I’ve just arrived in Toronto. Got my delegates pass and goody bag with Catalog which was waiting at the hotel desk thanks to an amazing and super efficient team at Fortissimo. Dropped into to their office and saw the poster for Road, Movie and collected three copies of the brochure which they have printed. BEAUTIFUL.
Fred Berger my amazing co-producer arrives from LA soon. There’s a ton of work to be done and lots of movies to be seen.
Had a long phone conversation with Satish Kaushik who has seen the trailer and been reading about the film.
He said, “I’m excited like a child.”
Abhay rolls in shortly once he can get a ride from the airport. As of 2pm he was stranded at Pearson International.
Tonight: the Cohen Brother’s new film.
Co producer of Road, Movie Sopan Muller has just located an NTSC master made from the original negative of English, August. It’s been seen and checked by him and editor Antara Lahiri who both feel it’s in a good state. This means we are one step closer to a DVD. The sound is awful but that is something which we have backups for and can restore.
Which leaves me with one more thing… restoring the original negative. That’s a big one.
But for all those readers who just visit this blog for an update on English, August this is good news.
September 13, 2009. A sneak peek before our world premiere at TIFF.
World Premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre, September 18th 8:15pm.
ps: this title and the stunning end title sequence has been done by Shine an amazing team in LA. I totally love them and would love them to be a part of Samourai and Sacred Numbers as well.
Here’s a site that has some information and stills from the English. August.
Look at how young Rahul Bose looked.
Is there a simple answer to this question? I wish there were.
The negative has been damaged because of ridiculously poor storage at Prasad Labs, Madras.
The restoration costs have skyrocketed and no one wants to pay for this.
So- the DVD gets delayed beyond what I had imagined.
Why can’t we see the film in the cinemas again?
I spoke with several distributors- young and not so. They all said the same thing- the film is too old, no one will come to see it. Period.
I think the Long Tale is something they need to wag.
So when do we get a DVD?
Once I complete my new film I’ll get around to seeing how to restore English, August and bring it back to life.
But it’s painful. I dislike looking back.
Playing on iTunes After Six from the album “White Bread Black Beer” by Scritti Politti
INT- BOMBAY TAXI — DAY
The radio was blasting an Elvis song.
The words hit me like a bullet.
Here was the perfect recipe for making movies. The secret sauce so to speak.
A little less conversation
A little more action please
A little more bite and a little less bark
Satisfy me baby
Playing on iTunes Like a Rolling Stone from the album “33 1/3” by Susheela Raman
Oh, this has to be written.
Last evening I went to Khan Market- the old bastion of book shops and cafe’s in New Delhi, looking for a copy of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
INT- RESPECTABLE BOOKSHOP – EVENING
Me: Do you have the book, Of Mice and Men?
By John Steinbeck?
The bookshop owner looks me up and down, curls his lip and replies in disgust.
Owner: We don’t have a computer section.
Don’t Panic, Dev. All will be ok.
Playing on iTunes It’s Getting Old from the album “Tally of the Yes Men” by Goldspot]