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October 20, 2007

"Devi Brown" Plays At Third I South Asian Film Fest

Devi Brown

Do join us for the first public screening of Devi Brown.

About "Devi Brown"

What happens when blaxploitation meets Bollywood? Deshploitation of course! "Devi Brown" is a masala mashup, a trailer for a non existent film where the wah wah is seasoned liberally with doses of old school dishum dishum. Pack the funk in your Ambassador trunk with "Devi Brown!"

Credits: written, directed and produced by Soam and Shari Acharya
Length: 4 minutes 15 seconds
Year: 2007
Site: http://www.dishumdishum.com/archives/devi_brown/

Screening Details

Organizer: San Francisco South Asian Film Festival
Venue: 7:00 pm, Friday November 16th, Victoria Theater, San Francisco
Admission: $9
Program: Local South Asian short films
Link: http://www.thirdi.org/festival/film/shorts.htm

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- October 20, 2007 2:39 PM // Devi Brown

October 6, 2007

Naatak (Re) Presents Sleuth

By popular demand, Naatak brings back their version of Sleuth. Details:

NAATAK
presents its twenty-fifth production

Anthony Shaffer's

SLEUTH
(English)

Adapted and Directed by Harish Sunderam Agastya
Produced by Soumya Agastya

8 pm, Thursday, Oct 25 2007
8 pm, Friday, Oct 26 2007

Cubberley Theater
4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303 .


TICKETS
General: $15 until Oct 10 ($20 thereafter)
VIP: $25 until Oct 10 ($35 thereafter)

(VIP tickets include preferential seating, official copy of Sleuth DVD & complimentary refreshments)

BUY ONLINE at http://www.naatak.com (ticketing by Sulekha)
or
SEND EMAIL to tickets@naatak.com
or
CALL 408.431.2318


ABOUT THE PLAY
Naatak is proud to present its 25 th production – Sleuth, a play in English - back on stage due to popular demand from our patrons. Critically acclaimed as one of the greatest stage thrillers ever written, Sleuth is a tale of two men from different walks of life entangled in a dangerous web of gamesmanship, manipulation, deception and death. Sleuth was originally written by British playwright Anthony Shaffer and was subsequently made into a movie of the same name with Oscar-nominated performances from Sir Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine. Our version of Sleuth, suitably adapted and Indianized by director Harish Sunderam Agastya (Italian-British Milo Tindle becomes Maharashtrian Milind Tindle for instance) retains the fast pace, comic wit and spine-chilling twists of the original. Sleuth was previously staged by Naatak in January 2007.

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- October 6, 2007 7:14 PM // Bay Area , Theater

Vanaja Part II

Earlier, I wrote about Vanaja, the little indie Indian film that could. Even though it's budgeted at around $20K, I'd always wondered how such a film would be able to recoup its costs, thinking it to be tales of credit card debt and blood donation money that the director would later recount in his (or her) memoirs. I was speaking to Ivan Jaigirdar from 3rd I the other day and he pointed out Vanaja might have earned back its initial outlay already. "How?", I hear you ask. Well, film festivals pay you a small honorarium once they accept your film which is typically around a couple of hundred bucks. Multiply this by the 85 or so festivals where Vanaja played and you can see why Ivan was right. There's serious chump change involved here. Of course, this only really works with microbudget films but still!

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- October 6, 2007 9:33 AM // Film

October 2, 2007

Put A Sock In It

From Valleywag comes this tidbit: apparently email startup Xobni is having trouble recruiting. In order to turn their cool-o-meter to 11, they homebrewed this video spiel:


The coup de grace comes halfway through the clip when we get to meet the best programmer in the company: apparently that would be a sock puppet with a bad Indian accent who is so efficient, he "singlehandedly reduced the indexing time by half." Come on fellas, if you're trying to recruit desis this is not the way to do it. Cliched German stereotypes and gratuitous use of Bill Withers ain't going to cut it either.

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- October 2, 2007 9:22 PM // Technology