• Laura Goode and Meera Menon at the Women's Filmmaker Brunch during the Tribeca Film Festival.

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In conversation with the geniuses behind ‘Farah Goes Bang’ (Part 3)

By |August 27th, 2013|Awards, Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, Tribeca Film Festival|

A while back, I had the distinct pleasure of catching up with the lovely ladies behind the Tribeca sensation, “Farah Goes Bang.” Writer/Director Meera Menon and Writer/Producer Laura Goode shed light on women in film, brown people, virginity and even carnivals during our discussion.  I was hoping to put the entire interview in one post, but I think we had too much fun talking for close to an hour. I also thought 3,000 words in one page would be overkill. So here is the final part of this fantastic conversation. Part three discusses the race and gender questions that went [...]

  • Kandis Erickson, Nikohl Boosheri and Kiran Deol in “Farah Goes Bang”

In conversation with the geniuses behind ‘Farah Goes Bang’ (Part 2)

By |August 27th, 2013|Awards, Brown Hollywood, Interviews, Tribeca Film Festival|

A while back, I had the distinct pleasure of catching up with the lovely ladies behind the Tribeca sensation, “Farah Goes Bang.” Writer/Director Meera Menon and Writer/Producer Laura Goode shed light on women in film, brown people, virginity and even carnivals during our discussion.  I was hoping to put the entire interview in one post, but I think we had too much fun talking for close to an hour. I also thought 3,000 words in one page would be overkill. So I’m going to ease you all into this fantastic conversation. Part two reveals how Laura and Meera got the [...]

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In conversation with the geniuses behind ‘Farah Goes Bang’ (Part 1)

By |July 3rd, 2013|Awards, Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, Tribeca Film Festival, upcoming movies|

A while back, I had the distinct pleasure of catching up with the lovely ladies behind the Tribeca sensation, "Farah Goes Bang." Writer/Director Meera Menon and Writer/Producer Laura Goode shed light on women in film, brown people, virginity and even carnivals during our discussion.  I was hoping to put the entire interview in one post, but I think we had too much fun talking for close to an hour. I also thought 3,000 words in one page would be overkill. So I'm going to ease you all into this fantastic conversation. Part one reveals how Laura and Meera came together [...]

  • Kandis Erickson, Nikohl Boosheri and Kiran Deol in “Farah Goes Bang”

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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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 [...]

  • Kiran Deol plays Roopa in "Farah Goes Bang"

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 [...]

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Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed talk ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

By |April 26th, 2013|Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, now playing, NYIFF, Tribeca Film Festival, Uncategorized|

IIF was recently invited to partake in a small round-table discussion with "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Director Mira Nair and cast members Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. IIF as well as a few other writers and outlets discussed everything from South Asian culture to perception in this day and age. Here are a few highlights from the conversation with Kiefer Sutherland, Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. IIF's questions are highlighted in green while the regular bold questions are from the other members of the press. Kiefer Sutherland discusses "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" What’s it like working with Mira as a [...]

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Mira Nair talks ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and perception in a post 9/11 world

By |April 26th, 2013|Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, Interviews, movies we loved, NYIFF, Tribeca Film Festival, Uncategorized|

IIF was recently invited to partake in a small round-table discussion with "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Director Mira Nair and cast members Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. IIF as well as a few other writers and outlets discussed everything from South Asian culture to perception in this day and age. Here are a few highlights from the conversation with Mira Nair. IIF's question is highlighted in green while the regular bold questions are from other members of the press. Mira Nair discusses "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" IIF: There is a relationship in this movie, I've noticed, with the artistic and [...]

  • Laura Goode and Meera Menon at the Women's Filmmaker Brunch during the Tribeca Film Festival.

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‘Farah Goes Bang’ director Meera Menon wins Nora Ephron Award at Tribeca

By |April 25th, 2013|Awards, Brown Hollywood, Film Festivals, movies we loved, Tribeca Film Festival, upcoming movies|

The first time is definitely the charm for Meera Menon as she received the 1st Annual Nora Ephron Award at the Tribeca Film Festival this morning for her feature debut "Farah Goes Bang." Kate French, Nikohl Boosheri and Kiran Deol in 'Farah Goes Bang'© Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival Menon received the award this morning from TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Vogue creative digital director, Sally Singer, according to a press release. Menon was selected among several other female directors at this year's festival and received $25,000 with the award. “We're thrilled to highlight Meera's work with this special award. We [...]

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“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” Review

By |April 23rd, 2013|Film Festivals, movies we loved, NYIFF, reviews, Tribeca Film Festival, upcoming movies|

Mira Nair's latest project "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is not her best film. But it could be her most important. The story (based on the Moshin Hamid novel of the same name) speaks to the nature of perception between East and West in a world forever changed by 9/11. While most films surrounding a post 9/11 world tend to favor the Western point of view, this film's main character is a young Pakistani professor named Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed). The story is told in flashbacks as Changez is being interviewed by an American reporter named Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber) in Lahore following the [...]