Posts Tagged ‘Sanjay Suri’

Check out this video of “I AM,” maker Onir and his fundraising tactics!

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Onir, director of ‘My Brother Nikhil,’ is back with a new film, ‘I AM,’ a compilation of 4 stories that deal with homosexuality, child abuse, and politics. The film features Sanjay Suri, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi, Juhi Chawla, Boman Irani, Sharman Joshi and Manisha Koirala among others and has approximately 400 owners and co-producers. Check out how here!

Welcome to 2010 Karaveners!

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Hot on the heels of a fantastic 2009 FilmKaravan is thrilled to share with you our many exciting projects for 2010. But first, a recap of 2009…

We kick-started last year with the premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s DEV D at the Museum of Modern Art, co-hosted by the film’s star, Abhay Deol. The film then went on to play top-tier festivals, including the Venice Film Festival. In April, we celebrated our two-year anniversary and launched the Karavan Kollective distribution project to give audiences access to quality South-Asian independent cinema on portals such as Netflix, Amazon, Indiepix and Reframe. Next, we released Nina Paley’s award-winning and visually sumptuous SITA SINGS THE BLUES, a DVD which has surpassed even our own expectations in sales and rentals. In mid November, we released the AIDS JaaGO DVD at a fundraiser where we brought together film luminaries such as Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi, Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri and Tannishtha Chatterjee, to speak up for AIDS awareness in a viral video that we produced to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Finally, at the end of the year, we launched FK’s production division with our first short film, GRANT ST. SHAVING CO. shot entirely in New York City over three days. The shoot was a tremendous success, and we expect the film to be completed by March in time for festivals. We are currently raising finishing funds to complete post-production on the film. You can check out a sneak-peek and help us with a tax-deductible donation of as little as $5 if you’d like.

Twenty Ten also finds us attached to produce several feature-films at different stages of development, and as always, we will be looking for new and exciting projects to take on.

In April 2010, we will be releasing the heartwarming film, SUPERMEN OF MALEGAON theatrically, on DVD and TV. Showcased in June at the MoMA’s New India festival, it is a remarkable film that salutes the spirit of filmmaking and embodies a fanatical love for the movies. Read more about it here.

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Thank you for your continued support and here’s wishing you great things in the new year!

The FilmKaravan Team

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

Out of the box

In Aseem Chhabra on November 14, 2009 at 9:45 PM


Courtesy of Pune Mirror

By Aseem Chhabra

Last week Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar walked in the Pranna Restaurant in New York City and cameras and all eyes turned towards them.

The intellectual couple of Bollywood was there to mark the DVD release of AIDS JaaGO — four short films, produced by Mira Nair and funded by Avahan and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The party was hosted by a New York-based film company FilmKaravan, which is managing the DVD rights of the film.

The 2007 AIDS JaaGO collection, featured works by four filmmakers — Nair (Migration), Vishal Bhardwaj (Blood Brothers), Santosh Sivan (Parambha) and Farhan Akhtar (Positive).  Azmi played a supporting role in Akhtar’s Positive, along with Boman Irani and Arjun Mathur.

Walking into mezzanine section of the restaurant, Azmi and Akhtar posed for photographers, spoke briefly with TV reporters, mingled with friends and admirers, and then settled down with appetizers and drinks in one section of the restaurant.

Nair was already there, as was her Mississippi Masala star Sarita Choudhury.  And both were stopping to meet admirers.  Also present were a few other Bollywood celebrities — Sanjay Suri, Rahul Bose and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

FilmKaravan was started by two New Yorkers —Pooja Kohli Taneja and Payal Sethi around the time of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.  It was a unique and a groundbreaking effort by two young friends who were bringing together years of film experience.

Taneja had worked as the managing director at Independent Film Project and was also the previous director of the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival.  Sethi had worked with Nair on films ranging from Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair and The Namesake and also managed industry relations at the Tribeca and Hamptons Film Festivals.

It was only a matter of time that they would merge their collective talents to connect South Asian filmmakers and also to provide platform for films from the subcontinent, that despite critical acclaim and film festival successes, never make it to theaters.

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.”

AIDS JaaGO is FilmKaravan’s second DVD release.  Earlier this year they also held a similar party to mark the DVD release of Sita Sings the Blues – a full length animated film combing a feminist take on the Ramayana with jazz music from the 1920s.

The filmmaker Nina Paley – a big supporter of free culture had already given access to viewers to download the film at no cost from her site.  But FilmKaravan facilitated the DVD distribution of Sita Sings the Blues through Amazon.com and Netflix – the online film rental store, which has seen a phenomenal success in the US.

And FilmKaravan’s work does not end there.  There are plans to bring other films through digital channels of distribution, under the umbrella of Karavan Kollective.  And early next year the group plans to arrange the theatrical distribution of Faiza Ahmed Khan’s documentary Supermen of Malegaon.

The film was shown at the Museum of Modern Art’s The New India festival this summer and recently played at the 3rd I South Asian Film Festival in San Francisco.  But the critically acclaimed film could have easily been lost in the competitive world of art house distribution.

As Taneja explained, the plan is to build audience  “Most people don’t have the access or stamina to watch 50 films a week at film festivals,” she said, adding that FilmKaravan would sift through the lot and provide limited, but critical and artistically successful films to its supporters.

A couple of hours later the AIDS JaaGO launch party was in full swing.  Nair took a break from meeting people and sat down to eat in a private room at Pranna.  And she was joined there by Chatterjee and her Bombay Summer director Joseph Mathew Varghese.