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Film: Isha: A Tell-All Tale

Saturday, February 02 2013
4:00 am - 6:00 am

Join filmmaker Meenakshi Thirukode as the takes us through her work and shares her experiences with The Sweet Smell of Success. Audiences are welcome to the screening, followed by Indian food, a brief Q&A, and the filming of her next webisode.


Isha: A Tell All Tale is the story of a young South Asian woman’s dramatic journey through the treacherous shoals of the New York art world. Isha moves from India to New York to pursue her dreams of becoming the next ”big thing” in the glamorous but unforgiving New York City art scene. However the journey is, as we must expect, fought with perils. Isha learns by difficult and threatening encounters with Collectors, Critics and even “Friends” that the way  this world perceives her and all that she stands for is anything but “open”. This journey follows her from pursuing her studies at university to interning at the world’s biggest Auction House, then on to a job working in a large New York Gallery and finally to her most sought after destination, as an internationally acclaimed independent curator. All the while Isha meets the good, bad and the terribly ugly that make up the Art World. Though we learn much of her personal story, Isha: A Tell All Tale is also the tale of all young women’s constant need to balance their career ambitions, and the expectations of family and society to be good daughters, wives, and mothers.

Written by Meenakshi Thirukode, the story follows the strict narrative style of Indian soap operas, or “serials“ while developing at the same time, parallel meta- narratives that questions our perceptions of ‘reality’. The story will be told through myriad platforms that combine dream like fantasies with live performance, breaking the fragile boundaries that separate our “worlds” in this new digital universe. It also sees the debut of Em Tee who plays the role of Isha - the main protagonist who is loosely based on Ms. Thirukode’s own experiences as a writer and curator working in New York.


Isha: A Tell-All Tale will be filming an episode that dwells into the world of a young and first time curator at a New York art gallery. Isha, is excited about her first curatorial project and is working hard along with her artists. She thinks everything is moving along well but her boss has other ideas. Watch how Isha has to confront and resolve the ups and downs of trying to stay true to her vision while dealing with the egos that stand in her way. Will she succeed? Will she compromise? Can she stay true to herself or will she succumb to the pressures of working in the treacherous shoals of the NYC art world? Find out on Feb 2nd 2012 at the live filming of Isha: A Tell- All Tale.

Cast includes:
Fred Fleisher
Peter J Hoffmeister and
Kathleen Granados
and Meenakshi Thirukode as Isha

Multimedia Visuals by Leonora Loeb and Pamela Matsuda-Dunn

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When: 4-6pm Saturday, February 2

Where: 29-27 41st Avenue, Queens

Subway: Queens Plaza M, E, R

Queensboro Plaza N, Q and 7


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