San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A Moment of Mishearing
Directed by: Don Boyd & Amit Chaudhuri
Cast: Amit Chaudhuri and the Amit Chaudhuri Band (vocals Amit Chaudhuri, guitar Adam Moore, keyboards Matt Hodges, bass guitar Paul Williams, tabla Hanif Khan)
About the Directors:
Don Boyd, film director and producer began his career at the BBC. He then directed over 40 commercials and two feature films, Intimate Reflections and East of Elephant Rock starring John Hurt premiered at the London Film Festival in 1976. In the 1980’s he produced celebrated British films like Alan Clarke's Scum, Jarman’s The Tempest, Lindsay Anderson's Look Back In Anger, and the Palme D’Or nominated opera film Aria with Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Russell and Derek Jarman. He then returned to his directorial career with Twenty One written by Zoe Heller, Kleptomania, Lucia, My Kingdom written by the Guardian’s Nick Davies starring Richard Harris and directed many documentaries including Andrew and Jeremy Get Married for BBC’s Storyville. He is now a visiting professor at the University of Exeter, a Governor of the London Film School and Artistic Director of Hibrow, the online platform for the arts.
Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, critic, and musician. His first novel, A Strange and Sublime Address, is included in Toibin and Callil’s Two Hundred Best Novels of the Last Fifty Years. His new novel, Odysseus Abroad, has recently been published in the UK and in India, and is due in the US in April. He is the winner of several awards, including the Commonwealth Literature Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Sahitya Akademi Award.
As a musician, he has performed on most flagship cultural programmes on UK radio and television, including BBC 2's Late Review, BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, and Radio 3's Late Junction. His second CD, Found Music, was an allaboutjazz.com Editor's Choice, 2010. His version of 'Summertime' was featured on the BBC 4 television documentary, Gershwin's Summertime: the Song that Conquered the World, alongside classic versions by Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Mahalia Jackson, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald.
Following the Box (short)
Directed by Anirban Mahapatra
India 2015, 26 minutes. English/Hindi/Bengali (w/ English subtitles)
About the Director: Based in Kolkata, India, Anirban Mahapatra is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist, producing short films and Internet videos on society, communities, culture, environment, travel and the arts. For seven years he was a travel writer for Lonely Planet – India. In the last decade he has provided photographic and video content for organizations such as the BBC, The Telegraph, Tetley / Tata Global Beverages and the Culture Ministry of the Government of India, among others. His short film titled "Anachasho: Food of the Wilds" was shortlisted for the 2014 Sundance Institute / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Short Film Challenge. Other films include: "Azarak – A Musical Dream" and "Srishti."
Directed by Kartik Singh,
USA 2015, 12 minutes, English
Cast - Mahira Kakkar, Roni Mazumdar, Hesh Sarmalkar
About the Director: Kartik Singh was born to Sikh parents who immigrated to Kansas City, USA from Hyderabad, India. After film studies at the Sorbonne, Kartik started making short films in Paris. Kartik loves telling coming of age stories about unlikely encounters that can lead to strong human connections. After Hechki, Kartik hopes to make two feature films. His screenplay French Public School was invited to the Mumbai Mantra Sundance Screenwriting Lab. While fundraising for this project, Kartik began writing Bari (Home), another story that has deep personal resonance for him.
When & Where
Indo-American Arts Council
The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.