Shashwati Talukdar is an independent filmmaker whose recent films include ‘Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!‘ (2011) and ‘Wall Stories’ (2013). Her work ranges from documentary, narrative and experimental and has shown at venues including the Busan International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Whitney Biennial. Shashwati worked as an editor in the film and television industry, where she got her start as an assistant editor for a TV show by Michael Moore. Shashwati has taught at NYU, Arcadia and Temple University. Visit Shashwati’s production company: Four Nine and a Half Pictures. Email Shashwati at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over sixty million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as “criminals by birth.” The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such “Criminal Tribes.” Declaring that they are “born actors,” not “born criminals,” a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theater in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution. (75 min. 2011) [Learn more.]
Wall Stories is about how a dispossessed saint, a newly minted gentry and generations of painters created a syncretic culture in the Western Himalayas.
Wall Stories is a pictorial journey through the Garhwal region. Centered around Dehradun between the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, it tells the fascinating story of the history and culture of its people through mural paintings found in the area.
Going from a portrait of Noor Jehan dressed as a Pahari lady, to depictions of the ‘Indar Sabha’ the first Urdu full length play, these painting from the end of the 17th to the 19th century these paintings defy the boundaries of low art and high art, religion and received history.
‘Wall Stories’ uses imaginary conversations, treats the subject of the paintings as living subjects and plays with its subject matter to create an experience that transcends the parameters of traditional documentary.
Cuba International Film Festival, November 2014
Naoussa International Film Festival, Greece. September 2014
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Film Program, Hart, MI. August, 2014
Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA. June, 2014
International Video Art House Madrid IVAHM, June, 2014
6th International Short Film Festival “Kharkov Lilac,” Kharkov, Ukraine. June 2014
FD Zone, Mumbai, India. Dec 2013
Rios Festival Internacional de Cinema Documental e Transmedia, Vila Real, Portugal. Nov 2013
Bad Film Fest, New York City, USA
Nova Artes Associadas, ‘Pessoas e Lugares,’ Barcelos, Portugal.
Encounters International Film Festival, DepicT! program, Bristol, UK
Dreaming of Moderate Reality, BOX Videoart Project Space, Milan, Italy
Transitio_MX Festival of Electronic and Video Arts, Museo Nacional de Arte & CENART, Mexico City.
24th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France.
Blumenfest Weissensee, Berlin, Germany
Mind The Gap, Istanbul, Turkey
Imaginarium II, Gallerie Wedding, Berlin, Germany
May (Chih-Mei Chao)
Bonnie (Tzu-Han Weng)
Debbie (Chieh-Hua Yeh)
Zark (Hao-Hung Chung)
Lucky Strike commercials from the fifties and atomic bomb tests meet their match.
Thank you Rick Prelinger and Prelinger Archives
Find me on twitter: http://twitter.com/shashwati
PS I think bratty boy artists should get what is coming to them. More often.
This is a little animation I made using my i-phone, a gag software called Hipstamatic and FCP. The music is by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com.
“Tahini and Tears is weird, fun, funny, and smart. Man, I wish I could be Victor Casablanca.”
Chris Garcia, Film Festivals.com; Fanboyplanet.com
Short and experimental films. Visit Shashwati on Vimeo to see more.
We are very happy to announce that, in an effort to ensure that as many people as possible see our film, we are now offering Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! for online streaming via Vimeo On Demand. On Demand is a brand new distribution platform from Vimeo which allows you to watch films streaming on the web, smartphones, tablets, and on web-connected TVs (like Roku).
We hate paying for things which we don’t get to keep, so we are especially pleased that Vimeo offers filmmakers the option of including file downloads as well as online streaming. If you watch our film online on Vimeo you can also download a copy of the film to your own hard drive and watch it whenever and wherever you want.
We want to make a film that challenges us creatively. Instead of coming in with a script which is then imposed on the cast and crew, we will reverse the process. We find the location and actors first and build the story around them. This is how we made ‘Rangroot’ which turned out to be a very rewarding experience, and now we are ready to get our creative juices flowing again.
Actors, Cinematographers, Sound Designers, Editors, and Producers are welcome to apply. Fill in the form below.
Schedule10/7-8 Auditions and interviews of cast and crew10/9 Meeting of selected cast and crew10/10 Scripting based on selected actors and location10/11 Rehearsal10/12 Camera blocking and shooting script10/13-14 Production10/15-23 Post production10/24 Screening!