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            Radha Welt Vatsal is a film curator, film historian and filmmaker.  She is director of Cinema India! an organization that promotes and exhibits quality Indian cinema in the United States .  

            Cinema India! began in 2002 as a monthly film series at the American Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY), and quickly expanded to a touring program in 2003.  

            The Cinema India!tm 2003 Film Tour is currently underway at:

        The American Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY)

        The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA)

        The Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) as Five From India

        The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) as Inside India  

The tour includes award-winning and undiscovered work by established and emerging filmmakers, and ranges from Bollywood extravaganzas, to contemplative art films, challenging documentaries, and off-beat independent productions.  

            Radha has also worked with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), and was the Festival Director for NYWIFT's 25th Anniversary film festival, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY).  This week-long event, "25 Years of Women Calling the Shots" (2003), included industry panels, and screenings presenting the best of women's film, TV, and documentary production in New York over the past 25 years.

            In 2000, Radha curated "Actress-Directors of the Silent Screen," at the American Museum of the Moving Image.  The series featured archival prints of films by Mabel Normand, Nell Shipman, Helen Gardener and a special appearance by Frederica Maas, a 100-year-old screenwriter who worked during the silent era.

            Born and raised in Bombay, India, Radha came to the US in 1989 as a scholarship student at the Taft School (Watertown, CT).  She then received a Morehead Scholarship to attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her B.A. (1995).

            Radha completed her doctorate in film history from Duke University in 2003.  Her academic focus is on silent-era women filmmakers.  At Duke, Radha wrote and directed two short films, both of which screened at various independent film festivals in the US.  She was also coordinator of the Women Film Pioneers Project, an inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional project spearheading research on, and restoration and exhibition of films by silent era-women filmmakers.  Her essay “Reevaluating Footnotes: Women Directors of the Silent Era." was published in A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema, edited by Jennifer Bean and Diane Negra.

            Radha is currently organizing the Cinema India! 2004 National Film Tour which will bring an eclectic and discriminating selection of Indian cinema to 8-10 cities in the United States. 

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