Vince Wilbur Jr and Erin Davis

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL

Director Stanley Nelson’s new  documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool makes for an absorbing watch. Nelson uses rare archival footage, photos and interviews with musicians to paint us a complex picture of this famous and complicated musician and composer. The film is named after the 1957 seminal album Birth of Cool, which is considered as an… Continue Reading


San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary Aug 9-11, 2019

The annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is back for 3 days from Aug 9 through Aug 11, 2019. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the festival and is studded with a wonderful line-up of music. The festival will be held in downtown San Jose spread across different stages and venues like the Main… Continue Reading


Lois Vossen on The Kamla Show

SNEAK PEEK: LOIS VOSSEN OF INDEPENDENT LENS

Lois Vossen is executive producer at Independent Lens, PBS in San Francisco.  This clip is a highlight of our upcoming 2-part interview with Vossen, who shares how she grew up in a farm in Minnesota and never dreamt that one day she would be living in San Francisco and working with filmmakers. Imagine her utter… Continue Reading


Kamla Show - Karen Allen Interview

KAREN ALLEN ON MARION RAVENSWOOD, ANIMAL HOUSE, COLEWELL & TEXTILE DESIGN

Karen Allen is an actor, director and a textile designer. We caught up with Allen at 2019 SFFILM in San Francisco where her new film Colewell by director Tom Quinn had its world premier. Colewell is a poetic film with a touch of melancholy on how economic change is re-shaping small towns in rural America.… Continue Reading


The Kamla Show on KCOS-TV, El Paso PBS Station

KCOS-TV PBS STATION IN EL PASO IS BROADCASTING OUR WOMEN IN SCIENCE & TECH SERIES

, KCOS-TV, PBS station in El Paso, Texas is broadcasting Season 2 of our Women in Science and Technology in Silicon Valley  series.  On Thursday, May 16, 2019 you can watch our conversation with Hadiyah Muhjid, Founder and CEO of HBCUvc. Mujhid is a software engineer, who worked for corporations before becoming an entrepreneur. And on… Continue Reading


KAREN ALLEN ON ANIMAL HOUSE

Karen Allen got her first acting role in National Lampon’s Animal House, an iconic 1978 comedy directed by John Landis. We got an opportunity to ask Allen how she got to be a part of Animal House that became a box-office hit. After National Lampon’s Animal House Allen went on to act in many feature… Continue Reading


The White Crow

FILM NOTES: ASK DR.RUTH, THE WHITE CROW & LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

Ask Dr. Ruth, The White Crow and Long Day’s Journey Into Night are three of the films that are currently playing in a theatre near you in the US. Two of the films are biopics and the third is a moody film noir from China. Director Ryan White’s biopic Ask Dr Ruth makes for an interesting watch.… Continue Reading


PBS NORTH COAST IS BROADCASTING SEASON 2 OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE & TECH SERIES

PBS North Coast in Eureka, Northern California is broadcasting Season 2 of our Women in Science and Technology in Silicon Valley series. You can watch the series on Sundays at 3.30 pm PST and Tuesdays at 5.30 hmm PST. A big thank you to PBS North Coast for broadcasting Season 2 and Season 1 of… Continue Reading


Filmmaker Pete Nicks on The Kamla Show

FILMMAKER PETE NICKS ON “THE FORCE” PART-2

We bring you a 2-part conversation with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Pete Nicks. He is the chief storyteller of Open’hood, an Oakland-based non-profit organization. Story telling is one of the best ways to connect with your community shares Nicks. This San Francisco Bay area-based filmmaker is making a trilogy of films on Oakland, California. Each film… Continue Reading


Uo Down And SIdeways

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


The Kamla Show YouTube Channel

THE KAMLA SHOW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The Kamla Show’s YouTube channel features in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, filmmakers, technologists, writers from in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Do consider subscribing to The Kamla Show’s YouTube channel.      


The Kamla Show interview with Bjorn Runge on The Wife

FILMMAKER BJORN RUNGE ON THE WIFE & GLENN CLOSE

Swedish filmmaker Bjorn Runge talks about the making of his film The Wife based on a novel by Meg Wolitzer. The film stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons and others. Jane Anderson wrote the screenplay for The Wife, who also wrote the screenplay for Olive Keterridge and Mad Men among others.  The Wife… Continue Reading


The Kamla Show interview with Jonathan Kauffman on Hippie Food

JONATHAN KAUFFMAN ON HIPPIE FOOD IN AMERICA

Jonathan Kauffman is a food writer at San Francisco Chronicle and the author of Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat (2018), his debut book and a fascinating one on the history of food in American kitchens.  Kauffman spent 5 years researching and writing this book that makes for an… Continue Reading


FILM NOTES: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Last week I watched a preview of filmmaker Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians in Silicon Valley. It was pretty entertaining and I was laughing  throughout the film as were other Asian-Americans in the audience. I connected with the film and realized that I was not bored even for a wee bit. But to my puzzlement… Continue Reading


Kimberly Reed on Dark Money

FILMMAKER KIMBERLY REED ON DARK MONEY

Filmmaker Kimberly Reed shares how and why she made her new documentary Dark Money. Reed looks at how dark money enters the domestic politics of her home state of Montana and influenced the outcome of political elections. Dark money means money that cannot be traced to its source, Dark Money is a phrase that people… Continue Reading


Ben Rekhi on The Kamla Show

AN INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER BEN REKHI

Filmmaker Ben Rekhi grew up in Silicon Valley surrounded by entrepreneurs and startup. It was not tech startups, but making films that was his passion. We sit down with Rekhi to find out why he left Silicon Valley and why he headed south to Los Angeles to become a dream merchant.  There is a lot… Continue Reading


San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

SAN JOSE JAZZ SUMMERFEST HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE FROM JAZZ TO FUNK TO BLUES & SALSA

What a great way to start off the 2018 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest with one of America’s well-known party band – Kool & The Gang. The celebration time starts on Friday, Aug 10, 2018 and continues till Sunday, Aug 12, 2018.  (This post was updated on Aug 11, 2018 to reflect chances in the schedule.)… Continue Reading


Kimberly Reed

KIMBERLY REED ON DARK MONEY

Kimberly Reedis the director & producer Dark Money(2018), a documentary that traces the role of dark money in the state politics of Montana. What did Montana do differently compared to other states in tracking the role of dark money in their elections? How did Republicans and Democrats in that state come together to take this… Continue Reading


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

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.


FILMMAKER MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS on GODARD MON AMOUR

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 –… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading