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An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier executive-produced a Drama filmed in Hong Kong: ‘Red Passage’ which won many Awards in the Festival circuit. Emmanuel Itier has also been a successful Music and Film journalist for both Rock Magazines, French TV networks and various websites for the last twenty five years. Finally Itier has been a buyer for many French and American Film distribution companies for the last twenty years. He was on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival for a decade and he writes poetry. He is also very involved with charities and the political world. Mr. Itier seats on the board of Directors of ‘Darfur Women Action Group’ in an attempt to bring Peace to Darfur. He is also the  founding President of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace ( www.RotaryEclubofWorldPeace.org ) and he is part of the U.N Association, Santa Barbara chapter. Lately he joined the World Council of Wisdom (https://thevisioneers.ca ) to bring Peace to the World.

Mr. Itier grew up in France and he moved in the USA thirty years ago. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and three sons. Emmanuel Itier released in 2014 another inspiring documentary Celebrating Women around the planet: ‘FEMME-Women healing the World.’ This Documentary earned over 20 Awards around the World. 

Late 2017 Mr. Itier completed his third feature Documentary: ‘Shamanic Trekker’, about shamanism in Peru. Mr. Itier has just released two more documentaries in order to keep “Making Peace, One movie at a time.” 

These films are part of a series called ‘The Oneness Collection: Documentaries for a conscious Humanity.’ The first one is called ‘The Cure: Healing The Mind, Healing The Body, Healing the Planet’  and the politically loaded Doc: ‘We The People: A Re-Evolution of Economics and Politics’, which is sure to shake the system! 

Mr. Itier is a recipient of the ‘2018 Global Citizen Award’ from the prestigious United Nation Association and he was named President of The Year 2018 by the Rotary E-Club of World Peace. 

In 2019, just before the beginning of the Covid pandemic, Mr. Itier went to film a drama about quantum physics in Germany and in German. The shooting was stopped by the crisis and he hopes to return by mid 2021 to complete this new endeavor.

In 2021 the impactful and very timely 6th documentary directed by Emmanuel will be released: ‘Guns, Bombs & War: A Love Story’.

Finally, Mr. Itier has formed a spiritual and political movement in France called ‘The French Victory’ (www.LaVicotireFrancaise.net ) with the ambition to run for President in 2022. His vision is:  “I, The People – We, President.” 

In Oneness, we shall heal the World. 

He is a member of The Critics Choice Association.

Emmanuel is a regular contributor to filmfestivals.com; in 2021 he covered Sundance and Santa Barbara with cutting edge filmmakers interviews.

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Crutch doc filmmakers interviewed

CRUTCH chronicles the gravity defying life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, breakdancer and skate punk—on crutches. 

 CRUTCH

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 Bentonville Festival 2021

 

Interview with Directors: Sachi Cunningham and Chandler Evans

Q: How did you come up with this inspiring Doc about Bill Shannon aka “Crutch Master”, a multi-disciplinary artist who defies gravity with his disability?

 

Sachi: It all started 20 years ago when I met with Bill Shannon in First Grade in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He was wearing the leg braces you see in the film. During recess he would stand on top of the stairs while the other kids were watching him. And it always intrigued me. I was half Japanese and Pennsylvania was very white with no Asians in my class growing up. I was, like Bill, made to feel like so different. Bill was even more different than me. And I wanted to learn more about him. In high school I happened to date his younger brother and I got a chance to know him better. And then I met Chandler in college…

 

Chandler: Indeed, Sachi and I went to college together and we met through a multi-racial organization. I had just finished working on a film about the first blind man who climbed Mount Everest. And she asked me to check out the footage she had gathered, over the years, about Bill. He was performing, dancing and skating. I was blown away. So we started collaborated and we cut a 4 minutes promo. We then put it on YouTube who was sold to google and they featured our short. We went viral! We were then featured on ‘Good Morning America’, CNN and on the front page of Yahoo.

 

Sachi: 20 years later, here we are! It took so long because we followed Bill for 20 years and we were self-financed. But now our film is going to be on Discovery+ and we hope we can then find a foreign sales company to get distribution internationally. In any case this was a challenge as well as impossible to get the right budget in order to follow Bill for 20 years and as his art evolved.

 

Chandler: We were very lucky that Bill’s art evolved over these 20 years. The first part of the film represents the first initial physical journey and the second part is all about the psychological work he was doing and how he was asking people to abandon “assumption”.

 

Q: What are the hopes, messages, themes with this film?

 

Sachi: It’s all about abandoning assumption. This is the main message of this film. Here it’s about disability but you can apply the concept to race and other subject matters. Bill has his own language to describe events that happened to him and during his life. Empathy is another big theme of this film; when someone helps you genially. In my case, for example, I had cancer during the course of this movie and the mom of a good friend just set me up with the best treatment with the best clinic. I ended up not going as I already had another doctor. But this was amazing what she did, genially, with empathy. I think a lot of people can identify to this.

 

 

Chandler: This shows that you can have multiple perceived realities that are happening in the same space and time. People can be in the same room and thinking completely different things and believing they know the truth of the situation because perception is reality. In ‘Crutch’ we get a little psychedelic and Bill explores this with his art.

 

 

Q: How does it feel to be at the Bentonville film festival?

 

Chandler: This is our very first film festival in person! Everything has been done on-line because of covid. So, it’s been wonderful! I love Bentonville’s emphasis on diversity and women in films. It’s very inspiring. It’s great they are trying to ger representation for people under-represented. Also, it’s so great to see the film with an audience.

 

Sachi: It’s fantastic to meet other filmmaker and share our mutual passion. There is a great sense of community here at the Bentonville film festival.

 

 

 

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