Veteran documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering lived the dream of having Oprah Winfrey sign on as executive producer of their film “On the Record,” which focuses on several women who say they were raped by music mogul Russell Simmons.  But the dream turned dark just days before “On the Record” was set to premiere at Sundance. Oprah withdrew her support and Apple dropped its deal to release the movie.  Dick and Ziering remember the shock of that setback and explain their decision to go to Sundance anyway. They say they still don’t know exactly why Oprah bailed on the film, which is now streaming on the newly launched HBO Max.
ESPN’s Michael Jordan docuseries "The Last Dance" has wrapped. The series has drawn record-breaking ratings and given ESPN something to celebrate in a world without live sports.  Hayes Permar — a radio host and a sports fanatic, and an old friend of Kim Masters — speaks with director Jason Hehir.  Permar asks Hehir whether Jordan finally released never-before-seen footage for the series to position himself above LeBron James as the greatest of all time. Hehir insists that's not the reason.   Hehir tells Permar about sitting with the inscrutable Michael Jordan for hours and  hustling to get episodes done months earlier than planned because of the pandemic. 
The new Netflix film “The Half of It” is a coming-of-age dramedy that tackles love, friendship, self-discovery and tolerance. It’s writer-director Alice Wu’s second movie — 15 years after her first. She wanted a deadline, so she wrote a $1000 check to the NRA, an organization she does not support, and told her friends if the script wasn’t done in five weeks, that check was going in the mail.  Wu explains why she picked Netflix as the home for “The Half of It,” despite her love of the old-school theatrical release. And she explains her on-again, off-again relationship with the industry, which started when she quit her job at Microsoft to make the groundbreaking 2005 indie “Saving Face.” 
Rob West usually spends his days building sets and making props. But when the pandemic hit, he started using his skills to devise and manufacture reusable face shields for medical personnel. He got other Hollywood freelancers on board and created LA Face Shields. It’s a volunteer effort, and West  would like to get back to paid work soon. But he’s not sure the industry is ready. West talks about running his face shield-making operation out of a well-stocked American Legion bar, and explains how he’s been able to get vital PPE to more than 40 LA-area medical facilities.
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