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FOCUS on Impact Film Tour: We Rise UP

Streaming live into San Diego County High Schools on April 17 from 10-11:30AM

High Schools across San Diego County may participate in a live stream of the culture shifting documentary and Sundance Film Festival Official Selection: We Rise UP and a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Kate Maloney – We Rise UP Executive Producer
Michael Shaun – We Rise UP Director
Daniel Schmachtenberger – Social Engineer, Philosopher & Strategist
Tonya Mantooth – CEO and Artistic Director of the San Diego International Film Festival

This culture-shifting film and movement seeks to rewrite the model of success, empowering individuals to solve the planet’s greatest challenges. We Rise UP the Movie & Movement brings together some of the most brilliant, accomplished and high-impact leaders of our day to redefine a new model of success and to uplift and empower people to live radically fulfilled purpose-driven lives. With the world in the midst of a tremendous period of transition, our current success models aren’t adequate to support the future that is quickly emerging. WeRiseUP The Movie articulates a new model of success in the world. “The film is designed to significantly impact the definition of success and social responsibility, and to generate new discourses that incite personal, cultural, and global change,” says Michael Shaun Conaway, Director of WeRiseUP the Movie.


Kate Maloney, PhD is the CEO & Producer of WeRiseUP The Movie and Movement that features the United Nations and key global leaders including the Dalai Lama, John Mackey (Founder, Whole Foods Market), Amina Mohammad (Secretary Deputy General of the United Nations), Blake Mycoskie (Founder, TOMS Shoes), Tony Hsieh (Founder, Zappos), Luke Nosek, (Co-Founder, PayPal), Casey Sheehan (former President/CEO, Patagonia), Moby (Grammy Artist), Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series) among many others. Kate has a background a social entrepreneur was featured as a top entrepreneur in Inc Magazine and is an INC 500 Company Founder. Over the last decade, Kate has founded over a dozen technology companies primarily in the healthcare sector and has had nine successful company exits.  She has served as Co-Board Chair with John Mackey (Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market) to bring together business and thought leaders together in a non-profit context to solve some of the most serious problems facing the planet today. Kate holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational & Financial Applications.

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Michael Shaun Conaway:
Michael Shaun Conaway is the CEO and Director at Storyworks, a social impact creative agency.  His mission is to liberate greatness in people and organizations to redesign our failing systems and create an anti-fragile, anti-rival world, one that works for all. His work is in strategy, storytelling and branding for leading edge companies building solutions for a thriving future.  In his most recent film project WeRiseUP, director Michael Shaun explores how we can redesign success at the personal, collective and universal levels to create a thriving future for humanity. Learn more at weriseup.com.

Michael Shaun is an undying champion of business as a force for good. At Storyworks, he help’s companies grow their purpose, profit and impact focusing on their authentic why and their true north story.  For 20 years he has been at the vanguard of using media to move and inspire audiences to learn, grow and develop themselves to their highest potential. He has developed major interactive training and leadership development programs for hundreds of thousands of people for companies including Coca Cola, Dollar Shave Club, Owens Corning, Telus and Landmark Education.

Michael Shaun started his career in the mid nineties as an award winning writer/director for interactive video games. By 2000 his creative agency, Storyworks became the go to agency for high tech companies looking to invent the future of tech. At Storyworks Michael Shaun has created and directed commercials for some of the industry’s top companies and organizations including: NBC, The Olympics, Microsoft, Kodak and Hewlett Packard.


Daniel Schmachtenberger: Daniel Schmachtenberger had early exposure to design science (Buckminster Fuller, Jacques Fresco, Permaculture, etc.), systems science and complexity (Fritj of Capra, Stuart Kauffman, etc.), philosophy and psychology (eastern and western approaches), and activism (animal rights, environmental issues, social justice, etc.) His passion has always been at the intersection of these topics – specifically, facilitating the emergence into a mature civilization – that can prevent otherwise impending catastrophes, remediate existing damage, make possible a radically higher quality of life for all sustainably, and support greater realization of our individual and collective potential. Daniel works on a number of projects related to these goals. There are many podcasts available for you to learn more on his website.

Daniel Schmachtenberger is also Co-Founder at the Neurohacker Collective and Director of Research and Development, where he is focused on developing processes and technologies for advancing medicine and human optimization. He is particularly focused on personalized medicine, adequate approaches to complex illness, and deepening out knowledge of how the human regulatory systems function, how they break down, and how they can be supported to function with greater resilience.

Daniel conducts many of the podcasts at Collective Insights. For High School Students Daniel suggests these may be of most interest:



We Rise UP Live Streaming into San Diego County High Schools April 17, 2019 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

Curriculum available | Replay option available |

To participate: RSVP to cindy@sdfilmfest.com by April 12, 2019
Include: Name of school, contact person email & phone and the number of students anticipated to participate.