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Budhia Singh—Born to Run, alias Duronto, Review: Marathon gone

Budhia Singh—Born to Run, alias Duronto, Review: Marathon gone Running is good for health. Making films on running and runners is not a bad ploy for a production house to get a run for their money, or money for your run. Milking the genre without substantial innovation might not be such good idea, though, and the box-office run might be as short-lived as, or, in fact, much shorter than, the apparently aborted career of India’s child wonder, Budhia Singh. Based on a true story, Bu...

The Legend of Michael Mishra, Review: Legender Bender, alias What a Choke!

The Legend of Michael Mishra, Review: Legender Bender, alias What a Choke! A joke I read as a teenager went like this: After consulting doctor after doctor for two years, a man was unable to find a cure for his eyes popping out and a growing choking feeling. When it became so bad that he was unable to breathe properly, he thought the end was near, and decided to live it up during his last days on earth. So, he went to a tailor to get a new shirt and suit stitched. The tailor took a tape and s...

China-USA cooperate movie “Hiding Sword” Premiere in Los Angeles

“Hiding Sword” is a 90 min. Feature︱Drama︱War film, directed by young Chinese director,  Jun Xie , started  by  Ning Ji ( China), Blanca Rosa Rasmussen (France), Ben Hubley (USA). A story in WWII, the people in Fuyang and supporters from France and USA worked closely with the Chinese army to fight the enemy and escort the military supply into the war front line.  This is a first film produce by Maeya Film, it brings the Hollywood guidance and worldwide distrib...

Mabel Cheung: AAWMM Talk Back

By Maria Esteves – July 31, 2016 The Asian American Women Media Makers (AAWMM) Talk Back with multi-award winning Hong Kong director and screenwriter Mabel Cheung, moderated by co-founder S. Casper Wong, AAWMM, was held at the Museum of Chinese in New York (MOCA), Saturday, July 23, 12PM. Presented by AAIFF16, director Cheung discussed her early film career from Hong Kong to England to New York, her first trilogy works (The Illegal Immigrant, An Autumn's Tale, Eight Tales of Gold)...

Spa Night Q&A with Andrew Ahn and Joe Seo

By Maria Esteves – July 29, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16) Opening Night Premiere of SPA NIGHT, directed by Andrew Ahn was held at Asia Society, New York, Thursday, July 21, 2016. A special Q&A session with director Ahn and lead actor Joe Seo moderated by festival programs manager Haisong Li, AAIFF, immediately followed. Questions posed to Ahn and Seo by Li and the audience included: "What message did you wanted to deliver by makin...

39th Asian American International Film Festival Opening Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – July 29, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16) Opening Press Conference was held at the Museum of Chinese in New York (MOCA), Wednesday, July 20, 1PM. Presented by Asian CineVision (ACV), executive director John C. Woo, the event highlighted this year’s ten day (July 21-30) celebration of diversity in cast and themes by emerging and established Asian and Asian American filmmakers from 18 countries includes TOTO, directed ...

NYIFF-G5A Film Festival Reviews, U Turn: Highway is my way

NYIFF-G5A Film Festival Reviews, U Turn: Highway is my way In many ways, the choice of U Turn as the penultimate screening of the NYIFF-G5A Film Society’s Film Festival, the first ever Mumbai edition of the annual event, held 7,793.27 miles/12,560 km/16 hours flying time away, was a U Turn, compared to the kind of films they had been showing for the four preceding weeks. Symbolically, the idea of the festival is itself a U Turn, since all the films are Indian, sourced from NYIFF. Coal t...

NYIFF-G5A Film Festival Reviews, The Threshold: I’ll take your leave

  NYIFF-G5A Film Festival Reviews, The Threshold: I’ll take your leave A good old joke goes like this: An ideal marriage is one wherein two people become one. The problems arise when they want to decide which one. It goes without saying that marriage is no joke, and two people can never really become one. I have seen a couple that was telepathically on the same wave-length and usually spoke the same words in unison, without any previous arrangement to this end, go through a bit...

Great Grand Masti, Review: Grate Bland Cesti

Great Grand Masti, Review: Grate Bland Cesti Amar, Meet and Prem. "Amar, meet Prem!" Penilty corner, Penil interest, Penilti-mate Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani. Sapna, Rekha, Nisha. Dream-Line-Night. Pooja Bose, Mishti, Shraddha Das. Mother-in-law, Sister-in-law. Shrew-brew-slew, Three into two won’t do. Usha Nadkarni, Kangna Sharma. Antakshari Baba, Babu Rangeela. Ba ba black sheep, D.K. Prose; Cock-a-doodle-doo, Of all the animals in the zoo. S...

Reviews, G5A-NYIFF screenings: Agli Baar, Absent, El’ Ayichi

Reviews, G5A-NYIFF screenings: Agli Baar, Absent, El’ Ayichi Devashish Makhija is a Kolkata boy who was so shattered by his mother’s death that he got on to a Mumbai-bound train, in an unreserved compartment, and has been living here since. After a stint in advertising and after assisting debutant director Anurag Kashyap on Black Friday, he decided to go solo. Black Friday was about the Mumbai blasts and was stuck with the censors for years. But for an unreleased Oonga, all his e...

'To Dream' to open 2016 British Urban Film Festival

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To Dream - the London based drama from Anomaly Cinema is to open this year's British Urban Film Festival (14-20 Sep).   Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp star as two self-destructive teenagers who won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan, but when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever.   Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and previous X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers a...

James Schamus Vents “Indignation”

It’s taken James Schamus nearly three decades to tackle directing — and he had to charm Philip Roth in the process. That’s because he chose to adapt the author’s novel Indignation for his feature debut. But Schamus hadn’t exactly been twiddling his thumbs. Among his myriad credits are screenwriter (The Ice Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); producer (Brokeback Mountain) and industry suit (Good Machine, Focus Features), to name...

Celebrate Diversity in Film! 6th Annual Winter Film Awards 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival Announces 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES Winter Film Awards showcases emerging filmmakers from all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and minority filmmakers. New York, NY (July 1, 2016): The Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival (WFA) announces a Call for Entries for its 6th Annual celebration of independent film, to be held February 23 - March 4, 2017 in New York City. Filmmakers from arou...

Reviews, G5A-NYIFF screenings: Velutha Rathrikal (White Nights)

Reviews, G5A-NYIFF screenings: Velutha Rathrikal (White Nights) Inclement weather (read incessant rains) and no means of transport deprived me of the opportunity to catch-up on For the Love of a Man, screened on 28th June, as part of the G5A-NYIFF film festival, currently underway at the Foundation’s Black Box, located in a creatively designed facility in an erstwhile industrial estate, close to the iconic Famous Mahalaxmi studio and office complex. Earlier in the year, I had seen only ...

"Unlocking the Cage" with Steven Wise

Take a chimpanzee. Think about what she thinks about. Does she understand that she has a mind? Can she grasp that other individuals have a mind? Does she have a concept of time? If so — as scientific studies show — this chimp is what animal advocate Steven Wise argues is a self-aware, autonomous “person.” Now to get U.S. law to recognize the fundamental civil rights he says great apes therefore deserve.  Unlocking the Cage documents Wise’s efforts to do just...

At the Fork: A Film About Husbandry and Wife

Opinions vary as to whether we should eat meat. Between At the Fork director John Papola and his producer wife Lisa Versaci, these range from yes, but to hell no. He’s an omnivore; she’s a vegan. That tension — and Papola’s gradual rethinking of food politics — peppers their new film about how animals are raised for our consumption.  It’s March 2015 when the couple sets out across America to find producers of pork, beef, chicke...

Wu Xia - A Martial Arts Tango

'Wu Xia' means Martial Arts Knights, and it takes two to tango. Follow the two as they are readied to confront the 5 elements to see if they are worthy of the opponent. An all martial arts style extravaganza set in a distant future.

Reviews, G5A-NYIFF screenings: Highway, Ek Selfie Aar Paar & Cities of Sleep

Reviews, G5A-NYIFF screenings: Highway, Ek Selfie Aar Paar & Cities of Sleep If you’ve missed these two, you have missed a lot. While the former is fiction of the first order, treated in a documentary style, made by a trained and acclaimed young director the latter is a near feature-length documentary that explores a killer topic, and is enlivened by some remarkable central characters. G5A Film Festival is indeed lucky to have such impactful films to flag off its month-long screeni...

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words | Review

By Maria Esteves – June 24, 2016 Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a compelling and passionate music documentary about the life of legendary genius Frank Zappa (1940-1993). The extraordinary black-and-white and color archival footage superbly assembled chronologically by director Thorsten Schütte includes the 1963 interview with popular talk show host Steve Allen, international media coverage of Zappa invitation to Prague and powerful onstage performances as ban...

PUFF Presents a FREE Night of Short Horror Films

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The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival and Dark Comedy Productions presents a FREE night of local, short horror films at CineMug. The screening will take place at 8PM at 1607 S. Broad St.. Local filmmakers are encouraged to come out and meet Dark Comedy Productions and the PUFF staff. We will be screening four films by director Andy Stewart. The event is $2 BYOB. Facebook Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/197489503980755 ...

Waiting, Review: Coma dilemma

Waiting, Review: Coma dilemma Death is the only inevitable reality in life. It is also ‘the end’ that leaves the deceased at ‘eternal peace’, or at least at no risk of further physical or mental trauma, while family, friends and others who knew him/her, cope with the loss in a variety of ways. While it can be argued that some people cope with the event more objectively, the vast majority suffer great pain, even shock, of a magnitude that does not quite compare with any...

X Men-Apocalypse, Review: X-Men, Ex X-Men, ‘To be’ X-Men, and the 4 Horsemen

X Men-Apocalypse, Review: X-Men, Ex X-Men, ‘To be’ X-Men, and the 4 Horsemen In the ninth instalment of the X-Man Marvel comics’ series, we are confronted with a devil incarnate villain who lived thousands of years ago in Egypt, and surfaces in the civilised world of 1983. Nobody grovels at his feat in this eon, so he takes great umbrage. He is able to learn English by listening to a TV broadcast just once (if only he would share that technology/software with us humans), and...

Bilal--A New Breed of Hero, Review: Idol greed v/s rebel breed

Bilal--A New Breed of Hero, Review: Idol greed v/s rebel breed Here’s the first animation feature film coming out from the middle-east, and it makes you wonder what took them so long. It’s a new, breakthrough breed, and may the genre prosper! A thousand and four hundred years ago, a slave boy, Bilal bin Rabah, dreamt of becoming a great warrior. Instead, he found himself and his sister working for a wealthy merchant, in a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where idol wo...

Buddha in a Traffic Jam, Review: Political pottery

Buddha in a Traffic Jam, Review: Political pottery “If we need to become a strong country and wish to shine, we need thousands and millions of Buddhas who can fight the traffic jam.” — Vivek Agnihotri, writer-director, to an Indian publication. He was trying to explain the meaning of the title, which has nothing to do with either Budhha or traffic, but maybe something to do with jam. No, the scene where a man says that he cannot leave the post of the worshipper at a mini-t...

Pelé-Birth of a Legend, Review: Exciting draw

Pelé-Birth of a Legend, Review: Exciting draw Whenever a football match begins, all three possibilities are in place: a win for side A, a win for side B or a draw. Wins are exciting, draws not really the desirable result, in the high voltage sport, the most popular game in the world. Pelé-Birth of a Legend, a docu-feature on the Pérola Negra (Black Pearl) of Brazil, promises a lot, delivers much less and results in a draw. To be fair, it is not a tame, goalless draw, but ...
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