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Westdoc Online interview: FunMeter execs discuss “The Big Conn” docuseries

Realscreen is partnering with filmmaker and executive producer Chuck Braverman and his Westdoc Online video interview series to present his discussions with acclaimed documentarians and non-fiction content industry figures. In Westdoc’s newest ...
May 17, 2022

Realscreen is partnering with filmmaker and executive producer Chuck Braverman and his Westdoc Online video interview series to present his discussions with acclaimed documentarians and non-fiction content industry figures.

In Westdoc’s newest episode, Braverman speaks with James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte, the creators of the Apple TV+ docuseries The Big Conn, which is produced by their company FunMeter. The four-part documentary focuses on attorney Eric C. Conn, who defrauded the U.S. government of more than half a billion dollars in the largest social security fraud case ever.

Braverman discusses the development of Hernandez and Lazarte’s new series, the true-crime tale at the center of it, and covers the directors’ previous doc McMillion$, a 2020 HBO series about the McDonald’s Monopoly scam that occurred in the 1990s.

For Braverman’s interview with Hernandez and Lazarte and other episodes of Westdoc, visit the official site here. Recent Westdoc interview guests have included filmmakers such as Ken Burns, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Rory Kennedy.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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