Tag Archives: Film

Festival of New Japanese Film Opens thru NYC’s Japan Society, July 9-19

New York, N.Y.  North America’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, JAPAN CUTS presents the A to Z of new film made in and around Japan for its exciting and expanded ninth edition. Premiering a thrilling slate of blockbusters and independent features never before seen in NYC, JAPAN CUTS redefines itself with fresh sections on documentary, […]

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Indian Award-Winning Documentary ‘Daughters of Mother India’ – Jarring Wake-Up Call for Men Like Me

With Jitin Hingorani. New York, N.Y.  While living and working in my comfortable American cocoon in December of 2012, I vaguely remember hearing about an Indian girl named Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was brutally gang-raped on a Delhi bus with a metal rod. My immediate reaction was: “Poor girl… what is happening to my country […]

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Film ‘Margarita With A Straw’ – Unexpected Brilliance – From India

New York, N.Y.  The film Margarita With A Straw is so unexpectedly brilliant, on so many levels, that I was completely mesmerized. Focused on taboo within taboo, the fragility of our collective human condition and the joy and possibility of life, the film is required viewing. Not knowing as much about Indian cinema as I […]

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“Butterflies of Bill Baker” Winner of Best Narrative at Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA.  A new psychological drama, Butterflies of Bill Baker, starring Tony-nominee Will Chase (Nashville), Marin Hinkle (Madame Secretary), Sterling Jerins (The Conjuring, World War Z) and Zuzanna Szadkowski (Gossip Girl, Girls) is releasing May 8th on DVD and VOD, including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Produced by I Laugh I Cry Films, the […]

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Obama Hosts White House Student Film Festival

Washington, D.C.  President Barack Obama is showcasing the work of students from around the country who produced short films about service and giving back for a White House contest. The budding filmmakers include a Montana 6-year-old alarmed about climate change and a group of Chicago high school students who spin a hip-hop yarn of encouragement […]

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Film: Cameroon’s Response to ‘Born This Way’

New York, N.Y.  Director Shaun Kadlec and activist Bill Simbo talk about the challenges of filming Born This Way, a documentary which follows four gay and lesbian people in Cameroon and explores the difficulty of being queer in a country where homosexuality is illegal.  Director Shaun Kadlec and activist Bill Simbo talk about the challenges […]

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Indo-American Arts Council at 15 with Who’s Who of S. Asian Celebs

New York, N.Y.  No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything I had hoped for and more.  More than 250 of New York’s crème de la crème packed the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Performing Arts to raise a […]

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Worth Seeing: The Dramatic Twelve Years a Slave

New York, N.Y.  Twelve Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film based on the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841 and sold into slavery.  He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years […]

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Iconic Norman Rockwell Exhibition to Open at U.N. Headquarters

Barack Obama: A Hard Day’s Work Deserves a Fair Day’s Pay

Greek Lawmakers Approve Bailout Referendum

Obama Eulogizes Church Shooting Victims in Charleston

Supreme Court Opens Same-Sex Marriage to All Fifty States

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