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Get Happy in Montreal Film Festival

    We will be screening at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival /Festival des Films du Monde de Montreal - FFM on September 3rd (9AM) and 4th (7PM)! If you're around, do join us!   ...

Chehere: A Modern Day Classic, Review: What’s in a name?

Chehere: A Modern Day Classic, Review: What’s in a name? Even seven years after it was shot, Chehere: A Modern Day Classic, was unlikely to see even the light of modern day. That it has managed to reach the screen is a miracle, as is the survival of its lead actress, Manisha Koirala, who was battling cancer when the film was almost complete. First screened at the Pravasi Film Festival, New Delhi, in 2010, probably short of a few Manisha scenes, the film was initially titled Badalte Cheh...

Phantom, Review: RAW-hide Rambo

Phantom, Review: RAW-hide Rambo Saif Ali Khan comes in for Salman, Katrina stays put, so do the London locales and the secret agent assassin theme, as director Kabir Khan tries to go one up on his last outing in the genre, Ek Tha Tiger (2012). He has claimed that Tiger was unrealistic, whereas Phantom is close to reality. That claim is highly debatable. Phantom is indeed inspired by real and devastating, events that wreaked terror in Mumbai, in November 2008, killing 167 persons. That does ma...

2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

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We're accepting films to our 3rd year!  We will boast 7 days of independent cinema from all over the world in a modern theater in the heart of the world-famous arts distrcit in North Hollywood, California!  All genres accepted.  Awards given in multiple categories.  Check us out at www.nohocinefest.com.  We are on Withoutabox and Film Freeway! ...

2015 British Urban Film Festival Schedule Announced

6-day event features 27 screenings and 4 UK Premieres          BUFF 2015 begins on Wednesday 16 September with the pre-festival party at The W Hotel in Leicester Square.          The first ever BUFF awards from The Cinema Museum in Kennington on Thursday 17 September hosted by DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra) & Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro).          Opening Night ...

SHE WHO MUST BURN (d: Larry Kent, Canada, 2015) - World premiere at Montreal's Fantasia

Once again, recently closed Fantasia International Film Festival (19th edition, July 14 - August 5, Montreal 2015), the largest genre film festival in North America, has offered an incredible program. Among 22 world premieres, a special place belongs to She Who Must Burn, a “burning” piece by legendary iconoclastic filmmaker Larry Kent, pioneer of Canadian independent scene since early 1960ies. Unfortunately, Kent is not so widely known even in Canada, yet he made more than a dozen...

Gour Hari Dastaan/The Freedom File, Review: His-story

Gour Hari Dastaan/The Freedom File, Review: His-story Described in the press as a Kafkaesque black comedy when it was launched in 2011, Gour Hari Dastaan is based on a true story, of Gour Hari Das (now 85), with some Kafkaesque undertones, but very little or no black comedy. It cannot afford to be a comedy, let alone a black one, since it deals with the sensitive subject of the neglect and disregard suffered by those who participated in the struggle to rid India of British colonial rule. Brit...

Bangistan, Review: Citizen Wong Kar-Wai meets Raging Bull at FcDonald’s

Bangistan, Review: Citizen Wong Kar-Wai meets Raging Bull at FcDonald’s If references, allusions and name-dropping could make a film watchable, Bangistan would have arrived with a bang. Sadly for debutant director Karan Anshuman, that récipé fails to tickle the taste-buds, and the film turns out be a dish that is half un-cooked and half over-cooked. Why he chose to use crutches like parodying the title of Orson Welles’ all-time masterpiece, Citizen Kane, poking fun a...

38th Asian American International Film Festival Awards

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By Maria Esteves – August 7, 2015 The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) Closing Night Awards Ceremony hosted by executive director John Woo and festival director Judy Lei, Asian Cinevision, honoring the best independent cinema and emerging directors by Asian and Asian American descent was held at the Museum of Moving Images, Queens, New York, Saturday, August 1, 8:30pm. LIVE FROM UB received two awards including Emerging Director LAUREN KNAPP. AAIFF15 jurors i...

25 YEARS OF MONTREAL AUTOCHTONE FESTIVAL

 FIRST NATIONS OF THE AMERICAS   Towering over First Peoples Festival’s 25 years, seven thousand years of human presence in this place looks down upon you… The First Nations festival returns to Montreal in 2015 in a spectacular setting that will spread its wings at Place des Festivals: thrilling concerts, an exacting selection of films and videos, the great multicultural parade along Saint-Catherine Street and many indoor venue and gallery events.  Gran...

Drishyam, Review: Missing Corpse, Hissing Cops and Habeas Corpus

Drishyam, Review: Missing Corpse, Hissing Cops and Habeas Corpus What would drive producers to make and remake a film in five different Indian languages in a span of two years? Box-office success of preceding language versions and a potential remake goldmine at hand, or the merits of a script that tries to turn the killer v/s cops genre on its head, and could have viewers gasping for breath? In the case of Drishyam, whose Sanskritised title can be approximated as Drishya (scene/sight in Hindi...

My Voice, My Life N.Y. Premiere Q&A

By Maria Esteves – July 31, 2015 The 38th Annual Asian American Film Festival 2015 (aaiff15) Opening Night New York Premiere documentary MY VOICE, MY LIFE http://www.myvoicemylifemovie.com, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang, commenced Thursday, July 23, 7:00PM at Asia Society. The Q&A discussion with director Yang and cast members Coby Wong and Sio Fan Lam moderated by La Frances Hui, film curator, Asia Society, preceded the Opening Night Gala Reception. Questions posed to...

What Merry White, recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun has to say about COCKTAIL PARTY

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  The Cocktail Party is a compelling look at what at first appears to be another military rape by a young American soldier on the Japanese Okinawan islands, heavily inhabited by U.S. bases. Okinawa is at least twice afflicted, first by the Japanese who claimed the Ryukyu Islands as their own, making Okinawans second-class citizens and running rampant over their indigenous culture. Second, the postwar agreements placing the majority of the post-Occupation U.S. troops on these islands mea...

Mr. Holmes-The Man beyond the Myth, Review: And you thought you knew your Sherlock!

Mr. Holmes-The Man beyond the Myth, Review: And you thought you knew your Sherlock! Mr. Holmes presents a 93 year-old Sherlock without his coat and pipe, after Dr. Watson and his house-keeper Mrs. Hudson are dead and gone, living with a new housekeeper (Mrs. Munro) and her young boy (Roger) in Sussex, cultivating a keen interest in bees and nurturing an apiary, in the year 1947, having quit his Baker Street office and his profession 35 years ago, out of professional disappointment, suffering...

Masaan (a.k.a. Fly Away Solo), Review: Burning bodies, tormented souls and a minor classic

Masaan (a.k.a. Fly Away Solo), Review: Burning bodies, tormented souls Set in a city known as the holiest cremation ground in India, Masaan is made with fired-up creativity, and has won encomiums it richly deserves. Seven years ago, a documentary was made on life at the ghats (banks) of Varanasi (Banaras), of which Kashi is a part, where a large number of Hindu devotees from all over India bring their dead for cremation, and immerse the ashes in Ganga, their holiest river. The rites are perf...

Amy, Review: Alcohol, Drugs, Sex and all that JAZZ

Amy, Review: Alcohol, Drugs, Sex and all that JAZZ (a.k.a. Amy: The Girl Behind The Name) If you are a film-maker looking for a subject, a feature-length documentary on a recently deceased top-ranking female jazz-soul artiste, who had troubled relationships and died at 27, would be as good as it gets. Add to that the fact that extensive, excellent quality footage is available or obtainable, and you are in business. But, as is inevitably the case, the million-dollar questions faced by a docum...

Bezubaan Ishq, Review: Very little to say

Bezubaan Ishq, Review: Very little to say This silent, tongue-less (literal translation of the word Bezubaan; ishq means love) tale revolves around three middle-aged friends and their families. Mansukh Patel (Sachin Khedekar) is an NRI toy manufacturer residing with his British wife, Lisa (Alexandra Ashman) and daughter Rumjhum (Sneha Ullal) in London, UK. Though the Patels live in London, they haven't forgotten their Indian traditions and values. Mansukh's younger brother, Rashmikant...

38th Asian American Intl Film Fest Opens with My Voice, My Life

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By Maria Esteves - July 3, 2015 The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) will be held in New York July 23 - August 1. Presented by Asian Cinevision, AAIFF annually showcase the best independent cinema by Asian and Asian Americans along with panel discussions, special events, screenplay competition readings, gala receptions and after parties. This year's Opening, Centerpiece and Closing night Premieres are MY VOICE, MY LIFE, directed by Ruby Yang at Asia Society, N...

"Life Is Sacred": A Human Rights Watch Film Festival Premiere

When's the last time a film about a mayor got your pulse racing? For attendees of the recent Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the answer must be Life Is Sacred, Andreas Dalsgaard's portrait of Antanas Mockus. And before that, it was surely Dalsgaard's 2009 documentary Cities on Speed: Bogota Change. That too centered on heady, twinkle-eyed Mockus. The two-time mayor of Bogota is perhaps best summed up by the caped persona he playfully assumed...

"Palio": Horse Racing under the Tuscan Sun

Unicorn. Goose. Shell. Tower. If you haven't been to Siena, Italy, if you aren't up on the city's 17 districts, these four are a colorful start. All of Siena's ancient neighborhoods play a role in the local horse race called the Palio and in Cosima Spender's documentary of the same name.  Palio premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April, and the twice-yearly race is around the bend: first comes Palio della Madonna di Provenzano on July 2, fo...

Me, Review: Compulsive Disorder

Me, Review: Compulsive Disorder With names like Adil Amaan and Preeti Ganguly associated with it, Me could have been worth a watch. The former, who plays a central character, is an acting graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from a mid-70s batch and an acting teacher for years. Currently, he’s the Head of the Department of Acting at the state run, prestigious, FTII. Preeti Ganguly, who is credited as co-writer, was Ashok Kumar’s daughter and an actor in he...

UVAA, Review: Yuvanile delinquents

UVAA, Review: Yuvanile delinquents It pains you when an apparently well-intentioned film, made with limited resources, pads it up with trivia and inconsequential trappings, thereby relegating the very issue it set out to highlight. UVAA is good example of undisciplined writing and inconsistent direction, which makes smart moves off and on, only to hit new lows regularly. The film is a tale of five teenage friends who are constantly up to mischief and pranks, sometimes of a serious nature, bu...

“Canadian Pakistani Music Videos (Pakistani Movie Edit)” Now Released

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“Canadian Pakistani Music Videos (Pakistani Movie Edit)” A New Addition to Pakistani Film, Music and Television Industry, now released in the USA  followed by new American-Canadian Movie and Music Album Releases.     OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:   http://www.wiredprnews.com/2015/06/15/canadian-pakistani-music-videos-pakistani-movie-edit-now-released_20150615312907.html   Official IMDB LISTING:   www.imdb.com/title/tt4713...

Open submissions to the Paris Art and Movie Awards

The PAMA will run sept 25-27th, 2015. The event will screen several blocks of shorts from all over the world, moreover from USA and France. Features and scripts are accepted too. 20 awards may be reward the best artists and filmmakers in a range of 10 categories. All categories can be found on the festival's website. All nominated movies, special events, french premiere and professional meetings will be held in the historical heart of Paris : Saint-Germain-des-Près. Out ...

Frat Dude Secret Gossip

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Frat Dude Secret Gossip   Due to extreme high volume of requests and curiosity of the general public this blog/article has to be published. The “Fratmen Fratpad Tributes” are more than 100s of songs and more than 1000 music videos given as a tribute to all the  Fratmen of Arizona. Kindly note the songs are not random and they are about actual people. The setting of the music videos is Arizona. All the other States such as California, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Chicago, Wisc...
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