Nancy Rhodes, Paradigm Shifts Festival & Holly Mosher, Bonsai People


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Wednesday, March 18, 6pm EDT: Mitchell’s first guest this evening is Founder of the Encompass New Opera isNancy Rhodes (Artistic Director/Librettist), also the co-founder and producer of The Paradigm Shifts Film & Music Festival taking place in NYC beginning this Thursday, March 19.
A champion of American Opera, staged the world premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe for San Francisco Opera, Virgil Thomson’s Lord Byron at Alice Tully Hall, new operas for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera Theatre. Internationally, she directed Death In Venice (Stockholm), Carmen (Oslo), Happy End (Finland), Kiss Me Kate(Ankara, filmed for TV), West Side Story (Istanbul), and Eccentrics, Outcasts and Visionaries: A Century of American Opera for the Holland Festival (Amsterdam).
At Encompass she staged over 50 operas, including Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, Blitzstein’s Regina, Britten’sPhaedra, and Antheil’sTransatlantic. She co-conceived/directed Only Heaven with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, with poetry by Langston Hughes. Her acclaimed production of Grigori Frid’s opera The Diary of Anne Frank toured to Cleveland Opera.
As Vice President/U.S. Delegate to the International Theatre Institute, Rhodes has conducted workshops and been a guest speaker in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Venezuela, Argentina, Korea, Holland, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Estonia. In June 2004, she was invited to direct the first American musical ever staged in the country of Albania at the National Opera House and filmed for television. She is currently the commissioned librettist of The Theory of Everything, a new opera inspired by physics’ superstring theory of multiple dimensions and alternate universes.  The Soul of the American Actor refers to Nancy as “a champion of American Opera”.  Nancy has been a guest several times on A Better World Radio because of the outstanding work she is doing by utilizing film, music and the arts to deliver messages of meaning and relevance to social, indigenous and environmental issues.
hollymosherFor the second part of this evening’s show, Mitchell interviews film producer Holly Mosher, who has also appeared on A Better World Radio and Progressive Film Hour with Mitchell Rabin several times when Mitchell was featuring several of her films, viz., Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety,, Vanishing of the Bees and Pay to Play grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In high school she developed a passion for both photography and philosophy that led her to pursue filmmaking. In her college entrance paper, she cited George Orwell’s idea that all art should be political, and today, uses that concept to guide her work.
Holly is an award-winning filmmaker who brings socially conscious films to the public. After graduating with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Holly produced a number of commercials and feature films. In 2004 she made her directorial debut with her award-winning documentary, Hummingbird, about two nonprofits in Brazil that work with street kids and women suffering domestic violence. Afterwards, she produced two films on the pharmaceutical industry: Side Effects, starring Katherine Heigl, and Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety. She co-produced Maybe Baby, and executive produced Vanishing of the Bees, FREE FOR ALL!, and Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes.
The second film she directed, Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, is currently airing on American Public Television. The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the top up-and-coming independent film producers.  Today’s interview will center around the film Bonsai People, about the Grameem Bank, founded by Nobel Laureate, Muhammed Yunis, helping women around the world start and sustain their own economic base and enterprises.
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