It was a great experience to see the newly released film Yosemite. As the showing came to a close on Wednesday afternoon I was left sitting comfortably in my theatre seat, however wanting more. I got so wrapped up in the movie that I was a bit disappointed it was over already! As the audience applauded the theater screen I sat there blankly looking at them while pondering what happens next. I think a successful film always leaves the viewer wanting more, so in this case the producers did a good job.
To my fortunate surprise, the applause was interrupted by a hiff executive and two beautiful females. Over a microphone, the hiff employee informed us that these two ladies were a part of the films cast and crew.
I was rewarded the pleasure of a ‘question and answer’ session with Director: Gabrielle Demeestere and Producer: Shruti Ganguly! It was so great to hear inside information on the making of this film. Because I am minoring in Multimedia and have many cinematography projects, this information was very useful and exciting for me. The ladies explained that they were prior classmates with the famous James Franco, who’s short stories “Yosemite” and “Peter Parker” inspired the script of this film. Gabrielle explained how she had to come up with a third story of her own, which would tie together the two of Franco’s pieces. This was a difficulty that she successfully overcame, as the movie flowed nicely.
Gabrielle Demeestere is a French filmmaker born in France. She has directed and produced many successful pictures, including branded films for Calvin Klein and Moxie Pictures. She holds a BA in Literature from Yale and a MFA in filmmaking from New York University. At NYU she met colleagues James Franco and Shruti Ganguly whom helped her produce Yosemite.
Shruti Ganguly is a producer and writer; widely known for The Color of time (2012), and H. (2014) Shruti received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where she double majored in Communications Studies and Fine Arts. She recently graduated from NYU under its dual MBA and MFA program.
I am very appreciative to have had the opportunity to sponge up so much information and knowledge from these two ladies. Learning from such bright and successful students first hand was a great addition to my movie night. They are both so kind to have came to this showing and I thank them for making my HIFF experience so great.