VIDEO: FILMMAKERS BETSY WEST & JULIE COHEN ON THE MAKING OF RBG DOUCMENTARY

I caught up with filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen during the SFFILM to find out how they got to make their documentary RBG on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I was alsocurious to find out how they got permission to shoot the gym segment of Justice Ginsburg. Despite her  packed schedule Justice Ginsburg (85) makes time to work out in the gym 3 times a day.

RBG traces Justice Ginsburg life growing up as a first generation American in Brooklyn to studying law at Cornell & Columbia and then making her career as a lawyer and a teacher. She became the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Equal rights for women was an area that Justice Ginsburg focussed right from her early days as a lawyer. The film also highlights how Justice Ginsburg’s husband Martin Ginsburg played an important role in helping her career and bringing up their family.

RBG has got strong reviews from film critics. Kenneth Turan of the LA Times writes “RBG shows the formidable soft power of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” AO Scott of The New York Times writes “The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion.”

RBG released on Friday, May 4, 2018 in San Francisco Bay area.

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VIDEO: INTERVIEW GODARD MON AMOUR FILMMAKER MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS

We caught up with Academy award-winning director Michel Hazanavicius  when he was in San Francisco for the SFFILM festival. We spoke to him about his new film Godard Mon Amour. The film is based on the memoirs of Anne Wiazemsky, who was married to Godard and looks at a specific time period in the couple’s life – the late 1960s. Wiazemsky passed away in 2017 saw Godard Mon Amour and liked it says Hazanavicius.

“This is my Godard,” says the filmmaker. Hazanavicius says he has never met Godard and is not aware if the famous French filmmaker has seen the film.It is not often that a living film legend is the subject of a feature film. Godard is one of the founding members of the French New Wave. Age has not slowed down Godard, who is attending the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In fact the 2018 poster for the Cannes Film Festival is based on a 1965 Godard film.

Godard Mon Amour is based on the memoirs of Anne Wiazemsky, who was married to Godard The film.stars Louis Garell, Stacy Martin,Bernice Bejo and Gregory Gadebois.

The film has mixed reviews. The New York Times says  you will “hate-watch” Godard Mon Amour, while The LA Times says the film is “curiously inconsequential homage,” to Godard.

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VIDEO: DR. CYNTHIA LEE OF STANFORD ON WOMEN IN STEM

Dr. Cynthia Lee teaches computer science at Stanford University. Dr. Lee shares how young children (girls and boys) are equally interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but by the time they enter middle school that interest appears to undergo a change and the number of girls interested in STEM declines. She shares how she went through a similar phase and lost interest in math. Her reasoning was since she could solve the math problems quickly enough and slowly lost interest in the subject. Around high school she re-discovered her love for math and went on to do a PhD in computer science. Tune in to find out what else Dr. Lee has to share on the subject on Women in STEM.

This interview with Dr. Lee is from our Women in Science & Technology TV series sponsored by Zoho.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER AARON KATZ ON THE MAKING OF HIS NOIR FILM GEMINI & LOLA KIRKE

Filmmaker Aaron Katz talks about the making of GEMINI, a noir film set in Los Angeles. The film centers around the relationship between a famous young actress (Zoe Kravitz) and her personal assistant (Lola Kirke). Often, the boundaries between their personal and professional life is blurred.

We met Katz in San Francisco and spoke on a wide range of topics from the making of Gemini to how he came to work with Kirke and his fascination with detective stories and his love for films. We also spoke about Katz’s focus is establishing the location of the cities that his films are set in.

Katz previous work includes Land Ho!  Quiet City and Cold Weather.

Katz wrote, directed and edited Gemini that is currently showing in theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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VIDEO: RINA SHAIKH-LESKO ON SCIENCE WRITING & EPIDEMIOLGY

How do you combine your passion for writing and science? We turned to Rina-Shaikh Lesko, who trained and worked as an epidemiologist for many years before embracing her passion for writing. She combined her twin interests: writing and science and became a science writer But, before becoming a science writer Shaikh-Lesko went back to school to study Science Communication from University of California Santa Cruz.

We sat down to speak with Shaikh-Lesko about how she developed an interest in science and writing and what drew her to become an epidemiologist. What prompted her to switch gears and embrace her love for writing.

This is part of our women in science and technology series sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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VIDEO: DR. CYNTHIA LEE ON WOMEN ON STEM & WHY THE INTEREST AMONG GIRLS DECLINES

Dr. Cynthia Lee teaches computer science at Stanford University. She shares how girls and boys are equally interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as children. But around middle schools the number of girls interested in STEM declines? Why is that? Tune in to find out.

This is a highlight of our upcoming interview with Dr. Lee from our Women in Science & Technology TV series sponsored by Zoho.

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VIDEO: NASHVILLE HONEYMOON ON THEIR DEBUT ALBUM & MUSIC OF BAKERSFILED

Nashville Honeymoon is a San Francisco Bay area band founded by Hank Maninger and Lynne Maes. We talk to Maninger & Maes about their debut album  It’s NashvilleHoneymoon Time and the various musical influences that informed their music. Maes wrote most of the lyrics in the album. They are accompanied by Kurt Ribak on bass and Les James on drums.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER PAUL McGUIGAN ON SHERLOCK & BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Filmmaker Paul McGuigan shares how he got involved in directing the first few episodes of BBC’s Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and others.

Sherlock series is available on Netflix.

We have a longer interview coming up with McGuigan on his new film Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool l starring Annette Bening  and Jamie Bell. The film is based on a true love story between Oscar winner Gloria Grahame (she acted as Violet in Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life) and Peter Turner.

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VIDEO: NASHVILLE HONEYMOON’S DEBUT ALBUM IT’S NASHVILLEHONEYMOON

Nashville Honeymoon is a San Francisco Bay area band founded by Hank Maninger and Lynne Maes. Here is a highlight from an upcoming interview with the band. In this clip they perform a couple of tracks – Cold Shoulder and Fancy Pants from their 2017 debut album It’s NashvilleHoneymoon Time. They are accompanied by Kurt Ribak on bass and Les James on drums.

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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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