There are always a variety of festivals going on in New York City; just opening this past Sunday, September 18 and moving through next Sunday the 26th of September is the I View Festival 2010. While the real buzz will be about all the screenings, world premieres, and other big festival spotlights, another more nuanced point about the I View 2010 is just who will be in attendance. The who’s who of I View 2010 includes panel discussions, celebrity sightings and much more. While there will invariably be a few surprise guests at I View 2010, the following are some of the scheduled events for this year’s I View.
What is I View? – I View 2010 am “a cutting edge cinematic and entertainment extravaganza, which presents contemporary South Asia’s most vital voices in film.” These may not be voices you’ve heard of before, but they are poised to be the next generation of crossover filmmakers for domestic audiences.
Monday: 20th September: From 6-8PM on Monday will be an Industry Roundtable with New Directions in South Asian Cinema at Tribeca Cinemas.
Tuesday: 21st: At 6:30 and 9PM at Big Cinemas will be screenings of “Ishgiya” and “Magbool,” respectively. Both screenings will include a conversation session with Vishal Bhardwaj. From 8:30 – 9 in between both screenings will be a separate conversation with Bhardwaj.
Wednesday 22nd: From 5:30 – 8PM at the LGBT Center will be a series of short films about the LGBT experience. Along with these screenings will be a panel discussion. Also on Wednesday night from 8-10:15 at Big Cinemas is a Red Carpet premiere of “Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun,” followed by a Q&A. An after party is also rumored to be in the works.
Thursday 23rd: Beginning at 5:30-8PM at Big Cinemas on Thursday is a screening of “Antarmahal,” a film about sexuality & religion, sexuality & ritual, and includes a panel discussion following the screening. Later on in the evening, also at Big Cinemas are screenings of “Rice Plate,” and “Pankh,” with the latter having a panel discussion to follow.
Friday 24th: From 7:30-10:30 at Big Cinemas will be a Festival Center Piece of “Just Another Love Story,” followed by a Q&A with the stars of the production. This event is a red carpet event so expect a big turnout from local celebrities who are connected to world cinema.
Sunday 26th: The closing night of the festival promises to be big as well. Look for an early screening (12-2) of “Shorts & Docs V” with a follow-up conversation about Indie Women who make short films at the Asia Society. Tickets to this event include conversations with the directors. Later on in the day will be reruns of “Iijoud”, “Pankh”, “Just Another Love Story” as well as the closing night feature “Mirch,” at Big Cinemas from 4-7. This red carpet premiere includes a Q&A with the stars. From 8-10PM at the Asia Society will be another closing night celebration which includes an awards show, fashion show, and dinner.
Look for all sorts of celebs to be showing up to this gala and all sorts of other events happening as the week progresses!
The Asia Society (Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium) is located 725 Park Ave in Manhattan
Tribeca Cinemas (TC 1 & TC 2) is located at 54 Varick Street in Manhattan
Big Cinemas is located at 239 East 59th Street in Manhattan