8 items from 2010
“When I was a kid, me and my sister and friends used to put on these little shows,” recalled American moviemaker Darren Aronofsky, the son of two school teachers. “We used to put on records and lip-sync or dance to them. We’d invite the parents up and during this one show, I’ll never forget, I turned off the lights and… had the spotlight [a big flashlight] on my sister dancing to some music… And my Dad screamed at me, ‘Turn on the lights!’ What I learned from that is that if it gets in the way of the performance, then don’t do it.” Along with a fascination with black and white photography, the young Brooklyn native found himself drawn to a controversial »
The Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (Miaac) film festival is about to launch its tenth annual program of films, panels, and parties in New York this week. The festival is being held at the Sva Theater and is taking place on November 10th through the 14th. There is a huge world of Indian cinema beyond Bollywood and each of India's 22 or so official languages has at least one film industry. Though much of the truly original and sophisticated Indian cinema of the 21st century is created outside of the big Bombay studios, many wonderful movies go unseen outside their own regions, even in India. Miaac started bringing independent, "regional," and diasporic/multicultural films -- as well as the occasional well-chosen Bollywood bouquet of delights -- to a smart and engaged Manhattan audience long before the now-big-news "Hindie" independent movement took off, and long before the Miaac festival itself introduced such memorable »
Directed by Ajay Naidu
USA, 2010, 77 min. NY Premiere.
How do we ignore the deterioration of a person or a neighborhood that is right in front of our eyes? Ashes is a cautionary tale of mental illness, greed, and the definition of family both real and imagined. The story of two brothers living in the inner city, as one descends into the grips of manic depressive schizoid disorder, the other, Ashes, absconds from his responsibility and tries to become a wealthy drug dealer. Fraught. »
The 11th Annual Filmi: Toronto.s South Asian Film Festival (Fsaff) will be presented September 30th . October 3rd, 2010 at the Ago, Revue Cinema and Bloor Cinema. The vision of Filmi: Toronto.s South Asian Film Festival is to promote, discover, introduce and celebrate cinematic endeavours by talented South Asian filmmakers, and highlight works with South Asian themes that can be brought to a mainstream audience. All films at this year's Filmi are Premiere's.Opening Night Film . Canadian Premiere . .Ashes.. is a cautionary tale of mental illness, greed, and the definition of family both real and imagined. The story of two brothers living in the inner city, as one descends into the grips of manic depressive schizoid disorder, the other, Ashes, absconds from his responsibility and tries to become a wealthy drug dealer. Fraught with contradiction, the story is a meditation on how easy it is to fall through the cracks »
Developed to promote South Asian culture throughout the Chicago area and Midwest, by showcasing filmmakers of South Asian descent as well as films that represent the perspective of the diaspora, the first Chicago South Asian Film Festival will run October 1-3, 2010. Over the three days the festival will showcase sixteen independent features, shorts, and documentaries made by acclaimed South Asian filmmakers from around the world. Many of the directors and stars of the films being presented will be there to walk the red carpet and some will take part in Q&A's : Deepti Naval, Manisha Koirala, Rajit Kapur, Aparna Sen, Ajay Naidu, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Umakanth Thumrugoti, Baljit Sangra, Ravi Kapoor, Ann Feldman, Bornila Chatterjee and Sandeep Sharma.
The highlight of the festival is Opening Night on Friday October 1, 2010. The opening night film is Deepti Naval's Two Paise for Sunshine Four Aanas for Rain, starring Manisha Koirala, Rajit Kapoor, »
They're back! We've talked about the Curry Smugglers before and featured them on BollySpice.com when they first launched their show a year ago. Today is their first anniversary and they kick off their fourth season with a killer show! Featured on this first episode will be members of the cast of Ashes [ashesfilm.com] - Ajay Naidu [Ashes, 30 Rock, Office Space] and Reena Shah [Sita Sings the Blues, My Pet Dragon]. Alongside them will be members of the organizing team for the first ever Chicago South Asian Film Festival [Csaff.org]. Of course, Paresh and Sachin will also play their usual brand of the latest and greatest remixes and chart busting tracks.
This season, the Smugglers also plan to bring in famous DJs and recording artists into their studio for great interviews and musical features. What makes the Curry Smugglers podcast so great is its fresh and unique approach to musical appreciation. The boys make sure the show has just the right blend of Bollywood, »
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival has made its selections for its first annual festival, which runs October 1-3. The three-day event will showcase 16 films, including nine Chicago premieres, two world premieres, and one U.S. premiere.
"I feel very confident about our selections, as they represent a balanced view of what filmmakers want to showcase about South Asian culture, and they cover a variety of genres through features, shorts and documentaries. We chose these films based on the stories that are being told, the performances, and overall production value. For our first year, I think we have a great lineup," said Mileen Patel, the festival's programming director. "As we begin the first of many festivals to come, we invite all of Chicago to join us in celebrating our culture, and in celebrating that which brings us all closer—our community."
Kicking off the festival is the Chicago premiere and »
Loins of Punjab Presents is a mockumentary patterned after the formula of Christopher Guest - a variety of could-have-beens and wannabe butt heads in a contest of talent, but more importantly, of self-worth and vindication, in which seemingly average non-creative types pit themselves (and each other) against steep odds and go to surprising lengths to get something that most people wouldn’t even think of applying for. In this case, the object of the game is the Loins of Punjab Bollywood-style singing contest, sponsored by Mr. Bokade (Jameel Khan), who is bringing all of this to fruition courtesy of his outrageous pork fortune. As a portrait of Indian-American culture and people who aren’t as talented as they wish they were, Loins is surprisingly sharp in its politics and perspective on the difficulties of maintaining cultural identity in a rapidly shifting world. It's too bad it doesn’t work better as a film. »
- Anders Nelson
8 items from 2010
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