Category Archives: director QA

“Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper”: Director QA and Panel Discussion at Newseum


Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper”  (Discovery Channel) had an extensive QA at the Newseum in Washington DC on June 18  The film by Dawn Porter will air on the OWN network Sunday night June 21.

Part 1

Part 2 (Be real)

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6 (technology)

Part 7 (my question about volunteer mentor suitability across class and race)

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

(Published Saturday June 20, 2015 at 11 AM)

QA for “Frame by Frame” at Maryland Film Festival


The Maryland Film Festival showed the film “Frame by Frame” at the Walters Art Center Sunday afternoon May 10.  Co-director Mo Scarpelli was present for QA.  (Alexandria Bombach also directed).

The film is based on the history of Afghanistan for journalists.  The Taliban banned photography in 1996, but it came back after the Taliban was expelled in 2001 after 9/11, but the government is growing unstable again, meaning that life for journalists is getting more dangerous again.

Clip 1, about the attitudes toward foreign women as journalists and filmmakers

Clip 2, about security

Clip 3, about whether the film jeopardizes security of people in Afghanistan and even of filmmakers or bloggers, given current world situation, question posed by me

Clip 4, about reviewing the film

Clip 5

Clip 6, about sensitivity to being photographed

(Published Monday May 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM EDT)

“Limited Partnership”, story of a gay couple and immigration, QA session at FilmfestDC


The following are some remarks at the Question and Answer session at Landmark E Street Theater in Washington, 9 PM, April 25, 2015, at FilmfestDC for the film “Limited Partnership“, “The Love Story that Defined a Movement”. Speaking are director Thomas G. Miller, and protagonist Tony Sullivan.  His partner or husband, Richard Adams, passed away at age 65 at the end of 2012.

Clip 1


3  – Note how Tony explains discrimination back in the 1970s as based on supporting an old collective idea of marriage. He also sees government itself as pushing discrimination




Tony makes a pitch for libertarianism, Cato style





(Published Monday April 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM EDT)

Film “Racing Extinction”, QA with director Louie Psihoyos and others, DC Environmental Film Festival


The screening of “Racing Extinction” was held at the Carnegie Science Center in Washington DC on May 29. 2015 at 7 PM, as the closing night event for the DC Environmental Film Festival

Question and Answer clips

1 : Louie Psihoyos says that the Internet makes environmental messages spread more quickly




5   Note the quantity of actual carbon in a tank of gasoline

6   Even race car drivers like Elon Musk’s Tesla

7   This is about “starting a movement”, not just making movies




(Published Monday March 30, 2015 at 1:45 PM EDT)

Author QA’s at Cato (Aitken, Gans/Shapiro)


QA session at Cato Institute Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 for book forum, “The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left’s War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom“, by Brian D. Aitken

First item:


Brian D. Aitken speaks.




Walter Olson speaks.

Second item:



QA session and debate at Cato Institute Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 for book forum, “Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution“, by David H. Gans and Ilya Shapiro, with Georgetown University law professor Randy Barnett making closing remarks.




(Published Thursday Dec. 18, 2014 at 12 noon EST)