Friday, September 6, 2013

Shorts with a Indian connection

Long Walk Home
United Kingdom, 2013,1 5 mins, HD, English
Direction, script Sameer Patel
sound Jassim Jaffer; camera Caroline Bridges; music Jean-Phillipe Rio-Py; editor Mikko Makela;
cast Sikander Malik,  Augustina Seymour, Alex Corbet-Burcher; Production London Film School

This dark romantic comedy is on Thomas and Freya, a young couple from London. One night they walk back home rather than take a taxi. In that time they realise the very different secrets that they have been keeping from one another.

London-based Sameer Patel, an Economics major from the London School of Economics, left his job to pursue filmmaking. A graduate of the London Film School, he is a BAFTA competition winner for his film She Want Soul which premiered at the Latitude Festival 2012. His debut film was a documentary on the Cuban Hip Hop scene.  He is also a professional DJ.

Table for Three
USA, 2012, 8 mins, HD, English
Direction, script, editor Vick Krishna
camera P K Quin Paek; sound Joel McMullen;
cast Brian Mac Ian, Altorro Prince Black, Allison Howard; producer Nakshathram Productions, JMD Creations, Vicki Yung 

Three individuals, a sophisticated older man, a sultry young woman and a nervous young man seated at an upscale restaurant start talking about a suspicious plot. As they converse, their individual intentions emerge.

Twenty-four-year-old Vick Krishna is based in Washington DC. His interest in film began when he worked for his high school’s television section. While enacting small roles as an extra in local films, Krishna learnt the nuances behind the camera and also picked up editing. He is currently working as a video/sound editor for a radio company.

Awkard Turtle
United Kingdom, 2013, 5 mins, HD, English
Direction, editor Jai Rajani
script David Proud; sound Andrew Foster;
camera Tim Watchorn; music Manon, Bobby Dave and Nio; cast Jack Shalloo, Jessie May; producer The Sketch Bank

 When Dan bumps into his former lover Becky, it is a classic awkward turtle moment. On such occasions, two conversations occur concurrently:the one we can hear and the one hidden behind the eyes.

 London-based Jai studied writing/direction with the Metropolitan Film School, Soho Young Writers and Tamasha Theatre. He has directed music videos and co-written songs for film soundtracks, including Bashment, winner of a BIFFA for Best Music. His comedic speedy first play:, was held at multiple new writing festivals. The Sketch Bank, Jai's online comedy channel, won a YouTube comedy honour and a finalist position in Comedy Spots, a competition hosted by Channel Flip. 

7 Reasons Why
United Kingdom, 2012, 7 mins, HD, English
Direction, script, editor Gurmit Samra
music, sound Simon Doherty; camera Ajay Chag; cast James Foggerty, Mai Partridge, Leon Heywood
Producer Branded G Productions

The film perceives a short journey through the eyes of Mike, who pursues his dreams and aspirations. We share Mike's daily thoughts, drive and determination. The more we learn about him,  the more we learn about ourselves.

London-based Gurmit Samra’s career began in creative arts by scripting plays for theatre in the East Midlands, UK. On graduating, Samra  lectured on film and TV production at both, university and college. Branded G Productions, his production company has showcased music videos for Urban acts for MTV and Sky music channels. Further productions include a 90-minute documentary and a feature film set for 2013/2014. 
Look out for more in the coming week...

Monday, September 2, 2013

Student film “Kush”, the only Indian film competing in Venice, wins award

Best Innovative Budget award for “Kush”

Shubhashish Bhutiani’s short film "Kush", produced by Red Carpet Moving Pictures, has been awarded The Best Innovative Budget Award for a Foreign film in the 70th Venice International Film Festival 2013. The Best Innovative Budget awards an Italian film and a foreign film from the Orizzonte section.
The Best Innovative Budget Award, which has reached its fourth edition, recognises the importance of a creative and innovative approach to producing and financing quality cinema. There are several reasons to award these films.

"Kushwas made on a shoestring budget thanks to private contributions including by the film director and other individuals who sacrificed their fees and charges to make the film possible. The 21-year-old director, a student of the School of Visual Arts in New York was also able to secure 3 grants from the school, quite a feat for a student.

"Kushis inspired by a true story 21-year old Bhutiani learnt when he was in the 11th grade: In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, causing anti-Sikh riots to erupt throughout the country. A teacher travelling back from a field trip with her class of 10-year-old students struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him.

"Kushis Bhutiani’s film for his graduation project at New York’s School of Visual Arts, won the Outstanding Film, besides Outstanding Director and Best Editing, at the school’s annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival & Awards held in May.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Tibetan Filmmaker from India features in 2013 Busan

Tenzin Tsetan Choklay's  documentary
Bringing Tibet Home - a Reunion like Never Before
will screen in
Busan's Wide Angle Competition section

Tenzin Tsetan Choklay is a Tibetan filmmaker originally from Dharamsala who since 2009 has lived and worked in Delhi. He has now set up his work base in New York city. Tenzin graduated from the prestigious Korean Academy of Film Arts in 2008. He has made a number of short films in South Korea and has worked as an Associate Producer at White Crane Films In India for the award winning film, The Sun Behind the Clouds directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.


Bringing Tibet Home - a Reunion like Never Before

Bringing Tibet Home tells the story of artist Tenzing Rigdol, as he sets out on a mission to bring Tibet closer to Tibetan exiles through an unprecedented art project titled, Our Land, Our People. By virtue of his small mission, he forever touches the hearts of many Tibetans living in exile who are unable to return home. The installation involves the artist, bringing 20,000 kilos of native Tibetan soil from Tibet to India. This soil is laid out on a platform set up in Dharamsala, India where he will give a chance to thousands of exiled Tibetans to walk on their home soil. For many this is a reunion, for some, the first time that they set foot on their homeland and for a few, this is probably the last time that they ever see anything of their lost nation. Through this groundbreaking site-specific installation, artist Tenzing Rigdol enables the displaced to ‘return’ home. Although Rigdol’s work examines the plight of the Tibetan people in exile, it also has wider resonance, exploring the notion of nostalgia, the idea of homeland and how art is intertwined with the political and the social. It also demonstrates the transgressive power of art as an act of defiance.