Minter Dialogue with Brenda Keesal

Brenda Keesal is a writer, filmmaker and digital storyteller, based in Montreal. She’s also the founder and Creative Director of The Village, a human and media platform, and an innovative model for interactive storytelling, transformative entertainment and social impact. Both online and in-person, it offers deep experiences and profound connection, through a live-stream and curated network of human stories. In this conversation, we discuss her career, including her award-winning film, Wanker, her blogging, Burns the Fire. We explore her new project, The Village, how it came about, what it entails and how she shepherds the conversations and personal storytelling from people around the world. We also discuss the work she’s doing for UkraineNow, a decentralised organization launched by Artur Kiulian. Plenty of inspiring stories and learnings.

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Photo credit for Brenda: Ezra Soiferman

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Music credit: The jingle at the beginning of the show is courtesy of my friend, Pierre Journel, author of the Guitar Channel. And, the new sign-off music is “A Convinced Man,” a song I co-wrote and recorded with Stephanie Singer back in the late 1980s (please excuse the quality of the sound!).


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