Director and ProducerVINAY CHOWDHRY is a first generation South-Asian American born in Philadelphia, PA. As a faculty member in the New School University's Media Studies Program and as the Media Arts Director at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI), he takes a practical and hands-on approach to film and video curriculum, simulating real world experience in the classroom. He holds an MFA from Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts and a BA in Film and Video from Pennsylvania State University.
His interest in the union of physicality and emotion onscreen is apparent in his work, including his 2002 short film on the partition of India and Pakistan, Line of Control, which expresses narrative through hybridized eastern and western dance styles. In 2004 he began directing educational DVDs that teach conversational Hindi to second and third generation South Asians with the media group, Hindi Kids. This endeavor allowed him to explore a more lighthearted, yet equally productive aspect of his craft. His exploration of movement and South Asian culture continues in his first feature film, Personality, an acute glimpse into the lives of Bollywood background dancers.
This year Vinay founded Prospect Pictures, a full-service production and post-production company based in Brooklyn, NY. This enterprise is the catalyst behind goboHD, an innovative online presence producing conceptually stimulating web series in high definition, which he will launch in 2009.
EditorVIPAL MONGA is a filmmaker and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. His writing has appeared in international publications such as The Globe and Mail, India Magazine, and The Toronto Star. His video pieces include "Down," with Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Tai Jimenez, chosen as a festival favorite at New York's Rooftop Film series in 2004. "The Fragile Stone Theory" premiered at the Jacob's Pillow dance festival in 2002, and "My Great Descent" premiered at the Mythic Journeys 2004 conference in Atlanta. Vipal is currently working on a film about the music of renowned jazz composer Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, and "No Family History," a documentary about the environmental causes of breast cancer. He recently completed shooting a concert in New York City for Arcade Fire, the renowned Canadian rock band.
Associate Producer/b-roll Camera OperatorSARITA KHURANA is a New York City-based filmmaker and educator, currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Film at Columbia University. Sarita's previous work includes the short films Natasha (2007), Dolley (2006), the documentary Bangla East Side (2004) about Muslim teens growing up in post 9-11 NYC, and the experimental installation piece Rearview Gaddi (2002). She has also co-produced the documentary History Makers (2002). Sarita is currently in pre-production on her latest film -- an Indian ghost story -- which explores childhood memory, trauma, and the South Asian immigrant experience.
Associate ProducerMADHURI MOHINAR is a documentary filmmaker from Mumbai. She has produced a series of films that examine the contradictory experiences of South Asian immigrants in New York City and her second film, Red Roses is screening at a number of national and international film festivals. She has published numerous articles in the global newswire, the Inter Press Service, and is currently producing and editing new media, video, and educational tools for Breakthrough, a human rights, media non-profit that uses media and pop culture tools to educate people about immigrant rights in the United States and women's rights in India. Madhuri's desire to integrate media and social issues emerged after a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Communications Media at Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. She also completed a Masters in Media Studies from the New School in New York, where she currently resides.
Color/Sound/Montage EditorZACHARY LUDESCHER is a freelance filmmaker who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The first feature length documentary he edited, "LifeLink PSU: A Road to Independence" received a 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for documentary. Zachary is currently working on "No Family History," a feature length documentary about the environmental causes of breast cancer.
Assistant EditorWILLIAM MICHALS is a filmmaker originally from Southeastern Michigan who now calls Brooklyn, NY home. He is in the latter stages of an Masters program in Media Studies at the New Schooland is currently editing a number of web series and short films. William is in development on the feature, The End of Softcore, a narrative fiction about "sex, friendship, and words." His film Lead Singer premiered with New Filmmakers NY in September.
Title Score and Additional MusicSPENCER COBRIN is a composer and musician from London residing in New York City. He is the arranger for folk-pop artist Scott Matthew (Shortbus). Film score commissions include the award-winning war documentary, My Child: Mothers of War (2006). He has written music commercially for Nike, Qatar Gas, JC Penney, General Motors, Ticket Master, and Merck. Spencer was also a long-term band member for Morrissey (formerly of The Smiths), performing on his albums, including the Grammy-nominated, "Your Arsenal."