Filmmakers

Asha Ghosh, Director/Co-Producer
San Francisco, CA

Asha is a first-time director and producer with an aspiration of using film as a means to convey her understanding of international development and urban growth. She has a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning and was based in Bangalore, India, for four years conducting research on the impacts of urban development. Asha has been production assistant on two films produced by Urban Voice, based in Emeryville, CA. Crossroads in Nihonmachi (2007) describes the redevelopment of Japantown in San Francisco and Ingleside Presbyterian (2007) documents the role of a Minister and community leader at Ingleside Church in San Francisco.

Kathleen Dargis, Co-Producer/Editor
Oakland, CA

Kathleen Dargis has worked the past 18 years as an editor, both in the United States and in Australia. She has worked on a wide variety of projects with commercial and independent producers, focusing on documentaries and short films. She has worked with Kurtis Productions in Chicago editing documentaries for the History Channel, a series of documentary portraits for the San Francisco Foundation with Citizen Film and provided additional editing on It’s STILL Elementary, directed by Debra Chasnoff at GroundSpark. Currently she is Co-producing the historical documentary North Carolina Rambler: The Life & Legend of Charlie Poole and the personal documentary Fiji Time.

Navroze Contractor, Principal Cinematographer
Bangalore, India

Navroze has been the cinematographer for many award winning feature films produced in India, including ‘DUVIDHA’ (Winner of the National and several International Awards) and ‘LOVE IN THE TIME OF MALARIA’ (Winner of the National Film Award). Navroze has also contributed to a number of awarding winning international productions, including ‘DREAMS OF THE DRAGON’S CHILDREN’ (shot entirely in China) by Pierre Hoffmann (Germany) and ‘LAST HOUSE IN BOMBAY’ by Luke Jennings (Winner at the Bombay International Short Film Festival). He is also an established still photographer and his photographs of jazz musicians are in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, U S A.

Dan Cantrell, Composer
Oakland, CA

Dan Cantrell began composing at age 11. Since that time he has continued performing and writing music of all kinds. He has scored over thirty films and numerous plays and has been commissioned by several dance companies and circus arts groups to produce live and recorded scores. His work has been premiered by a variety of ensembles ranging from brass bands to chamber orchestras, Balkan women’s choirs, to the California Shakespeare Festival ensemble cast. Dan has been musical director for ensembles in theatre, dance and for television with the PBS children’s series Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station. Dan received an Emmy award for his soundtrack to KQED’s documentary Home Front, as well two Golden Gate awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival for his work on local films. He is currently scoring The Misadventures of Flapjack, a cartoon series produced by the Cartoon Network.

Akhilesh Sista, Composer
San Francisco, CA

Akhilesh Sista began his Veena training at the age of 7 from his cousin, the eminent bay area Vainika Srikanth Chary. Akhilesh has imbibed Srikanth’s Veena style, which drips with purity, beauty, and rhythmic precision. After giving his Veena Arangetram at the age of 17, Akhilesh has performed as a soloist and accompanist, accompanying his mother and vocal music teacher, Smt. Hema Sista, several Bharatanatyam performances, and Sri Papanasam Ashok Ramani. Akhilesh has performed at the prestigious Cleveland Aradhana twice with his Guru and has been featured on KKUP, San Francisco. His Guru and he have just released a music therapy CD entitled Ethereal Melodies.




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