SXSW 2018 – Storytelling And Tech: A Book By Another Cover

South By Southwest (SXSW) remains my highlight event of the year in terms of getting inspiration, meeting new people and checking out where the world is in regard to the digital/new tech revolution. And 2018 was another bonanza affair with … Continue reading

The Role of Cinema In Society With Ken Loach

Last week, thanks to the invitation of Adobe France, I had the distinct privilege to meet and discuss film with Ken Loach. For a man who has directed over 50 films, won two Palmes d’Or, 3 Cesars, 1 BAFTA and scores … Continue reading

Fighting the tension between privacy and freedom of speech

Having just spent a week at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas, I heard a number of recurrent themes throughout many of the panels and sessions I attended. Two of the themes struck me as most paradoxical: the right … Continue reading

SXSW 2016 – What You Missed From This Interactive – Film – Music Festival

If South By Southwest (SXSW) is an immersive experience that lasts 10 days, it can be very hard to come away with a concrete takeaway. You leave with your head literally spinning and a pocketful of business cards. Leading the … Continue reading

Unbroken film review – Angelina Jolie’s tribute to a great spirit

The film, Unbroken, the epic story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, was released this Christmas Day. Based on the eponymous and gripping book by Laura Hillenbrand, Angelina Jolie’s inaugural film as a director is a worthy film to see. As stated at the … Continue reading

Intelligence and Time – why do we exist?

I watched the film LUCY last night. The premise of the film is delightful: what if we were able to use our full intellectual capacity? What if we be able to activate 100% of our brain’s computing power? While I was … Continue reading

Why and how should you go to South by Southwest (aka SXSW)?

There are typically three schools of thought about South by Southwest (aka SXSW): It’s over. It’s over-hyped. It’s passé. It’s a zoo. It’s a waste of time. I also heard “too much ass licking.” This, or words to that effect, … Continue reading

Interview with Jan Thompson, filmmaker: “Never the Same, The Prisoner-of-War Experience”

Jan Thompson, Professor of Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the producer of a new feature-length documentary, “Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience,” which is going to premiere this Saturday (April 6) in Chicago, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. … Continue reading

Review of Hugo Cabret, the film – 3 truths from my point of view

To ring in the new year, we went to see the new Martin Scorsese film, Hugo, based on the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick. This 2 hour+ film did not seduce me on the merits of … Continue reading