We caught up with McGregor in San Francisco to talk about the making of American Pastoral, his experience directing a feature film and how he got into acting and how his parents supported his decision to become an actor. We also spoke about Danny Boyle with whom McGregor has worked in a handful of films like Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and the upcoming sequel to Trainspotting that releases in 2017. What did he learn from Boyle’s style of directing?
LISTEN: EWAN McGREGOR ON THE MAKING OF “AMERICAN PASTORAL”
American Pastoral releases on Oct 21, 2016 in San Francisco Bay area.
Title: AMERICAN PASTORAL
Running Time: 108 minutes
Status: Film Releases on Oct 21, 2016 in SF Bay area
The annual United National Association Film Festival (UNAFF) is back this year with an interesting mix of documentaries and shorts from the US, Ethiopia, Spain, India, Canada, Guatemala and other countries.
The theme for this year’s festival is Compass For A Better World. “We went through 600 screeners to select the films for this year’s festival,” said Jasmina Bojic, who founded the film festival 19 years ago. Bojic is a film critic, who teaches at Stanford University.
The 19th UNAFF starts today Oct 2oth and runs till Oct 30th, 2016. Palo Alto. Film screenings and panel discussions will be held in 4 different locations in SF Bay area: San Francisco, Stanford, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto.
For information on tickets and the film festival please check UNAFF’s website.
Here are a couple of films from this year’s festival that caught my eyes.
This is a highlight from an upcoming interview with filmmaker Barry Jenkins on the making of his new film Moonlight. The film is based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s novel In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Jenkins explains why he chose to shorten the title to Moonlight.
Moonlight is an elegant and emotionally charged film. This is a coming-of-age story of an African-American teenager in Miami, Florida. Both Jenkins and McCraney grew up in Miami in the same neighborhood. However, their paths never crossed when they lived in Miami.
Moonlight releases on Oct 28, 2016 in San Francisco Bay area.
We sat down with Chris Garcia, curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View to find out about the evolution of technology and the history and legacy of Silicon Valley.
The Computer History Museum is the place to see those huge computers that used punch cards to the advent of personal computers and smart phones. This is the place to see how technology evolved. What were the inflection points that helped shape this technical revolution and ushered in the Age of Information.
The museum has a treasure trove of artifacts and houses quite a few unusual objects including a 1960s Kitchen Computer, robots, Cray Supercomputers and early versions of Apple computers. We were also curious to find out how Garcia curates artifacts at the museum. What is that process like?
LISTEN: CURATOR CHRIS GARCIA OF COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM ON SILICON VALLEY’S HISTORY & CULTURE
Garcia grew up in Silicon Valley and remembers using Apple’s computers as a kid. He shares some fascinating backstories about Silicon Valley’s startup culture. For example, Nolan Bushenell’sAtari Inc helped shaped the startup culture of Silicon Valley like free food and a casual working atmosphere, which is now followed by many startups around the world.
Ewan McGreogor talks about how he got into acting and how his parents helped him with his decision to become an actor. He also talks about his new film American Pastoral, which marks his debut as a director.
Punit Soni is an engineer, investor and advistor to startups. He is an ex-Googler and the former Chief Product Officer of Flipkart, an Indian ecommerce company.
We sat down with Soni to talk about his journey to America from Mumbai, India. What prompted him to pursue a MBA degree after working as an engineer in Silicon Valley for a few years? He did not succeed the first time around in getting into a MBA program. So, What prompted him to try again and again? What did he do differently that got him into Wharton’s MBA program? Armed with a MBA degree Soni joined Google.
LISTEN: PUNIT SONI ON WORKING IN SILICON VALLEY& COMING TO AMERICA:
Disrupt yourself is a mantra that Soni follows and he credits his mother for instilling that thought in him. After working at Flipkart for a year Soni is back in Silicon Valley.
This interview was originally aired on TV in the USA.
Michael Price is Chief Technology Officer of Seismic Warning Systems, a Silicon Valley company. We sit down to speak with Price about earthquakes and early warning systems. What happens during an earthquake? How many seconds of warning do you get before the earthquake shock waves hit? How does their technology and signal help facilities like a hospital or a fire station during an earthquake?
We also speak to Price of what brought him from Pittsburgh to Silicon Valley over 30 years ago. How has Silicon Valley changed? What tectonic shifts has he witnessed in Silicon Valley? When he moved here the valley was in a transition stage and moving to the age of personal computing.
30 years ago Price moved from Pittsburg to Silicon Valley, when it was in a transitional stage. The valley was moving to the age of personal Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Apple were the big companies at that time. Price worked at Pixar in the 1980s when Steve Jobs was actively involved in the company. What was it like to work at Pixar with Jobs? Tune in to find out.
We speak with filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra about his new film Mirzya. “It is a film about love,” shares Mehra. The film is set in two, different time periods he adds. We talk to Mehra on how how the idea for the film was born, the preparation that went into making the film, the music and actors, especially how he got to cast Art Malik in Mirzya. Mirzya is also a film about fantasy and we were curious to find out the fantasy influences in the film. Tune in to find out what Mehra has to say about Mirzya.
LISTEN: RAKEYSH OMPRAKASH MEHRA ON MIRZYA
Gulzar wrote the screenplay of Mirzya that is based on Mirza Saiban, a popular Punjabi love story that ends tragically. Why did Saiban break the arrows of Mirza, her lover, was a question that has been on Mehra’s mind for over 30 years. Why do we hurt the people we love is what led Mehra to start a conversation with Gulzar and that is how the idea for making Mirzya was born.
Mirzya is the debut film of Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is the son of Anil Kapoor. The film also sees the debut of Saiyami Kher in Bollywood. Om Puri, Art Malik, Anuj Choudhry, Anjali Patil, KK Raina and others star in the film.
Music is central to Mirzya and it is through music that the essence of the film is conveyed points out Mehra. Mirzya’s music features Punjabi folk music, Hindustani Classical along with jazz, EDM and other global music genres. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy created the music for Mirzya.
Mirzya releases on October 7, 2016 in USA and you can see the picture in San Francisco Bay area.
We caught up with Zoe Elton, Director of Programming for the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct 6-16, 2016) to find out what they have in store at this year’s festival. We spoke to her about the film, actors and the new sections they have on Latin America & Culinary Cinema. This is one of the last major film festivals of the year, and this is the festival where the early Oscar buzz starts to gain momentum.
This year’s line-up is a fantastic one and that is reflected in the opening night films: Damien Chazelle’sLa La Land and Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival. The closing night film is Jeff Nichols‘ Loving and Elton points out that we are going to be hearing a lot about Ruth Negga, the leading actress of the film. Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Chazelle, Nichols and Negga will be there to present their films.
Ewan McGregor is bringing his debut directorial film American Pastoralto the festival. Nicole Kidman is being recognized for her contribution and will be there to present her new film Lion directed by Garth Davis and stars Dev Patel and Rooney Mara.
LISTEN: ZOE ELTON ON FILMS, FILMS & MORE FILMS AT MILL VALLEY FILM: FESTIVAL:
This year’s festival has a special section on Latin American films with Gael Garcia Bernal as their special guest.
Culinary cinema is a new addition in this year’s festival and they have 4 films in the section. One of them is a film on Jeremiah Tower, a celebratory chef, who worked at Chez Panisse and founded Stars restaurant in San Francisco. Tower will be at the film festival.
Sandwiched between the opening and closing night films is a cornucopia of films, live music and seminars that is worth checking out.
A kitchen computer, that too a binary one? Yes, way back in the 1960’s Honeywell Corp. made a kitchen computer for home makers. And, the home computer was featured in a Neiman Marcus catalog from 1969.
We turned to Chris Garcia, curator at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley to find out about this fascinating computer. How did this binary computer work? How did you input recipes? Did they sell any of these computers? Tune in to find out.