Friday, March 25, 2011

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces its 2011 line-up

IFFLA held April 12 to 17 at ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood, will screen 13 feature films, 6 documentaries and 13 short films in its 2011 programmme.

The list includes the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures director Satyajit Bhatkal’s Zokkomon (featuring child star Darsheel Safary).  The festival has two other world premieres, Onir’s I Am… and the documentary Kenny Mehan, Bill Bowles’ Big in Bollywood.

Opening film, making its LA premieres, is I am Kalam, director Nila Madhab Panda's feature film debut, the story of a young boy who struggles to get an education over seemingly insurmountable odds. The film is inspired by India's former President Abdul J Kalam as well as by Panda's own childhood experiences. Produced by the Smile Foundation and Eleeanora Images Private Limited, the film stars Gulshan Grover along with Harsh Mayar, Hussan Saad, Beatrice Ordeix and Meena Mir.
Closing film is Walt Disney Pictures’ family action/adventure Zokkomon, written and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal (directorial debut). Zokkomon is the exciting and heart-warming live action adventure of an ordinary boy who finds the strength to face extraordinary challenges. Anupam Kher will attend the screening.

Marking their US premieres are the feature films An Unfinished Letter (Iti Mrinalini) from auteur director and star Aparna Sen and Virgin Goat (Laadli Laila) directed by IFFLA alumnus Murali Nair.

Los Angeles audiences will also have their first viewing of five feature-length films and documentaries with the LA premieres of  feature films, I am Kalam, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Trouble Maker, and  documentaries Ganesh Boy Wonder, Pink Chaddis and The Bengali Detectitve.

The ever popular Bollywood By Night series will screen three popular titles which include some of India's major talent including Kiran Rao's  stirring human drama Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat), the romantic comedy The Wedding Planner (Band Bajaa Baaraat) and S. Shankar's sci-fi fantasy The Robot (Endhiran).

IFFLA 2011 Program
Feature Films

Opening Night Gala
Nila Madhab Panda’s I Am Kalam- Hindi

Closing Night Gala

World Premiere:
Satyajit Bhatkal’s Zokkomon, Hindi

Onir’s I AM… Hindi

US Premiere:
Aparna Sen’s  An Unfinshed Letter (Iti Mrinalini)
Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live - Hindi
Anurag Kashyap’s That Girl In Yellow Boots
Geeta Malik’s Troublemaker (English, Hindi)
Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan, Hindi
Murali Nair’s Virgin Goat (Laadli Laila), Hindi


World Premiere:  Kenny Mehan, Bill Bowles’ Big In Bollywood, USA
English, Hindi
Srinivas Krishna’s Ganesh Boy Wonder, Canada 
World Premiere: Sonali Gulati’s I AM, India/USA, Hindi
Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris, UK/India- Hindi
Phil Cox’s The Bengali Detective, UK/India/USA- Bengali, Hindi, English

Bollywood By Night Series
Kiran Rao’’s Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat), English, HIndi
S. Shankar’s The Robot (Endhiran), Tamil
Maneesh Sharma’s The Wedding Planner (Band Baaja Baaraat), Hindi

Shorts Program 1

Nisha Ganatra”s Beholder
Kranti Kanade’s Idol
Shipriya Mahesh’s In That Moment
Abi Varghese’s The Return Address
Nina Sabnani’s The Stitches Speak
Shlok Sharma’s Tubelight’s Moon
Hardik Mehta’s Wheeling Dreams

Shorts Program 2

Abhay Kumar …Just That Sort Of A Day
Akshay Roy’s All Is Well
Iram Parveen’s Bilal Façade
Shlok Sharma’s Joy Of Giving
Collin D’Cunha’s Mumbaiker Ganesh
Rakesh Chaudhary’s The Eclipse Of Taregna

Now in its 9th year the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

About Arclight Cinemas

ArcLight Cinemas represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, opened in March 2002, ArcLight Sherman Oaks location, which opened in late 2007 and ArcLight Pasadena is scheduled to open Summer 2010.  ArcLight offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the Art “black box” auditoriums as well as a café bar and gift shop.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Prashant Pathrabe now heads the National Film Archives of India

Mr Prashant Pathrabe, a 1992 batch officer of the Indian Information Service, has taken over as the Director of the National Film Archive of India, Pune. Shri Pathrabe will hold this charge in addition to the charge of the Director (Media) at the Press Information Bureau, Pune. However Shri Pathrabe is well aware that his hands will be full with Archives work which will be his first priority.

Prashant Pathrabe has been in the media field for over 18 years, having previously worked in Doordarshan News and AIR News in Mumbai. He has also been the Defence Spokesperson for the Southern Command,Pune. Pathrabe, a MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad joined the Indian Information Service in 1993, after a couple of short stints in the public and private sector companies.

Pathrabe assumes charge of the National Film Archive of India at atime when the premier repository of films has embarked upon a massive digitization drive.

The National Film Archive of India was established as a media unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in February 1964. Its three principal objectives are
To trace, acquire and preserve for posterity the heritage of Indian cinema;
To classify, document data and undertake research relating to films;
To act as a centre for the dissemination of film culture.
To aquire and preserve world cinema

With headquarters at Pune, Maharashtra, NFAI's activities relate to dissemination of India’s film culture. Its Library has the largest film collection in Asia, and is constantly replenishing its acquisition, preservation and exhibition of rare film material from all over the world to people from different walks of life.

Thanks to the NFAI, today, we know about Dada Saheb Phalke, a pioneer in the field of Indian movies. For most of his 97 films, he wrote the stories and screenplays as well as directed, photographed, processed and edited himself. He was the master of trick photography in mythological films, Bhasmasur Mohini, Bhakta Prahlad, Setubandhan, Krishan Jamuna and so on.

NFAI’s Library, known as ‘The House of Treasures” today has 10,304 films, 14,678 books related to the film world, 214 regular film periodicals, 14,264 film scripts, 5,658 pamphlets, 55,406 photographs, 5,131 wall posters, 1,752 disc records and 31 audio tapes in the form of cinema history through interviewing veterans on the evolution of the Indian film industry.
The NFAI has published monographs of eminent film makers like Sukhdev, Ritwik Ghatak, Damle and Fatela. A valuable reference guide for all feature films made in the country with cast, credits and brief synopsis was compiled by B.V. Dharap. Through the NFAI the works of great film makers like Dada Saheb Phalke, Debaki Bose, V. Shantaram, P.C. Barua, Mahboob Khan, Sohrab Modi, Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor, Mrinal Sen, Sukdev, S.S. Vasan and many more are accessible.

Among the foreign films the NFAI has acquired, films of D.W. Griffith, Carl Dryer, Sergei Eienstien, V.I. Pudovkin, Jean Luc Godard, Bergman, Roberto Rosselini, Alexander Dovzkenko, Fritz Lang, Robert Flaherty, Vittorio De Sica, Frederico Fellini, Kenji Mitzoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Bresson and many more.

NFAI’s film teaching scheme comprises long and short term Film Appreciation courses conducted in collaboration with the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and other educational and cultural institutions. At the International level, NFAI supplies several Indian classics for major screening programmes.

National Film Archive of India,
PO Box No. 810,
Law College Road, 411 004
Contact Ph:0091-20-25652259 Fax:0091-20-25670027