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Screening of Kannada Film Gaalibeeja (Wind Seed)

November 21, 2016

gaalibeejaScreening of Kannada Film Gaalibeeja (Wind Seed)
Presented by Ananya Drishya in association with Venkatappa Art Gallery

Written and Directed by Babu Eshwar Prasad

Camera: B R Viswanath
Editor: M N Swamy
Music : Marcus Maeder
Actors: Venkatesh Prasad, Amaresh Bijjal, Mohammed Rizwan, Bhanu Prakash Chandra, Divya Murthy

Duration of the Film: 96 minutes

The title of the film is Gaalibeeja, which literally translated into English means ‘Wind Seed’. The road is the central protagonist of the film connecting the various characters. Cinema has been an abiding influence for the filmmaker and this film is an homage to people like Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Abbas Kiarostami.

The film opens with Prakash, a road engineer, leaving for a site visit to an unnamed village. On the way he gives a lift to Jaffer, someone who previously sold pirated dvds, and receives a set of road movies from him.

The sequences in the films and the people that Prakash meets in life begin to resonate with each other. There is Lingappa, a farmer who waits by the bus stop on the main highway road for someone, Manjana, a poster sticker who cycles around desperately searching for something and a female biker who captures her long solitary journeys with the camera strapped on her helmet. Jaffer’s pronouncement that Prakash’s life could be a film comes back to him as he witnesses each person starring in their own road movie. The road is a metaphor for life, for the journeys we make, the transitory relationships that are formed in the process. In the current Indian context it is also linked to the rhetoric of progress and development. The Indian economy, a predominantly agricultural economy, has for the first time shifted towards becoming a service economy. This means large tracts of land are being sold for real estate and road development, so there is huge upheaval and reordering of resources in the country at a scale which is unprecedented.

The film presents a fragmented narrative through images and soundscapes. The road carries us, connects us, it equally disrupts lives. The film explores this ambivalence and the different temporalities people inhabit.

The film received an NFDC Film Bazaar Recommendation in the Feature Film Section and the rough cut was screened at the Viewing Room, Film Bazaar in Goa in 2014. The film was completed in 2015 and was selected for the 17th Jio MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival) 2015. Bengaluru International Film Festival, ASIAN CINEMA COMPETITION 2016

About the filmmaker
Babu Eshwar Prasad completed BFA (Painting) from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore and MFA (Graphics) from M.S.University, Baroda and has held exhibitions since 1996 regularly. He has been a recipient of Senior and Junior Fellowship and National Scholarship, HRD Ministry, Government of India, and Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi award, among others.

Apart from painting, Babu has sustained a deep interest in exploring other media like sculpture, video and photography. His short videos have been screened at various venues. Babu has also participated in and organized various workshops. In 2011 he conceptualized a New Media
workshop at the Media Lab, Uttarayan Art Foundation, Vadodara.

Link of his latest exhibition Skin of the Earth, held in Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore in 2013, which included painting, digital images and videos http://babues.wix.com/babu-eshwar-prasad

Short Filmography of the Director
Babu made his first video Notes from my Diary as part of a workshop organised by Max Mueller Bhavan in 1997. Other works that followed like Splice (2003), Dus ka Bees (2005)
and Vortex (2008) have been screened at several spaces including Arad Biennele (Romania) and SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Toronto. His more recent short videos, Looped (3.28
mins), 2012 and Fast Forward to Zero (2:37 mins), 2011, oscillate between still and moving images, and bear witness to industrialisation and its traces on the environment. The latter has
been screened at several venues including Video Wednesday Gallery Espace, New Delhi; India Art Fair, New Delhi, 2011 and 2012; Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore, 2013, among others.

Details of Producer/Production Company
Moving Focus Pictures is a new banner registered in Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, Bangalore. This is the first production it is undertaking. The film is being produced by the filmmaker himself and financed with the help of individuals and friends.

Gaalibeeja (Wind Seed) at
17th Jio MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival) 2015,
Gaalibeeja (Wind Seed) at
17th Jio MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival) 2015,

Screening details:
Sunday, November 1, 2015- PVR ECX 3, Andheri -1:30 PM,

Thursday,November 5, 2015 Phoenix 2 – 4:00 PM – Lower Parel

8th Bengaluru International Film Festival, ASIAN CINEMA COMPETITION 2016

Screening details:

Monday, February 1, 2016 Inox 2, Mall of Mysore, Mysore- 5:45 pm
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 PVR 8, Orion Mall, Bengaluru – 2:45 pm
NGMA Bengaluru, in collaboration with Ananya-Drishya,
Saturday, February 6, 2016, Bengaluru
Dept of Information & Public relations, Mysore in collaboration with Karnataka Chalnachitra Academy And Mysore Film Society
Thursday, February 11, 2016, Mysore
India International Centre , C D Deshmukh auditorium, New Delhi
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, New Delhi
Avani One, Mandalay Hall, Kochi
Thursday, May 19, 2016, Kochi
Kalikote Governament Fine Art College, Odisha
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Odisha
Mysore Dasra Film Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2016, Mysore
Chitramayi, State Art Gallery, Madhapur, Hyderabad
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Hyderabad

links:

http://scroll.in/article/763485/gaali-beeja-is-a-movie-about-a-road-and-road-movies

http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/regional/gone-with-the-wind-3/

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/on-the-record-life-on-the-road-2759541/

http://johnyml.blogspot.in/2016/04/road-to-redemption-gaali-beeja-of-babu.html

Screening of Kannada Film Gaalibeeja (Wind Seed) on Thursday 24th November 2016 | 6:00 PM

Venue:
Venkatappa Art Gallery,
Kasturba Road,
Bengaluru

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