Watch the highlights of our upcoming 2-part interview with San Francisco Bay area filmmaker Pete Nicks. We talk to him about his new documentary The Force that won him a directing award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Nicks takes you behind the scenes of the Oakland Police department that has been under federal monitoring for many years. The film released in September 2017.
Activist Dolores Huerta is the subject of filmmaker Peter Bratt‘s new documentary Dolores. I caught up with them at the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival to find out why it took so long to make a film on Huerta, who worked alongside Cesar Chaves on California’s farm workers movement. Huerta’s involvement goes back to the 1960s and she shares how she got involved and the influence of Gandhi and his non-violent philosophy on Chavez and herself.
Dolores releases Sept 1, 2017 in San Francisco Bay area. In early 2018 the film will air on PBS stations.
Delighted to share that Utah Education Network (UEN) TV is currently airing our 9-part series on Women in Science, Technology and Business in Silicon Valley. Each episode airs on 2 different days of the week (Mondays at 10.30 pm and Fridays at 430 am on Channel 9 in Salt Lake City, UT.
Here are a couple of screen shots from UEN’s website on our show.
Activist Dolores Huerta and filmmaker Peter Bratt talk about how Gandhi’s non-violent methods of protest influenced Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement of California. Gandhi’s philosophy was a huge influence on Chavez points out Huerta, who is the subject of the film Dolores directed by Bratt. Huerta became an activist at a young age & was a co-founder of the farm workers movement with Chavez.
This interview is a highlight of a longer interview with Huerta and Bratt. Dolores releases in theatres in the US in mid-September 2017 and will show on PBS in 2018.
Corbett Redford’s documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk made its debut at the 2017 San Francisco SFDoc Festival. The film is a rich and dense chronicle of punk music from San Francisco’s East Bay region that gave birth to bands like Green Day and others. Green Day is the executive producer of the film.
Before launching the film project Corbett got some friendly guidelines from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. These guidelines were: don’t get lost in the acrimony, don’t mystify nostalgia and include diverse voices. The film is a celebration of that spirit and how 924 Gilman, a non-profit organization played a key role in providing a safe haven to hundreds of musicians and young people over the course of 30 years.
Watch out for our longer interview with Redford where he talks about the making of Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.
Why is stem education important? It explains us things and teaches us to be data-driven and evidence-based shares Nancy Zayed, founder and CTO of MagicCube of Silicon Valley. And this is not to undermine intuition Zayed adds. A lot of innovation happens when liberal arts folks join and help find a different angle for tech companies she says.
Watch the full interview with Zayed here.
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.
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.
A robot barista whipping up your order of coffee you ask? Yes, meet Gordon your robotic barista at Cafe X. Gordon whips up your choice of latte, cappuccino or espresso from local coffee companies like Peet’s (the first Peet’s opened in Berkeley), Verve or AKA. Cafe X is located at the Metreon shopping center in San Francisco. Supposedly this is the first cafe in the US with a robotic barista.
This video was shot and edited on iPhone 7 plus.