Film has long been a universal language with incredible potential to inspire us, expand us and communicate to our deepest levels no matter what part of the planet we may inhabit.
When confronted with great storytelling, we become the recipient of a gift that brings forth some kind of alteration and transformation within us. We are not the same person after walking out of the movie hall. Something lingers, something prods, something gestates and invariably gives us a glimpse of our breadth and our depth.
I see myself as a global inhabitant and hungry to be a part of a world community of storytellers contributing to our collective verse. I formed A Light In The Universe Filmworks to invest my creative energies to innovate and craft stories that impact and affect us in deep and significant ways.
College. Pick political science as my major but take electives in film, art and theatre. The love affair begins.
Post college. Short stint on capital hill to make use of my degree. No dice. Move back home. Need a job.
Destiny calls. Friend of my old man gives me a job making a documentary on a local politician. Go to local library each evening and read every book I can on the film industry. Eight months pass. Tell parents moving to New York City to work in the film industry. They are amazingly supportive. The day I leave, mom gives me words of advice that I have never forgotten.
While looking for an apartment I see the crew of New York Undercover shooting. With stealth I follow them back to the studio and memorize door code. Continue to sneak on set and act busy. Luckily no one calls the cops. Soon become a familiar face. I work hard, get other non-paying gigs and make connections.
Finally get a paying gig on some show called the Sopranos. Next few years move between NYC and Hollywood working in production on A Perfect Murder, Substance of Fire, Phoenix, and Deep Impact.
I go international working in India on Kama Sutra directed by Mira Nair and Fire directed by Deepa Mehta.
Land in Chicago producing Budweiser commercials for DDB. 2 years. Also worked with hospitalized children making films with Snow City Arts. 6 years.
Currently, an adjunct in the film program at Columbia College.
And currently making more films.
A PORTRAIT IN BOMBAYDocumentary short about a chance encounter with a Bombay rickshaw driver, revealing his view of the world.
Official Selection West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival
Official Selection AmericaFree.TV Virtual Movie Festival
Official Selection Chicago South Asian Film Festival
Coming Soon.Currently in film festival competitions.Wild ThingsAn 18 month journey involving over 100 patients to create this film inspired by Maurice Sendak's classic book.
Official Selection London South Asian Film Festival
Official Selection Kids First Film Festival, Santa Fe NM
Official Selection Chicago South Asian Film Festival
Official Selection World Kids International Film Festival, Mumbai
Produced by Snow City ArtsA MOMENTExperimental project of juxtaposed images captured over a period of 4 years.
Official Selection of Film One FestSI SE PUEDEThis film documents the 400,000 people who marched in the immigration rally in Chicago.
Sponsored by the Indo-American Center
BajofondoInterview with two time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla featuring music from the movie Motorcycle Diaries.CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION PSAPSA for Children's Memorial Hospital as part of their protective services program.
Broadcast on PBSFILM SCHOOLSituated in the heart of downtown Chicago, Columbia College is one of the largest film programs in the world. This is a glimpse of one our days at the Media Production CenterOUR HOMEA PSA for Apna Ghar, a Chicago based domestic violence shelter
Waking The InvisibleSet in contemporary Bombay, this feature length film follows twenty six year old Asin, a product of New India, and her journey of self-discovery.making of Waking The InvisibleVideo series documenting my journey as I make the film from start to finish.RedA film based on the color and its impact in our lives.Interstate 64A feature length documentary exploring the histories and stories of a generation of immigrants that settled along this highway.
Herald Dispach - April 15, 2011 (web | pdf)
India Tribune - November 23, 2010 (web | pdf)
NPR - WBEZ Interview on Chicago's first South Asian Film Festival (audio)
South Asian Parent - September 24, 2010 (web | pdf)
News India Times - September 17, 2010 (jpg)
Chicago Tribune - October 14, 2009 (web | pdf)
Women in Film Chicago Spotlight (pdf)
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Chicago South Asian Film Festival / A Portrait in Bombay / October 2011
West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival /A Portrait in Bombay / September 2011
Kids First Film Festival / Wild Things / August 2011
WorldKids International Film Festival / Wild Things / August 2011
AmericaFree.TV Virtual Movie Festival / A Portrait in Bombay / April 2011
London South Asian Film Festival / Wild Things / March 2011 (watch highlights)
Chicago South Asian Film Festival / Wild Things / October 2010
Film One Fest / A Moment / July 2010