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Unspeakable: Let's Talk About It (Part 2)
Join us for Part 2 in a special series. Following World AIDS Day, HFA is providing the opportunity to continue learning and healing from our community’s important history. The conversation continues with Robert C. Cooper; Blood Brother, Creator, Writer, Director, and Executive Producer of the TV series, “Unspeakable.” Based on first-person experience and accounts, “Unspeakable” is a mini-series that chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis throughout Canada during the early 1980-90s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands with bleeding disorders were infected by tainted blood. Join Rob and special guest panelists for this Q & A session as we dive deeper into the individual episodes (2-4) of "Unspeakable."
The themes shared in this education session will likely lead to a variety of emotions, and the content may raise some especially difficult memories. HFA’s intention is to offer a safe space for the community to honor their memories, learn from their experiences, and discuss relevancy in today’s world as we continue to advocate for product safety and equitable access.
o Community Support – Given the nature of the sensitive topics and because we know that mental health support will likely be needed. HFA has prepared special mental health support aides as part this webinar and the community virtual chats surrounding it. A mental health professional and Mental Health First Aid volunteers will be available online for anyone needing assistance directly following the webinar. Please remain in the same session to continue the conversation.
o The support portion of this session will not be recorded. Anything shared in the support space stays in the support space. Ground rules will be reviewed at the beginning of the support session.
o Resources will be shared near the end of the session and are available online for those seeking additional education and/or mental health resources. You can also refer to our recent Dateline issue/article.

Dec 8, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Robert C. Cooper
Blood Brother, Creator, Writer, Director, and Executive Producer @Mezo Entertainment
Multi-award winning writer, director and executive producer Robert Cooper has been involved in the creation of over 400 episodes of television. His latest series "Unspeakable," for CBC and Sundance TV, chronicled the Canadian tainted blood tragedy and was produced through his production company Mezo Entertainment. Prior to that, he served as showrunner on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for BBCAmerica, Netflix and AMC Studios. He is also known for showrunning the record-breaking 17 season Stargate television franchise for MGM. He co-created Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe and served as executive producer, writer, and director of multiple episodes of all three series and two DTV movies.
Rick Waines
Blood Brother, Vice Chair, Playwright, Volunteer @Canadian Hemophilia Society
Canadian Hemophilia Frank Schnabel Award recipient in his non-profit volunteer work, and Jessie Richardson Award winner in his profession: Rick has dedicated his life to telling the stories from his life with Hemophilia and HIV. Rick is the Vice chair of the Canadian Hemophilia Society, and sits on the blood safety and supply committee. He is also a playwright, currently working on bringing his verbatim drama "In My Day," about the first 15 years of the AIDS pandemic, to stage and screen.
Adriana Capozzi
Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Adriana Capozzi is a Canadian screenwriter and mother of two amazing young boys. It was a huge privilege for her to collaborate with Robert Cooper on "Unspeakable." After providing development research and writing episode 103, she served as a Co-Producer on the mini-series. Other series she has written for include Safehaven, Tribal and The Detectives. She has had a number of original feature and television scripts optioned, and is currently in development on some exciting new projects. Adriana was deeply humbled to be a part of this important series, and is honored to take part in the web panel discussion.
Carl Binder
Writer, Producer, Director
Carl Binder is a Writer, Producer, and Director with 33 years experience in television and film. Credits include co-writing "Pocahontas" for Disney, Executive Producing/Directing/Writing "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" for CBS, Executive Producing/Writing "Stargate Atlantis" and "Stargate Universe" for SyFy, and Co-Executive Producing/Writing Unspeakable for CBC.
Dan Mangan
Musician, Songwriter, Music Director
Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO Award-winning and two-time Polaris Music Prize-nominated musician and songwriter. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two sons. Mangan has toured extensively in North America, Europe & Australia. He has played Glastonbury & Jimmy Kimmel Live, collaborated with David Grohl, sold out Massey Hall and scored acclaimed soundtracks for television (Netflix, AMC) and feature films. In 2017, he co-founded Side Door, a community marketplace platform for the arts that seeks to democratize and decentralize the entertainment industry by allowing non-traditional spaces to be venues.