FROM Rory Kennedy
New documentary chases Laird Hamilton, big wave chaser Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy has made films about Vietnam, Abu Ghraib, AIDS, and other topics. Now she’s made something completely different: a documentary about a surfer. But not just any surfer — her latest is about world-famous big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Hamilton is famous for pioneering the sport of surfing massive waves, some as tall as 100 feet. The film spotlights his sometimes tumultuous upbringing in Hawaii, his love of the ocean, and his “fear defect,” what drives him to chase monster waves all over the world. The film is called “ Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton .”
'Last Days in Vietnam' When American troops were leaving Vietnam in 1975, several mobs of soldiers and South Vietnamese scrambled to get out of Saigon. Amid the chaos, U.S. soldiers had to decide who was going to be left behind. Filmmaker Rory Kennedy tries to make sense of the confusion and mayhem in her Oscar-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam.
“Last Days in Vietnam” There’s an iconic picture that symbolizes the end of the Vietnam War: A helicopter sits on the roof of what most people believe is the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. A long line of people stand on a ladder leading to the roof and a man reaches out to help the first of them aboard. In fact, the image is of an apartment building that housed senior CIA employees. The confusion is a good metaphor for the war, and the chaos as the North Vietnamese rolled towards Saigon after the war officially ended. The new documentary Last Days in Vietnam tries to clarify some of what happened as America scrambled to evacuate the country. We speak to director Rory Kennedy as part of a weeklong series of interviews with the filmmakers behind this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries.
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.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.