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Watch: Why the Family Behind 'Meet the Patels' Turned Their Life Into a Rom-Com Documentary (Exclusive)

30 November 2015 2:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: 'Meet the Patels' Trailer Brings Romantic Comedy to the Documentary Genre Documentarian Geeta Patel recently joined the International Documentary Association for a discussion of her latest film, "Meet the Patels," with Indiewire Special Projects Editor Steve Greene. Joing Patel were her brother and co-director Ravi, co-producer Janet Fries Eckholm and Patel's own parents.  "Meet the Patels" follows Geeta's brother, actor Ravi Patel, as he attempts to find a woman to marry. While this may not seem like the most difficult task out there, Patel's conservative Indian parents and their high expectations and standards complicate the matter significantly. The film is mostly shot during the Patel's family vacation and examines the role that family plays in finding lifelong love. "Meet the Patels" is currently in limited release; in the meantime, you can check out clips from the Ida discussion below. Patel's Parents on Their Only »

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‘Meet the Patels’ Remake in the Works at Fox Searchlight

21 October 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight is developing a remake of the documentary “Meet The Patels,” with the sister-brother team of Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel returning to co-direct from their own script.

Ravi starred as himself in the film, which won the audience award in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival. As he turns 30, the first-generation Indian-American is pressured by his parents to agree to an arranged marriage and agrees to make a serious effort to find a partner — while not telling his parents that he’s recently broken up with a woman because she’s not Indian.

His sister filmed her brother’s discussion of his experiences along with his dates. Janet Eckholm produced the documentary.

Alchemy released the movie on Sept. 11 and the film has performed solidly with $1.15 million in grosses. At its widest release, it was in 101 locations.

UTA signed the Patels after meeting the siblings at the film festival. »

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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Distribution: Alchemy buys Meet The Patels

19 February 2015 3:07 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The recently rebranded company has bulked up its war-chest with a North American rights deal for Geeta V Patel and Ravi V Patel’s true-life rom-com. Separately, Gravitas has acquired Man From Reno.

Meet The Patels chronicles the efforts of a romantically inexperienced, first generation Indian-American thrown into the dating game when he enlists the help of his parents.

Independent Television Service (Itvs) co-produced and co-financed the project with additional funding from Impact Partners, Center For Asian American Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Whitewater Films, Hartley Film Foundation and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year where it won the audience award and did the same at Hot Docs.

Janet Eckholm and Geeta V Patel produced Meet The Patels, which will open theatrically this year.

Alchemy negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. UTA also represents the film-makers.

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Acquisitions: Alchemy buys Meet The Patels

19 February 2015 3:07 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The recently rebranded distributor has bulked up its war-chest with a North American rights deal for Geeta V Patel and Ravi V Patel’s true-life rom-com. Separately, Gravitas has acquired Man From Ren.

Meet The Patels chronicles the efforts of a romantically inexperienced, first generation Indian-American thrown into the dating game when he enlists the help of his parents.

Independent Television Service (Itvs) co-produced and co-financed the project with additional funding from Impact Partners, Center For Asian American Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Whitewater Films, Hartley Film Foundation and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year where it won the audience award and did the same at Hot Docs.

Janet Eckholm and Geeta V Patel produced Meet The Patels, which will open theatrically this year.

Alchemy negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. UTA also represents the film-makers.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Alchemy Buys ‘Meet the Patels’ for North America

19 February 2015 12:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alchemy has acquired North American rights to the romantic comedy “Meet the Patels” for release later this year.

The film premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the audience award. It also won the award at Hot Docs and Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, where it also won best film.

“Meet the Patels” is directed by siblings Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel and produced by Janet Eckholm and Geeta V. Patel.

Independent Television Service co-produced and co-financed the project. Additional funding for the film was provided by Impact Partners, the Center for Asian American Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Whitewater Films, Hartley Film Foundation and Chicken and Egg Pictures.

Ravi V. Patel stars as a romantically inexperienced Indian-American who reluctantly consents to letting his parents find him a soulmate through traditional cultural means.

Variety‘s Andrew Barker gave the film a positive review, »

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