Mostly Films, with Some World Culture Thrown In

I can’t stress it enough, it’s I-View Film Festival time again, and the extra glamour and star-studded galas are upon us. This year, it’s all extra special for me since I’ve been on the programming committee for this amazing film festival with a conscience. Always love it when films are not only fantastically entertaining but also convey a special message in the end. You must be there to witness the documentary Bhutto, as well as our opening night feature I AM by the lovely, gentle, talented Onir. Oh, and if you are into star gazing – who isn’t?! – catch Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri, Purab Kohli and Mira Nair on our red carpet Saturday night. But the I-View Film Festival comes by once a year and we can’t let anyone in without a ticket. So purchase and join up! It’s a whole nine days of fun!!

On the 25th of September, beginning at 6.30 pm, the World Heritage Cultural Center – WHCC – will present a universal cultural experience with representatives from more than 20 countries showing pride for their culture through music and dance on one stage – Symphony Space. Called the World Of Colors Concert, the event aims to break barriers among nations through the arts by enabling the audience to become one global family. Among those participating will be Nadia Kay and Sirens Whisper performing the new hit “Captain Sky Love”, Nick Dekeiss, Reggaeton Recording Artist performing his new hit single “Ella Perdio”, Acero who with his timeless music and sound fuses Latin Pop, Musica Tropical, R&B, and new age Cumbia, Rodolfo Ledesma with RoloWear Fashion, Cindy Vero, the KTU 103.5 Host and David Mathison author of BE THE MEDIA. The evening will honor humanitarians who have made a difference in the world through charity, among them personal favorite Afghani designer Zolaykha Sherzad, whom I recently interviewed for elan magazine, Nigerian Nnimmo Bassey – named by Time Magazine one of their “Heroes of the Environment 2009″ – and 11-year-old artist Olivia Bouler, who used art to raise more than $170,000 for the major oil spill in the Gulf. And when it comes time for the after-party, they will join forces with Engendered’s I-View Film Festival to present the Shaa’ir and Func record release party at Vermillion. Can anyone say Monica Dogra?! For more information, log on to the WHCC website.

Tibet in Song is a magical film that I was fortunate enough to watch at a special screening this summer. It will open in NYC at the Cinema Village Theater on Sept. 24th. Read my original piece about the film and also an interview with the filmmaker Ngawang Choephel, which will be published on AVS TV’s blog. Catch the film on opening weekend and make it stick around for just a little bit longer. It’s a moving tribute to a land of beauty and a people of courage. An ABSOLUTE must-see! For tickets go to the Cinema Village site.

And speaking of cool films, I recently watched a preview of Kings of Pastry, a film that will not only leave you feeling warm, cozy and highly entertained but also incredibly hungry for something sweet… FOR WEEKS! I’ve had cookies and pastries in my home since I watched the film and although not great for my figure, have had much more fun in life, remembering the boys of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. If you are thinking Bravo’s Top Chef, you are wrong! This is one classy, elegant, super exclusive culinary competition where the chefs are actually competing against one another but also rooting for their fellow artisans. There are no F bombs dropped and no crass behavior displayed in this film, which made it a welcomed respite from the typical cooking fare offered on TV. As the synopsis of the film aptly describes “The film captures the high stakes drama of the competition – passion, sacrifice, disappointment and joy – in the quest to become one of the Kings of Pastry.” Directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker – the filmmakers behind The War Room and Don’t Look Back, Kings of Pastry just opened on September 15th at Film Forum, and will be playing there for two weeks, until moving on to Boston, Chicago, LA and other major US cities. For Film Forum box office, check out their website.

Kings of Pastry, I AM and Tibet in Song images courtesy of the filmmakers

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