How to Fund a Gritty Indie Film; The Hollywood Power Lunch
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How the Gimme the Loot filmmaker, Adam Leon, tapped friends, family and Kickstarter to make this SXSW-winning movie. Plus, the unwritten rules of the Hollywood power lunch.
Banner image: Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson in Gimme the Loot. Courtesy IFC Films
The Hollywood News Banter ()
Kim Masters and John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times, banter about some of this week’s top Hollywood news stories.
- A court finding in favor of Aereo, a start-up company that allows people in New York to stream broadcast TV over the internet, has Fox and Univision threatening to become cable channels.
- Django Unchained was pulled from theaters in China despite changes were made at the request of censors.
- The actress who sued IMDB for posting her birth date loses in court. The suit illustrated anxiety about age-discrimination in Hollywood and issues people have with IMDB.
Funding 'Gimme the Loot' ()
First time filmmaker Adam Leon made Gimme the Loot on a small budget culled from friends, family and a small Kickstarter campaign. It played at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012 and took home the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature. He talks with Kim Masters about the process: from getting advice from other indie filmmakers, to writing a business plan, to leveraging their Kickstarter campaign. He gives a veritable how-to for putting together the means to making an indie film with no known names attached. He also has some choice words for those indie filmmakers who complain that the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter project hurts people like them.
- Adam Leon: filmmaker
Hollywood Power Lunch ()
Gary Baum, senior writer for the Hollywood Reporter, talks with Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food about the Hollywood power lunch. He uncovers the unwritten rules, the restaurants and the reasons behind the entertainment industry's most important meal.
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