The Golden Pen selected by 5th Indian Film Festival of Ireland

We are proud to announce that The Golden Pen has been selected to be screened at the 5th Indian Film Festival of Ireland. The festival will be held in Dublin, Ireland, between September 26th and 29th, 2014. We were invited to attend by Siraj Zaidi, the convenor and organizer of the festival and feel honoured by the invitation.

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For those of you who have seen the movies of Aghajani Kashmeri (click the previous linked words and see his filmography), and are nearby or plan to visit Ireland during that period, do drop by to see the one-hour documentary.

We understand that the festival has gone from one successful year to the next thanks to efforts of Siraj Zaidi, himself a Lucknow native who grew up in the same neighbourhood as Aghajani Kashmeri, Wazir Gunj.  We are going to try our hardest to attend the festival and are hoping that at least one key member of our crew will be present.

NYC Premiere of The Golden Pen: Watch 24-minute NY TV news show

A lot has happened since the Toronto premiere of The Golden Pen… it was premiered in New York City under the auspices of the Foreign Policy Association at Scandinavia House.

 

The event drew a near packed house with a lot of media. For me the highlight was being on stage with my brother, Sarwar Kashmeri and answering questions, some of them from Americans and South Asians who knew Aghajani Kashmeri, our father, personally.

Then there were reporters such as Renee Lobo, who put together a brilliant 24-minute special on her TV show called The Renee Lobo report that airs in several parts of the United States.

TUNE IN FOLKS: The Golden Pen’s TV premiere in Ontario and Western Canada on May 20 and 27

It’s finally here, the moment we have all been waiting for: The Golden Pen’s Canadian TV premiere:

  • OMNI-2 in Ontario on Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. in English;
  • OMNI-2 in Ontario on Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. in Hindi/Urdu;
  • OMNI Alberta Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. (played in most of Western Canada except B.C.);
  • OMNI B.C. on Sunday, May 27 at 10 p.m.

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As we mentioned earlier, The Golden Pen was selected to premiere at Toronto’s ReelWorld Film Festival on April 13 (the video above with Zuhair Kashmeri introducing the documentary was from the premiere); won a runners-up in the short documentary category at the Winter 2012 Asians on Film Festival in West Hollywood; and has its New York premiere on June 6, 2012, hosted by the prestigious Foreign Policy Association in Manhattan.

This has been an amazing journey for me, much as it was an amazing journey for my father, from his hometown of Lucknow, India (not Lucknow, Ontario) to Toronto, Canada.

Enjoy and after you watch the doc, please return here to http://thegoldenpen.ca, leave your comments or e-mail us.

 

The Golden Pen wins Honorable Mention at Asians on Film Festival in West Hollywood

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The golden pen has been awarded an Honourable Mention as the runners up in the Best Short – Documentary Category at the Asians on film festival in west hollywood, california. The first place went to Merde! which was directed by Earl McDaniel III.

The announcement was made barely three days after The Golden Pen was premiered on Friday, April 13, before a packed audience at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto. A full video report of the premiere and an animated Q&A will be on this site shortly.

The tremendous reception at the premiere was way beyond our expectations. We were graced with directors such as Shakun Batra, whose Bollywood movie Ek Main aur Ek Tu, was also premiered at the festival. And now we have been showered with recognition from a well-know West Coast festival that specializes in a certain genre of films.  This sort of recognition would have  been impossible but for the team involved in filming and putting together The Golden Pen.

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COMING SOON: A FULL VIDEO OF THE GOLDEN PEN’S TORONTO PREMIERE AND AN ANIMATED Q&A.

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The Golden Pen to Premiere at the 12th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival

That’s right ladies and gentleman, The Golden Pen has been accepted to the 2012 ReelWorld Film Festival, which will be happening in Toronto April 11-15th. You can catch our Canadian premiere on April 13 at the Famous Players Canada Square Cinema. The making of The Golden Pen has been an incredible journey, and after almost two years, we couldn’t be more excited to share our film with you. CLICK ME to buy tickets for the premiere, which are $10 each; $5 for seniors and students..

For the still uninitiated, The Golden Pen is about the life of Aghajani Kashmeri and unfolds through the stories told by his descendants and a historian in Lucknow.  In Mumbai, the heart of Bollywood, the film picks up with footage from his films, interviews Bollywood actors such as the late Shammi Kapoor and Joy Mukherjee, and the veteran sweetheart of early Bollywood, Nimmi. Others such as Amin Sayani of the radio show that could make or break movies, Binaca Geet Mala or hit parade, reminisce about a man who entertained six generations of Indians, and was a celebrity who lost much of his wealth on the racetrack before finally moving to Toronto late in life.

In the upcoming weeks, we are looking to use this site and our Facebook page as platforms to share more information about the film and the incredible life of Aghajani Kashmeri, so if that is something you’re interested in please join us on Facebook or check back here regularly.

Finally, we sincerely hope that you can join us April 13th in Toronto as we celebrate Aghajani Kashmeri, a man who lived to make movies, with a cinematic tribute told with the deepest admiration by those that knew him best. If you cannot make it, stay tuned for our upcoming Television premiere on Omni-TV and other screening opportunities as they are announced.

Click here to read the full press release.