FROM Cliff Curtis
Cliff Curtis on 'The Dark Horse' Actor Cliff Curtis has played a wide range of ethnicities in his career -- everything from an African American drug dealer in Bringing Out the Dead, to an Iraqi rebel in Three Kings, to the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Blow. In reality, Curtis is Maori -- as in, the Maori who are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. After decades of playing terrorists and gang members, Curtis is at last finding more complex and nuanced roles. Recently he even played Jesus in Sony's movie Risen. And now there are two leading-man projects where he gets to play his own ethnicity. In the AMC drama Fear the Walking Dead, he appears as Maori-American high school teacher Travis Manawa. In the new bio-pic The Dark Horse , he portrays the late Maori speed chess champion and teacher Genesis Potini, who triumphed despite extreme bouts of bipolar disorder. When Curtis sat down with KCRW's Matt Holzman, he said that while he's spent much of his career avoiding roles that were ethnic stereotypes, opportunities for non-white actors in Hollywood have been getting better.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
LA cleantech's future, music photographer Mick Rock As President Trump embraces dirty fuels, what happens to LA's burgeoning cleantech industry? Start-up companies are planning for an uncertain future but staying optimistic. Veteran photographer Mick Rock defined a musical era. Now the camera has been turned on him. Mick Rock and Barnaby Clay talk about capturing glam and its legacy in Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.