Silent River Film Festival Brings an Ambitious and Intriguing Lineup to Irvine

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Based on the lineup for what's billed as Irvine's first international film festival, which kicks off today in conjunction with the city's 40th anniversary year and UC Irive's Film & Media Studies, is quite ambitious and intriguing. The eight-day Silent River Film Festival includes more than 80 hand-selected features, shorts and documentaries from 20 countries in 15 languages. They screen through Sept. 16 at Edwards Westpark 8 and UCI's McCormick Theatre. The event begins with an opening-night gala at Kimera Restaurant & Lounge.

Founded by Irvine poet, writer and film director Kalpna Singh-Chitnis, the festival "is established with a vision to discover, recognize and celebrate the spirit of independent filmmakers, bringing the rich cinema of Eastern and Western cultures together," according to a press release. "SRFF will showcase award-winning films that are selected to share the inspirations of the writers and moviemakers, and highlight the current issues that surround us today."

Singh-Chitnis' short film Girl with an Accent won the Silver Ten Award at the SMTV Mumbai Film Festival in India in 2006. Her first feature film, Goodbye My Friend, makes its world premiere at the Irvine festival but is not in competition. She also received the Rajbhasha Award in India for her poetry collection, Chand Ka Paivand.

The fest's press release includes the following welcome from Irvine's Mayor Pro Tem Beth Krom: "I'm very excited about the first Silent River Film Festival in the city of Irvine. Being an 'international crossroads city,' this is a perfect fit--and a perfect way to celebrate our 40th anniversary."

Daily screenings of the films listed on the next page will be followed by after-parties at Irvine restaurants. For tickets, showtimes and other information, visit or

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