Cosmopolitan and Chutney Popcorn will be screened at Boston University Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th. I’m going to be there Wed night to talk about making Cosmopolitan … so if you’re in Boston - feel free to drop in.

Okay - so Lorene kicked my ass at the x-games training site. But it’s still months away from the competition… and then we’ll see who’s sticking their landings.

We’ve begun the process of picking songs that are recognizable and awesome but not so recognizable that we can’t afford them for Cake. That means a lot of “is this depeche mode?” or “i think this is that yaz song…” conversations in the edit suite. Thank god for the cheap knock off artists… I wonder what a tour with all of them performing together would be like?

Okay it’s far too late and I must go listen to more music…
Any suggestions for great songs by little known bands that deserve to be known would be appreciated.
Thank you!

Yes, it’s been over a month since Nisha has posted, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and crash her blog. Rumor has it that our favorite filmmaker is training for the X-Games. In fact, the ESPN2 cameras recently caught this exclusive footage of one of Nisha’s rigorous seaside training sessions. Click here to watch Nisha catch some serious air in this dangerous stunt.

I will do my best to try to get Air Ganatra to post in the next few days, but no promises…

Sincerely, Lorene (on Nisha’s account)

You can find Cara on the new season of Third Watch starting this fall…
in the meantime - I will always love her in: Next Stop Wonderland (very funny character), Kicking and Screaming (vintage classic cara - bronx accent and all), the Hulk (who dies more beautifully?) and The Two Ninas… And if you’re only into Cara’s performances as a hot/witty lesbian - check out her role on Miss Match a few months ago. Hope that helps!

Just wanted to thank everyone for all the supportive and excited emails I’ve been getting. I can’t wait to show you all the film too — I’ve begun the post production process and am hoping the film will be in theaters early next year…
but for now - back to the dark cave of the edit suite.

In other news - Cosmopolitan continues to play on PBS across the country - try to catch it if you can. Roshan Seth and Carol Kane are incredible. And - if you haven’t seen Madhur Jaffrey in Meera Syal’s brilliantly funny “Bombay Dreams” on broadway - run to the box office to get a ticket before it’s too late!

So i totally missed the premiere of Cosmopolitan because I am still in Toronto shooting “Cake.” There could be no better reason to miss the premiere of your own film than - working on another film that you just love love love!
There is some party in DC on the 22nd hosted by WETA and Sharon Rockefeller - though I’m not sure what exactly it is that I have to say to Ms. Rockefeller - I’m sure it would have been incredibly engaging and impressive — yeah so it’s too bad I won’t be there for that one. If you’re in town - or watching TV or have a TIVO - please watch Cosmopolitan this week and let me know what you think…
Hope you enjoy.
now back to more cake…

I am in Canada - in Toronto. I can prove it - it’s freezing here. The waterbed pod in LA is a mere rumor. The longer I live up here, and the longer Bush is in office, the prouder I am to be canadian - I have to say. So much is just — better.
Prepping the film is going well - the updates will be slow going as the film is the priority right now. But keep the fun song websites coming — for some reason they stay funny. And that’s hard.
p.s. Lorene was spotted in the east village at the crow bar trying to shoot a big commercial all by herself last week.

was none other than the very lovely, incredibly talented, Cara Buono. Cara can be seen playing the Edith Banner in the Hulk (the hulk’s mama) and is also currently on Third Watch as a blonde. She is an insanely good actor - and is in so many films with characters that you just don’t know it were her because she can morph into different people with total believability. (one of my favorites is her ditzy student in “next stop wonderland”)

And I love the idea of a game called “The Chutney Game” maybe it could be turned into an actual board game of some sort and just be out there…

Hello - just a note to let you know that I do respond to people by writing a private email back - instead of posting on the web log.
But– maybe I should just post responses here. To be honest, I’ve been away and on dial up and that is painful and no one should ever have to load a blog page on dial up in a country with slow connections. : )

Now I’m back but — I’m up in Canada prepping to make another film, as soon as it’s announced I can post updates on the lovely surprises of film production.
Stay tuned and thanks for the message - I hear you!

Okay - I am still angry but am managing to move beyond the hate. As MC MC often alludes to - it’s time to embrace and spread the love. I still have no love for George Bush - but as I was watching this ‘issue’ of whether all humans in our country deserve equal rights being debated on CNN and MSNBC all day - and how surreal was it that our ‘news’ consisted of alternating stories between ‘gay marriage’ and mel gibson’s ‘the passion’ all day long - I was saddened and then something incredible happened. They footage that was played (over and over and over but not as much as the footage of jesus being raised on the cross in the passion) of the couples getting married in SF took on a new importance. I felt so hopeful to hear the mayor of SF speak so boldly. To take down the rhetoric of the right - particularly the ‘ are you for polygamy?” argument that is just so tired and ignorant. I thought - it’s happening - people are claiming their rights. People are demanding their rights and it’s about time. All this fear of a backlash - it’s just fear. I bet everyone was afraid that if Rosa Parks didn’t sit in the back of the bus - the people in power would get all angry and take it out on ALL the black people. But you know what? The people in power were already angry and taking out on all the black people! If that march didn’t happen - if there was no MLK and no Malcolm X - then what? Where would our country be? Where is the gay MLK? Where is the gay Malcolm X? People are ready to be lead, people are ready to hear that someone has a dream— who is gonna step up? And in the meantime, isn’t it awesome that everyone is taking it upon themselves to step up…. and not fear a backlash anymore. Because really, what more wrong and awful could happen?

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