VIDEO: FILMMAKER RITESH BATRA ON THE MAKING OF “THE SENSE OF AN ENDING”

We caught up with filmmaker Ritesh Batra in San Francisco to talk about the making of his film The Sense of An Ending (2017), his next film project with Robert Redford & Jane Fonda and his favorite Bollywood films. Batra shares what it was like to adapt the British novel to a film and work with an all-English cast. This is his second feature film. His first picture was  The Lunchbox, an  award-winning film set in Mumbai, India.

The Sense of An Ending is based on Julian Payne’s on his award-winning novel by the same name. Jim Broadbent plays the central character in this coming-of-age film of an older person set in England. The film has a nuanced and quiet quality about it. It is a story about the intersection of memory and growing old. Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockerty (Downtown Abbey) and others act in this film.

Batra also shares some of his favorite Bollywood films that he watched growing up in Mumbai, India.

The Sense of An Ending releases March 17, 2017 in San Francisco.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER RITESH BATRA ON “THE SENSE OF AN ENDING”

 

Highlights of our upcoming interview with filmmaker Ritesh Batra on his new film The Sense of An Ending. The film is based on Julian Payne’s novel by the same name. This coming-of-age film is about a older man, who is semi-retired. Set in England, the film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter and Michelle Dockery (Downtown Abbey).

Batra made his debut as a feature film director and writer with his critically acclaimed award-winning The Lunchbox. The film premiered in Cannes in 2013. Prior to that Batra had made a few award-winning short films.

Stay tuned for our full interview with Batra on the making of The Sense of An Ending, his upcoming film with Robert Redford and Jane Honda and Bollywood films. Batra grew up in Bombay, India and came to the US for his higher studies.

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FILM NOTES: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

So, there I was at a screening of Kong: Skull Island at a IMAX theatre with my 3D glasses jammed over my regular glasses. Get ready for some fantastic action whispered my better half. I could sense the excitement in the theatre and it looked like folks were really looking forward to watching this picture.

Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts and has a stellar cast of  Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Riley and others.

The first 20 minutes of the film was interesting, but after that I had a hard time watching it. What was the film about? Was it a love story between the leading male and female protagonist? Or, was it a fight between man and ape? Or, was it a quest to find the secret of Skull Island? The film script is weak is one way to put it. What kept me engaged was the fantastic music track scattered throughout the film.

After 118 minutes I was glad that the film was over. It is a pity that Hiddleston, Goodman and Larson were under utilized in the film. Riley was the one shining star of the film.

And, what did my better half think of the film? He was a tad disappointed.

May I point you to Peter Bradshaw’s review of Kong:Skull Island? Only de-evolution can explain this zestless mashup writes Bradshaw. It is hard not to concur with his view.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER MARK PELLINGTON ON THE LAST WORD, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, AMANDA SEYFRIED & MTV

Filmmkaer Mark Pellington talks about this new The Last Word that stars Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, AnnJewel Lee Dixon,  Thomas Sadoski & Philip Baker Hall. This is a coming-of age film of a octogenerian played by MacLaine.

We sat down to speak with Pellington about the making of The Last Word, working with MacLaine & Amanda Seyfried and The Kinks, whose music plays a key role in the film. We also spoke about his creative process and his work with iconic music bands and singers like Pearl Jam (Jeremy), U2 (Achtung Baby), Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Michael Jackson and others. Pellington started his career at MTV in the 1980s.

Pellington’s repertoire of feature films include Going All The Way, Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, Henry Poole Is Here and I Melt With You.

The Last Word releases in the San Francisco March 10, 2017.

  • Title: THE LAST WORD
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Status: Limited Release March 10, 2017
  • Country:USA
  • GENRE: COMEDY/DRAMA

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THE TIGER HUNTER OPENING NIGHT FILM AT CAAMFEST 35 MARCH 9 -19, 2017

San Francisco’s Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Film Festival is back this year with an interesting theme – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. The festival spotlights and celebrates Asian American films, music and food from March 9-19, 2017 in San Francisco and Oakland.

Filmmaker Lena Khan’s debut feature The Tiger Hunter is the opening night film at the historic Castro Theatre on March 9, 2017.  Khan’s film is inspired by her father’s experience of migrating from India to America in the 1970s.This timely  film is laced with lots of humor and looks back to a different era in American history.The film gives you a sense of what drew people America and how they realized their American Dream.

The Tiger Hunter traces the journey Sami Malik played by Danny Pudi, who travels from a small town in India to Chicago to make his dreams come true. America is where he wants to find his greatness and also win the girl of his dreams from India. Sami does not land a job as an engineer, instead he is perished to the basement of a company as a draftsman. The company’s goal is to introduce a viable technical product that proves to be elusive to the engineering team. Sami figures out a way to make his way up the ladder and recruits his apartment mates (most of them are engineers)  to create that viable technical product. And that is how Sami realizes his American dream.

I need to make a special mention of Vineet Bailur’s music for the film. What caught my ears was the track Chicago Land that plays during the end credits.

The Tiger Hunter stars Danny Pudi, Jon Heder, Rizwan Manji, Karen David, Iqbal Theba, Kevin Pollak, Kay Kay Menon and others.

Check CAAMFest website for tickets and information.

VIDEO: CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL FEB 28 – MAR 12, 2017

Silicon Valley’s annual film festival Cinequest is back this year with a strong focus on Virtual Reality (VR). Rebranded as Cinequest Film & VR Festival the festival has expanded beyond its traditional downtown San Jose area. This year film screenings will be held in various parts of San Jose and in a new location in the Peninsula – Redwood City.

We talked to Halfdan Hussey, CEO and co-founder of Cinequest about this year’s festival.

For ticket and information to the film festival and VR events check the website of Cinequest.

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PODCAST: OSCAR WINNER DAMIEN CHAZELLE & JUSTIN HURWITZ ON “LA LA LAND”

Damien Chazelle & Justin Hurwitz @kamlashow.com 2016

Academy award winners Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz talk about La La Land, a film that pays homage to Hollywood musicals and French filmmaker Jacques Demy.

Chazelle and Hurwitz were room mates at Harvard Univeristy and they moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dream of making films. While at Harvard they worked together on Chazelle’s first film Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench They next worked on Whiplash and then La La Land. Chazelle is a trained musician and was deeply involved in the creation of the music for La La Land points out Hurwitz.

La La Land stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, JK Simmons, John Legend and others.

LISTEN: OSCAR WINNER DAMIEN CHAZELLE & JUSTIN HURWITZ ON “LA LA LAND”

La La Land had 14 Oscar nominations and won 6 Oscars. Chazelle won an Oscar for best director, while Justin Hurwitz won 2 Oscars for score and original music. Emma Stone won the best actress award. La La Land won an Oscar for production design and cinematography.

This interview was recorded in San Francisco and aired on TV in the USA.

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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 on the Orient Express at 9.30 pm. For tickets and information about the event check Mostly British Film Festival’s website.

Coates won an Oscar in 1962 for her work in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. She went on to win 4 Oscar nominations for Out of Sight, In the Line of Fire, The Elephant Man and Becket.

In 2016 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors Coates presented an honorary award to Coates in recognition of her work and contribution to the film industry. Coates began her career in the film industry in 1947 when she worked as an assistant editor for The Archers directed by Derek N.Twist. She next worked for Director Michael Powell’s The Red Shoes. The Pickwick Papers  (1952) directed by Noel Langley was the first feature film Coates edited. And 10 years later in 1962 she won an Oscar for her work in Lawrence of Arabia. The last film Coates edited was  Fifty Shades of Grey released in 2013..

 

RITESH BATRA’S “THE SENSE OF AN ENDING” AT CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL

Director Ritesh Batra of The Lunchbox fame is back with a new film The Sense of an Ending. The film is based on Julian Barnes’s novel by the same name that won the Man Booker prize in 2011. The compact novel as the New York Times Book Review put it is ” a mystery of memory and missed opportunity.”

The film stars Jim BroadbentCharlotte RamplingMichelle Dockery and others.

You can catch The Sense of Ending at this year’s Cinequest Film & VR Festival on March 12, 2017. Check Cinequest’s website for ticket and information about the film.

VIDEO: JOHN TURNER ON KORLA PANDIT

I sit down to talk with John Turner director of Korla, a documentary that takes you on a fascinating journey on Korla Pandit’s music and life. Pandit was a talented musician, who was the person to perform live on American TV. Pandit performed on KTLA in Los Angeles in 1949. He was eventually replaced by Liberace.

Pandit relocated to the San Francisco Bay area, where he lived until his death in 1998. Pandit appeared on KGO TV and continued to play in concerts and release records.

So, who was Pandit? Why did he love from New Delhi, India to the USA? What was his story? Tune in to find out.

Korla will air on PBS during the Black History Month.

  • Title: KORLA
  • Running Time: 78 minutes
  • Status: Released Feb 2017
  • Country: USA
  • GENRE: Documentary

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