Diana Agostini, Executive Director of the San Diego Italian Film Festival, discusses the role of the arts and artists during crises such as the current pandemic. Agostini chats about the Festival’s offerings of virtual programs such as it’s recently launched “Ristretto of the Week,” that highlights a short film each Wednesday. Beginning on Monday, March 30, SDIFF will be sharing its “Pick of the Week,” a feature-length Italian film that is shown on a streaming channel. SDIFF is encouraging “Pick of the Week” viewers to participate in a “live” discussion of the film on the following Sunday.
Billy Moore, President & CEO of the ABC Youth Foundation and son of San Diego icon and boxing legend Archie Moore, chats about his father’s vision for youth when he founded the organization more than 60 years ago. Moore is joined by Terence Shigg, Foundation COO, to chat about to the Foundation’s programs and activities that annual serve 4,000 youth.
Robert Coleman, President & CEO of Second Chance, arguably the region’s most effective organization in significantly reducing recidivism, unemployment and homelessness, chats about COVID-19’s impact on its programs and services. Coleman talks about ways the community can support Second Chance, which has empowered thousands of participants to overcome years of incarceration and poverty to become self-sufficient.
Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center at Forefront of Providing Services for Struggling Addicts
Troy Talbert, Men’s Residence Manager for the more than 100-year-old Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, discusses the Center’s free six-month program that provides housing, food, counseling, community and rehabilitation services to those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Talbert, a former beneficiary of the Center, discusses how the program turned his life around.
Susan Clausen, Owner of Clausen Communications and PR maven for Scripps Ranch Theatre, is joined by Ted Leib, Artistic Director for the Oceanside Theatre Company, to talk about their theaters’ on-going collaboration to co-produce an online reading of local playwright Casey Tibbitts’ play — Quiet Cross – on April 2. Clausen and Leib, who will both perform in Quiet Cross, discuss how COVID-19 has impacted each of their theaters.
Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, is joined by Steve Brand, venerable, award-winning Union-Tribune sportswriter, to discuss highlights from Brand’s 50-year sports writing career.
Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, talks about the Council’s top priorities in the era of COVID-19.
Marianela Camarillo, COO of Miracle Babies, and Dr. Nabil Arrach, Founder and CEO of Progenesis, discuss the mission, vision and services of their respective organizations.
Patricia Geist-Martin, Professor at the San Diego State University’s School of Communication, and author of Falling in Love with the Process: A Stroke Survivor’s Story, discusses the incredible journey of Bill Torres, as he recovers from a paralyzing stroke. Geist-Martin’s book in some ways is more about cultivating resilience than overcoming a stroke.
Amie Brown, Director of Development for Meals On Wheels San Diego County, chats about the record number of requests for information about volunteering to deliver meals for seniors in need. Brown talks about the 60th Anniversary Gala slated for Saturday, June 13 at the Sheraton Harbor Island.