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Catch our interview with educator, author and film historian Dr. Annette Insdorf of Columbia University on Oakland’s KTOP TV on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7.30 pm. The program airs on Comcast 10 and folks in Oakland, East Bay and even some parts of San Francisco.
We spoke with Dr. Insdorf about her love for films and how she prepares for her regular in-person with famous filmmakers called Reel Places at 92Y in New York. She currently teaches film history at Columbia University in New York and prior to that taught at Yale University. She has taught many well-known actors and filmmakers like Angela Bassett, Ed Norton, Rami Bahrani and others.
Every week you can catch our weekly TV show on KTOP, Comcast 10 in Oakland and East Bay in the San Francisco area.
Silent films are often labelled as perky-jerky pictures with no sound but just text to give the viewer a context. That is not the complete picture as Robert Byrne, film restorer and Board President, San Francisco Silent Film Festival shares. Silent films contributed many of the techniques and narratives used by modern day filmmakers points out Byrne. Filmmakers and actors like DW Griffith, Abel Gance and Mary Pickford played a key role in the Silent Film era. Mary Pickford, for instance, was one of the founders of United Artists studio and took pains to preserve her films.
Silent filmmakers were prolific in their output, but sadly many of their films don’t exist.They were either lost in accident, destroyed or poorly archived. Byrne, who is a film restorer explains how he along with other organizations uncover and painstakingly restore silent films. Many of these restored silent films are then shown at the annual 5-day San Francisco Silent Film Festival in San Francisco.
The 2018 San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs from May 30 through June 5 at the Castro Theatre. The films are accompanied by live musicians and orchestra that adds a wonderful touch to the movie watching experience.
I caught up with filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen during the SFFILM to find out how they got to make their documentary RBG on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I was alsocurious to find out how they got permission to shoot the gym segment of Justice Ginsburg. Despite her packed schedule Justice Ginsburg (85) makes time to work out in the gym 3 times a day.
RBG traces Justice Ginsburg life growing up as a first generation American in Brooklyn to studying law at Cornell & Columbia and then making her career as a lawyer and a teacher. She became the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Equal rights for women was an area that Justice Ginsburg focussed right from her early days as a lawyer. The film also highlights how Justice Ginsburg’s husband Martin Ginsburg played an important role in helping her career and bringing up their family.
RBG has got strong reviews from film critics. Kenneth Turan of the LA Times writes “RBG shows the formidable soft power of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” AO Scott of The New York Times writes “The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion.”
RBG released on Friday, May 4, 2018 in San Francisco Bay area.
We caught up with Academy award-winning director Michel Hazanavicius when he was in San Francisco for the SFFILM festival. We spoke to him about his new film Godard Mon Amour. The film is based on the memoirs of Anne Wiazemsky, who was married to Godard and looks at a specific time period in the couple’s life – the late 1960s. Wiazemsky passed away in 2017 saw Godard Mon Amour and liked it says Hazanavicius.
“This is my Godard,” says the filmmaker. Hazanavicius says he has never met Godard and is not aware if the famous French filmmaker has seen the film.It is not often that a living film legend is the subject of a feature film. Godard is one of the founding members of the French New Wave. Age has not slowed down Godard, who is attending the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In fact the 2018 poster for the Cannes Film Festival is based on a 1965 Godard film.
Godard Mon Amour is based on the memoirs of Anne Wiazemsky, who was married to Godard The film.stars Louis Garell, Stacy Martin,Bernice Bejo and Gregory Gadebois.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the subject of filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary RBG. Justice Ginsburg, who is in her 80’s hits the gym 3 times a week. Cohen describes how they got to shoot the Justice exercising in the gym for their film.
We have an extended interview coming up with Cohen and West on how they got to make their documentary on RBG. The film releases in early May 2018.
Los Angeles-based Ben Rekhi shares how the idea for his new film THE ASHRAM (2018) was born while he was traveling in India. The film is available online and starts Sam Keeley, Melissa Cox, Kal Penn, Radhika Apte and Hera Hilmar.
This is a highlight from our upcoming extended interview with Rekhi where we talk about him growing up in Silicon Valley, how he became a filmmaker and his upcoming projects that includes a series for PBS.
Filmmaker Aaron Katz talks about the making of GEMINI, a noir film set in Los Angeles. The film centers around the relationship between a famous young actress (Zoe Kravitz) and her personal assistant (Lola Kirke). Often, the boundaries between their personal and professional life is blurred.
We met Katz in San Francisco and spoke on a wide range of topics from the making of Gemini to how he came to work with Kirke and his fascination with detective stories and his love for films. We also spoke about Katz’s focus is establishing the location of the cities that his films are set in.
Katz previous work includes Land Ho! Quiet City and Cold Weather.
Katz wrote, directed and edited Gemini that is currently showing in theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lights, camera, action, cut, edit and watch the creations of the celluloid dreamers on the big silver screen. Yes, it is that time of the year in the Bay Area. Get ready for the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) that runs from April 4-17, 2018. The 10-day festival is packed with films, live music, award nights, conversations, master classes and a tribute to actress Charlize Theron. The events for SFFILM are spread across San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.
The opening night film on April 4, 2018 is director Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake with Claire Danes, Jim Parsons and Octavia Spencer. The closing night film on April 14, 2018 is director Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot with Joaquin Phoenix, Johan Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is a documentary by Marina Zenovich. Williams lived in the San Francisco Bay area. The film screens on April 7, 2017 at Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
Filmmaker David Sington’s Mercury 13 is a documentary about a group of women that were trained by NASA for a space flight. But, their turn to travel to space did not come through. The film explores what happened and why their mission was still born.
RBG is a film about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film is directed by Betsy Wise and Julie Cohen, who will be at the Castro Theatre screening on April 14, 2018.
Neville Morgan’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a portrait about Mr. Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood fame. The film screens on April 7 and April 9, 2018 and Morgan will be at the screenings.
SFFILM provides a rare opportunity to listen to a mix of interesting people on films, filmmaking and technology like Wayne Wang, Guy Maddin, Alex Garland (director of Ex Machina) Annette Insdorf, and Jaron Lanier (who coined the term Virtual Reality).
Tickets for the 61st San Francisco Film Festival go on sale from Friday, March 16, 2018.
Renowned British physicist Dr.Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018. He was 76 years old.
In 2014 Eddie Redmayne essayed the role of Dr. Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything. I got a chance to interview Redmayne about how he prepared for the role and his meeting with Dr. Hawking.