Kolkata, Aug 23 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Leading film school Whistling Woods International organized a workshop on documentary filmmaking- ‘I & EYE’-in Kolkata.
“The initiative by Whistling Woods to showcase ‘Love in India’ provides a channel to source documentaries, and equips the general viewer to gain access to information which would have otherwise been concealed to a few,” said filmmaker Kaushik Mukherjee at the Kolkata tour of Whistling Woods International’s (WWI) ‘I&EYE’, a multicity tour initiated by Whistling Woods International, Mumbai.
Wednesday evening commenced with the screening of the National Award-winning Film for showcasing Family Values, ‘Love In India’ by Mukherjee. A free-wheeling discussion on the film unfolded, while gauging reviews from the audience. The activity proved to be enlightening and valuable.
Following the screening was an exclusive panel discussion based on, ‘Dispelling the Myth: There is ‘no scope’ in Documentary Film Making’.
This enriching discussion was held in the presence of Mukherjee and Shyamal Karmarkar, the editor of ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!’
The discussion was moderated by Somnath Sen, the Director of Leela and VP Academic Affiliates, WWI. The session concluded with a short one-on-one discussion and interaction with Mukherjee. It was an enriching session, paving the way for documentary film making to be chosen as a career and as an art.
With these series of seminars, Whistling Woods International breaks into yet another, oft-spoken, but very rarely academically explored boundaries of the Documentary Filmmaking Industry.
In addition to state-of-the-art infrastructure and niche Indian and International faculty, it also offers up to 50% scholarship for deserving students – who could be anyone from practicing activists, young researchers and documentation professionals at NGOs, etc.
‘I & EYE’ culminates on Friday on the sprawling WWI campus in Filmcity, Mumbai with a Grand Finale.
“I&EYE is the curtain raiser to the WWI documentary film making course which aims to nurture the artistic vision of every student. It allows them to draw inspiration from reality whilst adopting the visual elements and poetic aesthetics of cinematic storytelling without loosing out on the storytellers unique point of view,” said Subhash Ghai – Chairman, Whistling Woods International, Mumbai.
The High points of the Finale include the unveiling of a Viral Campaign created by the Sophomore students of Whistling Woods International for an Independent music album, ‘Songs of Protest’ – a collection of revolutionary songs from the tumultuous 40’s and the 50’s.
The album has music by Susmit Sen – the Founder, lead guitarist of the popular band Indian Ocean (Black Friday, Peepli Live) and is part of a larger research project being done by economist, Sumangala Damodaran, funded by the National School of Drama.
The same would be followed by ‘The Big Debate’ on Documentaries contested by some of Mumbai’s acclaimed Documentary filmmakers like Paromita Vora, Bishakha Dutta and Samar Khan.