Tag Archives: Film

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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Japan Society Film Series Highlights Seminal Directors via Donald Richie

New York, N.Y.  The Japan Society presents a monthly series highlighting classic films by five seminal Japanese directors in homage to the American critic who introduced them to the world—all in 35mm splendor. Part One of Monthly Film Series Highlights Five Seminal Directors Introduced and Championed by Legendary Japanese Cinema Critic Donald Richie. Richie’s Fantastic […]

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With Dosa Hunt, Filmmaker Singh Emerges as Generational Voice

New York, N.Y.  The closing gala for this year’s New York Indian Film Festival (HuffPo), held in a banquet hall above NYU’s Skirball Auditorium, was alive with artists, actors, filmmakers, and thinkers with work clearly committed to making the world better – and celebrating the illuminating power of film. I was fortunate to strike up […]

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

Role of Young People, Technology in Future Development Agenda

Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

Unlocking Wind Power Across America – from the White House

U.N.: Violence Against Women and Girls ‘Shames Every Society’

Concert to Celebrate Diversity with World Heritage Cultural Center