VIDEO: RICHARD LINKLATER ON LAST FLAG FLYING & FILMS

Filmmaker Richard Linklater talks about the making of his new film The Last Flag Flying. The film is about 3 friends played by Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne & Bryan Cranston and the impact of Vietnam and Iraq war on them. Is this a war film or a film about 3 middle-aged friends? What drew him to make this film that the Economist described as “muddled politics of war? How is this Linklater’s kind of war film?

We also spoke about Linklater’s passion for making films and how the Soviet filmmaker Andre Tarkovsky influenced his filmmaking style.And, we also found out about Linklater’s family connection to the San Francisco Bay area.

The Last Flag Flying releases in the San Francisco Bay area on Nov 10, 2017.

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3rd i SF INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL NOV 9-12 & Nov 18

If it is fall then it is time for 3rd i SF International South Asian Film Festival.  The festival celebrates its 15th anniversary Nov 9-12 in San Francisco and Nov 18 in Palo Alto. The film festival spotlights South Asian filmmakers from around the world, including films from India’s dream factory – Bollywood.

This year’s opening film is Canadian filmmaker Arshad Khan’s Abu (Father). This is a poignant and heart breaking film that spotlights migration and growing up gay in Pakistan. “Migration is the hardest thing in the world,” says Khan in the film. And, then coming out to your family is even harder he adds.. The film ” is the story of Khan’s life and the challenges of growing up a gay man in a close-knit Muslim family writes Gayle MacDonald of Globe and Mail. Khan collaborated with well-known Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta to make his film.

The center piece of this year’s festival is a live multimedia performance by musician and composer Gingger Shankar. In Nari: The Unsung Story of the Women from India’s First Family of Music  Shankar celebrates the life and work of her mother Viji Shankar and grandmother Lakshmi Shankar.The event is on 11th November at 3 pm in Castro.

The festival’s must-have Bollywood film is back this year with Om Shanti Om that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. This is the debut film of Deepika Padukone, who is now a major Bollywood actress. The film’s over-the-top dance numbers will have you tapping your feet away.

And, if you have not seen director Amit V Masurkar’s Newton then this is your chance to catch this absorbing film. The film left me thinking the on what it takes to conduct free and fair elections in a remote village in India. Newton is India’s entry for the 2018 Oscars.

Besides these films there are features, shorts and documentaries like The Last Man In Dhaka Central, Random Acts of Legacy, Gurgaon and Shepherdess of the Glaciers.

On Nov 18 the film festival moves to Silicon Valley for a day where you can catch some wonderfully evocative films like Cinema Travellers that takes you into the analog world of 35 mm films and tent cinemas in Maharashtra. The other films screening in Palo Alto include The World of Goopi and Bagha, Bad Brown, Bride: 3 Desi Series and Dance Like A Man.

Visit 3rd i‘s website for information on tickets and the film festival line-up.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER BRETT MORGEN ON JANE GOODALL, FILMMAKING & MYTHOLOGY

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck), shares on what drew him to make his new documentary Jane (on Jane Goodall),  his most soulful film yet as he put it.

Jane is based on over 100 hours of 16mm archival footage shot by Hugo van Lawick, Goodall’s first husband, for National Geographic. The film is a love story of Goodall and her utter devotion to her work on chimpanzees and conservation. We get a rare opportunity to see how Goodall’s fascination for animals and Africa began at a young age and how her mother nurtured and supported her interests and accompanied her to Africa on her first trip. We also get to see Goodall and van Lawick fall in love and start a family.

I caught with Morgen in San Francisco to talk about the making of Jane and why he chose Philip Glass to compose the music for the film. We also spoke on how de developed an interest in films and the role of mythology.

Jane is currently airing in theatres in the US.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER PETE NICKS ON THE MAKING OF “THE FORCE”

Meet Emmy Award-winning director Pete Nicks, whose documentary The Force won him a directing award at the 2017 Sundance film festival. The Force takes you behind the scenes of the beleaguered Oakland Police Department that has been under federal monitoring for 10 years. It took over 2 years for Nicks to make this documentary, which is part of a trilogy on Oakland.

I sat down with Nicks to find out how the idea for the film came and how he made it. This is part-1 of our interview with Nicks.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER INTERVIEWS

Take a peek into the highlights of our filmmaker interviews with James Ivory, Mark Pellington, Amit Madheshiya, James Gray, Ritesh Batra and more. We talk to them about the making of their films, how they got started in films and who influenced them. Those are just a few questions, there is a lot more that we talk about.

Explore and discover more interviews from our filmmaker playlist.

These interviews were aired on TV in the US.

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VIDEO: CORBETT REDFORD ON THE MAKING OF “TURN IT AROUND: THE HISTORY OF EAST BAY PUNK”

I sat down to talk with filmmaker Corbett Redford about his debut documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.  This is a rich and dense documentary that traces the history of punk rock in the Bay area from the 1970s. The film released in 2017.

Redford shares how he became involved in making this documentary and why it was important to make this film. He shares how the city of Berkeley and the Gilman Center helped provide a safe place for many young people and punk rock musicians.

Green Day helped produce the film. Redford shares the friendly guidelines that he got from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong at the launch of the film project. These guidelines were don’t get lost in the acrimony, don’t mystify nostalgia and include diverse voices.

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Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali greetings to all those celebrating the Indian festival of lights, where good wins over evil. Wish you all a wonderful year.

 

Happy Diwali

VIDEO: ACTIVIST DOLORES HUERTA AND FILMMAKER PETER BRATT ON GANDHI & CESAR CHAVEZ

Activist Dolores Huerta and filmmaker Peter Bratt talk about how Gandhi’s non-violent methods of protest influenced Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement of California. Gandhi’s philosophy was a huge influence on Chavez points out Huerta, who is the subject of the film Dolores directed by Bratt. Huerta became an activist at a young age & was a co-founder of the farm workers movement with Chavez.

This interview is a highlight of a longer interview with Huerta and Bratt. Dolores releases in theatres in the US in mid-September 2017 and will show on PBS in 2018.

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VIDEO: CORBETT REDFORD ON GREEN DAY & TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK

Corbett Redford’s documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk made its debut at the 2017 San Francisco SFDoc Festival. The film is a rich and dense chronicle of punk music from San Francisco’s East Bay region that gave birth to bands like Green Day and others. Green Day is the executive producer of the film.

Before launching the film project Corbett got some friendly guidelines from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. These guidelines were: don’t get lost in the acrimony, don’t mystify nostalgia and include diverse voices. The film is a celebration of that spirit and how 924 Gilman, a non-profit organization played a key role in providing a safe haven to hundreds of musicians and young people over the course of 30 years.

Watch out for our longer interview with Redford where he talks about the making of Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.

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VIDEO: JEANNETTE WALLS ON THE GLASS CASTLE, WOODY HARRELSON, NAOMI WATTS & BRIE LARSON

I sat down with journalist and author Jeannette Walls to talk about her memoir The Glass Castle that is now a Hollywood film. The film stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and others. The film releases on August 11, 2017.

Walls grew up poor and lived in a home with no running water or electricity. She left home at 17 for Manhattan, where she completed her high school and started working for a local newspaper in Brooklyn. Walls then went on get her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and became a journalist. She worked as a gossip columnist for MSNBC. While covering stories about celebrities Walls realized that she had never shared her story of a gritty and nomadic childhood, where her family lived in cars, abandoned buildings and foraged for food .The irony did not escape Walls that she now lived in a nice apartment, while her homeless parents lived in an abandoned building and foraged for food. The dissonance did not escape her and that prompted her to write her memoir that became a best-seller.

We also have a highlight of an upcoming interview with filmmaker Alexandra Dean on her documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Lamar was not just a beautiful actress, but also an inventor. The film releases in November 2017.

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