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Aired April 12th 2018
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Spearheaded by Bhatnagar and co-director Alka Bhanot, Indie Meme (April 19-22) will screen 10 feature-length films that are astutely aware of the region's social and political climates. "Indie Meme's journey has been ever evolving and changing," said Bhatnagar. "[It] is more of a movement that's truly driven by the entire community. From the filmmakers who trust us to represent their work, to the audience who come to support the films, everyone has been instrumental in shaping us to where we are today."
In February of 2013, Indie Meme was set up as a product of passion for cinema, and the compulsive desire to make independent films available in the US for everyone and not just the festival goers. There was a need to watch something more rewarding than what was usually available – good meaningful cinema from India. This simple thought led to Indie Meme, which has evolved & grown every day from that first idea, like an organic being living off the environment it is thrown in.
Three films will have their American premieres at the third Indie Meme Film Festival in Austin from April 19 to 22. The fest’s US-based founders Tripti Bhatnagar and Alka Bhanot say their mission is to promote socially relevant independent cinema from South Asia.
Awarded the “Best International Passport -2016” by The Austin Chronicle, the Indie Meme Film Festival continues to grow as the ‘go to’ destination for unique, powerful stories from South Asia. Over the years cinema enthusiasts come to watch the carefully curated programming to experience slices of life from countries like India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afganistan, Iran & more and to mix n mingle with the filmmakers in attendance & be a part of the Indie Meme community.
Abu is an open diary, a heart-wrenching story of life’s love and loss and a young immigrant’s story of identity preservation in the midst of losing everything he grew up knowing. Although vibrant home videos help paint a picture of what is left of Khan’s childhood home in Pakistan, full of life, dancing and love, Khan’s subsequent commentary provides an insightful perspective of the inner turmoil he was dealing with.
Childhood poverty. Addiction. Growing up gay in a religious environment. The strength of innocence and the power of community. While the films at this week's Indie Meme Film Festival (April 19-22) come from all over South Asia, the themes are truly global. Here's the full film schedule for the four-day celebration of the region's cinema.
A Con Artist, New Parents, and Chess Enthusiasts: Indie Meme’s 3rd Annual Film Festival Brought Stories to Viewers from All Strata of Society.
A Red Carpet event to rival those from Bollywood to Hollywood. However,the honorees had stories to tell of everyday life in South Asia, brought to life with stories that hit close to the heart and actors who could easily be your neighbors, classmates, and colleagues. These films were funny, heartwarming, thought-provoking, and taboo at times. The event brought together talented and inspiring filmmakers with voices, ideas, and passion to reach an audience thirsty for new perspectives, ideas, and most of all voices.
Indie Meme has sensationally cultivated an annual event in which to showcase the success of filmmakers from South Asia. In this instance success is not awards or money, rather the opportunity to tell a story from one's perspective and have it reach a global audience. At the helm of this venture are Alka Bhanot and Tripti Bhatnagar whose leadership brings the South Asian experience to life to the greater Austin area in a way that goes beyond a superficial glance.
Meenaz Lakhani of SOCH news, Dallas in conversation with Tripti Bhatnagar after Indie Meme's screening of Island City in Dallas. Here she is, talking with Tripti of Indie Meme and other viewers.
26th February 2017
Ameiya poyieker for SOCH the news of Dallas online bring an interesting movie #thethreshold talk with Movie viewers. Here Ameiya talking with Tripti Bhatnagar of Indie Meme of who presented this movie to the Dallas community. Threshold is a must watch movie of Neena Gupta.this movie venue was Angelica theatre Plano Texas.
Today dated 8th December 2016 Thursday.
TV Asia's coverage of MOOR
We are honored to be selected as the winner of Austin Chronicle's 2016 Best International Passport Award!
Celebrating underdog filmmakers and voices, Indie Meme’s first festival was a successful passion project that opened Austin’s eyes to South Asia’s exploding cinematic scene.
See full IMFF 2016 Coverage
Austin Documentary Fans interviews Alka Bhanot to find out more about Indiememe and the screening of Gulabi Gang.