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TROMAPALOOZA at Bender’s Tavern in Denver, Colorado welcomed by Richard Taylor


New York, NY, November 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bender’s Tavern in Denver, Colorado will be the site of the next Tromapalooza on Saturday, November 20th, at 7 pm thanks to Richard Taylor! Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma and Creator of THE TOXIC AVENGER, will preside! Tromapaloozas are held each year around the country to help raise money for the TromaDance Film Festival, the only film festival that does not charge any submission or attendance fees!

Taylor, an independent filmmaker and the president of Bizjack Flemco Productions, was inspired to run his own Tromapalooza after his film THE MISLED ROMANCE OF CANNIBAL GIRL AND INCEST BOY was shown at TromaDance. For the past four years, he has taken charge of Colorado’s Tromapalooza efforts! Featured bands will include The Denver County Death March, Whore Grinder, The Asbestos Tampons, Camp Kilroy and Insomniaxe. Burlesque queen Lindy Starr will also make a special appearance! Cover will be $5.

Digital Previsualization Process With Star Trek Movie at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Damon Lindelof

Beverly Hills, CA, November 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PressReleasePoint) – The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Visualize This: Previs in the Making of ‘Star Trek,’” a program exploring the previsualization (previs) process in the digital age, on Thursday, November 18, at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Writer-producer Damon Lindelof will use sequences from the 2009 Academy Award nominee “Star Trek” to demonstrate how innovations in previs are influencing the filmmaking process.

The evening will feature a panel of “Star Trek” crew members, including David Dozoretz, senior previsualization supervisor; Brian Pohl, previsualization supervisor; Roger Guyett, visual effects supervisor; Marc Evans, production executive; and film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey. Joining the panel will also be production designer and Council member Alex McDowell and previsualization supervisor Chris Edwards. Lindelof will lead a discussion on the challenges and opportunities that come with this technology-driven process. In addition, the program will include film clips and behind-the-scenes footage demonstrating how previs was used to shape several key scenes in the film.

Previs is an evolving pre-production process that now incorporates 3D animation tools and virtual environments, enabling filmmakers to fully explore their creative visions through the use of visual references for complicated film shots and sequences long before production begins.

In addition to producing “Star Trek,” Lindelof is co-writing the film’s forthcoming sequel as well as the feature “Cowboys & Aliens,” directed by Jon Favreau, due to be released in 2011. Lindelof also was a writer and executive producer on the television series “Lost.”

“Star Trek” received Oscar® nominations for its visual effects, sound editing and sound mixing, and won an Oscar for Makeup.

Tickets for “Visualize This” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

Historic Signing of Hollywood - Bollywood Cooperation Pact To Bring American and Indian Cinema Closer

Nevada, Nov 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indo-Americans have applauded the reportedly historic cooperation pact signed between City of Los Angeles and Indian film producers at Paramount Studios in Hollywood (USA) on November 10.

It will reportedly result in the formation of Los Angeles-Indian Film Council to encourage joint film production and commercial cooperation.

Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that “it was a step in the right direction”.

Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, further said that forming closer ties and sharing resources on various creative and technical aspects of filmmaking would be mutually beneficial for both Hollywood and Bollywood.

iSchool Initiative Student Movement Inspired By New Movie Waiting for Superman (2010)

Salt Lake City, UT, November 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) After being inspired by the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'", the student movement, ignited by Travis Allen's iSchool Initiative, kicked off their nationwide seminar series in Utah last week. The student led, non-profit organization has ambitious plans to take their vision of a 21st century classroom directly to students and educators across the country.

"We are students attempting to change education as we know it" says Travis Allen, Founder and CEO of the iSchool Initiative.

Kearns High School recently adopted the iSchool Initiative’s vision and gave 1700 iPod Touches to the student body. The Utah school was the first to invite Travis and his team to help kick start their mobile learning program with seminars for both faculty and students on Friday, November 5th.

The Exquisite Tribal Handicrafts Of The Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) Of India

By S.Balakrishnan
Officer, Press Information Bureau, Chennai

Toda woman doing embroidery work
A woman from the Toda tribe doing embroidery work

CHENNAI (previously MADRAS), Nov 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The name ‘Nilgiris’ or ‘The Blue Mountains’ is as poetic as the place itself.  The Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu is home for the Toda, Kota, Kurumba, Irula, Paniyan and Kattunaicken tribes. The Government of India has identified all these six tribes as Primitive Tribal Groups (PTGs).  The verdant forest of the blue mountains has been their home for ages. Living amid the beautiful surroundings has probably made them artisans of equally beautiful handicrafts.

Kota Pottery
Pottery by Kota tribe members

Well known among these six groups are the Toda people and their embroidery work.   The Toda women are deft in embroidery work. Their traditional garment is of thick white cotton cloth with red, black or blue stripes, which is further embellished with hand embroidery. Woollen or cotton thread is used for this embroidery work. To suit modern taste and needs, a variety of items like cell phone pouch, table cloth, scarf & shawl, skirts & tops, drawstring purse & bag, coasters, frocks, bags, waist coat, etc are also made. This has been made possible under the ‘Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana’ (Ambedkar handicraft development scheme). Many women Self-Help Groups have been formed which, in turn, have been amalgamated into a federation. Though the pastoral Todas herded buffaloes and dealt in dairy produce, change in land use has deprived them of pasture lands. However, their unique craft has survived and stood the test of time.

Kurumba Carpentry
Carpentry by members of Kurumba tribe

The Kotas live in seven settlements, generally known as Kotagiri or Kokkal.  They are village artisans who are good in carpentry, black smithy and pottery. As time changed, only a few families are engaged in these skills as a means of living. They eke out a living by cultivating small plots of patta land.
The Kurumba people are experts in basketry and other related bamboo works.  The traditional occupation of the Kurumbas is gathering food, collection of honey and forest produce. They are good at herbal medicine and traditional healing. Now, they are mainly engaged in agriculture and those who do not own lands work as casual agricultural laborers.

Toda Embroidery
Embroidery by a member of Toda tribe

The other three groups – Irulas, Paniyans and Kattunaicken are not known for traditional handicrafts. They are generally food/forest produce gatherers, now working as casual agricultural/estate labourers.
Tamil Nadu has a total of about 6,51,321 tribal population as per 2001 census which constitutes 1.02% of the total population. There are 36 tribes and sub tribes in Tamil Nadu. They are distributed in almost all the districts and they have contributed significantly in the management of the forests. Literacy rate of the population is 27.9%. Most of the tribes in the State are cultivators, agriculture labourers or dependent on forests for their livelihood. But only these six groups are classified as primitive tribes. (PIB Features)

Hollywood blockbuster ‘THE SOCIAL NETWORK’ in India Online Partner Announced

CALCUTTA, Nov 5, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint), a leading entertainment portal, has entered into an exclusive tie up with Sony Pictures Entertainment as the official online partner for the Hollywood hit ‘The Social Network’ in India.

The official Indian site hosted by (www.fridaymoviez/thesocialnetwork) will offer exclusive content including high definition videos, trailers, reviews and wallpapers of the blockbuster set for release in theatres on the 12th of November, 2010. Users will also have the opportunity to win exclusive merchandise by participating in various online and offline contests.

Guwahati salutes Zubeen Garg, RJ Raj, Karishma, Film-maker Bidyut Kotoky (As The River Flows) and more

Pune, Maharashtra, November 1, 2010 /India PRwire/ -- "Education needs to cross the campus frontiers and get integrated with life and work on ground, calling for multi-skilling, bottom-line sensitivity and handling diverse situations," noted the Managing Editor of News Live, Syed Zareer Hussain inaugurating along with the Reliance Vice President CR Deka, the Guwahati chapter of Media Mind-prints 2010 here today.

Echoing the ethos of ISB&M School of Communication stressing on experiential learning, Zareer and Deka under-scored the need to learn the basics and evolve to practise the same at the same time. Deka further explained the complimentary nature of mass and tele-communications and how one feeds the other.

Aparna Sen's The Japanese Wife (2010) Wins Best Film at Hidden Gems Film Festival

Germantown, Maryland, Nov 5, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  The Japanese Wife, directed by Aparna Sen and distributed in North America by Databazaar Media Ventures has won the best film award at the recently concluded Hidden Gems Film Festival in Calgary, Canada.

The film was awarded the stunning 60,000 year old Amolite Trophy which is the official gemstone of the Province of Alberta.


November 5, 2010 (New York, NY) – The TromaDance Film Festival Committee would like to announce that Adam Deyoe received the highly coveted Kodak/TromaDance Film Festival Soul of Independence Award at the TromaDance Press Conference at the 2010 American Film Market on November 4, 2010!

Disney's The Lion King Musical Show reaches Singapore after entertaining over 50 million world-wide

Singapore, November 02, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / 1888PressRelease) Marina Bay Sands and BASE Entertainment are proud to announce that tickets for the most awaited live entertainment in Singapore (, Disney's THE LION KING are now on sale to the public. Seen by over 50 million people worldwide and proudly sponsored by OCBC Cards, the internationally acclaimed performance will set the stage ablaze on March 3rd 2011.

Now in its 13th year, THE LION KING has wowed audiences around the world including New York, London, Hamburg, a North American tour, Tokyo and Las Vegas with its vibrant theater performances. Singapore ( will join these leading cities when the show premieres at The Sands Theater in March next year.

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