SAN FRANCISCO DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL MAY 29 -JUNE 13, 2019

The 18th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival runs for 2 weeks from May 29 to June 13, 2019 at Roxie and Brava Theaters in San Francisco. The films shown at the festival range from comedy, social justice, environment, LGBT, religion, politics, music, dance, pop culture and many more topics. The festival tagline says it all:… Continue Reading


2019 SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

The 24th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival is back  and runs from May 1 through May 5, 2019 at the Castro Theatre.  This annual 5-day event is a wonderful tribute to the silent film era from the the 1920s and 1930s before talkies took over and became popular. The festival  is studded with fantastic… Continue Reading


2019 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

San Francisco International Film Festival  (SFFILM Festival) is the longest running film festival in the US. This year marks its 62nd year and the festival  runs from April 10 through April 23, 2019. San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland are the 3 venues where you can catch the films and listen to filmmakers talk about their… Continue Reading


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA’S KPJK TV AIRS OUR SHOW ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS

San Francisco Bay area’s KPJK TV (previously it was KCSM TV) is airing our series on Women in Science and Technology from Silicon Valley on Sundays at 2.30 pm. On Sunday, March 10 you can catch watch our conversation with Celeste Ford who is an aeronautics engineer turned entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. This episode is… Continue Reading


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3rd i’s SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

This year’s 3rd i’s Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond (SFISAFF) is back with a wonderful repertoire of films from South Asia, US and Canada. The festival has an interesting mix of feature films, documentaries, shorts and conversations with filmmakers.  SFISAFF  runs from Nov 1, 2018 to Nov 4, 2018 in… Continue Reading


VIDEO: ROB BYRNE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SILENT FILMS & SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

Silent films are often labelled as perky-jerky pictures with no sound but just text to give the viewer a context. That is not the complete picture as Robert Byrne, film restorer and Board President, San Francisco Silent Film Festival shares. Silent films contributed many of the techniques and narratives used by modern day filmmakers points out Byrne. Filmmakers and actors… Continue Reading


THE LINEUP FOR SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 4-17, 2018

Lights, camera, action, cut, edit and watch the creations of the celluloid dreamers on the big silver screen. Yes, it is that time of the year in the Bay Area. Get ready for the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) that runs from April 4-17, 2018. The 10-day festival is packed with films, live music,… Continue Reading


VIDEO: ROBOTIC BARISTA AT CAFE X IN SAN FRANCISCO

A robot barista whipping up your order of coffee you ask? Yes, meet Gordon your robotic barista at  Cafe X. Gordon whips up your choice of  latte, cappuccino or espresso from local coffee companies like Peet’s (the first Peet’s opened in Berkeley), Verve or AKA. Cafe X is located at the Metreon shopping center in… Continue Reading


VIDEO: AMY GUITTARD OF SAN FRANCISCO’S GUITTARD CHOCOLATE COMPANY

Amy Guittard is a fifth generation member of the family and the first woman to work in Guittard Chocolate Co of San Francisco. This is a 150 year chocolate company that runs 24/7 and produces over 200 chocolate products.


VIDEO: ROBERT BYRNE OF SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

Meet Robert Byrne, President, Board of Directors of San Francisco Silent Film Festival, film restorer and engineer. We sat dow to talk about how he developed his passion for silent films, the legacy of silent films and his work in restoring silent films. We also find out why Byrne switched his major from film and theatre… Continue Reading


SAN FRANCISCO’S MOSTLY BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES AN EVENING WITH ANNE COATES OSCAR WINNING EDITOR OF “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”

This year’s San Francisco’s  Mostly British Film Festival (Feb 16-23) has a rare treat in store for film buffs. On Tuesday, Feb 21st you catch the legendary film editor Anne Coates in conversation with film historian David Thomson at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco. This will be followed by the screening of A Murder… Continue Reading


3rdi’s 14th ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Films Festival is back this  year in two locations: San Francisco and Cupertino in Silicon Valley. The San Francisco leg of the festival is a 4 day event that runs from November 10th-13th, 2016. And the Silicon Valley leg of the festival in Cupertino is a one day event… Continue Reading


UNAFF DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA OCT 20 -20, 2016

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,”… Continue Reading


Master Sommelier Richard Dean of San Francisco’s Taj Campton Place

We sat down to talk with Master Sommelier Richard Dean of San Francisco’s Taj Campton Place. There are less than 240 Master Sommeliers in the world.  He was the youngest in the world  and the second American to become a Master Sommelier in the world. He became a Master Sommelier about 40 years ago when California was not… Continue Reading


MY PICKS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL JULY 21-AUG 7, 2016

A wonderful mix of films will feature at the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF). This year marks the 36th  year of the festival that starts tomorrow – July 21 and will continue through August 7, 2016. Some of the guests expected to attend the festival include filmmakers and writers like Daniel Burman, Norman… Continue Reading


SFFILM Festival

MY PICKS FOR 59th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival is underway from now till May 5, 2016. With over 170 films showing at the festival it is always a challenge to figure out what films to watch and invariably you end up missing some really good films. That is my constant dilemma during film festivals, but the important thing is… Continue Reading


PRASHANT NAIR’S UMRIKA TO SCREEN AT SAN FRANCISCO’S CAAMFEST

Indian filmmaker Prashant Nair’s award-winning film Umrika will screen at San Francisco’s CAAMFEST. The film  premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award. Umrika generated a lot of buzz after it premiered at Sundance. Umrika is a humorous film about a young man’s journey from Punjab, India to Umrika, or America.… Continue Reading


PODCAST: MATTHEW HILL OF KITE HILL ON DAIRY FREE CHEESE & FOOD STARTUPS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

In the last few years San Francisco Bay area has emerged as a hub of food startups, who are using technology to create new products and Kite Hill is one such company. We talk with Matthew Sade, CEO of Kite Hill to find out what they are doing differently about making cheese that is dairy… Continue Reading


PODCAST: ANUJ VAIDYA ON 3rd i SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Freedom is the theme for this year’s 3rd i San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival. This year marks the 13th year of the festival that takes place in San Francisco from Oct 22 through Oct 25, 2015  in Palo Alto on Nov 1, 2015. The festival features features, shorts and documentaries from various South… Continue Reading


Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

THE FAIRMONT HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO

A couple of days ago during a visit to San Francisco’s The Fairmont Hotel I finally got to meet  Thomas Wolfe, Chief concierge of the hotel. Elegantly dressed in a suit and a bow tie he graciously answered all my inquisitive questions about the hotel’s rich history and famous guests like, Alfred Hitchcock and Ella Fitzgerald, who… Continue Reading


AUDIO: DOSA BROTHERS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Dosas in a San Francisco street corner? South India Street Food in the heart of San Francisco?  I walk by Market and Montogomery quite often and how in heaven’s name did I fail to see this?  Who started Dosa Brothers? These were the thoughts flitting through my mind as I impatiently waited for the traffic light to… Continue Reading


VIDEO: SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA FOOD STARTUP KITE HILL’s MATTHEW SADE

  Food startups are the new, new thing in the San Francisco Bay area. Many of them have received millions of dollars from ventrue capitalists. We spoke with Matthew Sade of Kite Hill about their plant-based cheese made from almond milk. Sade shares how they came up with the idea to make cheese from almond milk using… Continue Reading


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FOOD: ALL SPICE ON NOB HILL IN SAN FRANCISCO

All Spice is an elegant restaurant located in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco. The brainchild of Chef Sachin Chopra and his wife Shoshana Wolff, it is not your everyday Indian restaurant as its name might lead you to believe, but one that serves New American Exotica – and, believe me, there comes a surprise with every… Continue Reading


VIDEO: CRAIG DALTON OF DODOCASE ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MANUFACTURING IN SAN FRANCISCO AND VIRTUAL REALITY

  Craig Dalton is the CEO and co-founder of DODOcase. In this interview we talk to Dalton about his entrepreneurship journey of manufacturing products locally in San Francisco. How did the idea for a locally manufactured product using traditional book binding  craftsmanship take shape at DODOcase? How did they go from making iPad and iWatch… Continue Reading


San Francisco

VIDEO: SAN FRANCISCO POST CARD

Post cards. Remember getting those colorful post cards from your family and friends when they visited a new place or city? As a kid I used to collect these post cards, and pester folks to send them to me. Sometimes, a Kindly neighbor would give me their old post cards that their “foreign” friends sent them. Somewhere… Continue Reading


San Francisco Is Obsessed With Food?

With a title like this “San Francisco is obsessed with food and that is an understatement,” how can you not read the article? This was not published in a local San Francisco bay area paper, but in the Washington Post (WaPo) and it brought back memories of a conversation I had with a chef in… Continue Reading


San Francisco International Film Festival

Photos: San Francisco Internatonal Film Festival

The 58th San Francisco Internatonal Film Festival is underway, and this year they have a really terrific lineup.The opening night film was Alex Gibney’s much talked about documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine.” The film explores our collective fascination with Jobs, and delves into what values shaped this iconic Silicon Valley entrepreneur.