“Have you ever considered making a movie about light?” That’s the question that sparked the passion and inspiration of filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman, and launched a career that spans more than three decades. From that first documentary about the light of spirit in every faith, Ms. Fadiman has dedicated her work to shedding light on provocative and touching stories of social justice, human rights, personal tragedy, and triumph. With the wisdom to allow the story line to unfold as she works, she brings the heart of her subjects to a medium that touches people around the world, and inspires individuals as they overcome obstacles of their own. In this fascinating glimpse inside the world of movies, you’ll hear about the creative process, the business decisions, even the casting choices which led to documentaries that, “shine with truth.” This visionary director explains that for her, the key to making award-winning movies is much like the key to living an inspired life, no matter what our endeavors are. She explains, “The universe is tuned in to what we’re doing. There are forces, there are presences, there are energies-whatever you want to call them-that are with us constantly. The question is, how do we live, how do we make art, so that we can align ourselves with those?” (hosted by Michael Toms)
Dorothy Fadiman began making films in 1976, and is the recipient of more than fifty awards and honors, including an Oscar nomination and an Emmy for films in her abortion trilogy, From Back Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond. Her work has been shown around the world, and nationwide on PBS television. Other films include Woman by Woman: New Hope for the Villages of India, Seeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, and Stealing America: Vote by Vote.
Ms. Fadiman is co-author with Tony Levelle of the book:
- Producing with Passion: Making Films That Change the World (Michael Weise 2008)
To learn more about the work of Dorothy Fadiman go to www.dorothyfadiman.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How a daily meditation practice can ignite your creativity
- Why a caring relationship may be the real story behind a personal struggle
- When it’s wise to let go of practicality and accept the generosity of others
- How you can find a balance between commitment and flexibility
- Why working on a creative project is like a love affair
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 5/9/2009 Program Number: 3307