The 2012 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will soon host three world premieres, nine U.S. premieres, and twelve Los Angeles premieres as they celebrate their 10th anniversary April 10-15 at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinemas in Los Angeles.


Bedabrata Pain’s drama Chittagong opens the festival.  The film is about a 14-year-old Jhunka who comes of age as he is faced with the ultimate questions of sacrifice, love, and the quest for true freedom.  Closing the festival will be Prashant Bhargava’s award-winning drama Patang, which tells the story of Delhi businessman Jayesh and his daughter as they journey back to Jayesh’s childhood home in Ahmedabad for a family reunion … during India’s largest kite festival.

I’m a big fan IFFLA.  There’s such joy there, with musicians playing in the courtyard and happy staff members intent on making the experience memorable.


Outfest’s Fusion

Outfest’s Fusion is this weekend, March 22 – 25.  Ever-expanding, Fusion will run this year at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.  Fusion also continues working with NBC Universal for Fusion Access L.A., a one-day workshop where emerging filmmakers can meet and hear from NBC executives and creative personnel.  For the second year, a behind-the-scenes lot tour will also be offered.  As a past attendee, I can attest to the wealth of excellent information and opportunities the program offers.  It’s free, with attendees selected by application.

The festival’s sing-a-long this year will be “Car Wash”  Last year I was tasked with sing-a-long lyric forwarding and failed miserably.  Yes, I dropped the bouncing ball.   Volunteering for Outfest is a great way to meet people and be active in the community.  Because my Wiz lyric experience haunts me, I’m going with being party help this year.

From The Skinny

Opening the fest will be a live performance by Adelina Anthony and D’Lo, and the gala film is Patrik-Ian Polk‘s The Skinny, about three friends reunited in NYC.




–Ken Choy

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