What Matters? / Dan Parris, David Peterka, Rob Lehr

What Matters? / Dan Parris, David Peterka, Rob Lehr
Dan Parris@ TEDx Gateway Arch, St. Louis, on 9/11/14


Virtual Option: Individual screenings followed by your choice of various technology options (ie: Zoom, Skype) for group Q & A/discussion with the principals from the film.


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PERFECT for Poverty Awareness and National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Weeks.

What breaks your heart?  What makes you come alive?  Figure out a way your students can intersect these passions by hosting this program!

This dynamic presentation is based on the documentary film What Matters?, a film about three friends -two idealistic activists and one skeptic – attempting to live in poverty on $1.25 a day, across three continents. The adventure turns devastating when two of them survive a deadly plane crash in Africa and all three must fight to finish what they started.
Through their film and Q&A, the filmmakers will make the case that this generation can have a profound impact on the issues that break their heart. Using personal stories, humor and technology, your audience will be engaged by their mission to “connect those who need something to live for with those who just need something to live.”

Dan Parris (Director/Producer/Co-Editor/Subject), owner of Speak Up Productions LLC http://www.speakupproductions.com, is the filmmaker & activist whose lingering questions after returning from Africa serve as the fuel for the film What Matters? With a B.A. in Film Production from Biola University, Dan is currently making ground breaking feature films that have positive impact on the world.

Rob Lehr (Assistant Producer/Subject) An offensive, yet delightful filmmaker and friend whose passions include hunting, poetry, and sharing his views no matter how you may feel about them. He has a degree in Business from Missouri State University. Rob’s ability to be open and raw as the skeptic of the journey provides much of the drama and comedic relief of the film.

David Peterka (Assistant Producer/Subject) is an experienced activist and traveler with unbreakable optimism. He has his degree in Intercultural and Urban Missions and is the founder of the non-profit, “When the Saints.” When the Saints mission is defending, rescuing and maintaining the rights of the weak, poor and oppressed, focusing on victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking in Malawi, South Africa.  http://www.whenthesaints.com



On behalf of the entire board, I wanted to let you know that Dan, Rob and David are absolutely wonderful to work with. They were kind, helpful, patient, and very inspirational. I will certainly be recommending their presentation to activity boards on other campuses, and I wish them great success in the future. Again, thank you so much for helping to make this event possible! Best Wishes.

Sam K
State University of New York at Oswego

I just wanted to thank you guys again for coming and speaking at BSU. I think what you guys do is so important and you do it in a way that is so unique that is actually makes a difference and you have a way of connecting with people that is special. You all have this amazing combination of being hilarious but then so insightful at the same time. I thought you were very relatable (which is so necessary if you’re connecting to college students), but you weren’t like “look at all this great stuff I’ve done”, but very real in the fact that you aren’t trying to pretend you’re saving the whole world, but just doing something smaller and being very reflective about it. I know everyone in that room took something valuable away with them and I hope you keep doing what your doing! I wish you guys the best of luck in the future, you truly deserve it.

Kendra T
Student Program Advisor
Bridgewater State

GAD went SO great! I can’t say enough nice things about the guys and the program. Everything went according to plan and I’ve only heard great things about the event. The guys were so great to hang out with before the event, and they held a very informative and fun Q&A after the film! Thank you so much for everything,

Kayla, SUNY Geneso

Rob, Dan, and Dave exceeded my expectations! They were fantastic speakers and had a great program. I’ve had quite a bit of feedback from faculty, staff, and students about how pleased and inspired they were. Thank you for helping us make this happen. Thank you again!

Liz, Alfred State
Director of Multicultural Affairs

Everyone loved it! The Dean of Undergraduate Studies can’t stop talking about how well it went. In fact he mentioned it again in a meeting last week. I think because the guys were younger and utilized technology like Twitter, it really kept the students interested in the presentation.

Eric, Rivier University

The program went great! We loved having the guys here! Thanks so much for your help in getting them here.

Amanda (student) U Ill

They were wonderful! We had a lot of positive feedback, and our Division of Volunteers Efforts was very grateful for the collaboration.

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Activities
Seton Hall University

Just want to let you know that last night’s event was great! Rob did a great job and our students loved it and got a lot out of it. Thank you,

Christina, Springfield College

I just wanted to let you know that the event went well. The guys were really great and easy to work with! The students attending the event seemed to really appreciate the program.

Natalie, St. Joseph’s University

Category : Artist with multiple talks &Dan Parris &Film and Director &Rob Lehr &Social Justice &Speakers

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