Arts Interview: ‘Actors Anonymous’ | Part 2 Lead Actor Jake Robbins

April 21, 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: 'Actors Anonymous' | Part 2: In-Depth Conversation with Lead Actor Jake Robbins 

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This week Ruth Copland's guests are from the Hollywood film 'Actors Anonymous' starring James Franco, Scott Haze and Jake Robbins. The story is based on James Franco's book of short stories about the acting life. The film shows the underbelly of LA and how the path to acting success can be very rocky, if not dark, and considers what success in art and in life really means. The public image of Hollywood is very glamorised and we don’t really see all the people who never hit the big time and what they might have done in order to try to make it and/or how committed they are to their art. In Part 2 Ruth talks to lead actor Jake Robbins about his career and his role in 'Actors Anonymous'.  

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Arts Interview: ‘Actors Anonymous’ | Part 1 Chris Abernathy and Tim Astor

April 21, 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: 'Actors Anonymous' | Part 1: In-Depth Conversation with Producers Chris Abernathy and Tim Astor
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This week Ruth Copland's guests are from the Hollywood film 'Actors Anonymous' starring James Franco, Scott Haze and Jake Robbins. The story is based on James Franco's book of short stories about the acting life. The film shows the underbelly of LA and how the path to acting success can be very rocky, if not dark, and considers what success in art and in life really means. The public image of Hollywood is very glamorised and we don’t really see all the people who never hit the big time and what they might have done in order to try to make it and/or how committed they are to their art. In Part 1 Ruth talks to producers Chris Abernathy and Tim Astor about how and why the film got made.

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

Copyright 2017 Ruth Copland. All Rights Reserved.

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How Can We Prevent Fake News? | Guest: Stewart Purvis

April 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

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There are different aspects to fake news, the corrosive phenomenon that is pervading American life right now. These include wilful dissemination of untruths, amateurish reporting, lack of fact verification, and social media news delivery. Ruth Copland explores with her special guest Stewart Purvis how we can prevent fake news in all its forms.

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Ruth Copland's guest is highly regarded UK media professional, Stewart Purvis, who has over four decades experience in broadcast media including TV and radio reporting, production, editing national news services, running a media business, and broadcast regulation. Stewart has won awards for documentaries and news from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA, and for his services to broadcast journalism was awarded by the Queen a CBE, one of the highest British civilian honours. In addition Stewart was a visiting professor at Oxford University, Professor of Journalism at City University, and has co-authored two books, one about the Cambridge super spy Guy Burgess, and one about when journalists cross the line. Join us 8-9 Pm Saturday as Stewart and I consider 'How can we prevent fake news?'

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

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Arts Interview: Mark Pellington, Award-Winning Director, Producer, and Writer

April 2, 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

In-Depth Conversation with Mark Pellington

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This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Mark Pellington, whose highly creative career spans three decades and represents a multi-media exploration in all narrative forms. Internationally recognised for his work with music videos, he’s worked with some of the biggest bands on the planet, as well as directing popular TV shows and highly-regarded feature films, such as 'Arlington Road' and 'The Mothman Prophecies'. His latest feature 'The Last Word' starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried, had its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley. Mark also creates art films and has collaborated with William Burroughs and Jenny Holzer on text/image pieces.

We talk about Mark Pellington's ground-breaking work at MTV and in the world of music videos; his art film 'Honesty'; how he approaches his work; the tension between commerciality and art; the potential of art to process trauma and heal; and his thoughts on the comedy drama 'The Last Word' now showing in cinemas everywhere.

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

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Arts Interview: Romi Trower, Director and Writer of ‘What If It Works?’

March 26, 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 Romi Trower

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As her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Australian director, writer and actor Romi Trower, whose film What If It Works? had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley. 'What If It Works?' is a romantic and endearing film the unlikely subject of which is the burgeoning love between a man with OCD and woman with multiple personalities. Mental illness is increasingly in the news as its stigmatisation and lack of adequate funding for care is discussed. 'What If It Works?' takes a difficult subject and injects it with humanity, light and gentle humour.
Romi has worked as a writer, director and actor in TV, film, and theatre for many years. Her previous short films 'Chocolate Cake' and 'No One Is Listening' Any More picked up international sales and distribution after successfully playing International festivals. Romi has also written a sell-out play Too Beautiful For Garbage. Talking about her feature debut, 'What If It Works?', Romi says it is a film about human beings finding the inner strength to solve their own loneliness not through the more common sexual/romantic relationship but through true friendship and deep understanding. Ruth Copland talked to Romi at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose after the film’s world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival.

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

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

March 26, 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 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.

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

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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.  

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

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

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 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

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 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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