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Josh Aronson has been producing and directing documentary films since 2000. He was nominated for an Oscar for his film, Sound and Fury  and has made award winning  films on disability, the search for identity,  classical music and history. His latest film is the recently released, “To Be of Service,”  about veterans with PTSD and their service dogs.

Julie Sayres is an award-winning screenwriter, working in Los Angeles, whose credits include the film “Reaching for the Moon,” aka “Flores Raras,” for which she won the best adapted screenplay award by the Brazilian Academy of Letters and was also nominated for best adapted screenplay by the Brazilian Academy of Cinema. She worked on the writing staff of the television series “Midnight Caller,” and wrote episodes for “Gabriel’s Fire” and “Beggars and Choosers,” among others. 

She was also a co-creator and supervising producer of the CBS one-hour drama, “Four Corners.” She has also written many movies for television, including “A Walton Easter,” “Dallas Reunion” and the mini-series “Knot’s Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac.” 

She currently has two feature films in development, one in the U.S. and the other in Brazil. She is the producer of a documentary called “To Be of Service”, which deals with veterans with PTSD and their service dogs.

Aside from her work as a screenwriter, she’s also an adjunct professor of screenwriting at USC School of Cinematic Arts and the MFA program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara.  She has a B.A. from New York University and an MFA from Goddard College.

In This Episode

Owen Marcus. Men, Mindfulness & Somatic psychotherapy
Alisa Zipursky. Healing Trauma Honestly

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