SAG Celebrates Indian Cinema at 8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

SAG Celebrates Indian Cinema at 8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Los Angeles (April 28, 2010) — Screen Actors Guild continues to establish and enhance its relationships throughout the global entertainment marketplace with programs that promote cinematic diversity. SAG's support for emerging partnerships between the Indian and American film industries help it ensure that filmmakers see the Guild as a potential partner that represents professional talent.

Guild leaders and staff participated in events surrounding the 8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, including IFFLA's opening night red carpet gala screening and reception. Taking part were SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, SAG National Executive Director David White, SAG Communications Executive Director Pamela Greenwalt and SAG National Director of Affirmative Action & Diversity Rebecca Yee, along with SAG members and other festival attendees.

White and Greenwalt were on hand for IFFLA's April 22 luncheon salute to industry leaders, where they caught up with SAG member and IFFLA festival judge Radha Mitchell and various industry representatives specializing in the Indian entertainment marketplace. White presented the IFFLA Industry Leadership Award to STAR India CEO Uday Shankar. STAR is the leading media and entertainment company in India.

White also participated in an informative panel discussion held at CAA in Los Angeles on April 23, where two fast-rising Indian film stars, CAA reps and others discussed the Indian talent marketplace. White's panel, titled "The Future of Talent Representation in a Global Economy," was moderated by Reena Singh, director of development for the Disney Channel. The additional panelists for this discussion were actors Samrat Chakrabarti and Omi Vaidya, and casting director Randi Hiller.

In all, it was a week of celebrating filmmaking, learning and building ties. "We are thrilled to support the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in its efforts to expand the relationship between Hollywood and the Indian film community," said White.

SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy  Aquino and NED David White

SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino and SAG National Executive Director David White on opening night of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), April 20, at ArcLight Hollywood.

SAG NED David White with Uday  Shankar

SAG National Executive Director David White and IFFLA Industry Leadership Award recipient Uday Shankar, CEO of STAR India, at the IFFLA Industry Leadership Award Luncheon, April 22, at the House of Blues Los Angeles.

Arnold Peter, Mary Murphy,  Christina Marouda

IFFLA Board of Directors Chair Arnold Peter, Mary Murphy (So You Think You Can Dance?), and IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda.