“Unspeakable” Part 2: Let’s Talk About It.
Join us for Part 2 in a special series. Following World AIDS Day, HFA is providing the opportunity to continue learning and healing from our community’s important history. The conversation continues with Robert C. Cooper; Blood Brother, Creator, Writer, Director, and Executive Producer of the TV series, “Unspeakable.” Based on first-person experience and accounts, “Unspeakable” is a mini-series that chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis throughout Canada during the early 1980-90s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands with bleeding disorders were infected by tainted blood. Join Rob and special guest panelists for this Q & A session as we dive deeper into the individual Episodes (2-4) of “Unspeakable.”
Adriana Capozzi is a Canadian screenwriter and mother of two amazing young boys. It was a huge privilege for her to collaborate with Robert Cooper on Unspeakable. After providing development research and writing episode 103, she served as a Co-Producer on the mini-series. Other series she has written for include Safehaven, Tribal and The Detectives. She has had a number of original feature and television scripts optioned and is currently in development on some exciting new projects. Adriana was deeply humbled to be a part of this important serie, and is honored to take part in the web panel discussion.
Writer/Producer/Director with 33 years experience in television and film. Credits include co-writing Pocahontas for Disney, Executive Producing/Directing/Writing Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for CBS, Executive Producing/Writing Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe for SyFy, and Co-Executive Producing/Writing Unspeakable for CBC.
Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO Award-winning and two-time Polaris Music Prize-nominated musician and songwriter. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two sons. Mangan has toured extensively in North America, Europe & Australia. He has played Glastonbury & Jimmy Kimmel Live, collaborated with David Grohl, sold out Massey Hall and scored acclaimed soundtracks for television (Netflix, AMC) and feature films. In 2017, he co-founded Side Door, a community marketplace platform for the arts that seeks to democratize and decentralize the entertainment industry by allowing non-traditional spaces to be venues.
Canadian Hemophilia Frank Schnabel Award recipient in his non-profit volunteer work, and Jessie Richardson Award winner in his profession: Rick has dedicated his life to telling the stories from his life with Hemophilia and HIV. Rick is the Vice chair of the Canadian Hemophilia Society and sits on the blood safety and supply committee. He is also a playwright, currently working on bringing his verbatim drama In My Day, about the first 15 years of the AIDS pandemic, to stage and screen.
Robert C. Cooper
Multi-award winning writer, director and executive producer Robert Cooper has been involved in the creation of over 400 episodes of television. His latest series “Unspeakable”, for CBC and Sundance TV, chronicled the Canadian tainted blood tragedy and was produced through his production company Mezo Entertainment. Prior to that, he served as showrunner on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for BBCAmerica, Netflix and AMC Studios. He is also known for showrunning the record-breaking 17 season Stargate television franchise for MGM. He co-created “Stargate Atlantis” and “Stargate Universe” and served as executive producer, writer, and director of multiple episodes of all three series and two DTV movies.