VIDEO: FILMMAKER RITESH BATRA ON THE MAKING OF “THE SENSE OF AN ENDING”

We caught up with filmmaker Ritesh Batra in San Francisco to talk about the making of his film The Sense of An Ending (2017), his next film project with Robert Redford & Jane Fonda and his favorite Bollywood films. Batra shares what it was like to adapt the British novel to a film and work with an all-English cast. This is his second feature film. His first picture was  The Lunchbox, an  award-winning film set in Mumbai, India.

The Sense of An Ending is based on Julian Payne’s on his award-winning novel by the same name. Jim Broadbent plays the central character in this coming-of-age film of an older person set in England. The film has a nuanced and quiet quality about it. It is a story about the intersection of memory and growing old. Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockerty (Downtown Abbey) and others act in this film.

Batra also shares some of his favorite Bollywood films that he watched growing up in Mumbai, India.

The Sense of An Ending releases March 17, 2017 in San Francisco.

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VIDEO: SHALINI GOVIL-PAI ON COMPUTER GRAPHICS, PIXAR & YOUTUBE

Shalini Govil-Pai is an engineer and author of two books on computer graphics. She fell in love with computer graphics as a teenager. Unsurprisingly then she went on to get her under-graduate and graduate degrees in computer engineering. And with persistence and single-minded focus she got a job at Pixar Animation. As technical director at Pixar she worked on Toy Story and A Big’s Life. In 2005 she joined Google and now works for Google/YouTube.

In this interview we talk to Govil-Pai about how she discovered her love for computer graphics when she worked on a SGI graphics compute in her father’s lab. What was the first piece of code she wrote? What was it like to be the only female undergraduate student in a class of 35 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay? How did she land her dream job at Pixar Animations? What is her advice to  young girls who want to study engineering? Tune in to find out.

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

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER RITESH BATRA ON “THE SENSE OF AN ENDING”

 

Highlights of our upcoming interview with filmmaker Ritesh Batra on his new film The Sense of An Ending. The film is based on Julian Payne’s novel by the same name. This coming-of-age film is about a older man, who is semi-retired. Set in England, the film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter and Michelle Dockery (Downtown Abbey).

Batra made his debut as a feature film director and writer with his critically acclaimed award-winning The Lunchbox. The film premiered in Cannes in 2013. Prior to that Batra had made a few award-winning short films.

Stay tuned for our full interview with Batra on the making of The Sense of An Ending, his upcoming film with Robert Redford and Jane Honda and Bollywood films. Batra grew up in Bombay, India and came to the US for his higher studies.

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VIDEO: INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS WITH NICOLE LAZZARO ON WONDER, GAMING AND VIRTUAL REALITY

Nicole Lazzaro is CEO of XEO Design, a San Francisco Bay area company. She has over 20 years experience designing and developing games for various platforms.

Here are highlights from an upcoming interview from our Women in Science and Tech series where she talks about the joy of wonder and developing games for virtual reality. What advice does Lazzaro have for those who want to develop and design games? Learn to code and read lots of non-fiction work is her advice.

Tune back in to watch the full interview with Lazzaro. This interview is part of our Women in Science and Tech series sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER MARK PELLINGTON ON THE LAST WORD, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, AMANDA SEYFRIED & MTV

Filmmkaer Mark Pellington talks about this new The Last Word that stars Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, AnnJewel Lee Dixon,  Thomas Sadoski & Philip Baker Hall. This is a coming-of age film of a octogenerian played by MacLaine.

We sat down to speak with Pellington about the making of The Last Word, working with MacLaine & Amanda Seyfried and The Kinks, whose music plays a key role in the film. We also spoke about his creative process and his work with iconic music bands and singers like Pearl Jam (Jeremy), U2 (Achtung Baby), Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Michael Jackson and others. Pellington started his career at MTV in the 1980s.

Pellington’s repertoire of feature films include Going All The Way, Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, Henry Poole Is Here and I Melt With You.

The Last Word releases in the San Francisco March 10, 2017.

  • Title: THE LAST WORD
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Status: Limited Release March 10, 2017
  • Country:USA
  • GENRE: COMEDY/DRAMA

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VIDEO: CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL FEB 28 – MAR 12, 2017

Silicon Valley’s annual film festival Cinequest is back this year with a strong focus on Virtual Reality (VR). Rebranded as Cinequest Film & VR Festival the festival has expanded beyond its traditional downtown San Jose area. This year film screenings will be held in various parts of San Jose and in a new location in the Peninsula – Redwood City.

We talked to Halfdan Hussey, CEO and co-founder of Cinequest about this year’s festival.

For ticket and information to the film festival and VR events check the website of Cinequest.

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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

This interview aired on TV in the USA. You can watch our weekly TV show in the US. Here is a list of TV stations in the US that broadcast our show. You can subscribe to our  YouTube channel and podcast where every week we feature new interviews.

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.

You can watch our weekly TV show in the US. Here is a list of TV stations in the US that broadcast our show. You can subscribe to our  YouTube channel and podcast where every week we feature new interviews.