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3rd i NY presents

Saayey/Shades and City of Photos

Mehreen Jabbar's latest short film Saayey/Shades featuring Nandita Das and Deepti Gupta. Q&A with Deepti Gupta. Followed by City of Photos, Nishtha Jain's playful documentary on photo studios in Gujarat.

Thursday, May 18th, 2006, 9pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker
Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

Advance Tickets: 9pm Show

About the Films

Saayey/ Shades

Dir: Mehreen Jabbar, US, 2005, 35mins, Digital Video, Hindi & English with English subtitles

Preeti (Deepti Gupta) and Maya (Nandita Das, the star of Deepa Mehta's "Earth" and "Fire") meet after many years in New York. What follows is a long conversation revealing secrets, vulnerabilities, and a deep friendship...

City of Photos

Dir: Nishtha Jain, India, 2005, 60mins, Video, in Gujarati & Hindi with English subtitles

City of Photos explores the little known ethos of neighborhood photo studios in Indian cities, discovering entire imaginary worlds in the smallest of spaces. Tiny, shabby studios that appear to be stuck in a time warp turn out to be places throbbing with energy. As full of surprises as the people who frequent these studios are the backdrops they enjoy posing against and the props they choose. These afford fascinating glimpses into individual fantasies and popular tastes. Yet beneath the fun and games runs an undercurrent of foreboding. Not everyone enjoys being photographed; not every backdrop is beautiful; not all photos are taken on happy occasions. The cities in which these stories unfold themselves become backdrops, their gritty urban reality a counterpoint to the photo palaces. Desires, memories and stories, all so deeply linked to the photographic experience, come together as part of a personal journey into the city of photos.

About the Directors

Mehreen Jabbar, a Pakistani filmmaker, finished her 2-year film program from UCLA. She directed her first play, Nivala, in 1994 when she was just 23 years old. Mehreen went on to create work which ranges from short independent art films to commercial serials for television.

Nishtha Jain started her career as an editor and correspondent for video newsmagazines before joining the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), specializing in Film Direction. Her diploma film Jam Invalid won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film festival in 1999. Since then she has made several documentaries for Television and worked briefly as Executive Producer for a documentary channel 'Chakra'.

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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.