Friday, July 26, 2013

Teaser Launch of The Riddle!

We invite you to

Chennai Monthly Screenings
TEASER LAUNCH for the feature film “The Riddle”

Jointly organised by MARUPAKKAM, Padapetti & Book Point

27 July 2013; 4-8 pm

Book Point (opp. to Spencer Plaza)

Guest speakers:
Prof. A. Marx – writer/activist; Trotsky Maruthu – artist; Rohini – actor/director; Rose – actor/director

The films:

4 pm:
Dir: Ulrike Mothes
64 min;Tamil, Kannada and Urdu with English subtitles; 2012; Documentary; Germany

When the 31 policewomen of Halasuru Gate Women’s Police Station in Bangalore pursue their work, they don’t only accommodate domestic quarrels and dowry conflicts but also defend their authority against accused husbands and fathers in law and discuss the perfect wedding.

2) "This or That Particular Person" 
Dir: Subasri Krishnan
28 min; 2012; English; Documentary; India

This or That Particular Person is a documentary film that examines the relationship between the State, identity and notions of personhood. It locates contemporary debates around the Unique Identity number (UID or Aadhar) within a longer history of identity documents and the different meanings they hold for people. 

Discussion on Aadhar card.
Guest speaker: Prof. A. Marx – writer/activist

6:00 pm
3) Teaser launch for the feature film “The Riddle” by Amudhan R.P.

Trotsky Maruthu – artist
Rohini – actor/director
Rose – actor/director

6:30 pm
4) Wild
Dir: Edward Bishop
12:40 min; 2012; English; UK

WILD is about the unsettling effect of a rumor on a teenage girl.
When Laura hears that her boyfriend, Sam may have cheated on her, it tips her life upside down. She attempts to return it to normal – meeting with Sam to test his feelings for her – but soon realizes that doubt, once seeded, is not so easy to uproot.

6:45 pm
5) Nijam Enga
Dir: Kirubaharan Ambru
3:5 min; Music Video; India 

'Nijam yenge'' is an environmental music video that aims to create awareness among the people about the environmental issues.

7:00 pm
6) Txiki
Dir: Sergio San Martin 
27 min; Spanish with English subtitles; 2012; Documentary; Spain

Txiki is a documentary piece structured around artist Txiki Medina and focused on the creative process of an oil painting. In order to put together his peculiar geometry, the artist takes inspiration from urban spaces and spoilt aspects of Nature, places filled with elements which, rather than sought, have been encountered.

7:30 pm
7) Honey
Dir:Lucero Sanchez Novaro
16 min; Spanish with English subtitles; 2012; Short film; Mexico

Isa and Ana’s strong friendship bond helps them overcome their teenage life--fraught with solitude, confusion, and neglect. When Isa goes through a very painful situation, the two decide to leave the city and take Ana’s baby boy with them.

All are welcome!

Amudhan R.P.
Chennai Monthly Screenings.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Riddle - a film on men!

Why a film on men?

I am making a film on sexuality and the anxieties men have about it. Through the three stories we shall try to understand the various masculinities that operate among men and around men.

The film will give us an opportunity to debate and discuss the various levels of pressure that the men face every day and kind of violence men face from the fellow men. The film will indirectly question the male bonding across the caste, class and linguistic barriers against women.

As more and more women are coming to work in this era of globalisation, as the traditional equations are facing serious threats from the changes, men who have been enjoying the power so far struggle to respond it to it positively.

As we see a steep rise in violence on women in urban centres, it is imperative for us to understand and address the insecurities of "globalised" Indian men; we should be able to connect the sudden increase of acid attacks, rapes, child abuses to the bruised and beaten up men's ego which thrives on false entitlement of power over women.

I am dealing with three stories which will show the inside view of men's world and as a man who wants to work towards gender equality I am trying to betray my tribe by blowing the whistle!

Amudhan R.P.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Seeking support for my feature film!

Dear Friends


I am in the process of making my first feature film "The Riddle". The film is about 3 men and their anxieties about their sexualities.

The film is an independent film.
I am producing the film with the fund I am raising through contributions from individuals and institutions.

I am also raising the money through crowd funding. I would like to request you to contribute to the film financially. You can follow the link given below and contribute using your credit card.

You can pay either 10 USD or 50 USD or 100 USD.

Thank you.

Amudhan R.P.

The Riddle
A film by Amudhan R.P.
75 min; fiction; English & Tamil; 2014; HD; India

Produced and directed by Amudhan R.P.
Camera: Sunny Joseph
Screenplay: Amudhan R.P. & Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Editing: Gopeemohan
Music: Siddharth Kumar
Production Design: Trotsky Maruthu
Art: Jai
Costume Design: Dhatsha Pillai
Production Controller: Charlie

Jointly produced by Cuion Technologies Private Ltd

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Short synopsis:

The film is about 3 men and their sexualities. The three stories are told parallel to each other.

A is a 40 year old man, unmarried, virgin and a frustrated government employee. He had been busy in earning and marrying off his 4 sisters (one eloped) and he did not have time to marry. His sex life revolves around ogling at women in public, flirting with maids, watching porn films and masturbation. When he decides to break his cycle of despair, he becomes an infamous hero.

B is a 20 year old man, a child sex abuse survivor, a good dancer; but a guilt and shame filled college student. Although his girlfriend tries to cheer him up he goes into the cycle of hallucination often. When he faces another adult rape, his girlfriend urges him to retaliate. Meanwhile he starts teaching dance to the boys who work at a graveyard.

C is a 30 year old man, a gay, a garland vendor and a romantic. His love life explodes in public toilets, beaches and cinemas. Although his father continues to oppose his homosexual explorations, C falls in love with a married man. Kanchana, a flower vendor and his friend at the market, makes sure C’s love succeeds.

Director’s Statement:

All the men are not equal. All the masculinities are not either. There are power dynamics and hierarchy among men in terms of caste, race, class, language and success. Men face discrimination, insult and violence from their fellow men. Irrespective of their background all men have pressure to perform well and end up as winners. They are expected to face any critical situation and withstand any amount of pressure. They are not supposed to cry or break down. They have to be masculine enough to fight it out.

But all the men are not masculine enough to win all the time. So many men fall apart. So many men wither away. They fail to succeed. 

The film is about those men who are not masculine enough to fight with other men. But they have their own method to sail through with their persistent efforts.

Some may consider them as losers. Some may consider them as non performers. But they have stories to tell us that are inspiring.

The film will be in English for an all India release! and a world wide release of course!