SEEN & HEARD
SEEN & HEARD: August 2012
The guest highlights for August 2012 illustrated the different facets of one thing: humanity.
TV host Jeff Foxworthy and actress Melanie Lynskey show us that there are different ways to demonstrate faith–whether it’s faith in oneself or in a higher power.
War veteran Brian Castner shows that, even in a war zone, he can feel compassion for others.
Filmmaker Daniel Wolff and writer Ruben Martinez discuss resilience and hope.
And, closing out this installment of Seen & Heard, actor Keanu Reeves discusses the artist’s ambition, and actress Kyra Sedgwick shares her thoughts on acceptance and politics.
All images by Van Evers, Tavis Smiley Media, Inc.
- ‘…people should see your faith. If all you do is talk about your faith and people don’t see it, but they ought to see it in the way you treat your family, you treat your friends, you treat your community, and that’s the thing I kind of loved about this show.’ – Comedian and TV host Jeff Foxworthy, on why he enjoys hosting ‘America’s Bible Challenge’
- ‘It’s just a little scary to be such a big part of something…My own biggest obstacle has been sort of believing in myself and believing that I’m deserving.’ – Actress Melanie Lynskey, on her first starring role in a feature-length film
- ‘…actually I bear none of [our country’s enemies] any ill will at all, in fact, including the people shooting at us…You know, in a war, you don’t kill individual, you know, pop-up targets. You kill brothers and fathers and mothers and daughters and that’s how the game works.’ – War veteran Brian Castner on his the lasting effects of war and his experience fighting in Iraq
- ‘The flood gave this opportunity to start over…I think there’s a lot of negative and some positive that goes with it.’ – Writer-filmmaker Daniel Wolff, while describing his latest text, ‘The Fight for Home’
- ‘The West is a place of hope. It’s a hard-won hope and many times, of course, that hope isn’t reached at all, it just turns into a phantasmagorical nightmare.’ – Writer Ruben Martinez on the binaries that occur in the West and how they reflect American history, amplified
- ‘The ambition to go further imagistically, to do the more impossible…There’s so much to look at, to watch. So the visual storytelling literacy is harder to impress.’ – Actor Keanu Reeves on the challenges of modern storytelling and filmmaking
- ‘I think that people who live in New York and Los Angeles have a narrower view of the way people behave, of what’s important to people…race, of acceptance of abortion and women’s rights…I think that there’s a huge difference between what people politically believe and what interests people in Los Angeles and what interests people in New York and what they believe politically. It’s just a very different – and I think to ignore that is really cutting yourself out of a huge part of the population.’ – Actress Kyra Sedgwick, on the political views of individuals within the entertainment industry