1. San Francisco Chronicle: Nepal, Tibet focus

    Posted May 16th, 2013 by justinbarker in Media Coverage

    In January, Justin Barker had no idea he would be helping start a film festival, let alone one that would premiere just four months later. Instead, he was sitting in a cafe in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, hatching a plan to start a coffee cooperative, when he overheard what he thought was a California […]

  2. San Francisco Bay Guardian : Get High

    Posted May 14th, 2013 by justinbarker in Media Coverage

    FILM San Francisco has a lot of film festivals (understatement of the millennium), but none until now can claim to show “films from the roof of the world.” The first annual Himalayan Film Festival kicks off this week with screenings in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. Opening night features the West Coast premiere of Leon Stuparich’sRoad […]

  3. One Week from Opening Night!

    Posted May 8th, 2013 by justinbarker in Festival Info

    Although the idea of the Himalayan Film Festival occurred only 2 short months ago between strangers over coffees in Kathmandu, the Festival is now only 1 week away from opening night! Not only is it a five day festival, happening across three cities in the Bay Area and boasting a lineup of over 14  films, […]

  4. Highlights + Printable Schedule

    Posted May 8th, 2013 by justinbarker in Festival Info

    Highlights  • The West Coast Premiere of Road to Peace — Berkeley — May 15th at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood will be shown in collaboration with The Berkeley Rotary Club, which will honor the Dalai Lama with this year’s Peace Prize, planting a tree in his honor in the Rotary Peace Grove in Tilden Park. Conversation, […]

  5. Highway: Fresh Cinema from Nepal

    Posted April 25th, 2013 by justinbarker in Film Highlights

    From Asia Society Blog: Highway (2012), the feature debut of Nepali filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar, marks the rise of a fresh new cinematic vision for the Himalayan nation. Decidedly different from the standard commercial product heavily influenced by Bollywood, the film takes an understated look at an increasingly common phenomenon: thebandhs, roadblocks caused by strikes or protests that […]

  6. The Search: Life in Modern Tibet

    Posted April 22nd, 2013 by justinbarker in Film Highlights

    “Director Seeks To Capture Life in Modern Tibet” NPR Pema Tseden is the son of Tibetan nomads, the only one of three siblings to have finished his schooling. He is also the first director in China ever to film movies entirely in the Tibetan language. This is a sensitive issue, since the exiled Tibetan leader, […]