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Director Shekhar Kapur answers controversial questions

Enlighten hosted the DVD launch of “Flow” with none other than veteran film maker Shekhar Kapur as the guest of honor. The director launched the DVD on the 28th of February in Infiniti Mall- (Andheri W) at 5:00pm amidst a lot of fanfare and passionate discussion on Water, Bollywood and Oscars!

Also joining him on the panel discussion was Mr Prabodh Parekh, a faculty at Whistling Woods school.

Directed by upcoming film maker Irena Salina, ‘Flow’ addresses an issue which is of great concern in todays fast pace world: Water Crisis. Irena Salina has won the Best Document ...
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Submarine,’ ‘Beginners,’ and ‘Last Mountain’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.

As super-powered mutants do battle in multiplexes across the nation, a trio of indies will open in limited release, unleashing tales of love, acceptance, and protest. To take the heart-pounding, mind-broadening, soul-warming and/or consciousness-awakening experience home, try our selected picks from the libraries of Netflix’s streaming features.



X-Men: First Class

In this prequel to Bryan Singer’s genre-resurrecting X-Men, director Matthew Vaughn leaps back to 1963, where Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is just beginning to lay the groundwork for his school, with the help of his best friend, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender). Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kevin Bacon co-star.

Kick-Ass (2010) The self-reflexive indie flick that brought Mark Millar’s gritty comic to life is also what scored director Vaughn the X-Men gig. Aaron Johnson
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Celluloid Dreams

The French sales/production company is supplying this year's Cannes fest with a trio of titles, but you might find me doing cartwheels more for a project that hasn't even began lensing in Marjane Satrapi's Waiting for Azrael. - The French sales/production company is supplying this year's Cannes fest with a trio of titles, but you might find me doing cartwheels more for a project that hasn't even began lensing in Marjane Satrapi's Waiting for Azrael. Red, white and green helmer Daniele Luchetti returns to the French festival for the umpteenth time with La Nostra Vita (see pic above) and Takeshi Kitano will break decibel levels with Outrage --- the film's trailer says it all. Celluloid Dreams' is also repping something for doc enthusiasts and tourists who love Paris: Fred Wiseman's Crazy Horse. If I Want To Whistle I Whistle by Florin Serban - Completed La Nostra Vita
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Celluloid Dreams

The French sales/production company is supplying this year's Cannes fest with a trio of titles, but you might find me doing cartwheels more for a project that hasn't even began lensing in Marjane Satrapi's Waiting for Azrael. Red, white and green helmer Daniele Luchetti returns to the French festival for the umpteenth time with La Nostra Vita (see pic above) and Takeshi Kitano will break decibel levels with Outrage --- the film's trailer says it all. Celluloid Dreams' is also repping something for doc enthusiasts and tourists who love Paris: Fred Wiseman's Crazy Horse. If I Want To Whistle I Whistle by Florin Serban - Completed La Nostra Vita by Daniele Luchetti - Completed Outrage by Takeshi Kitano - Completed REVOLUCIÓN by Carlos Reygadas - Completed We Are The Night by Dennis Gansel - Post-Production A Prophet (Un Prophete) by Jacques Audiard - Completed Apart Together (Tuan Yuan
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Enlighten to Organize Docu Fest in Mumbai

Enlighten Film Society is organizing a documentary film festival in Mumbai at Cinemax and Metro Big Cinemas from 4th October - 25th October. Four contemporary documentary films will be screened as part of the festival. The first of the four films, “Flow”, is directed by Irena Salina whose well... Read More

Dada Saheb Phalke Award to Manna Dey

Eminent singer Manna Dey has been selected for the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2007. The Award is given by the Government of India for outstanding contribution in the field of cinema. The Award carries a Cash Prize of Rs. 10 lakh, a Swaran Kamal and a Shawl. Manna Dey has dominated the... Read More

First Doha Tribeca Fest to Open with Nair's Amelia

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Dtff)announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's“Amelia,
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Best Documentaries of 2008

Best Documentaries of '08

by Erin Donovan

Flow: For Love of Water - Irena Salina's directorial debut examines the privatization and potential crisis of a worldwide water crisis with a brilliant amount of breadth and depth. Most surprisingly of all, this is one of the most inspiring and hopeful documentaries of the year.

Up the Yangtze - Equal parts heart-wrenching coming of age tale and geopolitical expose, Yung Chang's directorial debut follows two teenagers working on the Farewell Cruiseship lines giving westerners tours of the rural villages that would soon be (and now have been) engulfed by the Three Gorges Dam project. [Jeffrey Anderson's review >>]
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Flow: For Love of Water (review)

Like much of what we see in the documentary genre these days, Irena Salina’s messily impassioned exposé of the world water crisis -- the film debuted at the 2008 Sundance and won an International Jury Prize at Mumbai this year -- will, by dint of its arthouse release trajectory, bypass those not already in the know (that is, those who really need to see it) and end up preaching mostly to a choir that’s already on its side. Salina traveled the world to gather the anecdotes and scary stories collected here: yes, there is indeed a global water crisis playing out beyond the view of most Westerners, and it goes way beyond the absurdity we’ve been trained to get used to, of paying for water in a bottle when we used to get the same thing out of a tap for free. But even as multinational corporations attempt
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Review: Flow: For Love of Water

Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock may be responsible for making documentaries more popular, profitable and mainstream-accessible, but from an artistic point of view, their influence has been far less enriching. The rise in cutesy graphics, the preference for superficial contentions conveyed by cursory human-interest vignettes, and the employment of spurious causation arguments have become the norm in domestic non-fiction filmmaking, with only the rare exception -- anything by Werner Herzog, Tony Kaye's in-depth Lake of Fire -- to remind viewers that serious, comprehensive explorations of real-world stories and topics are still viable. Alas, the latest politically conscious doc to hit stateside, Irena Salina's Flow: For Love of Water, is another example of the -Moore-ish technique, not because it mimics his aesthetic -- her approach and tone are of a sober, graphics-free sort -- but because it tackles an important topic in a dubious manner. Jumping back and forth between various issues,
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Opening This Week: A 9/11 noir, a Flaming Lips film and a Coens comedy

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By Neil Pedley

Some might be quick to dismiss this week as part of the post-summer lull, but others might see it as a week of films that have been years in the making . it's been 13 since the now re-paired Robert De Niro and Al Pacino were last on screen together, while Diane English's remake of "The Women" took 12 to make it to the big screen, and the Flaming Lips' "Christmas on Mars" spent a mere seven years in the offing. As for fans of the Coen brothers, it only seems like forever since "No Country for Old Men."

"Able Danger"

Another week, another 9/11 conspiracy film, this one actually getting released on the seventh anniversary of the tragedy. Loosely inspired by "The Maltese Falcon," this Dv noir offers something of a date movie for far-left conspiracy theorists who take issue with perceived abuse of power on the part of our government.
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'Banks,' 'Flow' reel in overseas deals

Just in time for the Berlin International Film Festival, Myriad Films has picked up foreign sales rights to Fred Durst's directorial debut, The Education of Charlie Banks, and Celluloid Dreams has nabbed foreign sales rights to the Sundance docu competition entry Flow: For the Love of Water.

The filmmakers behind Irena Salina's global eco-docu Flow will donate 1% of their profits from any sale to the charity 1% for the Planet, which benefits ecological charities worldwide.

Anchor Bay Entertainment picked up North American theatrical and DVD rights in October to the coming-of-age drama Banks. The film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter and Eva Amurri, won the Made in New York Award at last year's Tribeca Film Festival and hits theaters this year.

Myriad and Celluloid have non-North American rights to the projects. Josh Braun of Submarine is repping North American Flow sales.

Sundance Film Festival 2008: Documentary Competition Lineup

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[/link] (Gonzo: The Life and Times of Hunter Thompson), Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths) and Patrick Creadon (I.O.U.S.A.) and many first time doc filmmakers make up the section in this year's documentary Comp lineup. I don't count many Iraq-war related items listed below, telling us that the doc vague of such films is officially D.O.A. Click on the individual links below for more info on each film (including official sites and trailers). Documentary COMPETITIONAn American Soldier directed and written by Edet Belzberg ("Children Underground"), a look at one of the U.S. Army's all-time top recruiters, Sgt. 1st Class Clay Usie.American Teen directed and written by Nanette Burstein ("On the Ropes"), an irreverent, frank account of four Indiana high school seniors.Bigger, Faster, Stronger directed by Christopher Bell and written by Bell, Alexander Buono and Tamsin Rawady,
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