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Ruba Nadda - Cairo Time and Sabah: A Love Story

Critically and internationally acclaimed Canadian writer and director, Ruba Nadda has written and directed over a dozen shorts, including Aadan, Unsettled, and Do NothingRuba's films have been shown over 500 times in film festivals around the world with over 30 retrospectives of her work.

In 2005, Ruba wrote and directed her first feature film, Sabah, which had Atom Egoyan as an executive producer and starred Arsinee Khanjian.

Ruba's 2nd feature film, Cairo Time was filmed on location in Egypt.  Cairo Time is a love letter to a city intertwined with a love story about a woman.  It stars Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig

Cairo Time had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won Best Canadian Feature Film and has enchanting audiences in cinemas worldwide.

Direct download: RubaNadda.mp3
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Michael Lavelle - Irish Cinematographer, Writer, and Director - His & Hers to Mother's Little Helper

Michael Lavelle, cinematographer, writer, and director from Ireland, has written and directed the awarding winning short films, Out of the Blue and I Hate Musicals! The Musical

He has worked as cinematographer with director Ken Wardrop on five short films, and on Ken’s debut feature documentary, His & HersHis & Hers explores women’s relationships with men through the eyes of seventy participants, and Michael won the World Cinematography Award at Sundance for this work on it. 

Michael was a finalist for the Berlinale Today Award 2011 with his short screenplay Mother's Little Helper and Michael has begun work on 6 Hours, his debut feature film as writer/director.

Direct download: MichaelLavelle.mp3
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David Boyd, A.S.C. - Get Low, Two Soldiers, Firefly, and Deadwood

David Boyd's film credits include work onthe films: Cast Away, Galaxy Quest, and 12 Rounds.

David was also the director of photography work for the Joss Whedon TV series, Firefly, and he has worked on the HBO series Deadwood and the award-winning Friday Night Lights.

As a cinematographer, David has teamed up with directed Aaron Schneider on two films, the first being the Oscar-winning short film Two Soldiers, about two brothers in Missouri in 1941, and the second being the film Get Low, a heartfelt story about guilt, loss, and forgiveness starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black.

Direct download: DavidBoyd.mp3
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Niall McKay - The Bass Player: A Song for Dad

A former print journalist, Niall McKay’s work has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times and Wired Magazine.

Niall won an Emmy for his documentary Sikhs in America about the challenges of being Sikh in the US, which aired on PBS stations across America as part of Asian Pacific Heritage MonthNiall also co-produced Irvine Welsh’s directorial debut, Nuts.

Niall’s critically acclaimed feature documentary The Bass Player: A Song for Dad was aired on RTE and has screened in the film festival circuit.

The Bass Player: A Song for Dad is a parallel journey into Niall’s admiration for his father, a jazz bass player, and his innermost doubts about love, and their conversations take on a confessional quality as they reveal their darkest moments.

Niall is also the founder and director of the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and the co-founder of the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival.

Direct download: NiallMcKay.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm EST