Behind the Scenes:
This is a collection of interviews with the cast and crew of Megha Ramaswamy's film 'The Odds' which aired as the closing night film at the 17th Annual Indian Film Festival Awards. As the host for this year's festival, I got to chat with Megha Ramaswamy, Yashaswini Dayama, Abhay Deol, Monica Dogra, Apoorva Bakshi, and more!
This first package was about the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. The main character, Helen Fukihara was born in a Japanese internment camp in the US. Her father Henry Fukihara became a famous water color painter after he left the camp. Helen relies on 'Access' a city car service that provides transportation throughout the city. She says the service however can be very unreliable.
Have you ever wondered who was behind the wheel of your ride? I spent over three months working with this ex-convict to help interview, shoot, and complete this story about UBER. This story required me to go undercover to get video, especially of her car getting inspected. I was also able to help monitor Locke's progress in applying to be a driver. This was one of the most gratifying stories to work on because of the impact it had on the community and the amount of time I was able to see the story develop.
This package is about British author, Hilary Mantel the first author to win the Booker Prize multiple times. The story was shot at Hampton Court Palace where Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII lived. I was able to visit the apartment where Boleyn stayed. As a child, I spent a lot of time reading about King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and have a love for history, so to actually stand in the place where the King and Boleyn interacted was entirely thrilling.
This story truly made me examine the line between how much we as journalists empathize with our sources versus how we stay objective. Each woman I met had such a powerful journey it would bring a room of people to tears. This story also raised the tough moral question of whether children fare better in their homes or in foster care?
Each of these standups were shot in either Los Angeles, England, or India. The abroad standups were shot while reporting abroad at CBS News London Bureau and in Mumbai, India. Travel and my culture are two things that are close to my heart, and I am grateful to have had the chance to shoot them in such different places. The first Hampton Court standup is literally in a palace garden while the India standup was shot in the largest slum in India.