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Coyote Film Festival, Lake County’s own independent film festival, will showcase an array of short film and Bollywood videos around India during the Saturday, July 18, screenings at the Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center in Middletown.
A 1:30 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. screening will highlight an assortment of “slices of life” of Indians in India and the U.S.
The 15-minute, Academy Award-nominated “Little Terrorist” by Ashvin Kumar is the story of a Pakistani boy who accidentally crosses the mine-strewn India-Pakistan border where he finds himself stranded.
Another short film in the lineup is “Good Night” by Geetika Narang, where we follow a retired engineer and lover of Hindi film and music. The story begins at night when he has just finished planning his new routine, but is nagged by a forgotten melody. As the sleepless night progresses, even the mundane acquires a nostalgic significance. “Good Night” is a festival winner around the world.
With “Saving Mom and Dad,” by Kartik Singh, 8-year-old Ravi Malhotra learns at his school that non-believers in Christ will go to hell. Knowing his parents are not Christian, his challenge is “Saving Mom and Dad.”
Ravi deals with identity issues as a child of immigrants, desire to fit in with the majority, shame at being different, and ultimately to formulate and defend his own point of view.
Finally, guest Tedde McMillen, author of “Million Dollar Cup of Tea,” will share her adventures of drinking chai tea in India. Coyote will screen Bollywood music videos as they mingle and sample free chai tea with McMillen.
Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center is located at 15500 Central Park Road in Middletown. There is plenty of parking, restrooms, great sound and a great screening room.
Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for kids 16 and under. Fresh popcorn and concessions also will be available.
Coyote Film Festival is a fundraising arm of EcoArts of Lake County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing visual art opportunities and ecologic stewardship to the residents and visitors of Lake County.