Silent River Film Festival – Launch


Kalpna Singh-Chitnis, the originator of the “Silent River Film Festival” with Irina Maleeva at the launch of this year’s Silent River Film Festival on Sept. 20, 2014 at the Civic Center in Irvine where Irina’s two music videos — “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” and “Illusions” — will be screened.

Irina is going to receive the “River Symphony Award” for her musical performances and her extensive movie and TV career.KalpnaAndIrina

The “River Symphony Award” recognizes an artist’s contribution to music as an art form, resulting in the making of a film.

“Silent River Film Festival, for the first time includes musical works of a number of Music Artists in 2013 including Italian-American singer Irina Maleeva known for MERCHANT OF VENICE by Orson Welles, SPIRIT OF DEAD by Federico Fellini and many other popular television series in the United States and abroad. Irina’s music videos ILLUSION and LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE directed by MICHAEL PESCASIO will be the part of “Fabulous Shorts and Music Videos” showcase at the 2013 SRFF.”



Let’s Face The Music And Dance Video a huge hit on the Film Festival, Awards Show Circuit

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International Artist Irina Maleeva singing Irving Berlin’s Let’s Face The Music And Dance Video a huge hit on the Film Festival, Awards Show Circuit


Irina Maleeva is pictured here on the red carpet for the gala Opening Night Ceremonies of the 4th annual New Media Film Festival with founder/director Susan Johnston.

“There was an eclectic array of music genres presented and clearly Irina’s music video was an audience favorite.” — Susan Johnston

Let’s Face the Music And Dance is the first track off the newly released Illusions CD available on ITunes and CDBaby.


Irina Maleeva was interviewed by critically acclaimed host GoHarrison of 90.7 Los Angeles. You can watch this video by clicking here:

Live Interview July 5, 2013, 2:30 p.m. ET on National Radio Show Music Friday with Irina Maleeva and host Patrick O’Heffernan at


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This entry was posted on June 28, 2013, in Press.

On the Red Carpet at the New Media Film Festival

“Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” a song written by Irving Berlin, is a music video based on the same song from Irina Maleeva’s CD — “Illusions” has been officially selected into the prestigious Music Video categories of New Media Film Festival on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 and Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 for HMMA Awards.

The music video will be judged by 2-time Gemini Winner Ron Proulx and 2-time Grammy-nominated record producer Barry Goldberg for New Media Film Festival. After the screening, Irina Maleeva will be part of the Q & A portion of the music video programming. For the HMMA Awards, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” is slated to screen at their Annual Music Awards event at the gorgeous Fonda Theatre in Hollywood Calif.

Tue Jun 11, 2013 9 p.m. EDT — Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:59 p.m. EDT

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This entry was posted on June 12, 2013, in Press.

Tribute to Roger Ebert

I just wanted to express my deep sadness for the passing of a most incredible man and a dear friend, Roger Ebert, the well-known film critic whose career blossomed at the Chicago Sun-Times but was made famous with his legendary show “Siskel and Ebert” which later became “Ebert and Roeper.”

I met Roger many years ago at one of the first Toronto Film Festivals. My film “Union City” was screening there. We spent a lot of time together viewing the films at the festival and discussing Fellini’s film “Prova D’Orchestra,” which was not understood by Americans at that time.

Apart from the great time I had with Roger watching movies, I will never forget the time when I woke up in the middle of the night in my hotel suite being unable to breathe or talk. My throat was shut and I could not even call the room service for a cup of tea. I thought I could die without being able to call anyone. My allergies had hit me once again. The next day the organizers had scheduled interviews for me and did not seem to care of how I was feeling. Roger ran to the pharmacy to get me some medicine. I’ll never forget his chivalry. He was much more than a talented critic. He was a kind, generous person.

Some time ago, when I found out that Roger had been diagnosed with cancer, I wanted to write him thanking him for his care of me in the past, and to tell him how fondly I remembered the time in Toronto when we watched together the premiere of my film with James Mason, called “Kidnap Syndicate.” But I did not have his address. Now I am sorry I missed that opportunity. One should always remember to tell people how much we appreciate them while they are still around. That was one of my messages in my show “Illusions.” I am sad I was not able to thank Roger and tell him how much I loved being with him.

To this day I have kept his postcard from Venice in which he wrote that he saw “Union City” again at the Festival there and thought I was the best thing in the film. Coming from him, that was an honor.

Thank you Roger, I will never forget you.