NY Daily News: “Former U.S. Open ball boy makes great Bollywood lead in ‘When Harry Tries to Marry'”

Two years ago, Rahul Rai was working as a U.S. Open ball boy (three years running!) and dancing with the Bollywood Performance Arts school. Fate served him the opportunity of a lifetime, however, after director Nayan Padrai saw the troupe perform and cast the Pace student as the lead in his new movie “When Harry Tries to Marry.”

 “I don’t know what he {Director Nayan Padrai} saw … but the ball started to roll,” says Rahul Rai, 20, who had no acting experience beyond a couple of commercials he’d done as a kid. “I was just in the right place at the right time, and it changed my whole plan.”

Perhaps Padrai recognized the striking similarities between Rai and his character, Harry, a Indian-American college student scarred by his parents’ divorce who opts for an arranged marriage instead of dating in New York City.  Naturally, things get complicated when he starts falling for one of his longtime friends, and ­hilarity ensues.

“He’s very structured,” explains Rai. “He has this rule book in his mind that he always has to follow, and if anything deviates from that rule book, he freaks out.”

The Pace sophomore shares that methodical mentality. He’s majoring in math, with minors in acting and physics (“I’m a little crazy,” he admits) just in case the whole movie star dream falls through.

Click here to read more as to how Rai juggles his budding acting career and schoolwork …  and learn if he has found Ms. Right as yet.

NEWS RELEASE: “WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY” TO OPEN IN SELECTED THEATERS IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 22ND

“WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY” is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a guy who tries to take the risk and the romance out of marriage by going on the ultimate blind date. In the process, he learns a lot about love.

The film starts Pace Freshman Rahul Rai (pictured) in the title role as Harry Shankar. Later this month, WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY will premiere at the 13th Annual London Asian Film Festival, where it has been nominated in the categories of “Best Crossover Film,” “Best New Talent” (Rahul Rai) and “Best Director” (Nayan Padrai).

Says Grant Kretchik, head of Pace’s BFA Acting Program who plays the role of Slick Rick and the Game Show Host in the movie, “Pace was wonderful about allowing the filmmakers to use the campus and classrooms for shooting. But in addition, our drama department got involved, and we ended up casting several other Pace students in supporting roles or as background actors.

“It’s not every day that a student of performing arts can walk onto campus and audition for a movie. Now, some of our students have a full-length feature film credit on their resumes before they’ve even graduated — I think that is extraordinary.”

For Immediate Release:

“WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY” TO OPEN IN SELECTED THEATERS

IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 22ND 

 Romantic Comedy Stars Rahul Rai, Freishia Bomanbehram and Stefanie Estes

NEW  YORK (March 2, 2011) – WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY, a new romantic comedy co-written and directed by Nayan Padrai, will open in selected movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles on April 22, 2011. The film was shot on location in lower Manhattan and Pace University in New York City and in India; it stars Rahul Rai, Freishia Bomanbehram and Stefanie Estes.  WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY will be distributed domestically by 108 Pics with booking through Alerion Services, and will widen its release to additional cities on May 6.

A festival favorite, WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY marks Nayan Padrai’s directorial debut.  It screened to audience acclaim at both the Mumbai & Austin Film Festivals in late 2010, and is an official selection at the London Asian Film Festival as a Closing Gala Screening on March 26, 2011. The original script was a featured project at the Sundance Institute Independent Producers’ Conference; a top-ten finalist of the Creative Screenwriting contest, a semi-finalist of the Writer’s Network (Fade-In) Contest, a member of the Winners’ Circle at the Texas Film Institute Screenplay Contest; a quarter-finalist at the Austin Film Festival; and a semi-finalist at the script Magazine, Radmin Company and Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Open-Door Contests.  It was also included in the High-Value category in the Empire Screenplay Contest.

WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a young  Indian-born bachelor who lives in New York City.  Harry’s handsome and charming, but he’s cynical about love.  He’s never really gotten over his parents’ divorce — they were a modern Indian couple who married for love and it didn’t last.  So to improve his odds of living “happily ever after,” Harry decides to have an arranged marriage, and asks his uncle back home in India to assist him in arranging the introduction to an appropriate Indian woman. To the dismay of his parents and friends, Harry finds the perfect girl and embarks on a long-distance courtship. But unexpectedly, Harry’s friendship with Theresa, a fun and sexy American student, becomes confusing, appealing — and maybe a little bit romantic. Once Harry, his friends and the entire wedding party converge in India, Harry’s plan to avoid romantic risk becomes a recipe for chaos. Can anyone protect themselves from a broken heart by leaving the passion out of marriage? And, when all is said and done, does Harry really want to?

The soundtrack of mainly original, new music from the US, UK, and India includes tracks from Sarah Sharp, Small*Star, Andrea Perry, The June Junes, Craig Marshall, Ter’ell Shahid, Rachel Loy, and from India’s superstar singers Shreya Goshal, Udit Narayan and Madhushree who are joined by Rishkesh Kamerkar.

Monte Ahuja & Raj Soinn Association with Ash Pamani, Present a 108 Production of a Nayan Padrai Film:  WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY.  The film stars Rahul Rai, Stefanie Estes, Freishia Bomanbehram, Tony Mirrcandani, Zenobia Shroff, Osvaldo Hernandez Chavez, Caitlin Gold, Grant Kretchik, Kanti Pandya, Micky Makhija, Lauren Loguidice and Jagdish Patel. The score and music are by Siddharth Kasyap, featuring music by Sarah Sharp. The costume designers are Ciera Wells and Laviena Narwani; the art direction (India) is by Haseena Shaikh, Riyaz Shaikh and Nimish Kotwal ; and the production designer is Jade Gloria Healy.  The editor is Jennifer Lilly and the cinematographer is Nick Taylor.  Co-Executive producers are Kumar Shivaram, Kanti Gala, Paul & Leslie Miller, Dr. Devendra Shrivastava and Dr. Leon Shein.  Co-producers are Bhushan Thakkar and Ralph Stein. Executive producers are Monte Ahuja, Raj Soin, Ash Pamani, Ashok Vasvani, Madhukar Bhakta and Bill Britt. The film is written by Ralph Stein & Nayan Padrai.  The producer is Ritu Ahuja.  “When Harry Tries to Marry” is produced by Sheetal Vyas and Nayan Padrai, and directed by Nayan Padrai.

Cinemavault is handling foreign sales worldwide.

About 108 Pics and 108 Production:

108 Pics is a new distribution entity and a sister company to 108 Production, which is based in US and India.  The film was produced by 108 Production, which develops original content across film and television, and produces advertising spots for brands and agencies.  The firms have aligned a group of creative professionals across the spectrum of entertainment and media who share a love of story-telling and creative endeavors.

About Alerion Services

Alerion Services is a distribution, management and logistics company assisting directors, producers and film companies to reach their target markets.  Alerion Services maintains a respected and stable relationship with film distributors, exhibition companies and service providers throughout the United States and Canada, opening a vast network of exhibition options to its clients.  Unlike any other distribution option currently available, Alerion Services regularly handles a variety of specialty films for Independent Art Houses, Bollywood, Regional Language films and Hollywood releases.  With over 50 years of combined film management, distribution and exhibition experience, Alerion’s unique approach creates a fully transparent environment enabling client participation.

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PR contacts:

LA:

Stacy Ivers

310.779.2255

stacy@iverscommunications.com

NY:

Samuella Becker

212.346.1637

917.734.5172

sbecker2@pace.edu

For more information visit www.facebook.com/whenharrytriestomarry

NEWS RELEASE: La MaMa and Pace’s Department of Performing Arts Celebrate Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday with “3 FROM TENNESSEE”

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tennessee Williams wrote over 70 one-act plays during his lifetime, but they were seldom produced. To mark the centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth, three of his one-act plays will be brought to life by Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) in the production “3 FROM TENNESSEE,” at the award-winning avant garde theater landmark La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, March 4 – 6, 2011.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Samuella Becker, Pace Media Relations, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu

Rare Opportunity To See Williams’ Exquisitely Crafted Short Works

 La MaMa and Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts

Celebrate Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday with

 “3 FROM TENNESSEE

3-Evening Festival Featuring a Trio of His One-Act Plays, March 4 – 6, 2011

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person.  But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.” Tennessee Williams

NEW YORK, February 15, 2011 – Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tennessee Williams wrote over 70 one-act plays during his lifetime, but they were seldom produced.

To mark the centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth, three of his one-act plays will be brought to life by Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) in the production “3 FROM TENNESSEE,” at the award-winning avant garde theater landmark La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, March 4 – 6, 2011.  

The one-acts and their directors are: 

  • And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens – Directed by Dr. Ruis Woertendyke
  • The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde – Directed by Cosmin Chivu
  • The Pink Bedroom – Directed by Grant Kretchik  

Set Designer: Justin West (mentored by Gian Marco LoForte).

Click here to watch a “3 FROM TENNESSEEYouTube video, to gain additional insight about each play from the perspective of the directors and actors.

Performance Schedule:

  • March 4 and 5 at 10pm and March 6 at 5:30pm at La Mama’s The Club
  • Address: 74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery), 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10003
  • By Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue, #6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street
  • Tickets $15; student and seniors $10

Synopsis and Cast Information:

 And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens is the first known Tennessee Williams play set in the gay world.  It is the story of a New Orleans transvestite trying to make a life for herself with a brutish and exploitative sailor while suffering from “the specter of loneliness.”  It is a funny and touching play written in 1957 and first produced in 2004. 

Cast:

  • Candy Delaney – Nate Gray                                                                          
  • Karl – Kaseem Bristow
  • Lvin Krenning – Bradley Leboef
  • Jerry Johnson- Ryan Makely
  • Musical Accompanist- Lilah Shreeve

In The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde, a mysteriously paralyzed man named Mint moves around his attic by swinging from hooks as he prepares for the arrival of his old friend. Teatime turns into torment and takes a bizarre route of disorientation and distortion. Written late in his life, this savage comedy is set in a seedy attic in London and highlights author’s experiments with anti-mimetic dramaturgy, dramatic allegories, and comic horror. 

 Cast:

  • Mint – John-Michael Lyles
  • Hall – Evan Pearson
  • Madame Le Monde- Samantha Steinmetz
  • Boy – Seth Loeb

The Pink Bedroom elicits a moment between lovers wrestling with their intimate decisions. A man and his mistress meet in the setting where they’ve conducted their 10-year affair and each blame the other for the disintegration of their relationship. The beauty of monogamy lies in the choice – it is a mutually agreed upon commitment of fidelity that rivals animal instinct to follow our desires freely. The Pink Bedroom is an unraveling of choices made when fidelity fails to accommodate all it promised and infidelity prevails.

Cast:

  • Woman- Joslyn Defreece
  • Man- Jonathon Gabrielson
  • Ensemble- Alexandra O’Halloran, Amanda Ebert, Polina Ionina, Giacomo Rocchina, *Ashtain Rothchild, *Britton Smith

*Choreography

Director Bios

Ruis Woertendyke has been involved in the theatre for nearly 50 years as a director, playwright, and actor.  He has directed more than 100 shows including an early production in New York of Peter Handke’s Offending the Audience, the premier of Gunter Grass’s The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, and Mister, Mister also by Gunter Grass.  He has directed Chekhov, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Euripides, as well as many original plays.  As an actor he played Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Hartman Theatre, Aaron Burr in Alma, The Ghost of Spring Street at LaMama, and Chehov’s On The Harmfulness of Tobacco in various venues throughout the tri-state area.  His one-act plays have been seen in festivals throughout the country.  He authored the highly successful acting program at Pace University and currently is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department.  He proudly refers to himself as one of Ellen Stewart’s babies. 

Cosmin Chivu  has directed over 50 professional and university productions across Europe and the U.S. He is currently a Faculty member in the Department of Performing Arts at Pace University’s New York City. Chivu also taught Master Classes on Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at both the Tisch School at NYU and at CUNY. He is actively involved in developing courses in translating contemporary Eastern European plays for an American audience and has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio’s Playwriting Directing workshop. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, NYC and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, NYC and a BA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania. 

Grant Kretchik  holds an MFA in Acting from the New School University, and heads up Pace University’s BFA Acting Program. Off Broadway: Silvio in The Servant of Two Masters and a youthful Sean O’Casey in I Knock at the Door and Pictures in the Hallway, both directed by Stuart Vaughan. Film/TV: Law and Order, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Man on the Moon, and When Harry Tries to Marry (Official Selection and Marquee Screening; Austin TX Film Festival 2010). Kretchik has worked as both an actor and director at La Mama, and has been accepted into the Stage Directors Choreographers Society’s 2010/2011 Observership Season.  This October Kretchik assisted on the first Broadway National Tour of Next to Normal, directed by Michael Grief. Mr. Kretchik has been a featured guest in Lehman College’s emerging artist series.  He has also held positions with Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Television Casting. Mr. Kretchik is a member of Actors Equity Association. His Essay “With Talent Comes Responsibility! Defining your Dream” was published in The Soul of the American Actor.  

About La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

A world-renowned cultural organization led by founder Ellen Stewart, it has passionately pursued its original mission to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Since La MaMa’s doors first opened in 1961, its primary dedication has been to new works. To date, over 1000 original scores have been presented on its Lower East Side stages. La MaMa has been honored with over 30 Obie Awards, dozens of Drama Desk Awards, Bessie Awards and Villager Awards. Over the past 49 years, La MaMa has grown into an arts complex of national and international celebrity. La MaMa houses three theatres, “The First Floor Theatre,” “The Club” and “The Annex,” an art gallery, a 6-story rehearsal/studio building, and an extensive archive documenting the history of Off-Off Broadway theater.

About Pace Performing Arts, New York City Campus

Faculty as working professionals (actors, Broadway/Off-Broadway directors, casting professionals) is a trademark of Pace’s Performing Arts Department, located a mere two express subway stops from Broadway. Over 30 productions a year are among the attractions the undergraduate program has to offer students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting or Musical Theater or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Directing or Design/Technical Theater.

On a graduate level, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only Master in Fine Arts theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved – and the curriculum is designed and supervised – by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All students — actors, directors, playwrights – train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, “Inside The Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton. For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

About Pace University

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit Pace on the web at www.pace.edu

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EVENT ADVISORY, Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm: PACE NYC CAMPUS – Students and Journalists Only – FILMMAKER NAYAN PADRAI

At the invitation of Dr. Pradeep Gopalakrishna, Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair of Marketing – Lubin School of Business, ALL Pace students are invited to hear Filmmaker Nayan Padrai speak on the challenges of marketing an indie movie.

In 2009, Padrai left all other creative and professional pursuits to focus on his dream to make films. “When Harry Tries to Marry” is Padrai’s feature film directional debut.

“When Harry Tries To Marry” is the story of Harry — or Harish, as his Indian parents named him — a modern guy about to graduate from college in New York City. In an effort to avoid being disappointed by love like his bitterly divorced parents, he decides to have an arranged marriage, despite everyone’s horrified objections. Just as Harry thinks he’s found the perfect Indian bride, though, he begins to wonder if his friendship with a lovely American student isn’t something more. But the wedding plans are underway and even Harry’s parents are getting into the swing of things. Can anyone protect themselves from a broken heart by leaving the romance out of marriage? And, when all is said and done, does Harry really want to?

JUST BACK FROM THE AUSTIN & MUMBAI FILM FESTIVALS WHERE HIS ROMANTIC COMEDY, “WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY,” MADE ITS WORLD & INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES RESPECTIVELY … FILMMAKER, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR NAYAN PADRAI DISCUSSES “YOU’VE MADE A MOVIE , NOW GO MARKET IT, TOO.”

WHEN: Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza (east of City Hall), Lecture Hall South – 2nd Floor.

WHAT: “When Harry Tries to Marry” was shot on location at Pace’s NYC campus last fall and in Kutch, India. Starring Pace freshman Rahul Rai in the title role of Harry and featuring Assistant Professor Grant Kretchik, it was an Austin Film Festival Marquee Selection(World Premiere: October 22) … debuting alongside films starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Hilary Swank, Liev Schreiber, James Franco, Val Kilmer, Natalie Portman and Adrien Brody. It also made its international premiere at The Mumbai Film Festival.

PROGRAM:

  • Introduction to Nayan Padrai and “When Harry Tries to Marry” (movie trailer).
  • Discussion:
    o How do we distribute the film
    o Positioning
    o Finding the target audience
    o Screens of all sizes: Big screen to IPAD – Industry Marketing Expectations
    o A new role – The Producer of Marketing and Distribution
    o Key art
    o Social media – followers and “likes” determine box office projections
    o Marketing Challenges
    o How do you shout, scream and yell – “Come see this movie!” (Marketing ideas solicited from the class)
    o Interactive brainstorming
  • Q&A

BIO/NAYAN PADRAI:

Nayan Padrai was educated and trained in screenwriting and filmmaking at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, NYC. In his early twenties, Nayan pursued acting and had the opportunity to train with some of the finest acting teachers in New York. The acting training is also what gave Nayan foundation to write characters and dialogue.

As a screenwriter, Nayan has won several awards and accolades. Nayan and his writing partners have written over a dozen screenplays as a team. Collaborative scripts have received awards at screen writing festivals and contests including, Creative Screenwriting magazine (Expo Contest), Sundance Independent Producer Conference, Austin Film Festival, Texas Film Institute, Empire Screenplay Competition, Open-Door Script Magazine Contest, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences – Nicholl Fellowship, Breckenridge Screenplay Competition, Lone Star Screenplay Competition, Writer’s Network Competition, and Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project.

Nayan has recently written “Beneath a Marble Sky,” based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, which was to be produced by Humble Journey Films (Eriq LaSalle).

Nayan was the Co-Founder and President of one of the largest South Asian media, entertainment and marketing conglomerates in the US. While at the company, Nayan wrote, produced and/or directed over 300 hours of Indian television programming across genres, oversaw publication of several newspaper titles, the development of a radio station and television network, and founded an advertising agency which was one of the top 15 multi-cultural advertising agencies (ranked by Advertising Age).

In 2009, Nayan left all other creative and professional pursuits to focus on his dream to make films. “When Harry Tries to Marry” is Nayan’s feature film directional debut.

Media RSVP: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

The New York Observer: “Teaching With Passion”

The EDUCATED Observer takes a closer look at how Grant Kretchik, head of Pace’s BFA Acting Program, is bringing his passions into the classroom – and getting results.

Kretchik reminds his students that acting is not merely a “degree or career, it’s a lifestyle.”

Kretchik believes that his position makes him responsible for encouraging his students to contribute to their communities.  To this end, he makes every effort to bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace and also looks into opportunities for outreach programs through partnerships with organizations such as Broadway Green Alliance – – www.scribd.com/doc/41935757/The-Educated-Observer-Winter-2010

Professor Grant Kretchik nurtured his love for acting while growing up in Hawley, PA.

Drama is a tough field, Kretchik affirmed, and noted that the public perception is that acting is glamorous. In truth, drama is a lot of work; it is a job, yet for him, it is a vocation that he loves.

Professor Grant Kretchik’s hometown newspaper, The News Eagle, pays tribute to his performing arts career – http://www.neagle.com/highlight/x1696239082/Hawley-son-on-cast-of-When-Harry-Tries-to-Marry 

Highlights include a supporting role in the romantic comedy, When Harry Tries to Marry, which was filmed on Pace’s NYC campus in Lower Manhattan (and Kutch, India).  The film had its world premiere on October 22nd at the Austin Film Festival.

Kretchik is also currently directing a new adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (December 8 – 12, Pace’s Schimmel Theater), and assisting with the first national tour of Next to Normal, a Pulitzer-prize winning Broadway production.

Variety.com and Broadwayworld.com: “When Harry Tries to Marry,” an independent film starring Pace Freshman Rahul Rai and featuring Professor Grant Kretchik

The entertainment website, Variety.com, published an article about the October premiere of “When Harry Tries to Marry” at the Austin Film Festival.

(Left to right) Osvaldo Hernandez Chavez , Rahul Rai, and Grant Kretchik

The entertainment website, Variety.com, published an article about the October premiere of “When Harry Tries to Marry” at the Austin Film Festival.

First-year Pace student Rahul Rai stars in the title role and Professor Grant Kretchik, head of Pace University’s BFA Acting Program, is featured. It is also partially shot at Pace University’s New York City Campus.

For details and the full story, visit http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118024712.html?categoryid=1061&cs=1

For the Broadwayworld story, visit http://austin.broadwayworld.com/article/WHEN_HARRY_TRIES_TO_MARRY_Premieres_at_the_Austin_Film_Fest_1022_20100930

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NEWS RELEASE: Austin Film Festival Lights Marquee for Oct. 22 World Premiere of “When Harry Tries to Marry,” Feature-Length Independent Movie Shot on Pace’s NYC Campus and Starring Freshman Rahul Rai

“When Harry Tries To Marry,” a cross-cultural romantic comedy directed by Nayan Padrai in his filmmaking debut, will make its world premiere as a Marquee Screening at the Austin Film Festival on Friday, October 22 at 9 p.m. The movie stars Pace freshman Rahul Rai. Grant Kretchik, head of Pace’s BFA Acting Program, co-stars, with round-the-clock support provided by dozens of Pace performing arts students who worked as extras (some upgraded to small speaking parts) and interns during the six days of on-campus filming in October 2009.

– Grant Kretchik, head of Pace’s BFA Acting Program, co-stars, with round-the-clock support provided by dozens of Pace performing arts students who worked as extras (some upgraded to small speaking parts) and interns during the six days of on-campus filming in October 2009 –

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 — “When Harry Tries To Marry,” a cross-cultural romantic comedy directed by Nayan Padrai in his filmmaking debut, will make its world premiere as a Marquee Screening at the Austin Film Festival on Friday, October 22 at 9 p.m.

The screening will be held at the Rollins Theater in Austin, Texas, and will be followed by a Q&A with title star, Rahul Rai, a freshman at Pace University’s New York City campus where the movie was partially filmed, and Padrai, who also produces and co-wrote the film. Other members of the cast participating in the talkback include producer Sheetal Vyas, co-producer Bhushan Thakkar, co-writer and co-producer Ralph Stein and actor Grant Kretchik, an assistant professor at Pace who was instrumental in bringing the filmmaker and the university together and appears throughout the movie in multiple roles.

“When Harry Tries To Marry” is the story of Harry — or Harish, as his Indian parents named him — a modern guy about to graduate from college in New York City. In an effort to avoid being disappointed by love like his bitterly divorced parents, he decides to have an arranged marriage, despite everyone’s horrified objections. Just as Harry thinks he’s found the perfect Indian bride, though, he begins to wonder if his friendship with a lovely American student isn’t something more. But the wedding plans are underway and even Harry’s parents are getting into the swing of things. Can anyone protect themselves from a broken heart by leaving the romance out of marriage? And, when all is said and done, does Harry really want to?

Director of photography Nick Taylor, cast members Stefanie Estes, Caitlin Gold, Osvaldo Hernandez Chavez, Tony Mirrcandani and Kanti Pandya, and musicians from the sound track including Sarah Sharp, Ter’ell Shahid, the June Junes (formerly Max & Sam), Andrea Perry, Craig Marshall and Rachel Loy, along with composer Siddharth Kasyap from Mumbai, India, will also attend the screening, as well as executive producers Lisa Madison and Kanti Gala of Britt Worldwide.

“We are thrilled to be making our world premiere at the Austin Film Festival, where Ralph and I met and where our script was given so much encouragement and was named a quarter-finalist in the screenplay competition,” said Padrai. “We have so many creative connections with the community of film-lovers there, and we are proud to present our movie in this outstanding setting.”

Tickets and more information about the festival can be found on the AFF site: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/new/aff_2010_marquee_screenings. More information about the film is available at http://www.facebook.com/whenharrytriestomarry

“When Harry Tries To Marry” is directed by Nayan Padrai from an original script by Ralph Stein & Padrai. Padrai, Sheetal Vyas and Ritu Ahuja produce under Padrai’s 108 Production banner. Stein and Bhushan Thakkar co-produce. The film was shot by Nick Taylor; Jade Gloria Healy served as production designer; Ciera Wells was costume designer; Sarah Sharp was music supervisor and Siddharth Kashyap was the composer and music producer. Rahul Rai and Stefanie Estes star, along with Freishia Bomanbehram. Osvaldo Hernandez Chavez, Tony Mirrcandani, Zenobia Shroff, Kanti Pandya, Micky Makhija, Grant Kretchik, Lauren LoGuidice and Jagdish Patel play supporting roles. The film was shot on location in New York and Kutch, India.

Pace’s Lower Manhattan campus at One Pace Plaza (directly across from City Hall) served as a key setting of the film with scenes shot in the university’s courtyard, student union, Schimmel Theater, faculty dining room, cafeteria, a lecture hall and Lienhard School of Nursing.

“We needed an attractive New York City campus in a vibrant neighborhood with a strong performing arts program from which we could draw support,” said Padrai. “The Pace community was encouraging and accommodating beyond our expectations.”

The film’s New York City premiere is anticipated to be Valentine’s Day, 2011.

Professional education at Pace University
Since 1906, Pace University has offered professional education that combines liberal arts with practical experience and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. It enrolls more than 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences (which includes The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA, the Acting BFA, Musical Theater BFA and Theater Arts BA programs), Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

For more information:

Samuella Becker
Media Relations, Pace University
(212) 346-1637 or (917) 734-5172
Sbecker2@pace.edu

Sheetal Vyas
Producer, When Harry Tries To Marry
(917) 302-4964
sheetal@108production.com