SUBSTANTIAL FILMS INC., NEW YORK [EST. 1992]

   Substantial Films was established by author/journalist Stephanie Capparell to produce independent works of substance in film, webcast, video, books, newspapers and magazines.

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FILM: NAZIM HIKMET: LIVING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

WORLD PREMIERE!!!
May 21, 8 p.m., at Alkionis cinema, Athens, as part of the theater's summerlong festival tribute to Nazim Hikmet

Nazim Movie Poster    The 86-minute film is a biography of Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963), a leading 20th century poet and Turkey's most gifted writer. He was jailed for nearly 16 years in Turkey, barred from the U.S. and banned in his country of exile, Russia, because of his political beliefs. His only weapon was his poetry. His only crime was his unwavering support for human rights. Nazim's story is a powerful tale of what one person will sacrifice for his art and what one individual’s participation means to the universal struggle for freedom


    The movie was shot in Turkey, France, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. over a decade, and features interviews with the poet’s sister, stepson and closest friends, with comment from some of the many artists influenced by Nazim’s work and life, including U.S. writer Howard Fast, poet Gerald Stern and folk singer Pete Seeger.

 

BOOK: THE BIRKMAN METHOD: YOUR PERSONALITY AT WORK (Jossey-Bass, 2013)

Speaking at the World Marketing Congress
Univ. of Bari/NYU, July 14-16, 2015, in Bari, Italy

    The book introduces a critical workplace assessment that has given millions of business professionals the awareness they need to reach a higher level of performance and personal satisfaction. The Birkman Method® goes beyond behavior to give insight as to why certain things will satisfy or stress you. The free assessment that comes with the book helps reveal your strengths and core interests.


Each purchaser of the book is invited to fill out the free Birkman assessment to receive a brief complimentary personal report.




BOOK: THE REAL PEPSI CHALLENGE (WSJ Books/Free Press, 2007)

   

Pepsi Challenge     In America's long march toward racial equality, small acts of courage by men and women whose names we don't recall have contributed to our nation's struggle to achieve its own ideals. This moving book details the story of one such chapter. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, a group of African-American businessmen twelve at its peak changed the face of American business by being among the first black Americans to work at professional jobs in Corporate America and to target black consumers as a distinct market.

    The corporation was Pepsi-Cola, led by the charismatic and socially progressive Walter Mack. The special-markets campaign succeeded, boosting Pepsi's earnings. But America succeeded as well, as longstanding stereotypes were chipped away and African-Americans were recognized as both talented employees and valued customers.  

    The archives for the book have been acquired by Smithsonian’s Museum of African-American History and Culture.

BOOK: SHACKLETON’S WAY (Viking, 2001)

    “Shackleton’s Way: Leadership Lessons From the Great Antarctic Explorer” is a thrilling survival story and an inspirational guide for business leader. The book quickly became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal business best-seller, and has sold more than 500,000 copies in six languages worldwide.

    The explorer has been called “the greatest leader that ever came on God’s earth, bar none,” yet he never led a group larger than twenty-seven, he failed to reach nearly every goal he ever set and, until recently, he had been little remembered after his death. But once you learn the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his remarkable Antarctic expedition of 1914 you’ll come to agree with the effusive praise of those under his command. He is a model of great leadership and, in particular, a master of guidance in crisis. Stranded in the Antarctic with his ship’s crew 1,200 miles from civilization, he fought hunger, desperation and mind-boggling cold for nearly two years to get all of his men to safety.






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