Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Los Angeles Screening of OUTSOURCED

On Friday April 20th at 7pm, OUTSOURCED will be screening at the Arclight cinema as part of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Tickets are available now on the Arclight website.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"it's awesome and you'll love it."

"Much like Amile, this is one of those fantastic date movies that you'll never forget even if you forget whoever it was you saw it with."

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Audience Award for Best Feature at Cinemquest!

OUTSOURCED has just won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tea with Puro in Bombay

Actor Asif Basra (Puro) and I stepped out of our cast and crew screening for a moment to grab a nice cup of chai.

I'm here for the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) where Outsourced is screening as part of the Film India Worldwide section. It's been a nice chance to catch up with the cast and crew, and give them a chance to see the film for the first time.

We had a wonderful festival screening at the Adlabs IMAX theater where people where laughing and clapping throughout. Anil Dharker moderated a Q & A afterwards where we received warm praise for the film.

We'll have our second screening on Wendesay.

Friday, March 9, 2007

CBS Radio "The Next Big Fat Greek Wedding"

Here are a few radio spots that CBS Radio ran about OUTSOURCED during the Cinequest Film Festival:
CBS Radio Spot 1
CBS Radio Spot 2
link to official interview site


OUTSOURCED had a fantastic run at the Cinequest film festival. We screened at the beautiful refirbished California Theatre, where the response to the film has been tremendous. Reviews are just started to pop up and we'll be linking everything we can find to this blog. A big thanks for everyone at Cinemaquest for showing us such wonderful hospitaity and supporting our film!

Right now, I'm in Mumba, India getting ready for our screening on the 12th (a second screening on the 14th) as part of the Mumbai Film Festival where most of the people who worked on the film will get their first opportunity to see it on the big screen. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates!


'My favorite film of the festival so far' (Blog Review)

The main two characters are Todd (Josh Hamilton, who starred in a film called On_Line from Cinequest 5 years ago) and Asha (Ayesha Dharker, who apparently had a small part in Star Wars Episode II). By the time the film was over, both had transcended my expectations from earlier in the film. This is my favorite film of the festival so far. 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

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San Jose METRO review

(U.S.; 98 min.) A good-natured, yet tart and open-eyed comedy about a hapless Seattleite called Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton), who works for a company selling patriotic gewgaws and novelties. His company sends him overseas to whip an Indian customer-service center into shape. "Mr. Toad," as the locals call him, adjusts to India and befriends a vivacious employee (the bewitching Ayesha Dharker). Films about Westerners coming to India usually concern spiritual awakenings; what makes Outsourced different from all of those is its deep appreciation for the tangible India: the polychrome Holi festival (as seen recently in Water), the unbelievable euphoniousness of Indian speech—surely that nation is a language lab, where the future of the English tongue is being created. Director John Jeffcoat knows his corporate world: how the word "offshore" is used as a verb, and what's meant by "improving the minutes-per-incident." But the incidents per minute here seem so fresh that they might have come from a sensitive and observant person's travel diary. Only a director who met India halfway could have made this movie. The bittersweet finale is a reminder of how fine it was to see Bill Forsyth's Local Hero for the first time. (RvB) (Mar 3, 8pm, CAL; Mar 4, 6:30pm, CAL; Mar 8, 7pm, C12)
link to online version

Outsourced review, San Jose


March 8, 7 p.m., Camera 12

"Outsourced" is a feel-good movie that captures the viewer's heart and takes it on a sweet and charming journey. Director John Jeffcoat moves his first feature smartly through the mire of global economic realities, past the struggle of male-female romance, inserting major cultural differences, and tells a humorous tale without missing a beat. "Outsourced" is an elegantly thought out and presented feature that explores business-based cultural differences while young hearts do what young hearts do.

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US director makes romantic comedy on outsourcing

An Indian newspaper DNA recently ran this article:

Ashok Easwaran

CHICAGO: Outsourcing to India, which was a major election issue in the last US presidential elections, is now the subject of a romantic comedy starring actress Ayesha Dharker.

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Q&A with John Jeffcoat, director of OUTSOURCED

Thanks to the modern spam-filled miracle that is e-mail we got to ask director John Jeffcoat a few questions about his debut feature OUTSOURCED. Here's how things played out:
Link to full interview here