We caught up with filmmaker Ritesh Batra in San Francisco to talk about the making of his film The Sense of An Ending (2017), his next film project with Robert Redford & Jane Fonda and his favorite Bollywood films. Batra shares what it was like to adapt the British novel to a film and work with an all-English cast. This is his second feature film. His first picture was The Lunchbox, an award-winning film set in Mumbai, India.
The Sense of An Ending is based on Julian Payne’s on his award-winning novel by the same name. Jim Broadbent plays the central character in this coming-of-age film of an older person set in England. The film has a nuanced and quiet quality about it. It is a story about the intersection of memory and growing old. Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockerty (Downtown Abbey) and others act in this film.
Batra also shares some of his favorite Bollywood films that he watched growing up in Mumbai, India.
The Sense of An Ending releases March 17, 2017 in San Francisco.
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Shalini Govil-Pai is an engineer and author of two books on computer graphics. She fell in love with computer graphics as a teenager. Unsurprisingly then she went on to get her under-graduate and graduate degrees in computer engineering. And with persistence and single-minded focus she got a job at Pixar Animation. As technical director at Pixar she worked on Toy Story and A Big’s Life. In 2005 she joined Google and now works for Google/YouTube.
In this interview we talk to Govil-Pai about how she discovered her love for computer graphics when she worked on a SGI graphics compute in her father’s lab. What was the first piece of code she wrote? What was it like to be the only female undergraduate student in a class of 35 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay? How did she land her dream job at Pixar Animations? What is her advice to young girls who want to study engineering? Tune in to find out.
Meet Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Company that makes desktop milling machine. Applestone talks about how growing up in Arkansas and discovering her love for math and science and how she decided to study engineering. She went to MIT to study chemical engineering and discovered that what she really wanted to study was material science. She got her PhD in material engineering. She headed to Silicon Valley,which is where she wanted to learn the ropes for starting a company. Tune in to find out how she did it.
LISTEN: DANIELLE APPLESTONE ON ENGINEERING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Highlights of our upcoming interview with filmmaker Ritesh Batra on his new film The Sense of An Ending. The film is based on Julian Payne’s novel by the same name. This coming-of-age film is about a older man, who is semi-retired. Set in England, the film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter and Michelle Dockery (Downtown Abbey).
Batra made his debut as a feature film director and writer with his critically acclaimed award-winning The Lunchbox. The film premiered in Cannes in 2013. Prior to that Batra had made a few award-winning short films.
Stay tuned for our full interview with Batra on the making of The Sense of An Ending, his upcoming film with Robert Redford and Jane Honda and Bollywood films. Batra grew up in Bombay, India and came to the US for his higher studies.
Nicole Lazzarois CEO of XEO Design, a San Francisco Bay area company. She has over 20 years experience designing and developing games for various platforms.
Here are highlights from an upcoming interview from our Women in Science and Tech series where she talks about the joy of wonder and developing games for virtual reality. What advice does Lazzaro have for those who want to develop and design games? Learn to code and read lots of non-fiction work is her advice.
So, there I was at a screening of Kong: Skull Island at a IMAX theatre with my 3D glasses jammed over my regular glasses. Get ready for some fantastic action whispered my better half. I could sense the excitement in the theatre and it looked like folks were really looking forward to watching this picture.
Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts and has a stellar cast of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Riley and others.
The first 20 minutes of the film was interesting, but after that I had a hard time watching it. What was the film about? Was it a love story between the leading male and female protagonist? Or, was it a fight between man and ape? Or, was it a quest to find the secret of Skull Island? The film script is weak is one way to put it. What kept me engaged was the fantastic music track scattered throughout the film.
After 118 minutes I was glad that the film was over. It is a pity that Hiddleston, Goodman and Larson were under utilized in the film. Riley was the one shining star of the film.
And, what did my better half think of the film? He was a tad disappointed.
Filmmkaer Mark Pellington talks about this new The Last Wordthat stars Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, AnnJewel Lee Dixon, Thomas Sadoski & Philip Baker Hall. This is a coming-of age film of a octogenerian played by MacLaine.
We sat down to speak with Pellington about the making of The Last Word, working with MacLaine & Amanda Seyfried andThe Kinks, whose music plays a key role in the film. We also spoke about his creative process and his work with iconic music bands and singers like Pearl Jam (Jeremy), U2 (Achtung Baby), Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Michael Jackson and others. Pellington started his career at MTV in the 1980s.
San Francisco’s Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Film Festival is back this year with an interesting theme – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. The festival spotlights and celebrates Asian American films, music and food from March 9-19, 2017 in San Francisco and Oakland.
Filmmaker Lena Khan’s debut feature The Tiger Hunter is the opening night film at the historic Castro Theatre on March 9, 2017. Khan’s film is inspired by her father’s experience of migrating from India to America in the 1970s.This timely film is laced with lots of humor and looks back to a different era in American history.The film gives you a sense of what drew people America and how they realized their American Dream.
The Tiger Hunter traces the journey Sami Malik played by Danny Pudi, who travels from a small town in India to Chicago to make his dreams come true. America is where he wants to find his greatness and also win the girl of his dreams from India. Sami does not land a job as an engineer, instead he is perished to the basement of a company as a draftsman. The company’s goal is to introduce a viable technical product that proves to be elusive to the engineering team. Sami figures out a way to make his way up the ladder and recruits his apartment mates (most of them are engineers) to create that viable technical product. And that is how Sami realizes his American dream.
I need to make a special mention of Vineet Bailur’s music for the film. What caught my ears was the track Chicago Land that plays during the end credits.
The Tiger Hunter stars Danny Pudi, Jon Heder, Rizwan Manji, Karen David, Iqbal Theba, Kevin Pollak, Kay Kay Menon and others.
Check CAAMFest website for tickets and information.
Silicon Valley’s annual film festival Cinequest is back this year with a strong focus on Virtual Reality (VR). Rebranded as Cinequest Film & VR Festival the festival has expanded beyond its traditional downtown San Jose area. This year film screenings will be held in various parts of San Jose and in a new location in the Peninsula – Redwood City.
We talked to Halfdan Hussey, CEO and co-founder of Cinequest about this year’s festival.
For ticket and information to the film festival and VR events check the website of Cinequest.
Academy award winners Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz talk about La La Land, a film that pays homage to Hollywood musicals and French filmmaker Jacques Demy.
Chazelle and Hurwitz were room mates at Harvard Univeristy and they moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dream of making films. While at Harvard they worked together on Chazelle’s first film Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. They next worked on Whiplash and then La La Land. Chazelle is a trained musician and was deeply involved in the creation of the music for La La Land points out Hurwitz.
La La Land stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, JK Simmons, John Legend and others.
LISTEN: OSCAR WINNER DAMIEN CHAZELLE & JUSTIN HURWITZ ON “LA LA LAND”
La La Land had 14 Oscar nominations and won 6 Oscars. Chazelle won an Oscar for best director, while Justin Hurwitz won 2 Oscars for score and original music. Emma Stone won the best actress award. La La Land won an Oscar for production design and cinematography.
This interview was recorded in San Francisco and aired on TV in the USA.