The Thousand Roads Podcast

Tia Lessin & Carl Deal

December 13, 2023 Tom Casciato Season 1 Episode 9
The Thousand Roads Podcast
Tia Lessin & Carl Deal
Show Notes

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal are filmmaking partners whose careers have run the gamut from directing their Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Trouble The Water about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, to producing several of Michael Moore’s films, and more. Tia also directed, with Emma Pildes, 2022’s Emmy Award-winning The Janes, about women providing abortion care in pre-Roe v. Wade Chicago. Tia started out as a labor organizer and an activist. And while Carl has an activist background as well, he also attended Columbia University Journalism School. We talk about how journalism and activism play out in their filmmaking, the creative use of stock footage, and documentary ethics.

More about Tia and Carl here.

Films mentioned in the episode:

Trouble the Water (2008), Dir. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal 

 The Janes (2022), Dir. Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes 

Where To Invade Next (2015), Dir. Michael Moore

The UnRedacted (originally Jihad Rehab) (2022), Dir. Meg Smaker

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Special thanks for helping make this series happen: Sara Archambault, Florence Barrau-Adams, Jon Berman, Ben Cuomo (music), Jax Deluca, Pallavi Deshpande, Nancy Gibbs, Kathleen Hughes, Caroline Kracunas, Laura Manley, Alexis Pancrazi, Liz Schwartz, Jeff Seelbach, Lindsay Underwood (logo/graphics)

This episode was supported by a fellowship at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.