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In Conversation with the guys behind SAIFF

By |November 12th, 2013|Awards, Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, Interviews, SAIFF 2012|

The South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) is going to celebrate it's 10th anniversary this year. The program has come a long way since 2003. It's gained a sponsorship from HBO and even withstood a hurricane. This year, the festival will run from December 3rd through December 8th.  In honor of it's 10th year, I [...]

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Confessions from Brown Hollywood with Reena Dutt

By |September 22nd, 2013|Brown Hollywood, CSAFF, Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, SAIFF 2012|

Reena Dutt is an incredibly talented human being. She's a producer, writer, director, actor and superhero. I'm not kidding. Dutt has been involved in some of iiF's favorite projects, one of which just screened at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) this weekend. Yes you guessed it, she is a producer of "...Or Die" [...]

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Confessions from Brown Hollywood with Gregory Bonsignore

By |September 20th, 2013|Brown Hollywood, CSAFF, Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, SAIFF 2012|

It is no secret that iiF loves the short film "...Or Die", (co-directed by Gregory Bonsignore and John Petaja) which won the Audience Award at the HBO South Asian Film Festival last year. In fact, we're pretty sure our review is longer than the movie itself. Thankfully, that didn't discourage writer and co-director Gregory Bonsignore from talking to [...]

SAIFF 2012 Award Winners

By |November 20th, 2012|Awards, movies we loved, reviews, SAIFF 2012, TIFF, upcoming movies|

The South Asian International Film Festival concluded Saturday night after a two week layoff thanks to Hurricane Sandy. "This was a historic year for us and the city. Besides introducing some amazing films and doing the Rising Star Film Awards, we also got hit with a storm," Shilen Amin, SAIFF's President and Founder, said. "So [...]

SAIFF 2012 closes today with “Valley of Saints”

By |November 17th, 2012|Awards, now playing, SAIFF 2012, upcoming movies|

After the destruction of Hurricane Sandy postponed part of the South Asian International Film Festival a few weeks ago, the closing night is finally upon us. Tickets can be purchased at www.saiff.org for tonight's event which includes an awards ceremony and the New York Premiere of "Valley of Saints", the feature length debut of director Musa Syeed. [...]

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“Patang” Review

By |November 13th, 2012|Awards, movies we loved, now playing, reviews, SAIFF 2012|

"Patang" is perhaps one of the most genuine films I have ever seen. The movie won awards for Best Director and Best Picture at the SAIFF Rising Stars Awards Ceremony a few weeks ago. It's a rare, unfiltered look at a world that is new and familiar at the same time. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_rOqsX-aY8 The story is simple. [...]

“Miss Lovely” Review

By |November 9th, 2012|reviews, SAIFF 2012, TIFF|

"Miss Lovely" (directed by Ashim Ahluwalia) is not a film for everyone. Honestly, I'm still not sure if it's the film for me. It was the opening night movie at the South Asian International Film Festival this year and I've spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the picture. The story centers around the Duggal Brothers [...]

Talking “Blood Relative” with Nimisha Mukerji and Mark Ratzlaff

By |November 2nd, 2012|Interviews, movies we loved, SAIFF 2012|

Before Hurricane Sandy did her worst to New York, I managed to sit down with Nimisha Mukerji and Mark Ratzlaff, the filmmakers behind the documentary “Blood Relative”, which premiered at SAIFF Oct. 25. Mukerji directed while Ratzlaff took care of the editing. The movie is about young sufferers of thalassemia major, a genetic disease, one [...]

“…Or Die” Review

By |October 30th, 2012|movies we loved, reviews, SAIFF 2012|

"Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches." - Harold Evans Stereotypes exist for all races across the board. Some of them can be true while others are blatantly false. Nearly all of them can be associated with ignorance. Yes, some cab drivers are brown. Yes, a lot of IT guys are also [...]

Kabir Bedi discusses his Hollywood years and the role of South Asian actors in America

By |October 29th, 2012|SAIFF 2012|

Kabir Bedi is quite the accomplished actor. He just recently received the Star Foundation Award during the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). He's found a form of stardom on three different continents through projects and films like "Octopussy", "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Sandokan." Kabir Bedi with moderator James Janowsky during the SAIFF [...]

“Balak Palak” Review

By |October 27th, 2012|movies we loved, reviews, SAIFF 2012|

So let's talk about sex. What? You don't want to? What do you mean you're embarrassed? Why? Wait where are you going?! Who the hell is supposed to explain this stuff to me? "Balak Palak" premiered at the South Asian Film Festival Friday night. These are the questions many adolescents face as they grow [...]

“Blood Relative” Review

By |October 26th, 2012|movies we loved, reviews, SAIFF 2012|

"Blood Relative" is a truly moving, gripping documentary by Nimisha Mukerji, director of numerous films including the multiple award-winning documentary 65_RedRoses, set to air soon on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Set in Mumbai, we see a true life story of two brave, young sufferers of thalassemia major, a genetic disease, one variant of which is [...]

“Bureaucracy Sonata” (“Raag Sarkari”) Review

By |October 26th, 2012|movies we loved, reviews, SAIFF 2012|

A long time ago, India went through an "interesting" time to say the least. From June 26, 1975 through March 21, 1977, democracy was suspended in India allowing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to rule by decree. It became known as the "emergency era" in India. During that time, a lot of political activists and members [...]

Legendary actor Kabir Bedi accepts Star Foundation Award at SAIFF

By |October 24th, 2012|Awards, SAIFF 2012|

The South Asian International Film Festival gave this year's Star Foundation Award to the legendary actor Kabir Bedi. It was introduced for the first time last year when it went to filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. Bedi received his award during the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards Tuesday night after he was introduced by SAIFF President [...]

South Asian Rising Star Film Awards Recap

By |October 24th, 2012|Awards, SAIFF 2012|

Before the actual festival kicks off, SAIFF 2012 got started with the  1st Annual South Asian Rising Star Film Awards. Adult film star and emerging Bollywood actress Sunny Leone and Jay Chandrasekhar, director of films like "Beerfest" and "Super Troopers", hosted the event Tuesday night. Jay Chandrasekhar and Sunny Leone hosting the awards ceremony. "With [...]

SAIFF 2012 kicks off tonight with the “South Asian Rising Star Film Awards”

By |October 23rd, 2012|Awards, SAIFF 2012, Uncategorized|

The South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) kicks off tonight with an awards ceremony celebrating the rising stars of South Asian cinema. IIF will be there all week covering everything we possibly can. Below is a press release  with all the nominees and information. The festival is co-sponsored by HBO. NEW YORK CITY September 25, [...]