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Silent River Film Festival

Irvine, California, US
October 11 – 14, 2012

What’s It All About?

The second annual Silent River Film Festival will be held in the city of Irvine in the heart of Southern California, Los Angeles. The festival was founded by filmmaker, actor and poet Kalpana Singh-Chitnis, an American filmmaker of Indian descent in Hollywood. It is dedicated to independent filmmakers and aims to bring East and West together to share their best cinema and to raise awareness about issues important to the industry. The festival also aims to create more opportunities for women film-
makers and supports student filmmakers by discovering and recognising them.

The city of Irvine will welcome some celebrities from the industry including actress Jorja Fox of CSI, West Wing and ER; Ali Corbin of Look and American Reunion; and legendary Indian actress Rajshree of Around The World, Geet Gaya Pathronne and Janwar fame.

Watch Out For!

Some of the industry’s finest filmmakers will come together to share their work and love for cinema at this year’s festival. The line-up includes films from major studios like Walt Disney, UTV and many independent film productions. This year, entries were received from 30 countries and with 80 hand-
picked films.

South-Korean film director Chung Ji-yong of the film Unbowed, Peruvian Director Camilo Vila of 180 Dollars To Freedom, Terry Green of No God, No Master are also expected to walk the red carpet.

The festival’s Cinema for Causes section screens films relating to causes every year. This year’s films and documentaries are made on human rights issues, environmental issues and humane treatment of animals.


Narrative Features

1. Unbowed (Bu-reo-jin hwa-sal) – Dir: Chung Ji-Yeong – South Korea

2. Life’s An Itch – Dir: Kevin Kent – United States

3. Jalpari (The Desert Mermaid) – Dir: Nila Madhab Panda – India

4. 186 Dollars To Freedom – Dir: Camilo Vila – Peru/United States

5. Lessons In Forgetting – Dir: Unni Vijayan – India

6. Bloom – Dir: Diane Kern – United States

7. A Gran Plan – Dir: Sangeeta Nambiar – Singapore

Feature Animations

1. Arjun: The Warrior Prince – Dir: Arnab Chaudhuri – India

2. The King Of Pigs – Dir: Yuen Sang-ho – South Korea

Special Showcase

Eros International’s recently released English Vinglish, featuring Sridevi will also be screened in the segment.

Cinema For Causes

How I Became An Elephant

The film is directed by 16-time award-winning filmmakers Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp, and produced by actor/producer Jorja Fox and 14-year-old Juliette West. The Executive Producer is acclaimed PBS nature filmmaker Michael Tobias. Associate Producer: Actor Emily Deschanel.


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