Stephen Breyer with Jessica Levinson

Join us for a virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Monday, June 3, 2024, 6pm PT/9pm ET
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Stephen Breyer,
former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
in conversation with Jessica Levinson

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discussing his book,
Reading the Constitution:
Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism
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This event was taped with an audience on May 28, 2024.
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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS,
June 3, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click her
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TICKETS:
$15 Virtual Admission 
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs
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A provocative, brilliant analysis by recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer that deconstructs the textualist philosophy of the current Supreme Court’s supermajority and makes the case for a better way to interpret the Constitution.
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Stephen Breyer
 is a former associate justice of the Supreme Court who served there for twenty-eight years until retiring in 2022. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
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“A rocket from a Supreme Court justice… Justice Breyer shows how the current Supreme Court’s alleged textualism and originalism are unsound. His book is a judicial arms-control agreement advocating moderation and a path to what he calls ‘workable democracy.’ You will not read a more important legal work this election year.”  — Bob Woodward, Washington Post reporter and bestselling author.
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READING THE CONSTITUTION: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism 
is a provocative analysis by recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. In it, he deconstructs the textualist philosophy of the current Supreme Court’s supermajority and makes the case for a better way to interpret the Constitution.
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Textualists claim that the right way to interpret the Constitution and statutes is to read the text carefully and examine the language as it was understood at the time the documents were written.
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Justice Breyer recalls Chief Justice John Marshall’s exhortation that the Constitution must be a workable set of principles to be interpreted by subsequent generations. Most important in interpreting law, says Breyer, is to understand the purposes of statutes as well as the consequences of deciding a case one way or another. He illustrates these principles by examining some of the most important cases in the nation’s history.
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Jessica Levinson is a professor at Loyola Law School, where her work focuses on constitutional law, the law of the political process, including election law and governance issues, and the Supreme Court. Levinson is a legal contributor for CBS News, a columnist for MSNBC, and has a weekly legal segment on NPR member station KCRW. She regularly appears as a legal and political expert on television, radio, podcasts, online outlets, and in print. Levinson is the founding director of Loyola Law School’s Public Service Institute, which is dedicated to creating the next generation of leaders in government service.  Visit here for more on her work and publications.

Isabel Allende with Meg Medina

Join us for an in-person & virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Thursday, May 30, 2024, 8pm
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Isabel Allende
in conversation with Meg Medina
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discussing her book,
Perla The Mighty Dog
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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS,
May 30, 8pm (click here)
TICKETS:
$ 55 Two General Admission tickets + ONE  book
$ 35 One General Admission ticket + book
* Books available for purchase at the event

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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS,
June 5, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click her
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TICKETS:
$40 Virtual Admission + book
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs. Ticket includes shipping to US addresses only.
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In the first children’s book written by critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling superstar Isabel Allende, Perla, the mighty dog, teaches her human brother, Nico Rico, how to use his superpowers to stand up to a bully.
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Chilean novelist, feminist and philanthropist Isabel Allende was born in Peru and lives in California. Since the publication of The House of the Spirits, in 1982, she’s written more than 25 books that have been translated into more than 43 languages. More than 8 million people have watched her TED Talk on living a more passionate life.

Having sold 77 million books,Allende is one of the most widely read authors in the world. Come hear her speak about her work, her philanthropy, her first children’s book and the rescue dog who inspired it. 

In Perla, The Mighty Dog! (which will be published simultaneously in Spanish,) Allende turns her renowned skills as a storyteller to the tale of a pooch with two superpowers. “I love dogs more than people because we have so much to learn from them,” she says. With illustrations by award-winning illustrator Sandy Rodriguez.
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Meg Medina is the Library of Congress’s 2023–2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears. She is also the author of award-winning young adult novels and picture books, including Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez; Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Award Honor Book; and Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she lives in Richmond, Virginia.

 

Casey Wilson & Jessica St. Clair with Danielle Schneider, June Diane Raphael & Melissa Rauch (virtual)

Join us for a virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 3pm PT/6pm PT
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An Afternoon with
Casey Wilson & Jessica St. Clair
with
Danielle Schneider, June Diane Raphael & Melissa Rauch
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discussing their audio book,
The Art of Small Talk

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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS,
May 25, 3pm PT/6pm ET (click her
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TICKETS:
$35 Virtual Admission + audio book
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs. Audiobook will be emailed on the morning of the event, May 25.
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Hilarious and practical advice for how to up your small talk game from comedians, actors and self-appointed experts on chit-chat, Casey Wilson and Jessica St. Clair.
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Join comedians, actors, and self-appointed experts on chit-chat Casey Wilson and Jessica St. Clair for the launch of their original audiobook, which breathes new life into a lost art. In The Art of Small Talkthey
share simple rules for how to achieve the connectedness we all crave with any and everyone. Backed by scientific research (conducted by real experts!) Casey and Jessica explain how to move past the perceived misery of idle chit-chat and start making magic out of the mundane—including entertaining tips that will take you from Hostile Beginner to Confident Expert. They’ll also share compelling insights on the importance of chatting up strangers. 
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Casey
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is an actress, writer, author, director, and podcaster. Her first book, The Wreckage of My Presence, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently being adapted for TV. Some of her more recent television credits include The Shrink Next Door alongside Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd and The Righteous Gemstones. Together with Danielle Schneider, Casey co-hosts the cult-favorite podcast, Bitch Sesh, which was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award in 2019.   
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Actress and writer Jessica St. Clair initially gained notoriety by performing at the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles. She went on to co-create and co-star in Best Friends Forever on NBC in 2012 and the critically-acclaimed Playing House, in 2014, which ran for three seasons on USA Network. She starred in not one—but two—space comedies: Space Force, opposite Steve Carrell, for Netflix and Avenue 5, opposite Hugh Laurie, for HBO. 
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Writer and performer Danielle Schneider co-created and starred in The Hotwives series for Hulu and recently wrote and recurred on Showtime’s Black Monday.Additional television credits include Hacks, Champaign, ILL, Community and Happy Endings. She has also written for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, NBC’s Kenan, USA’s Playing House, and Tru Tv’s I’m Sorry. Feature film writing credits with writing partner Dannah Phirman include Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Catfight and Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them. Danielle can be heard weekly as the co-host of the beloved podcast Bitch Sesh alongside Casey Wilson, where the duo dish and dissect the latest happenings in the world of the Real Housewives and beyond.
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June Diane Raphael
is an actress, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Her roles in both film and television have often centered on strong, multidimensional female characters, encouraging audiences to challenge stereotypes and embrace the power of women in all their diversity. June is most well known for her work on the long running Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, playing Brianna, Jane Fonda’s bold entrepreneurial daughter.  Her credits include: Abbott Elementary (ABC), The Morning Show (Apple TV+), Everything’s Trash (Freeform), Black Monday (Showtime), American Dad! and Big Mouth.  Other TV credits include Frasier (Paramount+), Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), and Fresh Off the Boat (ABC).  Her film roles include the independent film, Scrambled, which premiered at SXSW 2023, 8-Bit Christmas, Long Shot, Blockers, The Disaster Artist, Unfinished Business, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Girl Most Likely.  
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Melissa Rauch is an American actress and comedian, best known for her role as Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the popular TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” She currently stars in and executive produces “Night Court” on NBC. The show was recently picked up for a third season. Rauch began her acting career in the early 2000s, appearing in various TV shows and films. However, her breakthrough role came in 2009 when she joined the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” during its third season. Apart from her work on “The Big Bang Theory,” Rauch has also appeared in several other television shows, including “True Blood,” “The Office,” and “The Bronze,” a film she co-wrote and starred in. She has also provided voice work for animated series such as “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Off-screen, Rauch has been involved in various philanthropic activities, supporting causes such as cancer research and education. Rauch’s performances have earned her critical acclaim and a dedicated fan following, making her one of the most recognizable faces in contemporary American television.

 

Amy Tan with Sean Lyon (virtual event)

Join us for a virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 3pm PT/6pm ET
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Amy Tan
in conversation with Sean Lyon
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discussing her book,
The Backyard Bird Chronicles
 
This virtual event was taped with an audience on May 2o in Santa Monica.
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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS, May 25 (click here)
3pm PT/6pm ET
TICKETS:
$45 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses)
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs
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A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club
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Amy Tan
is the author of several novels, including The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. She is a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and is on the board of American Bird Conservancy. She lives in Sausalito, California. 

“The drawings and essays in this book do a lot more than just describe the birds. They carry a sense of discovery through observation and drawing…The birds that inhabit Amy Tan’s backyard seem a lot like the characters in her novels.” —David Allen Sibley, from the foreword
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In 2016, Amy Tan grew overwhelmed by the state of the world. In search of peace, the bestselling author turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. What began as an attempt to find solace turned into something far greater—an opportunity to savor quiet moments during a volatile time, connect to nature in a meaningful way, and imagine the intricate lives of the birds she admired.
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The Backyard Bird Chronicles
maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful original sketches. With boundless charm and wit, she charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world.

Sean Lyon is an ornithologist. He researched Tanzanian agroecosystems for a Bachelor’s from Wheaton College (IL), and holds a Master’s from California State University Los Angeles, where he studied historical urban avian ecology of the Los Angeles Basin. While Sean’s professional background is in museum ornithology, his current doctoral work takes him into the wilds of Mozambique to study hornbill behavior. He is a Research Associate of the Field Museum in Chicago, a member of the American Ornithological Society, and guides custom birding tours through Bird Walks with Sean. Visit his website.

Amy Tan — Laguna Beach

Live Talks Los Angeles
and the Neighborhood Congregational Church,
Laguna Beach
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present
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7pm
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An Evening with
Amy Tan
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discussing her book,
The Backyard Bird Chronicles
 
with with Rev. Rodrick Echols,
Pastor at Neighborhood Congregational Church
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Neighborhood Congregational Church
340 St. Ann’s Drive,
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
(Free Parking available at the venue)
 
Face masks recommended
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EVENT TICKETS for May 21 (click here)
TICKETS: 
$25  
General Admission ticket 
$50  General Admission tickets + signed book

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A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club
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Amy Tan
is the author of several novels, including The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. She is a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and is on the board of American Bird Conservancy. She lives in Sausalito, California. 

“The drawings and essays in this book do a lot more than just describe the birds. They carry a sense of discovery through observation and drawing…The birds that inhabit Amy Tan’s backyard seem a lot like the characters in her novels.” —David Allen Sibley, from the foreword
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In 2016, Amy Tan grew overwhelmed by the state of the world. In search of peace, the bestselling author turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. What began as an attempt to find solace turned into something far greater—an opportunity to savor quiet moments during a volatile time, connect to nature in a meaningful way, and imagine the intricate lives of the birds she admired.
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The Backyard Bird Chronicles
maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful original sketches. With boundless charm and wit, she charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world.

Rev. Rodrick Echols serves as Pastor at Neighborhood Congregational Church, UCC in Laguna Beach, CA. He is a graduate of both Brown University and the School of Theology at Boston University. With 20 years of professional experience in the religious ecosystem, he is a pastor in transition to a new world where the largest religion in America is now no religion. His insatiable curiosity causes him to wonder about the possibilities of human spirituality untethered from religion.

The Swans of Harlem

Join us for an in-person
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 8pm
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An Evening with 
The Swans of Harlem
Lydia Abarca Mitchell, Sheila Rohan, Marcia Lynn Sells, Karlya Shelton-Benjamin & Karen Valby

in conversation with Bonnie Boswell

discussing Karen Valby’s book,
The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History

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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS,
May 15, 8pm (click here)
TICKETS:
$20  General Admission ticket
$48  General Admission ticket + signed book*
*Books include a signed book plate and is signed by the four ballerinas and the author of the book
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Books available for purchase at the event.

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The forgotten story of a pioneering group of five Black ballerinas and their fifty-year sisterhood, a legacy erased from history—until now.
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“This is the kind of history I wish I learned as a child dreaming of the stage!” —Misty Copeland, author of Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy
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The forgotten story of a pioneering group of five Black ballerinas, the first principals in the Dance Theatre of Harlem, who traveled the world as highly celebrated stars in their field and whose legacy was erased from history until now.

At the height of the Civil Rights movement, Lydia Abarça was a Black prima ballerina with a major international dance company—the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She was the first Black ballerina on the cover of Dance magazine, an Essence cover star, cast in The Wiz and on Broadway with Bob Fosse. She performed in some of ballet’s most iconic works with her closest friends—founding members of the company, the Swans of Harlem, Gayle McKinney, Sheila Rohan, Marcia Sells, and Karlya Shelton—for the Queen of England and Mick Jagger, with Josephine Baker, at the White House, and beyond.

Some forty years later, when Lydia’s granddaughter wanted to show her own ballet class evidence of her grandmother’s success, she found almost none, but for some yellowing photographs and programs in the family basement. Lydia had struggled for years to reckon with the erasure of her success, as all the Swans had. Still united as sisters in the present, they decided it was time to share their story themselves.

Captivating, rich in vivid detail and character, and steeped in the glamor and grit of professional ballet, The Swans of Harlem is a riveting account of five extraordinarily accomplished women, a celebration of their historic careers, and a window into the robust history of Black ballet, hidden for too long.

Lydia Abarca Mitchell is a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she danced lead roles in Agon, Bugaku, Swan Lake and many more. She has been featured on the covers of Dance and Essence and in print ads for Avon and Revlon. She performed in the movie The Wiz, and in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ on Broadway. She has been the rehearsal director at Atlanta’s Ballethnic for over 20 years.

Sheila Rohan is a founding member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she was a soloist in Geoffrey Holder’s Dougla, Arthur Mitchell’s Rhythmetron, and more. She was soloist and ballet mistress for the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre and toured China and Korea with the Myung Sook Chun Dance Company. She performed the role of Rosa Parks in Gordon Parks’s televised ballet Martin and, as a choreographer, assisted legends such as Louis Johnson, and Walter Rutledge among others. 

Marcia Lynn Sells began her life in the arts as a ballerina at Dance Theatre of Harlem and, before that, in the Cincinnati Ballet. In 2021, she became the first Chief Diversity Officer for the Metropolitan Opera. Previously, she held positions in the private and public sectors including Reuters America, the National Basketball Association, Columbia University School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. 

Karlya Shelton-Benjamin began dancing at age 4 with the Colorado Concert Ballet (currently Colorado Ballet). At 17, she became the first person of color to represent the United States in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland. She performed around the world with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, is a founding member of Peridance, has taught and coached at Oakland Ballet and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.

Karen Valby

Karen Valby is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She’s the author of the books The Swans of Harlem and Welcome to Utopia. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, where she is a frequent contributor, as well as in The New York Times, O Magazine, Glamour, Fast Company, and EW, where she spent fifteen years writing about culture. 

Bonnie Boswell is an award-winning producer/reporter, talk show host, broadcast commentator, writer, speaker, and moderator.

Bonnie Boswell

Bonnie is currently the executive producer/reporter of Bonnie Boswell Reports, a feature news series leading into PBS NewsHour on PBS SoCal, and Bonnie Boswell Presents, a documentary series producing programs such as A Conversation with Pastor James Lawson and Attorney Bryan Stevenson and Saving Moms broadcasting on PBS stations nationwide and streaming on PBS.org. 

Bonnie is also the executive producer of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, a film about her uncle, one of the “Big Six” national leaders of the 1960s civil rights movement, presented by PBS’ Independent Lens. First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the documentary at the White House calling it “very moving and powerful.” The Powerbroker was an HBO, CNN, and Saatchi & Saatchi “Best Documentary” finalist.