VIDEO: JEANNETTE WALLS ON THE GLASS CASTLE, WOODY HARRELSON, NAOMI WATTS & BRIE LARSON

I sat down with journalist and author Jeannette Walls to talk about her memoir The Glass Castle that is now a Hollywood film. The film stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and others. The film releases on August 11, 2017.

Walls grew up poor and lived in a home with no running water or electricity. She left home at 17 for Manhattan, where she completed her high school and started working for a local newspaper in Brooklyn. Walls then went on get her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and became a journalist. She worked as a gossip columnist for MSNBC. While covering stories about celebrities Walls realized that she had never shared her story of a gritty and nomadic childhood, where her family lived in cars, abandoned buildings and foraged for food .The irony did not escape Walls that she now lived in a nice apartment, while her homeless parents lived in an abandoned building and foraged for food. The dissonance did not escape her and that prompted her to write her memoir that became a best-seller.

We also have a highlight of an upcoming interview with filmmaker Alexandra Dean on her documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Lamar was not just a beautiful actress, but also an inventor. The film releases in November 2017.

This interview was aired on TV in the US.

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VIDEO: ALEXANDRA DEAN ON BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

Filmmaker Alexandra Dean wrote and directed a new documentary on Hedy Lamarr, who was a Hollywood actress and an inventor. Lamarr was often described as the “most beautiful woman in the world” But, what was little known is that Lamarr was an inventor and her invention paved the way for bluetooth, GPS, wi-fi and other technologies.

In this excerpt from an upcoming interview Dean shares why she made the film on Lamarr, and how she was inspired by her.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story releases in the US in November 2017.

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WOMEN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS SERIES AIRING ON PBS STATIONS

Our 9-part series on Women in Science, Technology and Business from Silicon Valley is airing on PBS College Station, TX on Sundays at 11.30 am CST. The first episode aired on Sunday, Aug 9, 2017 and the last episode airs on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

And, starting on Friday, Sept 8th the series will air on Sacramento’s PBS channel KVIE2 at 6.30 am PST. The last episode will air on Friday, Nov 3rd at 6.30 am PST.

Earlier in July, Austin’s PBS station KLRU aired one of the episodes from our Women in Science, Technology and Business series.

A big thank you to these PBS stations for airing our series in Women in Science, Technology and Business sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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VIDEO: NANCY ZAYED, CO-FOUNDER & CTO OF MAGICCUBE INC

We sat down to speak with Nancy Zayed co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of MagicCube, a Silicon Valley startup. Zayed previously worked for Apple, Palm and Cisco before she decided to co-found her startup. This interview is part of our Women in Science, Tech & Business  TV series.

MagicCube makes security easy for mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications is how Zayed describes their startup. We talk to her about how they came up with the idea for their startup, the challenges of doing a startup and the toll it takes on your family. Startups are not for the faint of heart says Zayed. In early 2017 MagicCube raised its  Series A round of funding. They previously raised a seed round.

Zayed developed an interest in math and science as a young girl and credits her primary school teacher for nurturing her interest.We also find out the role of her parents in nurturing her interests in math and science.

This is part of our Women in Science, Tech & Business series sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER DAVID LOWERY ON “A GHOST STORY”

We sat down with filmmaker David Lowery to talk about his  new film A Ghost Story. Lowery wrote, directed and edited the film.

At first blush the film appears to be about a ghost that haunts its old home. But, the film stays with you long after you have seen and prompts thoughts about the cycle of life, rebirth, memories, home, passage of time and love. These are questions that we typically shove to a forgotten corner of our minds and seldom think about them A Ghost Story left me wondering about what is life, and what is your role in the world.

How did Lowery get the idea for writing the script for this unusual film that evokes strong memories of love life, history, time and home? Was he inspired by Steven Spielberg’s ET? Or was it the children’s book on ghost that he read as a child? Tune in to hear Lowery share what inspired him to write A Ghost Story, and what he learnt from it.

A Ghost Story stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and others. The film releases wide in the US on July 28, 2017.

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VIDEO: SFFILM’S NOAH COWAN

We sat down with Noah Cowan, Executive Director of SFFILM to find out about their long-term strategic direction and what it means to be a film institute in San Francisco. In early 2017 they changed their name to SFFILM from San Francisco Film Society.

SFFILM has year around programs and works with various organizations to help promote films,filmmakers, artist development and outreach programs for students. They host an annual international film festival, provide grants and support artists, and work with high schools to educate students on how to read films and apply them in learning other subjects. SFFILM has one of the biggest grant making programs for commercial films and were instrumental in the making of Patti Cake$, Fruitvale Station, Beasts of Southern Wild and other films says Cowan.

We are not a standalone entity but are part of the San Francisco Bay area fabric points out Cowan. They work with various organizations like San Francisco MoMa, San Francisco Opera, Pacific Archives and others. It is essential to connect with the technological change in cinema and evolve with the community points out Cowan. Earlier this year they introduced an online screening room and a mobile app for their members.

Cowan joined SFFILM in 2014 and prior to that he spent many years at the Toronto Film Festival.

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VIDEO: JAMES IVORY ON FILMS, ISMAIL MERCHANT AND INDIA

We sat down with director James Ivory to talk about growing up on the west coast, arts, films, Ismail Merchant, Ruth Prawar Jhabvala, Satyajit Ray and India. Ivory also shares some of his favorite films from his childhood days.

Ivory was born in Berkeley, grew up Oregon and every year they visited San Francisco Bay area to spend time with their extended family. He studied architecture and fine arts at the University or Oregon and filmmaking at University of Southern California (USC). At USC he made a short film called Venice: Themes of Variations. His second short film The Sword and the Flute was inspired by Indian miniature paintings that he first saw in an art gallery in San Francisco. It was this film that led to his interest and connection in India and also his first meeting with Ismail Merchant.

In 1961 Ivory and  Merchant formed the Merchant Ivory Productions. Around this time they also started their collaboration with writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The trio made award-winning films like Shakespeare Wallah, Heat and Dust, A Room With A View, Howard’s End, The Remains of the Day and others.

This interview was recorded at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, where his film Maurice was screened.

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VIDEO: WOMEN IN TECH – NANCY ZAYED OF MAGICCUBE INC

Meet Nancy Zayed, Founder and CTO of MagicCube Inc, a Silicon Valley-based mobile digital security startup. Working in a startup demands a lot or time and attention and cuts into your personal life. Zayed grew up with working parents. Her father was a medical doctor and her mother was a pharmacist. What did she learn from her parents when it comes to work-life balance? Tune in to find out.

This is a highlight of an upcoming interview with Zayed in our Women in Science, Tech & Business series sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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VIDEO: SHIREEN SANTOSHAM, CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER AT SAN JOSE

Meet  Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer in Mayor Sam Liccardo’s office of San Jose. We sat down to speak with her about her role as a Chief Innovation Officer about building a smart city. How do you harness technology to improve the lives of denizens of this Silicon Valley city? How do you improve digital infrastructure of the city? How do you deal with connected cars and autonomous vehicles that are fast becoming a reality? How do you build San Jose into a smart, sustainable and innovative city by 2020?

Santosham is acutely aware on how technology can help improve the lives of people. Previously she was with a telecom organization and worked on how to bridge the divide for women globally. Women are less likely to use and own a mobile phone she points out.

Santosham grew up in an Indian reservation in Arizona where both her parents served as doctors. She thought she would follow her parents footsteps, but opted to study finance for her undergraduate and got an MBA from Harvard University.

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

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VIDEO: DIRECTOR JAMES IVORY ON INDIA, SAEED JAFFREY AND ISMAIL MERCHANT

We caught up with director James Ivory at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, where his film Maurice was screened. This is a highlight of a longer upcoming interview. In this clip Ivory shares how his interest in India developed and the first documentary he made on India called The Sword and the FluteIt was through this documentary that he came to meet actor Saeed Jaffrey and Ismail Merchant.

Ivory and his filmmaking partner Ismail Merchant through their Merchant Ivory Productions have made nearly 40 feature films. While neither Ivory nor Merchant have won an Oscar for their work as director or producer, their films have won them a handful of Oscars. Their repertoire of films include Howard’s End, Maurice, Heat and Dust, A Room With A View, Mr & Mrs Bridges, The Householder and others.

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