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.
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.
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.