Avid Learning presents a live session on how the image making industries of film and photography have changed and evolved. Award-winning Photographer and Installation Artist Samar Singh Jodha, Award-winning Filmmaker and Photographer Sooni Taraporevala and Oscar-nominated and Two-time National Award-winning Filmmaker Ashvin Kumar will be in conversation with Media Expert and ex-head of the SCM (Social Communications Media) Post-Graduate Course at Sophia Polytechnic Jeroo Mulla. These speakers will examine and discuss how the image making industry has changed and evolved with the introduction of new technologies, a shift from analogue to digital mediums, changing roles of acting professionals and much more. Join us to learn more about new innovations in photography and film today!
Samar Jodha, is a photographer and an installation artist working over three decades on marginalisation and conflict issues across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He is also a judge on Nat Geo Cover Shot and is a regular speaker on TED and TEDx including speaking at TEDxVienna on Artist’ role on Sustainability and Capacity building. Samar’ work has been widely published and has been shown on public art platforms globally. He is also keenly invested in the youth, a group that he believes has the power to lead and enable social impact. Samar is the founder of Red Balloon, an organization that has emanated from his long-held vision of using art to positively set a discourse in the society. With this, he has given his vision a platform, creating a collaborative ecosystem, which is critical to large-scale mobilization and impact. With art and design at its core, team Red Balloon builds partnerships with children of all ages and backgrounds, raises awareness on critical issues and enables individual leadership to lead change.Read more
Sooni Taraporevala was born in 1957 in Bombay, India. After studying at Queen Mary School in Bombay, she received a scholarship to attend Harvard University, where she studied English Literature, Film and Photography. She received her BA from Harvard in 1980 after which she enrolled in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University. At NYU she studied Film Theory and Criticism, received her MA in 1981, after which she returned to India to work as a freelance still photographer. In 1986 she wrote her first screenplay, Salaam Bombay!, for director/producer Mira Nair. The film was nominated for an Oscar, won more than twenty-five awards worldwide, and earned Taraporevala the Lillian Gish Award from Women in Film in 1988. Her second screenplay, Mississippi Masala, also for Mira Nair, was made into a film starring Denzel Washington for which Taraporevala won the Osella award for Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, 1990. Her other screenplay credits include the films Such a Long Journey, based on the novel by Rohinton Mistry and directed by Sturla Gunnarson, which earned Taraporevala a Genie nomination from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television; My Own Country, based on the book by Abraham Verghese and directed by Mira Nair for Showtime television; the film Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar directed by Dr Jabbar Patel for the Government of India and the National Film Development Corporation of India, and The Namesake, directed by Mira Nair, based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri. She wrote and directed her first feature film, Little Zizou, 2008 , which won the National Award from the Indian government for Best Film on Family Values, as well as ten international awards including the Audience Choice Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Time/Warner Best Screenplay and Best Director awards at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council film festival in New York city. In 2000 she authored and published a book of her photographs PARSIS: The Zoroastrians of India; A Photographic Journey. A labor of love for over 20 years, the book, a critical and popular success, was out of print within six months. A new edition was published in 2004. The last few copies continue to be available in 2014. Photographs from Parsis were included in Tate Modern’s 2001 exhibition Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Lille 3000 in Lille 2006, India Moderna IVAM Institut Valencia d’Art Modern 2008, Photoquai, Musee de Quai Branly, 2009, and most recently, solo shows at Harvard University’s Sert Gallery in October 2012, Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai 6 March-6 May 2013 and at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi September- November 2013 where they are part of NGMA's permanent collection. On the occassion of Republic Day, 26 January 2014 it was announced that she had won a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor. It will be formally conferred on her by the President of India in Delhi in March 2014.Read more
Ashvin Kumar is a writer / director / actor / producer with an Oscar® nomination for “Little Terrorist” (2005) also, nominated for European Film Academy | honourable mention BAFTA/LA, Aspen | Grand Prize, Tehran Film Festival | 1st Prize, Montreal Film Festival | Best Film - Docufest FF, Flanders FF, Manhattan FF | Audience Award, Almeria En Corto | Winner, Best Short Film, Satyajit Ray Film awards | Bell Expressvu Award, Reelworld FF, Canada | Silver Conch, MIFF (Mumbai) | Winner, Montreal, Sao Paulo, Luciana (Italy), Salento, Sousse (Tuniese), Temecula Valley, Alternative Film Festival (Romania) | in competition Tribeca, Telluride, Sydney, Bangkok, Palm Springs, London, Chicago Children’s FF, Berlin Shorts FF, Motovun FF, Odense, San Francisco, Tampere, Tobor, Asiana | and, over 150 other film festivals. His latest feature film, “No Fathers in Kashmir” Alumni, Sundance Lab / Development Grant, Asia Pacific Screen Awards released theatrically in the UK (2020) to glowing reviews from Hollywood actor Joanna Lumley, BBC’s Mark Kermode, Sight & Sound, Movie Waffler with 4 stars in UK’s Time Out, Total Film, Morning Star, Eye For The Film, Daily Express. Its Indian theatrical release (2019) saw critical acclaim from Alia Bhatt, Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi, Shashi Tharoor, Aparna Sen, Kalki Koechlin | Huff Post | 4.5 stars from Rediff & 4 stars Times of India, Film Curry, Republic World, Desi Martini. He is also a two-time National Award winner for his feature documentaries “Inshallah, football” (2010) Jury Prize winner Dubai FF | winner AND grant - Pusan Film Festival | official selections of Chicago & Pusan and “Inshallah, Kashmir” (2012) also, Al Jazeera Doc Film Festival. Other films include road-movie “Road to Ladakh” (2004) official selections, Raindance & Vancouver Film Festivals | 2004 starring Irrfan Khan. “Dazed in Doon” (2010), an educational-filmmaking experience, teaching 60 school-going teens of Doon School, India while creating a feature film. And, thriller “The Forest” (2009), Raindance & Stiges Film Festivals. He has also made short documentaries - “I am Not Here” (2015) about undocumented migrants in Switzerland, USA and Malaysia, commissioned by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and, “4 Daughters in Kashmir” (2020 – awaiting release). Ashvin spent the lockdown breaking down the mysteries of cinema in a series of online film- making classes for aspiring film makers which will roll out on YouTube and on his website in 2021. He has also written a romantic feature film, “Swift Desire”, and is in development with four other feature-films in genres such as comedy, thriller, drama and coming-of-age. Ashvin is a voting member of the European Film Academy and TEDx speaker. He continues to encourage aspiring film-makers to join his crews, mentoring and sharing his passion for filmmaking. www.ashvinkumar.com His films, behind-the-scenes videos, synopsis are available to view on his YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/user/ashvinalipur https://twitter.com/ashvinkumar https://www.instagram.com/ashvinkofficial/ https://www.facebook.com/ashvinkofficial/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashvin_Kumar http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1464392/?ref_=ttfc_fc_dr1Read more
Jeroo Mulla was the Head of the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai from 1986 – 2013. She has been teaching film appreciation, photography and the Fundamental Concepts of Communications, and supervising student documentaries at the Sophia Polytechnic for over thirty years. At Sophia Polytechnic she has supervised the student productions of over eighty audio-visuals and twenty-four video documentaries on human development issues. Currently she continues to teach film and photography as a visiting faculty at Sophia Polytechnic and at Symbiosis, Pune. She was the first recipient of the Professor Satish Bahadur Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film Studies in South Asia at the Alpaviram Film Festival at the National Institute of Design, (N.I.D.) Ahmedabad.Read more