PODCAST: DANIELLE APPLESTONE ON ENGINEERING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Danielle Applestone @HillGirlProductionsLLC

Meet Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Company that makes desktop milling machine. Applestone talks about how growing up in Arkansas and discovering her love for math and science and how she decided to study engineering. She went to MIT to study chemical engineering and discovered that what she really wanted to study was material science. She got her  PhD in material engineering. She headed to Silicon Valley,which is where she wanted to learn the ropes for starting a company. Tune in to find out how she did it.

LISTEN: DANIELLE APPLESTONE ON ENGINEERING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

This interview aired on TV in the US and is part of our Women in Science & Tech Series sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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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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PODCASAT: OSCAR NOMINEE THEODORE MELFI ON HIDDEN FIGURES & MATH BOOT CAMP

Theodore Melfi @HillGirlProducitons, LLCWe caught up with Oscar nominee Theodore Melfi of Hidden Figures in San Francisco. Melfi directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Alison Schroder. We talked to him about the making of Hidden Figures, how he got attached to the film. the math boot camp for his actors and the music by Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer.The film won 3 Oscar nominations: best picture, best supporting actress and the best adapted screenplay.

LISTEN: OSCAR NOMINEE THEODORE MELFI ON HIDDEN FIGURES & MATH BOOT CAMP:

Hidden Figures is a true story based by a book by the same name by Margot Lee Shetterley. The film is about 3 African-American math teachers, who worked in NASA’s Apollo project in the 1960s. The film highlights how these women overcame racism and prejudice in the workplace. Interestingly, the stories of these African-Americans and their contribution to NASA has largely remain hidden until now.

In December 2016 Melfi and Olivia Spencer, who acts in the film were in San Francisco to receive The Sloan Science in Cinema award. The award is given by the San Francisco Film Society and The Sloan Foundation.

Hidden Figures stars Taraji Henderson, Olivia Henderson, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kristin Dunst, Jim Parsons and Mahershala Ali.

  • Title: HIDDEN FIGURES
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Status: Released in USA 
  • Country:HOLLYWOOD
  • Genre: DRAMA

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PODCAST: JOHN MADDEN ON “MISS SLOANE,” JESSICA CHASTIN & STAR WARS

Director John Madden on the set of EuropaCorp's "Miss Sloane". Photo Credit: Kerry Hayes © 2016 EuropaCorp – France 2 Cinema

Director John Madden on the set of EuropaCorp’s “Miss Sloane”.
Photo Credit: Kerry Hayes
© 2016 EuropaCorp – France 2 Cinema

Director John Madden’s new film Miss Sloane is about a powerful Washington DC lobbyist played by Jessica Chastain. We caught up with Madden at Industrial Light Magic’s (ILM) office in San Francisco. ILM was a fitting venue since Madden’s first American project was a radio drama of Star Wars. George Lucas is a big fan of radio drama and gave the radio drama rights to his alma mater University of Southern California (USC) points out Madden.

We talked with Madden about his association with ILM, Star Wars,  the making of Miss Sloane and Chastain. The film is based on a screenplay by debut writer Jonathan Perera.

Madden first worked with Chastain in The Debt and was impressed with her acting. Tune in to find out what he has to say about Star Wars, the making of Miss Sloane, Jessica Chastain and Perera.

LISTEN: JOHN MADDEN ON “MISS SLOANE,” JESSICA CHASTIN & STAR WARS

Madden started his career in directing radio dramas and went on to work in theatre, TV and films. His first film was Ethan Frome followed by Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, The Debt, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 1 and 2 and now Miss Sloane.

 

  • Title: MISS SLOANE
  • Running Time: 132 minutes
  • Status: Releases Nov 9, 2016 in San Francisco Bay area
  • Country: USA
  • GENRE: POLITICAL THRILLER, DRAMA

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PODCAST: VAASANTHI ON JAYALALITHA & TAMIL NADU POLITICS

VaasanthiJayalalitha Jayaraman, the Chief Minister of the southern Indian India state Tamil Nadu passed on Dec 5, 2106 in Chennai. Jayalalitha (68) represents a rare breed of Tamil politicians, who built their career in the Tamil film industry before joining politics. Jayalalitha along with MGR and Karunanidhi exerted a powerful influence on their voters and on the policy and politics of Tamil Nadu.  This is a rare and unusual phenomenon where these 3 politicians were democratically voted in and out of power for over 40 years.

These 3 politicians  – Jayalalitha, MGR and Karunanidhi have been elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu since the 1970s till 2016. With the passing away of  Jayalalitha and MGR, the only person left in the triumivirate is Karunanidhi, who is is 92 years old now.

Tamil Nadu politics is filled with complexties and contradictions. To an outsider Tamil Nadu politics is full of contradictions points out Vaasanthi author of  Cut-outs, Caste and Cine Stars.  But, for an insider or someone who grew up in Tamil Nadu (like I did)  the contradictions were part and parcel of their life.

We spoke to Vaasanthi about Jayalalitha, Karunanidhi and the evolution of caste politics in Tamil Nadu and the central roles that Tamil films played. We get a peek into Jayalalitha’s personality and political style through Vaasanthi.

LISTEN: VAASANTHI ON  JAYALALITHA & TAMIL NADU POLITICS 

This interview was recorded in 2016 when Tamil Nadu had just held its state elections, where Jayalalitha’s party failed to win the elections. At a personal level Jayalalitha did well in the 2016 elections. Don’t write off Jayalalitha yet she says. Vaasanthi was right. A few years later Jayalalitha won the elections and became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

This interview was originally published in May 2006.

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PODCAST: JONATHAN AIBEL & GLENN BERGER ON WRITING “TROLLS”

Aibel & Berger

Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berg share on how they came to write the screenplay for Trolls. One of the interesting things about trolls is that there was no backstory or a universe available for them.

Aibel and Berger got an opportunity to architect and create a whole new world and backstory for these happy-go-lucky trolls. Their world consists of music, dance and hug time and making sure they stay clear from the Bergens, who are these grumpy, unhappy creatures. The only way Bergens can be happy is when they eat happy little Trolls. For 20 odd years the Trolls managed to stay safe. But, then one day a Bergen discovers the safe haven of trolls and what happens next is what the film is about.

We spoke to Aibel and Berger on how they became writers in Hollywood and for a string of TV and film including the Kung Fu Panda trilogy.

Trolls is a 3D animation films and stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani.

  • Title: TROLLS
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Status: Releases Nov 4, 2015
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: 3D Animation

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PODCAST: MIKE MITCHELL & WALT DOHRN ON TROLLS, JAMES CORDEN & BOLLYWOOD

Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn

 

Director Mike Mitchell and co-director Walt Dohrn talk about their relentlessly happy film Trolls. Mitchell and Dorn have known each other since their time as students at Cal Institute of Arts and later on in Shrek and other films. Both are big fans of Walt Disney and HayooMiyazaki and talk about them as well as Alfred Hitchcock. How Hitchcock keeps his audience engaged is something they talk about constantly point out Mitchell and Dorn.

The film has songs, dance and hug time and is filled with colors and is a feel good picture. The key to happiness lies within you is the central theme of the film. We sat down to speak with them about the making of Trolls and how they came to work with James Corden in the film. Corden “sings like an angel” in the film says Dorn.

Mitchell and Dohrn share that they want to make a Bollywood film next. There is a bit of Bollywood influence in Trolls both of them find out. Tune in to find out more about Trolls and Bollywood.

LISTEN: MIKE MITCHELL & WALT DOHRN ON TROLLS

Trolls is a 3D animation films and stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani.

  • Title: TROLLS
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Status: Releases Nov 4, 2015
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: 3D Animation

PODCAST: FILMMAKER BARRY JENKINS ON THE MAKING OF “MOONLIGHT”

Barry Jenkins @kamlashow.comFilmmaker Barry Jenkins Moonlight is an elegant and brilliantly evocative film about coming-of-age and love.This is one of the best films I have seen so far this year. There is an aura of quiet grace about Moonlight that makes  you think long after the end credits have rolled. You go away wondering what is that little act of help and love you can do today to help someone.

Moonlight is set in 3 acts and takes you through the journey of Chiron, a young  fatherless African-American boy, who is bullied and roughed up by neighborhood kids and is confused about his sexuality. Chiron learns to fend for himself since his mother is a drug addict and is dealing with her own set of challenges. We watch Chiron or Little as he is known shape up from a shy young boy  to a diffident teenager and a confident adult. What rescues Chiron is love. I thought the film was how a little bit of love can go a long way in helping people.

The film is based on Tyrell Alvin McCraney’s book In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The book is based on McCraney’s life. Ironically, both McCraney and Jenkins grew up in the same part of Miami, but did not know each other then.

We caught up with Jenkins in San Francisco when he was here for the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival. We spoke to him about the making of Moonlight and what drew him to make this film. How did he get to choose the actors, who played the central character Chiron? How did he get Naomi Harris known for her role as Money Penny in James Bond films to act in Moonlight? Tune in to find out the answers to this and other questions with Jenkins.

LISTEN: BARRY JENKINS ON THE MAKING OF “MOONLIGHT”

Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Naomi Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monae, Andre Holland and Alex Hibbert. The film opens on Friday, Oct  28, 2016 in San Francisco Bay area.

Here are a couple of reviews of Moonlight from The New York Times and The Altantic,

  • Title: MOONLIGHT
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Status: Film Releases on Oct 28, 2016 in SF Bay area
  • Country: USA
  • GENRE: DRAMA

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PODCASAT: EWAN McGREGOR ON THE MAKING OF “AMERICAN PASTORAL”

Ewan McGregorFilmmaker Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut with American Pastoral that is based on a Philip Roth novel by the same name. Roth won a Pulitzer prize for his novel.

American Pastoral stars McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakokta Fanning, David StrathairnUzo AdubaRupert Evans and Valorie Curry.

We caught up with McGregor in San Francisco to talk about the making of American Pastoral, his experience directing a feature film and how he got into acting and how his parents supported his decision to become an actor. We also spoke about Danny Boyle with whom McGregor has worked in a handful of films like Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and the upcoming sequel to Trainspotting that releases in 2017.  What did he learn from Boyle’s style of directing?

 LISTEN: EWAN McGREGOR ON THE MAKING OF “AMERICAN PASTORAL”

American Pastoral releases on Oct 21, 2016 in San Francisco Bay area.

  • Title: AMERICAN PASTORAL
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Status: Film Releases on Oct 21, 2016 in SF Bay area
  • Country: USA

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PODCAST: CURATOR CHRIS GARCIA OF COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM ON SILICON VALLEY’S HISTORY & CULTURE

Chris GarciaWe sat down with Chris Garcia, curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View to find out about the evolution of technology and the  history and legacy of Silicon Valley.

The Computer History Museum is the place to see those huge computers that used punch cards to the advent of personal computers and smart phones. This is the place to see how technology evolved. What were the inflection points that helped shape this technical revolution and ushered in the Age of Information.

The museum has a treasure trove of artifacts and houses quite a few unusual objects including a 1960s Kitchen Computer, robots, Cray Supercomputers and early versions of Apple computers. We were also curious to find out how Garcia curates artifacts at the museum. What is that process like?

LISTEN: CURATOR CHRIS GARCIA OF COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM ON SILICON VALLEY’S HISTORY & CULTURE

Garcia grew up in Silicon Valley and remembers using Apple’s computers as a kid. He shares some fascinating backstories about Silicon Valley’s startup culture. For example, Nolan Bushenell’s Atari Inc helped shaped the startup culture of Silicon Valley like free food and a casual working atmosphere, which is now followed by many startups around the world.

The Computer History Museum is located at 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043.

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