Conversations

Dolphin Island Director Makes a Splash with Faith & Family

By Jacob Sahms Dolphin Island director Mike Disa grew up on the South Side of Chicago, on 64th Street just outside of Market Park, what he calls “the murder capitol of the United States.” The animator, writer, and the director knows that he came out of a climate of violence, but he’s now turned his […]

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino Introduces New Book

*We had the opportunity to sit down with former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino where she talked to us about her new book, Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman). Pre-order her book and join us for an exclusive Zoom call with Dana on March 2nd at […]

Basketball Coach Scores Win Through Empowered Women

By Jacob Sahms Rob Selvig played his last basketball game for the University of Montana Grizzlies in 1974, and by 1978 he had become the head coach of the Lady Griz basketball team. Before he retired from coaching in 2016, he led the team to twenty-one NCAA tournament appearances, winning the MWAC Coach of the […]

Heather Heyer Died in Charlottesville But Her Spirit of Unity Lives on in Her Mother

By Jacob Sahms Heather Heyer’s life began and ended in Charlottesville, VA. Raised in Ruckersville, VA, Heyer watched as white supremacists converged on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville via livestream Friday, August 11, 2017, gathering to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. The next day, the twenty-six-year-old went to march […]

Finding ‘Ohana Actors Share Their Joy in Music … and The Goonies

By Jacob Sahms Pili (Kea Peahu) and her older brother Ioane (Alex Aiono) are typical squabbling siblings in Brooklyn, who find themselves spending the summer on Oahu, when their mother drags them there to check on her ailing father. In a family-friendly film that plays like a deeper version of The Goonies, the two siblings […]

Director of When We Were Bullies Tackles His Own Past (Sundance)

By Jacob Sahms Director Jay Rosenblatt has delivered more than thirty films to screen, eight of which have been selected to premiere at the Sundance FIlm Festival. In his latest film, premiering at Sundance this weekend, Rosenblatt shares a story of his own: interviewing dozens of people who were present together at P.S. 194 in […]

Matt Teague Lost His Wife, But Discovered Beautiful Friendship, in Our Friend

By Jacob Sahms Matt Teague experienced the beauty of love and marriage and the devastating tragedy of terminal cancer as it ripped through his wife Nicole almost a decade ago. But when he wrote the Esquire feature, “The Friend: Love is Not a Big Enough Word,” about Dane Faucheux, he never could’ve imagined that it […]

Tenley Kellogg Takes the Leap of Faith

By Jacob Sahms Driven by her love of “Come Alive” in The Greatest Showman, the young woman steps to the edge of platform, and leaps for the trapeze. It’s part of a trapeze class she signed up for on a trip to Chicago, and her bright adventurousness shines through. Tenley Kellogg may be headed to […]

Tiger Within Director Wants to Teach Forgiveness

By Jacob Sahms Moving from continent through continent as a child, Rafal Zielinski acquired a worldview that encompassed many traditions and methodologies. His father, an engineer from Poland, moved from country to country along with Zielinski’s mother, a Jewish architect, as a builder of pre-fabricated housing for the Ford Foundation. A high school graduate of […]