World2Be Founder and President
Michael Perlman: Artist / Activist
Perlman is an award winning filmmaker, performing artist, attorney and founder of two not for profit organizations.
He has traveled to over 60 countries and spoken to thousands of people at concert benefits, film screenings, schools and other venues on issues related to politics, human rights, activism, the law, media, conflict resolution, religion, spirituality and positive thinking.
Perlman works with human rights organizations in the US, Burma, China and the Sudan. He has been selected by Amnesty International as an official Artist For Amnesty.
Perlman helped found and served on the board of Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS), one of the largest volunteer organizations in the United States. With a staff of over 200 and a special consultative status with the United Nations, CCS places more than 4,000 Americans in ten countries to assist schools, hospitals, orphanages and agricultural programs that directly help more than 100,000 individuals annually.
Perlman is also the founder and director of Rock To Save Darfur, that has produced concert benefits that have helped thousands of lives and free hundreds of slaves with partners such as Save The Children and Doctors Without Borders.
Perlman produced, wrote and directed the New York Times Critics Choice film “Eyes of the World,” which Variety praised as “intense, passionate and intelligent” . This television documentary is a behind the frame look into war journalism reveals the physical and emotional price paid by photojournalist as they document human rights atrocities and the human capacity to endure. Photographs from the film were used to prosecute war criminals in The Hague.
Perlman produced, wrote and directed the award winning PBS International documentary “Tibet: Beyond Fear”. It has been translated into 12 languages and broadcast on television worldwide. The New York Times hailed the film as “Emotional …. Riveting…. Compelling.”
With an opening by Richard Gere, the film includes the Dalai Lama and the International Advocacy Director of Amnesty International. This documentary highlights Ngwang, a Buddhist nun and Bagdro, a Buddhist monk, who at the ages of 13 and 20, led freedom protests in Tibet.
Perlman’s most recent film is the award winning “Free China: The Courage To Believe.”
Perlman wrote, produced and directed “Free China: The Courage To Believe.” The film was a coproduction with NTD Television, the largest independent Chinese television station. The film has been theatrically released across the US and had more than one thousand screenings worldwide including US Congress, European Parliament, British Parliament and Google Headquarters. The New York Times praised the film as “Stirring Narrative Power.” and Karen Curry, former CNN New York Bureau Chief has hailed the film as “Intensely compelling…extraordinary.”
Perlman is also the founder and lead vocalist in the socially conscious band, Rejectionist Front.
The single from the debut CD mixed by Grammy Winner Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Linkin Park, Perfect Circle), played on radio nationwide. An upcoming CD will be released early next year.
The band has had the honor of sharing the stage with many inspiring artists including, Talib Kweli, George Clinton & P-Funk, Joan Baez, Immortal Technique and the Nappy Roots.
Rejectionist Front is proud to play in support of vital causes including Rock The Vote, Save Darfur, Wounded Warrior, the USO, Rock Against Dystrophy and Occupy Wall Street.
Their single “Reclaim” is part of the Music For Occupy compilation along with many socially conscious artists including Crosby and Nash, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, Third Eye Blind and Tom Morello.