Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta (born 1950 in Amritsar, India) is an Indian born Canadian film director and screenwriter, based in Toronto.

She graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in philosophy before emigrating to Canada in 1973.

She embarked on her film career as a screenwriter for children's films. In 1991 she made her feature-film directorial debut with Sam & Me (starring Om Puri), a story of the relationship between a young Muslim boy and an elderly Jewish gentleman in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale. It won First Honorable Mention in the Camera d'Or category of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Mehta followed up with Camilla starring Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy in 1994.

She is best known for her elements trilogy, all of which were filmed in India. Fire (1996) was set in contemporary India. It was a controversial film due to its explorations of gender, marriage, and sexuality.

Earth (1998) (released in India as 1947: Earth) tells the story of the partition of India in 1947 from the vantage point of a young Parsi girl and is based on the novel Cracking India by author Bapsi Sidhwa.

The final film in the trilogy, Water (2005) was released in the fall of 2005. Bapsi Sidhwa has been asked to write a book based on Mehta's film script. It is set in the 1930s and focuses upon the lives of a group of widows.

Deepa Mehta is currently working on her next project, Kamagata Maru which stars Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham. The movie is apparently based on the Komagata Maru incident that occurred in Canada.

I was first exposed to Mehta's work when my ex took me to see Fire at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA. I knew that the movie had inspired riots in Indiabecause of the lesbian themes in the movie. It was probably one of the most moving films I had ever seen up until that point. Earth was epic. Completely epic.

After having seen both of those films I anxiously awaited the release of Water, the third in Mehta's trilogy. For the longest time, I thought that I had just missed it somehow... That it was burried on some back shelf at my local video store. According to wikipedia:

Mehta originally intended to direct Water in February, 2000, with a different cast that included Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das and Akshay Kumar. The day before filming was due to begin, the crew was informed that there were complications with gaining location permits. The following day, they learned that 2,000 protesters had stormed the ghats, destroying the main film set, burning and throwing it into the Ganges in protest at the film's criticism of Hindu rites.

In an attempt at compromise, Mehta reluctantly made changes to her script, but to no avail; the Indian government was inclined toward supporting the protesters because the RSS, a strong political party across the country, was attempting to show publicly the strength it had over the local government, and used Mehta as an example.[1]

Mehta eventually gave up on making the film in India and shot the film secretly with a different cast in Sri Lanka, under the title River Moon in 2003. The film was finally completed and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005.

Links on Mehta:

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
i suck

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I heard this song on the radio this morning

Lilac Wine
Jeff Buckley

I lost myself on a cool damp night
I Gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree
I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see
and be what I want to be
?When? (But) I think more than I want to think
Do things I never should do
I drink much more that I ought to drink
Because (it) brings me back ?you? (in)...

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my love
Listen to me... I cannot see clearly
Isn't that she coming to me nearly here?
Lilac wine is sweet and heady where's my love?
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, where's my love?
Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?
Isn't that she, or am I just going crazy, dear?
Lilac Wine, I feel unready for my love,
feel unready for my love.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
fucking hell

s. lost her job today. fucking fabulous. this woman needs a break. anyone have one? seriously she could us it.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005
More crap than you can shake a stick at

Go here and you'll find some kickass paper craft. I think I omitted some links, but oh well... who cares...

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Monday, November 28, 2005
my lord

You'd think with me having nothing to do at work all day, I'd be posting up a storm... um no....
Well... I'm supposed to be working right now actually... I have a part part time job working for this woman. I hang pictures, move furniture and chat. We mostly chat and I get paid well to do it. I'm not complaining... She's just a tad flakey... Even more so than myself. Which is just truly hard to believe... I guess I could be working on that financial aid application for SMCC...
The cat's are crazy and I swear one of them just farted.

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Friday, October 21, 2005
A storm is a brewin

Just got some bad news today... Something might happen that could influence a lot of things my partner and I had in the works. If those of you who read this from time to time could spare some kind thoughts, I'd appreciate it. Hopefully what we think might happen won't happen... But if it does... well... I'd like to hope that we'd keep on keepin on, but it's tough...

. Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor.
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

2. While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay.
There are frail forms fainting at the door.
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

3. There's pale drooping maiden who foils her life away
With a worn out heart, whose better days are o'er.
Though her voice it would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

THE NEW JAMES BOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So mUch better than Remington Steele... God I thought Brosnin sucked ass...

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Damn... this sweater smells like smoke...

or maybe it's me...
let's just say it's the sweater...
Last night in welding class we played with the TIG welders... Man oh man... You NEED to have some coordination for that... When most of the class gave up and went back to their paddles, I stayed behind and practiced on the TIG some more... I've decided that I really need to invest in a really good helmet. I definately want the auto darkening and maybe something with a larger view area... I dig the monkey, I just don't think it's very practical... It also doesn't really shield your neck, which is rather important...

The guy I was working with, Mitch, has this helmet  The thing is really fantastic. There's no need to keep lifting it up so you can see... I think I'll have to start saving my pennies.
Maybe I'll try for this one  it's boring and black but at $209 it's a tad cheaper than the others...
Here's a link about TIG welding for those not in the know..

Ok I've spent most of my morning looking at this... You should too.
Recruiting for blue via The Girl Hacker
Interesting site on Castro Street (beware of the midi) via Grow a Brain (have I said how much I love these guys? I could spend hours on that site)
I just don't know what to say about this... really...
I'm afraid to actually read this... However, if you have any interest in food, you might want to..
More food. This time from the deep south...
I eat meat, but if you don't... you might find this handy...
Church related crime... I'm just linking this, I haven't checked it out yet... I'm sure it will keep me glued for the afternoon...
Ok I'm not sure how I feel about this, but it's an interesting design concept.
This is almost as good as this concept Westfalia I saw a few days ago.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005
Will it ever end?

I forgot the camera on Tuesday for class... Forgot it again at home today... D'oh!
Tonight we're going to play with TIG... though probably not for very long since it's expensive...
In other news...
Mable is Unstable

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