|Philippe Caland is a filmmaker, businessman and global change activist who lives in Los Angeles. He is simultaneously founder and president of EarthWE.com, which supports charities and good deed causes, and founder of JuntoBox Films., which provides a crowd-sourcing vehicle for independent filmmakers to advance their projects.
Caland, who is the immigrant grandson of the former President of Lebanon and a former national 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 nine movies, the cult classic Boxing Helena.
In the late 1980s and through the 1990s, Caland’s social activism was focused on two related projects, Countdown 2000 and Econology, both of which presented a fresh way to mobilize healthy environmental behavior in the world. During this period, even as he produced several 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 Hollywood Bowl 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 called “Buddha, 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 Vipaka.
EarthWE embodies Caland’s passion for positive ecological and social change. It’s 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 launched EarthWE.com with an event entitled, 'A Green Term, Mr. President,' in conjuction with Global Green, NRDC, Environment California, Amazon Watch and others.
JuntoBox encapsulate Caland’s film talents and business/entrepreneurial interests - and his desire to support independent artists by reinventing how they find their support and audience. JuntoBox 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 movie. JuntoBox, whose co-chairman is the Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker, is also grounded in the reality that there is a powerful alternative film industry that can be created alongside Hollywood’s, one that taps into the vast filmmaking and acting talent alive in the world and seeking opportunity and audience.