Alumnae produce films

first_imgWhen sisters Gita and Kavita Pullapilly graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in finance, their immediate post-graduation plans didn’t include producing award-winning films. “I ended up getting a job in finance … but just really felt like that maybe wasn’t where I was supposed to be,” Gita, a 1999 alumna, said. “I found that journalism was an avenue to what I really ended up wanting to do, which was storytelling in a medium that was visual in particular.” Gita’s educational journey from Notre Dame to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism ultimately paved the path to her current job as executive producer of the forthcoming public television program “Lifecasters,” which will have its world premiere Wednesday at New York’s Lincoln Center. Gita said the project, produced by her personal production company, Sunny Side Up Films, aims to “inspire and engage the country” through three short films by award-winning filmmakers that showcase the stories of three “amazing artists who came from different backgrounds to achieve their goals and dreams.” “[The subjects] all had to face these enormous challenges … but took interesting routes to be able to achieve their goals … and that to us was really exciting,” Gita said. “We kind of want to champion people who did these different things who have yet to be recognized for it at the national scale.” The success of Sunny Side Up’s last film, the Emmy-nominated documentary “The Way We Get By,” placed the production company on the radar of filmmakers across the country, Gita said, and that public exposure opened doors for working with well-known directors and producers on “Lifecasters,” including “Anchorman” director Adam McKay, producer Shira Piven and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. “Coming out of the gate with this project, we really wanted the best of the best filmmakers so they could set the model for what we kind of stand by,” Gita said. In the case of McKay, who has a strong background in comedy as the creator of the humor site Funny or Die, Gita said “Lifecasters” represented a unique filmmaking opportunity that allowed him to explore the story of musician and former prisoner Wayne Kramer in “The Beast and the Angel.” “We loved the idea of giving [McKay] a creative platform to do something that wasn’t comedy but something that was very personal for [him],” she said. To round out the “Lifecasters” lineup, Bognar and Reichert profiled one of the oldest female professional dancers in the country in “Sparkle,” and Gita and her husband, Aron Gaudet, produced “The Gambling Man,” which tells the story of an 80-year-old retired doctor who composed an award-winning symphony. Although the project took two years of hard work, Gita said the end result of “Lifecasters” made all the time and effort worthwhile. “For us as storytellers, our job is to engage and entertain an audience, so we’re very excited to have … these artists share their stories,” Gita said. “We hope we can become a voice for people across the country to find ways to accomplish their goals.” That aspiration to inspire audiences comes from a lifelong desire to use knowledge and talents to promote a worthy cause, Gita said. “When we were at Notre Dame, both Kavita and I would try to figure out how as Domers we could give back … and we’re so fortunate and so proud that from our education we were able to develop a voice and storytelling techniques … and that we were able to hone our skills at Notre Dame.” Kavita said her experiences in both finance and filmmaking have demonstrated the value of a Notre Dame education in the real world. “It’s great that Notre Dame gave us the opportunity to explore and really develop our skills but allowed us the well-rounded education to really explore what we wanted to do in life,” Kavita said. “It speaks a lot to the Notre Dame experience that it goes beyond what our majors were and really [helps] us become amazing, contributing individuals.” Although her sister and brother-in-law take creative direction of the Sunny Side Up’s endeavors, Kavita said she appreciates their work from the unique perspective as a producer and the company’s chief operating officer. “I’ve always been kind of behind the scenes … but I loved the process of thinking and creating from an idea and developing it into an artistic endeavor that really engages people, their minds, their imaginations, their feelings,” Kavita said. “I started working with Gita and Aron full-time in August 2011, and I’ve been loving it ever since.” Even though they ended up choosing different career paths than initially intended, both Pullapilly sisters still use the fundamental business knowledge they acquired as Notre Dame undergraduates in operating their production company. “The business side is critical through the entire process of the concept to finishing the film to getting it out into the world. Every aspect of what needs to happen has a huge business component behind it,” Gita said. “Our film company is committed to finding creative avenues to make the films we want to make and get them out as economically viably as possible.” “Lifecasters” will premiere nationally Feb. 7 on PBS. The second major project from Sunny Side Up Films, a feature film titled “Blue Potato,” will be released later this year.last_img read more

Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 1! Celine Dion Goes Jellicle

first_img MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 2:38. In the middle of the bridge, the Canadian diva lets out a signature ridiculous riff. Top that, Betty Buckley! WHY WE LOVE IT Uhm, did you not read the headline? It’s five-time Grammy winner Céline Dion. Dressed as Grizabella. Singing “Memory.” She nails the look of the Glamour Cat, and yet still grasps a microphone with her hands (paws?). She waits literally eight seconds before she starts to riff. She’s inexplicably lying on a giant illuminated platform. Plus, not only is she just in her late teens here (in 1987 on the TV show L’autobus du Show Business), but she didn’t learn English until 1989, meaning much of this was learned phonetically! We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in!center_img OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 8 out of 10 Jellicle Moons. Had she ascended to the Heavyside Layer at the end, it would have been a perfect score. Better luck next time, Féline Dion. View Commentslast_img read more

Compliance: NCUA issues update on COVID-19 response

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA issued a letter to credit unions (20-CU-02) Monday outlining the agency’s actions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.“The NCUA recognizes there may be other accommodations that could assist members and communities in responding to challenges associated with COVID-19,” the letter reads. “We encourage credit unions to consult with their respective NCUA regional office or state regulator regarding additional actions that may help address the situation.”The letter includes suggestions for ways credit unions can work with affected borrowers, including:Waiving ATM, overdraft and loan balance or credit card late fees, early withdrawal penalties on time deposits and availability restrictions on insurance checks; continue reading »last_img read more

This Brisbane home is also a boutique cheese factory

first_imgThe specialty goat cheese is available at markets across south east Queensland.“Now, nearly five years later we have 44 goats,” she said.They installed the necessary infrastructure for cheese making and milking and built a loyal customer base around south east Queensland with their well-received Frolicking Goat branded goats cheese.With their cheese winning awards and orders growing, she said they would need to move to a larger property outside of Brisbane to keep their business growing. “I can’t have silos for grain so it is very expensive for us to be in Brisbane,” she said. The specialty goat cheese has won several industry awards.Owners Lyndall Josey said she and her husband Peter Schwenke just wanted a relaxing Brisbane home they bought the property at 200 Kloske Road in Burbank 16 years ago.But when her husband wanted a career change from IT, he decided to learn the art of making goat cheese.“He had no farming background whatsoever,” Ms Josey said. After he learned the basics of making goat cheese, they bought one goat so they would have a steady supply of milk.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago SAY CHEESE: The owners transformed the acreage property into a small goat farm.CHEESE lovers, this house could be for you.An acreage home in Brisbane’s south east comes with one unique addition that is a real rarity in capital city property.With the entire infrastructure for goat farming and milking installed on the property, a new owner could be making their own goats cheese in no time. The goats do not come with the property.Although the goats were not for sale, the goat shed, milking area and hay shed was staying with the home.“It would suit any form of livestock,” she said. As well as the farming facilities, the 1.99 hectare property has a five-bedroom home with solar power and a backyard pool. Acreage with a difference.The property will be auctioned by Ray White Springwood on Friday, May 11 at 10am.last_img read more