Amidst a city full of skyscrapers, this nominee for Best Documentary short emerges from the street level to reveal a bunch of American dreamers who live on recycled goods to carve out a new path of their own.
Whether to earn acclaim or just the ability to work more, these filmmakers have put the money where their mouth is when it comes to building awards buzz for their latest film.
The five nominees for this year's John Cassavetes Award, which specifically honors films made for under $500,000, have some crazy stories behind them and they share just their experience for the first day of it.
The "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" director moderated two panels with the creative teams behind this year's Oscar-nominated short films, which proved to be a reminder that there really is reason to celebrate the last year in movies.
If you're in Los Angeles and haven't made it out to the fall festivals, your chance to see some acclaimed new documentaries may arrive sooner than you think, if you just know where to find them.