Michael Cain discusses EarthX Film, which he co-founded with Trammell Crow to share movies that cause people to make positive change. The EarthX Film community provides a network that links film experiences to philanthropic causes, and, as Michael describes, “makes it easy for people to make small changes and see the positive impacts of those changes.” A father of daughters, Michael also describes the importance of female perspectives in these times, and encourages us to engage in collaborative efforts within our communities. He advocates eating a whole food diet, knowing farmers, sweating every day, and the importance of self-care in maintaining health and well-being in the context of a very demanding career and responsibility laden position of leadership. A commencement speaker and recipient of an MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI), Michael has produced and executive produced over 25 feature-length films, 30 commercials and 10s of music videos, many of them award winning projects, many following his mission to change the world for the better, including his directorial debut, TV Junkie, which was awarded the Sundance Special Jury Prize and premiered on HBO. Michael founded the non-profit Arts Fighting Cancer (AFC) which raised funds for cancer relief through the Deep Ellum Film Festival (DE/F2), Lone Star Drive-In and the Santa Monica Drive-In at the Pier among others. He was Founding Artistic Director, CEO, Chairman of the Board and President of The Dallas Film Society which hosts the Dallas International Film Festival (Formerly AFI DALLAS) one of the top 30 film festivals in North America. In 2017, he co-founded the EarthxFilm Festival with Trammell Crow as part of the largest eco-expo, conference and film festival, EarthX, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020 – coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Michael calls us to sign up for the EarthX newsletter at earthx.org, to volunteer at the EarthX Film Festival and Expo in April 2020, and to join the EarthX League.
Aaron William Perry is a writer, public speaker, impact entrepreneur, consultant, artist and father. The author of Y on Earth: Get Smarter, Feel Better, Heal the Planet, Aaron works with the Y on Earth Community and Impact Ambassadors to spread the THRIVING & SUSTAINABILITY messages of hopeful and empowering information and inspiration to diverse communities throughout the world. He resides in Colorado where he is continually in awe of the weather, appreciate of the singing birds, and entertained by the antics of his backyard, free-range (and free-thinking) chickens.
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