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April 12th, 2012
02:52 AM ET

The Making of An Independent Film: “Faisal Goes West”

Making an independent film takes blood, sweat and tears. And scrounging up the financing can be a major challenge. So, young American filmmaker Bentley Brown decided to take a different approach to make his latest feature: “Faisal Goes West”.

BackStory took a closer look at the challenges involved in making “Faisal Goes West” – a story about a Sudanese family that immigrates to America – from concept to completion.


Filed under: backstory • Entertainment • U.S.
January 20th, 2012
01:41 AM ET

The Revealer: 3-D Violin


Filed under: backstory • Music • The Revealer • UK
January 11th, 2012
05:32 PM ET

U.S. Presidential Campaign: Rap parody on the unique U.S. state of New Hampshire goes viral

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Filed under: backstory • Internet • Interviews • Music • politics • U.S.
December 19th, 2011
09:40 PM ET

Inside the auction of Michael Jackson's belongings

Two years after his death, fans and collectors got their chance to own a piece of Michael Jackson history.  More than 500 items from the home where the pop icon died went on the auction block this weekend in California.  We're talking everything from furniture to paintings to rugs.  Our Alan Duke got a closer look at the items before they went up for sale.


Filed under: backstory • Entertainment
December 16th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

Actor Christian Bale, CNN crew roughed up trying to visit Chinese activist

In China, after he finished shooting his new movie "Flowers of War", actor Christian Bale traveled with a CNN crew to visit Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng.   The "Batman" actor said he admired and wanted to meet Chen, a blind self-taught lawyer who has spoken out against China's One Child policy and forced sterilizations.  Chen and his family have been under house arrest in their Shandong Province village for some time now, but as recently as last week, the government had apparently eased restrictions on the Chen family allowing them to receive a delivery of medicine, and permitting his 70-year-old mother to go out and get groceries.

When Bale and the CNN crew tried to enter Chen's village, a group of unidentified men stopped them and forced them to leave.  See a full report on the altercation HERE.

John Vause spoke with Christian Bale about his experience.  (See that above)

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Filed under: asia • backstory • China • Entertainment • John Vause • journalists • Stan Grant
December 5th, 2011
11:41 PM ET

Rebuilding the place where Mickey Mouse was born

A huge thank you to Cydney Millstein, an Architectural Historian in Kansas City Missouri and to Butch Rigbey, Chair of Thank You Walt Disney for their participation in telling this story. Also to Dan Viets of Kansas City. Their passion for history is appreciated. 

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Filed under: Animation • backstory • Entertainment • History • U.S.
December 4th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

A Piece of Entertainment History, Nearly Lost and Forgotten

This is the site of Walt Disney's first animation studio. To commemorate his birthday, Monday on Back|Story, we will take you there and talk to people who are working to revive this site and preserve history.

Probably the most iconic character in animation history, Mickey Mouse, was created in this old and neglected building in Kansas City, Missouri. It actually used to look much worse, we'll show you those images and many others.  So be sure to watch the show Monday, December 5th.

"Fancy being remembered around the world for the invention of a mouse."
-Walt Disney

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Filed under: Animation • backstory • Entertainment • U.S.
November 8th, 2011
03:25 AM ET