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Our friends are going to Sundance

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Our friend Smriti  has been working on “New Media,” which will screen at the Sundance Film Festival 2010! Here’s the official message from producer Smriti Mundhra: “It’s my pleasure to let you know that a short film I produced called New Media, directed by student Academy Award nominee JJ Adler, is an official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. New Media will be screening six times over the course of the festival, in a program that includes James Franco’s film Herbert White, and my fellow Columbia alum Bassam Jarbawi’s film Chicken Heads (Roos Djaj).”

Here are some details:

Film: New Media Run time: 94 min.

Man up, bitches! Shorts Program III is no place for sissies. This is where the real men roll, indulging in drug-fueled rampages, role playing, fun with guns, mutual masturbation, and a little impulsive behavior. Sure, there may be some collateral damage along the way—like dreams, and pets, and people. But hey, no pain, no gain, right? Now drop and give me 20.

screens with…

  • Herbert White | James Franco 2009
  • Tungijuq | Paul Raphael, Félix Lajeunesse 2009
  • Chicken Heads | Bassam Jarbawi 2009
  • PATROL | John Patton Ford 2009
  • My Invisible Friend | Pablo Larcuen 2009
  • NEW MEDIA | J.J. Adler 2009
  • N.A.S.A.A Volta | Alexei Tylevich 2009

Screening Times and Tickets: http://sundance.bside.com/2010/films/shortsprogramiii_sundance2010

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Disney’s releases Like Stars on Earth (Taare Zameen Par) on DVD

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Presents the Award-Winning Film from Aamir Khan That Captured Hearts Across the Globe

LIKE STARS ON EARTH

A Cross-Cultural Event, Disney’s First Hindi Language Release Features Buoyant Bollywood Musical Sequences and a New English-Language Track

Available on 3-Disc DVD/CD Set on January 12, 2010

Like Stars on Earth may change your life.”

CNN-IBN

Burbank, California, December 17, 2009—An eight-year-old misfit with his head in the stars learns that being different can also mean being special in the emotional and entertaining Like Stars on Earth, coming to 3-Disc DVD/CD set January 12, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Disney’s first-ever Hindi-language release, Like Stars on Earth includes seven infectious Bollywood dance numbers, vividly imagined animated interludes and a brand new English-language track for a cross-cultural celebration of creativity and individuality. “A little twinkling star of a movie” according to BBC Movie Reviews, Like Stars on Earth is a sparkling example of why Indian cinema has rapidly become the most popular film import to the U.S.

Originally brought to a worldwide theatrical audience by UTV Motion Pictures, and produced, directed and starring Aamir Khan, one of India’s most acclaimed filmmakers (Lagaan, 2002 Academy Award® nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, India), Like Stars on Earth also features young newcomer Darsheel Safary in an astonishingly nuanced performance that earned him a 2007 nomination for Best Actor in India’s prestigious Filmfare Awards. Like Stars on Earth was one of India’s top grossing theatrical films of 2007.

In this touching and inspiring film, eight-year-old Mumbai native Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) lives in a world where letters dance exuberantly with the brilliant colors, lively animals and joyfully soaring kites of his fantastical imagination. Struggling to read and write and unable to deliver the good grades and disciplined behavior expected by his parents and teachers, Ishaan is shipped off to a boarding school to straighten out. Almost 200 miles from home and suffering from homesickness, Ishaan alone is unmoved when a new art teacher (Aamir Khan) energizes the classroom by asking students to think, dream and imagine, instead of merely following the rules. Determined to draw the introverted child out, the teacher sets about helping Ishaan find the wondrous power of creativity that lies within him.

Like Stars on Earth has a suggested retail price of $29.99 (U.S.) and $35.99 (Canada).

STREET DATE:                    January 12, 2010

Direct prebook:                       November 17, 2009

Distributor prebook:                December 7, 2009

Pricing:                                    US: $29.99 SRP; Canada: $35.99 SRP

Feature run time:                    Approximately 165 minutes

Technical specifications may only apply to feature

Aspect ratio:                           2.35:1 – Enhanced for 16 X9 Televisions

Sound:                                     5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound

Languages:                             English and Hindi; English and Hindi subtitles

US Rating:                              PG, For Thematic Material, Brief Violence And Language

Canadian Rating:                    G

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is a division of The Walt Disney Studios

©Disney

Vidya Balan’s dream role

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Vidya Balan’s dream role with both the Bachchans

Vidya Balan is presently busy promoting for (Cheen Kum fame) R. Balki’s Paa. And she seems very excited about the film and her dream role with both the Bachchans.

States Vidya, “See it has been a dream come true for me to work alongside Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) and once again with Abhishek after Guru. Both were pretty chilled out on the film’s sets and never make me feel that we all are working together for the first time. Both are very easy to work with and very cooperative. Abhishek is extremely hilarious. Working with the both of them was a nice experience. I am amazed by Amitji’s patience on the sets. He definitely deserves to be called the father of our industry.”

Revealing further the pretty actress adds, “The most interesting thing about the film is that Abhishek Bachchan plays the role of the father while Amitabh Bachchan plays the son. My character comes as the surprise package of the film. And it’s a fun film. The disease (Progeria) is just a backdrop of the film. I am confident that film be loved by one and all. It’s a masterpiece.”

Check out this intense trailer for “My Name is Khan”

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2009 at 9:42 AM

The first trailer to Karan Johar’s MY NAME IS KHAN starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol has premiered online.

http://mynameiskhanthefilm.com/

Fox Star Studios and Fox Searchlight Pictures

Present A Dharma Productions & Red Chillies Entertainment Production

MY NAME IS KHAN

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol

Director: Karan Johar

Writers: Karan Johar & Shibani Bathija

Producers: Hiroo Yash Johar & Gauri Khan

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

MY NAME IS KHAN releases worldwide on February 12, 2010.

Aamir’s Peepli Live goes to Sundance fest

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Courtesy of The Times of India

Aamir Khan, elated at his next production venture “Peepli Live”, a black comedy

about rural life in India, has entered the competition section of the Sundance Film Festival 2010, starting Jan 21.

”Peepli Live” is Anusha Rizvi’s directorial debut and stars mostly first-timers.

”I am so happy and proud of my writer-director Anusha Rizvi. ‘Peepli Live’ has been selected at the Sundance Film Festival in the competition section… If I’m not mistaken, it is the first Indian feature film to make it to the competition section there,” Aamir posted on his blog www.aamirkhan.com/blog Friday.

Aamir clarifies that the film is not about farmer suicides.

“Incidentally, this is the same film that a section of the media has been erroneously reporting as being about farmer suicides. It’s not about farmer suicides. It has also been reported that the film is called ‘Falling’. Both errors,” he wrote.

”’Peepli Live’, is a satire, a black comedy about rural life in India. Except for Raghuvir Yadav, most of the actors are facing the camera for the first time, so a predominantly new cast, many of them of Adivasi origin from Madhya Pradesh.”

”And what performances! I have been acting for 20 years and there was so much that I learnt from watching them,” the 44-year-old explained.

The actor says that he is looking forward to see audiences’ reaction to the film.

”I haven’t spoken about the film before as I like to be sure about how the film has turned out before I speak about it. I am rather happy with the way the film has turned out. I am looking forward to see what kind of response it gets at Sundance. Fingers crossed,” he wrote.

Did you see “Paa” last weekend?

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2009 at 6:09 PM

If not, don’t fret! It is still playing in a theater near you! Click here for a list of theaters across the US.

Can you believe that is Mr. Bachchan?! Check out these videos on becoming Auro!

Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie (2009) Starring Abhay Deol, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Satish Kaushik Releases in February 2010

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Courtesy of Washington Bangla Radio

By Cineover

Delhi born Abhay Deol, a cousin of Sunny, Bobby, Esha and Ahana Deol, is the son of Punjabi movie maker Ajit Deol, who is a brother of veteran Indian cinema hero Dharmendra. Abhay has established himself as an acclaimed actor in parallel cinema and indie movies, with powerful performances in  Dev D, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Manorama Six Feet Under. In Dev Benegal’s movie with the self-referential title “Road, Movie” Abhay plays the role of a young man disgruntled by his bleak future prospects decides to drive long-distance across Indian back roads in a barely functional truck, giving rides to a myriad of interesting characters.

Also starring in Road, Movie are Tannishtha Chatterjee and Satish Kaushik, of Brick Lane (2007) fame.

Director Dev Benegal with producers Susan B. Landau and Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In The Bedroom) have captured some of the fantastic grandeur of the Indian landscape, its people and culture in a unique concept movie. This is the third film by Benegal.

Road, Movie premiered at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2009. It will be released in India on Feb 26, 2010. 

Supriyo Sen’s “Wagah,” a 13-minute must-see

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Special thanks to Supriyo Sen

Writer, director Surpriyo Sen’s recent short film, “Wagah,” has not only made the festival rounds, it has won them too! The winner of the Berlin Today Award at the Berlin Film Festival and several others, “Wagah,” is about the ritual march that happens daily at Wagah, or the only road border between India and Pakistan.

Here’s a synopsis, director’s note, and bio on Supriyo Sen:

Every evening, the only border crossing along the 3323 km frontier between India and Pakistan becomes the site of an extraordinary event. Border guards on both sides orchestrate a parade to lower the flags. Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual and afterwards the masses move as close to the gate as possible to greet their former neighbours. The film looks through the eyes of three children who sell DVDs of the parade to the onlookers. With a dream of crossing the border they remain quite unmoved by all the ‘patriotic’ madness around them.

Director’s Note:

I am coming from a refugee family that has suffered immensely during the partition of India in 1947. Massacres, rapes and abductions followed in the wake of partition, leading to the migration of 15 million people. I could never accept borders that prevented me from going back to my homeland, my roots. I wanted to give voice to the silent sufferings of the refugees. I wanted to talk about the ongoing conflicts that still bleed their hearts. My previous films “Way Back Home”(2003) search for the lost land, “Hope Dies Last in War”(2007), deals with ongoing conflict. Now “Wagah”(2009) tries to blur the border through cinema – the wildest dream I always cherished!

Bio:

A journalist turned independent filmmaker, Supriyo Sen has produced and directed feature and short documentaries like “Wait Until Death”, “The Nest”, “Way Back Home”, “Hope Dies Last in War” “Rupban – The Beautiful” and “Wagah”.

Supriyo has won more than twentyfive International awards for his films which include, Berlin Today Award at Berlin Film Festival, Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Grand Prix at Bilbao International Film Festival, BBC Award at Commonwealth Film Festival, Golden Lola (German short film Award), Black Pearl Award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Golden Conch at Mumbai International Film Festival, Jury and Audience Award at Krakow, Hamburg, Munster, Uppsala, Zagreb, Huesca,  Winterthur, Damascus, IFFI (Goa), Rio-de-Janeiro, Parnu etc. He has also won three National Awards including Swarna Kamal for the best Documentary of the Year.

His documentaries have been screened at festivals in Berlin, Pusan, Karlovy Vary, Amsterdam (IDFA), Nyon, Sundance, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, Krakow, Sheffield, Bilbao, Cork, Yamagata, Sydney, Indian Panorama (IFFI), Mumbai (MIFF) etc. His two hours long feature Way Back Home is the first Indian documentary that was commercially released.

Supriyo has also received grants from Sundance Documentary Fund, Jan Vrijman Fund from IDFA and Asian Cinema Fund from Pusan International Film Festival.

He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus and served as juror in Taiwan International Documentary Festival and Indian National Award selection.

A retrospective of his films was organized by Thiruvanantapuram International Short and Documentary Festival in 2009.

“Paa” Theater listings and a special interview with Abhishek Bachchan

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM

The official website for the film features all kinds of news and media, check it out today! And look out for Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter, “juniorbachchan.” He updates regularly about the film and his life at large…he also headlines contests for “Paa,” and his other projects, so be sure to tweet him soon!

Below are theater listings for NY & NJ and you can find listings across the US and more info here!

1)    Movie City, Edison NJ

2)    Regal Cinemas Stadium 18, North Brunswick, NJ

3)    Regal Burlington Stadium 20, Burlington, NJ

4)    Columbia Park 12, North Bergen NJ

5)    Regal Hadley Theater Stadium 16, Hadley NJ

6)    Town Center Plaza 15, East Windsor NJ

7)    AMC Jersey Gardens 20, Elizabeth NJ

8)    AMC Newport Center 11, Jersey City NJ

9)    Parsippany Cinema 12, Morris Plains NJ

10)  Bombay Theater, Flushing NY

11)  Farmingdale 14, Farmingdale NY

12)  AMC Empire 25, New York, NY

13) Maveli Twin Cinema, Spring Valley NY

Here’s a little something to hold you over till the weekend:

INTERVIEW:

Abhishek Bachchan

After the much applauded role in Guru, Abhishek Bachchan is set to push boundaries further as he portrays  the role of PAA to his own paa. Abhishek in an candid interview on his forthcoming film PAA, releasing on 4th Dec.’09

Q1. How much effort was it to play father to your own dad? How did you make the relationship seem real?

A.Well we did not have to put in extra efforts to make it convincing, we just portrayed our relationship on camera as it is in real life.  And the best part was I got to bully him may be only on camera. And let me tell you, playing PAA to Amitabh Bachchan is very difficult. I mean, look at him! He is a living legend…he plays role of a 12-year-old with as much ease as he plays his age on-screen. I doubt if any other actor has ever portrayed such diversified role as he has done and is still doing! Before the camera rolled, we were like buddies…at times, I was bossing over him jokingly. But once the camera rolled, he completely took over. He is the boss, from every angle, any day, anytime.

Q.2. In real life has there been any situation when you hadto actually father your dad?

A. Yes, it was in 2005, it was so shattering for me as a son to look at my dad in the hospital. I had to take care of him completely. Throughout my life I had looked at him as the strongest and indestructible. And to look at him lieo n the hospital bed, looking frail was so scary.

Q.3. So, tell us more about your character in the film?

A.  The name of my character is Amol Arte, I’m playing a young politician who’s very progressive. Though that limited my wardrobe to the same white kurtas for the film. Its a very today’s character. Its a very sweet and sensitive story of a politician father and his son who’s suffering from a rare ageing disease called progeria.  Though the film is a light and fun film, the diseas is jsut the backdrop.  Paa is not a film about progeria. It is a happy film about a father and his son and the sweet moments that they share,” Abhishek said.

Q.4. In KANK Mr.Bachchan played your dad, and now your are playing his.  What do you prefer on screen and offscreen?

A. I think that the relationship Dad and I had in KANK was most similar to what we’re like in real life, because we truly are best friends. You know, we do everything together. Since I was a child, he’s treated me like a friend.  I think being a son, I think being my father’s son has been my favourite role. I enjoy the fact that I’m his son. In real life as well as reel life. I enjoy the responsibility he gives me. And most, most of all I enjoy being his bouncer. I enjoy the fact on Sunday, I don’t know if you know, but on Sundays hundreds of his fans come outside the gate to the house to meet him, which is a trend that started after his ’82 accident. They used to come to see, check on his well-being. And he used to go out and wave and sign autographs and that has continued. And now, instead of everyday it’s on Sundays, you literally have hundreds of people outside the gate waiting to see him. And he comes out, religiously, in the evening, waves out, shakes their hand, signs their autographs. And since I was a child, whenever I was at home, he used to always take me out with him. And I used to enjoy being the bouncer. You know, warding off the crowds. And I still do it, although now he takes me out because he’s the proud father and wants to say, this is my son. And it’s what I call his Lion King moment. He holds me up and says, here’s the cub. But for me it’s always about, you know, I’m the proud son who enjoys the fact that my father is still showered with all the love and blessings that he is and I enjoy it.

Q.5. How was your chemistry with Vidya Balan?

A. As a matter of fact I’ve always been smitten by Vidya’s performance ever since I did Guru with her. And it was amazing working with her on Paa, as it a very special film for all of us. Indeed she had the toughest part to play in the film. I still had an offscreen close connection with my dad, but for her to play mother to this legend was the most challenging. But I must say she did a brilliant job, and she was able to discipline dad, as he’s used to be such a brat on the sets.

We’re on CNN! “FilmKaravan in NYC releases important AIDS DVD collection”

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Courtesy of CNN Go

A couple of girls travel to seek, promote, release and distribute critical subcontinental cinema that can’t survive alone in the big, bad world where fewer people care about causes.

A small New York-based film company FilmKaravan is doing its best to bring South Asian film, filmmakers and resources together across continents.

You may know them as the company that facilitated the DVD distribution of “Sita Sings the Blues” through Amazon.com and Netflix and FilmKaravan the online film rental store.

AIDS JaaGO is FilmKaravan’s second DVD release.

The 2007 AIDS JaaGO collection, features works by four acclaimed Indian filmmakers — Mira Nair (Migration), Vishal Bhardwaj (Blood Brothers), Santosh Sivan (Parambha) and Farhan Akhtar (Positive).

Speaking about the DVD release of AIDS JaaGO, Nair said, “Since our launch on World AIDS Day 2007, these four films have been seen by millions of people all over the world — in film festivals, on television, and online. I am thrilled to partner with FilmKaravan so that the films can reach more new audiences. Infection rates in India are still climbing and it is imperative that we continue this dialogue.”

FilmKaravan was started by two New Yorkers, friends and film industry professionals Pooja Kohli Taneja and Payal Sethi to cherry pick critical and artistically successful films from film festivals to their supporters around the world and directly to interested viewers online. Next up: the theatrical distribution of Faiza Ahmed Khan’s documentary “Supermen of Malegaon.”

Introducing Amitabh Bachchan in “Paa”

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Here’s the official trailer:

The credits say that the film is introducing a new child artist, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, playing a 13-year old with Progeria. Roles reversed, Abhishek plays Amitabh’s father and I’m excited to see the duo change up the Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna “Dude” routine. Paresh Rawal plays Abhishek’s father, and I’m confident that those three along with Vidya Balan will deliver an excellent, thought-provoking, heart-warming film. “Paa” releases on Friday so be sure to include it in your weekend plans!

Wear Your Heart on World AIDS Day 2009

In In Your Face on December 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

On November 10, 2009 a half-dozen film luminaries filtered through a subterranean room at Pranna Restaurant to voice a heartfelt video message for listeners around the globe on World AIDS Day.

FilmKaravan presents Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi, Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri & Tannishtha Chatterjee in a video directed by Shruti Riya Ganguly.  We urge you to give a moment of your day today to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The chain must keep growing. Its really simple. Pass this video on to your friends, families, co-workers via email or Facebook and help grow a viral movement to raise awareness.

Be the light!

Find this video and others on our Youtube channel