Prescott College hosts night of 'Bollywood!'
Prescott Film Festival & Series inches a bit toward "Bollywood!" when it screens "Waking Dreams" on Nov. 18.
The film was shot in the United States - Midland/Odessa Texas, in fact - and India. The backstory of the film touches on the classic "Bollywood" films. It's about the Indian culture on a collision course with growing up in America.
This month the festival will be screening at the Crossroads Center at Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue in Prescott. Melanie Bishop's screenwriting class at Prescott College is sponsoring this month's showing, and her students will be actively volunteering at the screening. The box office opens at 5:30 and the evening's films will screen at 6:30 pm.
This fun romantic comedy has a lot of heart as it looks at relationships between parents, young college graduates, siblings and grandparents. It's all wrapped around the whimsy of Indian music, beautiful filmy costumes, and fun dancing. Part of the movie was filmed in India. And, it's a bit autobiographical as November's guest filmmaker will attest to.
Deepika Daggubati, the writer and director of "Waking Dreams," was born in India and raised in Texas. She's been making movies since the age of 10, and her parents wanted her to go into the medical field. She got her bachelor's degree in English and psychology and her master of fine arts in film production from the California Institute of the Arts. She has also written a script for Disney and is working on several future projects. The film festival's newest sponsor, Horizon Air, is furnishing her flight from Los Angeles directly to Prescott.
The festival's short film this month keeps the focus on India. The light-hearted "mockumentary," "Gandhi at the Bat," is shot the old "newsreel" style and tells the story of a "secret trip" Gandhi made to New York. His dream of taking the mound at Yankee Stadium comes true ... at least according to the filmmakers. The co-directors of "Gandhi at the Bat," Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm, also directed the festival's December feature film, "The Red Machine" and will be the guest filmmakers during its screening.
The Prescott Film Festival & Series screens at 6:30 p.m. The box office opens at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $6.50 at the door, cash or check only. Watch the website, www.prescottfilmfestival.com, for further updates and to view the trailers for this month's films.