MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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Watch great movies, change the world!

Why are films called “movies”? Is it because they are “moving images” as opposed to photographic stills? Or is it because they “move” viewers in a uniquely powerful way? Etymologically, the answer is the former. But while there are numerous […]

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Attention Hollywood: These 2 kids need your help

I grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts. One of our claims to fame was that we were the biggest town in the country which is interesting because it never felt big. In fact, it felt like a small town. We all […]

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Father Greg Boyle: How his Homeboys are healing our community

Last summer, after my mother passed away and in between development and producing jobs, I started volunteering as a GED tutor at Homeboy Industries. While my time there has been brief, it has been impactful and revitalizing. Homeboy Industries serves […]

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Sweet charity

On December 8, 2013, I received The Inspiration Award from ORT, an organization I deeply admire. In the past few years I’ve run into several younger people, through my teaching and travels, that cannot get into the job market for […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela and the power of story

The life of Nelson Mandela makes me think of the power of story. This is not a shallow reflection. Mandela’s quest for humane treatment in South Africa became real to me through film and theater. Before the films and the […]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela: The loss of a great man

Yesterday the world lost a great man. A man who the President of the United States described as one of the “most influential, courageous and profoundly good” people to have ever lived. I am of course talking about the loss […]

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