10:39am PT John Vorhaus, author of The Texas Twist, among other books, and an Expert who can speak very entertainingly about scams, con artists and tricksters, and how to not fall prey to them
John Vorhaus by the numbers:
As an international creative consultant, he has taught and trained writers in 29 countries on 5 continents.
He is the author of 19 books, including 7 novels, 6 of which are good.
His well known comedy-writing textbook, THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY
EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT, is available in 4 languages – 5 if you count the bootleg Russian version.
He has created 4 television shows, including a Romanian situation comedy and a Nicaraguan drama.
He has written for 1 classic American TV series, Married… with Children, and has overseen the adaptation of that series in 2 other countries.
He has written more than 3 million words on the subject of poker.
He has 1 dog, 1 wife, 2 grandchildren, 624 Facebook friends and 610 followers on Twitter.
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Liz Marshall is an award-winning auteur filmmaker who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the 90s she has created a body of documentary projects shot all over the world which focus on a range of subjects including: animal use and animal sentience; the right to water movement; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; sweatshop labour; corporate-globalization; gender; censorship affecting writers and journalists, war-affected children; music icons and the written and spoken word. Liz is well versed in the craft of conceptual point-of-view storytelling as a means of exploring complex issues.
Marshall’s most recent film is THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (2013), a cross-platform documentary. THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human subjects. The film follows McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Research; Food; Fashion and Entertainment.
Awards and Nominations: 2013 Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival; Winner Golden Sheaf Award for Best Nature/Environment Documentary; Nominee Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary Director. 2010: Nominee for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary at the Gemini Awards; Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the 11th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. 2010 Featured Canadian Film for Cinema Politica; 2011 Honourable Mention Canada’s Environmental Media Association Awards (EMA’s). Gold – Cable in the Classroom; Gold – Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB); Bronze – New York International Film Festival. short-listed for the 2005 Deborah Fletcher Award (CIDA); it won Gold for the 2005 Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), and Bronze for the 2005 New York International Film Festival.
Liz is also a director for-hire. Recent highlights include working at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on its Pakistan special (2011). Working with Mike Holmes on the Holmes Inspection series (2010). Directing the second season of Stuck, a 13-part series for the W Network (2009).
Additionally, Liz has enjoyed creating a body of dance and music videos featuring acclaimed artists – dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker, celebrated singer-songwriters Ron Sexsmith and Don Kerr (Sexsmith & Kerr), Kyp Harness, Canadian-Egyptian chanteuse Maryem Tollar, and the world music ensemble Maza Meze.
Liz spent her childhood summers playing and imagining on the salty sorrel beaches of British Columbia, her home away from home. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their rescued cats.
Film website: http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com/