PHILIPPE CALAND is a filmmaker, businessman and global change activist who lives
Angeles. He is simultaneously founder and president of EarthWE.com, which
and good deed causes, and founder of JuntoBox Films, which provides a
for independent filmmakers to advance their projects.
Caland, who is the immigrant grandson of the former President of Lebanon and a
swimmer for France, moved to the U.S. in 1984 and immediately launched a
successful fast food
chicken chain which he quickly sold in order to move to Hollywood to produce the
first of his ten
movies, the cult classic Boxing Helena.
In the late 1980s and through the 1990s, Caland's social activism was focused on
projects, Countdown 2000 and Econology, both of which presented a fresh way to
healthy environmental behavior in the world. During this period, even as he
movies, he spearheaded and financed a number of eco awareness public events,
including the Los
Angeles Great Cleanup Day which culminated in an Earth Day concert at the
headlined by Paul McCartney.
In 2000, he turned to writing, directing, and acting in low-budget independent
films that he also
produced, the first being Hollywood Buddha (now part of a trilogy of such films
Karma and the Gypsy. The second, Ripple Effect, starred Forest Whitaker,
Virginia Madsen and
Minnie Driver. And, the third, The Guru & The Gypsy was later remade into
EarthWE embodies Caland's passion for positive ecological and social change. Its
primary goal is
to increase greatly the level of individual and business participation in
healthy Earth and healthy
community volunteerism, philanthropy and creativity. In January of 2013, Caland
EarthWE.com with an event entitled, 'A Green Term, Mr. President,' in
conjunction with Global
Green, NRDC, Environment California, Amazon Watch and others.
JuntoBox encapsulates Caland's film talents and business/entrepreneurial
interests - and his desire
to support independent artists by reinventing how they find their support and
materialized in part out of Caland's realization that, given technology
advances, it is now possible
to make quality independent movies on less than the food budget of a Hollywood
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