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Confessions from Brown Hollywood with Faroukh Virani (Director of the upcoming film ‘Vimana’)

By |May 31st, 2013|Brown Hollywood, crowdfunding, Interviews, upcoming movies|

A little over a month ago, I had the chance to talk with USC film student Faroukh Virani, the director of the recently Kickstarted Indian science fiction film "Vimana." The movie, which is tentatively scheduled for an early 2014 release, is Virani's thesis project. Here is the synopsis from the Kickstarter page: "Vimana" is a film about three Indian astronauts who are a product of India's ambitious new deep-space program. Set in the near future, the astronauts are on a one-way trip to a distant planet, Gliese. Unfortunately, the ship's captain, Rishi, passes away after an adverse reaction to the [...]

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Tribeca Review: ‘Farah Goes Bang’

By |May 20th, 2013|Awards, Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, movies we loved, reviews, Tribeca Film Festival, upcoming movies|

I have a confession to make. I've struggled a lot with this review. Not because my reaction to Meera Menon's feature debut was inconclusive. Quite the contrary. I knew I loved this movie the second the credits started rolling. In fact, I think I actually like it too much. As a result I refrained from writing about it for a long time. Maybe I thought I had too much to say, not enough to say or just not the right things to say. Either way, I've floundered long enough. Kandis Erickson, Nikohl Boosheri and Kiran Deol in "Farah Goes [...]

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Interview with the cast and crew of ‘Daadi’

By |May 9th, 2013|Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, NYIFF, Uncategorized|

Check out our video interview with the cast and crew of 'Daadi', including director David Andrew Stoler, producer and actor Purva Bedi, and actor Shelle Davis, at the New York Indian Film Festival!

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‘Anumati’ Review

By |May 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|

"Anumati", directed by Gajendra Ahire, was the winner of Best Feature Film at the 2013 New York Indian Film Festival, as well as Vikram Gokhle winning for Best Actor for his performance as the main character, Ratnakar. Courtesy of Loss of a loved one is very difficult for many to undergo, and it is no surprise. The process can be heartwrenching, watching one's health deteriorate in front of one's eyes, witnessing the pain and struggle firsthand. Alternatively, the shock of a sudden loss can thrust one into an alternate reality, with the defense mechanisms of denial and [...]

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Tribeca Review: ‘The Patience Stone’

By |May 8th, 2013|Film Festivals, reviews, Tribeca Film Festival, upcoming movies|

"The Patience Stone", originally a novel by Afghan director Atiq Rahimi, tells the story of a Muslim woman taking care of her husband who was put into a coma after being shot in the neck. He can't move or speak and his wife slowly becomes overwhelmed as she takes care of him, her children and also deals with everyday life in a war torn region. Eventually, she starts spilling out secrets of her past. Memories she has never spoken of before. The film itself, a revelation. There is little to no action or violence depicted on screen but the tension is never [...]

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‘The Only Real Game’ Review

By |May 3rd, 2013|NYIFF, reviews|

The world premiere of "The Only Real Game" was at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City, NY. It was followed by a Q&A with Director Mirra Banks, narrator Melissa Leo, producer Muriel "Mike" Peters and cast member Jeff Brueggemann. "Baseball is a microcosm of the world; the decisions, struggles, things that aren't fair." - Quote from "The Only Real Game" Even in times of plenty or times without devastation or sacrifice, certain elements of society have the tendency to function as binding elements, a social [...]

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‘Dekh Tamasha Dekh’ Review

By |May 3rd, 2013|Film Festivals, NYIFF, reviews|

"Dekh Tamasha Dekh" is an inspired and unique film from director Feroz Abbas Khan (coming off the critically acclaimed "Gandhi, My Father"). It's the story of a town torn apart by the dispute over a dead man's religious identity. What ensues is a mix of hilarity and horror that appropriately dissects the irrationality of violence, religious zealots, corruption and bureaucracy. "Dekh Tamasha Dekh" by Feroz Abbas Khan opened NYIFF this year Khan's two main vehicles of exposition here are, as stated earlier, comedy and drama. There are scenes displaying the complete ineptitude of the legal system in a rather [...]

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Chatting with Melissa Leo about narrating “The Only Real Game”

By |May 3rd, 2013|Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, NYIFF|

IIF was privileged to have the chance to interview Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo. She was most recently acclaimed for her award winning performance in "The Fighter" as Alice Ward, as well as roles in "Flight" (as Ellen Block), "Oblivion" (as Sally), and "Olympus Has Fallen" (as Ruth McMillan). Her relationship with Mirra Bank, director of "The Only Real Game", has led to her narrating the film. Check out our interview below! India Independent Films: Thank you very much for taking some time to speak with us today. It’s a special opportunity for us to be able to work [...]

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Opening Day at the NYIFF Red Carpet!

By |May 2nd, 2013|Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, NYIFF, red carpet|

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicked off on Tuesday, April 31st with their red carpet celebrations at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Manhattan. With that said, I have a secret: this was my first. My first full event coverage. My first red carpet. My first solo blog post. As the newest contributor to the blog, and new to the world of covering films, this was my first Red Carpet experience, and I have to say I loved every minute of it! I was very excited, (and kind of anxious) in the lead up: charging [...]

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Confessions from Brown Hollywood with Kiran Deol

By |May 2nd, 2013|Awards, Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, Tribeca Film Festival, Uncategorized, upcoming movies|

Last week I had the chance to sit down with the lovely and hilarious Kiran Deol during the Tribeca Film Festival. Deol plays the role of Roopa Raj in Meera Menon's award-winning film "Farah Goes Bang." In addition to being an actress who has appeared on shows like "Modern Family" and "Weeds", she also directed and developed an Emmy-nominated documentary called "Woman Rebel." If that wasn't enough, she's also a really funny stand-up comedian. Kiran Deol plays Roopa in "Farah Goes Bang" IIF: Tell me about how you got involved with this movie, "Farah Goes Bang." Deol: They released [...]