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Summer Sun Winter Moon (2010) Documentary Film Showcases American History and Diversity feat. Music by Rob Kapilow

New York, NY, November 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus) The executive production team behind groundbreaking documentary film “Summer Sun Winter Moon” recently unveiled details of an ambitious curriculum initiative aimed at nurturing cross-cultural understanding among and within the US school-age population and their communities. Tentatively titled, “Bridging the Divide,” the proposed curriculum model is being built upon New York-based illume productions’ ten years of work that has resulted in nationwide PBS broadcasts and theatrical screenings of its “Summer Sun Winter Moon” film.


Classic Old Movies Launched at Online TV Network

Canton, Michigan, Nov 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) The best has finally arrived. Check out yourself: http://www.the-onlinetv.com/channels/classics.otv online TV Network has finally launched a new section in which you’re able to watch old classical movies. This is especially for old movie lovers, for those people who love watching classic romance and drama.

One of the very famous movies, ‘The Little Princess’, which was directed by Walter Lang with a cast of Richard Green, Shirley Temple, Ian Hunter, Anita Louise, Sybil Jason, Arthur Treacher and Cesar Romeo, will take you to the memories of your childhood. I remember watching this with my grandmother, sitting on her laps.

Beside movies, they even show classic shows like, The Lucy Show. Oh! How can anyone forget about Lucy! This was one show that could actually make people laugh. Be it young or the old. Be it a jolly natured person or a sad person. Bet it you have been in a happy atmosphere or in a sad and upsetting atmosphere. Lucy show has been famous worldwide and just imagine, now you will be able to watch it online.


सिसकी | SISKI The Sigh (2010) Indian Hindi Horror Thriller Movie Selected At Film Festival in China

SISKI Hindi Horror Movie PosterNew Delhi, Nov 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) It is a festival bonanza for Delhi based filmmaker Nikhil Sablania and a moment to cherish. Nikhil, a young filmmaker, is going to represent India at the 9th International Student Film & Video Festival (ISFVF) of Beijing Film Academy (BFA), Beijing, China with his film Siski (The Sigh).

The Beijing Film Academy is a state-run film institute in Beijing, China. The film school is the largest institution specialized in the tertiary education for film and television production in Asia and has earned international recognition for its achievements in film production.

Watch the trailer of Hindi Horror Thriller SISKI and read all about the film on Washington Bangla Radio.



Bollywood movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” (2010) asked to remove cruelty to bulls scenes

Nevada, USA, Oct 31, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Religious statesman Rajan Zed has urged the makers of upcoming Bollywood blockbuster "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" to not lionize cruelty to bulls.

According to reports, some scenes were shot in Pamplona (Spain) during “Running of the Bulls” (encierro) for being included in this film. Cruelty to helpless animals should not be glorified in a mainstream feature film like “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” meant for viewing by families, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said.


Vietnamese Director Dang Nhat Minh Honored by The Academy

Beverly Hills, CA, October 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will salute acclaimed Vietnamese director Dang Nhat Minh on Wednesday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Phil Robinson, Academy governor and chair of its International Outreach Committee, will lead an onstage conversation with Minh, which will be followed by a screening of Minh’s 2000 feature “The Guava House.” Robinson will also moderate a discussion with several other visiting Vietnamese filmmakers, including Phan Dang Di (“Bi, Don’t Be Afraid” ), Nguyen Quang Binh (“Floating Lives” ), Nguyen Vinh Son (“The Moon at the Bottom of the Well” ), Bui Thac Chuyen (“Adrift” ), Le Thanh Son (“Clash” ) and Stephane Gauger (“Owl and the Sparrow” ).

Minh has directed such classic Vietnamese films as “When the Tenth Month Comes” (1984), “Nostalgia for the Countryside” (1995), and Vietnam’s 2009 entry into the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award competition, “Don’t Burn.” In addition, Minh served as Phillip Noyce’s second unit director on “The Quiet American” (2002), one of the first western productions to shoot in post-war Vietnam.


Minh has directed such classic Vietnamese films as “When the Tenth Month Comes” (1984), “Nostalgia for the Countryside” (1995), and Vietnam’s 2009 entry into the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award competition, “Don’t Burn.” In addition, Minh served as Phillip Noyce’s second unit director on “The Quiet American” (2002), one of the first western productions to shoot in post-war Vietnam.

The Academy’s salute is being presented in association with the UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of its week-long film series “New Voices from Vietnam.” The series will showcase several new Vietnamese features, shorts and documentaries, and will include onstage filmmaker discussions at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles. The salute and screening series are a continuation of the Academy’s International Outreach Program of ongoing educational and cultural efforts in Vietnam.

Following is the schedule of screenings at the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Billy Wilder Theater. (All films in Vietnamese with English subtitles.)
Friday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m.

“Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!” (“Bi, dung so!” ) (2010), directed by Phan Dang Di.
Six-year-old Bi’s Hanoi family strains under emotional disconnection. As Bi’s alcoholic father conducts an affair, his neglected mother represses her sorrow and his aunt romantically pursues a teenage boy. But when Bi’s sick and long-absent grandfather moves in, his home life assumes a new emotional center. 90 mins.

Preceded by: “Fading Light” (2010), directed by Thien Do. 20 mins.

In Person: Directors Phan Dang Di, Thien Do
Saturday, November 6, at 2 p.m.

Documentary Film Program
“Mother and Daughter” (2010), directed by Phan Huyen My.
Caught between her tradition and the rapidly changing social expectations of modern Vietnamese teenagers, a mother battles her daughter’s willful behavior while caring for her own aging mother in a small urban apartment. 23 mins.

“Thanh Cong Ward” (2004), directed by Phan Thi Vang Anh.
In an old district of Hanoi, the neighborhood authority must maintain the numerous loudspeakers that issue civic information and directives to the public. This short documentary offers a humorous look into the government’s intervention into the everyday lives of ordinary people. 32 mins.

“Grandfather and Grandson” (2006), directed by Nguyen Thi Tham.
In a small village, a teenage boy casually reflects on his life of menial farm labor and big spending at nightclubs, a lifestyle in stark contrast to that of his elderly grandfather, who fixates on family traditions and rituals. 28 mins.
Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m.

“Floating Lives” (2010), directed by Nguyen Quang Binh.
Vietnamese martial arts star (and former “21 Jump Street” co-star) Dustin Nguyen delivers a dramatic performance as a man whose hatred for the wife who abandoned him and their two young children poisons all their lives. But when the brother and sister, as teenagers, take in a prostitute (Do Thi Hai Yen) they rescue from an angry mob, long-simmering family tensions finally reach a breaking point. 100 mins.

Preceded by: “Dog Day” (2010), directed by Phan Xine. 21 mins.

In person: Director Nguyen Quang Binh, actor Dustin Nguyen, actress Do Thi Hai Yen, director Phan Xine
Sunday, November 7, at 7 p.m.

“The Moon at the Bottom of the Well” (“Trang noi day gieng” ) (2008), directed by Nguyen Vinh Son.
In a rural village, schoolteacher Hanh shares a childless and unconventional marriage with her husband Phuong, the school principal, who with Hanh’s assent, has sired children with a second wife. When their secret comes to light, the ensuing scandal drives Hanh to desperate measures, revealing the force of Vietnam’s social strictures and the pitfalls of compassion. 121 mins.

In person: Director Nguyen Vinh Son
Friday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.

“Adrift” (Choi voi) (2009), directed by Bui Thac Chuyen.
Newlywed Duyen’s hopes for the future are dashed when her new husband proves unable to consummate their marriage. Duyen (Do Thi Hai Yen) confides in her girlfriend Cam, who steers her to a mysterious, handsome suitor, and Duyen is forced to reconsider long-cherished notions of love, family and fulfillment. Bui Thac Chuyen’s second feature is a sensuous, provocative study of identity in modern Hanoi. 101 mins.

Preceded by: “New Year’s Eve Has Passed” (2006), directed by Bui Kim Qui. 9 mins.

In person: Director Bui Thac Chuyen, “Adrift” screenwriter Phan Dang Di, actress Do Thi Hai Yen
Saturday, November 13, at 2 p.m.

Documentary Film Program
“Daddy’s Home” (2004), directed by Doan Gia Man.
A heartbreaking story captured in cinema-verite style, this film observes the struggles of a poor farmer forced to try his luck as a day laborer on the harsh streets of Hanoi, far from his wife and children. 25 mins.

“I Dream to Be a Worker” (2006), directed by Tran Phuong Thao.
Huge multinational corporations are building factories in Vietnam, and cheap labor must be found to work them. In this startlingly honest film, young women from the countryside live in workers’ shacks in the shadows of giant industrial plants, sharing their lives of long hours and brutal disappointment. 47 mins.

“My Apartment Block” (2009), directed by Trinh Dinh Le Minh.
As capitalism comes to Vietnam, one group of neighbors in a collectively owned building debate the ramifications of selling out to a foreign company, a move that would drastically alter their community and the economic relationships among them. 56 mins.
Saturday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m.

“Clash” (“Bay rong” ) (2009), directed by Le Thanh Son.
A recent hit in Vietnam, this action-packed genre spectacle pairs “The Rebel” co-stars Johnny Tri Nguyen and Ngo Thanh Van for a martial arts blowout. Beautiful mercenary Trinh must perform a series of missions for her crime lord boss to save her kidnapped daughter. Complications arise when she falls for fellow mercenary Quan, whose hidden agenda threatens her own. Superb choreography and photography grace this impressive feature debut. 90 mins.

Preceded by: “I Love Vietnam” (2009), directed by Nguyen Tien Hung. 7 mins.

In person: Director Le Thanh Son
Sunday, November 14, at 7 p.m.

“Owl and the Sparrow” (2007), directed by Stephane Gauger.
A runaway on the streets, ten-year-old Thuy wanders the city selling roses to make a living. In her daily travels, she meets a lonesome flight attendant and a reclusive zookeeper, and schemes to form a match and possibly a new family. Gauger’s tender story is marked by arresting glimpses of hardscrabble life on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. 98 mins.

Preceded by: “The Terrace” (2006), directed by Nguyen Ha Phong. 11 mins.

In person: Director Stephane Gauger.

Tickets to the November 10 “Academy Salute to Director Dang Nhat Minh” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.oscars.org, by mail, or at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Tickets for “New Voices from Vietnam” must be purchased separately. For tickets to the screenings at UCLA, please visit the UCLA Film & Television Archive website athttp://www.cinema.ucla.edu.

- pressreleasepoint



Ang Lee's Life of Pi film going ahead - cultural sensitivity in handling the film recommended

After speculations since 2009, Oscar winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) has reportedly finally given the go ahead signal on film adaptation of Yann Martel’s fantasy “Life of Pi” about a boy from Pondicherry (India) who survives 227 days after shipwreck.

Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, welcoming the film adaptation of this India influenced story, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Lee to handle the Pi’s spirituality exploration and holistic edge with cultural sensitivity.


PRODUCER OF GHOST RIDER and GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE TO SPEAK AT TROMADANCE PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2010 AFM

New York, NY, October 29, 2010  (Washington Bangla Radio) The TromaDance Film Festival Committee is thrilled to announce that esteemed producer Steven Paul will join the distinguished group of independent filmmakers who will speak at the TromaDance Press Conference at the 2010 American Film Market! The press conference is scheduled for November 4, 2010 at 3 pm in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Press Room!



Cinzia Angelini's MILA socially relevant CG animated short film with a unique look

Still from MILA Animated Movie

Glendale, CA, October 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) "Mila" is Cinzia Angelini’s animated short, that is anything but a standard cartoon. It’s not only socially relevant, but faces the challenge of seeking out non-commercial, independent funding. Angelini is determined however, and tenacious, and explains her decision.

“The tragedy of War unfortunately did not end with the children of World War II. Even today, children continue to suffer from the ravages of conflict in many places around the world. It is their current plight that moves me to take action.” To that end, she strives to produce "Mila", and present the most tragic collateral damage of War as its theme – the youngest civilians. “Though often overlooked and rarely mentioned by the media,” says Angelini, “civilians are the first to be hit, and their children, the last to be remembered.”


Surprise Win By Zubin Sanjana at Mumbai Grand Finale of Mahindra XYLO Karaoke Championship

Mumbai, Oct 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prlog) In an interesting turn of events at the Mumbai grand finale of Mahindra Xylo and 94.3 Radio One’s “Time of Your Life” Karaoke contest, for the first time the special wild card entry, Zubin Minoo Sanjana from Apax Partners India Advisors Pvt Ltd won both the “wild entry” and the “grand finale”. The contest was judged by the singing sensations – Raghav Sachar, Shibani Kashyap and Akriti Kakar.


"Colin Hearts Kay" Official Selection At The 11th San Diego International Film Festival

San Diego, CA, Oct 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / 1888PressRelease) Sebastian Conley's "Colin Hearts Kay" was chosen as an Official Selection at the 11th San Diego Asian Film Festival (Oct 21-28). This comes on the heels of a very successful run in film festivals over the summer, particularly in Brooklyn and San Francisco where screenings were added to accommodate demand. The film also won the coveted Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the Brooklyn International Film Festival as well as the Prize for Best Editing. "I'm very proud of what we have been able to pull off in our limited resources. The cast and crew for worked very hard to bring this film to life. It really was a labor of love for all concerned", said Sebastian Conley.

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