VIDEO: JASON SUSSBERG ON BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

Jason Sussberg shares how he and David Alvarado came up with the idea to make their documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy. The filmmakers pitched the idea to Nye to make a film on his life and legacy and his fight against anti-science. Nye is on a mission to educate adult, especially millennials on the importance of science. Many of them grew up watching Bill Nye’s science program on TV.

This clip is a highlight of a longer interview with Sussberg on the making of Bill Nye: Science Guy. The film releases on Nov 17, 2107 in San Francisco Bay area.

 

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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.

The Kamla Show is a media partner for the  3rd i SF International South Asian Film Festival.

VIDEO – RICHARD LINKLATER ON HOW HE WATCHES FILMS

Ever wondered how filmmaker Richard Linklater watches films? I did. Linklater famously watched 3 films a day as a young filmmaker. So, I wondered how he watches a film? I got to ask him that question at a recent interview we did with him in San Francisco. Linklater famously watched 3 films a day as a young filmmaker. So, I wondered how he watches a film? Tune in to find out what Linklater had to say on films and the influence of Soviet filmmaker Andre Tarkovsky.

This interview is a highlight from our upcoming interview with Linklater on his new film Last Flag Flying and how he became a filmmaker. The film releases on November 10th in San Francisco Bay area.

Bernie, Boyhood, Before Sunset and  School of Rock are some of the films Linklater directed.

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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 – WINCHESTER: THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT

Winchester House is a mystery house in Silicon Valley. It is also known as the Winchester Mystery House. This sprawling 19th mansion  with 160 rooms was built by Sarah Winchester, an heiress to  the Winchester rifle fortune. In the 1880s Winchester moved from Connecticut to San Jose, California, where she bought a farm-house and began construction of what eventually came to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.  The mansion is known for many interesting and peculiar features like a séance room, doorway to nowhere, staircase to ceiling and the recurrence of number 13 in various parts of the mansion. And, it is believed that the house was haunted.

Now, there is a film being made called Winchester: The House That Ghosts Haunt starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clark.  The film is directed by Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig.  The film is set to release in February 2018.

The Winchester Mystery House is located at 525 South Winchester Blvd., San Jose

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.

This interview was aired on TV in the US.

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VIDEO: HIGHLIGHTS OF INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER PETE NICKS of “THE FORCE”

Watch the highlights of our upcoming 2-part interview with San Francisco Bay area filmmaker Pete Nicks. We talk to him about his new documentary The Force that won him a directing award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Nicks takes you behind the scenes of the Oakland Police department that has been under federal monitoring for many years. The film released in September 2017.

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VIDEO: ACTIVIST DOLORES HUERTA & FILMMAKER PETER BRATT ON “DOLORES”

Activist Dolores Huerta is the subject of filmmaker Peter Bratt‘s new documentary Dolores. I caught up with them at the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival to find out why it took so long to make a film on Huerta, who worked alongside Cesar Chaves on California’s farm workers movement. Huerta’s involvement goes back to the 1960s and she shares how she got involved and the influence of Gandhi and his non-violent philosophy on Chavez and herself.

Dolores releases Sept 1, 2017 in San Francisco Bay area. In early 2018 the film will air on PBS stations.

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