#89 “Surrogacy & Souls” with Filmmaker Beth Aala and Musician Lady Moon

You’re gonna love the talent, conviction and compassion of my guests today.

First up is Beth Aala, a three-time Emmy award-winning producer & recipient of a Peabody Award for her documentary work at HBO. Beth co-directed & produced feature documentary, RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN for Discovery, which premiered at Sundance in 2017. She also directed & produced, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (A&E IndieFilms) with comedian, Mike Myers. It won the Hollywood Film Award for Best Documentary & was nominated for the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Beth recently completed her latest feature documentary, Made in Boise about a surprising surrogacy industry in Boise, Idaho. It had its world premiere at AFI Docs Film Festival in June 2019 and is screening it at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival on October 4th and 5th. You can purchase tickets here. Not in the Hudson Valley, not available this weekend? Made in Boise will have a broadcast premiere on PBS’ award winning Independent Lens on October 28th at 10pm eastern.

Amongst other things, I get to chat with Beth about her film career, working at MTV, what it was like working at HBO with so many talented women, how a close friend asked her to be her surrogate after years of trying to conceive and how that coupled with a friend working in Boise led her to the subject matter of this latest film. I urge you to watch this fascinating documentary about a subject that is well worth a longer conversation.

During the second half of the show I get to sit down with Lady Moon of Lady Moon & The Eclipse, a multicultural ensemble based in New York. Through soaring vocal textures and R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms, they create inspirational music that explore the cosmic soul; a journey to become one’s best self. Lady Moon carries the essence of the Moon, delivering a message of love, peace, and light, while the musicians serve as the Sun shining light upon her. The audience represents the Earth, also known as the Star People of Earth, completing the metaphorical eclipse. With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, Lady Moon & The Eclipse explore positive music through the live experience to grow and make a difference in themselves and in the world.

Lady Moon and I talk about how she became Lady Moon, her parents, how they shaped who she is, making music, relationship through her musical collaborations, the moon, the sun, the cosmic soul, and becoming free. She’s a woman full of deep wisdom and sincere love. I can’t wait to catch her and her “star-mates” at the upcoming O+ Festival on Friday, October 11th from 9-10pm in the back of BSP in Kingston, NY. And stay tuned for news on the release of a new single coming later in October!

Thanks for tuning in friends!

Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from Lady Moon and the Eclipse and our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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