New York Indian Film Festival 2014

May 5 - 10, 2014


NYIFF Schedule May 5-10, 2014:

May 5: Opening night celebrations 6 pm-midnight
May 6-9: Daily schedule in four theatres – screenings at 6 pm, 9 pm
May 10: Daily schedule in four theatres – screenings at 12 noon, 3 pm
May 10: Closing Night celebrations 5 pm – midnight.

Opening Night May 5th & Closing Night May 10th: Skirball Center for Performing Arts,
La Guardia Place @ Washington Square Park, NYC.

All other screenings, Special Events, Industry Panels: Village East Cinema, 2nd Ave @ 12th Street, NYC


Opening Night Film,
Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:00 pm, Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYC.
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Directed by Anurag Kashyap;
India 2014, 128 Minutes, Hindi with English subtitles
Cast- Rahul Bhat, Abir Goswami, Sandesh Jhadev, Siddhant Kapoor.

There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Anurag Kashyap and lead actor Rahul Bhat.


Synopsis: A terrible tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence starts when the 10 year old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.

Anurag Singh KashyapAbout the Director: Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Other films of his that have traveled to a range of international film festivals include, Gulaal, That Girl in Yellow Boots and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012 closing film).

Bhaji On The Beach

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:00 pm, Village East Cinemas, 189 2nd Ave, NY
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Bhaji On The Beach 
Directed by Gurinder Chadha;
UK 1993, 101 minutes, English, Hindi and Punjabi with English subtitles.
Cast- Kim Vithana, Jimmi Harkishin , Sarita Khuraja, Akbar Kurtha, Zohra Segal

Post screening discussion with Director Gurinder Chadha


Synopsis: A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially have little in common. But the events of the day lead them to better mutual understanding and solidarity.

Gurinder-ChaddhaAbout the Director: Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 1990, Chadha set up her own production company: Umbi Films.

  Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Gurinder Chadha's Bhaji on the Beach:
Tuesday May 6th at 8 pm.
There will be a post-screening celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Bhaji on the Beach with Gurinder Chadha at BAR VELOCE, 175 2nd Avenue (between 12th & 11th Streets), NYC.
Cash bar. Entry is free with a NYIFF movie ticket or badge.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 2014, 6:00 pm, Theatre 2
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Brahmin Bulls
Directed by Mahesh Pailoor
English, 96 minutes, 2013, USA
Cast - Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Bartha

Post screening discussion with director Mahesh Pailoor


Synopsis: When Ashok makes a surprise trip to LA to visit his estranged son, the two begin a journey to mend their relationship until Sid discovers that his father has actually come in search of an old flame.

Mahesh-PailoorAbout the Director: Mahesh Pailoor is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. His films have screened at film festivals all over the world and have won awards including the SKYY Vodka Short Film Awards and have screened on the Sundance Channel. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Mahesh went on to continue his studies as a directing fellow at the American Film Institute, earning a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2006 and was awarded the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award for the direction of his thesis film, Still Life (2007). Mahesh is currently developing feature films under his production company, Nuclear Tribe.

An American in Madras

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:15 pm, Theatre 3
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An American in Madras
Directed by Karan Bali
2013, Documentary, 80 minutes, English, Tamil, Hindi with English subtitles

Post screening discussion with director Karan Bali


Synopsis: An American in Madras primarily traces American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s years in India. Born in 1909 and hailing from Barton, Ohio, Dungan reached the shores of India on February 25th, 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ended up staying for 15 years! During this period, he brought many technical innovations to the developing Tamil Film Industry of the 1930s and ‘40s, and infused a sense of professionalism into its filmmaking. All this, without understanding a word of the language!

Karan BaliAbout the Director: With Mumbai as his base, Karan has been making mainly documentaries besides being first assistant director on two feature films, Everybody Says I’m Fine and Matrubhoomi - A Nation Without Women. He teaches filmmaking and is also the co-founder and content-in-charge of, an analytical portal on cinema of the sub-continent. An American in Madras is his first feature length documentary.


Skin Deep

The Corner Table (short)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6.30 pm, Theatre 4
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Directed by Ryan Matthew Chan
English, 51 minutes, World Premiere at NYIFF 2014
Cast - Vinesh Nagrani, Ethan Song, Ann Mayo-Smith, Nathan Hartono, Pierre Cassini and Clay Burell.

Post screening discussion with Director Ryan Mathew Chan
Synopsis: "Acceptance" is a 50-minute international film directed by Ryan Matthew Chan based on a true story about a scholar from India who lies about getting into Harvard. It's a story about ambition, self-doubt, competition among friends and facing failure. It takes audiences into the world of elite international schools comprised of the world's richest and most goal-bound kids.

Ryan-Matthew-ChanAbout the Director: Ryan Matthew Chan is an aspiring American filmmaker of Eurasian descent who was born and raised in Singapore. He is currently in his fourth year at Yale University pursuing a double major in Film Studies and Economics. His passion for film and visual storytelling began in elementary school when he developed an interest in flash animation. Chan spent his teenage years at the Singapore American School where he directed several award-winning short student films (The Hard Approach (2008), Mechanics of Me (2010), Anatomy of a Story (2010)). During the summer after his freshman year at college, Chan was hired as the Director of Photography for a $200,000 USD independent feature film called The Durian King starring renowned Singaporean actor Lim Kay Tong.


Skin Deep (short)
Directed by Hardik Mehta
India, 2014, 20 minutes, Language Hindi with English Subtitles
Cast – Naveen Kasturia, Aditi Vasudev, Vikram Sahu, Anangsha Biswas


Synopsis: An excited young couple's first 'adventure' of wanting to make love and elope from reality is challenged when the boy plans to undergo a circumcision. 

Hardik MehtaAbout the Director: Hardik Mehta completed his Masters in 2008 in Film Making at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, one of India’s foremost film schools. Since graduating he has worked in Mumbai as an assistant director in the Indian film industry. He worked closely on Director Dev Benegal’s ‘Road, Movie’ (2010) and Vikramaditya Motwane's ‘Lootera’ (2013) from pre-production to the post production of both the movies. Hardik has also worked independently as a writer, editor director for different ventures -formats like music videos, corporate films and shorts. Hardik's student short film ‘Chal Meri Luna’ was selected in the competitive section at IFFLA 2011 (Indian Film Festival of Los)


The Corner Table (short)
Directed by Manjari Makijany
India, 2014, 25 minutes, Language English
Cast – Tom Alter, Vinati Makijany, Pushtiie Shakti, Reuben Karkaria

Synopsis: Aisha, is a 23 year old waitress who works at ‘The Pantry’. Friendly with most customers but a private person otherwise, she finds a sweet strange connection with an old foreigner who is visiting India after almost 24 years. He soon becomes a regular at the cafe, spending most of his time sipping on different teas and writing. A journey they take one night to see the city reveals many layers to their personalities. What really brings this retired writer back to Mumbai? What is it that he is seeking in India? Watch this short film to explore and understand the complexities of human relationships.

Manjari MakijanyAbout the Director: A film and commercials Director she runs her own production company Mac Productions that was founded by her father and late veteran actor Mac Mohan (the infamous Sambha of 'Sholay' fame). The company currently produces commercials, corporates and short films and is now developing a slate of feature films for theatrical release. Her last short film, The Last Marble received much critical appreciation winning two international awards, several nominations and invited to over 25 festivals internationally including the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival among others.

Shesher Kobita Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9.00 pm, Theatre 2
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Shesher Kobita
Directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay
India, USA 2013, Feature Film, 125 minutes, Bengali(with English subtitles)
Cast – NRahul Bose , Konkona Sen Sharma, Swastika Mukherjee, Debdut Ghosh, Tulika Basu

Post screening Q&A with director Suman Mukhopadhyay


Synopsis: The film recounts the love story of Amit Ray, a barrister educated in England, whose virulent intellectualism reveals itself in its opposition to all forms of tradition. He meets Labanya in a car accident and the romance builds up in the misty hills of Shillong. Amit’s iconoclastism meets Labanya’s sincere simplicity and sharp intelligence. After building up their affair with fervent passion, the lovers decide to marry other suitors, without the air of tragedy. It appears to be that they feel that daily chores of living together will nullify the conspicuousness of their romance. Amit marries Ketaki, his girlfriend from Oxford and Labanya marries Sovanlal, her friend from university days. But Amit resolves this enigma of ungratified marriage in his own beatnik logic. Labanya releases Amit’s own submerged depth of sincerity, which he finds hard to adjust to. The tragedy is understood by the girl who liberates him from his betrothal and disappears from his life.

Suman MukhopadhyayAbout the Director: Suman Mukhopadhyay has finished two films recently (his 4th and 5th): Shesher Kobita (The Last Poem) and Kangal Malsat (War Cry of the Beggars). Mahanagar@Kolkata (2009), Chaturanga (2008) and Herbert (2005) are his previous films. Chaturanga has been shown and selected at 50 film festivals around the globe including the Montreal World Film Festival, LaRochelle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, International Film Festival of India (Goa), Kolkata Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. His first feature film, Herbert, won the National Award. Suman studied at the New York Film Academy, USA.

Sulemani Keeda

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:15 pm, Theatre 3
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Sulemani Keeda
Directed by Amit V Masurkar
India, USA 2013, Feature Film, 89 minutes, Hindi (with English subtitles)
Cast – Naveen Kasturia, Mayank Tewari, Aditi Vasudev, Karan Mirchandani, Krishna Bisht, Rukshana Tabassum

Post screening discussion with director Amit V Masurkar


Synopsis: Dulal, a brooding, self-conscious writer and his hustler friend, Mainak dream to write a Bollywood film. Their picaresque journey brings them in a position where they are forced to choose between friendship, love and a big break. Besides exploring the subculture of migrant writers in the city’s western suburbs, the film also talks about their hopes and ontological anxiety.

Amit V MasurkarAbout the Director: Amit V Masurkar quit Engineering midway and started working on film sets. He was a staff writer on ‘The Great Indian Comedy Show’ and has co-written the screenplay of the feature film, ‘Murder 3’ with Mahesh Bhatt. He has also directed the making of Dibakar Banerjee’s “LSD”, music videos and television commercials. This is his directorial debut film.


Stuff (short)
Directed by Sofian Khan
US, 2013, 4 minutes, Language English
Cast - Aizzah Fatima, Annette O’Tool, Markus Potter


Synopsis: The ritual exchange of stuff after an unpleasant breakup gets worse when one of the couple's mothers takes sides.

Sofian KhanAbout the Director: Sofian Khan is a writer/director & cinematographer. His New York-based production company, Capital K Pictures, focuses mainly on documentaries and short films. “Small Voices”-- a short docudrama about human trafficking-- won Best Short at the 2008 South Asian International Film Festival sponsored by HBO, and has since played at over 20 festivals worldwide. Sofian also served as cinematographer on ‘Ramchand Pakistani’, starring Nandita Das, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently released in theaters in the UK, India and Pakistan. Recent documentary projects on topics ranging from Islamaphobia to Infomercials have screened at festivals nationwide, including Woodstock and Hot Springs, and played on the Documentary Channel and PBS.


Bar Stools
Bar Stools (short)
Directed by Neale Hemrajani and Varun Bajaj
India, 2014, 16 minutes, Language English
Cast - Rajit Kapur, Anahita Ubroi, Aum Ahluwalia


Synopsis: A grumpy middle-aged man falls in love with a fellow bar patron, but is completely baffled by the idea of striking up conversation with her. Having not played this game in years, he tries an arsenal of subtle advances, all while avoiding intrusion by the bar's busybody bartender. This is a light-hearted tale of old souls rejuvenated by the promise of new love. It is also a largely silent study of the role that human gesture plays in forming a primal connection with a complete stranger.

Neale HemrajaniAbout the Director: Neale Hemrajani - Originally from Mumbai, India, Neale moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinematic Critical Studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film & TV Production. He graduated with a dual focus in Directing and Cinematography, and is dedicated to creating media that does more than just entertain. Additionally, Neale co-owns and operates an independent motion picture production company, RunawayVision LLC, which has been developing and producing short film content, music videos and commercials since its inception. The company also offers an array of production services and equipment.

Varun BajajVarun Bajaj - Varun Bajaj studied at H.R College Of Commerce and economics and after graduating jumped right into what he loved the most...Cinema The first movie he worked on was Blackmail which stared Ajay Devgan and Priyanka Chopra, this is where he got his first hands on experience. He has since produced movies starring Emraan Hashmi (Aksar and The Train) Rocky (Zayeed Khan ) Jai- Veeru (Fardeen Khan and Kunal Khemu.) In 2008 he went to The New York film Academy in New York to study filmmaking and after that he also studied in Los Angeles. After completing his education in the United States Varun has returned to India and directed 20 episodes for a lifestyle show for Sahara TV.

Action House Poster Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9.30 pm, Theatre 4
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The Auction House
Directed by Ed Owles
United Kingdom, 2013, Documentary, 85 minutes, Bengali, Hindi, Bhojpuri and English (with English Subtitles)
Cast - Anwer, Arshad

Post-screening discussion with Director Ed Owles


Synopsis: Two brothers are trying to save their family business - the oldest auction house in India. Having lived on different continents their entire adult lives, now they must come to terms not just with the economic realities of modern Calcutta but also each other. Their entertaining, antagonistic and poignant relationship gives an intimate insight into family, migration and belonging in contemporary India. 

Ed OwlesAbout the Director: Ed Owles has worked with Native Voice Films for the past 7 years, and has filmed and directed short documentaries for Channel 4 UK, Al Jazeera English and Current TV. He has also made numerous other films for festival release, NGOs and arts organisations across the globe. He’s an Associate Tutor in Ethnographic Film at Goldsmiths University London.


Three Shades of Brown Three Shades of Brown (short)
Directed by Shai Hussain
UK, 2014, 41 minutes, Language English New York Premier
Cast - Omar Khan, Muzz Khan, Navinder Bhatti

Post screening discussion with director Shai Hussain


Synopsis: When HARRY tells his best friend RAVI that he's moving to the capital to start a new job, Ravi advises him to move in with his close family friend, NAS. However, when Ravi's girlfriend dumps him, he accompanies Harry to London and looks to stay on the sofa until (he expects) his ex will eventually realize her mistake. Nas, unimpressed with both Harryʼs straight-laced personality and Raviʼs unexpected length of intrusion, soon plans to throw them both out. Unfortunately for him, an unexpected twist in events may have him begging for them to stay.

Shai HussainAbout the Director: Shai wrote for BBC Asian Network's daily radio soap SILVER STREET, followed by his play REALITY CHECK (with Hollyoaks’ Lena Kaur and Junade Khan) and the co-written RESOLUTIONS (with Adeel Akhtar). His Afternoon Play TIL JIHAD DO US PART (with Kulvinder Ghir and Nina Wadia) was broadcast to critical acclaim on BBC Radio 4 in 2010 and he is now adapting it for the big screen. Last year, his sitcom GENERASIANS was optioned to NBC Universal and he wrote episodes for the daily soap opera CLOUD 9 on Channel Zing. Since then, he has been developing feature film DISCOVERY ROAD with 360 Degrees Media and HEY KRISH, a Peppa Pig-like animated series, which is currently being shopped around India. He is currently rewriting the historical screenplay COMPANY SAHIB, which he previously developed with the support of Screen Yorkshire's Sparks Screenwriting Scheme, and is developing two sitcoms (SMALL WORLD and THREE SHADES OF BROWN) as well as a coming-of-age drama, SCHOOL OF SAM. Shai is also Film Editor for THE NRI magazine and the resident DJ for BOMBAY FUNKADELIC, a Bollywood club night in London.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:00 pm, Theatre 1
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Directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar
India, 2013, Feature Film, 123 minutes, Language Marathi (with English subtitles)
Cast – Dr. Mohan Agashe, Iravati Harshe, Milind Soman, Amruta Subhash, Devika Daftardar

Post screening discussion with lead actor Mohan Agashe


Synopsis: Appa – Dr. Chakrapani Shastri, retired director of an oriental research institute is now suffering from dementia. His daughter Ira and her doctor husband Madhav are trying to cope with Appa’s decaying memory. One day Appa disappears… Ira is in a panic and trapped in the chain of Appa’s memory… While Appa is living his day moment to moment with a tramp couple Anta and Channama and their elephant Laxmi… How could the two parallel tracks meet?

Sumitra Bhave and Sunil SukthankarAbout the Director: Sumitra Bhave, a social researcher trained at the Tata Institute of Social sciences, Mumbai, turned to filmmaking with Sunil Sukthankar, a trained filmmaker from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 1985. Their films have been screened in many film festivals in India, France, Italy, UK, USA, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Austria, Australia, Holland etc.

Sumitra has also published four books and worked on the jury of various national and international festival committees including the National Award committee of India. Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar have directed 14 feature films.


Mr. Chavan

Mr. Chavan (short)
Directed by Edward Shieh
US, 2013, 6 minutes, Language Vietnamese with English subtitles
Cast – Chausa Hoang & Cliff Samara


Synopsis: Amber is a young dedicated home-care aide who travels a great distance to look after Mr. Chavan, an isolated elder man suffering from dementia and other debilitating ailments. Together, they are an unlikely pair from different generations, backgrounds, and cultures, and yet their daily routine requires almost no communication at all. However on this day, Amber arrives with a life-changing responsibility that leaves her feeling abandoned and despondent in the company of Mr. Chavan.

Edward ShiehAbout the Director: Eddie Shieh is a writer-director and sold screenwriting member of the Writer's Guild of America East and WGA Digital Caucus. His film, "Mr. Chavan," is a 2013 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout Finalist conceived, written, produced, and edited in 72 hours. His 2011 short, "Tu & Eu (You & Me)," starring Daniela Ruah (CBS/NCIS:LA) and Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained), is a 10x Finalist with wins for Best Direction, Ensemble Cast, and nominations for Best Actor, Actress, and Music from Academy® Qualifying and international festivals. All other works have garnered numerous accolades and are signed to distribution internationally. Eddie's passion for story stems from an award-winning advertising career for worldwide brands including IBM, GAP, P&G, Heineken, Pepsi, etc.  A native New Yorker, Eddie resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife who is an American film, television, and theatre actress.

Virgin Talkies

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:00 pm, Theatre 2
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Virgin Talkies
Directed by K.R Manoj
India, 2013, Feature Film, 115 minutes, Malyalam (with English Subtitles)
Cast -Murali Gopy, Lena Kumar, Alencier Ley, Indrans


Synopsis: While weaving a gripping story around the transformation of an old movie theatre into a church, Kanyaka Talkies (Virgin Talkies) delves deep into the matrix of body, desire, pleasure and guilt.

K-R-ManojAbout the Director: K. R. Manoj is an independent filmmaker based out of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He started his career as a journalist and gradually moved to the world of films, under the influence of Film Society Movement. All his documentary films have won critical acclaim in India and abroad.


Give Into The Night (short)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:15 pm, Theatre 3
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Brahmin Bulls
Directed by Mahesh Pailoor
English, 96 minutes, 2013, USA
Cast - Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Bartha

Post screening discussion with director Mahesh Pailoor


Synopsis: When Ashok makes a surprise trip to LA to visit his estranged son, the two begin a journey to mend their relationship until Sid discovers that his father has actually come in search of an old flame.

Mahesh-PailoorAbout the Director: Mahesh Pailoor is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. His films have screened at film festivals all over the world and have won awards including the SKYY Vodka Short Film Awards and have screened on the Sundance Channel. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Mahesh went on to continue his studies as a directing fellow at the American Film Institute, earning a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2006 and was awarded the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award for the direction of his thesis film, Still Life (2007). Mahesh is currently developing feature films under his production company, Nuclear Tribe.


Give Into The Night (short)
Directed by Sonejuhi Sinha
US, 2013, 11 minutes, Language English
Cast – Sarita Choudhury, Vijay Bhargava, Alisha Nagarsheth

Synopsis: Give into the Night is a film about grief, isolation, companionship and the immigrant experience in America. The story begins when the recently widowed Anand moves to the US from India to live with his daughter and granddaughter, who is suffering from a recent illness. Separated by time and distance, the family's relationship has become cold and desolate as the wintry New England environment they inhabit. At the end of a long night, the characters slowly begin to discover what it means to be a family again by coming to terms with their shared grief and isolation.

Sonejuhi Sinha About the Director: Sonejuhi is a New York-based Editor/Filmmaker. At the age of 4, she won the award for Best Storytelling in her Kindergarten class. Since then, she has harnessed this innate talent in every aspect of her career. Sonejuhi began her film career by directing the short film Fallen, an impressionist short film that screened at the Anthology Archives in New York City in 2004. Driven by her insatiable desire to perfect her craft of storytelling, Sonejuhi decided to pursue a career as a professional editor. Since 2004, she has been an editor for the internationally renowned editorial company Final Cut. She has edited several music videos for MTV and MTV2 UK, narrative short films that have premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and commercials for high profile campaigns such as Keep a Child Alive, which garnered recognition from ADcritic, Creativity, Huffington Post and won Gold Lions at Cannes. Sonejuhi has worked alongside acclaimed directors such as Harmony Korine, Henry Alex Rubin and Spike Jonze. She recently produced and edited ‘These Birds Walk’ and ‘Homegoings,’ two documentary feature films that played at SXSW, Full Frame, True/False, garnering several international awards.

The Unseen Sequence

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:30 pm, Theatre 4
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The Unseen Sequence
Directed by Sumantra Ghosal
India, 2013, Documentary Feature Film, 98 minutes, Language English
Cast – Malavika Sarukkai


Synopsis: “The Unseen Sequence” – Exploring Bharatanatyam through the art of Malavika Sarukkai. Exclusively filmed performances, historical re-creations and in-depth interviews explore not just the history of the dance but also the connections and departures that Malavika makes from a hallowed and, often, unforgiving tradition. Thus, through the art of Malavika Sarukkai, we see how Bharatanatyam is being re-interpreted, renewed and invigorated.

Sumantra GhosalAbout the Director: Sumantra Ghosal started his advertising film company – Cinematix – in 1980. Three years later he took over Equinox Films, which became the flagship company under which he produced and directed over 750 commercials many of which were awarded nationally and internationally. He has produced and directed several films that have gained national and international acclaim such as The Speaking Hand, Let’s Talk and The Everlasting Light. By 2006 Sumantra had retired from advertising films. He turned his attention to the Arts and produced/directed a series of 6 films celebrating various artists for the Indian Foundation for the Arts. The series was very successful and he collaborated with IFA again in 2011 on a second series.


One-Minute Cell Phone Films

Karl BardoshCell Phone Cinema shorts from students of New York University, under the supervision of Prof. Karl Bardosh, have been making Music Videos with their own interpretation of popular Bollywood sound tracks.

Biographical Note: Accumulating over 30 years of professional experience in Europe, Asia, Brazil, Hollywood and New York in all genres of film and television, Prof. Karl Bardosh of New York University has been an award-winning director, producer, writer, editor of features, shorts, television series and documentaries. Throughout these years Prof. Bardosh has been a trendsetting pioneer in many areas of film and television. In January, 2007, Prof. Bardosh had introduced Cell Phone Cinema in India by directing and co-producing the first mobile short films with Sandeep Marwah, Executive Director of the Asian Academy of Film and Television, in Film City, Noida. In celebration of Indian Cinema’s 100th year, in December 201, Prof. Bardosh has just completed the shooting in 3D, a remake of Tagore’s Natir Puja that was destroyed by fire 80 years ago in Tollygunge.

Wednesday, May 7, 6.45 pm Theatre 5, Village East Cinemas, 2nd Avenue @ 12th Street, NYC
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Conversation : Aparna Sen & Gurinder Chadha 
Challenges & Opportunities in women-centric films in India and the Diaspora

Aparna SenAbout the Director: Aparna Sen is a renowned name in Bengali as well as Indian cinema. She has excelled both as an actor in film and theatre and as a director of parallel cinema. Aparna was born in 1945 in Kolkata.

Gurinder-ChaddhaAbout the Director: Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 1990, Chadha set up her own production company: Umbi Films.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:00 pm, Theatre 2
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Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor
Hindi with Subtitles in English, 115 minutes, 2014, India
Cast – Monali Thakur, Shifaali Shah, Ram Kapoor

Post screening Q&A with director Nagesh Kukunoor


Synopsis: Lakshmi is thrown into this horrific, inhuman, world run by the ruthless Reddy brothers. Quietly rebellious, Lakshmi's efforts to escape result in her being brutally beaten. She manages to survive her hellacious predicament with the help of the other girls and her own will to never give in.

Nagesh-KukunoorAbout the Director: Arriving on the Indian film scene 15 years ago, and blazing a new path and genre- the Indie film, Nagesh has written, produced, acted & directed immensely successful and acclaimed films.


Gulabee (short)
Directed by Tushar Tyagi
India, 2013, 26 minutes, Language Hindi, Subtitles available in English
Cast – Avani Modi, Priyank Tatariya, Nishi Singh Bhadli, Priyank Charan

Winner of Royal Reel Award at Canada International Film Festival


Synopsis: Gulabee is the story of an intricate, shy and humble girl, who is forced in to prostitution. Her search and pursuit for happiness when she begins to live in a brothel takes us through a variety of emotions. At the end, she finds the courage within herself to break the negative barriers that hold her life back thus making closure on her pursuit.

Tushar TyagiAbout the Director: Tushar Tyagi is a Film Director of Indian Origin. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Computer Engineering and Filmmaking. After that, he decided to follow his passion for film making and moved to New York. Earlier, he was associated with radio as radio jockey for a year. Tushar Tyagi has been associated with various films like An Absent Dream, Behind Women's Eyes and Inception of a lost Art. Recently, Tushar is the recipient of The Royal Reel Award at Canada's International Film Festival for Gulabee. 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:15 pm, Theatre 3
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I Am Offended
Directed by Jaideep Varma
India, 2014, Documentary, 99 minutes, English and some Hindi with English subtitles
Cast – Ashish Shakya, Gursimran Khamba

Post screening discussion with stand-up comic Anuvab Pal


Synopsis: "I Am Offended" is a full-length documentary feature (99 minutes) on Indian stand-up comedy within the larger context of Indian humour in an environment of intolerance in India. The film looks into the thriving stand-up scene in English in India but also talks about the Hindi scene, cartoons in India, humour on television and Internet and cinema, and even the legendary literary humourist Pu. La. Deshpande.

Jaideep-VarmaAbout the Director: Jaideep Varma is an Indian writer and filmmaker. He has made 3 feature films – Hulla. Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean and Baavra Mann – a Film on Sudhir Mishra & Other Indian Realities. In 2013, "Hulla" was included in a book on unsung Mumbai cinema classics over 50 years, a book called "40 Retakes" by Avijit Ghosh. Leaving Home opened the Indian Panorama at the Goa International Film Festival in 2010 and won the National Film Award in 2011


Late, Late Late, Late (short)
Directed by Samrat Chakrabarti
USA, 2014, 13 minutes, Language English
Cast - Anmol Gupta & Lipica Shah


Synopsis: "Late Late" is both a love letter to New York and hate mail to its subway problems and traffic jams. When Amit and Laxmi meet in medical school in New York City, he falls head over heels for her. She's beautiful, she's brilliant, she’s going places! The only problem is her obsessive punctuality. To women like Laxmi, ten minutes late is ten minutes late. To guys like Amit, being ten minutes late is more or less like being on time. It's late, but it's not "late late." 

Samrat Chakrabarti About the Director: Samrat Chakrabarti holds a MFA in Acting from the A.R.T/ Moscow Art Theatre School Program at Harvard University. As an actor, he has done dozens of Guest Stars and Recurring Roles on American TV shows, including: 30 Rock (NBC), In Treatment (HBO), Damages (FX), A Gifted Man (CBS), Bored To Death (HBO), Law and Order (NBC), The Sopranos (HBO) and All My Children (ABC). He has also been consistently working in films, both Hollywood and Independent, ranging from Spike Lee's She Hate Me to Amyn Kaderali's Kissing Cousins to Bruce Leddy's The Wedding Weekend to Joseph Castelo's The War Within (which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award).  He's worked on many international projects, the list includes: Deepa Mehta's film adaption of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Manish Acharya's Loins of Punjab Presents (with legendary actress Shabana Azmi), Kabir Khan's New York (produced by Yash Raj Films),  Kamal Hasaan's Vishwaroopam, Joseph Matthew's Bombay Summer and Italo Spinelli's Gangor (produced by RAI Cinema). Samrat is also an established international musician. He composed and co- created "BUMBUG The Musical" (FIRST Full Length Musical authored and produced by the Indian-American diaspora in New York City). He has directed several Music Videos & other projects. "LATE LATE" is his first Short Narrative Film.


Free Ka Refill (short)
Directed by Harsshil R. Patel
India, 2013, 15 minutes, Language Hindi with English Subtitles
Cast – Abhishek Patel, Kunal Dhruv, Manish Babla, Nirav Parekh


Synopsis: A cell phone finds a new owner for a day. He makes free calls while someone else is left to answer.
Harsshil R. Patel About the Director: While studying for a Diploma in Digital Electronics Engineering Harsshil R Patel realized that film has been his true calling. He picked up a trainee job in the 3D animation department at United Studios Limited, a UTV post production company. He then started his own pocket animation studio where he got to interact with the top production houses and ad agencies in India, as well as their premier directors. For the past 5 years he has been producing live action and animated TV commercials under his production house called Eastern Key.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:30 pm, Theatre 4
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As The River Flows (Ekhon Nodir Xipare)
Directed by Mr. Bidyut Kotoky
Assamese with English subtitles, 97 minutes, 2013, India
Cast - Victor Banerjee; Sanjay Suri; Raj Zutshi;Nakul Vaid;Naved Aslam and Ms. Bidita Bag


Synopsis: A social activist, Sridhar Ranjan, is missing in action in Majuli- one of the largest inhabited river island in the world. 7 years later Sridhar is about to be officially declared dead when his friend Abhijit, a journalist, comes in search of him. Abhijit is an outsider trapped in hostile, terrorist infested conditions with distant islanders. His only hope is the beautiful local guide Sudakshina. But like the unpredictable river Brahmaputra, her existence has unseen undercurrents. Will Abhijit be able to solve the mystery? Is he walking down the same path as his friend Sridhar Ranjan? Does a similar fate await him, as the River flows?

Bidyut-KotokyAbout the Director: Born in Assam, his father's profession took Bidyut's family all over the northeast. Very early in life, Bidyut had decided his vocation - Filmmaking. For his stories he never had to look further than his ever growing bond with his homeland. He made more than 100 short films on northeast and taken the sight, smells and tastes of the land to the outside world. His first feature film as writer/ director is 'ekhon nedekha nadir xipare'/'as the River flows'.



Blouse (short)
Directed by Vijayeta
India, 2014, 20 minutes, Language Hindi with English Subtitles
Cast - Sumeet Vyas, Imran Rashid, Ronjini Chakraborty, Preeti Sharma


Synopsis: Shyam, a school teacher, loves his wife Roopa. But the newly weds don't get much time with each other as he must live alone in Meja, the village where he teaches. Roopa asks for little except his affection, but when asked what she'd like as a gift, she asks for a blouse by Meja's Babu Tailor who's famous for the beautiful cuts & fits of his blouses. Upon reaching the tailor, Shyam realizes that he has lost the sample blouse Roopa gave him and now has no way of getting the tailor her measurements. On explaining the problem, Babu suggests a risky but clever plan that involves ogling the village women's bosoms, albeit discreetly.

VijayetaAbout the Director: After studying film making from Jamia Milia Islamia's AJ Kidwai Mass Comm. Research Center in New Delhi, Vijayeta has assisted several directors on their Hindi feature films and Television commercials. She has now ventured out to do independent work as a Director, making TVCs and infomercials for various renowned brands. Sharpening her skills as she develops a full-fledged feature film script to direct. Blouse is her first short film, presently doing the festival rounds. It won the "Best Script" award at the recently concluded Jaipur International Film Festival.


Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00 pm, Theatre 1
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Directed by Geethu Mohandas
India 2014, 104 Minutes, Hindi with English subtitles
Cast- Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta


Synopsis: The film follows Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village and her girl child Manya, who embarks on a journey leaving their native land in search for her missing husband.

Geethu MohandasAbout the Director: Geethu Mohandas was born in 1981 in Kannur, Kerala, India as Gayathridas Mohandas. She is an actress and director.

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Arivu (short)
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00 pm, Theatre 2
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Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You)
Directed by Prasanna Vithanage
Sri Lanka, 2013, 115 minutes, Language Sinhalese, Tamil with English subtitles
Cast –Shyam Fernando , Anjali Patil, Wasantha Moragoda, Maheshwarie Ratnam


Synopsis: The film set, in post war Sri Lanka, brings us close to two characters who collide quite accidentally, and through them we experience the deep and seemingly unbridgeable chasm that conflict almost always creates. Will love help them cross the bridge? Or will the past continue to color the present? A man and a woman from the two ends of the thirty-year-old bloody civil war in Sri Lanka discover that the color of love is blue, and life, shades of grey.

Prasanna VithanageAbout the Director: Born in 1962, Prasanna Vithanage’s opus of six previous films has made him one of Sri Lanka's leading filmmakers with a worldwide critical and popular reputation. He began his career in the 1980’s as a theatre director. He translated into Sinhala and directed two plays before setting out as a filmmaker in 1992. His fourth feature “Purahanda Kaluwara” (Death on a Full Moon Day 1997) won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival. While also devoting serious time and effort to the education and training of young people in the art and business of filmmaking, Vithanage revisited theatre in time spent between making movies. In 2008 Prasanna produced the hit comedy “Machan”, an international co-production, directed by Uberto Pasolini. “Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka” (With You, Without You) is his seventh feature.


Arivu (short)
Directed by Vidya Sagar S
India, 2013, 10:43 minutes, Language Hindi
Cast – Ajay Raj, Paromitha Chatterjee, Shreya Shyam, Sneha Prasad
Winner of Best Screenplay at the Pune International Film Festival


Synopsis: A doting son who is taking care of his ailing mother runs out of steam. But, through an emotional journey of self-inquiry from agony, suffering and pessimism, he discovers love, compassion and optimism, enabling him to find his bearing back again.

Vidya SagarAbout the Director: Vidya Sagar is a young filmmaker who has done his diploma in film making from Whistling Woods International, Mumbai. His interest lies in exploring human nature, introspecting it and building a narrative around it. His other interests are writing poems and short stories. Is presently, writing group of short stories called “naked cities”.

Zinda Bhaag Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:15 pm, Theatre 3
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Zinda Bhaag
Directed by Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur
Pakistan, 2013, 115 minutes, Language Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu with English Subtitles
Cast – Amna Ilyas, Naseeruddin Shah

Post screening Q&A with director Meenu Gaur


Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag is a film about three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives.

Meena GaurAbout the Director: Meena Gaur completed her PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of London in 2010. She is the co-editor of the book 'Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change', published by Routledge 2011 and distributed by OUP Pakistan.

Farjad Nabi
About the Director: (Co-­Director/Writer Zinda Bhaag) has directed award­ winning documentaries including 'Nusrat has Left the Building... But When?', 'No One Believes the Professor' & 'The Final Touch'.



Nightlife (short)
Directed by Harune Massey
Pakistan, 2013, 10 minutes, Language Punjabi
Cast - Adeel Abbas Ali, Amir Abbas Ali, Waqas Ali Khan


Synopsis: Nightlife provides a highly nuanced glimpse into the life of male sex workers of Lahore, Pakistan, who often ply their trade as teenage masseurs clinking their oil bottles on the discreet but known-to-the-customer street corners waiting to be picked up by passing motorists. The film unfolds by examining the relationship shared by its title characters, two boys who are each other’s partners, lovers and co-protectors.

Harune Massey About the Director: Harune Massey a writer and director working out of Pakistan and New York is responsible for a broad range of content including TV commercials, Public service announcements, and short films. Recently Harune has worked as First Assistant Director on Pakistani Films, "Zinda Bhaag"(Mateela films), and Sabiha Sumar's "Good Morning Karachi".


Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30 pm, Theatre 4
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Retrospective: Gurinder Chadha's Documentaries
Co-presented by Third World Newsreel

What Do You Call An Indian Woman Who's Funny?

Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1994, Documentary Short Film, 19 minutes, Language English

Post-screening discussion for all documentaries in the Retrospective with Gurinder Chadha

What do you call an Indian woman who's funny in 20th Century Britain? A British performer? A Black comedienne? An enigma? This humorous and comedic documentary, brings the laughs and dreams of four Indian women cabaret performers while posing the questions: What is comedy and who defines it? Is it culturally specific, or can anyone enjoy the joke? Who makes it into the mainstream and why? Does comedy always have to come from a white perspective in Britain to be taken seriously? What -- ultimately, do you call a funny Indian woman?

I’m British But…
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1989, Documentary Short Film, 30 minutes, Language English

Synopsis – This unique look at Asians in Britain offers first-hand views of second generation Asians, adding archival footage and invigorating Bhangra and Bangla music--traditional Punjabi songs updated with hip-hop and house music influences. From Manchester rooftops to lfast and the Welsh hills, Asians discuss the importance of expanding "Britishness" to include all kinds of cultural identities. They present different view-points on the roles that race and cultural identity play in their own lives and in British society as a whole.

A Nice Arrangement
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1990, Documentary Short Film, 11 minutes, Language English
Cast – Tania Rodrigues, Meera Syal, Jamila Massey

Synopsis – Documents an Indian-English family's attempt to give their Briticized daughter a traditional Indian arranged marriage, with as much photography as possible.

Acting Our Age
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1992, Documentary Short Film, 30 minutes, Language English


Synopsis: Director Gurinder Chadha assists the residents in directing their own video. The result is an examination of politics, ageism, and cross-cultural communication in contemporary British society. Interview subjects range from people on the street to Members of Parliament. The film ends with the triumphant screening of the group's film.

Thursday, May 8, 6.45 pm Theatre 5, Village East Cinemas, 2nd Avenue @ 12th Street, NYC
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Dr. Mohan Agashe : Gender in Indian Films
 Dr. Mohan Agashe
About Dr. Mohan Agashe: Dr. Mohan Agashe is an Indian theatre and film actor. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996. He is a psychiatrist by profession and works as a Professor of Psychiatry at the B. J. Medical College and Sassoon Hospital in Pune, India.


Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:00 pm, Theatre 2
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Apur Panchali
Directed by Kaushik Ganguly
Bengali with English Subtitles, 97 minutes, 2014, India
Cast - Ardhendu Banerjee, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Gaurav Chakraborty


Synopsis: This is a real life story inspired by Subir Banerjee,the little child actor who played the iconic role of Apu in Pather Panchali.

Kaushik-GangulyAbout the Director:Kaushik Ganguly spent eight years as a teacher and freelance scriptwriter before turning director in 1995 with the teleserial "Rahaat". Recently he was awarded with the Best Director award for his film"Apur Panchali" at IIFI 2013.



Feluda (short)
Directed by Shailesh Singh
India, 2014, 17 minutes, Language English, Hindi, Bengali
World Premier
Cast - Siddharth Kaushik, Niloy Kundu, Udai Paul 


Synopsis: The story sets its pace when Mahitosh Sinha Roy, an industrialist, an author by nature and a hunter by legacy stumbles upon a mysterious riddle written by his grandfather that he is eager to solve. And so he seeks the help of East India’s brightest private detective, Feluda.

Shailesh SinghAbout the Director: Shailesh Singh studied at The College of art, Delhi in 2009 where he was very inclined to take up illustration and graphic design as a profession. Following this inclination he interned with several prestigious Ad agencies while in college. However, despite great success while interning, he soon realized that his true passion lay in making films. He worked as a production assistant and Art Director in two short films, Timeout and Sleeping Awake, before he started with his first short film, the same year he finished college. His first film Feluda was inspired by Satyajit rays short stories which was followed by another short project Safdar Lives.

PostCard Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:15 pm, Theatre 3
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Directed by
Gajjendra Ahirey
India, 2013, Feature Film, 125 minutes, Marathi (with English subtitles)
Cast - Dilip Prabhawalkar, Girish Kulkarni, Kishor Kadam, Subodh Bhave, Vaibhav Mangale


Synopsis: Somnath is a postman, who strongly believed & worked on the principle that since he is just a deliveryman, he must be completely indifferent to the sentiments and emotions attached to the letters he delivers. However, his wife has a habit of reading out some letters to her husband and when she gets carried away with the human sentiments attached to a letter, she influences her husband to get involved and help the writer out on human grounds.

Gajjendra AhireyAbout the Director: Gajjendra Ahirey has been a mainstay of Marathi Cinema for many years and has been the recipient of several awards both nationally and internationally for Best Direction, Story & Screenplay. He has written and directed award winning films such as Anumati, Not only Misses Raut and Touring Talkies, to name a few.

Sound Check

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:30 pm, Theatre 4
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Sound Check
Directed by Neela Venkatraman
ndia, 2011, Documentary Feature Film, 52 minutes, English
Cast - Dhruv Ghanekar, members of the bands Advaita, Agam, Indian Ocean, MotherJane


Synopsis: A below the surface look at contemporary Indian music and exploring the exciting variations of the ‘Indian sound’ that are emerging from bands and musicians across the country.

Neela-VenkatramanAbout the Director: Neela Venkatraman graduated from University of London & Aarhus University, Denmark in 2010 and has over 15 years of Indian and international professional experience in Media and Communication. She has conceptualized, produced and directed several Documentary Films and has also worked as a freelance writer, producer and project manager for a range of companies across the media landscape.


Sound Check Sama
Directed by Shazia Khan
India, 2013, Documentary Feature Film, 52 minutes, Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Bengali with English subtitles
Cast – Abdul Rashid


Synopsis: SAMA is the story of Indian Islamic Music, born out of a union of Indian and Islamic traditions, more than a thousand years ago. It explores the intermingling of these, in both form and content, to become a truly magnificent sound.

Shazia KhanAbout the Director: Coming from a Kashmiri Muslim family, being taught the ideals of openness, embracing and valuing other traditions as well, other than her own, instead of following a “dogmatic approach towards practice of religion”, Shazia became a film maker. By now, she has been awarded with the Best Documentary at the India international women’s film festival in 2008 and her documentaries Caravan and Salaam India have been screened at the Al-Jazeera International documentary film festival (2010).


Friday May 9, 2014. 10:30 - 4:30 pm.
Village East Cinema, 2nd Ave @ 12th Street, NYC
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10.30 am Registration

11am - 12 noon The Challenges of Distribution:

More and more an independent films emerge out of India - many now programmed at key international film festivals. But those films, along with hundreds of international and American independent films must still compete for the limited theatrical release space in the US. What are the hurdles? And what, if any, opportunities?
Richard LOrber, CEO Kino Lorber
Mark Urman, President, CEO Paladin
Bill Straus, Sales Agent, BGP
Shai Hussain, director web series, Three Shades of Brown

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm Casting:

Meet a couple of New York based casting agents as they discuss how they go about their job looking for the right actors. The challenges they face as they integrate elements of gender and ethnic diversity in film and television.

Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian, Jennifer Ajemian Casting
Jennifer Betit Yen, President, Asian American Film Lab Inc.

1.45 pm - 2.45 pm Lunch

3 pm - 4 pm Shooting in New York State.

Meet the team from the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development for a roundtable discussion of all things productive re: producing in New York State - tax credits, location scouting, finding stages and crew, and more. Whether you are a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face-to-face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to meet Team NY and hear firsthand about all the great things New York State has to offer.

Workshop conducted by: Gigi Semone, Executive Director and Jerry Stoeffhaas, Deputy Director

4:30 - 5 pm Networking


Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:00 pm, Theatre 1
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Directed by Nagraj Popatrao Manjule
Marathi with English subtitles, 103 minutes, 2014, India
Cast - Kishor Kadam, Chhaya Kadam, Somnath Avghade, Suraj Pawar Payeshari

Post screening Q&A with director Nagraj Manjule


Synopsis: Jabya, a boy like several others of his adolescent age, is born in a Kaikadi (untouchables Dalit) caste. He has fallen in love with a girl, his classmate in school, named Shalu. Incidently, Shalu is a girl from higher caste. Jabya's deep rooted inferiority complex, almost genetic, about his looks, his personality, his caste, his stunning poverty and above all his traditional hereditary source of livelihood prevent him all the while from expressing his soft feelings toward his long cherished love, Shalu. This is a story of Jabya's constant battle between his aspirations and his inferiority complexes, within him.

Nagraj-Popatrao-ManjuleAbout the Director: Born and brought up in Karmala a very small town of Sholapur district in Maharashtra, he has closely seen how one has to struggle while getting an education if one belongs to a poor, backward family of a rural India. His First National Award winning short film 'PISTULVA' is a reflection of his 'felt experience', He has pursued his masters in Marathi literature from Pune University and Masters In communication studies from new art, science and commerce college Ahmednagar. He is one of the best and Important poets in Marathi literature in the last decade. His collection of poems 'Unhachya Kataviruddha' has received a very warm welcome in contemporary Marathi literature, and book won very renowned 'Damani literary Award', also praised by the stalwarts from Marathi literature.

Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa

Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:00 pm, Theatre 2
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Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (Sniffer)
Directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta
India, 2013, Feature Film, 132 minutes, Language Bengali (with English subtitles)
Cast – Nawazuddin Siddique, Pankaj Tripathy, Niharika Singh, Ananya Chattrejee

Post screening Q&A with director Buddhadeb Dasgupta


Synopsis: Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa is woven around a private detective Mohammad Anwar who works in a small time detective agency of a big cosmopolitan city of India. Anwar has a queer tendency to get personally involved in the cases he handles finally landing up in situations which are often comical, dangerous and weird. 

Buddhadeb DasguptaAbout the Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta is a poet and prominent contemporary Indian filmmaker, most known for films like Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. He has won several awards such as the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali and the National Film Award for Best Direction twice. Over the years he has also published several works of poetry.

Mrs. Scooter

Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:15 pm, Theatre 3
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Mrs. Scooter
Directed by Shiladitya Moulik
India, 2014, Feature Film, 96 minutes, Language Hindi with English Subtitles
Cast – Anjali Patil, Satyakam Anand

Film Screening co-presented with Iman Cosmetics

Synopsis: A mid-level clerk Bhushan brings home, on the same day, two things that are close to his heart – his new scooter and his new bride Aashima. But just one day later Bhushan loses his life in an accident separating his two prized possessions. The film follows the decline and decay of both Aashima and the scooter, who seem to have been abandoned by fate as well. Alone, unprotected and unloved their lives seem to be heading for a compromise forced by the people around them until the very end, when they are happily reunited by the unpredictable hand of fortune. The film is based in western UP and speaks a language we all relate to. The songs, the jokes, the rebels and the emotions are the pillars that hold together a realistic and gripping story of love. 

Shiladitya MoulikAbout the Director: Shiladitya Moulik is an adman waiting to make his way to the world cinema. Having done a film course from London Film Academy, he is rooted to the colors of Indian ethos and various cultures. Shiladitya has spent 12 years in the field of advertising – conceptualizing and writing for clients like Pepsi, Lays, Hero Honda, Airtel, Nokia etc. In this time he got the opportunity to work closely with the Bollywood stars like Saif Ali, Ranbir Kapoor, SRK to name a few. Along with television commercials, Shiladitya made several short films that won awards in London and India.


Afternoon (short)
Directed by Anupam Barve
India, 2014, 12 minutes, Language English
Cast – Anjali Patil, Asmit Pathare


Synopsis: One of those warm, empty afternoons; when you don't like being left to yourself, neither do you like being compelled to speak; when you want someone to be around, yet have a sense of solitude and privacy.

Anupam BarveAbout the Director: Anupam Barve is a Film Director from Pune, India currently working in London, UK. Despite coming from a rich and varied theatre background, he has since gained considerable experience in the field of cinema. His most recent Short Film-°© - Fresh Suicide has been very successful at various festivals and competitions all over. Anupam is currently in the process of adapting and developing The Shadow Lines, a much acclaimed novel by renowned author Amitav Ghosh into a feature length screenplay.


My. Dear Americans

My Dear Americans (short)
Directed by Arpita Kumar
US, 2014, 7 minutes, Language English
Cast - Ansuya Nathan, Gugun Deep, Rebecca Bara


Synopsis: A short narrative funded by Film Independent and PBS, My Dear Americans is about a Sikh woman’s defiant spirit. A recent immigrant to the U.S, Tejpreet is reluctant to embrace her new American identity. In contrast, her husband celebrates everything that mildly reeks of America. On America’s most patriotic holiday, the fourth of July, they have a threatening racist encounter that crushes the Sikh man’s enthusiastic spirit. Witnessing her husband’s devastation, Tejpreet makes a choice against hate and turns the situation around, if only momentarily.

Arpita KumarAbout the Director: Arpita Kumar grew up in India and works as a filmmaker and film professor in California. She makes film with her partner, Vineet Khosla, under the production banner of Arpita Kumar Talkies and has worked internationally on films in Cuba, U.K., Peru, Bolivia, India, and the U.S. She was selected as one of the thirty emerging filmmakers for Film Independent’s Project: Involve fellowship for 2012- 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Mrs. Scooter

Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:30 pm, Theatre 4
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Directed by Utpal Borpujari
India, 2013, 96:30 minutes, English and Nagamese with English subtitles
Cast – Guru Sademmeren Longkumer, Lipokmar Tzudir, Lamtsala Sangtam


Synopsis: At the turn of the 20th Century, Naga folk songs had taken a back seat as the early Western missionaries opposed singing of folk songs. But now, traditional folk music has staged a comeback, as younger Naga musicians are trying to marry their music with other forms of music to take these traditional, ancient sounds to a much wider, worldwide audience.

Utpal BorpujariAbout the Director: A National Award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker, Utpal Borpujari has extensively written on cinema, politics, society, literature and culture, among other things, before turning a scriptwriter and filmmaker. His debut documentary “Mayong: Myth/Reality” was screened at several renowned Indian and international film festivals.

Village East Cinemas, 2nd Avenue @ 12th Street, NYC

Conversations - Anurag Kashyap: Violence in Film

Friday May 9, 8:30 pm Theatre 5
$12 general admission; $10 IAAC members
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Anurag Singh Kashyap
About the Director: Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Other films of his that have traveled to a range of international film festivals include, Gulaal, That Girl in Yellow Boots and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012 closing film).

The Coffin Maker poster

Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:00 pm, Theatre 2
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The Coffin Maker
Directed by Veena Bakshi,

India 2013, Feature Film, 120 minutes, English
Cast - Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Randeep Hooda, Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Anand Tiwari, Benjamin Gilani, Denzil Smith, Yadu Sankalia, Amit Sial, Shilpa Shukla

There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Veena Bakshi and Producer Bharat Vijan.


Synopsis: Anton Gomes is a disillusioned carpenter turned coffin maker who lives with his equally distressed wife and oppressed son in a small village in Goa. An insignificant matter blows into a huge fight between husband and wife and the truth about life as it is brings an unlikely participant into Anton’s humdrum existence. Death, masquerading in human form arrives to teach Anton the most valuable lesson on life! The Coffin Maker is a moving film with warm, emotional moments and subtle humor.

Veena BakshiAbout the Director: Veena Bakshi began working as an assistant in the Advertising film industry while still in college in 1981. Having decided that she had found her calling she dropped out of college and pursued a career in film production within the industry itself through informal educative training. She turned producer for ad films with her own company Searchlight Productions in 1990. Directing the ad films too, the company grew into one of India’s well known ad film production houses making films for international giants like Ogilvy, JWT, Bates, Unilever, Lowe etc and Indian corporates like Pidilite, Kissan, Liberty Footwear.She has won many awards for her ad films and corporate films. Veena Bakshi also produced and directed educational films for Unicef. In 2003 she decided on stepping out of adfilm producer director shoes and stepping into the role of full-length feature film writer and director. The Coffin Maker is the first full-length feature film written and directed by her.



Chypre (short)
Directed by Anish Dedhia
US/India, 2014, 15 minutes, Language English World Premier
Cast - Svetla Georgieva, Devin McGregor Ketko, Christopher Lombard, James Gaines, Aubrey Manning


Synopsis: Chypre focuses on a woman's relationship problem with a hint of fragrance. How a middle class wife who is ignored by her husband finds herself interested in a fellow lady commuter, a mystery of growing silent rendezvous between two women.

Anish DedhiaAbout the Director: Anish is an Indian filmmaker and photographer who started in Mumbai but soon travelled to Los Angeles. He made is directorial debut with his short film Chypre but has worked on several other award winning projects as a producer , writer and still photographer like Road to Hell (1st assistant director), Succubus (camera) Walk of Light (still photographer) and many more . He is also a distinguished alumnus of the New York Film Academy. He is currently based in Los Angles and works as a freelancer.


Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:15 pm, Theatre 3
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Directed by Mumtaz Hussain

2012, Feature Film, 90 minutes, English
Cast - Nate Dushku, Darby Lynn Totten, Lindsay Goranson, Daniel Dugan, Jerome Brooks, David Lloyd Walters, Barry Phillips, Bernard Davis JR., Richard B. Watson

There will be a Post screening Q&A with director Mumtaz Hussain.


Synopsis: Art=(Love)2 is the story of struggling artist Dean, who is in love with a Columbia University math student Isabella. When she dies mysteriously he puts all his effort in to understanding her death.

Mumtaz HussainAbout the Director: Mumtaz Hussain is an artist, film maker and a writer. In 1981, Mumtaz accepted admission into the prestigious National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan. While at NCA, Mumtaz decorated the palace of Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan, an architectural landmark in Karachi, Pakistan. In 1987, Mumtaz left for London to study European art forms. In 1988 Mumtaz came to New York to pursue graphic design at the School of Visual Art. Additionally, Mumtaz also studied film making. He has also served as an art director for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Simon & Schuster. Mumtaz directed 13 episodes of an informative talk show for channel 9 "Ask a Lawyer." His Urdu book of short stories, “GOOL AINAK KA PECHAY”, is published.

Faith Connections

Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:30 pm, Theatre 4
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Faith Connections
Directed by Pan Nalin
India/France 2013, Documentary, 117 minutes, Hindi with English subtitles
Cast – Kishan Tiwari, Hatha Yogi Baba, Vivekanandji, Umeshji, Mamta Devi


Synopsis: Filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s most extraordinary religious events. There, he encounters remarkable men of mind and meditation, some facing an inextricable dilemma; to embrace the world or to renounce it. Faith Connections explores such diverse and deeply moving stories as a young runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother desperately looking for her lost son, a yogi who is raising an abandoned baby, and an ascetic who keeps his calm by smoking cannabis – all connected by one faith against the spectacular display of devotion.

Pan NalinAbout the Director: Pan Nalin kick-started his career with creation of tv series WAGLE KI DUNIYA in association with India’s legendary cartoonist R. K. Laxman and reached global limelight with his debut feature film SAMSARA. Nalin, a self-taught filmmaker, was born in a remote village in Gujarat. He made several short films and documentaries before venturing into feature films.


Ammaji (short)
Directed by Prashant Bhargava
USA/India, 2014, 28 minutes, Language Hindi with English Subtitles World Premier
Cast - Savitri Bhargava

Synopsis: From acclaimed director PRASHANT BHARGAVA (PATANG, SANGAM, RADHE RADHE) AMMAJI is an intimate, personal and universal portrait of his grandmother Savitri Bhargava (1914-2006). Paralleled with preparing her late husband’s favorite meal, Ammaji recounts her joys and struggles from sacrificing her dreams at her engagement at the age of 11 to raising her five children. During an era often forgotten in our modern world, Ammaji triumphs as the lead matriarch of a joint family with strength, spirituality and humor. The documentary, while simple in form, is gracefully told with rare compassion and wisdom.

Prashant BhargavaAbout the Director: Prashant Bhargava is an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director/designer, described by producer Anthony Bregman as "visionary and soulful", "masterful" by Roger Ebert and "a humanist and a real talent" by Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune. With his signature “hypnotically beautiful visuals”, “layered naturalistic performances” and a “colorfully vivid” poetic style, Prashant Bhargava stands at the leading edge as a director with "original storytelling and honest craft". Bhargava's filmmaking builds from his pioneering work as a commercial director and motion designer. Known for his intricately layered and lush visuals, Bhargava spearheaded over 100 campaigns for HBO including The Wire, Def Poetry Jam, Rome and OZ and films such as Born into Brothels, John Frankenhiemer’s Path to War, Mira Nair’s Hysterical Blindness, Raoul Peck’s Lumumba, and Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher. Bhargava's feature length directorial debut, PATANG (The Kite) has received rave reviews from Roger Ebert and The New York Times film review to name just a few.

Tropical Amsterdam

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12 noon, Theatre 2
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Tropical Amsterdam
Directed by Alexa Oona Schulz
Sri Lanka/Germany, 2013, Documentary Feature Film, 52 minutes, Language English
Cast - Deloraine Brohier, Jean Arasanayagam


Synopsis: Tropical Amsterdam' is a story about ghosts, family ties, the remains of colonialism, and how hard it is to let it go.The Dutch Burgher community occupy a unique place in modern Sri Lanka. Once a privileged class, their exalted status vanished on independence. Despite this, a small group stayed. Their story is a fascinating insight into the wicked and glamorous world of colonialism and its legacy.

Alexa Oona SchulzAbout the Director: Alexa Oona Schulz was born and raised in Germany and educated in film school in Barcelona, at NYU, Tisch School and at EICTV in Cuba. She now lives in Los Angeles. Her award winning feature-length début documentary “Weekend Warriors“, was theatrically released in Germany in 2006.

Waiting for Mamu

Waiting for Mamu
Directed by Thomas Morgan, Dan Chen, Francois Caillaud
USA/Nepal, 2013, 40 minutes, Language English
Cast – Pushpa Basnet


Synopsis: In some parts of the world, children whose parents are sent to prison and who lack other guardians are locked away along with their parents. This eye-opening documentary tells the story of what it means for a child to grow up in prison and what hope exists for a better life. "Waiting for Mamu" follows internationally-lauded social worker and 2012 CNN Hero of the Year award-winner Pushpa Basnet, founder of a development center for children who would otherwise grow up behind bars in her native Nepal.

Thomas MorganAbout the Director: Thomas Morgan - Thomas is an award winning filmmaker based in Charlotte, NC.  His style of letting the stories tell themselves on important social and human rights issues have garnered a great deal of attention as his film “These Storied Streets”, a film about homelessness in the United States, earned him an invitation to speak to Congress on the issue as well as the Democratic National Convention, a TED Talk as well as several others.  Morgan is currently in development on two documentaries addressing human rights issues in India and Libya.

Dan ChenDan Chen - Dan Chen is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California.  He is an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, specializing in Directing and Cinematography.  Professional film experience in camera, editorial, and directing departments has given him a practiced understanding of the creative forces that make a film great. Dan served as film editor and cinematographer on Thomas' previous documentary, These Storied Streets.

Francois CailliaudFrancois Cailliaud - Francois is a member of the Director's Guild of America, with 15 years of professional experience in the film business. Caillaud's collaborations include major production such as Spiderman 3 directed by Sam Raimi, controversial work like Redacted directed by Brian DePalma and winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2007 and also, more intimate film such as The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, directed by Rebecca Miller, produced by Brad Pitt and winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Casting Award in 2010. As a creative director, François has written, directed and produced award winning films in Gabon, West Africa. These films were produced with the support of his late Excellence El Hajj Omar Bongo, president of Gabon, and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères Français, to shine a light on the impact oil production has on the environment. He is a graduate of Ecole Supèrieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle, Nice, France.


Saturday, May 10, 2014,12:15 pm, Theatre 3
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Amka and The Three Golden Rules
Directed by Babar Ahmed
Mongolian with English Subtitles, 80 Minutes, 2014, USA
Cast - Genzorig Telmen, Dashnyam Maralgua, Hereltogoo Chuluunbaatar

Post Screening discussion with director Babar Ahmed


Synopsis: A ten year old Mongolian boy discovers a gold coin and soon his life spirals out of control. One of the few films to be ever produced in Mongolia.

Babar-AhmedAbout the Director: Babar Ahmed produced some of the International Monetary Fundand World Bank's most successful videos. His debut feature film "Genius" received multiple awards and was released nationwide on video.


Ravi and Jane (short)
Directed by Stuart O'Rourke
Australia, 2013, 14 minutes, Language English and Tamil, Subtitles in English
Cast - Beth Aubrey, Katya Harvey, Sathya Ilanko


Synopsis: Recently arrived in Australia as a newcomer from Sri Lanka, ten-year-old Ravi is shy on his first day at school, but is soon befriended by his classmate Jane. The two become inseparable friends, but can their bond persist in the face of events beyond their control?

Stuart O RourkeAbout the Director: Stuart began his career in London in 1999 as a freelancer in the television industry. Starting as a Videotape Operator, he then went on to work as a Production Assistant on the ITV drama series POIROT (2 x 2hr) for Carnival Films. As an independent he has filmed and directed a five-part travel series INSIDE INDIA and, more recently, a 1-hour documentary about the heavy metal music culture in Finland, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT METAL, which won the 2009 Mexico International Film Festival Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12:30 pm, Theatre 4
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It’s A Wonderful Afterlife
Directed by Gurinder Chadha;
UK, 2010, 100 minutes, English
Cast - Shabana Azmi, Sally Hawkins , Sendhil Ramamurthy, Zoë Wanamaker, Jimi Mistry, Sanjeev Bhaskar , Mark Addy, Ray Panthaki, Goldy Notay, Shaheen Khan, Ash Varrez, Adlyn Ross.

Finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Shaun of the Dead meet in this charming and fun comedy romp about an Indian mother taking her obsession with marriage into frighteningly funny territory. Mrs Sethi, a widow, can't bear the thought of her daughter being alone and unhappy. Okay, she's a little plump and opinionated…but she would make a great wife for some lucky man, if only she were given a chance. When Mrs Sethi can no longer stomach the rudeness of families who refuse her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands with the only way she knows...Suddenly a police hunt begins for a serial murderer who cooks a killer curry. Mrs Sethi doesn't feel too guilty until the spirits of her victims come back to haunt her as they are unable to be reincarnated until their murderer dies. Mrs Sethi has no problem killing herself - she'll get to see her dead husband again – but how can she go before her daughter is married? The spirits realize that helping Mrs Sethi’s daughter find a suitable husband before the police catch her is their only chance for a wonderful afterlife. It's a big bloody wedding and a comic feast which takes the phrase 'I could murder a curry' to hysterical new heights.
A killer romantic comedy from Gurinder Chadha.

Gurinder-ChaddhaAbout the Director: Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 1990, Chadha set up her own production company: Umbi Films.

Gulabi Gang

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 3:00 pm, Theatre 2
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Gulabi Gang
Directed by Nishtha Jain
India/Norway/Denmark, 2012, Documentary Feature Film, 96 minutes, Hindi (with English subtitles)
Cast – Sampat Devi Pal, Suman Singh, Chuhan Hemlata, Patel Jaiprakash

There will be a Post screening Q&A with director Nishtha Jain


Synopsis: Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that this film discovers, as it follows the Gulabi Gang, an unusual group of rural women. Led by the energetic and charismatic Sampat Pal, they travel long distances to fight for the rights of women and Dalits. They encounter resistance, apathy and corruption, even ridicule. Sometimes whole villages connive against them to protect the perpetrators of violence. The film pulls us into the centre of these blazing conflicts and uncovers a complex story, disturbing yet heartening.

Nishtha JainAbout the Director: Nishtha Jain is an independent Indian filmmaker. She studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Together with Smriti Nevatia Jain, she created an independent documentary outfit Raintree Films based out of Mumbai. Her films have received numerous awards and have been extensively shown in international film festivals, broadcast on international TV networks and regularly shown in schools and colleges in India and abroad.


Saturday, May 10, 2014, 3:15 pm, Theatre 4
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Directed by Kamal Swaroop
India, 2013, Documentary Feature Film, 80 minutes, Language Hindi
Cast – Dada Saheb Phalke, Kamal Swarrop


Synopsis: Rangabhoomi follows the film makers as he attempts to trace the contours of Dada Saheb Phalke’s life in Varansasi after he withdrew, disillusioned, from the world of cinema and decided to take up theatre. While in Varanasi, Phalke wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled “Rangabhoomi” which form the core of this cinematic exploration. Set in the visually thrilling landscapes of the old town of Varanasi, the film intertwines the personal engagement of Kamal Swarrop with the story of Phalke with Phalke’s journey and the play, deploying a vibrant palette of sounds, sights and characters in surrealist juxtaposition.

KAMAL SWAROOPAbout the Director: KAMAL SWAROOP - One of the most unusual independent films of the 1980s, took a Diploma in Direction from F.T.I.I, Pune in 1974, after graduation. He made some science programmes and T.V. plays for I.S.RO Ahmedabad during 1975-76 and some documentaries for Films Division during 1977-78. He co-scripted and co-directed some feature films and did research and scripting for some other films. He wrote dialogue for some films for Saeed Akhtar Mirza & Kumar Shahani and Art direction for a Mani Kaul film. He wrote, produced & directed ‘OM-DAR-B-DAR’ for N.F.D.C. in 1971. This film was shown in many festivals abroad and won Filmfare Critics Awards in 1989. His documentary ‘Phalke Children’ won a National Award for Best Historical Short Film in 1995. He has also conducted workshops & lecturers for visual arts and communication.


Horn Please
Horn Please (short doc)
Directed by Shantanu Suman and Istling Mirche
India, 2013, 32 minutes, Language English
Cast - Bapi Bit


Synopsis: Horn Please is a documentary that encapsulates various aspects of an age-old folk art form of India, the Truck Art, an art form that makes journeys through the dusty highways of India, incredible in more ways than one. With a kaleidoscope of bright paints, motifs, typography and unique couplets, these Indian trucks take you on a rather colorful journey of diverse cultures and beliefs of the country.

Istling MircheAbout the Director: Istling Mirche - Istling Mirche is the Founder and Director of a Mumbai based production house, Talkies Films. Istling is an ad film director, and has some leading brands in his portfolio like P&G, Tata Sky, Jindal Steel and a few more.

Shantanu Suman Shantanu Suman - In August 2013, after graduating from the School of Art + Art History (University of Florida) with a Master of Fine Arts (Graphic Design) Shantanu moved to Asheville, NC to work as a freelance graphic designer. Being an ardent Indian street art fan, Shantanu dedicated the final years of his graduate studies to research, investigate, and document this vernacular art form from India for which he received various recognitions and scholarships. Shantanu hails from a city called Bhilai in India. His professional experience involves working as an Art Director at various leading advertising agencies in Mumbai and New Delhi. During his advertising stint at agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather, McCann, Publicis Communications, some of his work earned him appreciation and various national and international awards including the Cannes Silver Lion, Cannes finalist, D&AD Inbook, Clio bronze, AsiaPac finalist, Spikes finalist and couple of more.


Closing Night Film,
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 5:00 pm, Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYC. 
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Directed by Aparna Sen;
India 2013, 141 Minutes, Bengali with English subtitles
Cast- Konkona Sen Sharma, Moushumi Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Paran Banerjee

There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Aparna Sen


Synopsis: Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's famous tale of 3 generations of women & their changing position in society,seen in relation to a box of jewels, handed down from one generation to the next. A film by Aparna Sen.

Aparna SenAbout the Director: Aparna Sen is a renowned name in Bengali as well as Indian cinema. She has excelled both as an actor in film and theatre and as a director of parallel cinema. Aparna was born in 1945 in Kolkata.


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