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


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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