Friday, February 27, 2009

Johnny Gaddaar- Celebration of Cinema


OUR MANIFESTO


It’s been two weeks since the launch of our website. Our first issue was a basic introduction to different aspects of cinema in India. And we are routinely aiming to help or reach out to people who are not typically cinephile to inform about the diversity of cinema in India beyond Bollywood. Thank you everyone, those who are continually supporting us and giving us their valuable feedback. We encourage discussion and discovery and look forward to feedback on how to improve.

We’ve decided to make our e-zine monthly, as this will give us time to think, write and reflect on issues on Indian and World Cinema of past and present. While the site will continue featuring latest Indian film reviews, Cinephile Meeting updates and articles on film education.


One of the main issues that has come to our notice in the last couple of weeks is that people accuse us of not liking or “criticizing” Bollywood film too much. But…Folks, that’s what we are working here for and planning to grow towards equipping ourselves better and helping foster co-operative for the first network of, film criticism in India. However, if you do feel some of reviews are biased, please offer a critique on critique that we would lovingly publish or talk about.


Just to clear the cloud of doubt regarding all this. There is a director we all in the ‘Auteur team’ love- Sriram Raghavan. Do look out for an issue on his films in the forthcoming months. But before that here is a sneak peak article on his last movie Johnny Gaddar.

In this article, Srikanth views different forms of cinematic influences, plagiarism and homage that exist within Indian fraternity through the film. And it will definitely help you see things better why recent movies like DEV with its baggage of influence still falls short of this wonderful film- Johnny Gaddaar. A film we love and a film about love…of cinema.

Last but not the least the blog will soon start with exploration and linking of articles. Till then this is our only avenue of promotion.

UPCOMING:
1) Cinephile Meeting reports
2) Film Festival/Contest
3) March 12th – Our second issue dedicated to Ritwik Ghatak.



Indian Auteur linked at:


Screenvile
IFC
The Auteur
The House Next Door

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Jai Ho: Whose Oscar is it anyway?

Indian Auteur Tm


Our Website/First Issue


Delhi 6 Review

Cinephile Meeting: Last Call


FELICITATION! JAI HO!

It took us 100 years to win two Oscars. Nevertheless its better to be late than never! We are finally proud of the Oscar kudos being brought back home by our AR Rahman, Gulzar and Mr. Pookutty.

And, Yes! Yipee! Hurrah! Champagne, anyone? No one? This is a historic moment. This is history being written as you read. This is us, contained as footnotes in a grander scheme of things. Today is a day to be remembered. This is a day of pride for all of us Indians. After all, a British film took the Oscars home.

By an old industry rule, Slumdog Millionaire, is a British film, written and directed by Britishers, and funded by British/American companies. So as much as we hope and like to say that it is our film, it is not. You should all be ashamed, all you dirty slimy news channels (and others, with similar adjectives prefixed), and spreading false pride by claiming that it is a great achievement for Bollywood. Want to know about the great achievements of Bollywood? Look up the Filmfare nominations.

IndianAuteur.com, a completely non-elitist and entirely non- mainstream site, celebrates the win of the three Indians, and hopes that all our filmmakers could stop lamenting about all things like: distribution, poverty-porn, realism, logic, and start making good competent films. Also, that our filmmaker who do make good films, are helped by proving wide-scale championing and correct distribution chains, to extend our contention focus beyond the incompetent Bollywood, which is so self-sufficient, that it believes that it is a global force now.


More on Slumdog our piece on Cinema Without Borders.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Oscar Fever: Slumdog Debate and Vertov's Kino-eye


Our Website/First Issue

Cinephile Meeting: Last Call

Pulp Fiction.

Anuj writes... On the verge of Oscars, a perspective to the perspective which questions Slumdog Millionaire, as being a derogatory prostitution to the West, of the realities which no one apart from us has a right to show (and see).

In the Slumdog debate, most of us, are the policemen. The cynics. We are the ones who cannot believe that a poor chaiwallah(tea seller) can win so much. It’s we who thus fault the film on what we assume is its incoherence with logic. The problem lies with us. Not the film. Read More

More on Slumdog: Cinephile Meeting: Patna
: Of Slumdog

Lookout for Delhi 6 review tomorrow.

And...Slumdog Millionaire is not an Indian film.

Film Education


Anya, writes on , " The Concept of Dizga Vertov's Kino Eye" and link.

After the 1917 revolution in Russia, cinema became the most important art, because it was considered to be the most “modern” and objective form of art and free from bourgeois influence. Besides that cinema became the main tool of agitation/propaganda/education, because the majority of the country was illiterate. Several propaganda projects such as Agit-train, Kino-pravda and Kino-eye appeared at those times.

One of the leading directors was Dziga Vertov with his cine-journal Kino-eye (KINO-GLAZ). It was not only series of documentary films but the concept which Vertov applied to all his works.
Read More


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Cinephile Meeting: Last Call Listing



" The meetings are open to all, and are conducted purely for the love of cinema"

Topics: The Manifesto, State of Indian Cinema, Slumdog Millionaire

Idea: To share joys of cinema, learn about the medium, interact and build a team to foster criticism, production and exhibition of films.

All participation meeting will be published in the journal and further interaction will proceed on the site. For participation and details on venue and timing in any of the following city or if you want to organize on in your city.

Please email:

niteshrohit[a]indianauteur[.]com
supria[a]indianauteur[.]com
anuj[a]indianauteur[.]com

Completed: Bloomington US, Mumbai, Digobi, Patna.

Cinephile Meeting: Patna- Report



Ongoing:

Feb 19th- Dharwad, Karnataka.

Venue:- UAS, Dharwad Campus

Time: 5pm

Representative- Jagriti.


Feb 22nd- New Delhi

Venue- Cafe Turtle, Khan Market

Time: 4pm

Representative: Nitesh, Supria, Anuj

niteshrohit[a]indianauteur[.]com
supria[a]indianauteur[.]com
anuj[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 28- Pune

Venue- FTII

Time- 4pm

Representative:- Idranil Kashyap

Contacat: indranil[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 28th - Hyderabad

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA

Representatives: Shubhank Mauria/ Himanshu Rai

Contact: shubhank[a]gmail[.]com


Feb 28- Gwalior

Venue: 46, Shri Ram Colony
Behind Ram Bagh Market.
Near A.G. Office
Gwalior, 474009


Time: 11am-3pm

Representative: SurajPrasad


FEB- Kolkata

Venue- TBA

Time- TBA

Representative- Soumya Suvra Das


FEB- Muzzafarpur, Chakia, Bihar

Venue- TBA

Time- TBA

Representative - Atul Kumar


Feb- Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Venue- Annamalai Nagar

Time- TBA

Representative- Nitish Acharaya.



* Dates, venues and timings are subject to change
* Please keep checking the blog for further updates.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cinephile Meetings- Last Call





" The meetings are open to all, and are conducted purely for the love of cinema"

Topics: The Manifesto, State of Indian Cinema, Slumdog Millionaire

Idea: To share joys of cinema, learn about the medium, interact and build a team to foster criticism, production and exhibition of films.

All participation meeting will be published in the journal and further interaction will proceed on the site. For participation and details on venue and timing in any of the following city or if you want to organize on in your city.

Please email:

niteshrohit[a]indianauteur[.]com
supria[a]indianauteur[.]com
anuj[a]indianauteur[.]com

Completed: Bloomington US, Mumbai, Digobi, Patna.

Cinephile Meeting: Patna- Report



Ongoing:

Feb 19th- Dharwad, Karnataka.

Venue:- UAS, Dharwad Campus

Time: 5pm

Representative- Jagriti.


Feb 22nd
- New Delhi

Venue- Cafe Turtle, Khan Market

Time: 4pm

Representative: Nitesh, Supria, Anuj

niteshrohit[a]indianauteur[.]com
supria[a]indianauteur[.]com
anuj[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 28
- Pune

Venue- FTII

Time- 4pm

Representative:- Idranil Kashyap

Contacat: indranil[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 28th - Hyderabad

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA

Representatives: Shubhank Mauria/ Himanshu Rai

Contact: shubhank[a]gmail[.]com


Feb 28- Gwalior

Venue: 46, Shri Ram Colony
Behind Ram Bagh Market.
Near A.G. Office
Gwalior, 474009


Time: 11am-3pm

Representative: SurajPrasad


FEB
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Kolkata

Venue- TBA

Time- TBA

Representative- Soumya Suvra Das


FEB
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Muzzafarpur, Chakia, Bihar

Venue- TBA

Time- TBA

Representative - Atul Kumar


Feb
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Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Venue- Annamalai Nagar

Time- TBA

Representative- Nitish Acharaya.



* Dates, venues and timings are subject to change
* Please keep checking the blog for further updates.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Indian Auteur.com- Updates


“They were all students who started this magazine,” Ciment explained of Positif’s earliest days. “The characteristic of it was amateurism, not in the bad sense of the word, but in the good sense of ‘to love.’ People who loved movies….

Michel Ciment, editor Postif


Website updates:

The basic philosophy of our first issue was to give an overview on different aspects of cinema in India and the world. And this is something we plan to continue. Before more in-depth topics are covered at large.

The Iranian Film Festival ended in a high with Majid Majid Baduk, a movie that left everyone sitting in the screening hall wanting more of Iranian films. A full report on the event will soon be coming on the site.


1) AIESIC+ Us- We've tied up with AIESIC to spread the awareness, information on cinema across the country. We are hoping that in coming months with the largest youth organization, we will be able to reach out to maximum young- school and college going students and spread an awareness our capmapign.

AIESIC- The world's largest student organization, is the international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential so as to have a positive impact on society.

2) Cinephile Meeting: Patna- Different topics were discussed, do check it out especially for the take on Slumdog Millionaire”

2) Dev D review- an interesting discussion is taking place, Mr Anurag Kashyap was gracious enough to leave a comment:

“Someone asked me to read this review and i was reading it till i realised you are the same trio that was chased out of PFC.. well sorry..wrong site”

Plus…

There is an interesting article and discussion brewing on Truffaut’s manifesto by Harrytuttle.

3) The Subscribe and RSS are working now


Folks we encourage discussion, discovery so we hope you do comment, and our forum will up soon too.

And hopefully in times to come we are coming up with some exciting ways of learning, and growing film festival events. Look out for upcoming Contest.

And any further query please email: editor@indianauteur.com

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Indian Auteur website launches.


FINALLY…persistence paid. Days of dilemmas, confusion, indecision, uncertainty, and countless embarrassed postponements later, the group managed to strike the first death knell finally, as it launched(the beta version) of its own website,www. indianauteur.com, in the wee hours of the morning, on 12th Feb 2009.


The inaugural issue features reviews, the much-read Delhi Manifesto, details of upcoming events by the group, and the various extensive, and exhaustive features on various topics related to the state of Indian cinema. The issue also touches upon an unique topic of Film Education to inform and help Indian readers get acquainted with different styles, forms of cinema and film criticism. Harrytuttle, French cinephile author of Screenville talks about Truffuat and his manifesto in the first issue.

The group held a little party to commemorate a sort of an official announcement of the launch, on the morning of 12th Feb, at Café Turtle, situated in Khan Market. The launch had as its chief guest, Dr.Ziaei, Director, Iran Culture House; alongwith a few members of the group.

"Congratulations to them. Best wishes, and hope they grow as great writers and filmmakers in an international film event", said Dr.Ziaei.


-Press Release.
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The Cinephile Meeting in Digobi Assam, India was a great success. More details on the proceeding will come soon. Keep checking the site.

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Comment section will be updated soon, and we encourage discussion and discovery. So please interact so that their can be a growth and learning both ways. Till then, all feedback and discussion can also happen at the blog.

Indian Auteur.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cine Darbaar- Cinephile Meeting-1


" The Questioning begins. Now"


OUR MANIFESTO


Topics: The Manifesto, State of Indian Cinema, Slumdog Millionaire

Idea: To share joys of cinema, learn about the medium, interact and build a team to foster criticism, production and exhibition of films.

All participation meeting will be published in the journal and further interaction will proceed on the site. For participation and details on venue and timing in any of the following city or if you want to organize on in your city.

Please email:

niteshrohit[a]indianauteur[.]com
supria[a]indianauteur[.]com
anuj[a]indianauteur[.]com

Or

You can directly mail the representative of the respective city for venue and timings.

- more details to follow soon.


Open to all.


LISTING


Feb 5th - Bloomington, IN, US

Venue: Bloomington

Time: 5pm

Representative: Kshitiz Anand.

Contact: ksh.anand[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 12th : Digboi, Assam


Venue: Dr Debashish Home.

Time: 6pm

Representative: Indranil Kashyap

Contact: indranil[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 15th -Mumbai

Venue: Prithvi Cafe

Time: 5pm

Representatives: Shubahank Mauria/ Udita

Contact: shubhank[a]gmail[.]com


Feb 15th
- Patna, Bihar

Venue: Cafe Olive, Gandhi Maidan, Patna.

Time: 3 pm

Representative: Suraj Chandrakar,

Contact: Details


Feb 15th
- Chidamnbaram, Tamil Nadu

Venue:- Annamalai Nagar

Time:- 4 pm

Representative: Nitish Acharaya.

Contact: nitishacharya16[a]yahoo[.]co[.]in


Feb 19th
- Dharwad, Karnataka.

Venue:- UAS, Dharwad Campus

Time: 5pm

Representative- Jagriti.


Feb 22nd
- New Delhi

Venue- Cafe Turtle, Khan Market

Time: 4pm

Representative: Nitesh, Supria, Anuj

niteshrohit[a]indianauteur[.]com
supria[a]indianauteur[.]com
anuj[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 28
- Pune

Venue- FTII

Time- 4pm

Representative:- Idranil Kashyap

Contacat: indranil[a]indianauteur[.]com


Feb 28th - Hyderabad

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA

Representatives: Shubhank Mauria/ Himanshu Rai

Contact: shubhank[a]gmail[.]com


Feb 28- Gwalior

Venue: TBA

Time: TBA

Representative: Suraj

FEB- Kolkata

Venue- TBA

Time- TBA

Representative- Soumya Suvra Das

FEB-
Muzzafarpur, Chakia, Bihar

Venue- TBA

Time- TBA

Representative - Atul Kumar

* Dates, venues and timings are subject to change
* Please keep checking the blog for further updates.


WEBSITE COMING ON - 10. 2. 2009

Come join hands and lets learn, improve and make things better.


Cine Darbaar is a society working towards the promotion of national and International cinema in the country.