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Equality Now Celebrates 25th Anniversary Make Equality Reality Gala

Equality Now hosted their annual Make Equality Reality Gala this week at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Haim Attends Make Equality Reality Gala

The evening marked the organization’s 25th Anniversary and honored Gucci America President and CEO Susan Chokachi and A Breeze of Hope Foundation Founder Brisa De Angulo. The 2017 gala was Equality Now’s most successful ever and it raised more than $825,000 . It brought together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, activists, celebrities and philanthropists to celebrate women who are committed to making the world a better place for women and girls. The event was underwritten by Vanguard of Change sponsor, InMaat Foundation.

Creative Director Joss Whedon curated the evening’s program which tackled issues of gender equality, sexual violence, female genital mutilation (Fgm), and sex trafficking. The program featured performances by: Amir Arison, Nazanin Boniadi, Vinie Burrows, Amy Carlson, Nisha Ganatra, Ana Gasteyer, Lauren Mayberry,
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Make Equality Reality Gala To Celebrate Equality Now's 25th Anniversary

A plethora of stars will attend this year’s Equality Now New York Gala.

This year’s “Make Equality Reality” gala celebrates Equality Now’s 25th Anniversary. Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ensuring that women and girls around the world can live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, the organization envisions a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights. Its issue areas encompass Legal Equality, Justice for Girls, and ending Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence and Harmful Practices, including female genital mutilation (Fgm) and “child marriage.” The organization has partners and supporters in almost every country in the world.

Expected to attend are honorees Susan Chokachi (President and CEO, Gucci America) and Brisa De Angulo (Founder, A Breeze of Hope Foundation); Gala
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Netflix Will Stream 7 Albert Brooks Movies for the First Time

Netflix is throwing a film festival for Albert Brooks: The service is making seven movies written and directed by the comedian available for the first time on a subscription-streaming service, starting Friday, July 1.

The films are: “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and Brooks’ directorial debut “Real Life.” The titles will be available only to Netflix’s U.S. subscribers.

Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His innovative early short films and comedy albums lead to body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans.”

Brooks currently can be heard as
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Nanubhai Education Foundation raises over $60,000 at 10th Anniversary Gala!

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th Anniversary Gala!" width="300" height="199" title="Nanubhai Education Foundation raises over $60,000 at 10th Anniversary Gala!" />Over 300 supporters attended The Nanubhai Education Foundation’s 10th Anniversary celebration. The event hosted at 404 NYC was held in honor of a decade of commitment to transforming public education in rural India. Sakina Jaffrey from the Primetime Emmy Award nominated original series, House of Cards, came to support the organization, along with Sheetal Sheth, best known for her role opposite Albert Brooks in Looking for Comedy In The Muslim World. Another big supporter that dazzled the evening was Award-winning director and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri.

Spokesman for Nanubhai Education Foundation, Actor Manish Dayal, best known for his role as Raj Kher, in The CW series 90210 also attended the Nef gala. Dayal has made big news for his upcoming leading role as Hassan Kadam in the DreamWorks Studios film adaptation of The Hundred-Foot Journey (based on the
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Sheetal Sheth & Neil Mody Tie the Knot

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Sheetal Sheth & Neil Mody Tie the Knot
Life's certainly a beach for Sheetal Sheth. Stunning in a custom Jorge Vega Umana dress, the actress wed longtime love Neil Mody, the CEO of nRelate, on an island in Mexico. The newlyweds exchanged vows Saturday in the sand at sunset, the highlight of a three-day affair many, many days in the making. "Neil and I met when we were 18 years old and studying at Nyu together," Sheth, 37, whose movie credits include I Can't Think Straight (2008), The World Unseen (2007) and Three Veils (2011), tells People. "He is my first and truest love. Despite experiencing many years of ups and downs, the stars aligned,
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Morning Brew - Thurs. June 27: "Franklin & Bash" has their lesbian kiss, Melissa McCarthy's "The Heat" character "inspired by lesbians"

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Good morning! Are you still celebrating yesterday's amazing news? I definitely had a cocktail in celebration last night.

In case you missed it, Jane Seymour kissed Heather Locklear on last night's season premiere of Franklin and Bash. Jane told The Wrap:

...at one point in the office I see Heather Locklear’s character, Rachel King, and I find out from a conversation over a glass of wine she hasn't had sex in six years, so I just decide to kiss her and see if there’s any life in her.

You know, as you do sometimes. "Just making sure you're still alive."

Out lesbian Jean Podrasky wrote about her cousin Chief Justice John Roberts's split decisions on Doma and Prop 8 for The New Civil Rights Movement. She's also in the process of planning her wedding.

Look, it's another
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Afternoon Delight: Heather Graham and Carrie-Ann Moss get it on in "Compulsion," Olivia Wilde’s "Drinking Buddies"

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Good afternoon and happy Monday!

Happy birthday to Minka Kelly, Mindy Kaling and Sheetal Sheth!

Actress Mindy Kaling in Los Angeles.

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Heather Graham and Carrie-Ann Moss get it on in the thriller Compulsion. I really hope this movie knows that it’s campy. (Thanks for the heads up Sabine!)

Last night’s gripping episode of True Blood was penned by out writer/director Angela Robinson. You go girl!

Jillian Michaels and her amazingly fit body are on a cover of yet another magazine. Pick up Shape’s July/August Summer issue to see Michaels and her “jiggle-free arms.”

The trailer for Olivia Wilde’s comedy Drinking Buddies has finally arrived. I’d like to have a beer with Olivia, too.

Last night Chaz Bono took the stage at for the 30-minute musical rendition of the Blockbuster Independence Day.
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Iffla 2013 Winners Announced: Miss Lovely, Beyond All Boundaries

This year I finally went to the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla). It took me 11 years of urging by my friend and former employee Carla Sanders, a festival guru, who works there and whose festival career began with "the two Garys" the founders of Filmex which was Los Angeles' first film festival in the 70s and 80s and one of the greatest shows on earth. In its second year The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie closed Filmex '72, and Luis Buñuel attended his first-ever public screening of one of his films. I won't go into this piece of history except to say it spawned the American Cinemateque and AFI Fest. The two Garys (Gary Essert and Gary Abraham) passed on, both victims of the first wave of the AIDS epidemic that hit the artistic community very hard, wiping out a generation of innovative filmmakers and film curator/ historians in Los Angeles.

The opening night of Iffla reminded me somewhat of Filmex with the glory of the filmmakers on the red carpet, beautiful young stars in glitzy clothes and skyscraper tall high heels, being stopped for interviews, flashbulbs going off and a general yet genteel excitement in the air. Even those interviewing were worth watching. It was different because all the stars were Indian which made this affair rather exotic at the same time.

The opening film, Gangs of Wasseypur, which had shown last year in the Cannes Film Festival, was truly extraordinary and the director Anurag Kashyap spent at least an hour talking to the audience about this film which is reminiscent of The Godfather and Gangs of New York though not at all derivative. Its second part showed the following evening and was equally outrageously original. Again the director spent an hour in the Q&A. He spoke to his move to Bombay as a filmmaker and the return to his own roots in telling the story of Wasseypur where he in fact grew up. The film actually is an analysis of the place's history and evolution as a burning inferno as the fight for the coal industry fuels the feud. From digging coal to killing someone in an innocuous brawl, the tale of vengeance runs parallel to the tale of India itself.

The 5 hours and 20 minutes were riveting. The music and dancing was also outrageous. Our friend Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter called it, "A dizzying explosion of an Indian gangster film, whose epic structure and colorful, immoral killers capture the imagination for over five hours."

David Chute, quoted in Thompson on Hollywood, says "Gangs is headlong, hand-held, violent entertainment. It manages to keep a dozen major characters and their agendas clear while rarely pausing to take a breath. It is also one of those rare movies that acknowledge the influence of movies and other forms of pop culture in shaping the values and motivations of its characters.

The story was actually based upon fact, a story of revenge over three generations of two families in a small city of India. My surprise and reaction to it reminded me of how I felt when I saw John Woo's The Killers in Toronto in 1989 which opened the door to John Woo in the U.S. (Coincidently it was the same David Chute who brought John Woo to the U.S. as I recall). The international sales agent, Elle Driver, has not made a sale in the U.S. Which surprises me.

Iffla concluded on Sunday evening (April 14) with a red carpet and gala fete that included the Los Angeles premiere of Deepa Mehta’s Midnight's Children, and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards, followed by an after party.

This year the festival showcased more than 35 film features, documentaries, and short films at ArcLight Hollywood, home of Iffla since its inception. “The awards are always bittersweet for all of us in the programming team as we truly believe in the exceptional talent and relevance of each film which has been so carefully chosen,” said Lead Programmer Terrie Samundra. “That being said, we wholeheartedly share the enthusiasm of the audience and our prestigious jury. A huge congratulations to the winners!”

Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, with an honorable mention for Ship of Theseus directed by Anand Gandhi. The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary went to Sushrut Jain for Beyond All Boundaries, and for Best Short to Unravel directed by Meghna Gupta, with an honorable mention for Tatpaschat directed by Vasudev Keluskar.

Audience Awards

Best Feature: Filmistaan directed by Nitin Kakkar

Best Documentary: Beyond All Boundaries directed by Gotham Chopra

Best Short: Unravel directed by Meghna Gupta

The 2013 feature film jurors were International Director of the Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute Paul Federbush, director/editor/writer Kanika Myer (Halo, Heart Of India), and Assistant Curator of Film Programs at Lacma Bernardo Rondeau.The Best Documentary Award was decided by The Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times film critic Sheri Linden, Senior Programmer at Film Independent Maggie Mackay, and Producer Nadine Mundo (Chelsea Settles). Judging the short films were filmmaker and Iffla alum Prashant Bhargava (Patang), Film Curator and Director of Industry Programming at Palm Springs ShortFest Kathleen McInnis, and actress Sheetal Sheth (Abcd, Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World).

About Iffla

Now in its 11th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

The six-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival showcased over 35 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, hosted the highly anticipated opening and closing red carpet galas, and the closing awards ceremony.

For more information:

http://www.indianfilmfestival.org.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/indianfilmfestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iffla
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Iffla adds “Ship of Theseus”, panel discussion on indie cinema

Iffla adds “Ship of Theseus”, panel discussion on indie cinema
Still from Ship of Theseus

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) has added four films to its line up. Anand Gandhi’s feature debut Ship of Theseus, an environmental documentary Pad Yatra: A Green Journey narrated by Darryl Hannah, Walt Disney animation Arjun: The Warrior Prince and short film Iron Tracks (Lohpath).

A panel discussion ‘Today’s Pioneer Voices Changing the Landscape of Indian Cinema’ will feature indie directors whose films are screening at the festival this year. The panel comprising Vasan Bala (Peddlers), Anand Gandhi(Ship Of Theseus), Hansal Mehta (Shahid), and Nitin Kakkar (Filmistaan) will be moderated by film critic Lisa Tsering.

The festival also announced its Jury for feature, short and documentary films.

The short film Jury comprises filmmaker Prashant Bhargava (Patang), Kathleen McInnis, Film Curator and Director of Industry Programming at Palm Springs ShortFest and actress Sheetal Sheth (Abcd, Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World
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Afternoon Delight: Princess Diana's night in drag, Fergie to be honored at the NewNowNext Awards

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Good afternoon and happy April! Where does the time go?

Happy birthday to Trish Bendix’s dream girl Rachel Maddow, Bijou Phillips, Susan Boyle, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Adams and my perfect doggie Taffy Davenport McManus-Kregloe!

Trish posing with Rachel Maddow (before security pried her away.)

Like many young people growing up in the 1980s, I was obsessed with Princess Diana. Now I find out that in the late '80s Queen’s Freddie Mercury “disguised Princess Diana as a man and took her to notorious gay bar Royal Vauxhall Tavern. They were sure they were going to be discovered, but Mercury proved a major distraction, and Diana reportedly loved it.” After knowing this I can now die happy.

Evan Rachel Wood is so in demand as an actress that she’s starring in movies she even she doesn’t know about.
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Morning Brew - Mon. March 11: Rachel Maddow at SXSW, Christine Quinn puts in bid for NYC Mayor

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Good morning!

Chicago-based boxer Grace Penney talked about being out in the ring with DNAinfo.com.

Yes, Virginia, Arrested Development is still going to be made into a movie — most likely.

Rachel Maddow spoke at SXSW Interactive this weekend, and although video does not seem to exist, many photos do. Just imagine her saying smart things.

How adorable are Jenna Lyons and Gf Courtney Crangi in the Vanity Fair Oscars photobooth?

Garrison Starr is going on a spring tour. Check out the video and see if she's coming for you.

What are the gayest buildings in America? California Home Design has found them for you.

A new TV network called Esquire will air all episodes of the Jane Lynch series Party Down. I'm ashamed to say I have never watched the show, so I will definitely be tuning in.
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Afternoon Delight: Lady Gaga losing big bucks on canceled tour, Mila Kunis rumored for "50 Shades of Grey" movie

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Good afternoon my lovelies!

Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is Interview magazine’s March covergirl.

Rumor has it Mila Kunis might star in the film adaption of 50 Shades of Grey. Um, yes please.

Music mogul Clive Davis has come out as bisexual. In Davis’s memoir The Sound Track of My Life he reveals that he had two serious relationships with men, although no names were mentioned. While promoting his memoir Davis sat down with ABC News and declared that bisexuality does exist. (You’re preaching to the choir, Clive.)

It is estimated that Lady Gaga’s canceled tour is costing $25 million in refunded tickets. Ouch! On a side note, Gaga showed off her latest accessory on Twitter; her wheelchair named Emma.

This is Emma. twitter.com/ladygaga/statu…

Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 16, 2013

Tonight money guru Suze Orman
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TVLine Items: Six Million Dollar Man to Dallas, Girl Meets World's Boy, 30 Rock 'Scream and More!

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TVLine Items: Six Million Dollar Man to Dallas, Girl Meets World's Boy, 30 Rock 'Scream and More!
Dallas is upping the ante with a Six Million Dollar Man.

TV vet Lee Majors has booked a multi-episode arc in Season 2 of the TNT drama, EW.com reports.

The actor drops by as Ken Richards, one of Sue Ellen’s old beaus. The two will once again crosses paths, only this time it’s strictly for business.

Majors has in recent years enjoyed turns on CSI: NY, Raising Hope and CBS’ short-lived $#*! My Dad Says.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

Girl Meets World is looking to add a boy. Per EW.com, Disney’s Boy Meets World
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Vote for Favorite Movie Actress

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Voting (up to once per hour) is open through Wednesday, January 2

AfterEllen Visibility Awards: Favorite Movie Actress

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Movie Tags: moviesTeaser Photo: Teaser: Will you vote for Noomi Rapace, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Kristen Stewart, Sheetal Sheth or Ruth Vega Fernandez?
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DVD Review: 'Three Veils'

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★★☆☆☆ The second feature from director Rolla Selbak, Three Veils (2011) tells the interconnected stories of three young Muslim women living in the Us. The film opens with the story of Leila (Mercedes Masöhn), a young girl who finds herself in an arranged marriage with the hot-tempered Ali (Sammy Sheik). We also encounter her troubled friend Nikki (Sheetal Sheth), who we later discover has suffered a family tragedy. Lastly there is Amira (Angela Zahara), a devout Muslim who is struggling to come to terms with her sexuality.

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Nanubhai Education Foundation Raises a record $55,000 at the Fourth Annual Gala

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The Nanubhai Education Foundation hosted their Fourth Annual Gala on Friday, April 27th at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York City with over 400 guests and notable celebrities. Spokesman for Nanubhai Education Foundation, 90210 Actor Manish Dayal, along with Heroes Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, Nurse Jackie Actor Arjun Gupta, Actors Samrat Chakrabarti, Pooja Kumar, Sheetal Sheth, Ami Sheth, Manu Narayan, CNBC Reporter Seema Mody, Celebrity Photographer and star of Bravo TV’s Double Exposure Indrani, Former Canadian Cricket Team Captain Ashish Bagai and Philanthropist Karen Koeningsberg attended in support of raising funds for the progress of education in rural India. “Nanubhai’s 4th Annual Gala was a definite success. We exceeded our goals and all funds raised will be put directly to our mission of reforming rural education in India. I would like to personally thank all the awesome people who attended the event and look forward to many
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2011 Year in Review: Movies

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If there’s a theme to 2011’s crop of films featuring lesbian/bi women, it’s that this was a very good year for emerging voices. First time and younger filmmakers made a mark in huge ways this year, providing everything from spellbinding documentaries (No Look Pass), heart-wrenching drama (Pariah, Break My Fall, Circumstance), and fresh comedy (Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same). Pair that with the quality coming from established filmmakers like Celine Sciamma (Tomboy), and you have a year marked by the presence of strong, unique voices.

Hard Hitters

Nowhere is that strength of vision more prominent than in the year’s dramas. Well-meaning (but tired) melodramas were drowned out by clear-eyed, nuanced filmmaking, most evident in Pariah, the story of a young African-American woman struggling with her identity, and Circumstance, which features the romance between two teenaged girls in Iran.

As AfterEllen.
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Stalemate Movie Review – Dances With Films

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Stalemate Movie Review – Dances With Films
Title: Stalemate Writer-director: Lovinder Gill Starring: Sheetal Sheth, Josh Randall, Burgess Jenkins, P.J. Maske An in-competition west coast premiere at the ongoing 14th annual Dances With Films festival, writer-director Lovinder Gill’s ‘Stalemate’ is an unsophisticatedly sweet love triangle that unfolds in inoffensive fashion, but ultimately just doesn’t have much of interest to say about women, men or any of the mysterious and necessary distance between them. At the beginning of a particularly important and busy work week, advertising rep Kayleigh (Sheetal Sheth) tells long-time boyfriend Rich (Burgess Jenkins) that she wants a bit of a break, and doesn’t want to see him again until Friday, which is her birthday. Working...
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Review of "Three Veils"

Three Veils offers a poignant, dramatic tale of three young Middle-Eastern American women and their colliding lives. Occasionally, the film paints its settings and characters with a rather broad brush, and the script contains uneven moments, but it’s an earnest, entertaining and heartfelt production.

Leila (Mercedes Masöhn) is the pretty, stable “girl next door.” We begin with her staring into a mirror, her voiceover explaining that she’s just gotten engaged (by way of arranged marriage) and all she can think about is her wedding night – specifically her first time with husband-to-be Ali. We watch her prepare for the wedding, host a swinging engagement party and begin to go on awkward dates with Ali, the most aggressively awful kisser of all time.

She relates her adventures in make out purgatory to Nikki (Sheetal Sheth), her free-spirited best friend (and the second of our leading ladies). Slinky, sexy, and perpetually guzzling booze,
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On Location: Behind "Three Veils"

As the writer and director of Three Veils, a few common questions I get about the film are “Is this movie based on a true story?” or “How was it working with the lovely and (insert your favorite saucy term) Sheetal Sheth?” However, the first question I inevitably get is “Excuse me, are you crazy?”

I suppose one must be crazy to attempt to make a film in this day and age about young Arab women — who are Muslim — who go through controversial subject matters such as arranged marriage, forbidden love. And for creating one of the first narrative films to ever feature the struggles of an Arab, Muslim Lesbian.

When I first started writing the script, I admit I was anxious. I didn’t want to offend any particular group, or make unwelcome enemies, especially of the threatening kind. Of course, that goal proved to be mostly hopeless as
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