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In Katrina's Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster. November 2-4 2006, Charlottesville Virginia
Speaker Bio

Scott MacTavish

Scott is an author, filmmaker, journalist and proud father of three boys.

Born deep in the Appalachian Mountains , he escaped by joining the US Navy at age 17. He served aboard the USS L.Y. Spear and Submarine Squadron Six and was stationed in California , Cuba , Norfolk and the North Atlantic . He was Co-captain of the Atlantic Military Championship soccer team, and received an Honorable Discharge (with decorations) at the completion of his four-year tour.

He then moved to New York City and worked as a writer and actor. Theater credits include PREACHER WITH A HORSE TO RIDE as Billy Sunday, a firebrand evangelical preacher, and Young Henry Thoreau in THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL. Film and television credits include SUPER MARIO BROTHERS, AMOS AND ANDREW, THE CROW, CHASERS and a starring role in WHAT HAPPENED?, a pilot for NBC.

Next, Scott enrolled in film school at New York University , where he concentrated in direction and writing. His thesis film, FLOWERS FOR JUDITH, was optioned for broadcast by HBO and broadcast shortly thereafter. Following graduation, he worked days on numerous big budget Hollywood films in jobs ranging from grip to set dresser to production assistant and at night as a screenwriter, churning out four screenplays in as many years.

In addition to writing for screen and print, Scott has written, produced and directed nearly two-dozen corporate, documentary and industrial films, including spots for The Gap, Nabisco, Dun and Bradstreet and The Pseudo Comedy Network. He has also developed properties for ESPN, Discovery Channel and National Geographic and recently served as Executive Producer for STICKBALL BOULEVARD, a documentary for PBS in Manhattan . He currently has two feature film projects in development and is serving as Executive Producer of CHAGAS: A Hidden Afflicition, a feature-length documentary now screening globally. His film SUMMER RUNNING, featuring an introduction by Oscar- winning actress Sissy Spacek, recently screened as a fund raiser for breast cancer research at the historic Paramount Theater.

As a journalist, Scott recently contributed to INDIEWIRE, FILM THREAT and WINDCHECK SAILING WEEKLY.

Scott's proudest professional accomplishment is his film/video production class at The Covenant School.

He is also Operations Director for BRAVO COMPANY, a New York-based professional Theater Troupe that conducts outreach to disabled veterans. He is an avid athlete and enjoys soccer, rugby and Highland Games. He holds a second-degree black belt in American Kempo.

He is now traveling around the US promoting his newest book project, “THE NEW DAD'S SURVIVAL GUIDE.”

He divides his time between Manhattan and a lake house in Virginia and looks forward to offshore sailing with his beautiful wife Christy.

"SUMMER RUNNING" synopsis

SUMMER RUNNING: The Race To Cure Breast Cancer is a highly acclaimed and uplifting documentary about courageous women who wage very different fights against breast cancer.

The film includes an introduction by Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and profiles the astonishing work done by researchers and doctors from The University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University and the nation's leading private research facilities.

Produced and directed by filmmaker Scott Mactavish , Summer Running traces the parallel stories of two women and their triumphs over adversity, starting with Summer Kasgnoc Shin, a 26-year old mother of two who struggles daily with juvenile arthritis, but still manages to run fundraising races for breast cancer research.

Summer's story is juxtaposed with that of breast cancer survivor Christa Slotboom, a 34 year-old mother of three with Stage 4 breast cancer, who is receiving her final radiation treatments. The two stories weave together to create a remarkable dramatic tension that strikes an emotional chord in both those who have little experience with breast cancer and those whose lives breast cancer has irrevocably touched. The film sheds light on this common disease and those dedicated to finding a cure.

The story picks up a month before the Women's Four Miler, an annual event held in September as a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Summer has begun training and struggles each step due to the disabling pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, a malady from which she has suffered since her teens. She works hard at her training and still manages to juggle her roles as mother, wife and community volunteer.

Simultaneously, the story of Christa's battle against the breast cancer is chronicled from diagnosis through chemo, double mastectomy, and radiation treatment. We witness her treatment firsthand and follow her through her daily struggles with her family and health.

The stories are threaded together metaphorically and through them we learn of the importance of breast cancer research and the ongoing quest for a cure. In addition to their profound narratives, we learn the fascinating history of cancer and its treatment through stock footage, interviews and testimonials from doctors, researchers, patients and survivors.

The film is also a testament to the power, courage and dedication of women runners who lace up their shoes and hit the roads to save their mothers, sisters, daughters and friends.

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Summer Running: The Race to Cure Breast Cancer

Featuring Sissy Spacek, Summer Shin and Christa Slotboom
Executive Producer: Ricardo Preve
Co-Producer: David Hersman
Associate Producer: Rob McMurray
Directors of Photograph: David Hersman, Todd Free
Music: James Gammon, Scott Taylor
Written, Produced and Directed by Scott Mactavish

Copyright 2007

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