new york indian filim festival2012

new york Indian film festival 2012 program details
is delighted to invite you to the Opening Night Celebrations
Wednesday May 23, 2012
Opening Night Red Carpet Screening of Bedabrata Pain's CHITTAGONG:
Paris Theatre, New York City
Gala Benefit Dinner: Jumeirah Essex House Ballroom, NYC.

Bedabrata Pain's CHITTAGONG is set in the turbulence of the 1930s British India, Chittagong is a true story of a 14 year old boy, Jhunku, and of his journey to find where he belongs. For the first time in Indian history, the British army is defeated by a ragtag army of schoolboys and their teacher, Masterda. Called a traitor by his peers, and let down by a man he trusts, Jhunku impulsively joins the movement. As his world is turned upside down, Jhunku is forced to confront his self-doubts. As the leaders of the movment are progressively caught or killed, Jhunku battles against seemingly insurmountable odds to win a victory of his own. The film is a brilliant, poignant action-drama, made more so by the fact that it is true. Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Barry John and Delzad Hiwale  
Wednesday May 23rd, 2012
6 pm: red carpet
7 pm: screening, post-screening discussion Paris Theatre
9 pm: Gala Benefit Dinner, Jumeirah Essex House Ballroom
Screening Only (red carpet, film screening, post-screening discussion): $150; $125 IAAC members
Featured Speakers:  Ambassador Nirupama Rao,
Indian Ambassador to the US; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Gala Benefit Dinner Tables of 10: Reserved seating (Red carpet film screening, discusson & Gala Benefit dinner) There is no member discount for the GALA BENEFIT as this is our one Benefit for the year that allows us to pay for the rest of the festival.
  Emerald Table of 10 $25,000 ($23,000 tax deductible)
  Ruby Table of 10 $20,000 ($18,000 tax deductible)
  Sapphire Table of 10 $15,000 ($13,000 tax deductible)
  Diamond Table of 10 $10,000 ($8,000 tax deductible)
  Friendship Table of 10 $5,000 ($3,000 tax deductible)
  Individual ticket $500 ($250 tax deductible)
Special musical tributes to the late Shammi Kapoor and the late Dev Anand by Songstress Devika Bhise with Ben Rosenblum on keyboard.
Please send your ticket/table request details(#of tickets/ table denomination, return address) with your cheque to the following address immediately:

Indo-American Arts Council,
517East 87th St., Suite 1B,
New York, NY 10128.
On the New York Indian Film Festival:
  • IAAC has grown into the area's most mainstream Indian film festival, offering features, documentaries, shorts and indies in numerous Indian languages and from various countries.The growth has led not only to a wider range of films, but to new partnerships and inroads to American audiences. (Wall Street Journal)
  • “It’s just been very pleasurable to see how it’s grown.I remember when it started…its grown to become a very serious thing and I think now they get the best films, it gets a lot of media attention and I think it’s a fantastic  platform, both for Indian filmmakers from the US, and from India.” Salman Rushdie.
  • The IAAC Film Festival has become one of the most important cultural events on the calendar of the Indian-American community.”Consul General Prabhu Dayal.
  • “With film festivals dedicated to Indian cinema popping up all over the place, the grand-daddy of them all, the Indo-American Arts Council, has upped its game with a new moniker, an earlier date and writer Aseem Chhabra as its festival director.” Variety.
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