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Indo-US Chamber Partners with Jax Film Fest to Bring Indian Filmmakers to the First Coast

The Indo-US Chamber of Commerce and the Jax Film Fest are excited to bring the works of three Indian filmmakers to this year’s event. In addition, JFF will screen several other films featuring India and cross cultural Indian topics. This is the first time JFF has had a highlighted partnership with an economic development group, and both groups are excited to bring a piece of Bollywood to North Florida. The theme for this year’s gala is “Global Whimsy”.

The Indo-US Chamber strives to display Jacksonville as an attractive location for producers and filmmakers of Indian descent to return and use the First Coast in future projects. As Jacksonville is one of the top cities in the US for the fastest growing South Asian Population, Indo-US Chamber and the community hopes that many movie makers will see first-hand the allure in making Jacksonville a potential film production site that can add big numbers to the region in terms of economic impact.

Four of the highlighted films are: Gattu, Let’s Be Out, The Sun is Shining, Kumare, and Adwait Sangeet.

Gattu, by Rajan Khosa, is a family friendly film about a child with big dreams despite struggling with illiteracy. It’s a movie that will appeal to all ages and will have two screenings, first at the San Marco Theater on Thursday, November 1st at 5:00pm and again on Saturday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Jacksonville Public Library Theater (JPL) downtown.

Let’s Be Out, The Sun is Shining, is directed by Bornila Chatterjee, an Indian-American filmmaker who grew up in Calcutta. This is a film for adults, highlighting the life of a modern Indian-American woman living in NYC, struggling with her identity within these two cultures. The movie will show at the JPL on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:30 pm, followed by a Q & A session with Chatterjee immediately after to discuss the film and the theme of cross cultural struggles among Indian youth today.

Kumare, by Vikram Gandhi, is a fast moving documentary about an Indian born in America, who became interested in Americans who romanticize Indian culture. He goes on a search for spirituality and stumbles across a surprise that leaves him with many questions. Kumare is showing on Friday, Nov 3rd, at 11:00 am at the JPL Theater. Immediately following the movie will be a panel to discuss the theme of the movie and the idea of searching for cross cultural spirituality. Lunch will be served.

Adwait Sangeet, by Makarand Brahme, is a musical masterpiece featuring two famous Indian musicians. The movie highlights musical works of art throughout. Adwait Sangeet is showing on Friday, November 4th at the San Marco Theater at 5:00 pm.

JFF’s opening night film, This Space Available includes a piece shot entirely in Mumbai, focusing on the pollution and environmental issues that the city struggles with. This film is currently being screened at film festivals in India.

North Florida residents can purchase tickets for all screenings and events at the box office at the Jacksonville Downtown Public Library. For a full itinerary of the events, please visit

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JaxFilmFest 2012 Trailer from JAXFILMFEST on Vimeo.

About Indo US Chamber: Founded in 2003, The Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida is a coalition of businesses representing various sectors of the economy in the Greater Jacksonville. We believe our organization is only as strong as the network it creates.
MISSION: To support you and enable your success by improving the overall economic growth and quality of life for everyone in Northeast Florida.

VISION: Regional Economic Development through Entrepreneurial and Professional growth of members, programs and partnerships to attract investments to Northeast Florida and development of an effective community engagement model

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