Silk Screen New Hires!
We are so excited to introduce the newest member of the Silk Screen family, Alisa Jacobson, our new programming and development associate. Alisa will be replacing Sarah, who will be leaving in the fall for graduate school.
Alisa is a painter, photographer and musician. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University. Originally from Pittsburgh, Alisa has had the opportunity through studying abroad to travel across Europe, but she has always managed to come back to her beautiful hometown! Along with rocking out in a band and live painting at many events, Alisa is excited to become a part of the Silk Screen family where she can work with others who are also passionate about art, music and film.
In addition to Alisa, we have a crop of awesome new interns for this Festival cycle! Gabriella and Nora are our social media extraordinaires; Katie is our community outreach guru and Alex is currently communicating with every film person on the planet to bring you the very best movies for the festival!
Tickets Going on Sale Soon!
Just another reminder that tickets for BOTH the August 31 Launch Party and the September 15 Red Carpet Gala will be going on sale June 1. The Gala will be at the William Penn and filled with amazing food and performances so you won’t want to miss that! The Launch Party will be at the super cool Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse on the North Side and guests will be lucky enough to be able to purchase Gala tickets at an amazing discounted price!
Silk Screen Recommends…
Books: This month we’re changing up our routine a bit. Rather than a film, a book and a piece of music, we are giving you two books and a film. Two very special friends of Silk Screen have recently published books and we wanted to showcase both!
Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star by Aseem Chhabra
Chhabra, Silk Screen’s lead festival programmer and one of India’s leading journalists, has released this biography on the enigmatic stage and screen actor Shashi Kapoor. The Times of India calls the book “delightful,” and Gulf News says that the book painst “an unrivalled picture of the man and the actor through insights and anecdotes from family members, co-stars and colleagues.” Kapoor, a member of the Bollywood dynasty Kapoor family, is an award-winning actor, producer and director, best known to American audiences for his roles opposite Pierce Brosnan in 1988’s The Deceivers and Ted Danson in 1996’s Gulliver’s Travels. Of Chhabra’s book, Gulf News says, “For those who already know about Kapoor, this will be an illuminating read. For those who don’t, it will be necessary.”
Available for purchase from Amazon
Excerpt from a review by Gisela Dixon of Readers’ Favorite: “The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey is a story revolving around the chief protagonist, Shanti Zamzai, a girl who dares to follow her heart and her dreams…As she immigrates to America and starts raising her family in a different, freer culture, she slowly comes to the realization that she is still not free and is conforming to the ideas of what society expects from a woman. This is her story of finding her wings, so to speak, and takes us through the highs and lows across different cultures and continents.”
Available for purchase from Amazon
A Passage to India
Directed by David Lean
Based on the novel written in 1924 by E.M. Forster and loosely on the play by Santha Rama Rau (1960), this drama was the final film of Lean’s career and received eleven Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, Director and Actress for Judy Davis as Adela Quested. Set in the 1920s during the Indian Independence Movement, the film focuses on the changing dynamic between native locals in India and British colonials. When an excursion to explore caves ends in a rape accusation, tensions rise between the British Empire and the movement towards Indian independence. The New York Times called the film “intimate, funny and moving,” and noted that it was Director Lean’s finest work since Bridge on the River Kwai.
Available to rent or own from Amazon
Travel Spotlight: Flyboarding in Cambodia
Everyone dreams of flying. Don’t pretend you haven’t thought about how cool it would be to soar over the world with your own pair of wings! You can actually make that dream a reality! (Sort of) At Sihanoukville’s Otres Beach in Cambodia, you can try your hand at the sport of Flyboarding, a futuristic endeavor that looks equal parts intimidating and thrilling.
The Flyboard looks similar to a jetpack, but it propels itself into the air from the water underneath your feet. The rider stands on the board attached to a hose connected to a watercraft and takes flight when the jets create enough pressure to shoot you nearly fifty feet in the air!
For more info on this insane adventure, click here!