IMC hosts Mongoose Fest 2006

PAGAL DIL, a Bollywood-inspired love story told in less than 10 minutes, will finally cut loose as part of Mongoose Productions‘ annual presentation of college-student shorts and ephemeral curiosities. Mongoose Fest 2006 is scheduled for Saturday, November 25, 8 p.m., in the Independent Media Center (IMC) building (formerly occupied throughout by the U.S. Post Office) at 202 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana, IL, with a $3 cover at the door. The event, once known as the Filmic Dependency Film Festival, got its start at the IMC’s original space back in January 2003.

Born from the love of India’s film musicals by Mongoose co-founder Gabrielle Reisman, PAGAL DIL features Ernie Springer and Tonie Sadler as the central lovebirds with Springer doubling as an evil twin brother. “Misunderstandings ensue, [and] luckily all ends happily with a giant dance scene,” Reisman tells C-U Blogfidential, while describing the Fest as having “a strong Bollywood/music video/comedy theme.” PAGAL DIL will play with other Mongoose efforts and work by HarshPro (a.k.a. Matt HarsH) and the Duke of Uke (a.k.a. Dave King).

Reisman and partner Sam Ambler plan to follow PAGAL DIL with KOMBAL, a “1970s Bollywood style detective film” per Reisman, that will again star Springer and be shot on color Super 8 film. The Mongoose MySpace page features a brief overview of their work and a PAGAL DIL teaser that hints at several recognizable C-U locations used during production.

Check back with C-U Blogfidential later this week for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of PAGAL DIL!

– Jason Pankoke

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