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Tom Barrack, Miramax, and Donald Trump

Tom Barrack in 2015
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
July 22, 2021

Spending time around independent film people can test the olfactory senses. Bullshit isn’t unique to Hollywood, of course. People on the fringes of every business tend to be open-collared hucksters; grifting wasn’t invented on a Cannes yacht or in a booth at the American Film Market. But for decades, embellishment, obfuscation, and outright lies have found an inviting home in entertainment in general and indie film in particular.