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Venus. Eisha Marjara: 'In Venus the focus was not on the transition but on Sid's relationships and her discovering herself as a woman and a new parent and a daughter and a colleague' Photo: Wolfe Venus, out now in the Us on VoD and DVD, is a delightful exploration of the challenges faced by trans woman Sid (Debargo Sanyal), who discovers, on the point of coming out, that she has a son (Jamie Mayers) she knew nothing about. Or as I put it at the time: “gentle; lyrical; funny”.

So I was looking forward to speaking with its Quebec-based writer and director Eisha Marjara.

I began by asking how she arrived at a film like Venus, given that she had started in documentary – and then proceeded to this very different, lighter genre. Eisha did not see it that way.

Eisha Marjara: 'As a writer and artist my job is
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Liff 2018: Venus Q&A

The closing movie of the London Indian Film Festival (Liff) was Venus, the life-affirming story of a transitioning woman, named Sid, who suddenly discovers that she’s the father of a 14-year-old son from a previous relationship. We were fortunate enough to have Eisha Marjara (the director), Joe Balass (the producer), Jamie Mayers, and Gordon Warnecke in attendance after the screening to share insights into how the film was put together.

“I was obsessed with the idea of a transgender character finding a son,” explained Marjara. This was inspired by an earlier short film that the director made in 2012 called House for Sale. However, creating the final story for Venus was a long one. “In earlier drafts I showed more about the office and work, showing the challenges that she goes through there,” said Marjara, “I also showed more about Ralph and his friends, how he gets bullied.”

In the end,
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Liff 2018 Special Review: Venus

After struggling with gender identity, Punjabi Canadian Sid (Debargo Sanyal) finally makes the decision to live a life as a transgender woman outside the home, and to undergo the process of gender transition. Sid, born male, has always known she was a woman, but never took the step of dressing like one in public until making this important decision. As fate would have it, at the same time that Sid is planning for her new future and taking steps towards living her life fully as a woman, she meets Ralph (Jamie Meyers), a teenaged boy who, when confronted by Sid as to why he’s hanging around her suddenly, reveals that Sid is his father – Sid was involved, briefly, with Ralph’s mother (Amber Goldfarb), and Ralph, it seems, was the result.

Director Eisha Marjara (Desperately Seeking Helen) brings much warmth and wit to Venus. As much an exploration of modern,
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Film Review: Venus (2017) by Eisha Marjara

During the recent years, there has been an increase on the Asian films that deal with the Lgbt community, with productions like “Wolf and Wolbachia“, “Small Talk” and a number of others. Montreal-based Eisha Marjara makes her own effort on the subject, through a rather cheerful approach.

“Venus” runs as part of the 9th edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, that runs at 15 cinemas, across London, Birmingham and Manchester, from 21st June to 1st July, with 27 films, including features and short films, in competition. It is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe. Buy your tickets via this website, at respective cinema box offices: http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/

Sid is a Montreal Punjabi, who, after years of struggling with his gender identity, has decided to come out as a woman, to the shock of his traditional Punjabi mother, who cannot fathom the fact, in contrary to his father,
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Review ‘Venus’ Directed By Eisha Marjara

Review ‘Venus’ Directed By Eisha Marjara
Review by Peter Belsito‘Venus’ is a serious comedy about a family’s grudging, confused and difficult but slowly positive acceptance of their family member Sid (who is middle aged) as he transitions to a ‘she’ identity and becomes female.

This is the second ‘transgender’ feature I’ve seen recently.

First let me mention the other recent one from Chile, entitled A Fantastic Woman. It deals with a trans woman dealing with the sad death of her longtime lover and the vicious rejection of her by his family.

I mention that because this one also deals with family but in a very different way.

At once hilarious and serious, smart and sassy, Eisha Marjara’s articulate, absorbing and lively gender-shifting Canadian comedy is the witty tale of Sid, a transitioning woman going through a difficult time whose life takes a big turn when a 14-year-old boy named Ralph (Jamie Mayers
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Whistler Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners

Whistler Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners
Winners of the 2017 Whistler Film Festival were announced at the Awards Celebration this morning on the final day of the 17th annual Festival. Ian Lagarde’s first feature All You Can Eat Buddha and Jason and Carlos Sanchez’s A Worthy Companion tied for the $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and the $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver in the 14th edition of the coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. The jury states “each in their own way convey unique visions and creative storytelling the jury believes have made and will make powerful contributions to the world of cinema.”A Worthy Companion

A Worthy Companion takes a fresh and new perspective that explores the complexity and humanity within the predator, victim relationship. This film questions how we perpetuate manipulative power dynamics between adult and child through the inner struggle of our female protagonists.
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New Person Of Interest Season 4,Episode 7 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Person Of Interest" episode 7 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Honor Among Thieves," and it sounds like things will get very serious and dramatic as Shaw risks getting busted by Samaritan to participate in an undercover thief operation, and more! In the new, 7th episode press release: Shaw is going to risk being detected by Samaritan when she joins an international team of thieves to monitor the latest Poi. Press release number 2: Shaw will join a team of international thieves in order to keep tabs on the latest Poi, but an unexpected turn of events, will put her in danger of being detected by Samaritan. Also, Finch and Root are going to undertake a dangerous sabotage mission. Guest stars will feature: Adrian Bellani (Tomas), Johnny Sparks (Jerrod), David Vadim (Marko), Faina Vitebsky (Katya), Drew Hildebrand (Henrik), Theodora Woolley
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Matt Oberg Joins Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship

Matt Oberg Joins Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship
Matt Oberg, Stephen Schneider and Anna Chlumsky have boarded the indie comedy Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship, produced by Justified Ends Entertainment.

Adrian Martinez, Debargo Sanyal and Cristin Milioti also star in the pic written and directed by Jeffrey Kaplan and Ian Springer.

Matt Oberg plays a sensitive professor and author of feminist literature who deep down churns with sexual frustration. Stephen Schneider portrays a loud, obnoxious, womanizing businessman who's completely oblivious to how inappropriate he is in almost every situation -- even when he falls madly in love with his new female boss.

Filming is underway in New York City.
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Matt Oberg, Stephen Schneider, and Anna Chlumsky Star in Bert And Arnie’S Guide To Friendship

Matt Oberg (Ugly Americans), Stephen Schneider (Best Friends Forever), and Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop) topline an indie comedy with a title designed to catch your eye: Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship.  Oberg plays Bert, "a sensitive professor and author of feminist literature who deep down churns with sexual frustration."  Schneider is Arnie, "a loud, obnoxious, womanizing businessman who's completely oblivious to how inappropriate he is in almost every situation."  Variety reports that Adrian Martinez (Kick-Ass), Debargo Sanyal (Blue Bloods), and Cristin Milioti (30 Rock) also star. Bert and Arnie marks Jeff Kaplan's feature directorial debut; Kaplan co-wrote the script with Ian Springer.  The Justified Ends Entertainment production began shooting late last month in New York.
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$20 Student Rush Tix Offered For Looking For The Pony

Vital Theatre Company is pleased to announce $20 Student Rush Tickets available 30 minutes prior to curtain for all performances of the rolling world premiere of Looking For The Pony by Andrea Lepcio, directed by Stephan Golux and featuring J. Smith-cameron, Deirdre O'Connell, Lori Funk and Debargo Sanyal. Performances Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm through February 8th. Regular tickets prices are $45.00; $30 for seniors. After its New York run, Looking For The Pony will also be presented at Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta in February. To purchase tickets for the New York production, please call (212) 579-0528 or visit www.vitaltheatre.org.
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Rolling Premiere Of Looking For The Pony Continues 1/28

Vital Theatre Company is pleased to announce the rolling world premiere of Looking For The Pony by Andrea Lepcio, directed by Stephan Golux and featuring J. Smith-cameron, Deirdre O'Connell, Lori Funk and Debargo Sanyal. The production began previews on Wednesday, January 21st and opens on Monday, January 26th at 7pm. Performances continued Saturday, January 24th at 4pm and 8pm, Sunday, January 25th at 4pm, and Monday, January 26th at 7pm. From January 28th, there will be performances on Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm through February 8th. Tickets are $45.00; $30 for students and seniors (preview tickets are $35.00; $20 for students and seniors.) After its New York run, Looking For The Pony will also be presented at Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta in February. To purchase tickets for the New York production, please call (212) 579-0528 or visit www.vitaltheatre.org.
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Looking For The Pony Premieres At Vital Theater Company 1/21

Vital Theatre Company is pleased to announce the rolling world premiere of Looking For The Pony by Andrea Lepcio, directed by Stephan Golux and featuring J. Smith-cameron, Deirdre O'Connell, Lori Funk and Debargo Sanyal. The production begins previews on Wednesday, January 21st and opens on Monday, January 26th at 7pm. Performances continue Saturday, January 24th at 4pm and 8pm, Sunday, January 25th at 4pm, and Monday, January 26th at 7pm. From January 28th, there will be performances on Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm through February 8th. Tickets are $45.00; $30 for students and seniors (preview tickets are $35.00; $20 for students and seniors.) After its New York run, Looking For The Pony will also be presented at Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta in February. To purchase tickets for the New York production, please call (212) 579-0528 or visit www.vitaltheatre.org.
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Vital's Looking For The Pony Begins Performances 1/21

Vital Theatre Company recently announced the rolling world premiere of Looking For The Pony by Andrea Lepcio, directed by Stephan Golux and featuring J. Smith-Cameron, Deidre O'Connell, Lori Funk and Debargo Sanyal. The production begins previews on Wednesday, January 21st and opens on Monday, January 26th at 7pm. Performances continue Saturday, January 24th at 4pm and 8pm, Sunday, January 25th at 4pm, and Monday, January 26th at 7pm. From January 28th, there will be performances on Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm through February 8th. Tickets are $45.00; $30 for students and seniors (preview tickets are $35.00; $20 for students and seniors.) After its New York run, Looking For The Pony will also be presented at Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta in February. To purchase tickets for the New York production, please call (212) 579-0528 or visit www.vitaltheatre.org.
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