NEWPORT BEACH, CA :American Blend, a 100-minute feature film exploring the trials and tribulations of a part Indian part American family living in Los Angeles, will be screened twice as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. The screenings will be held Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00pm at the Edwards Island Cox Theater and on Thursday, April 27 at 2:20 pm at the nearby Regency Lido Theater.
The film is written and directed by Varun Khanna, whose first film, Beyond Honor was hailed by Daily Variety as “a landmark film on the Indie landscape”. Khanna garnered a “Best writer/Director/Achievement Filmmaker Award for American Blend at the recently concluded 2006 Riverside International Film Festival. It was critically acclaimed at the MAMI too.
It is produced under the banner of White Stripes Entertainment Ltd. Producer – Krishna Datla and Line Producer – Vishwaas Paandya . Executive producer of the film was D. Vasant Kumar, associate producer was Anup Desai. The songs for the film are composed by Abu Malik and choreography is by Amrapali Ambegaonkar.Filmed on location in Los Angeles, American Blend is a rap-tap-hip-hop, 99-minute music and dance celebration of a cross cultural Indian-centric immigrant family living in Los Angeles, California starring Anupam Kher, Dee Wallace Stone (of E.T. and 10 fame), Ranjit Chowdhary, David Oyelowo, Kristin Erickson, Sunkrish Bala, Amita Balla & Ruben Garfias.
The Cast: Anupam Kher, Dee Wallace Stone, David Oyelowo, Ranjit Chowdhry, Kristin Erickson,Sunkrish Bala, Ruben Garfias, Amita Balla, Christopher Warren, Delpano Wills, AmrapaliAmbegaonkar & Noorali Dodhia
Writer & Director ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Varun Khanna
Executive Producer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ D.Vasant Kumar
Line Producer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Vishwaas Paandya
Associate Producer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Anup Desai
Producer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Krishna Datla
DP ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Chris Gosch
Editor ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Chuck Ewart
Original Score ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Kevin Hayes
Music & Songs by ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Abu Malik
Costumes ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Kachins (India) / Tammy Hicks (USA)
Choreography ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Amrapali Ambegaonkar / Donna Berlin (Tap)
Running Time: 99 mins.