Every day across America, people are making the choice to lift others up, despite the many fundamentally unkind structures of our society. Dyanna Taylor moderates this CCA conversation inspired by the new documentary, THE ANTIDOTE, directed by Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman and six-time Emmy winner John Hoffman. Cooperman, Hoffman and Taylor will explore the role that kindness, decency, compassion and respect play in a civilized, democratic society, and discuss ways in which Santa Fe can continue to be a place where human values make our community stronger. Registrants will recieve a free streaming link to view before the webinar discussion. Audience questions will be welcome.

About THE ANTIDOTE: Made in response to the times we are living in, this feature  documentary weaves together stories of kindness, decency and the power of  community in America—a choral essay about people who are making intentional choices to lift others up, despite fundamental unkindnesses that exist in our society. Generational poverty, lack of access to safe, affordable housing and healthcare, discrimination on the basis of race, sex, creed—these issues are at once facts of life in America today and deeply antithetical to our founding ideals. While it’s easy to court despair in the face of monumental structural problems, THE ANTIDOTE tells stories of compassionate people intentionally leveraging the resources of their communities to give others a chance at a better life. It’s about who we are. And maybe, who we can be.  (U.S, 2020, 104m)


John Hoffman, former Executive Vice President, Documentaries for Discovery, has directed and executive produced numerous award-winning documentaries, including Sleepless in America, The Weight of the Nation, Addiction and The Alzheimer’s Project. Hoffman oversaw the global premiere of Emmy® nominated film Racing Extinction. RACING EXTINCTION environmental documentaries. Recent titles SONIC SEA, KILLING THE COLORADO, and HUNTWATCH.

Kahane Cooperman is a documentary filmmaker and television producer.  Currently, she is the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the Untitled Clutter Project with Radical Media for SundanceTV.  Prior, she was the Executive Producer and Showrunner of The New Yorker Presents , a series with Jigsaw Productions for Amazon Prime.  Before The New Yorker Presents, she was Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Originally hired for her documentary background, she was with The Daily Show from its inception in 1996, starting out as a field producer before becoming Senior Producer, Supervising Producer and then Co-Executive Producer from 2005-2015.  For her work at the show, she received eleven Primetime Emmy awards and two Peabody awards. Kahane began her documentary career at Maysles Films in NYC. She has directed and produced several documentaries prior to Joe’s Violin including Cool Water, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Making Dazed about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, which was broadcast on AMC and acquired by the Criterion Collection. Kahane also produced the feature doc Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam, directed by Nick Broomfield.  Kahane has an MFA in Film from Columbia University.  

Dyanna Taylor is a five-time Emmy-winning cinematographer whose prominent career in documentaries and features has also earned her a Peabody Award and the honored Muse Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement in Cinematography from New York Women in Film and Television.