Journalists Under Fire: Reporters Covering Protests Face Rubber Bullets, Arrests — Variety

MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi usually gets to do his job from the comfort of a New York studio, surrounded by a helpful crew and the latest technology. 30 more words

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Sets Review of NYPD Conduct in George Floyd Protests — Variety

After another day of unrest on the streets of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday morning tapped two City Hall insiders to lead a review of the New York Police Department’s conduct during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. 14 more words

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Lady Gaga Calls Donald Trump ‘a Fool and a Racist,’ Urges Support for Black Community — Variety

Lady Gaga took to her social media platforms to express her anger over the senseless killing of George Floyd while calling Donald Trump “a fool, and a racist.” Gaga joins Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Billie Ellish who have also called on fans to make a change. 13 more words

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YouTuber Jake Paul Gets Backlash for Filming Looting at Arizona Mall — Variety

YouTuber Jake Paul came under fire after a video emerged on Twitter of him being around looters in an Arizona mall on Saturday night. The YouTuber posted videos to his Instagram story showing him protesting outside and facing police officers who threw tear gas toward him. 12 more words

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Political Leaders Call for Reforms on Sunday News Shows Amid Protests Against Racial Injustice — Variety

Amid widespread protests against police violence across the United States, political leaders took to TV Sunday morning to call for reforms and grapple with the outbreaks of violence that have dominated news coverage of the demonstrations. 22 more words

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Los Angeles Continues Curfew for Second Night as Cleanup Efforts Begin — Variety

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced the city will continue its 8:00 p.m. curfew on Sunday night. “When times demand it, strong steps are required to bring peace back to our city, which is why I enacted, as heavy a decision as it was, a city-wide curfew,” Garcetti said. 8 more words

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Interview with Filmmaker Frank Schlichting (Undermine Beneath Canada’s Ghost Towns)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Undermine Beneath Canada’s Ghost Towns was the winner of BEST DOC CHARACTER at the March 2020 Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Frank Schlichting: It was made to promote what I was doing to get on TV

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

Some of it was from videos I had made on YouTube so several years.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Crazy steep!

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Computers and bureaucracy

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I thought it was awesome that I could show people thousands of miles away what it was like underground in an abandoned mine.

6. How did…

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Interview with Filmmaker Kev L. Smith (Taobh Le Taobh)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Taobh Le Taobh played to rave reviews at the February 2020 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Kev L. Smith: My next door neighbor, is the artist you see in this film & I really wanted to show what inspired him to create his artworks.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

1 year

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Two worlds

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Finding the time to get it finished

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was cool to see how people interpreted the ideas we worked on in the film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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Interview with Filmmaker Steve Buckwalter (OMA & OPA)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

OMA & OPA was the winner of BEST DOC CHARACTERS at the February 2020 DOCUMENTARY Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Steve Buckwalter: Oma and Opa are the grandparents of one of my coworkers, and we had used their house as a location for a different film that we had made the previous Christmas. The first time that I met them, Oma gave me a gigantic hug and a sloppy kiss on my cheek. Then I walked over to Opa, with one hand in my pocket as I often do, and extended my hand to shake his, and he said, “Don’t you know it’s rude to have your hand in your pocket when you greet someone?” He wasn’t joking! Anyway, it was a memorable experience, and they both made an impression. Then, a few months later, we were making a decision about purchasing a…

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Interview with Filmmakers Karla Caraballo-Torres & Lorin Eleni Gill (SCHOOL CROSSING)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

SCHOOL CROSSING was the winner of BEST FILM at the February 2020 Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Karla Caraballo-Torres & Lorin Eleni Gill: We were inspired to make this film because my family (Karla) is originally from Venezuela and I had been hearing many stories from family members experiencing the crisis firsthand. We started researching for a story that went beyond the headlines and showed the true human impact of this economic and politic crisis. When we came across this case of children crossing the border to go to school, we thought it was a perfect example of how the crisis was effecting people’s everyday lives in a unique way that hadn’t received much coverage.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

We started doing research in early December…

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