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6:45am

Wed December 10, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/10/2014

Sandip Roy's Dispatch: Exodus

There are ten official plagues in Exodus: Gods and Kings. But there’s an eleventh unofficial one plaguing the Ridley Scott film.  The Nile might have turned red in the Bible but the cast in the film has turned white. And that’s no visual effect.

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6:45am

Wed December 3, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/3/2014

Sandip Roy: After My Garden Grows

  In a village in northern Bengal there are no silver bells or cockle shells. But there are pretty maids all in a row. Some 50,000 of them including 17-year-old Monica Burman. She grows bottle gourds, spinach, hyacinth beans. But this is no ordinary kitchen garden. It’s drawn the attention of an Oscar winning filmmaker Megan Mylan.

She won an Oscar for a short documentary called Smile Pinki the same year Slumdog Millionare swept the awards.  Her new short film "After My Garden Grows" brings her back to India.

Sandip Roy met Mylan and Monica at a hotel in Bengal.

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5:44pm

Tue November 11, 2014
Arts & Culture

Oddball Film and Video creates an unusual night at the movies

In the stacks at Oddball Film and Video.

Ever wonder what happens to films too bizarre for the big, or even small screen? Many of them end up at Oddball Film and Video, a stock footage company in San Francisco’s Mission District. Oddball houses more than 50,000 unusual films, most of them on their original 16mm reels. The collection has everything from vintage erotica to outlandish commercials to quirky after-school specials.

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6:02pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Harnessing the political power of "Nuns on a Bus"

http://www.nunsonthebusmovie.com/

As head of the Catholic Social Justice group network, Sister Simone Campbell, who is a nun, worked for immigration reform, healthcare, and economic justice. In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was being debated in Congress, she wrote a letter in support of the bill, and was able to get 60 signatures from religious orders in the US on it.

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6:11pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Life and Death of The Golden Gate Bridge (In Movies)

The Golden Gate Bridge after a Kaiju attack (from "Pacific Rim")

Disasters often befall the Golden Gate Bridge. You know, in movies.

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