New York Indian Film Festival 2016

May 7 - 14, 2016

PARAG AMLADI Ashish Avikunthak Tejaswini Ganti Udayan Gupta
Parag Amladi Ashish Avikunthak Tejaswini Ganti Udayan Gupta Poorna Jagannathan
Myrna Claus Mueller Muriel Peters Zenobia Shroff
Joseph Mathew Myrna Moncayo-Iyengar Claus Mueller Muriel (Mike) Peters Zenobia Shroff
Madhur Jaffrey Mirra Bank      
Madhur Jaffrey Mirra Bank      

PARAG AMLADIParag Amladi is a film scholar and educator and has taught film studies and film production first in Bombay at the Xavier Institute of Communication and subsequently at campuses of the City University of New York. He is a graduate of the Cinema Studies Dept at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He has published scholarly and journalistic articles on the new Indian cinema as well as on the popular cinema. He has also worked in film and TV production and is currently developing a feature film project.


Ashish AvikunthakAshish Avikunthak is a filmmaker from India making films for the more than fifteen years. He is an Assistant Professor in Film Media at the University of Rhode Island and has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University. His films have been shown in film festivals and museums worldwide. His first feature film Nirakar Chayya (Shadows Formless) was premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival and won the Best Director and the Best Actress award at NYIFF 2008.


Tejaswini GantiTejaswini Ganti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and its Program in Culture & Media at New York University.  A visual anthropologist specializing in South Asia, her research interests include Indian cinema, anthropology of media, production cultures, visual culture, cultural policy, nationalism, neoliberalism, capitalism, ideologies of development and theories of globalization.  She has been conducting ethnographic research about the social world and filmmaking practices of the Hindi film industry since 1996 and is the author of Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge 2004; 2nd edition forthcoming) Her most recent book Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (Duke 2012), examines the social and institutional transformations of the Hindi film industry from 1994-2010.  She has also written about the politics of commemorative rituals around cinema in Bombay, Hindi filmmakers’ practices of remaking Hollywood films, and the Hindi film industry’s complex relationship to censorship.  Additionally, she has produced the documentary, Gimme Somethin’ to Dance to! (1995) which explores the significance of bhangra music for South Asians in the U.S.
Education: BA 1991, Northwestern University; MA 1994, University of Pennsylvania; PhD 2000, New York University.


Udayan GuptaUdayan Gupta is the co-founder of Books Beyond Boundaries, a collaborative publishing company, and a consultant to small entrepreneurial businesses and asset managers.
He is a former senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal, is the author of several books, including Done Deals, The First Venture Capitalist and Mind Into Matter.  Mr. Gupta’s writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times as well as Advertising Age, Alpha, American Film, Barron’s, Black Enterprise, Chronicle of Higher Education, Cineaste, Electronic Media, Fortune, Hispanic Business, Information Week, Institutional Investor, Jump Cut, Madison Avenue, Red Herring, and Seven Days. He is also a publisher and producer of interactive multi-media projects.

Poorna JagannathanPoorna Jagannathan is an award-winning actor and producer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Mumbai. To Indian audiences, she came to prominence when she starred in the Aamir Khan movie, "Delhi Belly", which won her a Stardust Award and a L'Oreal Femina Award. She is also best known for initiating and producing the play "NIRBHAYA" by Yael Farber which won the 2013 Amnesty International Award and is being heralded as one of the most urgent pieces of human rights theater to ever emerge. She has worked extensively in film and TV and will be next seen in "The Night Of", a new HBO series premiering this summer. She has been a proud member of the NYIFF jury for years and a staunch supporter since its inception.
Joseph Mathew is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. His documentary Crossing Arizona premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and has been widely distributed around the world. His first narrative film, Bombay Summer won three awards including Best Director and Best Film at the MIAAC film festival 2009.

MyrnaMyrna Moncayo is a film producer based in Los Angeles. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Myrna spent the previous five years as Director of Corporate Strategy for Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film and Tribeca Shortlist (subscription video-on-demand film service). Prior to Tribeca, Myrna led the casting process for Ramin Bahrani’s film “Chop Shop”, which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and one Gotham Award, including Breakthrough Actor. She also helped coordinate Oscar-campaign events for “Children of Men” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” while at Alfonso Cuaron’s Esperanto Filmoj, and managed film acquisitions for Emerging Pictures. Prior to being bitten by the film bug in 2005, she held various management positions for 10+ years at Fortune-500 companies including Citibank, Deloitte & Touche, and KPMG.


Claus MuellerClaus Mueller pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in Germany, France, and the United States and teaches media research at CUNY. He has authored books and articles, focusing most recently integration and film tourism issues, as well as producing DOCUMENTARIES and presented related papers in New Delhi, Busan and other venues. As a recipient of numerous awards, including Fulbrights, he has arranged seminars and Congressional briefings and carried out research overseas with the next project scheduled for Cambodia. Apart from curating at specialized film festivals he has served as a judge for film festivals and for the national and international Emmys. He is the New York Correspondent for the Paris based M21Editions, but also writes for other electronic and print publications. He has been serving on the board of non-profit media organizations such as the International Film Exchange and the New York Film and Video Council and has been elected to the American Council on Germany and the International Council of the National Television Academy. He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.


Muriel PetersMuriel (Mike) Peters film and television productions and credits include: LISTENING TO VOLCANOES, a Documentary shot in Indonesia for PBS and BBC, with Madhur Jaffrey as presenter; INNER SPACE TO OUTER SPACE, a trilogy of films on Indonesia; ASIA STAGE CENTER, a television series bringing together Asian and Western performing artists; THE REVENGE OF TWO SONS, a video on the Court Dance of Okinawa; MANIFESTATIONS OF SHIVA, a Documentary feature for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Asia Society and PBS; WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW OLD? With DCA Productions; THE EYE OF THE STORM, a Documentary for ABC News, winner of a Peabody and many other awards; THE DAY BEFORE TOMORROW, for Newsweek Magazine; THE GURU, a Merchant Ivory feature shot in India for 20th Century Fox, starring Michael York and Utpal Dutt; and AFRICA, a four-hour Documentary for ABC. She is currently one of the producers of the Documentary film, A WAY HOME, about the U.S.-Manipur baseball project; and is developing THE DIPLOMAT’S WIFE, a feature set in India in 1963.
Ms. Peters was Director of the Film and Broadcasting Department of the Asia Society in New York from 1977-82, during which time she was Director of FILM INDIA (a major retrospective of films from India, jointly with MOMA), of FILMS FROM KOREA and of CINEMA INDONESIA. She was also Executive in charge of Film and Broadcasting for the Indo-US Subcommission on Education and Culture from 1976-83.
She is a longtime member of New York Women in Film, served as a Board Director and continues to serve on the Advisory Board. She was for some years the Chairman of the Board of Women in Film and Television International. She is a member of IFP.
Ms. Peters received a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard University, and a B. Litt in Oriental Art from Oxford University. Her dissertation was on the Elephanta caves of India, where she also lived for many years. She continues to maintain close ties with India. She has traveled widely in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean, North America.


Zenobia Shroff Zenobia Shroff - Zenobia Shroff has been an actress, writer and teaching artist for twenty-five years. A few years ago she was cast in Sooni Taraporevalas “Little Zizou”, presented by Mira Nair. For that role she was nominated as best actress at the New York Indian film festival. Next she was seen in ‘When Harry tries to Marry’, a Hollywood independent film. She followed that up with her first Bollywood blockbuster, ‘Ek main aur ekk tu’ playing opposite superstars Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan. Her latest film, “Misaligned” is premiering at NYIFF 2016. She has performed stand up at Guild gallery, the Indo American arts council, Don’t tell Mama’s, the famed UCB and the South Asian international performing arts festival. Her solo show HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS ACTOR is premiering at Planet Connections Festivity this June 2016.

Madhur JaffreyMadhur Jaffrey - Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress with numerous major motion pictures to her credit. She is also a bestselling author of many award-winning cookbooks - six of which have won the James Beard Award, and was named to the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. She lives in New York City.
Mirra BankMirra Bank - Mirra Bank directs film and theater. Her previous feature documentary, "Last Dance", was short-listed for an Academy Award. Her innovative nonfiction feature, "Nobody's Girls", was a PBS primetime special; and her groundbreaking indie feature enormous changes premiered at Sundance, followed by a critically praised theatrical release. Bank has been honored with awards and production support from, among others: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, NY State Council on the Arts, NY Foundation for the Arts, American Film Institute. Her films have premiered at festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh, NY Film Festival, Chicago, Seattle, Hawaii, AFI, Silverdocs, Final Frame, London, and Palm Springs. Bank is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and recently directed several London premieres of new American plays. She is a past President and current Advisory Board member of NYWIFT; a MadDowell Fellow and serves on the Board of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

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