“The People Speak” video – Melissa Leo & Josh Brolin

Melissa on working with Howard Zinn:

It was my honor to have spoken a few of the voices collected by the great Howard Zinn… my honor to have been a tiny part of spreading those words of Americans past that Mr. Zinn heard the wisdom in and collected so they can be of continued use for people in our present and future… sadly we have lost a great human heart, but blessedly his work remains for us.

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3 Responses to “The People Speak” video – Melissa Leo & Josh Brolin

  1. Jed says:

    Thank you for introducing me to Howard Zinn’s works. As a child a relative had autographed original-run prints by “social realist” Artist Ben Schaun. They made apparently a life-long impression on me, I’ve found much interest in discovering different cultural views held by America’s immigrants. The continuing saga of immigration is a story rich with anecdotes about “The American Experience”. I’ve been fortunate to have met several people that have written some of those pages in America’s lore. Some only anecdotally and incidentally others in more directly. It has given me a deeper appreciation and understanding for the efforts immigrants have made in America in their yet to be completely written stories. I believe Melissa Leo stands prominently in that American Pantheon of those struggling to bring meaning, significance and knowledge through sharing these essential lessons about what “being American” means and bringing this gift to broader and broader audiences World-wide.
    A long-time Fan, Jed.

  2. Jed says:

    I want to thank you for introducing me to Prof. Howard Zinn. When I spoke to my sister Pam, she told me she had given Zinn’s; “America, The Peoples’ History” as a gift to one of my brothers. I recently viewed the “You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train” DVD, it lead me to believe in the interesting ways Professor Zinn touched so many people, there’s power in that. There’s power in Melissa Leo’s performances, I never miss the opportunity to see her acting abilities. She knows how to reach-in and grab that which is inherently human and common to all. My best wishes of continued success in her Art of reaching people goes out to her and that she may reach broader and broader audiences world-wide.

    Sincerely, a long-time fan.


  3. Jed says:

    John Goodman: “The lovely Melissa Leo… she’s the rock”.

    Sincere best wishes, long-time fan, Jed

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