Francis Ford Coppola Interview



San Francisco bay area has a rich history of filmmaking. The tradition goes all the way to the early 20thc when Niles Canyon near Fremont was home to the Silent Film Industry. Many silent films were produced in the studios of Niles Canyon.

Fast forward to the late 1960s when Francis Ford Coppolo  and George Lucas established American Zoetrope studio in San Francisco. If you are ever in the North Beach area of San Francisco look for the American Zoetrope building that is located right beneath the TransAmerica Pyramid building. You cannot miss the green color building.

Both Coppola and Lucas went on to make some of the most iconic American films. Did you know parts of Coppola’s “Apocalpyse Now,” were shot on Napa River? Listen to Academy Award winning editor Lisa Fruchtman talk about it here. She worked on “Apocalypse Now.”

Coppola eventually  branched out into wines and hospitality business. Here is a terrific interview with Coppolo from The Financial Times that is studded with all sorts of wonderful “film” tidbits like actor Yul Brynner was a TV director and Sidney Lumet, the famous filmmaker was Brynner’s assistant.

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Podcast: Lisa Fruchtman Academy Award Winning Editor Part-2

LISTEN: Academy Award Winner Lisa Fruchtman Part-2

Lisa Fruchtman

Lisa Fruchtman

Lisa Fruchtman is an Academy Award winning editor  (The Right Stuff) and a filmmaker.

In Part-2 of our conversation we talk with Fruchtman on how she got started as an editor. What seduced her to continue her career as an editor at at time when there were barely any women editors in the film industry. This was a time when there were no computers and editing was a pretty intensive process involving splicing and glueing filmstrips.

She has worked on iconic films like “Apocalypse Now,” “Godfather II,” “The Right Stuff,” and  “The Children of Lesser God.”  Fruchtman also worked on a documentary about the last concert of The Grateful Dead at Winterland in San Francisco.

Fruchtman studied at the University of Chicago and worked in Canada before relocating to the San Francisco bay area and got a chance to work with local directors like Francis Ford Copolla and Phil Kaufmann. She got her break working for  feature films with  Copolla’s “Godfather II,” where Walter Murch was the editor. She then went on to work with Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” which took over 2 years to make. This was a difficult project she points out. For her next project she went after it with a vengeance she confesses. This was director Randa Haines film“The Children of Lesser God,”

In 2012 Fruchtman collaborated with her brother and made “Sweet Dreams,” a documentary about women entreprneuurs in Rwanda.

Fruchtman studied at the University of Chicago and has a background in music.