VIDEO: WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND TECH SERIES

For the past 2 years we have produced a special TV series on Women in Science & Tech. Our sense was that this series would resonate with our audience in the San Francisco Bay area. Happily we got very encouraging feedback from viewers and programming folks from various TV stations.  And then we expanded our footprint and ventured outside of our comfort zone in SF Bay area. Happily we got very encouraging feedback from the programming folks from various markets in the USA. All this encouraging feedback means that need to produce more episodes in 2017.

Guests featured in this series share their story of how they got interested in math and science, and how their parents helped develop their interest. Not all of them had an easy time at school and a couple of them did not pursue math and science in college, and yet they ended up working in the tech industry. Tune in to find out their stories.

This series on Women in Science and Tech is sponsored by Zoho.

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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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VIDEO: HALFDAN HUSSEY ON CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL

I  sat down to speak with Halfdan Hussey, CEO and co-founder of Cinequest Inc, a Silicon Valley-based organization. Every year they host an annual film festival that features films, workshops, conversation and spotlights the latest technology for content creators and filmmakers. They also have a program for youths called Picture The Possibilities.

Hussey talks about the philosophy behind their Picture The Possibilities initiatives and what is new in this year’s film festival. Hussey is a film maker and an author and he shares how his interest in films developed and what propelled him to write.

The opening night film on Feb 28, 2017 is director Mark Pellington’s The Last Word starring Shirley MacLaine & Amanda Seyfried. The closing night film is director Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh & others. Jane Lynch and Jason Reitman will be at Cinequest to receive their Maverick Award.

Cinequest Film and VR Festival takes place in San Jose and Redwood City from Feb 28 to March 2017. For tickets and program schedule visit Cinequest’s website.

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VIDEO: DEVIKA CHAWLA ON ENGINEERING AND MUSIC

Meet Devika Chawla, Engineering Director at Netflix and a music composer and singer. I sat down with her to find out how she developed and nurtured her interests in science, especially computer programming and music from a young age.How did her parents help shape her interests? Why did she elect to study computer engineering at George Town University? What brought her to Silicon Valley in the 1990s?How did she get to work with Hans Zimmer for Apple’s iMovie app? How does she balance her passion for computer engineering and music?

Chawla is trained in Indian classical (Hindustani) music. She has released a handful of music records and worked with various musicians like Bohemia, a San Francisco Bay area rapper and Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan, sarod musicians from India.

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

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VIDEO: DR. UMA JAYARAM ON VIRTUAL REALITY & ENGINEERING

Dr. Uma Jayaram is the co-founder and COO of VOKE VR that was acquired by Intel Corp in November 2016 for an undisclosed amount. We recorded our interview with Dr. Jayaram earlier this year before it was acquired by Intel.

We sat down with Dr. Jayaram to find out how she and her husband Dr. Sankar Jayaram came up with the idea to build VOKE VR and how they built an end-to-end VR solution. Their goal was to provide real-time, immersive experience to their audience and they succeeded in doing that. Their solution is used to stream live concert and sports events she shares.

Dr. Jayaram grew up in Durgapur, India and credits her mother for nurturing her interest in math and science. Her mother was one of the first women engineers in India, who  got her master’s in electrical engineering from University of Washington in 1954. Instead of staying back in the US her mother elected to go back to India to teach physics at an Engineering college in Durgapur.

Dr. Jayaram shares her mother was her  role model for her career and family. Dr. Jayaram fondly reminisces an evening when her mother taught her  about Einstein’s theory for her exams, while rustling up a sumptuous dinner for her family.

Dr. Jayaram followed her mother’s footsteps and studied engineering and eventually ended up in Washington state, where she taught at Washington State University, Pullman. The Jayarams founded a couple of companies before founding VOKE.

This interview is part of our TV series on Women in Science & Tech sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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VIDEO: FLORE DE ANIS BY CASCADE DE FLORES

Flor de Anís is a song composed by Jorge Licego by Cascada de Flores, a San Francisco Bay area ensemble.  Liceaga sings the music and is accompanied by Arwen Lawrence (vocalist, dancer), Kyla Danysh (violinist, vocalist), and Saul Sierra-Alonso (bass).

You can watch the entire performance and an interview with Lawrence here. The show was aired on TV in the USA.

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VIDEO: CHRISTOPHER LOCHHEAD ON PLAY BIGGER, SILICON VALLEY & THE CHURCH OF LATTER-DAY DUDE

Meet Silicon Valley-based Christopher Lochhead, co-author of f Play Bigger – How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets. Prior to writing the book Lochhead was the Chief Marketing Officer of 3 Silicon Valley-based companies. He is also the father of 7 hens, a surfer and a priest in the Church of Latter-Day Dude.

We sat down with Lochhead to talk about his book, growing up in Canada and how he came to work in Silicon Valley and worked for 3 different companies: Vantive, Scient and Mercury Interactive that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 1996 for over $4.5 billion. Lochhead also shares about how he and his partner failed in their first company and how his dyslexia. And finally, we talk to him about his priesthood in the Church of Latter-Day Dude that is based on the teachings of The Big Lebowski.

You can follow Lochhead on Twitter.

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VIDEO: LA LA LAND’S DAMIEN CHAZELLE AND JUSTIN HURWITZ

 

We got an opportunity to speak with Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz about the making of La La Land, its music, the influence of Hollywood musicals, Jacques Demy and their first day in Los Angeles. Are there any autobiographical elements in this film? Tune in to find out.

Chazelle wrote and directed the film and Hurwitz composed the music. They have worked together since their student days at Harvard University. Their last collaboration Whiplash for which JK Simmons won an Oscar for best supporting actor.

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

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VIDEO: ALAM KHAN ON USTAD ALI AKBAR KHAN, THE LEGACY OF MAIHAR GHARANA & HIP-HOP

Alam Khan is a musician, composer and educator. He plays the sarode.  We spoke with Khan about his father Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, the legacy of Maihar gharana and his love for both Hindustani or North Indian classical music and hip-hop.

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was one of the most famous sarode player and Khan is carrying on the legacy of his father’s music and Maihar gharana that traces its roots to Tansen, the court musician in the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar.  Members of Maihar gharana include Allauddin Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, Annapurna Devi, Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee and others.

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan founded a music school in San Francisco Bay area in 1967 and his music influenced quite a few iconic musicians like The Grateful Dead and others. Khan teaches at the school just like his father did. The school celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Khan shares how growing up in Marin county he listened to both Hindustani music and mainstream American music like Crosby, Still and Nash, Jim Hendrix and hip-hop. He learnt to play the guitar from Jai Uttal as a teenager. Khan dabbled with playing the sarode as a 7-year old and then returned to it as a 12-year-old and spent many years learning to play the sarode from his father.

Besides Hindustani music Khan is a also a big fan of hip-hop music and recently released an album called Grand Tapestry with Elijh on vocals, Saler Nader on tabla and Alam Khan on sarode.

What did Ustad Ali Akbar Khan have to say about hip-hop and rap music. “Too much talking and not enough music,” was his answer as his son shares in the interview. Rap music is “loop-based and about words,” adds Khan. It sounds like Khan has found a way to embrace both Hindustani and hip-hop music in a happy way.

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VIDEO: LUCAS HEDGES ON MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, KENNETH LONERGAN AND ACTING

Lucas Hedges is a fine, fine actor. I sat down to speak to Hedges about his role in Manchester By The Sea, Kenneth Lonergan, his new film with Martin McDonagh, acting, music and Harry Potter. Hedges has known Lonergan since he was a kid and yet was very nervous when he audioned for the film. He auditioned 5 times before he found out that he had bagged the role in Lonergan’s film. Tune in to find out how Hedges was nervous.

Manchester By The Sea is a sharply nuanced film that gets under your skin and makes you a little uncomfortable. It is bleak, tragic & funny. Hedges provides the much-needed humor in the film. The film is about love, tragedy, and circle of life and is written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, who also wrote the screenplay for Analyze This and Gangs of New York among others.

The film is a “masculine melodrama that doubles as a fable of social catastrophe,” writes AO Scott of The New York Times. “Manchester-by-the-Sea is a study of family dysfunction and the worse loss imaginable,” writes  of The Guardian.

  • Title: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
  • Running Time: 137 minutes
  • Status: Limited Released on Nov 25, 2016 in SF Bay area & expanding in first weeks of December
  • Country: USA
  • GENRE: DRAMA

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