During my speaking engagements, I show clips from my trilogy on Japan along with an address that draws from my experiences in Japan and the trajectory of my entire career as a global filmmaker. Sharing behind the scenes stories that lead to the making of each of these films, along with anecdotal information of my life in Japan, my presentation brings to light contemporary world history and the multifaceted nuances of the US/Japan relationship.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, when appropriate, I have lead discussions of current world events and how my work in Japan serves as a metaphor, one prism to view the multitude of relationships that Americans experience in the world community. These films serve as a catalyst to encourage students to go abroad and in turn become more globally conscious - an important step in the construction of a global identity. My films urge audiences to become more proactive in learning about the world and America's place in the eyes of the rest of the world. Integrating this point of view in my presentation, audiences have found new and affirmative ways to deal with the uncertainty of current world events.
I am flexible and can tailor my speech appropriately to support the aims of a course study plan or local events. My address is appropriate for audiences interested in discussions of international issues with regard to race, identity and crossing cultures in addition to the US/Japan relationship. I am comfortable addressing groups of any size and my comments along with a question and answer session generally runs one hour and a half.
Our speaker Regge Life holds a double BA from Tufts University, a postgraduate diploma from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a Masters of Fine Arts from New York University. He is the founder of Global Film Network Inc, former Chairman of the Board for the Association of Independent Film and Video makers and a current Commissioner with the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. His career began in theatre but over the last 30 years, he has worked in prime time television and documentary film. The recipient of a coveted Fulbright grant, he is currently researching a new work on Okinawa.
Here are some titles from this year's presentations:
"GLOBAL IDENTITY - GLOBAL CONCIOUSNESS"
"THE UNDERESTIMATED POWER OF CULTURE"
"BLACK, WHITE AND BEYOND"
"STEPPING INTO JAPAN: LEARNING FROM MARGINALITY IN A DIVERSE WORLD"
"LIFE IMITATING LIFE" A COVERSATION WITH FILMMAKER REGGE LIFE
"COMING TOGETHER: MANY VOICES, ONE SONG"
For a single program that includes a formal address along with a Q&A, classroom visits and an informal lunch or dinner is $2,500 plus all expences for travel, lodging and meals. Accommodation must be at a Westin, Hyatt, Crowne Plaza or equivalent. Payment is due on the date of engagement. Keynote addresses, workshops, artist in residence and other longer-term bookings are possible at rates above $2,500.
If you are interested in another type of presentation - please
My trilogy of videos from Japan is available for sale and I generally will display brochures for audience members to take away. I will need a VHS projector and screen to show my work.