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


TOM QUINN ON COLEWELL & KAREN ALLEN

Tom Quinn wrote and directed Colewell, a quiet and evocative film set in a rural town in Pennsylvania. The film stars Karen Allen, Kevin J. O’Connor and others. Colewell had its world premiere at the 2019 SFFILM, which is where we caught up with Quinn. We spoke about the making of Colewell, how he got… Continue Reading


FILM NOTES: FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN

The remarkable rise & fall of John DeLorean, an engineer & automobile entrepreneur, is the subject of Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott’s fascinating documentary Framing John DeLorean. The film makes for an absorbing watch and highlights how ambition & greed undid a plucky engineer-entrepreneur’s achievements and eventually ruined his family, members of his company… Continue Reading


SAN FRANCISCO DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL MAY 29 -JUNE 13, 2019

The 18th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival runs for 2 weeks from May 29 to June 13, 2019 at Roxie and Brava Theaters in San Francisco. The films shown at the festival range from comedy, social justice, environment, LGBT, religion, politics, music, dance, pop culture and many more topics. The festival tagline says it all:… 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


2019 SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

The 24th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival is back  and runs from May 1 through May 5, 2019 at the Castro Theatre.  This annual 5-day event is a wonderful tribute to the silent film era from the the 1920s and 1930s before talkies took over and became popular. The festival  is studded with fantastic… Continue Reading


John Turturro on The Kamla Show

JOHN TURTURRO ON HOW TO CORRECTLY PRONOUNCE HIS NAME

Ever wondered how to correctly pronounce actor John Turturro’s last name? I wondered about the correct way to pronounce his name since he is one of my favorite actors. I got an opportunity to ask Turturro that question in 2014. Turturro was in San Francisco for the press junket of Fading Gigolothat he wrote, directed and… Continue Reading


2019 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

San Francisco International Film Festival  (SFFILM Festival) is the longest running film festival in the US. This year marks its 62nd year and the festival  runs from April 10 through April 23, 2019. San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland are the 3 venues where you can catch the films and listen to filmmakers talk about their… Continue Reading


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MEGAN SMITH ON GENERAL MAGIC

We bring you highlight of our conversation with Megan Smith, who was part of the team at General Magic. In the early 1990s General Magic was one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. Smith shares some of the  hardware challenges the General Magic team faced in developing their pocket crystal or personal communicator.  General… Continue Reading


2019 CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL

Cinequest, an annual film festival in Silicon Valley is back this year from March 5 – March 17, 2019 in San Jose and Redwood City.  Cinequest is not just about films, but it also features Virtual Reality (VR) experiences and conversations with actors and film makers like Nandita Das, Billy Nighy and others. The opening… Continue Reading


The Kamla Show - Director Bjorn Runge on Glenn Close & The Wife

DIRECTOR BJORN RUNGE ON GLENN CLOSE’S OSCAR BUZZ

What about all this initial Oscar buzz for Glenn Close for her role in #TheWife? This was a question on my mind when I got an opportunity to interview director Bjorn Runge in 2018 just before the release of the film.  “I don’t dare think those thoughts,” he replied. “What happens next is out of my… Continue Reading


FILMMAKER FLORIAL HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK ON NEVER LOOK AWAY

We speak with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck about his Oscar nominated  film Never Look Away that he wrote, directed and produced. Never Look Away is on the final list for the 2019 Oscars in the foreign film category. In 2007 Donnersmarck won an Oscar for his debut feature film The Lives of Others  that was… Continue Reading


FILM NOTES: DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES

Filmmaker Alexis Bloom’s new documentary Divide and Conquer:The Story of Roger Ailes chronicles the rise and fall of the powerful and influential former Chairperson and CEO of Fox News. Ailes’s skillful use of television goes back to 1968 and continued all the way into the 21stc. “He was canny…and could read people and  feel the temperature… Continue Reading


Tim Blake Nelson is Buster Scruggs in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a film by Joel and Ethan Coen.

FILM NOTES: THE BALLAD OF BILLY SCRUGGS & FANTASTIC BEASTS:THE CRIMES OF GRINDEWALD

I recently watched The Ballad of Billy Scruggs and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  Strangely, both the films left me disappointed in varying degrees. Joel and Ethan Coen are back with a new film The Ballad of Billy Scruggs – a Netflix original. I was really looking forward watching their new  film where the Coen… Continue Reading


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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


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Prof. Annette Insdorf on Films, Filmmakers and Film History

Prof. Annete Insdorf is a teacher, author, film historian and an interviewer. She teaches at Columbia University and prior to that she taught at Yale University. To say that Prof. Insdorf is consumed by films is an understatement. She got hooked to films as a graduate student at Yale University and her love for films grew… Continue Reading


The Kamla Show - Interview with the filmmakers of Science Fair

SCIENCE FAIR FILMMAKERS CRISTINA CONSTANTINI & DARREN FOSTER

We spoke with filmmakers Darren Foster and Christina Constantini about the making of their lover letter of a film called Science Fair.  The film won an audience award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. “Olympics of Science Fair,” is how one of the students describes this annual science festival that changes the lives of high school… Continue Reading


The Kamla Show - Interview with Noel Dockstader on POINT OF NO RETURN

Filmmaker Noel Dockstader on Point of No Return

We talk to filmmaker Noel Dockstader about the making of “Point of No Return.” This is the first documentary feature film  of Dockstader and his film parter Quinn Kanalay. They like making environmental films and were looking for their next big thing when they came across an article on how Bertrand Piccard and  Andre Boschberg… Continue Reading


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 of Andy Hertzfeld

ANDY HERTZFELD & BILL ATKINSON ON MACINTOSH & GENERAL MAGIC

Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld dropped out of their respective PhD programs and joined Apple Computer when it was still a young company. Steve Jobs persuaded them to join the company and they share how his persuasion worked. Both Atkinson and Hertzfeld made key and valuable contributions to Apple’s early products and some of them… Continue Reading


The Kamla Show - Interview with Noel Dockstader on POINT OF NO RETURN

FILMMAKER NOEL DOCKSTADER ON POINT OF NO RETURN

Filmmaker Noel Dockstader shares why his creative partner Quinn Kanaly and he were drawn into making  their “in the moment” film Point of No Return. The filmmakers spent over 3 years in making their film about the first solar plane – Solar Impulse – that flew around the world by using renewable energy. What drew them… 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


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


Guneet Monga The Kamla Show

GUNEET MONGA ON KARAN JOHAR & THE LUNCHBOX

Filmmaker Guneet Monga is consumed by films and filmmaking and it should come as no surprise that earlier this year she became a member of  Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. We caught up with Monga earlier this year in San Francisco Bay Area to find out how she became a filmmaker and what… 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: RBG FILMMAKERS ON RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S GYM ROUTINE

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the subject of filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary RBG. Justice Ginsburg, who is in her 80’s hits the gym 3 times a week. Cohen describes how they got to shoot the Justice exercising in the gym for their film. We have an extended interview coming up with Cohen and West… Continue Reading