The Industry: The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka

Jamaa Fanaka was the most prolific college filmmaker of all time. Once he left college he found Hollywood to not be so inclusive. He decided to fight the industry with a series of lawsuits that would ultimately cost him his career.

Filmmakers Zeinabu Davis, Lexi Alexander, and Maria Giese help tell this story along with Jamaa’s attorney Irving Meyer.

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The Industry: He Really Was That Masked Man

On paper it was a great idea. Bringing the iconic character of The Lone Ranger to the silver screen should have brought with it good feelings of classic television, Americana, and just plain ole nostalgia. However, when producers decided to ice out Clayton Moore, the man who was behind the mask for years on television, they found themselves in fight with the Lone Ranger fan base itself. On the set of the new Lone Ranger movie issues also abound with the new masked man.

Dawn Moore, Clayton Moore’s daughter and actor Michael Horse help tell this story of nostalgia gone wrong.

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Deenie’s Hideaway

Here is a short piece of audio I made for KCRW’s 2019 Radio Race. The piece had to be no more than four minutes, which meant cramming a lot of information into a short period of time. I have since decided to lengthen it a little and share it with you here. The theme of the Radio Race, which you had to use, was “Where the sun don’t shine,” and this was the result. And FYI, this is NSFW.

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The Industry: No Mr. Bond, I Expect You In Court

The James Bond series has been going for over 50 years. In that time the MI:6 agent has fought many villains. However, for many fans of the series, 007’s greatest villain might have been off screen. Producer Kevin McClory helped create the “cinematic Bond” and then spent most of the rest of his life trying to claim him for himself.

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The Industry: The (Almost, But Not Quite) Return of Billy Jack

In the 1970’s actor Tom Laughlin helped change the industry with his advertising and distribution ideas for his Billy Jack series. In the 1980’s he planned a comeback movie and another potential industry game changer, this time for home video. It did not go according to plan.

Robin Hutton, Laughlin’s former assistant and an author, helps the story of Laughlin’s attempted return.

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