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New York’s longest running film festival made by, about, and of the people of the Indian subcontinent, the 17th Annual New York Indian Film Festival brings daring works of cinema, panels, and special events celebrating the films of India. Running April 30 to May 7, 2017, the gala opening night will be held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (1 Bowling Green, New York, NY). The festival opens with Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha, a film India's Central Board of Film Certification refused to certify because it claimed the story was too "lady-oriented," effectively banning the film in India, but it has gone on to garner acclaim in Tokyo and Mumbai film festivals.
The festival's centerpiece film is the New York premiere of Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla's critically-acclaimed documentary about India's Aam Aadmi Party activist, Arvind Kejriwal, called An Insignificant Man. The festival will close its programming on Sunday, May 7th, with the North American premiere of Milind Dhaimade's You Are My Sunday, an uplifting, slice-of-life comedy about five close friends who struggle to find a place to play soccer in Mumbai every Sunday.
In addition to the New York, North American and World Premieres of 44 shorts, documentaries and feature films over a week-long period, NYIFF will present the following sidebar festival programming:
Sibling Filmmakers: Deepa Mehta & Dilip Mehta present their respective New York premieres of Anatomy of Violence and Mostly Sunny on Saturday, May 6th. Both films' world premieres took place at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016.
A Death in the Gunj, directed by Konkona Sen Sharma, pays tribute to the late Om Puri, one of India's most versatile character actors who starred in more than 147 films during his illustrious career; he was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India in 1990. NYIFF Screening on Monday, May 1st.
Priyanka Produces: Ventilator and Sarvaan, produced by actor Priyanka Chopra - NYIFF Screenings on Thursday, May 4th.
Mobile Bollywood: One Minute Cell Phone Films presented by NYU Tisch Cinema Studies students.
SHOOT A SHORT FILM: Workshop by National Award-Winning Filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni - May 5th & 6th
To learn more, go to: http://www.iaac.us/nyiff2017/
17th Annual New York Indian Film Festival
April 30 - May 6, 2017
Now in its 9th year, the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival, conducted by the Manhattan JCC, presents a wealth of films and programming emphasizing inclusion, advocacy and diversity. With screenings at venues across New York City and Westchester, the ReelAbilities film festivalpromotes awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
Opening the festival is Sanctuary, directed by Len Collin, which follows a couple with intellectual disabilities looking for some alone time, and by attempting to be intimate, they’re breaking the law in Ireland. The festival concludes with the music-filled How Sweet the Sound, directed by Leslie McCleave, which follows the history of the legendary gospel quartet The Blind Boys of Alabama.
The Reel Diversity: the Audacity of Authenticity panel discussion and screening with show the film the The View From Tall and features special guests:
Also part of the festival is an afternoon of free, family-friendly programs, including the autism-friendly screening of Reel Spectrum, the Reel Encounters short films compilation, theater, performances, workshops, and more. Other special events include a Shabbat dinner that also screens four short films on deafness, panel discussions throughout the city, and performance art showcases.
To learn more, go to: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/
9th Annual ReelAbilities Film FestivalMarch 2 - 8, 2017
Various Venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Westchester.
City of Joy
A film festival with a feminist angle, the Athena Film Festival (February 9 - 12, 2017) is now in its seventh year of screening shorts, features, and documentaries with leading ladies. Held at Barnard College (3009 Broadway, New York, NY) and co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, the festival also features panels and workshop covering everything from the female gaze in cinema, to a crash course in camera work from B&H.
The centerpiece film of the festival is City of Joy, directed by Madeleine Gavin, a documentary on a community of women in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that also act as a shelter for victims of sexual violence. Long Way North, directed by Rémi Chayé, Ron Dyens, and Henri Magalon is a French-Danish animated film and tells the story of Sascha, a Russian teenager, who sets off on a voyage to find and recover the lost ship of her missing grandfather who disappeared on his way to the North Pole. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds follows the strange lives of two members of “Hollywood Royalty” and their bond as mother and daughter. Closing the festival is Dolores, directed by Peter Bratt, a documentary on the life of feminist union organizer Dolores Huerta.
To learn more, go to: http://athenafilmfestival.com/
Athena Film FestivalFebruary 9 - 12, 2017
Barnard College3009 BroadwayNew York, NY 10027
The legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda who died last year at the age of ninety is being honored at the Film Society of Lincoln Center with an eleven-film tribute from February 9th to the 16th, presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute. The selection of films is quite good even if several of the most impressive films from the first half of his career such as Ashes, Everything for Sale and The Wedding are missing. Fortunately, all the films—excepting the New York premiere of his final film, Afterimage, from last year—are being screened in 35mm.
Afterimage, photographed attractively in widescreen, is a portrait of the final years—a period of Stalinist persecution and Kulturkampf—of the significant Polish avant-garde artist, Władysław Strzemiński, brilliantly portrayed by the great Bogusław Linda. Wajda's perspective on the material is not especially original here, and stylistically and imaginatively this is a relatively conventional work in the director's œuvre,but he approaches the subject with sensitivity and skill with an admirable consistency and is especially effective at evoking the early postwar period in Łódź.
Afterimage screens on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm.
To learn more, go to: http://www.filmlinc.org/
Tribute to Andrzej WajdaFebruary 9 - 16, 2017
Film Society of Lincoln Center70 Lincoln Center Plaza #7New York, NY 10023
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