Friday, October 14, 2016

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. 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20th - 27th, 2016

The Screening Schedule
   Discovering India section

Opening Film
Deepa Mehta’s ‘Anatomy of Violence’ 
93 mins, Canada

1st  Screening 
October  21, Friday , PVR Icon - Audi 3,  8:55 pm  
Attending -   available for interviews   
Executive Producer/Workshop  Collaborator  Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry
Actors Zorawar Shukla, Rocky, Jagga Ramanjit Kaur

Festivals  2016 Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8 - 18),
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland (Sept 29 - Oct 9 )

From Canada, the celebrated Deepa Mehta narrows her focus in her film "Anatomy of Violence” to a bare-boned, hard-hitting fictionalised enactment of what led to the brutalisation of a young woman by six rapists in a moving private bus in Delhi.
           
2nd Screening
October 24, Monday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 4,  2:30 pm

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Bettina Ehrhardt’s
 Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds
88 mins, Germany  

1st  Screening 
October  22, Saturday,  PVR Phoenix - Audi 4, 10:45 am

Attending - available for interviews    
Director/Script   Bettina Ehrhadt     
Ankur Kapoor (DOP)
Samant Christopher Lakra (Sound)

Festivals  Indian film in Stuttgart (July 20 – 24)  Asolo Film Festival, 2016

From Germany, Bettina Ehrhardt presents her reverential tribute to music maestro Zubin Mehta on his 80th birthday

2nd Screening
October  24, Monday, PVR Kurla - Audi 8, 3:15 pm

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John Upchurch’s ‘
 Mango Dreams
93 mins, USA

1st  Screening
October  23, Sunday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 3,  2.00 pm

Attending. available for interviews   
Director John Upchurch
Actors Ram Gopal Bajaj
Samir Kochhar
Pankaj Tripathi
Nouman Ahsan (DOP)
Sunil Kaushik  (music director)
         
Festivals/Awards Arizona International Film Festival (USA) - Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures, Montreal World Film Festival (Canada);
Cebu International Film Festival (Philippines) - Humanity Award;
Full Bloom Film Festival (USA) - Best Narrative Feature Film.

From North Carolina, American filmmaker John Upchurch sets his film in North India, where early dementia leads an elderly man to reach out for his severed roots when as a boy he faced the ravages of the Partition

2nd Screening
October 25, Tuesday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 2,  2:55 pm

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Mainak Dhar’s ‘417 Miles

USA, 74 mins       

1st  Screening
October 24, Monday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 2,  2:30 pm
Attending, available for interviews  
Director  Mainak Dhar,
Actor Roger Narayan

Festivals US Long Beach Indie International Film and Media Festival
Europe -Euro Fest European International Film Festival, St. Petersburg.
Barcelona International Film Festival - Golden Lion Award , Canada -Sunrise Film Festival(later this  year)

From USA, Los Angeles based Mainak Dhar’s debut shows two young men, best friends in college in India, who after ten years, find themselves on a car ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way, they get to learn a lot about each other.

2nd Screening
October 27, Thursday, PVR ECX - Audi 2,  11.30 am

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Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy’s ‘A Billion Colour Story’ 
116 mins, India

1st  Screening 
October 26, Wednedsay , PVR Kurla - Audi 8, 4.00 pm
Attending, available for interviews   
Director N Padmakukar
Producer/Actor Satish Kaushik
Actors  Gaurav Sharma, Vasuki,  Dhruva Padmakumar 

Festivals  Busan International Film Festival, (Oct 6 to 15), BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5 to 16)

On home ground, N Padmakumar, in his debut feature, looks at a foreign educated, Hindu-Muslim couple trying to relocate in Mumbai and encounter unexpected hurdles.

2nd Screening
October 27, Thursday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 2,  5:30 pm

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Tribute to the late Australian director Paul Cox
Force of  Destiny
91 mins, Australia, India

October 26, Wednesday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 2,  3.30 pm
Jio MAMI pays tribute to Australian filmmaker Paul Cox, who passed away on June 18, 2016, by screening his very last film, “Force of Destiny”, much of it set in the India he loved and visited frequently all through his working life.


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Why miss films in Discovering India and other choice titles from Jio MAMI’s over 180 films from 54 countries show-casing features, shorts documentaries?
All you do is register for your Delegate Pass at this link  …  https://in.bookmyshow.com/mami/

General Delegate
Rs. 2,000  --  Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag for General Delegates
Student Delegate
Rs. 1,600  --  Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for Student Delegates

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is India's premiere film festival. It showcases the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema and art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood, Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world.

The festival is conducted under the aegis of the Mumbai Academy of Moving (MAMI) and is a platform that is shorthand for excellence in cinema. It celebrates the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite 
a passion for movies. 

Mainak Dhar, director of '417 Miles', advises on the filmmaking process. Read on ..

18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20th - 27th, 2016

Discovering India section
Mainak Dhar’s 417 Miles
USA, 74 min

October 24, Monday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 2, 2:30 pm

Attending, available for interviews
Director  Mainak Dhar,   Actor Roger Narayan

2nd Screening : Oct 27, Thursday, PVR ECX - Audi 2, 4:00 pm

Festivals
·         US Long Beach Indie International Film and Media Festival
·         Europe -Euro Fest European International Film Festival, St. Petersburg
·         Barcelona International Film Festival - Golden Lion Award
·         Canada -Sunrise Film Festival (later this year)

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From USA, Los Angeles based Mainak Dhar’s debut shows two young men, best friends in college in India, who after ten years, find themselves on a car ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way, they get to learn a lot about each other.  Mainik's exuberance at his debut work ‘417 Miles’ being selected at the 2016 Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival inspired him to write a personal article on what it takes to make a film, specially the first one. He was emboldened to give his advice freely and with confidence.  His article follows
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417 Miles – How I Shot A No-Budget Feature Film
- Mainak Dhar














When I set out to make this film, I did not have a budget. I did not have a producer doing producer things. I put everything on my credit cards and just went for it. I only found out how much I had spent on the shoot when it was time to do taxes the following year. When I left home on Friday morning at 5am to drive to San Francisco, I told my wife to be on call to bail us out if we get arrested anytime during the weekend as we were shooting without permits. Now, it’s going to premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in the ‘Discovering India’ Section. So how did we pull it off?

1. Write what you have
You have to write the story backwards. Write a story keeping in mind the resources you have. If your friend’s mom has a vacation house in Alibaugh, write a movie set in that property. Nowadays you don’t even need that. There is Airbnb. If your friend owns a business, set the story in that office/shop. We all know few people like that. Don’t have too much action in the film as it is hard to do and time consuming.

In my case, I started with the idea of a road trip with two people, shooting in a car. I happen to live in Los Angeles and have driven up and down the pacific coast highway to San Francisco many times. There are countless beaches with not a single soul in them. So I set a bunch of scenes in such beaches where we could shoot quickly. And that’s how the story of  ‘417 Miles’ came to me.

 2. Make the movie with friends
‘417 Miles’ would not have been possible without my friend Fidencio Casas, who shot the movie. We were working together in the same post production company in 2014. During the production of the movie, especially the first weekend on the road, he did the heavy lifting. I had complete faith in him, which allowed us to shoot in a really guerrilla manner. Sometimes I couldn’t stand behind him to look at the frame because people around us would know that we were shooting a movie—instead, we looked like of bunch of tourists taking photos on their DSLR. We also shot in a Virgin Airline plane, at San Francisco Airport, San Francisco Pier, Monterrey Bay Aquarium. It was important to me that my no  budget film is not confined to four people in a room.

 3. Don’t have a big crew
We were a two-person crew. Because the car had space for only four people, we couldn’t even have a sound person. We did the sound ourselves. I would not recommend it though. I had to spend money to fix the sound in the post. A cinematographer and a sound person are the two most essential crew members. Try to have a few friends help them out on set. They don’t have to be film people. In fact, non-film friends are more helpful because this is all exciting for them. They are thrilled to be part of the making of a film. Film friends are jaded.

4. Use only Natural lights
If you bring lights to the set, it makes the crew big, and it makes everything more expensive and slow. Use  sunlight and indoor house lights. If your actors are doing a great job, and you have framed things interestingly, people will not care if it’s not lit like a Emmanuel Lubezki movie. Nowadays a camera like Sony A72 can capture beautifully in low-light situations. Or try to write movies that happen in bright daylight.

5Fuck Coverage
Coverage is the most safe and boring way to shoot a scene. It also can be time consuming to shoot the same thing again and again. Since we don’t have money or time, use master shots and two shots as much as you can. In the case of our film, both the director and the cinematographer happen to be editors. It really helped a lot because we shot only what was necessary. There are a couple of scenes where we shot only one take. What you see is all we got. Also it makes editing the first cut very easy as there really aren’t that many takes to choose from. After we finished shooting, I did not look at the footage for a month because I was afraid that something must have gotten fucked up somewhere and we’d lost the movie.

6. Embrace the flawsWhen you make a film like that with no money and no permits, it will not be perfect—in fact, far from it. So many things will be beyond your control. When you look at the first cut, there will be many things you will hate. There will be something odd in the frame. Sound on one mic would be inaudible. You’ll notice camera shakes for a couple of frames in a really good take. I could go on and on. It’s OK. You are practicing right now—the next one will be better. When I watched ‘417 Miles’ on a big screen for the first time last month at a Film Festival, I wanted to kill myself. All those flaws become huge on the big screen. It will happen to you. Be proud that you made it to the big screen and are screening with filmmakers who have made indie films with $50,000 and think they made a really low-budget feature film. By the time you make your $50,000 feature, you will be a master. Just watch the early mumblecore films of Joe Swanberg and watch the Netflix show ‘Easy’ to see how far he has come. Same with the Duplass Brothers.

7. Shit Happens. Move on
The location you had in mind suddenly can’t be used. Happened to us. We had a great bar in Hollywood reserved the day after Halloween at 2pm. When we got there, there was no bar. Halloween night was so crazy, the city shut the bar, and revoked its license. Shit happens. It gave the crew time to relax for few hours and have a great lunch before we got to the next location.

8. Don’t be an asshole
This is the most important advice. It’s very obvious but you would be surprised. The only way a bunch of friends and actors are going to take a leap of faith at your crazy ambitious idea is because they like you and wanna  help you. This is advice to be followed everyday of your life in this industry, but especially so when you are starting out. Success will most likely turn you into an asshole down the line anyway. Always volunteer to help your friends. Lend them your gear all the time. Your friends should feel like your gear is theirs too. This advice is more pertinent in the U.S. because people are very particular about having boundaries here. In India, friends take each other for granted; we assume our friend’s gear is always available to use.

I made this movie inspired by the mumblecore movement that started in Austin by Andrew Bujalski and the Duplass Brothers, which was later picked up by Joe Swanberg in Chicago. If you see the early mumblecore films, usually they are set in one location or a road trip. And the story (if you can call it that) happens over the course of a few days. I would recommend watching a lot of them. It’s not for everyone though. Most people are not keen on them. In recent years, with its newly found success and acceptance, making a mumblecore film is not that cool as it is happening a lot. All the directors I mentioned are making movies with Hollywood stars. However, I feel if you tell a true heartfelt story it will surpass the trivialities of the genre and rise above the noise and stand out.
I would recommend watching Mark Duplass’s Keynote Address at 2015 SWSX.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZeWOAliA6Y

I would leave you with a Alex Karpovsky quote from 2013.
“If you want to make films, the excuses are definitely running out on you”
It’s been 3 years since that quote. I think the excuses ran out of the window after the iPhone 6S launch last year.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jio MAMI's Discovering India section - Tribute to Paul Cox's 'Force of Destiny'

18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20th - 27th, 2016

Discovering India section

Tribute to Australian director Paul Cox,
who passed away on June 18, 2016 
Screening of his last film
‘Force of Destiny’

                         Actors Shahana Goswami and Seema Biswas

2014, Australia/Kerala, DCP, 109 mins, English
                                       Producer Mark Patterson   India producer  Baby Matthew
Co-producer Maggie Miles DOP Ian Jones Editors Jonathan auf der Heide, Mark Atkin Music Paul Grabowsky Cast David Wenham, Jacqueline McKenzie, Shahana Goswami, Seema Biswas, Mohan Agashe

Inspired by Paul Cox’s memoir Tales from the Cancer Ward about his victorious battle with liver cancer, Force Of Destiny is a life-celebrating story about a sculptor who survives a liver transplant and falls in love. The film is also a cry for organ donation. With major portions of the film shot in Trivandrum, Kerala, the film boasts of a strong Indian cast including arthouse actresses Shahana Goswami and Seema Biswas as well as prolific Mohan Agashe.



Paul Cox is one of Australia’s most distinguished filmmakers (often aptly referred to as the father of independent art cinema in Australia). His oeuvre comprises over 20 films including well-known and critically acclaimed titles like Lonely Hearts (1981), Man Of Flowers (1983), My First Wife (1984), Cactus (1986), A Woman’s Tale (1991), Innocence (2000) and Diaries Of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001) among others.




The Jio MAMI screening schedule with dates and venues will be out very shortly

Why miss films in Discovering India and other choice titles from Jio MAMI’s over 180 films from 54 countries show-casing features, shorts documentaries? All you have to do is register
for your Delegate Pass at this link  …  https://in.bookmyshow.com/mami/


General Delegate
 Rs. 2,000  --  Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag for General Delegates
Student Delegate
Rs. 1,600  --  Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for Student Delegates

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is India's premiere film festival. It showcases the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema and art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood, Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world.

The festival is conducted under the aegis of the Mumbai Academy of Moving (MAMI) and is a platform that is shorthand for excellence in cinema. It celebrates the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite
a passion for movies.