Part basic income experiment and part vérité docuseries, Bootstraps follows 21 diverse Americans living with a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 a month in an unprecedented study of ordinary people experiencing guaranteed economic security.
Conrad Shaw, the director of the basic income trial, is a New York-based film and stage actor, a screenwriter, and a UBI writer/advocate. Originally from Colorado, he earned a degree and a few years’ experience as a mechanical engineer before switching gears and moving to New York to pursue his passion of storytelling. He graduated from the two-year Meisner acting training program at the William Esper Studio in midtown Manhattan. Alongside current documentary and acting work, Conrad is also developing a feature narrative film called Rolling with Virgil and a long form television drama series called Jellyfish.
Deia Schlosberg, the director of the film series, is known for her award-winning work environmental and social justice films such as How to Let Go and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, Awake – A Dream from Standing Rock, Backyard, The Reluctant Radical, and Cold Love. She also made national news in October, 2016, when she was arrested and charged with 45 years’ worth of felonies for filming the #ShutItDown pipeline protest (done in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock) in North Dakota. Deia’s background is in environmental education and visual arts, as well as expeditioning, having been awarded a 2009 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.