Filmmakers Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham’s award-winning documentary The Cinema Travellers shows you a different side of India’s love for films. The duo takes you on a magical ride around the small villages and towns outside of Mumbai (Bombay), India’ entertainment capital, which is home to Bollywood film industry. What we get to see in the film is a dedicated band of cinema travellers or dream merchants who show films to an audience that gets to see 35mm films about once a year.What you see is a whole different world – an analog world filled with old 35mm films and 35mm projectors and the films are screened in pitched tents.
We sat down to speak with Madheshiya during the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival. Madheshiya and Abraham produced, directed and co-wrote their debut film that took them nearly 8 years to make. Both had to learn a lot about filmmaking and how to edit the film. Madheshiya shares that he learnt a lot by reading Academy Award winner Walter Murch’s (The Godfather) books and watching his films. The films’ cinematography is the one that hooks you into the film and we wanted to find out how Madheshiya shot the film and what kind of camera he used. We also find out how he developed an interest in photography and about his mentor in his boarding school in Nainital, India. Tune in to find out about the making of The Cinema Travellers.
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LISTEN: Academy Award Winner Lisa Fruchtman Part-2
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.
Mention Walter Murch and you will get two kinds of reaction. The first is one of instant recognition. The second one veers between “The name rings a bell.” or I don’t know who he is.” However, if you ask them if they have heard of Francis Ford Cappola’s The Godfather or Apocalypse Nowor George Lucas’sAmerican Graffiti,you will get an affirmative answer. Those are all films that Murch worked on and won recognition and awards for his creative and technical contributions.
Meet Murch, a 3 time Oscar-winning editor, sound engineer and author of In the Blink of an Eye. He is perhaps the only person to have won an Academy Award for sound and editing and this was for The English Patient directed by Anthony Minghella. Here is a list of films that Murch has worked.
A few years ago Murch was a guest at the Palo Alto Film Festival, where he spoke about the art of editing and how he uses Apple’s editing tools. That is when I got an opportunity to get a few minutes of his time to do this interview. I was curious to find out his views on technology and how that has changed filmmaking, especially for editors. Tune in to find out what Murch has to share.