IMFF @ Austin 2016

First Indie Meme Film Festival   |   Best of South Asian indie cinema
April 15 - 17 2016   |  The Marchesa Hall & Theater
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IMFF@Austin Official Selection & Schedule

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All films have English subtitles

FRIDAY APRIL 15th 2016

6:30 PM

Our filmmakers & special guests walk the red carpet from 6:30 pm. You are invited to come join us early to meet them all, register, pick up badges, meet the Indie Meme team, mingle with the other attendees or relax with a glass of wine at bar :-) Many photo opportunities here!!!

7:30-9:30PM
LYARI NOTES
Filmmakers in attendance
In Pakistan a rock star teaches a group of girls to express themselves through music in Karachi’s most volatile district.

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Community Partners -
Austin Arts & Drama Initiative( AADI
Austin Documentary Fans (ADF)

Film Sponsors - 
Greater Asian Austin Chamber of Commerce (GAACC)
9:30-11:30PM
With international, award winning filmmakers from South Asia! The party will kick-off with the eastern soulful music of Austin's, Nagavalli & her band who have consistently been featured as the top 10 world music bands in the city. This year Nagavalli is among the top 10 female vocalists. Hors d'oeuvres served. Cash bar for drinks.

Party Sponsors - 
Austin Bollywood Cultural Association
BADGEHOLDERS ONLY
SATURDAY APRIL 26th 2016
11:30-1:30PM
RASIKA MATHUR : TRUTH TELLER
Short Film
Filmmaker and lead actress in attendance
This short documentary tells the personal journey of actress-comedianne and writer, Rasika Mathur after working on MTV's Wild N Out for five seasons.  Drawing on her previous improvisation and stand-up experiences, she demonstrates how performance and real life blend, as she delivers insight into her own childhood fears and her relationship with her parents during her one-woman show.

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THE THRESHOLD
Filmmaker in attendance
A North Indian couple, in their early 60s, at their mountain retreat. Their son has just gotten married, a reception has ended and all the guests have left. She chooses this moment to tell her husband she is leaving. What follows is an endless day: the avalanche of this long-gathering decision and what it means to a decades-long relationship.

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Community Partner - SAIVA
Film Sponsor - The Center for Relationships
2:30-4:45PM
DHANAK
An enchanting fable that reinforces the belief that life is beautiful. The story revolves around a blind boy Chotu, his sister Pari, and the road trip of a lifetime they take across the dunes of Rajasthan to get his eyesight back. 

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Community Partner - Shankar EYE FoundationThe Magellan International SchoolSouth Asian Austin Moms

Children 5 and under attend for FREE.
5:45-7:15PM
JAAL
Short Film
Filmmaker in attendance
Wandering the streets of America, a young and frail Indian girl, who doesn't speak a word of English, is in desperate need of help.
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UTOPIA
The story follows Janan, a woman from Afghanistan who  travels to the UK for artificial insemination. Complications arise when a medical sciences student who works in the clinic switches the donor’s semen for his own.  What will happen when Janan finds out?

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Community Partner: North Austin Influencers
7:15-8:15PM
FILM MAKER PANEL
A panel discussion led by Shaku Selvakumar with the visiting filmmakers. The topic of discussion is "Impact of reel life on real life".  A discussion for inquisitive minds.

Panel Sponsors -  The Center for Relationships
BADGEHOLDERS ONLY
8:15-10:00PM
"MEET THE MAKERS" PARTY
(Indie Meme Mixer - FREE for members) 
An intimate party with the visiting filmmakers who are each brilliant, vibrant & creative in their own unique way. Eat, drink & catch up with fellow Meme-ers. 

​Kick off your shoes and indulge in some Persian dance with the performers of Ravaan, the only dance company dedicated to celebrating Persian (Iranian) artistic expression through dance in Austin. 

Also - a standup by Rasika Mathur!

Sponsors - Austin Bollywood Cultural Association (ABCA)
BADGEHOLDERS & INDIE MEME MEMBERS ONLY
SUNDAY APRIL 27th 2016
2:00-4:00PM
SAGAR MANAV
A society that runs on rich dreams often looks over the hardships of the working class. There are a few people who choose not to climb this ladder and instead watch the battle for rich dreams unfold in front of them. Almost as if they are spectators, standing on blood shed, in the war between the mighty gladiators.

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GOONGA PEHELWAN
A documentary that follows India's most successful deaf athlete on his unlikely quest to reach the Rio Olympics 2016 and become only the second deaf wrestler in the history of the Olympics to do so. 

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Community Partner - ADF
4:45-7:15PM
KOTHANODI
Film maker in attendance
The folktales on which this film is based are well known and much loved by generations of Assamese children. While the stories have traditionally been presented as tales for children,  Kothanodi tries to push them towards darker, unorthodox directions.

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Co-Presenter - Austin Film Society
8:00-10:00PM
DANDEKAR MAKES A SANDWICH

A short, comedic film about RK Dandekar, who goes to the grocery store to gather the ingredients for the perfect sandwich, and makes an unlikely connection.

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X: Past is Present
With 11 different parts directed by 11 different directors, "X: Past is Present" represents the next level of the average anthology film -- with all of its stories woven together to make one overarching narrative.

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​Community Partner: Agni Dance Company
 
 
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