S02 E06: Surabhi Sharma

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This week Neha is in the studio with documentary film maker Surabhi Sharma whose film 'Phir Se Samm Pe Aana (Returning to the First Beat)' was screened at the 19th Mumbai film festival. Listen in as Surabhi breaks down how to pursue subjects and premises for a documentary, what are the pros and cons of documentary film vs a fictional film and how her last film 'Bidesiya in Bambai' about bhojpuri music and 'Phir se...' about classical musicians took shape.

00:44 Intro/ accolades for Surabhi's films
01:39 Parentage/pursuing cinema
03:34 Transition to documentary/Jari mari
06:41 Making the 1st film and learning
11:25 Development of "Phir Se Samm Pa Aana"
17:10 Film time vs Real time
21:14 Time to film & edit
22:29 Video art
25:39 How shoots are structured?
29:31 'Bideshiya in Bambai'/Bhojpuri music/finding musicians
38:45 Funding
42:26 Who is the audience?
45:57 Spaces and platforms for documentaries
50:47 Learning about audiences
53:16 Identity as a feminist flmmaker
55:40 Negotiating with a privileged background
56:47 Deciding on an idea
57:49 Looking back at earlier work
59:24 Frustrations as a documentary filmmaker
1:01:25 Learning from students
1:02:22 Advice for filmmmakers
1:03:47 Next film
1:05:07 Relationship with collaborators
1:06:51 Recommendations

Read more about 'Phir Se Samm Pe Aana' here:https://www.mumbaifilmfestival.com/programmeDetail/248

Surabhi's film recommendations:

Also listen to the episode with the filmmakers of this film Anushka Meenakshi and Ashwin Srikumar here: https://bit.ly/2Hx7Ewm

For any questions or comments find Neha on twitter @neharthak

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S02 EO2: Anushka Minakshi & Ishwar Srikumar

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In this episode Neha talks to documentary filmmakers Anushka Meenakshi and Ashwin Srikumar about their film 'Kho ki pa lü' or 'Up Down and Sideways' which was shot in Phek, Nagaland and explores the musical tradition of the Müle community. It was screened at the 19th Mumbai festival in the 'India Gold' section.

00:25 - Intro: Up, Down and Sideways
01:41 - Starting out in film making
04:17 - Root of the film/House hunting/The gift
08:34 - Learning from travelling
10:50 - Overview of the Müle community
12:31 - Meaning of songs/Translations
16:25 - The 10 minute shot
19:56 - Research process/Anushka's MA in music
22:28 - Ethics
24:18 - Politics of the film & Nagaland
28:36 - Sound design process
31:52 - Finding context in everyday working
34:17 - Larger context of the film
37:04 - Maintaining traditions
39:21 - Dealing with uncertainty
41:48 - Personal challenges
46:41 - Nature of collaboration
48:35 - Choice to be independent filmmakers
50:14 - Archive/Pad.ma
53:47 - Next project
54:10 - Advice for creators
55:30 - Recommendations

Watch the trailer for Kho ki pa lü / Up Down and Sideways here:https://youtu.be/zJsCbJfICoY

Anushka and Ishwar's film recommendation: Rubber Coated Steelhttps://vimeo.com/157655639

Find out about and watch the Padma archives here: https://pad.ma/grid/title

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S02 E01: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

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On the first episode of the second season of Anything but Bollywood, Neha talks to filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan whose film 'Sexy Durga' got rave reviews at festivals but ran into controversy when it's title was changed to 'S Durga' in India.

01:33 - Intro
02:35 - Getting into filmmaking/Law school/Short films
10:24 - Kazcha film society
13:53 - Shooting without a script
18:15 - Casting process
19:38 - Narrative choices
20:38 - Time to shoot/Shot selection
23:01 - "Looped" narrative structure
24:42 - Shoot preparation
25:48 - Power equation
29:24 - Story vs. Film
31:12 - Title censorship
34:11 - Dealing with pressure
35:57 - Re-shoots
37:12 - Role of artists
38:45 - Film recommendation

Watch the trailer for 'Sexy Durga' here - https://youtu.be/gTLnpit1VcA

Get more details about the Kazcha film society here: http://www.kazhcha.in/index.html

Sanal's film recommendation: Western (2017, Dir: Valeska Grisebach) - https://youtu.be/p8f8zHDwv_c

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Ep.09: Deepti D'Cunha

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In the ninth episode of Anything But Bollywood, Neha RT will be talking to film programmer Deepti D'Cunha, who has programmed and consulted for festivals such as MAMI, Venice International Film Festival and Locarno International Film Festival to name a few.

01:46 - Intro
02:29 - Early Days
11:28 - Osian's Cinefan Film Festival + Mani Kaul
20:32 - On being a Film Programmer
24:34 - On Mentors
29:02 - On selecting an Indian film for Venice International Film Festival
38:51 - On Form vs Narrative
48:44 - On Negotiating with Filmmakers
56:00 - On Distribution
1:07:05 - 'Haider' at Rome
1:12:38 - Advice for Filmmakers
1:17:27 - Final Recommendation

Film Recommendations
- The Battle For Banaras (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXu3XcTwkDM)

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- @neharthak (https://twitter.com/neharthak)

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