CAST & CREW

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TAO RUSPOLI (DIRECTOR)

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Tao is the son of an Italian prince and and American artist. He was born in Thailand and raised in Rome and Los Angeles. He started making films while working on his degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley. Moviemaker magazine singled out Ruspoli as one of the 10 Young Filmmakers To Watch in its spring 2008 issue. His feature narrative debut, Fix, was one of 10 feature films to screen in competition at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and soon afterward at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where Ruspoli was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for "most innovative and progressive filmmaker." Fix also won the Festival Award for Best Film at the 2008 Brooklyn Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the 2008 Twin Rivers Media Festival, as well as other prizes at several international festivals. His most well-known documentary is Being in The World, an exploration of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. His other films include, Just Say Know, a personal discussion of his family's drug addiction, Flamenco: A Personal Journey, a feature length documentary about the flamenco way of life as it is lived by Gypsies in the south of Spain. He has directed a number of other short documentaries, including El Cable (also about Flamenco), and This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan (a portrait of the renowned logician, mathematician and concert pianist Raymond Smullyan). Tao founded LAFCO in 2000. The Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative, is a bohemian collective of filmmakers and musicians who work out of a converted school bus. Through LAFCO, Tao has produced several films and helped dozens of filmmakers to make their first films and discover the wonders of digital media. His producing credits include the feature film Camjackers, which he also acted in and co-edited. Camjackers won the best editing award at the 44th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Tao is an accomplished flamenco guitar player, and his first CD, FLAMENCO, was released on Mapleshade Records in 2005. He married actress Olivia Wilde in 2003. They divorced in 2011. He currently lives and works in Venice, California.
 

GIANCARLO CANAVESIO (PRODUCER)

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Documentary producer, Mangusta productions and Mangu.tv owner Giancarlo Canavesio is recognized as one of today's best producer of controversial, paradigm challenging and mind expanding themes like psychedelic and plant medicines, consensual non monogamy, tantric sex, conscious capitalism, new frontier on mysticism and science, indigenous wisdom. His documentaries "2012 Time for Change, Neurons to Nirvana: understanding psychedelic medicines and The Lottery of Birth" all made the lists for best social change docs. His new docs "Monogamish, Weed the People and Taiwa" will be released in 2017 and 2018. More new paradigm docs on DMT, cosmic orgasms and new capitalism" are in various stage of development and expected for release in 2018 and 2019. The partnership with Abramorama to create a series of distribution funds Called ManguRama Fund Series will further increase the reach of Mangusta's titles and other people titles to continue to expand consciousness through films.

SOL TRYON (PRODUCER)

Raised by an artist mother and social working father, Sol has always been driven to work towards making the world a better place. After attending film school, he moved to NYC where he worked on over 30 features as a production assistant and assistant director before producing his first film, Bomb The System, in 2003. “Bomb”, earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature and was released theatrically around the world. Sol has since produced numerous other award winning films, including: Weapons, Explicit Ills, Starlet, 2012: Time For Change, Here Comes The Night and more. Early in his career, Sol began working with world-renowned artist Shirin Neshat on numerous video installations and films. Through this work he led productions on shoots all over the world creating videos, films and images that would be seen in every way possible from Museum shows to worldwide theatrical distribution. His directorial debut The Living Wake earned several awards at film festivals like, Cinevegas, AFI, Woodstock & Austin. Having relocated to southern California in 2011, Sol, enjoys life with his young family while working hard to create content that inspires positive thought and action. Sol currently has several projects in various stages of production, including: Weed The People, Pulse, Panarea, The Sheriff & Shangri-La, & Sulphur Mountain.
 

DAN SAVAGE

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Dan Savage, byname of Daniel Keenan Savage (born October 7, 1964, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.), American writer who rose to prominence in the 1990s via his frank and ribald syndicated sex-advice newspaper column “Savage Love.” He gained additional fame after writing numerous books and for creating (in 2010) the It Gets Better Project, an Internet-based effort to support and inspire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths. Savage grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was living in Madison, Wisconsin, when an acquaintance mentioned that he was moving to Seattle to launch a new alternative newspaper, The Stranger. Savage made an offhand comment that every newspaper should have an advice column, and he was hired to write one despite having no experience. “Savage Love” debuted in 1991 and was initially a tongue-in-cheek work, as the openly gay Savage lampooned the conventions of the staid advice columns that catered to a heterosexual audience. However, over time, he embraced his role as a giver of advice, and—while the columns retained a humorous streak—he started offering substantive advice to all manner of reader questions, particularly those concerning either (or both) homosexuality and the more idiosyncratic practices of human sexual behaviour. His blunt advice proved extremely popular with readers, and “Savage Love” was nationally syndicated by the late 1990s. The column also spun off into a short-lived call-in show and a podcast, Savage Lovecast, which was launched in 2006. In addition to writing his weekly column, Savage became editor in chief of The Stranger in 2001 and editorial director of the paper in 2007. The success of “Savage Love” turned Savage into a media gadfly, and he became a frequent talk-show guest, contributed to the public radio program This American Life, and had a college-centred sex-advice show on MTV called Savage U (2012). He also gained notoriety for a series of politically themed exploits that he undertook to protest right-wing politicians’ stances on homosexuality. Prominent among those was his effort in 2003 to create a new word, santorum, after former U.S. senator Rick Santorum compared homosexual sex to child rape and bestiality. Savage created a Web site with his explicit definition of santorum, and it became one of the top results of a search for Santorum’s name on Google. That “Google bomb” persisted for years, drawing Santorum’s anger during his failed attempt to become the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. In 2010, in response to a rash of suicides by gay teenagers, Savage and his husband made a YouTube video to tell frustrated or distraught LGBT youths that life will get better as they grow older. The video kicked off the It Gets Better Project, which compiled thousands of similar user-created support messages, including videos by U.S. Pres. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, and Ellen DeGeneres. Savage also wrote a number of best-selling nonfictional books, such as Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America (2002), The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family (2005), and American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics (2013).

CHRISTOPHER RYAN

Christopher and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think. A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films. Even before co-authoring the New York Times best-seller, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships (translated into 15 languages), with his partner-in-crime (and wife), Cacilda Jethá, MD, Chris was on a wild ride. After receiving a BA in English and American literature in 1984 he spent the next two decades traveling around the world, pausing in unexpected places to work at decidedly odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). In his mid-30s, Chris decided to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology. Drawing upon his multi-cultural experience, Chris' research focused on distinguishing the human from the cultural, first by focusing on shamanism and ethnobotony—studying how various societies interact with altered states of consciousness and the sacred plants that provoke them—and later, by looking at similarly diverse cultural perspectives on sexuality. His doctoral dissertation was a multi-disciplinary investigation of prehistoric human sexual behavior, guided by the worldrenowned psychologist, Stanley Krippner, at Saybrook Graduate School, in San Francisco, CA. Chris is finishing a new book for Simon and Schuster tentatively called Civilized to Death: Why Everything's Amazing but Nobody's Happy, due out in 2017—and he puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking, featuring conversations with interesting people, ranging from famous comics to bank robbers to drug smugglers to porn stars to authors to plasma physicists.

ESTHER PEREL

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Psychotherapist Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she holds a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 18 million views and her bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 24 languages. Her second book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins) is due out October 2017. Esther is also an executive producer and the host of the Audible original audio series "Where Should We Begin?"

 

DIANA ADAMS

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Diana Adams is an international leader on legal issues for polyamorous families and evolving family structure. Diana is Principal of Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC, a boutique family law and mediation firm based in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, serving primarily same-sex couples, LGBTQ clients, polyamorous and non-nuclear families in the USA and Europe. Diana speaks internationally and conducts frequent media interviews on the future of family and legal issues facing modern families, as well as empowered communication and mediation techniques, in diverse venues such as Yale College, law schools, and at the upcoming Omega Institute’s Women & Power Retreat 2017. Diana is the Director of the Euro LGBT Family Law Institute, connecting leaders in LGBTQ and nontraditional family law internationally. Follow her on Twitter @DianaAdamsEsq or find her at www.DianaAdamsLaw.net.

 
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FULL CAST & CREW

Directed by
Tao Ruspoli

Produced by
Giancarlo Canavesio
Sol Tryon
Daniel Guevara

Director of Photography
Christopher Gallo

Edited by
Patrick Sanchez Smith
Paul Forte
Christopher Seward

Executive Producers
Clara Bingham
Veronique Pittman

Music by
Isaac Sprintis

Associate Producer/Researcher
Roisin Davis
Written by
Tao Ruspoli
Mark Wrathall

Co-producers
Shannon Cohn
Jeronimo Mazarrasa
Associate Producers
Jessi Rask
Simon Haggiag
Eva Dillon
James Vincent

Production Manager/Sound Recordist
Daniel Guevara

Additional Photography
Jimmy Fox
Daniel Guevara
Tor Rolf Johansen
Jac Cheairs

Colorist
Ariel Benson

Assistant Editor
Mario Luna

Cast
Tao Ruspoli
Dan Savage
Sol Tryon
Rebecca Comerford
Aurélie Poncin
Joakim Daoud
John Perry Barlow
Stephanie Coontz
Diana Adams
Eric Berkowitz
Dr. Loree Johnson
Claudia Ruspoli
Eric Anderson
Dr. Christopher Ryan
Debra Berger
Dalton Conley
Wendell Berger
Annette Berger
Paloma Jenny Tryon
Roberta Haze
Esther Perel
Leila Spilman
Braina Laviena
Mark Wrathall
Judith Stacey
Arthur Imparato
Alexi Wasser
Dossie Easton
Neil Strauss
Stephanie Johnstone
Anthony Cristofani
Frida Radford
Frank Ryan
Julie Ryan
Travis
Madison
Lily White
Sandy White