a pleasant add-on but not essential to getting a job? Ruth Copland talks to award-winning writer Betsy Franco and high school student film-makers Alec Cohen, Daj Huang, Peter Gold, Sam Cook, and Zac Sanders about the role of the arts in education and career preparation.

Ruth Copland interviews Betsy Franco and some of the student film-makers involved with Metamorphosis Junior Year. The film was produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors/creators Iris Torres, Tom Franco, Jennifer Howell, Vince Jolivette, and Betsy Franco, on whose novel the film is based. Both the story of the film, which demonstrates how powerful the arts can be in the lives of young people, and the actuality of the real-life students making a feature film relate to this week’s topic. What do you think? For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

Copyright 2017 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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Topic: How Can We Unite? | On-The-Street Interviews

February 27, 2017

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Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Out And About – Conversations with People on the Street about Questions That Matter: How Can We Unite?

We consider ‘How can we unite?’ Unity ‘is the state of different areas or groups being joined together to form a single country or organization.’ We have the United States. The dictionary also says ‘When there is unity, people are in agreement and act together for a particular purpose.’ Is there a shared goal big enough the American people can unite behind to make us overlook our differences? Ruth goes out on the street to get opinions. What do you think?

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all - to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

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Arts Interview: High School Student Film-Makers - Part 2 Metamorphosis Junior Year

February 19, 2017

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It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.  

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with High School Student Film-makers

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Part 2 of Ruth Copland's interview with artists involved with the making of the film Metamorphosis Junior Year, which is having its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4th. Ruth talks to some of the remarkable student film-makers.

The full-length feature film has been produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors Kimberly Parker, Iris Torres, Christina Voros, Tom Franco, Vince Jolivette, Kathleen Howell and Betsy Franco. The film is a project of the philanthropic studio Elysium Bandini, which supports emerging artists. Elysium Bandini brings together the Art Of Elysium charity with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production company. The film follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends, as he analyzes the world around him. 

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Arts Interview: Betsy Franco - Part 1 Metamorphosis Junior Year

February 19, 2017

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Betsy Franco

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Part 1 of Ruth Copland's interview with artists involved with the making of the film Metamorphosis Junior Year, which is having its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4th. Ruth talks to Betsy Franco who wrote the young adult novel on which the film is based and was a mentor for the film.

The full-length feature film has been produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors Kimberly Parker, Iris Torres, Christina Voros, Tom Franco, Vince Jolivette, Kathleen Howell and Betsy Franco. The film is a project of the philanthropic studio Elysium Bandini, which supports emerging artists. Elysium Bandini brings together the Art Of Elysium charity with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production company. The film follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends, as he analyzes the world around him. 
Betsy Franco, who majored in Studio Art at Stanford, is an award-winning author with over eighty books, including picture books, and poetry collections, some beautifully illustrated by previous guest of this show Michael Wertz. Betsy also writes screenplays, plays, and sketch comedies, and compiles anthologies of teen writing. Metamorphosis Junior Year the novel is illustrated by Betsy’s son Tom Franco and read on audio book by her actor sons James Franco and Dave Franco. It is also the basis for a successful play. Betsy is an actor on TV and in film, and is a member of a sketch-comedy troupe called Suburban Squirrel. She is currently polishing the sequel to Metamorphosis—The Art of Love.

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2016 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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