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Mad Cow Sacred Cow broadcast premiere on CBC Newsworld The Lens in January

10 Jan

After enjoying its World Premiere at the Whistler Film Festival ‘08, Mad Cow Sacred Cow will have its broadcast premiere on CBC Newsworld’s “The Lens” on January 27th, 2009, 10:00 PM EST.

calfFollowing up on the Gemini Award winning “Cosmic Current,” filmmaker Anand Ramayya embarks on another personal journey but this time he is a new father, and completely terrified of his food. The steaks are high as his journey reveals shocking connections between the Mad Cow crisis, Farm crisis and Global Food crisis.

Weaving interviews from renowned speakers such as Dr. Vandana Shiva, Maneka Gandhi, Dr. Murray Waldman, Nettie Wiebe and Swami Agnivesh with stunning visuals of a personal journey that crosses continents, the story of Mad Cow Sacred Cow takes us from the filmmaker’s own happy days of indiscriminate beef consumption to the frightening realities created by globalization.

Mad Cow Sacred Cow is a universal story that connects the food we eat to the environmental, cultural, economic and health crisis we are currently facing on a global level. A project that began over four years ago in response to the Mad Cow crisis has become even more relevant and timely today.img_06712

Stunning High Definition visuals and an Indian fusion music score transport us from the rolling prairies of cattle country in Southern Canada to the heart of Exotic Southern India and the land of the Sacred Cow. Edited by Chris Bizzocchi (Tree Fallers), Cinematography by Thomas Hale (A Year at Sherbrooke, Cosmic Current), Music by Raj Ramayya (Space Cowboy Beebop, Cosmic Current), Producer/Production Sound Ryan Lockwood. The project is produced by four- time Gemini Award winning Karma Film in association with CBC Newsworld and Hulo Films.

Financing partners include Canadian Television Fund, Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, Rogers, SaskFilm and broadcast partners CBC Newsworld, Saskatchewan Communications Network, and Knowledge Network.img_1345

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Whistler Film Festival 2008 Screens the World Premiere of Anand Ramayya’s “Mad Cow, Sacred Cow”

9 Nov

The 2008 edition of Whistler Film Festival kicks off with the world premiere of Anand Ramayya’s feature length documentary, Mad Cow Sacred Cow, on December 4th, 3:00 pm at the Rainbow Theatre in Whistler.

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In the wake of the Mad Cow Crisis, terrified of his food, filmmaker Anand Ramayya (Cosmic Current) embarks on a journey from his in-laws’ family farm in Canada all the way back to India, land of the Sacred Cow. His Journey reveals shocking connections between the Mad Cow crisis and Global Food crisis.

Weaving interviews from Dr. Vandana Shiva, Maneka Gandhi, Dr. Murray Waldman, Nettie Wiebe and Swami Agnivesh with stunning visuals of a personal journey that crosses continents, the story of Mad Cow Sacred Cow takes us from the filmmaker’s own happy days of indiscriminate beef consumption to the frightening realities created by globalization.

Congratulations to the crew: Producer/ Writer/ Director Anand Ramayya, Producer Ryan Lockwood (Hulo Films), Cinematographer Thomas Hale, Composer Raj Ramayya, Editor Chris Bizzocchi.

Financing partners of Mad Cow Sacred Cow include Canadian Television Fund, Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, Rogers, SaskFilm and broadcast partners CBC Newsworld, Saskatchewan Communications Network, and Knowledge Network. It will air on CBC Newsworld’s The Lens in Spring 2009.

contact: anand@karmafilm.ca, rawtalentbc@gmail.com

Indo-Canadian Filmmakers on the Rise

20 Feb

The Indian film industry is the world’s largest, with over 800 feature films produced annually and with highest ticket sales recorded worldwide. They easily outnumber North American sales and have a long history of film production in several areas of the country. North America boasts Hollywood as the entertainment haven, with New York and Vancouver holding second and third spots in terms of capacity, output and infrastructure for film and television production. Top revenue generating film production regions in India are Bollywood (Mumbai), Kollywood (Chennai) and Tollywood (Hyderabad), though there is activity across the country. Preethi’s weblog gives a detailed synopsis of the film industry across India.

As filmmaking must be in their blood, there are several Indo-Canadian producer/ directors making noise here in Canada. The stories brought to Canadian cinema are fresh perspectives of Indian culture immersed into Canada, with the accompanying cross-cultural themes. Brightlight Pictures picked up “Pink Ludoos” from a schoolteacher who entered the screenplay into a writing competition. This film explores the issue of societal discrimination against women and how geography is no boundary for cultural normality. The film, directed by Guarev Seth, will star a host of Indo-Canadian actors.

anandr2.jpgNorthern Saskatchewan born Anand Ramayya, son of India’s Ray Ramayya grew up with film and has recentlywapos.jpg won his third Gemini Award, this time for the Wapos Bay Series in the category of Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program (beating out the popular Degrassi High). He is currently in post production for “Mad Cow Sacred Cow,” an extension to his bio-doc “Cosmic Current” that offers a cross cultural analysis of the human relationship with the cow, and the societal, spiritual and environmental impacts of globalization. Shooting in the Canadian prairies, the UK and India, this film discusses an important topic, and can be seen on CBC’s The Lens late this summer.

Vancouver’s Nilesh Patel has been making films for several years. His latest project, Brocket 99patel.jpg, is about the mock radio show of a Canadian First Nations community that was spread across western Canada via audio cassettes in the 1980s. The feature documentary traces back to the origins of the tapes, to the community of which it is based on, and gathers diverging social and cultural perspectives by those who remember the cultural phenomenom of the 80s. Patel has won several awards including the Sequences Magazine prize at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and the Special Recognition Award at the Anchorage International Film Festival. Nilesh Patel also works as a mentor for the Intersections Media youth project, which has just completed its seventh season providing opportunities for youth to learn about film and video production.

The Indo-Canadian perspective offers a diverse lens into a Canadian culture overlooked by most. I look forward to the future projects that come from these and others in the community.

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