Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 as she talks with film star and director Max Gail, who was part of Floyd Westerman's life as a friend. Max has joined in American Indian Movement activities with his friend Floyd and many others from the 1970s to the present time. He founded Full Circle, a production company in 1980 to do documentaries related to social and environmental issues. It made use of new video technologies and distribution platforms to integrate broadcast and grassroots efforts. LAP (language and process) was launched in 1994 to embrace and explore the coming on air, on line, on land convergence and the emergence of a media, entertainment and technology overlap that supports healthy community and a sustainable future through a facilitating and modeling dialogue and relationship.
Max says of himself: I have a science to engineering to economics to business educational trajectory with some years of teaching ancient history, English and economics between a BA from Williams and an MBA from University of Michigan. I supported myself as a musician, researcher, waiter and construction worker. On my way to law school I stepped into a play in San Francisco and subsequently New York. I starred in the ''75-'82 TV series Barney Miller and directed some episodes. I also produced some documentaries. In the 80's I was a "single mom" due to the death of my wife (my most challenging job ever) and got involved with diversity training, team building in corporate and municipal settings. In the mid 90's, looking to integrate all my experiences and having seen Mosaic (soon to become the Netscape browser) I developed the notion of LAP-a language and process for integrating public, private and third sector efforts in service to sustainable community and a livable future "on air, on line, on land and on the level." I have participated in "running LAPs" from the inner city to the reservation, from D.C. to Hawaii around issues from saving salmon to cutting through Silo Hostage Institutional Tethers (yes, it's an acronym) at national, regional and local levels.