Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Screening of Monsoon at the Mumbai Film Festival with cast & crew in attendance

The final screening of Sturla Gunnarsson’s epic 

award-winning feature documentary ‘Monsoon’ screens this coming Thursday 5th November at 4pm at PVR Phoenix Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai as part of the JIO MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival presented under the Discovery India section.

The film had its Asian Premiere at the festival earlier this week following screenings in Europe and North America. In 2014
                                                      the film won the People’s Choice Award at Toronto International                                                            Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a short Q & A session with composer Andrew T. Mackay – who has worked on several YRF Films, with AR Rahman, Ranjit Barot, Amit Trivedi amongst others and also has his own music outfit Bombay Dub Orchestra. He will also present Bengali guitarist Sanjoy Das who is Bollywood’s leading guitarist who played on the soundtrack to Monsoon.

Also attending the screening is actress Moushumi Chatterjee who is featured in the film.

Kolkata born actress Moushumi Chatterjee is a Bollywood actress, who has also acted in Bengali cinema. Her on-screen roles have seen her paired with the likes of Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra.

One of her seminal films was the 1979 film Manzil which saw her star alonside Amitabh Bachchan. The song and film clip of ‘Rhim Jhim Gire Saawan’ composed by the legendary composer RD Burman features in Monsoon.


For attendance /further information contact:

Andrew T. Mackay

900 4282342

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 29 to 5 November, 2015

Section:   Discovering India
Curated by Uma da Cunha

“For Here or To Go?” (USA)
India Premiere
Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

2nd Screening: Thursday, November 5 at 4.00 pm
PVR ECX3- Citi Mall, Andheri West

Jury Award at the 10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival, October 15 to 25

q&a with director Rucha Humnabadkar, writer/producer Rishi Bhilawadikar
and actors Ali Fazal, Rajit Kapur, Amitosh Nagpal, Gaurav Dwivedi

 Rucha Humnabadkar’s debut feature film, “For Here or To Go?” (USA)

Aspiring Indian tech entrepreneur Vivek Pandit working in California’s Silicon Valley is poised to get a plum job, but when his employers find out that his visa will expire within the year, they withdraw the offer. He finds himself battling the bizarre American immigration system for a chance to stay. Though returning to India grows tempting, a budding relationship with an Indian American girl hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates and those around him. American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement. Actors from India featured in the film are Ali Fazal, Rajit Kapur, and Amitosh Nagpal. The film has traveled to  Cinequest Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Houston, IFFSA Toronto

India-born Rucha Humnabadkar  moved to the US twelve years ago and lives in San Francisco. She has written/directed three English language plays and  in 1999 won the ‘Young Achiever’s Award,’ for contribution to theatre in Pune.. She has worked on acclaimed filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor’s indie hits “Hyderabad Blues”, “Rockford” and “Bollywood Calling”  as Assistant Director and Art Director.  Rucha has a Master's in Design from Carnegie Mellon University  and has attended the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking.. Her short film “Arranged Marriage” featured in the touring Smithsonian  Asian Heritage exhibit “Beyond Bollywood". Her debut novel 'Dance of the Fireflies', 2006, based on the lives of India's street children, received critical acclaim. For “Here or To Go?” is her first feature film.

Monday, November 2, 2015

17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
                                     October 29 to 5 November, 2015

Section:   Discovering India
Curated by Uma da Cunha
“Monsoon” (Canada)
Asian Premiere
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Venue  PVR, ECX3 – Citi Mall, Andheri West
Date/Time   Tuesday, November 3 at 2.15 pm
To be followed by
Q&A with the music composer Andrew T Mackay

Synopsis: “Monsoon” directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
2014, Canada/France,106 mins, English

Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, “Monsoon”, a documentary is a cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth.

Sturla Gunnarsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland.  He studied English literature and film at the University of  British Columbia. He has directed films for the National Film Board of Canada and for television.  His feature films include “Such a Long Journey” (98), “Rare Birds” (01),  “Beowulf & Grendel” (05), and documentary features ‘After the Axe” (81) “Force of Nature” (10) and “Monsoon” which won the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Festival.

2nd screening “Monsoon
Thursday, November 5, 4.00 pm
PVR:Phoenix Lower Parel, NIX3

From Here or to Go? screens at Mumbai's Jio MAMI on November 3 and 5.

SSAFF 2015 Awards 
wins Jury Prize

SSAFF 2015 Jury Award Winner FOR HERE OR TO GO?

Director Rucha Humnabadkar, Producer Rishi Bhilawadikar, Producer CC Chainey

SEATTLE (October 28, 2015) – The 10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival closed Sunday with a screening of THE SPECTACULAR JIHAD OF TAZ RAHIM (2015) from first-time director Raghav Murali and starring Bangladeshi-American actor Rashaan Islam, both of whom were in attendance.
After a filmmaker Q&A and before the festive Closing Night Gala that followed, the SSAFF 2015 Jury Award and SSAFF 2015 Audience Awards in three categories were announced:
Raves and accolades for Rucha Humnabadkar’s FOR HERE OR TO GO? (2015) bracketed the Festival – it played to a sold-out crowd on Opening Night and was awarded the SSAFF Jury Award at Closing Night ceremonies. The SSAFF 2015 Jury, comprising local and international filmmakers, writers, and academics said, “FOR HERE OR TO GO? explores the immigrant experience from a unique perspective. We get to be inside the protagonist’s head as he tries to build a life for himself. He is at the same time a vital part of the American experience while also an outsider trying to get in.”FOR HERE OR TO GO? takes on the many personal challenges faced by immigrants in America with a lighthearted and thoughtful story of one young Indian set against the 2008 economic recession.
“This recognition is truly humbling,” says Humnabadkar. “I was overwhelmed with the enthusiastic audience response. Thank you for recognizing the value of strong, original ideas that carry an important message. The SSAFF team welcomed us with open arms and the festival was an inspiring and heartwarming experience.”
Adds Producer Rishi Bhilawadikar, “We are honored to be recognized at such a diverse festival as SSAFF. Your hospitality and encouragement are crucial to independent filmmakers like us trying to bring our stories to the world.”

The trophy for Best Narrative went home with Marathi-language family film KILLA (2014) from Indian director Avinash Arun. KILLA takes on the universal topic of change through a child’s eyes and with great compassion, and won audience hearts at SSAFF 2015 with its combination of earnestness and charm.
The sobering MISTER COME TOMORROW (2015) from director Shamas Nawab Siddiqui is the SSAFF audience’s choice for Best Short Film. Director Siddiqui was in attendance at his screening on Closing Night and stayed for a heartfelt Q&A on the Muslim practice of Halala, the requirement that a divorced woman consummate marriage with another man before she can be rejoined to her ex-husband.

Festival Director Kiran Dhillon adds, “The community really embraced us this year. The theme of Coming Home appeared in so many of the films we selected, and that’s a fascinating conversation for all people, regardless of background or ethnicity.”
Known for films that provoke thought, engagement, discussion, and action, the 10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival did not disappoint. Filmmakers were present at the great majority of screenings, arriving from around the world. SSAFF 2016 is slated for next autumn.

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