"The Namesake" played twice at the Dubai International Film Festival last month, in the company of some fantastic films from all over the world. The Festival itself was a great opportunity to see films that aren't distributed as widely in North America, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear moving feedback from folks from Lebanon, Palestine, the UAE, Bahrain, and Iran. Irfan and I were introduced both screenings, and did a Q&A for each afterwards. My sincerest thanks to the Fesitval sponsors and organizers for such an incredible festival and turnout.
To clear up some confusion and answer a few questions: "The Namesake" opens in North America on March 9, 2007. The trailer is currently playing in select cities in front of some great films (among them, "Dream Girls" and "Pans Labrynth"). International release dates for "The Namesake" vary, but I believe the film opens in India on the 24th of March, 2007.
Thanks to those who came out to the SASA Conference in Miami a few weeks ago. It was great to have the chance to talk with people from all over the country, and hear what they thought of the film.
I'm currently in Louisiana shooting the "Untitled Harold and Kumar Sequel", but will upload some updated from here as I learn more about pre-release plans for "The Namesake". Stay tuned...