Sanjeev Chatterjee

Sanjeev Chatterjee is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor in the department of Cinema and Interactive Media with a secondary appointment in the department of Journalism at the School of Communication, University of Miami. He also serves on the faculties of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change and the Young India Fellowship. Chatterjee is the founder of the Miami based non-profit mediaforchange.org .

RECENT DOCUMENTARY WORK, AWARDS AND HONORS

Sanjeev Chatterjee started making documentaries focusing on development issues in India in 1985. Since then he has made many films meant for television, festivals, international organizations, educational institutions, NGO’s and for training. The following are highlights from documentary work completed since he has been at the University of Miami:

Sanjeev produced and directed On Cities (2012), a non-verbal short documentary about the past, present and future of cities. The film was the central piece of a “virtual gathering” that he produced at the University of Miami in October 2012 to engage a global audience with the subject of life and living in today’s cities. The “virtual gathering” is archived at http://knight.miami.edu/oncities . Following up on what he learned through the experiences of making the short film and producing the “virtual gathering” he is currently researching his next global film project about our changing relationship to food and the challenge of feeding cities in the future.

He received a Fulbright Scholarship to make a series of short documentary videos about the East Kolkata Wetlands in 2011.

In 2010 he was a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxMiami.

Professor Chatterjee is producer, co-director and writer of a global motion picture project about our changing relationship to fresh water entitled One Water. An earlier short version of the film won two awards at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and was screened at the United Nations headquarters in New York in 2004 and 2005. This film won a special jury award at the World Water Forum in Mexico City in 2006. A feature version of "One Water" premiered on the closing night of the Miami International Film Festival, 2008. The film has been screened at diverse venues including Expo Zaragoza 2008 and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). "One Water" is the recipient of the Best Environmental Feature award from the Artivist Film Festival, 2008, Best Documentary Cinambiente 2008, Turin, Italy and Best Documentary at the Foyle Film Festival 2008, Derry, Ireland. An international television version of the film was completed in 2009 for which Chatterjee wrote a new script narrated by actor Martin Sheen and has reached over 4 million television households worldwide.

In 2007 Chatterjee received the Images and Voices of Hope Award in the film category “ for the use of compelling imagery in bringing attention to global issues.”

In 2006 Prof. Chatterjee completed a television pilot entitled "Through Her Eyes" - a proposed series of documentaries about women photojournalists of note. C0-produced with colleague Lelen Bourgoignie-Robert. "Through Her Eyes" won the Best of Festival, King Award at the Broadcast Education Association's Media Arts Festival in 2006. A sequel to Through Her Eyes was completed in 2011. The film "Beyond Assignment" is directed by Jim Virga and Chatterjee served as Executive Producer.

Prof. Chatterjee's earlier documentary work explores issues of identity among people in the Indian diaspora. His films on the topic are "Bittersweet" (1995) about Asian Indians in the United States and "Pure Chutney" (1998) about people of Indian origin in Trinidad. "Pure Chutney" won second place at the Film South Asia competition in Kathmandu in 1999. In 2005 Professor Chatterjee completed "Dirty Laundry" - an essay film about people of Indian origin living in South Africa.

In 1999-2000, Professor Chatterjee was commissioned by the National Geographic Channel to produce television reports about environment and culture in India. The topics of these reports, which were part of National Geographic's prime time magazine show "National Geographic Today," ranged from deforestation and habitat fragmentation to the survival of folk and classical dance in India. The Salt Lake City Corporation commissioned Professor Chatterjee to create a video installation for an exhibition "The Physical Fitness of Cities" that was mounted as part of the 2002 Winter Olympic festivities and highlighted aspects of good design in city building.

His other documentary work includes "From the Shadow of History" (1996) about the role of preventive diplomacy in the Republic of Macedonia during the Yugoslav war. The film has been shown on the History Channel and WPBT (PBS, Miami) and won awards at the Vermont International Film Festival and Silver State Documentary Festival.

TEACHING

Professor Chatterjee’s teaching focuses on documentary film and multimedia visual storytelling. He teaches classes pertaining to both studio and field production. He received University of Miami’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and has been nominated two more times since.

Through his teaching at the University of Miami and at other venues like the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change and the Young India Fellowship, Sanjeev has developed his “teaching by doing” approach where students learn about community engagement, media change making, media literacy, ethics, issues and subjects of media projects through the process of media making.

WORK WITH STUDENTS

In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Professor Chatterjee continues to work with students through the School of Communication's award winning Documentary Unit, which he founded in 1994.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

In 2013, Chatterjee founded the non-partisan, non-profit organization mediaforchange.org with the purpose of connecting the globally dispersed tribe of media change makers.

Professor Chatterjee serves on the Educational Advisory Board of CINE, Washington, D.C., and on the Advisory Board of 9.9 School of Communication, New Delhi.

MEMBERSHIPS

International Documentary Association, Member since 2006

University Film and Video Association, Member since 1990, Member ofBoard of Directors (1995-1997)
National Broadcasting Society, Professional Member since 2003

Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society, inducted in 2002

Broadcast Education Association, Member since 1994

Alpha Epsilon Rho National Honor Society, inducted in 1995

ADMINISTRATION

Professor Chatterjee is the director of UIndia – University of Miami’s semester abroad program in India. He served as the Executive Director of the Knight Center for International Media at the School of Communication from 2007-2010. He also served as a vice-dean of the School of Communication during the same period.

PERSONAL

Professor Chatterjee lives in the Miami suburb of Palmetto Bay with his wife Sumita, who is a historian, their two teenage children Abhi and Uma, and their dog Maraka.



Courses Taught

Advanced Electronic Media Production (JMM 445)
Intermediate Electronic Media Production(JMM 345)

Mass Media Communication in Society (COM 101)

Introductory Electronic Media Production (JMM 245)

Honors Colloquium in Digital Production (COM 401)

Intermediate Cinema Production, Visual Storytelling (CIM 251)
Introductory Cinema Production (CIM 151)

Directed Projects (COM 599.699)
Documentary Production (CIM 658)



Education

 Master of Fine Arts, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York 

 Master of Arts in English Literature▪ Delhi University, Delhi, India 

 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature▪ Hindu College, Delhi University, Delhi, India



Research Interests

Documentary Media Making, Sustainability, Environment, Indian Diaspora



Featured Publications

Producer/Director, One Water for Sustainable Development a 20 minute short commissioned by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), United Nations Water (UN Water) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Relesed by SIWI on World Environment Day, June 5, 2015.

 Producer/Director, On Cities III (2014), a non-verbal portrait of Mumbai shot by Edmund Talavera, edited by Konstantia Kontaxis and scored by Pandit Tanmoy Bose. One Cities III won the Best of Competition award at the Broadcast Education Association’s Media Arts Festival 2015.

Co-Producer (with Ana Laura Gamboggi-Taddei), Imagine a City (2013) – a series of video shorts featuring prominent urban thinkers including Daniel Libeskind, Saskia Sassen, Michael Keith, Aromar Revi, Mathieu LeFevre among others. The videos were created around the New Cities Summit 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and sponsored by CISCO and published on the company’s global YouTube channel Smart+Connected Communities, 2013.

Executive Producer, Familias Unidas (2013) – a series of telenovella style videos that have been designed as part of a public health intervention designed to help parents and teenage children in Hispanic families communicate better on topics like  HIV, sex, drug use etc. The intervention is operated by Center for Family Studies, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and will begin testing later this summer. This media portion of the project was undertaken on behalf of the Knight Center for International Media at the School of Communication.

Producer/Director, On Cities (2012), a non-verbal short documentary about the past, present and future of cities. The film was the central piece of a “virtual gathering” organized at the University of Miami in October 2012 to engage a global audience with the subject of life and living in today’s cities. The “virtual gathering” is archived at http://knight.miami.edu/oncities . A segment of On Cities on Mumbai and entitled On Cities III was released in 2014 for festival and other wider exhibition.

Executive Producer, a series of short films on the East Kolkata Wetlands that are aggregated on the website http://kolkatawetlands.org . These films were produced to spread awareness of the value of sewage fed East Kolkata Wetlands to the city of Kolkata in India. The project was undertaken and completed as part of a Fulbright Scholarship during a sabbatical in 2011-2012.

Multimedia Production and News Literacy Education:  Teaching Global Journalism in the Classroom and Beyond a chapter co-authored with Moses Shumow in News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and the Classroom (2012), edited by Paul Mihailidis and published by Peter Lang Publishing.

Executive Producer, Bangladesh: A Climate Trap (2011), a half-hour film by the photographer Ami Vitale about climate refugees in Bangladesh. The film was an official selection of the Jackson Hole and La Femme Film Festivals in 2011.

Executive Producer, Beyond Assignment (2011), a half-hour film that features the life’s work of three acclaimed women photojournalists. The film was screened at the Foundry Photojounalism Workshop, Buenos Aires 2011 and Paraty em Foco, Festival Internacional de Fotografia, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2011. Scheduled for screening at the Miami International Film Festival, in March, 2012.

Executive Producer, Havana-Miami (2010) with Ilan Ziv (Tamouz Media, New York) and Serge Gordey (Allegria, Paris). A web documentary series that follows the lives of six young people from diverse backgrounds living in Havana, Cuba and Miami, USA over a 3-months period, followed by a full-length television documentary. The project was produced for the Franco-German public television channel ARTE and can be browsed at http://havana-miami.tv.

Producer/Co-Director/Writer, One Water (2008), a high definition documentary about our changing attitude towards water. A 66-minute version of this documentary was filmed in true HD in 14 countries around the globe. Director’s cut of the film was awarded the AMAP Prize of €2000 at EcoVision film festival in Palermo, Italy in May 2007. The final version of the film premiered at the Miami International Film Festival to critical acclaim in 2008. The film won Best Environmental Feature Award at the Artivist Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Golder Associates Award of €5000 for Best Film on Sustainable Development at Cineambiente in Turin, Italy. The film also won the Best Documentary award at Foyle Film Festival 2008 in Derry, Ireland and Best Documentary award at the Columbus International Film Festival in 2009.

A 48-minute television version of One Water was completed in July 2009 and is narrated by Martin Sheen. The television version of the film in distributed by NuRay and was part of the Blue August series on Discovery Networks in the United States in 2010. To date the television version has been distributed to television/cable channels in the United States (Discovery), India (Discovery), South Korea (KBS), Taiwan (Discovery/Planet Green), Poland (Canal +), Latin America (Lap TV), Turkey (CNN Türk), Czech Republic (CZTV), France (Television 5), China (CCTV). The estimated reach of the program to date is 387,477,488 households.

Co-Producer/Director,In Your Hands (2007), a 10-minute commissioned video by the Division of Patient Safety about hospital hygiene and patient safety. The project was funded by the US Department of Labor and is being used in multiple settings such as Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Producer/Director, 1H2O (2004), a 22-minute non-verbal film about the issues surrounding potable water in today’s world.  The film is part of the larger Water Project at the University of Miami. 1H2O was shot and edited in the HDCAM format using a Sony HDW 900 Cine Alta camera, courtesy of Sony Electronics Inc., and filmed in 5 countries across the world. 1H2O was part of the Sony exhibit at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas in April 2003. This short film is still screened around the world across language barriers. In 2009, on the occasion of World Water Day (March 22), the film was screened in primary schools across India. Reports from these screenings are mapped on a Google map at http://bit.ly/2yivkv. 1H2O won the Documentary Award of Excellence and was Best of Competition in Technical Merit, Broadcast Education Association, Festival of Media Arts, Las Vegas, 2004. Screened at UN headquarters as a part of the 12th Commission on Sustainable Development in 2004 and the 13th Commission on Sustainable Development in 2005. Screened at the Annual Conference of the Milken Institute, Los Angeles in 2005. Screened at River to River, Florence Indian Film Festival, Florence, Italy in December 2004, the Green Film Festival, Tehran, Iran in July 2005, and the Vatavaran Environmental and Wildlife Film Festival, New Delhi, India. Screened in 8 major cities across the US as a part of the Action for Water organized by worldwaterday.net on March 22, 2007; sponsors included UNICEF, Starbucks, Mercy Corps, and Water Aid. The film was awarded by an international jury at the Agua y Cine event as a part of the official program at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City in 2006

Producer,http://1H2O.org, a multimedia website about global water issues associated with the Water Project. It encourages the participation of journalists internationally to report and file stories related to water from their own countries. The website is currently being edited by Knight Chair for Cross-Cultural Journalism Joseph B. Treaster.

Producer/Director, Dirty Laundry,a 42-minute documentary travelogue that follows writer Amitava Kumar in a journey to South Africa and explores the contributions of people of Indian origin in the struggle against apartheid and creation of civilized society. Premiered at Film South Asia in Kathmandu in October, 2005.

Co-Producer, Through Her Eyes, a 26-minute video exploring the photographic works of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carol Guzy. The project was supported by Freedom Forum Professor’s Publishing Grant and completed in January 2006. Winner of the King Award, Best of Festival at the Broadcast Education Association’s Media Arts Festival 2006.

Co-Producer/Director,Diabetes and Chronic Heart Failure: Taking it Seriously (2006), a 11-minute commissioned patient education video for Humana and Green Ribbon Health utilized for preventive education of patients in Florida.

Producer/Director, Living Dance (2006), a mini-documentary about the North American tour of the Indian classical dance troupe Nrityagram.  Available for screening as part of the Dance on Camera Festival 2003 at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center. Screened at Centre de la Danse, Paris, France in March 2006.

Producer/Director, The Physical Fitness of Cities, a video installation that was a part of the larger exhibit by the same name mounted by Salt Lake City, Utah for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Commissioned by the Salt Lake City Corporation.

 Executive Producer / Creator, a game show entitled UMIQ. Since its first season UMIQ has had eight undergraduate teams participating.  Questions for the show come from classrooms around the University of Miami.  The grand prize for the show is worth $10,000 and is supported by a grant from the University of Miami Provost.  The show was seen on UMTV, the School of Communication cable channel, and is produced voluntarily by a group of students from the School of Communication. Winner of Telly Award and Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) Award in 2002, and Aegis Award of Excellence and Florida Motion Picture and Television Association’s Crystal Reel Award in 2003.

 Executive Producer, Last Night in Cuba, a video documentary that explores the memories of ten people who fled Cuba between 1959 and 1963 to escape Castro’s revolution. The documentary is narrated by U.M. student and recent émigré from Cuba Lisbet Fernandez-Viña. It was produced by School of Communication students Eugene Pons and Suzette Mayobre, premiered in Tallahassee in August 2001 for the members of the Florida legislature, and attended by Governor Jeb Bush.

 Producer/Writer/Director of 7 newsmagazine reports on wildlife and culture shot in India between October 2000 and March 2001and commissioned by the National Geographic Channel. All reports were shown on the National Geographic Channel worldwide as part of National Geographic Today and National Geographic This Week shows.

 Producer/Director, Pure Chutney (1998), a video documentary about the politics of memory in the East-Indian Diaspora living in Trinidad. Screened in festivals, museums, and classrooms internationally. One of 6 titles chosen for an Award of Merit by a national jury at the University Film and Video Association’s annual conference in Winston-Salem, NC in 1998.  2nd place at Film South Asia film festival in Kathmandu, 1999.  Screened at LASA 2000 and Artwallah 2003 in Los Angeles. Internationally distributed by The Cinema Guild, New York, NY.

 Executive Producer, Big Plans, a half-hour documentary about Nate Brooks, a young man who is trying to overcome adversities of his life to become an African American role model. The documentary was produced by the University of Miami Documentary Unit in August 1998.  Internationally distributed by Chip Taylor Communications. Derry, NH.

 Writer/Director,From the Shadow of History (1997), a video documentary about peacekeeping in the ethnically divided society of the Republic of Macedonia. The project received a $35,000 grant from the US Institute of Peace. Included in the Vermont International Film Festival 1998, and screened at the Silver State Documentary Festival 1998. Aired on WPBT-TV channel in 1998, and on the History Channel’s national History Showcase in 1999.  Distributed nationally by The Cinema Guild, New York and Solid Entertainment, Los Angeles.

 Producer/Director, Travel Advisory (1997), a 9-minute experimental video documentary about the East Indian Diaspora in Trinidad and in the United States.  The video was made in collaboration with Dr. Amitava Kumar, English professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  The project was funded by the University of Miami General Research Grant, University of Miami School of Communication Grant and University of Miami Max Orovitz Summer Research Grant.  Was premiered in June 1997 at Desh Pardesh, an international conference about South Asian issues held each year in Toronto. Screened by invitation at the South Asia conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in October 1997.

Executive Producer,Cry of the Sirens (1997), a half-hour television documentary produced by the University of Miami Documentary Unit that evaluates the efforts of the scientific community in South Florida to save the manatee. Received the AE Rho national award for Best Documentary. Aired on WPBT TV on April 16, 1997. Distributed nationally and internationally by Chip Taylor Communications, Derry, NH.

 Executive Producer, Breaking Ground: Alternative Therapies for People with Cancer, a half-hour television documentary that examines the rising tide of alternative therapies for cancer in America.  Produced by the University of Miami Documentary Unit, the piece was aired on WPBT TV, Channel 2, Miami, on April 22, 1997.  Received Best Documentary Award at the National Broadcasting Society Conference, Nashville, TN in 1998.  Distributed nationally and internationally by Chip Taylor Communications, Derry, NH.

 Executive Producer,SHARKS: A Bimini Journal, a video documentary about world-renowned oceanographer and shark specialist Dr. Samuel H. Gruber and his work. The documentary follows four Miami high school students during their short trip to Bimini, a small Bahamian island, where they learn about oceanographic research and marine life, and have the opportunity to swim with sharks. "Outstanding Documentary," Alpha Epsilon Rho's regional Video Awards, 1995. Screened at University Film & Video Association's 50th Annual Conference, Orange, CA in August 1996. Distributed nationally and internationally by Chip Taylor Communications, Derry, NH.

 Producer/Director/Cameraman/Editor, Bittersweet (1995), a 42-minute video documentary focusing on the cultural duality faced by Asian Indians who have chosen to reside in the USA. Internationally distributed by Cinema Guild Inc., New York City. Screened by invitation at Northwestern University in Chicago, Emerson College in Boston, Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania. Screened at the University Film and Video Association conference in Keene, New Hampshire, 1995. Part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Haverford College.

 Co-Producer/Writer,  Quincy Model Domestic Abuse Program (1994), a training videotape for district court systems that enumerates methods adopted by the Quincy district court in Massachusetts, in implementing a successful domestic abuse program. Funded by the Ford Foundation and distributed to district courts across the US.

 Producer/Director, Common Resources Uncommon Ground (1993), a 20-minute video documentary about forest management in India. Screened at the intl. conference on resource management in New Delhi in February 1994.

 Producer/Director,A Cousin's Marriage (1992), a video documentation of a traditional Hindu wedding in Union, NJ. Screened at the University Film and Video Association Conference, Sarasota in 1992.

 Co-Producer/Director,Children's Advertising Campaign (1991), a 12-minute video documentary showing how members of Boys and Girls clubs of Boston designed advertising campaigns of social import. Excerpted on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw on October 1, 1991.  Nominated for the Pro-Arts Consortium Award, Boston, 1992.

 Producer/Director, Using Video in Development, a 30-minute documentary on the use of video in development support in the Third World. Aired on WNYE TV-25, New York City, in August 1989. Awarded the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Best Production Award from Brooklyn College, 1989. Screened at International Development Research Center (IDRC) Conference in Bangkok in March 1990. Semi-finalist of the Dore Schary Awards, New York, 1990.

 Producer/Director, Broadcasting to a Minority, a 30-minute talk show with broadcasters who serve the Asian Indian community in the United States. Aired on WNYE TV-25, New York City, and on Manhattan Cable, 1989.

 Director/Cameraman/Editor, The Vakapadu Experiment, a 17-minute video documentary on wasteland development. Part of the "Catalysts of Change" series produced by the Center for Development of Instructional Technology (CENDIT) and the Council for Advancement of Appropriate Technology (CART) for national telecast in India, 1987.

 Director/Cameraman/Editor, Land and Water, a 20-minute video documentary that looks at arid land development and the human aspect of rejuvenation of land, the source of livelihood in rural India. Shot in the environmentally devastated plains of Orissa and in the hilly haven of Mirtola ashram in Uttar Pradesh, India.  The documentary uses these contrasts to draw implications for quality of life if the land is treated properly.  Part of "Catalysts of Change" series, 1987.

 Director/Cameraman/Editor,Reason to Stay, a 20-minute video documentary on appropriate technology for the cyclone- prone coastline of Andhra Pradesh, India. Part of the "Catalysts of Change" series, 1986.

 Co-Director/Cameraman, A New Dynamic for Change, a 23- minute video documentary about the appropriate technology training for tribal youth in the state of Bihar, India. Part of the "Catalysts of Change" series, 1986.

 

Juried or refereed journal articles and exhibitions:

One Water documentary was screened at the following selected festivals and venues in 2008-2011:

8/11/2011                                  Voices from the Waters International Film Festival, 6th Edition Bangalore, Karnataka, India 11/15/2009                                 Columbus International Film and Video Festival, Columbus, OH
10/25/2009-10/29/2009       Sunchild Film Festival, Naregatsi Art Center, Yerevan, Armenia
9/27/2009                                  San Diego Film Festival, San Diego, CA
9/11/2009                                  Milano International Film Festival, Milan, Italy
06/16/2009                               FICA, Goias, Brazil
6/14/2009                                  Emicion Cero Festival, Madrid, Spain
5/16/2009-5/30/2009            Reel Earth – The Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival, Palmerston North, New Zealand

5/21/2009-5/27/2009            6th Annual Green Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea

3/24/2009                                  Opening night screening at Verviers, Au Film d L’eau Festival, Brussels, Belgium

3/23/2009                                  Screening / high level roundtable discussion at the 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, Turkey

3/12/2009                                  Environmental Film Festival, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

3/3/2009-3/7/2009                                   Fargo Film Festival, Fargo, ND

2/5/2009-2/15/2009              Spokane International Film Festival, Spokane, WA

1/31/2009-2/4/2009              Basel - Karlsruhe Forum, special evening screening, Basel, Switzerland

1/14/2009-1/16/2009            Global Business Forum, special screening and panel, University of Miami, FL

1/9/2009-1/11/2009              7th Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Nevada City, NV

11/21/2008-11/29/2008       Foyle Film Festival, Derry City, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

11/4/2008                                  Dokma 2008 International Documentary Film Festival

10/28/2008                               Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale, FL

10/24/2008                               Screening at Cosford Cinema, Coral Gables, FL

10/22/2008-10/26/2008       Planet in Focus International Environmental Film and Video Festival, Toronto, Canada

10/13/2008-10/18/2008       International Film Festival South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

10/2/2008-10/5/2008            5th Annual Artivist Film Festival, Hollywood, CA

9/25-10/10/08                          Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada

9/20/2008                                  Black Earth Film Festival, Galesburg, IL

9/20/2008                                  Global Peace Film Festival, Orlando, FL

9/19/2008                                  8th Kansas International Film Festival, Overland Park, KS

8/9/2008                                                      Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival , Houston, TX

7/22/2008-8/3/2008              Wine Country Film Festival, Glen Ellen, CA

6/16/2008                                  International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements in Modena, Italy

6/14/2008                                  Expo Zaragoza, Zaragosa, Spain

6/11/2008-6/15/2008            Maui Film Festival, Maui, HI

3/9/2008                                                      World  Premiere at Miami International Film Festival, Miami Beach, FL

 

Dirty Laundry– An Indian in South Africa was an official selection at the following events:

- Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2007 (screened at the ArcLight cinema in Hollywood in May 2007)

- South Asia International Film Festival, New York, October 2006

- Traveling Film South Asia in 2006 (premiered at Film South Asia in Kathmandu in October 2005)

One Water (20 minute) was winner of a special award at the first Water and Film event at the Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City, 2006, and an official selection of the Vatavaran Environmental and Wildlife Film Festival, New Delhi, 2006.

Through Her Eyes was winner of the King Award, Best of Festival at the Broadcast Education Association’s Media Arts Festival, Las Vegas in 2006. 

1H2O (22 minutes) was an official selection of the Green Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2005, winner of Documentary Award of Excellence and Best of Competition in Technical Merit, Broadcast Education Association, Festival of Media Arts, Las Vegas, 2004. and an official selection at the River to River Indian Film Festival, Florence, Italy, 2004

 Pure Chutney was one of six titles chosen for an Award of Merit by a national jury at the University Film and Video Association’s annual conference in Winston-Salem, NC in 1998.

 

Other works, publications and abstracts

One Water was screened at the following selected venues by invitation:

1/11/2012                                  Doral Academy Preparatory High School, Doral, FL.

12/22/2011                               Reading Memorial High School, Reading, MA.

7/14/2011                                  Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

5/18/2011                                  International Pacific College, Palmerston, New Zealand.

3/26/2011                                  Quinzaine Wallone de L’eau, Quevry, Belgium.

3/23/2011                                  Bains les Bains (88), France

3/9/2011                                                      Crescent Theatre, Mobile, AL.

2/24/2011                                  National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

10/9/2010                                  Le vie dell’acqua, Sestri Levante, Genova (Sardinia Island).

10/8/2010                                  Postnet, Hout Bay, South Africa

4/24/2010                                  Notre Dame University, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center,  Notre Dame, IN.

9/18/2009                                  Screening and discussion, Cine Lekol Institute, Jacmel, Haiti

9/18/2009                                  We Are Appalachia, screening and discussion at Carolina Cinemas, Asheville, NC

8/3/2009                                                      Screening and discussion, Salzburg Academy for Media 2009 and Global Change, Salzburg

8/1/2009                                                      Community screening for film subjects, Town Square, Baja, Hungary

6/12/2009                                  Community screening for film subjects at Fox Theater, Kisumu, Kenya

6/9/2009                                                      Screening and discussion, International Press Institute World Congress, Helisinki, Finland

4/15/2009                                  Screening and discussion, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China

4/14/2009                                  Screening and discussion as part of Ethics Film Series at University of Miami, Cosford Cinema

4/9/2009                                                      Invited screening and panel discussion at Drexel University, Bassone auditorium

3/20/2009                                  Screening and panel discussion at University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

3/3/2009                                                      Screening and discussion,International Center for Media & Public Agenda, University of MD

1/23/2009                                  Invited screening at theNational Arts Club, New York City

11/13/2008                               Invited screening at College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

11/11/2008                               ACC-IAC Conference, Coral Gables, FL

9/7/2008                                                      Invited screening, Highway Africa Conference, Grhamstown, South Africa

 

A complete and up-to-date listing of One Water screeningsworldwide can be found online at: http://www.onewater.org/movie/screenings/

Co-producer (with Ed Talavera) of two short behavior modification videos for health care provider Humana about diabetes and congestive heart failure, November 2005.

Producer, The Spirit of Place, a 5-minute video that shows the work undertaken by University of Miami faculty and students in the poor neighborhoods of West Coconut Grove as a part of an initiative spearheaded by Samina Quraeshi, Luce Professor in Family and Community at the University of Miami.

Cameraman, Food is Elementary, a video documentary about nutrition and health in elementary schools, 2000.

 Director, Night Out, a studio-based South Florida arts and entertainment review show. Directed two of the three episodes aired on UM Vision and Cable Tap in Miami, 1994-1995.   

 

Producer/Director/Writer, promotional tape for the Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools that examines the work of the oldest public education fund in Boston. Commissioned by Boston Plan for Excellence and Emerson College, October 1994.

Cameraman,  The Day Stalin's Mother Brought Him Home from the Hospital, a 9 minute experimental video that is a reflection on the inaccuracies of history, the relationship between Stalin and the women in his life and the origins of evil.  Screened at the American Film Institute National Video Festival in Hollywood in February 1994.

Executive Producer, a 5-day coverage of the Master classes that featured 17 master artists from Europe and were held as a part of the 4th Biennial of the city of Maastricht in Holland. The daily reports were screened every evening for the Master class attendees in May 1993. 

Co-Producer/Director, 10th Anniversary Tape for Bronner Slosberg Humphrey, a Boston-based marketing agency, 1992.

 Cameraman, Talkcycle (1991), an experimental narrative video that won a gold plaque at the Houston Film and Video Festival in 1992. Screened at the UFVA Conference, Sarasota, 1992.

Cameraman,In the Name of Medicine, (1987). Directed by K.P. Sasi, this documentary explores how multinational pharmaceutical companies keep profits high on their priority list.

Cameraman,  Environment – The Mehrauli Experience(1986),a1-hour documentarydirected by Feisal Alkazi and produced by CENDIT and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage that follows high school students as they discover the environmental history and status of Mehrauli, a historical site on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Cameraman for five parts of the twelve-part Jaag Sakhi series produced jointly by CENDIT, UNICEF and The Directorate of Adult Education in India. This series examined successful efforts by individual rural/urban poor women and women's organizations. Aired nationally in India in 1986-1987.



Grants Received

Grants and Funded Projects:

"One Water for Sustainable Development", two short films commissioned jointly by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and UN Water.

Imagine a City – series of short videos about the future of cities created around the New Cities Summit 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and sponsored by CISCO.

On Cities Virtual Gathering was supported by $15,000 in private external funding.October 2012.

Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship for 6 months in India, an activity which resulted in the East Kolkata Wetland – A 360° View series of online videos that were produced by students at School of Media, Communication and Culture (2011).

Partnership with San Francisco Independent Television Service (ITVS) that resulted in the creation of the 1H2O project. The development of a website http://1H2O.org is funded by a grant to ITVS from the Knight Foundation. 

The Knight Center for International Media was created in early 2007 through a major grant over 3 years from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation combined with endowments for two chairs dedicated to the new Center that came out of the work started by the Center for the Advancement of Modern Media at the School of Communication.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued a majpr grant towards the finishing and distribution of the "One Water" motion picture as part of the funding towards the naming of the Knight Center for International Media (in progress).

South Florida Water Management District issued a major grant in 2007 to partly fund the educational component of the "One Water" project. The curricular materials have now been fully developed and are entitled ‘Knowater’.

Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation made a gift to the "One Water" Project in 2004.

Individual Contributions to date account for $186,100 towards the Water Project.

University of Miami School of Medicine’s Global Health Initiative contributed towards the coverage of malaria in Africa by the "One Water" project in 2005.

Deans’ Grants, from the deans of the School of Communication, School of Music and College of Engineering in support of initiating a HDTV global documentary about access to clean water.

Sony CorporationGrant – a 6-week loan of HDW F900 24p High Definition cameras to shoot a worldwide pilot about access to clean water (December 2002).

Provost’s Technology and Innovation Grant to shoot a worldwide pilot about access to clean water (December 2002). 

School of Communication Research Award University of Miami, towards production costs of documentary entitled Dirty Laundry about the East Indian Diaspora in South Africa, 2002.

General Research Support Award University of Miami, 2002, towards production costs of documentary entitled Dirty Laundry about the East Indian Diaspora in South Africa. 

Provost’s Grant (with Prof. Michel Dupagne) for phase 2 of a video streaming project at the University of Miami to explore technological options for video streaming. This project was undertaken by the Center for Advancement of Modern Media, 2000.

General Research Support Award, University of Miami, towards the research at the India Office in London to identify photographs and other materials used in the documentary about the East Indian Diaspora in South Africa, 2000.

School of Communication Research Award for acquisition of software and peripherals to experiment with desktop non-linear video editing. Awarded $1,449 in March 2000.

Freedom Forum Professor’s Publishing Grant (with Lelen Bourgoignie), for Through Her Eyes, a proposed series about living legends in photojournalism, 1999.

Max Orovitz Summer Grant towards research for an untitled documentary about the East-Indian diaspora in South-Africa.  Research will begin during the summer of 1999. University of Miami, summer 1999. Awarded $ 9,600.

General Research Support Award (with Lelen Bourgoignie), University of Miami, 1996, for Through Her Eyes, a proposed series about living legends in photojournalism, 1998.

Max Orovitz Summer Grant towards the completion of Children of Ram, a documentary about displacement, migration, identity and community to be photographed and videotaped in Trinidad, India, and US. Awarded $ 9,600 in 1997.

US Institute of Peace Unsolicited Grant for a video documentary about ethnic conflict and preventive diplomacy in the Republic of Macedonia. (with Dr. Alice Ackermann of the Graduate School of International Studies).

General Research Support Award, University of Miami, 1996, for researching forthcoming documentary about East Indians in Trinidad. University of Miami, 1995-1996. Awarded $3,000.

School of Communication Research Award for researching documentary about East Indians in Trinidad.  University of Miami, a1995-1996, and 1996-1997.

Faculty Research Grant for completion of Bittersweet. Emerson College, 1993-1994. 

Dean’s Research Grant for conducting a survey of video usage in the context of development in Third World nations. Emerson College, 1990-1991.



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