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Going for an Oscar and they just might get it!

Going for an Oscar and they just might get it!

Editor Tim Sternberg has directed his first documentary short and it’s a peach. Salim Baba, about a man in Kalkota who takes his Lumiere projector into the street to show movies to kids. This talk is with Sternberg and his ...
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There Will Be Blood

September 24th, 2007 |
There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson have made a new movie called There Will Be Blood, based on the Upton Sinclair novel, “Oil.” After seeing a special edition of Moby Dick, made by Arion Press, they called the San Francisco ...
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Allan Arkush

September 14th, 2007 |
Allan Arkush

Allan Arkush is an executive producer and director of the TV series, “Heroes”, which begins a new season on September 24th. The series is such a hit that it has engendered spin-offs. Arkush, who was trained by Roger Corman, doing ...
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Ken Burns

September 10th, 2007 |
Ken Burns

Ken Burns was at the Telluride Film Festival last weekend, where I spoke with him on the street, before he came to San Francisco for a special screening of his new series, The War, this weekend at the Letterman Digital ...
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Eddie Muller

Eddie Muller

Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir, talks about all his books beginning with Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of ‘Adults Only’ Cinema and Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir all the way up to the movie he just finished ...
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Casting

Casting

This conversation about casting for movies is with Davia Nelson, who has worked with Francis Coppola, Phil Kaufman, Barbet Shroeder and she has become a Peabody Award-winning radio creator of Hidden Kitchens on NPR. One of those shows is now ...
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Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson has twenty-six venues to show her film, Strange Culture all over the world. She’s also nearly finished editing a documentary she’s been working on for forty years, called Women + Art = Revolution. There are trailers for ...
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Robert Ryan and Dana Andrews Had Daughters

Robert Ryan and Dana Andrews Had Daughters

Robert Ryan became a movie star working for Paramount Pictures and then RKO in the 1940s while Dana Andrews worked simultaneously for Samuel Goldwyn and Twentieth Century Fox. Their daughters, Lisa Ryan and Susan Andrews, talk about growing up ...
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Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is best known for her novels set in Paris “Le Divorce”, “Le Mariage” and “L’Affaire”. She is in San Francisco for the summer and putting the final touches on her latest novel to be called “Complicity” or “The ...
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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Niles is a town in the Bay Area that is dedicated to its Silent Film History. Charlie Chaplin had a formative year there where he created his character, The Tramp. And when you think about his impoverished background growing up ...
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Tina Brown

Tina Brown

Tina Brown, turnaround editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, has written her first book, The Diana Chronicles. A bestseller about Lady Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales, the book is very well-researched and thought out and ultimately as ...
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Red Without Blue: Mark and Clair Farley

Red Without Blue: Mark and Clair Farley

Mark Farley and Clair Farley were born identical male twins. Six months ago, Clair changed her gender. Their story is told in a lovely, heartfelt documentary film, Red Without Blue. The film showed at Frameline 31, the LGBT Film Festival, ...
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Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is best known for his novel, The English Patient. He has a new book out called Divisadero. I spoke with him on the San Francisco street that gives the book its name, where he told me why it ...
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Rob Reger

Rob Reger

Rob Reger is enjoying the thirteenth anniversary of his character “Emily the Strange.” Reger went to the graduate program at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he says he learned to push a project beyond its apparent limits. He has ...
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Faith Wheeler and Sara Barker

Faith Wheeler and Sara Barker

Faith Wheeler and Sara Barker are two highly original and successful food and wine branders. In an effort to make something of their own, they have written their first screenplay, which they submitted to a contest at the San Francisco ...
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Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor is the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s car section. He is also the son of screenwriter Samuel Taylor, who wrote plays and movies (including Sabrina and Vertigo, which was made in San Francisco fifty years ago).

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Steven Bach

Steven Bach

Steven Bach was the head of worldwide production at United Artists when the movie Heaven’s Gate sank the company. Since then he’s written four books. The new one, Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl, has just come out. ...
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Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan is perhaps the most celebrated screenwriter in the world right now, and he deserves to be. He’s written five plays — four screenplays and one stage play — that establish his oeuvre. He’s a great writer at the ...
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Lisa Loven

Lisa Loven

Lisa Loven is an ingenue from Norway. Right now in her country she is the star of a national advertising campaign for a food product. She moved to Los Angeles four months ago to become a movie actress. People I ...
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Graham Leggat

Graham Leggat

The San Francisco International Film Society has a new director, Graham Leggat. He (and about 50 other people, he tells me) put on a spectacular opening night for the 50th Anniversary. It’s the oldest film festival in America and it’s ...
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Opera Director Makes His First Movie

Opera Director Makes His First Movie

Shi-Zheng Chen is a renowned singer, choreographer and director of operas all over the world. I spoke with him at the San Francisco Asian Fim Festival, where his directorial debut feature film, “Dark Matter” played closing night.

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Lynn Hershman Leeson and Steve Kurtz

Lynn Hershman Leeson and Steve Kurtz

Lynn Hershman Leeson was a very early digital filmmaker and creator of virtual realities. She has made three films for the American theatrical market but had terrible trouble with distribution. I spoke with her about her new documentary, “Strange Culture.” ...
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Tom Luddy Movie Picks

Tom Luddy Movie Picks

Last weekend, the “Witness to War: Documentary Perspectives World War II to Iraq” was programmed by the inestimable and reliable Tom Luddy. He has had a long and varied career in the business that has, in part, resulted in him ...
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Lucy Gray: Watching the Oscars With Walter Murch

Lucy Gray: Watching the Oscars With Walter Murch

This year, like movie fans around the world, Lucy Gray watched the Academy Awards with friends. Her group of friends that night included nine-time Oscar nominee (and three-time winner) Walter Murch. Murch is a film editor whose professional credits include ...
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Stephen Frears, Would You Like an Oscar With Your Prius?

February 23rd, 2007 |
Stephen Frears, Would You Like an Oscar With Your Prius?

Stephen Frears may not be entirely comfortable as an Oscar nominee. Lucy Gray remembers a conversation with him — back in 1985 — when he was focused on keeping his production costs down and his financial expectations about the same. ...
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