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Leah Warshawski’s first documentary took her to the jungles of Rwanda, where she discovered a small group of filmmakers trying to make a difference with a moveable film festival. Then, James Keach’s new documentary follows country music icon Glen Campbell on his farewell tour following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Photo: Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday in Rwanda in 2013, courtesy Inflatable Film LLC

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Leah Warshawski, ‘Finding Hillywood’ 11 MIN, 46 SEC

Leah Warshawski has worked in the entertainment industry for more than a decade as a member of the marine crew on watery shows like Baywatch and Lost, but when a job took her to Rwanda, she was inspired to make the leap to documentarian. Her story focuses on a group of filmmakers making movies as a way to process that country’s tragic past.

In 2007, Warshawski and her co-director, Chris Towey, started filming an unusual festival that travels the country showing Rwandan movies on a giant inflatable screen. This moveable film feast is called Hillywood -- a reference to the country’s nickname -- Land of a Thousand Hills.

Warshawski’s documentary, Finding Hillywood, introduces viewers to key members of the Hillywood team like Ayuub Kasasa Mago, who lost his mother in the 1994 Rwandan killing spree, and Eric Kabera, the founder of the Rwanda Cinema Center, where he helps train filmmakers.

It took Warshawski seven years to make Finding Hillywood and cost her a struggle to get it financed. But she knew when she first saw that giant screen go up that she had to create a movie of her own.

Leah Warshawski, filmmaker

James Keach, ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’ 9 MIN, 39 SEC

It’s hard to label musician Glen Campbell in any particular genre. His roots, of course, are deep in country music. But he was also one of the first artists to crossover from country to pop, landing hits on both Billboard charts. He even toured with The Beach Boys, acted in a few movies – like True Grit with John Wayne – and hosted a variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS. Now, at 78 years old, Campbell isn’t fighting tour managers or publicity agents. He’s fighting Alzheimer’s disease, which he announced to the world he had a few years ago, when he embarked on a final album and goodbye tour. One filmmaker had access to those months of months of recording and being on the road. James Keach directed the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. He spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis.

James Keach, filmmaker

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