The South Asian International Film Festival is running Wednesday, Oct. 27  through Nov. 2, 2010, and is said to bring new, intriguing independent films to the scene. Anyone can attended the festival in New York City, and those who are unable to attend can follow the festival on its website.

This is the seventh annual festival, and the selections are expected to be experimental, at best. As these young filmmakers work to transform their violent, far out films into art, they share a sense of variety and excitement for film making and culture.

Most of the filmmakers are from India, but others reign from countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. With presentations ranging from shorts to feature-length films, this festival is expected to bring out the fiery passions in the South Asian youth and filmmakers.


The drama “Winter’s Bone” currently has the most nominations for awards at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. This event gives recognition to the top independent films in the industry.

The film surrounds the quest of a young girl as she searched for he drug addict father and, at the same time, tries to keep her unstable family together. The dark, somber mood of “Winter’s Bone” will likely unnerve audiences as the young girl fights for justice.

“Winter’s Bone” is nominated for various categories, including best feature, break though actor and best ensemble performance. Other categories in the festival include best documentary, best film not playing at a theater near you and breakthrough director.

The year marks the 20th anniversary for the Gotham Awards, and the event will be held Nov. 29 in New York City.

‘I Am Love’ now on DVD

October 18, 2010

This week, a dramatic story of forbidden love, passion and family struggle is available on DVD for your viewing pleasure.

I Am Love,” starring Tilda Swinton, is film with a Romeo and Juliet-type love affair. As Emma, a character played by Swinton, falls in love with Antonio, who is a friend of her husband Edo, the course of their lives is forever altered. The two friends dream of opening a restaurant together, for Antonio is a talented chef. Emma and Edo’s family comes from a wealthy background, whereas Antonio does not.

The film takes place in Milan, and will dazzle audiences with its beautiful scenery and breathtaking cinematography.

Youth passes all too quickly, and the film “Never Let Me Go” is ready to explore what happens next.

Based on a novel by the Japenese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, “Never Let Me Go” is a drama narrated by the character played by Carey Mulligan — Kathy.

The film was released in select theaters in mid-September, and received positive reviews from many sources, including Check locations and showtimes on Fandango to see where it’s is playing near you.

The film surrounds the lives of three friends and their experiences after they attended a boarding school on the English countryside. Life purposes are examined as they grow and struggle into adulthood. Jealousy, betrayal and love are common themes that will test the strength of their friendship.

Reality, expressed through the characters of Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley, will be the key determinant in the outcome of the young adults’ lives. Can they accept the past and come to terms with the future? Or will they remain in a the in-between place of nonacceptance and tragic uncertainty?

Can you look forward and not look back?

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” hits theaters this week and is sure to impress audiences with its touching love story and wholesome, family values. With a low-key indie music soundtrack, and diverse character personalities, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” will impress audiences with its representation of teenage love and idea that life is precious, even when it becomes unbearable.

Zach Galafianakis, who earned quite a bit of attention for his role in “The Hangover,” plays an immature adult who will leaves a resonating message with audiences, both old and young. Galafianakis performs in a serious role, and plays alongside characters with “crazy” personalities.

One of my favorite aspects of this “Funny Story” is the random, offsetting fantasies that the main character, Craig, has throughout the film. Ever so humorous, they add a kind of relaxed tone to the sensitive subjects of suicide and mental institutions.

I watched the film at a/perture cinema, but check Fandango to see where it’s playing near you!

The Secret of Kells,” a whimsical, animated film was released on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

The film follows a young boy named Brendan, as he embarks on an quest for wisdom and power. The forest, which is forbidden by the elders in Brendan’s village, is where he meets Aisling, a wolf-like fairy, who helps him on his quest to defeat the evil that threatens his home.

This beautifully animated film will appeal to both old and young viewers, as it provides an escape from the real world and pushes the audience into a world of imagination.

Happiness is a Warm…Film?

October 5, 2010

In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, I would like to dedicate this post to him. But don’t worry, it will still be about a film.

All over the world, people are celebrating the life of the late Beatle. His music and work as a peace-activist have managed to live on almost 3o years after his death.

Opening Oct. 8, “Nowhere Boy,” a film about Lennon’s childhood, is expected to be a treat for Beatle fans, and film lovers alike.

Now, I’m not a big fan of liking a musician or a band because they are “trendy,” so I’m looking forward to this film. I’m hoping  “Nowhere Boy” will be an escape from the mainstream market of trendy T-shirts and fads that revolve around a name or band. This is just another reason why I love independent films!

Sundance gives it 4 out of 5 stars, and the film has disappointing score of  7.0 out of 10 on IMDb.

Watch the trailer:

Working at an independent film theater definitely has its perks. I get to watch the films for free, be “in the know” about what’s coming out and, sometimes, I get free stuff. Who doesn’t love free stuff?

So, the hype right now is on the upcoming film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” starring Zach Galifianakis and Keir Gilchrist.

In a nutshell, the “Funny Story” is about a clinically depressed teenager who gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. I would hate to give you too much information and ruin it for you, but it looks like a quirky youth love story if I’ve ever seen one.

I’m interested to see how Galifianakis’ character differs from his popular role in “The Hangover.” I wonder if he’ll be the empty-minded stooge he was in the comedic film, or if he’ll take on more inspirational role in his newest project. Here’s a trailer for the film, maybe we can gain some insight….

The film will be showing in select theaters Oct. 8, and has been compared to the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson.

So, check it out and see for yourself! Show times can be found here:

Happy viewing! And remember, sometimes it’s just cheaper to sneak your own snacks into the theater.