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From Saskatchewan to India – Mad Cow Sacred Cow screens at Mumbai Film Festival and broadcast on SCN

3 Feb

After a successful broadcast and festival run, the momentum of Anand Ramayya’s award winning documentary, Mad Cow Sacred Cow continues as it screens at the Mumbai International Film Festival on February 6th in India and airs February 7th on SCN.

MIFF will be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, from February 3rd to 9th.  The festival that began in 1990, held with the active support of the Government of Maharashtra, is a competitive biennial event which has gained recognition on par with renowned International Film Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Oberhausen, Cracow, and Tampere.

Anand commented from the festival today:  “It’s a special honour to be screening Mad Cow Sacred Cow at MIFF after having shot in India and, as a 2nd generation filmmaker of Indian origin, this is the first time in my family that we’ve had a film screen back in India. Myself along with the numerous other international filmmakers in attendance are being given the royal treatment and were looking forward to a great festival!”

Following up on the Gemini Award winning “Cosmic Current,” filmmaker Anand Ramayya embarks on another personal journey, but this time as a new father and completely terrified of his food. Mad Cow Sacred Cow 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.

The film has traveled from Saskatchewan, where it picked up awards at the 63rd Yorkton Film Festival, to Whistler, Florence, Toronto, Stuttgart and now back to India where it was filmed.

Mad Cow Sacred Cow airs on SCN Sunday Feb 7th at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm.  Visit www.scn.ca.

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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

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