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Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the chief medical correspondent for CNN and host of the cable network’s weekend medical affairs program “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.” A practicing neurosurgeon, he reports on health and medical news on various CNN programs and documentaries. He also contributes to the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”  Gupta has received Emmy Awards for his coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and his reports on the crisis at Charity Hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. He contributed to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Katrina and the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and the network’s Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.  Gupta is a faculty member at the Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.


Sanjay’s latest documentary film, Food Chains, is set for a nationwide release November 21st. Produced by Eva Longoria and narrated by Forest Whitaker, this exposé reveals the exploitation of farmworkers in the United States and the complicity of the supermarket industry. Sanjay spent over a decade working in the non-profit and government sectors while running a small agricultural genetics company with his father, Dr. Kanti Rawal. After working with Abby Disney and Gini Reticker as a consultant to their hit documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), he was bit by the film bug. Food Chains is his first feature.


From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are pioneering a new style of documentary filmmaking — using immersive storytelling to raise awareness and inspire action around global issues.

Chris and Zach, produced, directed and starred in their first film, Living on One Dollar, which shot to #1 on iTunes for documentaries and was called “a must watch film” by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and Director of the Hunger Games, Gary Ross. They are currently working on a new film, Salam Neighbor, to provide an in-depth perspective into the daily hardships and hopes of Syrian refugees.

They have spoken at the United Nations, TEDx Buenos Aires and CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, and their work has been featured in major international publications including the Associated PressThe Huffington Post and Variety. To date, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for sustainable poverty alleviation and awareness programs.


Director and producer Lekha Singh is a fine-art photographer whose work highlights the familiar within settings which may appear startling.  Her photography has been featured in numerous museum collections, magazines, and books, including National Geographic’s The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope.  Singh’s work as a photographer exposed her to the stories of victims of warfare around the world, and alongside well-known director Roger Spottiswoode, she shares a handful of these stories in the independent documentary Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. Collecting interviews from people who have suffered from the Genocide in Rwanda, the conflict in Israel and Palestine, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, this film illustrates the difficult path towards recovery and explores the role of forgiveness in the search for justice.  Singh executively produced the documentary The Square, which was nominated for four Emmys. She also executively produced the film Midway and produced the documentary films Food Chains and Rafea: Solar Mama. She is currently directing a second documentary film entitled God, Sex and the Body on legendary movement pioneer Gabrielle Roth, founder of the 5Rhythms ecstatic dance method.



With “Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii and saw climb to #1 in 102 countries across the globe—Aloe Blacc proved himself a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Now with his third solo album “Lift Your Spirit” (Blacc’s major-label full-length debut, released by XIX Recordings/Interscope Records), the rapper-turned-singer pushes further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that’s both undeniably joyful and eye-opening in message. Adding an of-the-moment twist to the music of legends like Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder, Lift Your Spirit is built on songs that pair Blacc’s poetic yet incisive lyrics with huge hooks and relentless feel-good grooves.

The follow-up to his 2013 EP Wake Me Up—whose title track serves as an acoustic version of the Avicii single that’s emerged as the fifth best-selling dance/electronic song in SoundScan history—Lift Your Spirit finds Blacc teaming up with premier producers like Pharrell Williams, DJ Khalil (Eminem, Drake, Kendrick Lamar), and Rock Mafia (No Doubt, Miley Cyrus) to achieve a slick and smooth retro-soul sound. “On my last album I paid homage to the music of Curtis Mayfield and James Brown and Al Green,” says Blacc of 2010’s Good Things, which featured his breakthrough hit “I Need a Dollar.” “But for this one I wanted to go in a new direction and create a new, updated sound.” To that end, Lift Your Spiritexpands Blacc’s sonic approach by amping up his soulful musicality with a fiery rock & roll energy, razor-sharp hip-hop edge, folk-influenced lyrical sensibility, and pop-inspired ease with melody.


In-Q, short for In-Question, is a National Poetry Slam Champion and multi-platinum winning songwriter. He has performed on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam, alongside Richard Branson at the first TEDx in a California state prison, and for audiences including Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

His groundbreaking collaborations range from being the first poet to perform at a Cirque Du Soleil production on both the famed “O” stage at the Bellagio and the “One Theater” at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to co-writing this year’s Official Coca Cola World Cup Anthem “The World is Ours” by Aloe Blacc and multi-platinum #1 hit single “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez.

Ultimately, In-Q writes to entertain, inspire, and challenge his audiences to look deeper into the human experience and ask questions about themselves, their environment, and the world at large.


BALANDUGU KAN is a Los Angeles based drumming and dance ensemble which performs beautiful elaborate colors of dance and drumming. The every changing group is very energetic, and full of amazing performances;  presenting stories and touching songs, through powerful West African music. A unique, and talented group of members who teach, educate, and perform globally, Balandugu Kan have hosted workshops and seminars for many masters dancers  and drummers in Los Angeles and around the world.


In his serene and softspoken way, Glenn Red is quietly forging a loyal following among fans of eclectic music, steadily rocking crowds at the west coast’s most respected venues. Spinning rhythmic patchworks of afro and latin sounds, reggae, bhangra, hip-hop, soul and funk, his deejay sets stay close to music’s organic roots, keeping warm, tangible sounds priorities within today’s progressive dancefloor culture.

With deejay residencies in Santa Monica (AFRO FUNK?), East LA (ECLÉCTICA, 1st Wednesdays @Eastside Luv) and Pasadena (Summers at LA JUNTA), Glenn’s multi-faceted selections echo the deep, colorful and spirited energy of Los Angeles and its soulful people.


MORGAN FREEMAN (via video)

Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time.  Freeman ranks 2nd among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned over $4 billion in cumulative ticket sales.  Whether a role requires an air of gravitas, a playful smile, twinkle of the eye, or a world-weary, yet insightful soul, Freeman’s ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable cinematic characters committed to film.

Freeman won the 2005 Best Supporting Actor, Academy Award for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” In 1990 he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in “Driving Miss Daisy.” Freeman also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for “Street Smart,” in 1994 for Best Actor for “The Shawshank Redemption,” and in 2010 for Best Actor for “Invictus.”

Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. That same year, Freeman received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2000, Freeman received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting, and was honored with the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival.

In 2010, Freeman won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film “Invictus.” In addition to his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he also received a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Critics Association nomination. The picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company he co-founded in 1996 with Lori McCreary with a mission to produce films that reveal truth. Since its inception, Revelations has continued to be the frontrunner in the field of digital technology.

Revelations’ features include the recently completed “Ruth & Alex,” “Invictus,” “The Code,” “The Magic of Belle Isle,” “Levity,” “Under Suspicion,” “Mutiny,” “Bopha!”, “Along Came a Spider,” “Feast of Love,” “10 Items or Less,” “Maiden Heist” and the Peabody Award winning ESPN 30 For 30 documentary, “The 16th Man.”

Through Revelations Entertainment, Freeman is an executive producer with McCreary on the new CBS series “Madam Secretary,” starring Téa Leoni, debuting in September.

Freeman hosts and is an executive producer for the Emmy nominated series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.” The show is in its fifth season on Science Channel and is also produced in conjunction with Revelations Entertainment.

Freeman will be seen in the upcoming films “The Last Knights,” Revelations’ “Ruth & Alex” and Warner Bros.’ “Dolphin Tale 2.”

Most recently, Freeman starred in “Lucy,” “Transcendence,” “The Lego Movie,” “Last Vegas,” “Now You See Me,” “Oblivion,” “Olympus Has Fallen” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Freeman recently narrated the IMAX documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.”  He will be heard narrating the upcoming history documentary “We The People.”  Past narrations include two Academy Award-winning documentaries, “The Long Way Home” and “The March of The Penguins.”

Freeman’s past credits include “Invictus,” “Dolphin’s Tale,” “Born to be Wild 3D,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Bucket List,” “Glory,” “Clean and Sober,” “Lean on Me,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Unforgiven,” “Se7en,” “Kiss the Girls,” “Amistad,” “Deep Impact,” “Nurse Betty,” “The Sum of All Fears,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Nurse Betty,” ”Coriolanus,” “Attica,” “Brubaker,” “Eyewitness,” “Death of a Prophet,” and “Along Came a Spider.”

After beginning his acting career on the off-Broadway stage productions of “The Niggerlovers and the all African-American production of “Hello Dolly”, Freeman segued into television.  Many people grew up watching him on the long-running Children’s Television Workshop classic “The Electric Company,” where he played the ironic Easy Reader among several recurring characters.  Looking for his next challenge, he set his sights on both Broadway and the silver screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his resume with memorable performances.

In 1978 Freeman won a Drama Desk Award for his role as Zeke in “The Mighty Gents.” He also received a Tony Nomination for BestPerformance by a Featured Actor.

His stage work continued to earn him accolades and awards, including Obie Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987 and a second Drama Desk Nomination in 1987 for the role of Hoke Colburn, which he created for the Alfred Uhry play “Driving Miss Daisy” and reprised in the 1989 movie of the same name.

In his spare time, Freeman loves the freedom of both sea and sky; he is a long-time sailor and has earned a private pilot’s license. He also has a love for the blues and seeks to keep it in the forefront through his Ground Zero club in Clarksville, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues. In 1973 he co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, now in its 37th season. The workshop seeks to serve successful playwrights of the new millennium. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Earth Biofuels, a company whose mission is to promote the use of clean-burning fuels. He also supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education.

Freeman has been named on the Forbes “Most Trustworthy Celebrities” list each of the five times it has been published since 2006.

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