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IFFLA LAST CHANCE ! Get your tickets for Closing Night! SUN. APRIL 13TH

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 12•14

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RHYTHM VILLAGE: 3:00PM onwards, April 12
Rhythm Village in the ArcLight courtyard will be jamming with live performances from 3pm onwards, featuring Doc bLAdez, MKM Bollystars, Varishini Muralikrishnan and The Spring Nectar Academy, Aalok Mehta & Robin Sukadia, and a special unplugged session by Aditya Kalyanpur and Kunal Gunjal in the IFFLA Lounge. Don’t miss these amazing free performances presented by Rukus Avenue!
Sunday’s films and Closing Night Gala

Get your tickets for Closing Night!
IFFLA weekend highlight: Shorts & Docs
Saturday’s films and Rhythm Village performances
Coming up: Sunday’s films and Closing Night Gala
IFFLA + TAJ Travel Auction: Bid On Your Getaway Today!
Sponsor Highlight: The Immigrant Magazine, Inc.
Thank you to our sponsors!
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Check out tonight’s selections and get your tickets for Closing Night!

JPHORING: 4:00PM, April 12
Indranil Roychowdhury crafts an utterly beautiful coming-of-age story that is not to be missed. In the words of Mike Dougherty, our Director of Programming, “If you’re coming to IFFLA and you’re not going to see PHORING, then you’re not doing IFFLA right!”
FAITH CONNECTIONS: 4:15PM, April 12
Experience the might and the awe of the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering in the world, while also getting to know the human stories of the people who come to wash away their sins.
FANDRY: 7:00PM, April 12
Nagraj Manjule’s powerful debut film has been receiving universal acclaim in India. This sensitive love story between a Dalit boy and an upper-caste girl will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
BRAHMIN BULLS: 9:15PM, April 12
Under the deft hand of director Mahesh Pailoor, this tender story of lost opportunities and second-chances between a father and son comes vividly to life.
MONSOON SHOOTOUT (BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT): 10:00PM, April 12
Kick back and toast the weekend with this fun and fierce noir thriller, starring the unmissable Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Geetanjali Thapa.

Join us in our celebrations as we wrap up another successful year of festival!
SHORTS II: 12:00PM, April 13
Your final chance to see SHORTS II, featuring critically acclaimed and award-winning short films ranging from an animated music video celebrating the voices and cultures of India, to an absurdist, hilarious half-hour short about a professional fly-swatter.
SHEPHERDS OF PARADISE: 1:45PM, April 13
Our final documentary offering must be seen on the big screen to be truly experienced. Marvel in the breathtaking vistas of Jammu and Kashmir, while becoming intimately connected with the nomadic herder Gafoor, and his unbelievable story.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN: 2:30PM, April 13
Join us for a FREE preview screening of the new season of the Emmy® award-winning series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, as Bourdain dives into the ever-changing state of Punjab with a trip to Amritsar. Reserve your tickets now!

JADOO (CLOSING NIGHT GALA): 7:00PM, April 13
What better way to celebrate the end of another amazing year than with this hilarious and heartwarming film that will leave you hungry for delicious Indian food. Buy your Closing Night Gala tickets now to join us after the film for dinner and reception at Nirvana-Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills!

FFLA + TAJ Travel Auction: Bid On Your Getaway Today!
Head over to our Auction Desk on the 2nd floor of ArcLight Hollywood, right by the IFFLA Lounge, to bid on three unbeatable luxury hotel packages courtesy of Taj Hotels. Enjoy a two-night stay at The Pierre in New York City or Taj Campton Place in San Francisco, or four nights at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The bidding starts at just $600. Treat yourself to a luxury getaway in the most vibrant cities in the world for an unbeatable price. Be sure to stop by the IFFLA Lounge to place your bid! Contact Divya Kohli for more info.
Sponsor Highlight: The Immigrant Magazine Inc.
The Immigrant Magazine Inc. is a media outlet and marketing Services Company that focuses in celebrating the contributions of immigrants to the American society as well as exploring their lifestyles and experiences. Reaching over 1,000,000 people every month it is an online editorial site and a weekly email newsletter. The editorial content covers such topics as Immigration, education, career, entertainment, travel, family, culture, profiles of immigrant achievers and celebrities. The Immigrant Magazine is a voice for immigrants In the USA. IFFLA thanks The Immigrant Magazine for their partnership and support!
Thank you to our sponsors!

Tel: (310) 988-2602 | Fax: (310) 736-6184
E-mail: info@indianfilmfestival.org
Website: www.indianfilmfestival.org
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 performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

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IFFLA THURSDAY 4-10 Films and Special Events

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 10•14

Today’s films and special events

Plan your evening around these remarkable films and party the night away with RUKUS AVENUE!

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LIAR’S DICE: 7:00PM, April 10
Director Geetu Mohandas makes a stunning feature debut with this captivating film, starring “Hindie” cinema superstars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Geetanjali Thapa. A beautifully shot, gripping story of a woman traveling from Shimla to Delhi in search of her missing husband, the performances alone are unmissable.
 
SHORTS PROGRAM 2: 7:15PM, April 10
Our second Shorts Program takes us on a delightful ride inside the absurdist 
existence of a professional fly-swatter at an upscale restaurant (THE FLY), before illuminating us through the “ceremony of light” (AARTI), and finally throwing us into the life of a young girl in the unforgiving streets of Mumbai (JAYA). Along the way, we witness the breathtaking dance of two lovers in search for harmony (BELOVED), marvel at the wondrous force of love through eternal Russian winters (LOVE.LOVE.LOVE), sing to the vibrant voices and faces of modern day India (ALCHEMY) and lose ourselves within the bellies of the monstrous rising structures transforming the city of Bangalore (PRESENCE).
 
WRITERS (SULEMANI KEEDA): 9:15PM, April 10
This bro-mantic slacker comedy is sure to have you in stitches. Join the aspiring screenwriters Dulal and Mainak as they set off on their hopelessly optimistic quest to break into the Bollywood film industry.
 
RUKUS AVENUE PARTY @ IFFLA: 9:00PM- late, April 10
Finally, party the night away with the official RUKUS AVENUE PARTY @ IFFLA featuring performances by Raghav and with KCRW’s DJ Garth Trinidad. Come join us and celebrate the beauty of music, film, and culture at TRU Hollywood. Doors open at 9:00PM!

*Photos Red Carpet Opening Night IFFLA “SOLD” Sold OuT! April 8, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 09•14

Celebrities rock the IFFLA red carpet

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The IFFLA Opening Night Gala kicked off with a dazzling red carpet, graced by celebrities such as Jason Alexander, David Arquette and Patricia Arquette, with Courteney Cox attending the screening as well. Check out our Opening Night footage on YouTube, and pictures from Tuesday’s red carpet on our Facebook page!

Couldn’t get enough of the fun? Tickets are still available for our Closing Night Gala. Enjoy the red-carpet Los Angeles premiere of the delightfully delicious JADOO, followed by an exclusive dinner reception at Nirvana-Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills. Get your tickets now before they sell out.

Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more pictures and updates from #IFFLA2014 on the ground.

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SOLD features a strong cast of Indian and American talent, but it is Niyar Saikia as Lakshmi who provides the film’s beating heart. Chosen from a casting call of over 600 girls, Niyar is a true discovery. She brilliantly portrays the mix of despair and determination that exists within Lakshmi, and brings to life the dream that justice is possible for the untold number of young women who have experienced unimaginable hardships.
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DIRECTORJeffrey D. Brown
EXECUTIVE PRODUCEREmma Thompson
PRODUCERJane Charles
SCREENWRITERJoseph Kwong, Jeffrey D. Brown
CINEMATOGRAPHERSeamus Tierney, Jahengir Choudhary
EDITORRick LeCompte
MUSIC COMPOSERJohn McDowell, Sammy Chand, Salim & Sulaiman Merchant
CASTSusmita Mukherjee, Seema Biswas, Tillotama Shome, Niyar Saikia, Priyanka Bose, Ankur Vikal, Parambrata

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The 12th Edition of IFFLA is ONE DAY Away! Get Your Fest Pass Before Tickets Sell Out!

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 07•14

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Get Your Fest Pass Before Tickets Sell Out!
Program Spotlight: Directorial Debuts
Discover New Worlds With Our Short Films
Follow #IFFLA2014 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr
Sponsor Highlight: ZEE Cinema
IFFLA Thanks our Sponsors!
Connect With Us
Get Your Fest Pass Before Tickets Sell Out!

The 12th edition of IFFLA is only days away! The festival will kick off on Tuesday, April 8, with the red-carpet Los Angeles premiere of SOLD, and will continue through Sunday, April 13, wrapping up with the closing night gala of the delightful and heartwarming JADOO. Immerse yourself in the best that Indian cinema has to offer, from stunning debut films by first-time directors, to the latest offerings from stalwarts such as Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and more. Find out what our Director of Programming, Mike Dougherty, has to say about this year’s program, and discover his personal favorites.

Remember, our most popular screenings sell out each year, so get the most out of IFFLA with an ALL-ACCESS PASS, which gives you guaranteed access to all the screenings, opening and closing night galas, and special events!
Program Spotlight: Directorial Debuts

IFFLA is proud to showcase the remarkable feature film debuts of the most talented young directors today. Indranil Roychowdhury wins hearts with his sensitive, beautiful coming-of-age Bengali film PHORING. Nagraj Manjule breaks down barriers in the defiant and powerful Marathi feature FANDRY. And we are tremendously excited to showcase the fierce and captivating LIAR’S DICE directed by Geetu Mohandas, starring the indie powerhouse Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

IFFLA has helped launch the careers of some of Indian cinema’s finest, such as Anurag Kashyap, Ritesh Batra and Richie Mehta. Don’t miss your chance to discover the future stars of tomorrow, and support the start of their brilliant directorial careers.
Discover New Worlds With Our Short Films

Our thrilling selection of short films this year have already received acclaim from Sundance to Cannes to the American Academy of Motion Pictures. 13 strong filmmaking voices bring us memorable stories with tremendous skill, passion, and singular vision. Travel from the precarious lines of the Indo-Pakistan border (OUTPOST), to the vastness of the Himalayan mountains (TAU SERU – SMALL YELLOW FIELD). Witness a love story in the eternal Russian winters (LOVE.LOVE.LOVE.), and sing to the vibrant voices and faces of modern day India (PRESENCE). Buy your tickets now for SHORTS I and SHORTS II.
Follow #IFFLA2014 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr

IFFLA is everywhere you are! Don’t miss out on the latest updates, news and photos from behind the scenes. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and talk to us with the hashtag #IFFLA2014. Check-in on Facebook, Foursquare and Instagram while you’re at the festival to let your friends know what’s happening!
Sponsor Highlight: ZEE Cinema

IFFLA thanks ZEE Cinema for their partnership and support! The name ZEE Cinema, with its ever so familiar catch-phrase ‘Movies, Masti, Magic’, has become synonymous with Hindi movies. Reaching audiences across 169 countries, ZEE Cinema is a leader and trend-setter in international Indian entertainment. With over 3000 exclusive films from virtually every major production house in India, ZEE Cinema is your destination for the most recent Indian cinema hits and all-time classics.

Connect with us through our Twitter and Facebook channels, our Instagram page, or just shoot us an email! And of course, keep an eye on our website and Tumblr for exciting updates, details about upcoming events, and film spotlights as we gear up for another successful festival, April 8-13 2014.

Tel: (310) 988-2602 | Fax: (310) 736-6184

E-mail: info@indianfilmfestival.org
Website: www.indianfilmfestival.org
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 performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

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*OPENING IN 4 DAYS! THE 12th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES 2014 DISTINGUISHED JURY

Written By: Marcelle - Apr• 04•14

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*OPENING IN 4 DAYS!    THE 12th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES 2014 DISTINGUISHED JURY

HBO SPONSORING CASH GRANT
FOR GRAND JURY PRIZE-WINNING SHORT

Festival also announces a free program addition of
“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” devoted to the foods of the Punjab region,
as well as the live music program Rhythm Village with a line-up that features KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad.

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 3, 2014) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its 2014 jury, as well as the program addition of a free screening of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.” The popular outdoor musical program Rhythm Village, presented by Rukus Avenue, will once again take place this year at ArcLight Hollywood’s Courtyard with an exciting line-up of accomplished artists and KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad highlighting the centerpiece celebration on Thursday, April 10.
Juries will award prizes to films competing in the Narrative, Documentary, and Short Film categories, with HBO providing a Grand Jury cash grant for the short film winner. In addition, audiences will have a chance to cast their ballots for the same categories. The Audience Choice Award for Best Short is presented by NBCUniversal. Award winners will be announced during the festival’s Closing Night, just prior to the Los Angeles premiere of the culinary comedy JADOO.
“The jury for this year’s IFFLA is comprised of some of the most influential and successful tastemakers in the industry,” said IFFLA Artistic Director Jasmine Jaisinghani. “We are honored to have them involved with the festival this year, and appreciate their attention in judging each of the films we have very thoughtfully curated.”

The 2014 narrative film jurors are: Variety film journalist and educator David Chute, Head of Digital Development for Crackle and Sony Pictures Television John Orlando, and writer and prolific television actress Meera Simhan (Date Movie). The Best Documentary Award will be decided by award-winning writer, producer, and director Brian Knappenberger (The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Scratch), film festival programmer Dilcia Barrera(Sundance, AFI FEST, LACMA), and producer Chris Salvaterra (Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck). Judging the short films are Senior Vice President of Post-Production at HBO Entertainment Gena Desclos, award-winning director and writer Kamal K.M. (I.D.),and Sundance and Palm Springs International ShortFest programmer Heidi Zwicker.
“We’re thrilled to welcome CNN and ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ to the IFFLA family,” continued Jaisinghani. “Screening the premiere episode the same day as our closing film, JADOO, gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate Indian cuisine.”
The Emmy® award-winning Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” begins its third season on CNN, Sunday, April 13 at 9:00PM ET, with a look at the people, food, culture, and history of India’s Punjab region. This episode will screen at IFFLA on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30PM, free of admission, offering festival patrons an opportunity to see it before the rest of the country. In this episode, Bourdain dives into the ever-changing state of Punjab on a trip to Amritsar. He samples cuisine at the dhabas (roadside restaurants), a gurpurb festival (Sikh celebration), and a free community vegetarian restaurant, and also meets with local residents who give their perspectives on life in this sometimes contentious region of India that borders Pakistan. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at www.indianfilmfestival.org.
Now in its 7 year, Rukus Avenue presents Rhythm Village (April 10-12), IFFLA’s live music program that transforms ArcLight’s Courtyard into a vibrant space, entertaining movie-goers with a selection of live performances aimed at enhancing the IFFLA experience and celebrating the richness of Indian music, film and culture.
On April 10, soulful singer/songwriter Raghav and influential KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad will perform at TRU Hollywood. Tickets are $25.00 and available at www.tunestub.com/iffla. IFFLA Fest and All-Access pass holders receive complimentary admission.
Tickets and Passes
The 12th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 8-13 at ArcLight Hollywood, located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Festival Passes, Gala tickets, and individual screening tickets are currently on sale at www.indianfilmfestival.org.
Pre-fest on-site box office opens on Friday, April 4 at 6:00PM.
General admission: $14
Opening Night Gala: $75
Closing Night Gala & Awards Ceremony: $75
All-Access Pass: $200 (access to all screenings, Galas, and Awards Ceremony)
Fest pass: $100 (access to all screenings except Galas)

About IFFLA
Now in its 12th 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.
2014 Jury by Category:
2014 NARRATIVE JURY
DAVID CHUTE began writing about movies for publications in the late 1970s. He has worked as a publicity writer and unit publicist, and has contributed freelance pieces to the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Premiere, LA Weekly, The Village Voice, and Asian Cult Cinema. His many contributions to Film Comment include two midsection supplements he guest-edited, “Made in Hong Kong” (May-June 1988) and “Bollywood Rising” (May-June, 2002). He reviews Bollywood movies regularly for Variety.
JOHN ORLANDO is Head of Digital Development for Crackle and Sony Pictures Television. He develops and oversees production on the franchises Cleaners, Chosen, and Playing It Forward, as well as the first Sony Pictures feature developed for digital distribution, Extraction.John began his career in entertainment as editor of a magazine for Disney Channel. He subsequently co-founded Threshold Digital, a media/technology company. Since then, John has worked as an executive at William Morris Agency, John Wells Productions, United Artists, and Circle of Confusion.
MEERA SIMHAN isan actress and writer currently in post-production on Miss India America, a feature she co-wrote with Ravi Kapoor. The film was partly inspired by her solo theatre show of the same title, which she wrote and performed. The show played in cities throughout the U.S., including Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis, and New York. Simhan received her training as an actress at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and then went on to work in theatre and television in the UK for five years. Since returning to the U.S. she has had numerous recurring and guest starring roles in television, including Anger Management, New Girl, Touch, The Mentalist, Parenthood, House, Heroes, and Numbers. Her film credits includeHello I Must Be Going, which opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Raspberry Magic, The 5, Homecoming, and most recently Baby Steps, which is currently in production.

2014 DOCUMENTARY JURY
DILCIA BARRERA is a Short Film Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and works with Elvis Mitchell’s curated film series for Film Independent at LACMA. Since 2007, she has worked for numerous film festivals, previously serving as Senior Programmer at AFI FEST, Programmer for The Philadelphia Film Festival, and a screener for the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. A Los Angeles native, Dilcia has a Spanish/Portuguese Literature degree from UCLA.
BRIAN KNAPPENBERGER isan award-winning writer, producer, and director best known for the Sundance selection The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. Other credits include Bloomberg Game Changers, Life After War, and Murder in Kyiv. His list of camera credits includes the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring environmental documentary 11th Hour and Sundance award-winning documentary Scratch.Brian makes movies for the Sundance Channel, PBS, the History Channel, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel.
CHRIS SALVATERRA started his career in entertainment at Universal Pictures, where he oversaw the production of American Pie. Chris then joined Casey Silver Productions, where he shepherded Ladder 49 and Hidalgo. At Participant Media, he oversaw the production of films such as Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck, and Fast Food Nation. In 2010, Chris formed Katonah Pictures with partner Dan Abrams. Katonah produced Gone and 96 Minutes, and currently has numerous projects in development.

2014 SHORT FILM JURY
GENA DESCLOS is Senior Vice President, Post Production, at HBO Entertainment, overseeing post-production on all HBO original series, films, and mini-series. During her tenure, she has directly supervised such shows as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Deadwood, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Entourage, and True Blood. Prior to HBO, Gena held various production, post-production, and producer titles for broadcast and cable networks, as well as film studios. She began her career at Lucas Film TV Ltd.
KAMAL K.M. isadirecting graduate of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India. Kamal has worked extensively with renowned cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan as an associate director and writer on Before the Rains and Tahaan. I.D., his directorial debut feature film, has screened at various film festivals, including Busan, Abu Dhabi, Marrakech, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, and Los Angeles Film Festival, garnering numerous awards. Kamal is currently preparing his next feature film with India’s brilliant rising young star Fahadh Faazil, produced by Sree Gokulam and Resul Pookutty.
HEIDI ZWICKER has been contributing to various Sundance Institute programs for the past nine years, beginning with the Feature Film Program, International. In 2010, she was hired as the programming department’s World Cinema Coordinator and began serving as an Associate Programmer for the festival in 2012. Additionally, Heidi has been a Programmer at Palm Springs International Shortfest since 2011. She also manages the Sundance Collection at UCLA.
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