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Suzanne O'Keeffe
Suzanne O'Keeffe is a writer, director, web developer and designer. She is currently directing a documentary, IBGYBG (I'll Be Gone, You'll Be Gone) about the human aftermath of the Inside Job. She is also currently producing and curating two weekly music series Jazz Tuesdays: The Moonrise Club and Honky Tonk Hacienda at El Cid in Los Angeles.

Suzanne is founder of the independent production company eluminate films. She was creator, director and executive producer of Imagine Festival, a series of music and art events to connect people building a peaceful, healthy planet. She received her MA in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and began her directing career at Vancouver Film School's digital media program.

Entries by Suzanne O'Keeffe

Rod Melancon Is a Dangerous Man: Parish Lines Is Rock and Roll

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:09 PM


When I listened to Rod Melancon's new album, Parish Lines, the first time, I could only get to the third track -- "Curve Lounge" -- before I burst into tears. By tears, I don't mean a few drops marking my cheeks,...

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Americana Songwriter Rod Melancon's Rugged Voice Uncovers Lonliness, Love and Vulnerability

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Photo courtesy of Brandon McClover-Bacquie

When I first met Rod Melancon -- a little over a year ago at roadhouse Pappy and Harriet's in the high desert -- I thought, "What's this good-looking kid doing trekking all the way out to the...

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The Great Swindle: How to Stomach Knowing the Banks Are Stealing a Nation's Worth of Homes, One Home at a Time

(35) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 3:31 PM

"I did not lose my home, they stole it from me," explains Bertha Herrera, 63-year-old chaplain from Van Nuys, Calif. Bertha was evicted from her home of 32 years at gunpoint by LA County Sheriffs on Jan. 5, 2012. An hour later, with her possessions spread out over...

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American Autumn in Los Angeles -- OccupyWallSt Joins Main Street

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 5:20 PM

This spring, fundamental change came to a region many people considered the most stuck place in the world -- the Middle East. It began with only one or two people. In a matter of weeks and months, entrenched dictators toppled. 

This summer, sizable earthquakes rumbled through parts of this country...

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Too Real to Be on Radio -- Roots Music Rescues Los Angeles

(8) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 5:39 PM

If anyone had told me before I moved to Los Angeles over a decade ago that I'd be spending my nights and days here holed up in tiny bars and honky tonks listening to country music I would've been ROFLMAO before the acronym existed. I hated country music. With a...

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Mortgage Fraud Summit Reveals Both Systemic Fraud and FBI's Seeming Blind Eye

(30) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 5:42 PM

To combat mortgage and foreclosure fraud, we first need to understand the nature of the fraud. There are the small-potato schemes -- the loan modification-aid scams, or the scams of fraudsters busting into foreclosed properties and renting them out. Yes, people get burned this way, but going after these frauds...

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The Gulf Is Us and We Are Done Being Abused

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 6:58 PM

I wept last night for our unconsciousness and our fear. For my inability to stir the hearts of women and men to action, to change, to any effect at all. I wept for the souls of the dolphins and turtles and pelicans in this toxic sloop, breathing the oil- and...

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Corporations are not people, they're unruly dogs

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 5:48 PM

The courts got it wrong. Corporations aren't people. They are unruly dogs.

We've let corporations take over the country the way an insecure dog owner lets their crazy dog take over the household.

You know what this looks like: The needs of the humans get tossed out the window...

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Change? Yes, We Meant It

(12) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 3:27 PM

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit

Obama has been frustrating me completely. On Inauguration Day, Obama won the Super-Lotto of political wealth. But, like a lotto winner who doesn't move out of his 3-bedroom tract house, Obama has spent virtually none of it. Well, maybe he...

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Why Obama Matters

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 9:44 PM

The presidential candidacy of Barack Obama is significant, certainly, from a historical perspective: a prominent mixed-race candidate in a polyglot country that prides itself on its melting-pot self image, while talking loudly over its racist bass chords. That it took so long is the real head-shaker. TV's 24 had to...

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Despite Media Blackout, Bugliosi's Book On Trying Bush For Murder Is Bestseller

(20) Comments | Posted June 26, 2008 | 8:11 PM

Bugliosi piercingly requires that we not turn away: "Are there no consequences for committing a crime of colossal proportions?"

I went to see Vincent Bugliosi speak before a crowd stuffed to the sweltering brim of a church fellowship hall in Venice, California, last night. I couldn't help but...

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Oh, I Get It, Democrats Are The B-Team

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2008 | 7:40 PM

The plot wherein the hero you've counted on turns out to be an accomplice to the crime.

I'm no politician. I'm a filmmaker. I tell stories. So my natural tendency is to see the "story" in the play of life. The current Democratic leadership's latest idea to give the...

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Why Won't ABC News Let Kucinich Win?

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2007 | 9:13 PM

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Curiously, but not out of...

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