Adam Irving: Off the Rails The new documentary Off the Rails tells the story of Darius McCollum, a 51-year-old New Yorker with a lifelong love for -- and encyclopedic knowledge of -- the area's transit system. He loves driving MTA trains and buses, and knows how to access them with ease. The only problem? He's never actually been an employee of the MTA. McCollum, who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, has never hurt anyone during his transit escapades. He even picks up and drops off passengers as scheduled. But his behavior has landed him in prison 32 times. That story captivated 34-year-old first-time filmmaker Adam Irving, a Canadian who, several years ago, began a PhD in film studies at the University of Texas. Before he finished, Irving decided academia wasn't for him. He moved to LA, where at first, the only job he could land was working as a cameraman for reality shows. When Irving went to make the jump from reality show cameraman to documentarian, he found he wasn't the first person to be interested in McCollum for a documentary. In fact, Irving was the 27th filmmaker to approach him. He tells us why he succeeded where 26 others failed, and how his film Off the Rails evolved as he was making it -- going from a fun and quirky caper movie to something that delves into more of the issues of an overworked and under-resourced criminal justice system. Irving also shares how he avoided what he sees as common mistakes for first-time filmmakers and why he's so committed to pushing an awards campaign for his film, even if he has to pay for it himself. Off the Rails is screening at multiple festivals and opens theatrically in Los Angeles on November 4.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
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.”
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.