#NewYorkIndianFilmFestival2015- Updates

May 4 - 9, 2015
Daily Schedule & tickets:  click here
NYIFF 2015 - Festival Pass!**Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

Tickets to all festival films: $15 general admission $12 IAAC members/filmmakers.
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Festival Pass: 
$250 general admission; $200 IAAC members.  Includes all regular screenings and special events,
Centerpiece and Closing Night screenings & parties.  Does not include Opening Night.
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NYIFF2015 Paris TheatreVE Theater 2VE Theater 3VE Theater 4VE Theater 5Skirball
May 4
 Maragarita with a Straw   
May 5
6:00 pm Maqbool +
Iftar (short)
Mohan Agashe on Marathi Cinema
6.15 pmSpecial Presentation: Daughters of Mother India + Panel Discussion
6.30 pm Bey Yaar  
9:00 pmM Cream +
Bill Houlihan(short) +
Int. Café - Night(short)
Special Presentation: Daughters of Mother India
9.15 pmBeing Bhaijaan +
Asian American Film Lab's 72 Hours Shootout Shorts
9.30 pm Siddhant +
Seek & Hide(short)
May 6
@ Time Warner
12 noon- 2 pm
6:00 pm Omkara 
6.15 pmChotoder Chobi  
6.30 pm Benegal's New Cinema + Discussion +
Villari (short) + 
The Rabbit
9:00 pm Placebo +
Nayan and the Evil Eye (short)
9.15 pmHaraamkhoor   
9.30 pm Bench Talkies +
First Session(short) +
Dho Dala (short)
May 7
6:00 pm Haider 
6.15 pmSaari Raat(Centerpiece)+ 
Zor (The Fever)

6.30 pm Rough Book+
Yari Road (short)
9:00 pm  O Kadhal Kanmani 
9.15 pmCity Lights   
9.30 pm A Moment of Mishearing
Following the Box(short) +
Hechki (short) 
May 8
10:30 am
5 pm
   Industry Panels on Distribution, Shooting in NY, Shooting in India, Film Festivals
@ Village East Cinemas
10.30 am - 5 pm
6:00 pm Coffee Bloom +
Adapting Shakespeare: A Conversation with Vishal Bhardwaj
6:15 pmMeet the Patels +
Sugarless Tea(short)
6:30 pm Gour Hari Dastaan+
Nayantara's Necklace (short)
9:00 pm  I Am Steve Lopez Miss India America +
Bloody Moustache(short)
9:15 pmChauranga +
Chhote Saab(short)
9:30 pm Miss India America +
Blue Like Me:
The Art of SionaBenjamin (short)
May 9
12 noon Special Children's Afternoon: Elizabeth Ekadashi 
12.15 pmYeh Hai Bakrapur+
NYU One Minute Cell Phone Films
12.30 pm Families and Other Short Stories - 
Should Be Tomorrow
 +Mardistan +
Family Party
3.00 pm Special Chldren's Afternoon:
Kaakaa Mutai
3.15 pmSALF @ NYIFF   
3.30 pm Letter to the City Yet to Come(short) +
Labour of Love
6:00 pm  Closing Night Film
My Big Fat Bride
(Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
Media Sponsors:
Community Sponsors:
NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Asian Film and Media Initiative
NYIFF programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Monday, May 4, 2015, 6:00 pm, at the Paris Theatre, 4 West 58th Street, New York City.
NYIFF OPENING NIGHT SCREENING: Shonali Bose's Margarita With A Straw
Directed by Shonali Bose,
India 2014, 100 Minutes, Hindi/English with English subtitles
PRINCIPAL CAST- Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley.
SECONDARY CAST- Hussain Dalal, Tenzin Dalha, Kuljeet Singh, Malhar Khushu.
There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Shonali Bose, Co-Director Nilesh Maniyar, Lead Actor Kalki Koechlin and actor Sayani Gupta.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/121296949 
LOG LINE: A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

Synopsis: In this inspirational love story, a middle class Indian teenager born with cerebral palsy (Dev.D, That Girl in Yellow Boots) is determined to have a relationship. Unusual only because it's so rarely seen on screen, Margarita, with a Straw is an exceptional portrait of a woman discovering what she wants, and how to get it.

Laila (Kalki Koechlin) is a student, crafting lyrics and electronic sounds for an indie band at her Delhi University. Her cerebral palsy doesn't much get in the way of her life, although it sometimes does for others. When Laila's band wins a local contest, the condescending host says to her, "It must have been so hard for you. Can you share something with us?" Laila shares her middle finger.

Always seeking more freedom and new experience, Laila wins a place at New York University and leaves India with her mother (Revathy) for Manhattan. There she meets a fiery activist, Khanum (Sayani Gupta), who challenges her beliefs and sparks her creativity. For these two women, it's the beginning of a remarkable love story. Read more >>

About the Director:
Shonali Bose (Director / Writer / Producer) Shonali Bose did an MA in Political Science at Columbia University followed by an MFA in Directing from the UCLA Film School. As a student at UCLA she received a number of top awards. After graduating she taught at NYFA, Universal Studios for a year.Read more >>

Shonali is also the first Indian to receive the prestigious Sundance-Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award for the screenplay of her new film Margarita, with a Straw. The award was presented at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film had it's world premier at the Toronto Film Festival where it won the NETPAC Jury Award for Best Asian Film. It has gone on to many other important festivals (such as London BFI, Busan, Brisbane) where it's received standing ovations. It won the Best Actress Award for Kalki at the Talinn Black Nights Film Festival and was selected as Best of the Fest out of 192 films at the Palm Springs film Festival. It has already sold to several countries for theatrical release including US, Canada, Spain, Japan, South Korea. It will have a big theatrical release all over India by a major studio, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, in early 2015. 

Sundance-Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award - Sundance Film Festival, 2012 (for screenplay)
NETPAC Jury Award for Best Asian Film - Toronto Film Festival, 2014
Best Actress Award: Kalki Koechlin - Talinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2014
Audience Award Runner Up and Best of the Fest - Palm Springs Film Festival, 2014


Entire Schedule: click here
*Every film has English subtitles! 

Program for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 
Industry Panels
Wednesday May 6, 12 noon.
Theatre 4,
Film Distribution has traditionally been handled by big studios who plan a marketing strategy to distribute films in movie theatres either nationally or in specific areas followed by TV programs thru broadcast syndication, DVD, VOD. Today, with myriad filmmakers with smaller budgets jostling for space and visibility, as well as a definite recognition of Independent Cinema, numerous new creative distribution strategies are popping up on a daily basis: counter programming, internet release, digital distribution, four-walling, direct download, youtube, streaming, direct to video and several other out-of-the-box strategies designed to give filmmakers visibility and get their movies before audiences.
Hosted By 
Time Warner Inc, I Time Warner Center, NYC 10019
Please rsvp by April 30
The panel is free but an rsvp is essential
Shiladitya Bora, Long Live Cinema
 Shiladitya Bora is a director, producer and distributor known for establishing PVR's Director's Rare, India's leading indie release banner. He has recently launched Long Live Cinema - an integrated filmed entertainment company with a core focus on distribution and syndication of motion pictures across all platforms and languages. Long Live Cinema is the distributor of the much acclaimed Venice winner ‘Court’ in India. At PVR, he facilitated the theatrical release and distribution of more than 84 independent films within India. Director's Rare remains the only distribution platform to have released feature length documentaries (Fire in the Blood, Supermen of Malegaon etc.) and short films (Shorts, Shuruvat Ka Interval etc.) in the country. Shiladitya holds a masters degree in communication management and entrepreneurship from Asia's premiere media school Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad.read more >>
James.S.J. Liao, President, Salem Consultants Inc
James S. J. Liao, former VP-General Manager of Distribution for Crossings TV (www.crossingstv.com) willl share his views on the state of cable TV & film distribution today, covering topics such as the role of original content, the growing OTT market of younger viewers (cord cutting/cord never) and the growing multicultural awareness among viewers. His viewpoints arise from his experiences, not just in television & film, ...read more >>
Moderator: Adam Moore, SAG-AFTRA
Adam Moore is National Director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Since joining Screen Actors Guild in 2005 as Associate National Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity, he has been responsible for developing and implementing a national diversity plan of action to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. read more >>
Special Event
Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 pm.
Theatre 4
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
India 2006, 155 minutes, Hindi (w/English subtitles)
Cast - Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu, Naseeruddin Shah

Post-screening discussion with Director Vishal Bhardwaj 


Synopsis: In this crime thriller based on Shakespeare's Othello, Omkara is a bahubali, a political enforcer who carries out the political crimes of his employer. Chaos ensues after Omkara allegedly kidnaps Dolly, the daughter of a local advocate, who is already betrothed to another. Amidst plots of violence, revenge, and scandal, lines are blurred and misunderstandings could well prove to be fatal.

 About the Director: Vishal Bhardwaj (born 4 August 1965) is an Indian film director, writer, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer, known for his works in modern Hindi cinema. He produces films under his banner VB Pictures. He has received four National Film Awards. His directorial debut Makdee was screened in the Spotlight on India section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. He is well known for his Shakespearean-based trilogy set in contemporary India: Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider. His films have premiered at both the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Busan International Film Festival.
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Chotoder Chobi
Wednesday, May 6, 6.15 pm.
Theatre 2
Chotoder Chobi
Directed by Kaushik Ganguly
India 2014, 107 minutes, Bengali (w/English subtitles)
Cast- Dulal Sarkar, Debalina Roy 

Winner of 2014 National Award for Best Film on Social Issues (narrative)
Trailer: https://youtu.be/u8xRKKtL2Oo
Synopsis: Focusing on the predicaments of those born with genetic defect causing dwarfism, the film is the love story of Khoka and Soma. When Soma's father, Shibu, a circus trapeze is bed-ridden post a fatal accident and doesn't receive the deserved compensation, his junior Khoka lends a helping hand. Though this brings him closer to Soma but they are unable to deal with the relationship like another normal couple. Why is it so? Why do they need to rethink about a relationship when they know that they are the best companions? Kaushik Ganguly brings to you an unusual love story of two such 'little' lovers.

About the Director: Kaushik Ganguly spent eight years as a teacher and freelance scriptwriter before turning director in 1995 with the teleserial "Rahaat". Making his feature film debut with "Waarish"(2004),Kaushik went on to garner much acclaim for his second film "Shunyo e bukey"(2005).He is known for his works like Ushnotar jonnye(2003) and Arekti Premer Golpo (2010). He became significant in Indian Cinema for his consecutive four film nominations in Indian Panoroma and his national award for "Shobdo". He was awarded with the Best Director award for his film"Apur Panchali" at IIFI 2013 and his last film-Chotoder Chobi won the silver peacock award for Dulal Sarkar,Best Actor in IFFI,Goa,India 2014 . Chotoder Chobi also won the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues recently.
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Benegal's New Cinema
Special Presentation
Wednesday, May 6, 6.30 pm.
Theatre 3
Benegal's New Cinema
Directed by Iram Ghufran
India 2014, 58 minutes, English

Post-screening discussion with Shyam Benegal


Synopsis: 'Benegal's New Cinema' is a documentary on the films of Shyam Benegal and explores the time, ethos and concerns of the New Cinema Movement in India through his oeuvre. A pioneer in the New Cinema Movement, within the Hindi film industry, Benegal's career spans four decades of consistent work. The film is a foray into the mind of this great filmmaker, and an attempt to understand his motivations and impulses for making cinema. This film brings into conversation Benegal's work from his first feature film, Ankur [1973] to the formally experimental Suraj Ka Saatvan Ghoda [1993].read more >>

About the Director: Iram Ghufran is a Delhi based filmmaker and artist working on moving image, sound and text. Her work has been shown in several international art and cinematic contexts including the Berlin Film Festival, Experimenta India, World Social Forum and ISEA among others. read more >>
Villari (short)
Directed by Prashant Vanjani,
India 2014, 16 minutes, Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Cast - Mohammad Sahidur Rahman, Oroon Das

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/74439794

Synopsis: A fugitive man takes refuge in a nondescript lodge. He doesn't step out of his room for a few days. In his thoughts, dreams, and hallucinations, the presence of another man is felt, who seems like the one expected to hunt him down. read more >>

About the Director: Before going to film school, Prashant worked as assistant director on a Bollywood feature film produced by Apoorva Lakhia. After a one year program in filmmaking at Prague Film School, he returned to India and joined a production house as an assistant director. read more >>
The Rabbit (Khargosh) (short)
Directed by Sudarshan Suresh
India 2014, 13 minutes, Bengali (w/ English subtitles)
Cast - Rabindranath Jana, Saptadisha Roy Chowdhury, Asoke Kumar, Madhu Prasad

Synopsis: A debt-ridden farmer struggles to keep afloat amidst mounting pressure from his lenders. When his young daughter decides to adopt a stray rabbit, the relationship between father and daughter is put to the test. What the child considers to be the loving companion she desperately needs, her father sees as an additional threat to the family’s meager existence.

About the Director:Sudarshan began his career as a lawyer, working for a corporate law firm in Mumbai, India. An avid painter and artist, he quit the profession in 2012 to explore his love for storytelling and the arts. read more >>

Wednesday, May 6, 9.00 pm.
Theatre 4
Directed by Abhay Kumar
India 2014, 96 minutes, Hindi/English (w/ English subtitles) 

Post-screening discussion with Director Abhay Kumar


Synopsis: After witnessing an act of brutal violence, a filmmaker goes undercover in one of the greatest educational institutes of India to investigate the rising incidents of violence amongst some of the best minds in the nation. Four students agree to be filmed for a year as a part of this investigative experiment.

What follows is a dark yet fascinating journey through the celebrated hallways of excellence, carved by ambition and success- and those who pass through it must battle monsters; both within and without. What the world outside sees as success is only a grand start to the battle which lies ahead.

 About the Director: Abhay Kumar is an independent film maker from Chandigarh. A mass communication graduate, Abhay is a three time winner at MAMI for his short films (2009-2011). His short film 'Just that sort of a day' won a National Award in 2012, won the best film prize at Busan, New York and Germany. An alumni of festivals like Rotterdam, Tribeca, his debut feature documentary 'Placebo' had its world premiere at International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA 2014).
Nayan and the Evil Eye(short)
Directed by Shaleen Sangha
Canada 2014, 8 minutes, English
Cast - Alexandria Lindzen-King, Arjun Jain, Armaan Raina, Ashley Backal, David Wasse, Madison Grydges, Neil Bhaskaran, Tariq Sam

Post-Screening Discussion with Director Shaleen Sangha


Synopsis: When Nayan has some bad luck he thinks things couldn't get worse, until he finds a mysterious glass eye. Nayan soon discovers that it holds some dangerous powers: the wielder receives the gift of Evil Eye. Now Nayan can curse anyone he sets his eye on.

About the Director:Shaleen haleen Sangha was born in England and moved to Canada when she was nine years old. This is when she began writing and directing, staging a play in front of her grade four class using her classmates as actors. She has continued to have this kind of passion and dedication to storytelling throughout her life. For example, she started a storytelling group in grade 6, a drama club in grade 7, a video yearbook club in high school, and produced a plethora of short films and stories in-between. More recently, while studying film at college, Shaleen wrote her award-winning screenplay for the short film "Sohni Sapna (Beautiful Dream)". read more >>
Wednesday, May 6, 9.15 pm.
Theatre 2
Directed by Shlok Sharma 
India 2014, 92 minutes, Hindi (w/English subtitles)
Cast- Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi 
Post-screening discussion with Director Shlok Sharma


Synopsis: The Wretched is an innocent, illicit and emotionally driven story, set in the virginal desert territory juxtaposed against the lifeline of India's dream development. 15 yr old Sandhya is infatuated with her 35 yr old school teacher, Shyam. Kamal and Mintu, her classmates, emerge as the sole spectators of their secret love affair. While Kamal's love for Sandhya precedes all, Shyam's marital status takes over Sandhya's life. A criss-cross of stirring emotions across gender and age, The Wretched is an anecdote to the journey of three wretched souls in pursuit of love.

About the Director: This child prodigy as often referred to by the many who know him, Shlok Sharma made his entry into feature films at the early age of 14. Having written his first feature film script at the same age and with the zeal to learn, he began as a production assistant and soon found himself assisting Vishal Bharadwaj on 'Blue Umbrlla' and subsequently 'Omkara'. Since then, there has been no looking back for this young director. He subsequently went on to work with Anurag Kashyap.

Among the films he has worked on, include, Blood Brothers, Dev D, No Smoking and turning 2nd unit director with Gangs of Wasseypur among numerous others. Shlok has also demonstrated his storytelling abilities with his short films like Tubelight ka Chand, Hidden Cricket and Bombay Mirror going viral digitally. Since then, Sharma has directed various ad films and several award winning short films including "Sujata" which earned him various accolades in the film festival circuit such as IFFLA and Abu Dhabi Film Festival amongst others.
Bench Talkies
Wednesday, May 6, 9.30 pm.
Theatre 3
Bench Talkies
Directed by Anil Krishnan, Charukesh Sekar, Gopakumar, Monesh, Rathnakumar RM and Karthik Subbaraj;
India 2014,Tamil (w/English subtitles)
Cast -
 Vijay Sethupathi, Sananth Reddy, Rishinanth Rajendran, Guru Somasundharam, Vijaymuthu, Aravind Harish, Sharathkumar
Trailer: http://youtu.be/dBzXzjScAwQ
Synopsis: Stone Bench Creations’ first collection of short films ‘Bench Talkies – the First Bench’ is the first-of-its-kind movie in Tamil directed by 6 independent short film makers with 6 different genres, an emotions are combined into an one feature. read more >>

About the Directors:
 Anil Krishnan, aged 26, working as an editor by profession and owns a Post production studio in Chennai, ...read more >>

Gopakumar, is a Creative head for an MNC, by profession. His passion is to make his mark in the world of cinemas ...read more >>

Charukesh Sekar, 29, an independent filmmaker based out of Chennai has been actively involved in ...read more >>

Since childhood has been driven by films and the techniques of film making. I have made 2 short films and one of my tele film... read more >>

Rathna Kumar Worked as Associate Director in a Tamil Feature Film. Worked in a A.R.Rahman’s Music Video under direction department.read more >>

Karthik Subbaraj – started his career working as a software engineer in Bangalore working for Infosys. During this period he got interested in film making. read more >>
The First Session (short)
Directed by Ryan Logan,
USA 2015, 6 minutes, English
Cast - Fawzia Mirza, Mouzam Makkar, Parvesh Cheena

Post screening discussion with Actor Fawzia Mirza

Synopsis: Two women attempt to repair their relationship with the help of an unconventional therapist and the healing power of the mango.

About the Director: An LA-based film editor who has also directed and written numerous award-winning films garnering notice at over 100 festivals and museums worldwide. read more >>
Dho Dala (short) The Sin Washer
Directed by Iram Parveen Bilal
Pakistan 2015, 14 minutes, Urdu (w/ English subtitles)
Cast - Mehwish Hayat, Salim Mairaj, Adnan Shah Tipu
Post-screening discussion with Director Iram Parveen Bilal 

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/99949769

Synopsis: In the backdrop of a world where assassins disappear into blackholes, Dhona and Pari are launderettes who wash people's 'sins' away by washing away crime ...read more >>

Photo Credit:
Mobeen Ansari
About the Director: Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram Parveen Bilal is a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker. She just directed her 2nd feature film,.. read more >>


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