MISAFF15 presents two shorts programs at the Rogers Theatre in the Living Arts Centre. Showtime for Shorts I is 5:30 PM on Friday, 7th August, 2015 and for Shorts II is 5 PM on Saturday 8th August, 2015.
Shorts playing with mid-length films are also included here.
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BLOUSE - Vijayeta Kumar
Shyam, a schoolteacher, deeply in love with his wife, must find a way to make up to her without compromising his integrity.
Director: A graduate of cinema from Jamia Milia Islamia's AJ Kidwai Mass Comm. Research Center in New Delhi, Vijayeta has assisted several directors on their Hindi feature films and TVCs. She has now ventured out to do independent work as a Director.
CASE CLAUS'D - Gavin Seal
A young boy obsessed with detective stories tries to figure out the secret behind the man pretending to be Santa.
Director: Gavin Seal is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, journalist and digital creator. His films tend to focus on themes of culture, sub-culture and challenging social norms.
FAULT- Parabjit Singh
Fault is a chilling tale of a woman recalling the night of her rape to three men over drinks.
Director: Born and brought up in Bangalore, FAULT is Singh's first short film.
HECHKI (HICCUP) - Kartik Singh
Shankar recently arrived in New York from Bangladesh. He makes a living selling roses. One day, he gets an incurable case of the hiccups and must find a way to cure himself.
Director: Kartik Singh loves telling stories of underdogs and unlikely heroes. Born near Kansas City to Sikh parents, he has spent half his life in Paris, where he earned an MFA from the Sorbonne.
INT. NIGHT. CAFE - Adhiraj Bose
This simple story set in a small cafe in Kolkata recalls two different stories in one night.
Director: Adhiraj Bose has worked with Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt. Ltd. in the feature film direction team. He is currently co-writing and directing videos with the internet channel AIB and co-writing two feature length Hindi screenplays.
ICE CREAM WALLAH - Terrie Samundra
After losing her father to suicide, Jessie discovers a hidden secret about his life.
Director: Terrie Samundra is a Sundance Institute Screenwriter's Lab alum and the Writer and Director of the films KUNJO and A SHORT TALE OF XUAN. Samundra grew up between a rural village in India, a small farming town in Missouri, and along the coast of California; informing her work as a multi- cultural artist. She is a Princess Grace Award recipient, a National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant recipient, and an active member of the Writer's Guild of America.
MARDISTAN - Harjant Gill
Mardistan (Macholand) is an exploration of Indian manhood articulated through the voices of four men from different generations and backgrounds.
Director: Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals, academic conferences and on television networks worldwide including BBC, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and PBS.
NOTE: Mardistan screens with Muneeza in the Middle on Saturday, 8th August at 1 PM at the Rogers Theatre in the Living Arts Centre.
PIECES - Scott Paterson
Scott has had a wide variety of experience in front of as well as behind the camera. Creating numerous short films and acting alongside talented actors on shows such as “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” Scott made the shift to production where he pursues a lifelong dream of Directing. Scott's credits include "A Superhero Among Us," “Boom, Headshot!” and currently in pre-production of “O’Brother!” Season 1, a comedy web series.
MATRIMONY - Vijay Jayapal
This unusual film captures the discontent of a Tamil couple.
Director: Vijay has worked on ad campaigns for NGOs. He is currently working on his first feature film.
TEASPOON - Aban Barucha Deohans
Kavita works as a consmetics company agent from home while taking care of her ailing and demanding father-in-law.
Director: Aban has a background in advertising and acts in stage and theatre.
THE IDIOT BOX - Syed Arbab Hussain
A telemarketer finds himself stuck in a rat wheel in his pursuit for success.
Director: This is Arbab's final year graduation film from Karachi university.
THREADS - Cathy Stevulak
An unconventional woman in Bangladesh frees herself and hundreds of other women and families from poverty and social hardships by creating timeless works of art.
Director: Cathy Stevulak is a Canadian filmmaker, born in a small coal-mining town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She has worked across Canada and internationally, including in Bangladesh, as a public affairs and international development consultant. THREADS is her debut as a documentary director.
TIME TRAVELER - RT
An amnesiac builds a new life in his head only to be confronted by a dark past.
Director: Director/Writer RT! is the most celebrated music video director in Canada with 13 international awards including the MMVA "Director of the Year" for 2 consecutive years. He has made the transition to television directing episodes of Degrassi abs the featurette "Alive" for Much Music which gave RT! a CSA nomination. RT! continues to give back to film community by acting a mentor for the City Life Program.
VILLARI - Prashant Vanjani
Based on 'The Waiting', a short story by Jorge Luis Borges Adapted for the Screen by Mustaqeem Khan & Prashant Vanjani, Vilari is a story of the hunter becoming the hunted.
Director: Before film school, Prashant worked as assistant director on a Bollywood feature film produced by Apoorva Lakhia. After a one year program in filmmaking at Prague Film School, he returned to India and joined a production house as an assistant director. He dabbled in live events all of 2011, organising and promoting theatre productions of Rage Theatre, and Naseeruddin Shah’s Motley in Gujarat. He produced, directed, and edited the first chapter of the Niladri Kumar Project- a music and travel based non-fiction film.