Archive for the ‘cavanaugh’ Category

This Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Hollywood as usual, but it’s increasingly common for Hollywood films to be produced outside California or even outside the United States.Filmmaker Joe Gressis isn’t surprised when Hollywood productions leave the Golden State. He’s surprised when they stay. “The fact that we remain here is kind of ridiculous,” says the three-time Emmy-nominated Gressis.Reason.tv’s Tim Cavanaugh sat down with Gressis, a founding partner of Secret Handshake Productions, to talk about runaway film production and the headaches of making movies in California (or anywhere else, for that matter).Topics include: tax incentives, the benefits of shooting in Hong Kong, and why Gressis admires Michael Bay.

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And why you need to be alert while your state redraws congressional districts next year in response to the census.Why bother stuffing ballots when you can just draw districts to ensure your re-election? The new documentary Gerrymandering exposes what executive producer Bill Mundell calls “the most effective form of manipulating elections short of outright fraud.”Mundell sat down with Reason.tv’s Tim Cavanaugh to talk about the new documentary, the consequences of political redistricting, and what can be done to un-rig elections.

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