Silicon Valley’s Cinequest Festival Co-founder & Director Halfdan Hussey

Kamla Bhatt Show show

Summary: ( year Silicon Valley holds its annual Cinequest film festival ( that is a fusion of technology and arts. This year Cinequest  is celebrating its 24th year in  downtown San Jose from March 3-16, 2014. Our guest today is Halfdan Hussey (, co-founder and director of Cinequest Film Festival, who shares the highlights of this year's festival. Connect is the theme for the 2014 Cinequest. Connecting & discovering new worlds, artists and innovation is what the festival aims to do this year says Hussey. "The Grand Seduction (" is the opening night film. A Canadian comedy film it stars Taylor Kitsch, Brendon Glesson and is directed by Don McKellar.  Director Joel Surnow's "Small Time (" is the closing night film starring Christopher Meloni, Dean Norris, Devon Bostick, Bridget Moynahan, and Kevin Nealon. Surnow ( ("24" fame)  and Meloni will attend the festival on the closing night. Marty Cooper ( "father of the cell phone" and actor Mathew Modine will be at the festival to receive the newly instituted Maverick Innovator's Award. Neil Gaiman, the sic-fi writer will be at the festival on March 9 to receive a Maverick Spirit Award. Gaiman is the author of  the comic series "The Sandman." Cinequest ( is billed as one of the top 10 film festivals in the world points out Hussey and adds the festival has grown to become the second largest film festival in North America right behind The Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). For tickets and information go to Cinequest's (