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

College prepaid, debit card market proposal focuses on federal aid students

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A proposed regulation announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Education is designed to provide tougher standards and increased transparency surrounding students receiving federal student aid, especially on prepaid cards.The proposal would amend several regulations in an effort to protect students from excess fees and provide greater freedom to access federal student aid funds in the college debit and prepaid marketplace.CUNA staff is currently analyzing the proposal. It comes after several failed attempts to draft a proposal through the Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking authority.The negotiated rulemaking authority allows an agency to invite members of interested groups to meetings where an attempt is made for consensus on the proposed rule. If it is successful, the agency may use those ideas as the basis for a proposed rule. continue reading »last_img read more

New lease liability rules threaten company profits

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Peaceful family retreat on offer in Beachmere

first_img20 Riversleigh Rd, BeachmereMrs Baxter said the home was well-located a few minutes’ drive from the Bruce Highway, 6km from the Caboolture train station and 20 minutes from Bribie Island. “We often toddle off to Caloundra for lunch or go to the pub at Sandstone Point,” she said. 20 Riversleigh Rd, BeachmereThere are three good-sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. Downstairs, there is a laundry, storage area, utility room and parking for two cars. Outside there are established gardens, a patio and an above-ground pool. 20 Riversleigh Rd, Beachmere“There’s just land to the back of us and you can drop a line or go crabbing at the end of the street,” she said. “There’s also a park with a playground for the kids.”The home features a sunroom, living area, dining room and kitchen, which opens to the back deck. The kitchen has large benchtops, stainless steel appliances, double ovens and gas cooktop. The home at 20 Riversleigh Rd, Beachmere.THIS renovated colonial Queenslander is in a peaceful pocket backing on to acreage and a short walk to the river. Owners Vickie and Rawden Baxter have lived at 20 Riversleigh Rd, Beachmere for 23 years. Mrs Baxter said they had undertaken extensive renovation of the home, including new kitchen, front veranda, back balcony and landscaping. 20 Riversleigh Rd, BeachmereThe home has been repainted and there are new carpets and light fittings. “It’s now a modern Queenslander but it still has the beautiful jarrah timber floors, cedar windows and french doors,” Mrs Baxter said. “My favourite space would be the back balcony. It’s peaceful and quiet, and we have wildlife right there. The birds come and say ‘hi’ to me and we have green tree frogs.”Mrs Baxter said the home was in a quiet little street. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019last_img read more

EPL: Everton end Newcastle nine-match unbeaten run

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck twice to end Newcastle’s nine-match unbeaten run at St James’ Park. The 22-year-old striker, who headed the winner in Ancelotti’s opening game against Burnley on Boxing Day, shone once again as the Toffees secured a 2-1 success. Having fired his side in front after just 13 minutes, Calvert-Lewin fumbled what turned out to be winner over the line midway through the second half shortly after Newcastle had levelled through Fabian Schar. Everton manager Ancelotti said: “I am happy. The team is improving and that is important. “The players are trying to adapt, they want to change a lot. The job Duncan Ferguson did was fantastic. The spirit was strong when we arrived.” It proved a painful defeat for Steve Bruce, who restored the likes of Andy Carroll and Jonjo Shelvey having rested them for the Boxing Day thumping at Manchester United. “I don’t think we deserved to lose,” Bruce said. “We were caught by a sucker-punch when we were going for the game. “It is the first time since August we suffered back-to-back defeats. We have given ourselves a good platform for the second half of the season.” Miguel Almiron, fresh from scoring his overdue first goal for the club last week, almost repeated the feat with under a minute on the clock but was let down by his final touch after being teed up by Joelinton. After affording another chance to Joelinton, which was saved by Jordan Pickford, Everton belatedly stirred and Mason Holgate forced a fine save out of Martin Dubravka. Four minutes later, Everton were in front. Gylfi Sigurdsson delivered a free-kick into the box at the second attempt, where it took a series of minor deflections before landing fortuitously at the feet of Calvert-Lewin to sweep home. Schar blocked a goal-bound Theo Walcott effort to prevent Everton extending their lead as the visitors began to take control. A change in formation around the half-hour mark lifted ­Newcastle, with Almiron looking much more effective in a wider role. The Paraguayan struck the post during a goalmouth scramble in the 29th minute, the ball rebounding for Carroll to prod home from close range only to be ruled offside. Almiron then hit a rising effort of his own which was acrobatically saved by Pickford. Moise Kean came close to extending Everton’s lead when he drilled a shot straight at Dubravka at the start of the second half, before Newcastle seized a chance to equalise. Jetro Willems whipped in a free-kick from the left which Carroll nodded down for Schar to hook home. Everton responded within eight minutes with a counter-attack after Carroll lost the ball on the halfway line. Linking well with Walcott on the right, Richarlison burst clear and crossed low for the unmarked Calvert-Lewin, who scrambled the ball home from point-blank range.Tags: Carlo AncelottiDominic Calvert-LewinEvertonJonjo ShelveyPremier Leaguelast_img read more