Don’t miss Meet the Patels

For two years, actor and comedian Ravi Patel (Scrubs, Transformers, and now, Grandfathered with John Stamos) had a Secret White Girlfriend named Audrey. The concept of SWG (or SWB) may be familiar to people who’ve been in “mixed” or multicultural relationships: one person of the pair is too scared or not committed enough to dare […]

Sarita Choudhury interview

  Sarita Choudhury’s latest film role is that of Jasleen in Learning to Drive, the bride-to-be who flies from India to marry a man she’s never met before, Darwan (Sir Ben Kingsley). Q: How did you approach this character? Sarita Choudhury: It’s odd to play someone who doesn’t speak, because it would almost be easier […]

Learning to Drive

Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive begins with one of the most embarrassing and painful types of break-ups a person might have to live through in this crowded city of New York: in the cramped back seat of a taxi, with the silent driver bearing witness from the other side of the partition. This is how […]

Mani Ratnam at MOMI

  Starting tonight (Friday) and running through Sunday afternoon, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY is holding a special retrospective of director Mani Ratnam’s films under the title Politics as Spectacle: The Films of Mani Ratnam. The organizer of the program, Christina Marouda, the Museum’s Deputy Director for Development and Founder of […]

raj Amit Kumar interview

This is a recent interview I did with the director raj Amit Kumar, whose film Unfreedom has been banned in India.  The film opened yesterday in the U.S., in New York and Los Angeles.  It has also been released on iTunes. As an artist, as a creative person, and knowing how volatile things can unexpectedly get […]

Ray’s Restored Apu Trilogy opens today

Sixty years since the release of Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, a lovingly restored set of the films of The Apu Trilogy are being released by Janus Films for a limited time, starting today, May 8th, at the Film Forum here in New York City. The NYC debut of the digitally restored trio will be followed […]