THE TAKING Q&As in Santa Monica & Glendale May 10 & 11.
The Taking filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe will participate in Q&As following the May 10 screening at the Monica Film Center and the May 11 screening at the Laemmle Glendale. Historian Will Linn will join him for the May 10 screening. John Bucher will moderate.
Bios: Alexandre holds a Masters Degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has written and directed numerous award-winning films and documentaries, many of which take on the role of unpacking the most influential works of master filmmakers. Most recently, Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist (Venice ’19, Sundance ‘20) and MEMORY: The Origins of Alien (Sundance ’19), 78/52 (Sundance ’17).
John Bucher is a mythologist, storyteller, and writer based out of Hollywood, California. He serves as Executive Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation and is an author, podcaster, and speaker. He has worked with government and cultural leaders around the world as well as organizations such as HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel, A24 Films, Atlas Obscura, and The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation. He has served as a producer, consultant, and writer for numerous film, television, and Virtual Reality projects. He is the author of six books including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by BookAuthority as one of the best storytelling books of all time. He holds a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology and has spoken on 6 continents about using the power of story and myth to reframe how individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations believe and behave.
Will Linn is a co-host of Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity, which airs on ZDF, Sky and History Channel. He is the founder of mythouse.org, an online community and resource center for mythologists and storytellers, and the founding chair of general education at Hussian College, where he teaches myth and story to filmmakers and performing artists. Will served in various leadership positions for the Joseph Campbell Foundation between 2011-2021, and he holds a PhD in mythological studies.