What about me?

1 Giant Leap has created a unique music, TV and film project. Featuring an incredibly diverse collection of collaborators from Noam Chomsky to Will Young, Maxi Jazz to Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly to Michael Stipe. What About Me? is the culmination of 4 years’ work by Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto. They visited 50 global locations collecting wisdom and musical jewels. Then they lovingly pieced them together into the TV and film mosaic that is What About Me?

It is an inspiring and alarming look at our collective insanity: how we are ego-driven, needy in relationships, insatiable in desire, addicted to status, wounded by childhood and unable to stop thinking, but how we still manage to be inspired and creative.

While Duncan and Jamie sought out wisdom from the likes of Noam Chomsky, Eckhart Tolle and Stephen Fry and the cream of the worlds thinkers, writers, and entertainers they also met many people just getting on with their lives – gravediggers, taxi drivers, brain surgeons, street kids. Unscripted, with no storyboard, these conversations all reveal how we are connected not only through our creativity and our beliefs but most of all through our madness!

Starting with pre-composed backing tracks in a laptop studio, the music grows as each layer is added, seamlessly mixing international stars like Alanis Morissette, KD Lang and Michael Franti with Bedouin Musicians, Chinese rappers, Gabonese Pygmies, Tuvan throat singers, Egyptian folk musicians, Japanese taiko drummers, and also the royalty of today’s world music scene including Baaba Maal, Lila Downs, Rokia Traore, Oumou Sangare, Zap Mama.

Jamie Catto was a founding member of the British dance music supergroup Faithless and has worked as a producer/composer for renowned artists such as Dido and Emiliana Torrini. In 1999, he and Duncan Bridgeman formed the global music and film project 1 Giant Leap, which fuses sounds, images and words from artists and thinkers around the globe. Their 2008 film, “What About Me?”, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Red Rock Film Festival. Jamie is also a human rights activist and conducts acclaimed inspirational workshops.

In his talk, Jamie focuses on dismantling one of the greatest barriers to solving global crises: the energy we waste hiding the raw, dark, chaotic truths about ourselves instead of daring to be authentic and giving others permission to do the same. The more diversity we allow ourselves to encounter, the more unity is expressed regarding our shared human experience.