Episode: Prabhat Gautam Interviews Alexia Anastasio [Season 8, Episode 3]
Author: Alexia Anastasio
Date: 09/19/2016 6:00 PM PST
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Description:: Guest: Alexia Anastasio is an award-winning filmmaker and coach. She has produced 8 independent feature films and directed 4 films. Her work includes the documentaries “Adventures in Plymptoons!,” about Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton, and “Ginger Girls: The Secret Lives of Redheads.” Her priorities in life are to have fun and to inspire creative minds to live their art lives to their fullest. She is a co-founder of Tree of Love Studios.
Guest Host: Prabhat Gautam has had a strong desire to be involved in issues such as world hunger, homelessness, finding cures to diseases, promoting organ, tissue, and bone marrow donation, and building hospitals in under-developed countries. He spent much of his time in college volunteering with a local community television station and produced and hosted programs that worked to raise awareness about issues that matter to young adults.
Prabhat has since continued his commitment to volunteerism with his work with the Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence, Doctors Without Borders, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, Giving Back Fund, Salvation Army, Project Angel Food, ACLU, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, AmeriCorps, Dream Center, PETA, Humane Society of the United States, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Children’s Wish Foundation. When asked about his volunteerism, he says, “Each experience has been rewarding, but I know I need to do so much more.” His desire is to create something that will highlight the good that is going on in the world with the hope that more people will get involved in making even greater good happen.
Prabhat has believed in volunteering his time and working to promote charities since he was a youngster in Oklahoma. In 1993, his father died from a heart attack at the age of 49. Prabhat was only 16 years old and this loss took him on a journey where he would be consumed with trying to figure out ways to eliminate preventable death. In 2001, Prabhat was given the honor of donating bone marrow to a 16 year old girl named Anka, who had Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Sadly, she would die one year later, but her life and death would become the focus of Prabhat’s life’s work. Two months after the loss of Anka, Prabhat experiences loss again with the death of Rachel, an 18 year old child whose wish he worked on as a Make A Wish Foundation volunteer. The losses of Rachel and Anka still motivate him to work towards finding a cure for cancer and all other causes of premature death.
In September of 2001, Prabhat was visiting his sister in New York and was scheduled to fly back to Los Angles on September 11, 2001. He often tells a story about what it is like to see that city for the first time during that trip and within a couple days seeing a city that is completely devastated. Prabhat felt great sadness for all those who lost their lives that day and says that he can’ t ever go forward without looking back and realizing how lucky he was and now he has a responsibility to use his life to help everyone he possibly can.