FROM Adam Leon
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”