BY Christopher Lisotta
April 28 2009 12:00 AM ET
While in college, Silva
and Lugavere produced and starred in a video documentary titled
Textures of Selfhood,
which took a look at, as they describe it,
their hedonism and spirituality. Timing was definitely
on Silva and Lugavere's side; soon after they made the
documentary, it attracted the attention of David Neuman, who
was looking at thousands of submissions as the newly minted
president of programming for Current TV. Neuman dubbed their
of the applicant pool" and promptly flew Silva and
Lugavere to L.A. to offer them on-air and producing gigs on the
Current TV may not
exactly be must-see TV for most viewers, but
the network's steady growth and the pair's growing
body of work has gotten them noticed. Last year Silva and
Lugavere took part in clothing giant Gap's fall
"Icons" print ad campaign and hosted Pangea Day, a
four-hour concert and film event broadcast in 150 countries and
watched by 500 million people.
Their notoriety has
also provided some face time with their big boss, the Nobel
Prize-winning Gore himself. "It's like getting a bear
hug," Lugavere says of meeting up with Gore.
"He's big enough to hug both of us at the same
time." Gore has also been something of an inspiration to
Silva and Lugavere; they are developing, independent
of Current TV, a feature-length documentary taking on the issue
While Silva and
Lugavere are interested in presenting a thought-provoking look
at the subject of gay rights, their personal views couldn't
be more clear.
religion, dogma, and morality that comes from Judeo-Christian
thinking has no place in legislative government," Lugavere
says before referencing another cable opinion maker who one day
may find himself eclipsed by the rising stars on Current
said to be tolerant of intolerance is not a good thing,"
"You can't be
a moral relevatist," Silva states emphatically. "When
you're imposing your will on someone else, that's crossing
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