Fruits of Labor: Oliver Hermanus and Leila Kilani Take Center-stage @ Cannes 2011

… And GFI’s native son, Alejandro Chomski, director of ASLEEP IN THE SUN, visits San Francisco

Oliver Hermanus

Two years ago, Jeremy Nathan at Dv8 directed our attention to a new talent from South Africa: Oliver Hermanus. According to Jeremy, Oliver was a young filmmaker with an unusual lens, and his work was certainly “going to be a surprise.” Of course, in the world of cinema, hyperbole is common…

But he was right. In summer 2009, Oliver’s first film about a mixed race family in Cape Town—SHIRLEY ADAMS—so profoundly caught our attention that we acquired its North American rights and, a few months later, released it as part of Global Lens 2010 with a U.S. premiere at MoMA.

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WATCH: Director of Programs Santhosh Daniel on Film Funding and the Future of Indian Cinema

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, is presented each year by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)–-our neighbors upstairs at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center!

This year, GFI’s Director of Programs Santhosh Daniel will be a panelist at the SFIAAFF‘s panel discussion, “Stepping Forward, Looking Back: Taking Stock of the Nature, Business and Future of Indian Cinema” taking place on Saturday, March 12th at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco. In preparation for the event, Santhosh sat down with the folks at CAAM to give some exclusive insight into his thoughts on Indian cinema and offer advice to aspiring filmmakers. Watch the interview above and click here for more information about the event!