Alex Gibney on Going Clear's Archival Scientology Footage, Using Drones, and Why More People Need to Speak Out Against the Church

March 29, 2015 4:00 PM

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Alex Gibney on Going Clear's Archival Scientology Footage, Using Drones, and Why More People Need to Speak Out Against the Church

Alex Gibney’s two-hour-long exploration of Scientology, Going Clear, premieres tonight on HBO. Based on Lawrence Wright's book by the same name, Gibney’s speaks with former leaders and defectors of the Church for the documentary, which gives the unacquainted a primer on the organization and its creator, L. Ron Hubbard, and chronicles its alleged abuses against its members. Gibney spoke with John Horn of Southern California Public Radio's arts and entertainment show “The Frame” about where he found footage of Scientology rallies, protecting his material from meddlers, and why more people need to speak out against the Church. (Listen to part of this interview below, and subscribe to “The Frame” at iTunes or Stitcher.)

I want to ask about the archival footage that you found. There’s a lot of footage of David Miscavige at what looked to be—I think, to a lay person—they looked like a sales meeting at Herbalife. They are these rallies, these pep rallies. Was that something that you found pretty early or what did you ...

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