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My podcast guest for this episode is the very talented Risa Beer (Risa Okamoto). She is an award-winning documentary producer/director, and a media educator. She has directed and produced numerous documentaries for major international broadcasters including Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Bio Channel, Crime & Investigation Channel, The Travel Channel, Channel News Asia, and Sony Pictures. Her recent awards include a Gold World Medal for Best Social Issues Program at the New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards, and Silver World Medals for Best Directing, Best Biography/Profile and Best Community Service Program. Her work covers a wide variety of subjects, ranging from rodeo bull riders in Texas to human trafficking in Nepal; from the ancient wonders of China, to the history of Japanese food. In this pilot episode, we talk about a range of topics from filmmaking (of course) to surfing, to hanging out of airplanes while 8 months pregnant. We dive deep into the emotional substance at the core of her films and what drives her to pick up the camera and shoot. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/renaissanceeffect/support

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