Ithaca College to Host Screening and Discussion of Romantic Comedy
ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College will host a free public screening of the cross-cultural romantic comedy “When Harry Tries to Marry,” followed by a discussion with three of the participants in the film. The showing will take place on Friday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. in Park Auditorium. Taking part in the discussion will be writer/director/producer Nayan Padrai, producer Sheetal Vyas and actress Lauren LoGiudice.
Harry is an Indian-American college student in New York City who shocks his assimilated family as well as his friends when he insists that he wants a traditional arranged marriage in an effort to avoid being disappointed by love like his bitterly divorced parents. Just as Harry thinks he’s found the perfect Indian bride, though, he begins to wonder if his friendship with a lovely fellow student isn’t something more. With the wedding plans well under way, Harry is running out of time to choose between a love that’s arranged and one that he’s found himself.
“When Harry Tries to Marry” had its world premiere last October 22 at the Austin Film Festival and was shown a week later at the Mumbai Film Festival. It was featured at the Sundance Institute Independent Producers’ Conference, named to the Winners’ Circle at the Texas Film Institute Screenplay Contest, made the top–10 finalist list in Creative Screenwriting’s Expo Screenplay contest and was a semifinalist in the Writer’s Network Screenplay Competition.
Though “When Harry Tries to Marry” is his feature film directorial debut, Nayan Padrai has extensive entertainment industry experience. In 2009 he founded 108 Production, a U.S. and India based company focused on developing original content across film and television and producing advertising spots for brands and agencies. He was previously the cofounder and president of CineMaya Media, where he wrote, produced and/or directed over 300 hours of Indian television programming, oversaw the publication of several newspaper titles, helped develop a radio station and television network, and founded an advertising agency.
Sheetal Vyas started her career at the prestigious Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, India. Now part of the 108 Production team, she previously worked with Padrai at CineMaya Media and has been an assistant producer at UTV and associate producer for Zee Cine Awards, India’s most popular film awards show.
Lauren LoGiudice portrays the girlfriend of Harry’s father in the film. A New York City–based actor and model, she has appeared in advertisements as well as in numerous independent short and feature films. Her recent solo show “Queens Girl” toured worldwide, and in February her production company Over/Under Productions is releasing a series of episodic sketch comedy shorts.
The screening and discussion are sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.