From three different states, Tom and Kelly talk to Nadia Bolz-Weber, the tattooed, opinionated Lutheran preacher featured in the neighborhood project episode 5, Black and White. In this podcast Tom, Kelly and Nadia dive into her past, and some of the decisions that Nadia believes should have ended her life by age 30. They discuss institutionalism, authority and what it means to be a sinner and saint, simultaneously. Nadia speaks the truth — that’s why people, including us, react so well to her.
In 1996 Ev Worthington’s mother was murdered. The killer was never brought to justice. About ten years later, his brother, traumatized by the scene of the crime, committed suicide. Everett, a clinical psychologist, worked through years of resentment, guilt and anger with a step-by-step system he had developed for his patients. He considers forgiveness one of the most challenging and necessary ongoing practices humans undertake.
Lulie and Gordon Gund have an incredible story. After Gordon went blind at age 30 due to a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa, he, alongside his wife, Lulie, has spent his life working to find a cure. In this podcast, Kelly and Tom discuss the tnp Ideafilm The Illumination, which celebrates the Gunds’ relationship and story, the challenges they have faced and how the struggles have strengthened their marriage. Also included is part of an interview that Kelly conducted with Lulie and Gordon in 2017, which is a humorous and inspiring conversation that gives insight into how they met, their family, their miraculous foundation, Gordon’s accomplished career and day-to-day life.
Kelly visited TNP’s headquarters in Connecticut and sat down with Aaron Neu, our director of photography and the editor of TNP’s award-winning idea film, The Illumination. The film, which is featured in Episode 3 of The Neighborhood Project, tells the inspiring story of philanthropist Gordon Gund who went blind in 1970 at age 30 of a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa. A year later, Gordon and his wife Lulie, among others, founded the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Their more than 45-year journey to find a cure for blindness can only be described as a act of love. Aaron refers to the challenges of creating a visual story of the Gunds’ highs and lows—an experience that had an indelible impact on his own life.
Wayne White, star of The Neighborhood Project’s Episode One, never had a plan B. He wanted to be an artist. Specifically, a puppeteer. “If I had a plan B, I probably wouldn’t be where I am now, I probably would have fallen back on it.” Driven by passion, he continued his pursuit by putting on small puppet shows on the streets on NYC and in small house parties. Wayne’s big break, however, came when he was hired to do set design for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Here, Tom and Kelly meet with Wayne in LA to discuss life’s paths and art.
When filmmaker Michael Davie attended The Nantucket Project in 2014, he heard Kelly Corrigan’s talk on acceptance and immediately he “felt like she was speaking my language.” Then, with the help of TNP Idea Films and Kelly herself, Michael made the film ‘Acceptance.’ The documentary short speaks to the challenging nature of accepting life-changing events that can occur completely outside of our control. In this podcast, TNP co-founder Tom Scott and Kelly talk to Michael about the making of the film and some of the difficult and traumatic experiences the subjects have had to accept in their lives.
Tom and Kelly spoke with Nicole Pittman, a member of the Cambrian Ave. Project, after she’d taken part in a gathering for episode one of the neighborhood project. Nicole is also the director for the Center on Youth Registration Reform, an organization that is working to remove children and adults who have been listed on the national sex offender registry for offenses they committed while they were children. Their conversation contemplates the gray areas of sexual offenses, where the perpetrator can also be a victim, and how in so many circumstances, labels such as offenders, victims and enablers can ruin lives.