Some of you may remember the month of February, which was about eight months ago. On Valentine’s Day, I released the trailer for my first short film, DOSA HUNT, and then forced Corban under duress and threat of termination of employment to post it here on Stereogum. Well, the movie is finally complete, and I’m very proud of it. It’s premiering at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg this weekend, and I want my online family there, so I am posting it here for your information. (You guys = fam.) Each ticket comes with dosa and samosa provided by Anjappar, and VJ lifechampion John Norris will moderate the after-screening Q&As, and then some friends from good bands will DJ the afterparties (DFA Records’ REWARDS on 10/5, Small Black on 10/6, and Quinn from Suckers on 10/8). The afterparties will have complimentary Kingfisher beer. Tickets are $15 which is a PRETTY GOOD price for dinner and a movie and free beer and lifelong memories, right? I know this film’s demographic very well because I have addressed it via this website for over six years now, and it is my job to know what types of art will resonate with “us,” all of which is to say: I spent every day of the past year making a short film with you guys in mind and can’t wait for you to see it. But I figured Corban’s done enough good work here that I can’t really threaten to fire him for not posting about it, so I’m doing it myself. Hi, it’s Amrit, and I have a special relationship to the thing I am writing about, consider this my FULL DISCLOSURE. (DOSA HUNT is an independent film I made under my ASP production company.)
DOSA HUNT is the “The Greatest Hunt For South Indian Food In NYC Ever Committed To Film,” and it features Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri and Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and me. (Note to press: We are not all Indian.) There have been some beautiful pieces going up about the project, and if you are curious about the various aspects of it, I urge you to check some of these out:
New York Magazine took the cast’s Indian-contingent out to dosa to talk about life, art, being brown, and thereby the overall themes of the documentary.
My conversation with Interview Magazine is the essential read with respect to the project, its meaning, and my direction. Gothamist ran a great overall primer, too. And if you’re into the poster, which is the only reasonable position to have with respect to that poster, please see FADER‘s lovely piece on its creator (my tattoo artist Anil Gupta) and his very special relationship to Bollywood art.
Now, to the opening run at Nitehawk: There are still some tickets left for Monday’s matinee, but those are going quickly. Please come! BUY THE TICKETS. (UPDATE: SOLD OUT! Though there will be some walkups.) It starts at 1PM. I know that is early. But it’s Columbus Day, and this is a perfect way to celebrate that holiday given how much that dude loved Indians. Friday and Saturday are sold-out, but here’s a secret: There may be some walk-ups available, and even if you don’t have tix for Friday and Saturday, you can swing by Nitehawk and hang in the bar, watch it with sound on the screen, and enjoy the afterparty and such.
This is an independent production, so I’m still sorting out distribution and stuff. For now, this is the best way to see it. Come eat with us.
Here’s the trailer: