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The Shack is a Christian fable about a man devastated by the murder of his child. The best-seller is now a film starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, coming to theaters March 3, 2017

Copyright Paramount 2016

Copyright Paramount 2016

My friend Susan Wloszczyna interviewed “Monster Trucks” director Chris Wedge for the MPAA website Where to Watch. The long-time animation director (“Ice Age”) spoke to her about working with live action.

Animation takes longer but there is more control. The idea we went in with was usually more closely represented onscreen when we were done. But live action has more variables. The weather on location. Live actors who get sick or break their leg. But when I was done, I thought, “That was a lot of fun.”

And he told her how his background in animation helped him create an appealing “monster truck.”

I thought, “Truck, kid, monster.” I want the truck to be a character and move like a character. We built an animatronic truck that was remote-controlled so it could lean over and pick its wheels up. We used that a bunch. There is also straight-ahead animated truck. I wanted it look like it had attitude and honored the physics of the world.

Remember “CHiPS?” The Erik Estrada television series about the California Highway Patrol officers on motorcycles? Well, guess what! Now it’s a movie!

But I have some hope this will be more than another overdone remake of a 1970’s television series because like “Baywatch,” that other reboot of silly law enforcement shows starring pretty people in very revealing outfits, it is a comedy written and directed by Dax Shepard, who also stars with Michael Peña and Kristen Bell. And the trailer looks pretty funny, though very much NSFW.

The Center for Investigative Reporting announced today the launch of Glassbreaker Films, an ambitious initiative intended to support women in documentary filmmaking. The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation.

In its first year, Glassbreaker Films is launching three initiatives to create and support a network of women, each at distinct stages in their development as documentary filmmakers:

Featured filmmakers – Glassbreaker Films is bringing together five accomplished filmmakers to produce a documentary series about women taking control, taking power and taking chances.

Filmmakers-in-residence – A new, full-time digital video team – led by a senior digital video producer and staffed by three early-career filmmakers, each completing a 10-month residency with Glassbreaker Films – is creating short films for web and mobile audiences.

BridgeUp: Film – This educational project will provide training and mentorship in journalism and visual storytelling to a small and diverse cohort of high school girls in the San Francisco Bay Area.