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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, October 3rd

First hour: Jeremy Richman on preventing violence and building compassion

Second hour: 2017 ImageOut Film Festival

Jeremy Richman is a neuro-pharmacologist, but after his six-year-old daughter, Avielle, was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, he and his wife shifted their focus to preventing violence and building compassion through brain research and education. He is a guest of St. John Fisher College, but first, we’ll talk to him on Connections about the impact of mass shootings on communities. Our guests:

  • Jeremy Richman, co-founder and CEO of The Avielle Foundation
  • Mel Callan, family nurse practitioner at Highland Family Medicine

Then in our second hour, the ImageOut Film Festival is back. It showcases films and other creative works that promote LGBT arts and cultural experiences. We’ll preview this year’s films and talk to the organizers. Our guests:

  • Larry Champoux, co-founder of the ImageOut Film Festival
  • Paul Allen, chair of the board of directors for the ImageOut Film Festival
  • Michael Gamilla, programming director for the ImageOut Film Festival
  • Josh Howard, producer and director of The Lavender Scare
  • Kris Erickson, director of Speak Your Truth

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.