A club to connect young filmmakers with Russia
A year ago when he travelled to Moscow, young documentary filmmaker G Venkatesh Kumar found that yesteryear Bollywood stars like Raj Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty were popular with the Russians. Apparently, he also felt that Indians were not aware of many good films that Russia produces these days. Back home, he thought of linking young filmmakers with Russian works. To provide a platform for upcoming short film makers and also to connect them with current Russian cinema, Kumar plans to launch a club called “Indo-Russian Cinemas“ In the city.
With the support of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, the club would screen short films and documentaries of upcoming filmmakers on a regular basis. “This is an initiative to promote and highlight budding filmmakers where they get a platform to showcase their works directly to the people.Russia produces a lot of documentaries and short-films every year. Our idea is to provide young filmmakers a chance to explore Russian films,“ said Kumar, an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
The Club would also conduct frequent workshops and seminars on film making where one would get to interact with filmmakers and technicians from all over the world. “We are planning to launch the club on May 15 at The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Chennai. To begin with, we have planned to screen five short films for the public along with respective filmmakers,“ he said. Kumar said a team would select the documentaries and short-films to be screened.“There is no membership like other clubs. Those who are willing to screen their work can send the copies to us. We will inform them about the progress after watching each work. Once he work is selected, we will inform everyone the date of screening,“ he said.
Courtesy: Times of India