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Speakers : 2013 : CBB : Sep 27th -28th -29th SVA Theater 333 W 23 St, New York, NY

Guest Speakers From the East:

Madhur Bhandarkar : Screen writer /Producer /Director : Fashion,Heroine,Jail,Chandani bar
  Guest Speakers From the West:
  Michael Canzoniero: Co-Writer and Co-Director, Don Peyote (starring Anne Hathaway, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel and Topher Grace)
  Dan Fogler : Tony Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Comedian Co-Writer and Co-Director, Don Peyote (starring Anne Hathaway, Josh Duhamel, and Jay Baruchel
  Reeves Lehmann : Director; Producer; Writer; Actor; Educator
  SAG-AFTRA : Bernadine Goldberg, Member Outreach; Nicole Hill, Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity Department; Leif Larson, Theatrical Department
  Tanuj Chopra : Enrolled in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts in Film degree program at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City
  Aroon Shivdasani: Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council - Festival Founder - NYIFF   
  Jennifer Betit Yen : President of the Asian American Film Lab, an actor, attorney and the CEO of
  Dylan Marchetti : Variance films 
  Elliott Kanbar :   President of the QUAD MEDIA  New York
  Ajay Naidu : Actor
  Reshma Shetty :Actor, Royal Pains (TV Series) 
  Wayne Sharpe : Film Composer and Music Producer.
  Vladan Nikolic : Professor ,Film Directing,Production and Diigital and Transmedia Filmmaking: The NewSchool and NYU
  Vishesh Sharma : Producer, Director & Editor 
  Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian : Professionally trained ballet dancer
  Geetika Agrawal : Creative Director.
  Simon Taufique :An award-winning Composer, former Film Festival Programming  Director, Sundance Lab Finalist and Film Producer.
  Kanika Chadda Gupta: Anchor -Spokes person Zee TV
  Anna J SwansonTV host, actress, and model .
  Aroon Shivdasani : Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council - Festival Founder - NYIFF   
  Performance by Bhrigu Sahni : An Indian Guitarist and Composer

Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar is a National Award-winning Indian film director, scriptwriter, and producer. He is best known for his films such as Chandni Bar (2001), Page 3 (2005), Traffic Signal (2007), and Fashion (2008). He won the National Award for Best Director for Traffic Signal (2007). Starting his career in his early adolescence as a Video Shoprunner, Madhur’s tryst with Movie Making is as poetic and cinematic as the Boy’s from ‘Cinema Paradiso’. Fascinated by the medium and hobnobbing with Stars, Madhur breathed Cinema and knew that someday he would be behind a camera someday soon. His jobs as an assistant varied from the lesser known Director Ashok Gaikwad to the prolific and eccentric Ram Gopal Verma . . . all the way till Madhur finally managed to fulfill his dream with his first Directorial venture titled ‘Trishakti’ in 1998. Panned by Critics and ignored by the audiences, Trishakti was a washout and Madhur’s career seemed virtually over, till he managed to convince R Mohan, the mosquito coil Mughal to invest in an experimental subject called ‘Chandni Bar’ (2001), with the inimitable actress Tabu. 2001, Chandni Bar (2001) the tragic story of a Mumbai Bar Girl was an overnight sensation, catching the imagination of the Nation and paving the way for the New Wave of ‘indie’ Indian Cinema – the one that wasn’t about the Song and Dance and Costumes . . . And the rest has been History.

12 Films and 12 years later,Madhur Bhandarkar is now synonymous with a Brand of Cinema that stands for the bold, the edgy, the socially relevant, yet appealing to the Masses kind of thoughtful entertainment. Having won 3 National Awards himself (the highest Honor in India) for ‘Chandni Bar’(2001), ‘Page 3′ (2005) and ‘Traffic Signal’ (2007) and 2 for his actresses from ‘Fashion’, Madhur is the most sought after Director by the Leading Ladies of the Industry being the only Director making daring and meaty subjects with Women in a highly Male dominated industry. With Topics ranging from Politics in ‘Satta’ to the Corporate World in ‘Corporate’ to ‘Jail’ to ‘Heroine’,Madhur’s Cinema is a curious amalgamation of International content but a very ‘Desi’ (Indian at heart) form that cuts across all classes and languages . . . no mean feat for a country as diverse as India With ‘Heroine’ his last release starring, Kareena Kapoor, Madhur to upped his own craft with a story that is internal, multi-layered and non linear he gave Indian audience a taste of slightly more mature levels of mainstream entertainment.


  Michael Canzoniero

Michael Canzoniero : Co-Writer and Co-Director, Don Peyote (starring Anne Hathaway, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel and Topher Grace)

Director of Don Peyote (2013), Josh Dhumal and Anne Hathaway's new feature film is also known for The Marconi Bros.,Hyper and Pishadoo.
His works includes comedy Wedding Bros (SXSW '08), the documentary Shelter Island, and the new interactive film Finding Cody.


  Dan Fogler

Dan Fogler : Tony Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Comedian 

Co-Writer and Co-Director, Don Peyote (starring Anne Hathaway, Josh Duhamel, and Jay Baruchel 

Dan Fogler, the cherubic actor and singer,. Fogler established himself with his role of William Barfee in the Broadway musical hit "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." His performance brought Fogler a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor (Musical), .
a Theatre World Award, Outer Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award as part of the Outstanding Ensemble Performance. He also received The Lortel Award for Spelling Bee's off-Broadway run. The hit musical has jump-started his film career, and Fogler starred in the comedy Balls of Fury in 2007.. He has in addition, written and directed his first film, "Hysterical Psycho." which features actors from his theater company Stage 13 where Dan serves as one of the company's Artistic Directors


  Reeves Lehmann

Reeves Lehmann :Producer; Writer; Actor; Educator. Presently the Chairman of the Film, Video and Animation Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For over 10 years produced and directed industrials and documentaries for major corporations and organizations. Clients included: Bayer Corp.; MTA, Arthritis Foundation; New York Health Dept; SC Police Academy; DOROS Motion Graphics & The School of VISUAL ARTS. Screenplay credits include: The Landscaper; Darker than Blue; Horse Power; and numerous short films. Writer/Producer/Actor: The Landscaper’s Daughter. Awards include: US Industrial Film Fest; Nat’l Education Film Fest; International Film and Television; American Film Fest; Eastman Kodak Award. Professional associations: ASIFA; Black Filmmakers; IFP; AVIF; Member of the Eastman Kodak Educational Council; Member of the Center for Communications Advisory Board; Founder and Director of The International FILM BRIDGE Foundation; Member of the NYWIFTV and The Long Island Filmmakers Association. Reeves has been a guest member of the renowned Actors’ Studio for over twelve years. Reeves, a US Marine Corps combat veteran, has recently executive produced an hour long documentary on Vietnam Veterans addressing the long-term effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). His new film The Landscaper’s Daughter, which he co-wrote with his daughter Meaghan, made its New York debut in September 2006 at Eastman Kodak’s new screening facility and then continued on to other prestigious venues including The Sedona Film Festival, The New York Picture Start festival (won best actor award), Columbia University, University of Conn., Stony Brook University, Port Washington and Manhasset Libraries. The Long Island International Film Festival awarded the film Best Short, Honorable mention for Best Actor and a film grant towards the feature version. The film was also part of the Jersualem International Film Festival ’07. The film is being screened by Veteran Organizations throughout the US. He is currently producing a feature version of the short entitled “ The Landscaper” (tagline: No matter how wounded you are you can always dance” scheduled for 2014.
Film Festival Judge: Message to Man, St. Petersburg, Russia ’07; Mumbai International Film Festival ‘08
References: Susan Batson, Oliver Stone, Bryan Singer, Federico Castelluccio, James Gandolfini. Others on request.

SAG-AFTRA asks“What’s Your Story and How Can We Help You Tell It?” : Bernadine Goldberg, Member Outreach; Nicole Hill, Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity Department; Leif Larson, Theatrical Department
SAG-AFTRA Panelists
Bernadine Goldberg, Member Outreach
Nicole Hill, Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity Department
Leif Larson, Theatrical Department


  Tanuj Chopra

Tanuj Chopra: Enrolled in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts in Film degree program at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City (September 2001)
Completed his Master of Fine Arts in Film degree from the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City (May 2007). The director is making his first appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival. His full-length feature, Punching at the Sun, which won Best Narrative at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, follows a South Asian teenager living in Elmhurst, Queens, who must grapple with the fatal shooting of his brother.

  Aroon Shivdasani

Aroon Shivdasani : Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council - Festival Founder - NYIFF

Aroon is Executive Director and founding member of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC). A Masters Degree in English literature and drama as well as a Diploma in Marketing & Advertising, Aroon has worked in marketing, advertising, media research, taught both school and college in New York, run a theatre company in Canada, been a docent at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, been Editor of the Junior League Newsletter in Mclean Va.

  Jennifer Betit Yen

Jennifer Betit Yen is the President of the Asian American Film Lab, an actor, attorney and the CEO of She has a strong commitment to volunteer work and to fostering and supporting gender and ethnic diversity initiatives and she has been featured for her work in that area in Backstage Magazine, The Examiner, AsAmNews, and will be featured on CUNY TV (air date November 4, 2013), among others. As an actor, Jennifer has performed on stage for East West Players in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan Theatre Source in New York City. Jennifer has provided voiceover talent for Random House and Reading Rainbow, among others, voicing the character of Avery in the series The Beacon Street Girls.Jennifer is an avid kickboxer and a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law. She is the author of several books for children, an article entitled 'Is My Baby Defective? Fetal Genetic Testing as Part of a Public Health Care Plan,' published by Suffolk University Law Review and the co-author of the Boston Bar Association White Collar Crime 2005 CLE Seminar presentation, entitled 'Issues with Debarment/Exclusion.'Jennifer has experience newscasting and hosting and produced and acted in the web series La La Land in Los Angeles, which won an Accolade Award for Best Television Pilot

  Dylan Marchetti

Dylan Marchetti : Variance films 

Since 2008, Dylan and his team at Variance Films have worked directly with filmmakers to release films using an inventive “DIWO” (Doing It With Others) model, which allows filmmakers to work with an experienced partner but still retain full ownership and control of their film and their rights. With a strong focus on in-house grassroots marketing, outreach and promotions, “event-izing” theatrical engagements, and ensuring all marketing efforts are designed to benefit digital as well as theatrical, Variance Films releases are loud, innovative, and audience-driven. Variance has developed one of the most diverse slates in the industry, ranging from $20,000 black and white jazz musicals to $35 million Hong Kong action films. They’ve worked directly with legendary directors such as Spike Lee, John Sayles, Stanley Tucci, Johnnie To, and José Padilha, as well as with exciting emerging filmmakers such as Terence Nance, Mike Ott, Damien Chazelle, Kerthy Fix and Dave Grohl.

  Elliott Kanbar

Elliott Kanbar : President of the QUAD MEDIA New York

Elliot has been advising and mentoring filmmakers ,film distributors and film producers for over forty years ,he is the president of Cinema four inc which operates QUAD CINEMA a venerable theater in New York and manages the QUAD flix SELECT PROGRAM for filmmakers who prefer to self distribute .Kanbar has appeared on numerous panels at the Toronto International Film Festival ,the Big Apple Film festival and the Queens world Film Festival.

He has been a Guest lecturer on Cinema Economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania,at the Tisch School of the Arts at New york University and a participant in Columbia University's centre for career Education. Elliott Kanbar is the Author of a definitive book about self -distribution." YOU FINALLY FINISHED YOUR FILM .NOW WHAT? "

  Ajay Naidu

Ajay Naidu : Actor

Naidu's first professional acting job was the film Touch and Go (released in 1986) which he won from an open call. He starred in the TV movie, Lady Blue (1985) as Paquito. This was followed by an ABC Afterschool Special episode, "No Greater Gift" (1985), where he played Nick Santana, a 12-year-old boy with a terminal illness. Naidu then appeared in the MacGyver TV series' first season episode, "To Be a Man" in 1986.On screen, Naidu starred in the cult film Office Space, as well as appearing in films such as K-Pax, Subway Stories, π, Requiem for a Dream, Bad Santa, The War Within, The Guru, Waterborne, Loins of Punjab Presents and many more. He co-starred as a series regular in the sitcom LateLine and had guest starring roles on the television dramas The Sopranos, The West Wing and Bored to Death.

In 2006, Naidu directed his first feature film Ashes which had its release in 2010 and for which he won Best Actor accolades from the MIACC Film Festival in New York and the London Asian Film Festival.

Naidu's most recent theatre credits include The Master and Margarita with Complicite, a world tour of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure with Complicite, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui alongside Al Pacino, directed by Simon McBurney and The Little Flower of East Orange alongside Ellyn Burstyn at New York's Public Theater directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.[2] In 2001 Naidu's solo theatre piece Darwaza was a sold-out hit at New York's Labyrinth Theatre.




  Reshma Shetty

Reshma Shetty : Actor, Royal Pains (TV Series) 

Reshma Shetty stars as Divya Katdare in the hit USA Network original series ROYAL PAINS.

Shetty is a graduate of the famed Opera department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Immediately following graduation, she nabbed the lead role of Priya in A.R. Rahman’s / Andrew Lloyd Webber’s First National tour of “Bombay Dreams” and was asked to appear as Ayah in Broadway’s World AIDS Day Benefit “The Secret Garden.” 

Additional theatre credits include roles and readings with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The New Dramatists, The Playwrights Forum and The Lark Theatre Company. Shetty opened to rave reviews in her Off-Broadway debut at The New Group, starring in Ayub Khan-Din’s “Rafta Rafta.” 

Additional Television credits include “30 Rock” and CBS's "CSI Miami". Feature film credits include “Steam,” “Delivering The Goods,” “Allegiance” and “Hated”.

She resides in New York City.

  Wayne Sharpe

Wayne Sharpe : Film Composer and Music Producer.

Wayne Sharpe, an International award-winning film composer and music producer, has dedicated his life to his passion for music and movies. His musical journey began at the age of four, when, without formal training or lessons, he started to play complicated piano pieces by ear. Within a year, he was training formally as a classical pianist and began to study trumpet and violin. Wayne soon branched out into composition and audio engineering, attending the topTonemeister program in the country at SUNY Fredonia. Immediately after graduating, Wayne began work with Grammy Award winner Rick James, an experience that led him to the major studios of New York where he garnered recognition as a composer and producer who fused orchestral scoring practice with electronic music. He collaborated with a host of artists including: Ron Carter, Elizabeth Scott, John Powell, and Trixie Reiss (Crystal Method). The epic scope of Wayne's music led to him scoring for television including shows for the Olympics, NYC Marathon themes, and the Discovery and History Channels.His clients include: NBC, NBC Sports, NBA, BRAVO, IMG, HBO, Warner Bros., andMSG Sports. He has also scored over 100 national TV spots. His unique approach to incorporating electronic music attracted the attention of modern brands including:Intel, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Cover Girl, NBA, Acuvue, Pantene, Revlon, Mobil, Red Lobster, Slimfast, and McDonalds.

His passion for cinema and his ability to craft powerful evocative soundtracks have allowed Wayne to establish himself as a creative force in the film industry. His early film work includes the independent ,films Southie and Pigeonholed. Wayne also scored several IMAX films and documentaries, as well as the theme for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, the television show, and music in Pokemon: The First Movie. The diversity of these achievements earned Wayne a reputation as a versatile composer, able to cross genre boundaries and forge a truly international sound. This attracted the attention of one of India's most acclaimed directors, Prakash Jha, who invited Wayne to bring the western film scoring sound to the Bollywood market. Soon after that, Wayne scored Gangaajal, winning India's top Filmfare award for best score. He continued his close collaboration with Jha creating soundtracks for the widely celebrated: Apaharan, Raajneeti (for which he won the Star Screen Award) andAarakshan. He collaborated with the top Indian musicians and worked with Sonu Nigam, Shankar, and Gulzar on the song "Dhan Dhan Dharti" for Raajneeti.Wayne's award winning reputation in India was catapulted forward and he scored Sanjay Chauhan's Lahore, Tanuja Chandra's Hope and Little Sugar, and Mangesh Hadawale's award-winning Dekh Indian Circus (Busan Film Festival Audience Award). His next project is unique in its international production process. Studios from both Hollywood and Mumbai will work on realizing the creative vision and music--two great film industries forging a mutually beneficial relationship of collaboration. Whether it's working with top Indian musicians in Mumbai or creating unique soundscapes in New York, Wayne is a composer who straddles the many facets of the global film industry. He believes music is universal, not restricted to the border of a country, but rather in the minds of the audience who experience it.In an interview Advaita has stated: When I started writing it, I did not even know that it will be a novel. I wrote Almost Single when I had taken a break in my career and was angry at how single women were being treated. I was approached for a movie adaptation but I think some things are better left as a novel. The book Almost Single is also rereleased in French, Hindi and Marathi.

  Vladan Nikolic

Vladan Nikolic : Professor ,Film Directing,Production and Diigital and Transmedia Filmmaking: The NewSchool and NYU.

Vladan Nikolic is an award winning filmmaker from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, before coming to New York, Mr. Nikolic worked as director for the first independent TV network in Yugoslavia. Since then, Vladan has worked as writer, director, producer and editor on shorts, feature films, documentaries, commercials and music videos. His awards include the TV Sarajevo Award and Zeta Film Award for Best Screenplay, Eastman Kodak Award for his short film Serendipity, Telluride Indiefest Best Film Award for his feature Burn (2001), and others.

His first narrative feature film Burnprompted Amy Taubin of the Village Voice and Film Comment to write that “Vladan Nikolic proves himself a director to watch with this intense, nightmare thriller about Yugoslavian refugees in New York.”

His second feature, LOVE (2005) premiered at the Tribeca and Venice film festivals to critical acclaim. It went on to win awards at film festivals in Geneva, Switzerland, Barcelona, Spain, and the Best Director Award at the Tiburon International Film Festival in San Francisco. LOVE opened theatrically to rave reviews and has been released theatrically and on DVD.

Most recently, he wrote, directed and produced the feature ZENITH (2010), which is also part of an extensive trans-media project. The film has been released in a unique and innovative way, combining theatrical, video, and online releases over multiple platforms. In 2011, parts of ZENITH were released through bit-torrents at SXSW and received an unprecedented million downloads, and a cult following within days of its release.
Vladan is Associate Professor at The School of Media Studies at The New School, where he teaches Film Directing, Production, and Digital and Transmedia Filmmaking; he also teaches at New York University.

After her debut film Mississippi Masala (1991) became an art house hit, Choudhury worked with Mississippi Masala(1991) directorMira Nair again in The Perez Family (1995) and played the cuckolded queen Tara in Nair's frankly-sensual feminist parable Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996).By the late 1990s, Choudhury added a touch of Hollywood to her repertoire with supporting roles in the glossy Alfred Hitchcock remake, A Perfect Murder (1998) and the John Cassavetes retread Gloria (1999).Currently Sarita is busy with Showrimes Hit Series Homeland



  Vishesh Sharma

Vishesh Sharma : Producer, Director & Editor 

Vishesh is a New York based Producer, Director & Editor. Vishesh grew up in Delhi, India. Coming from a family of film distributors, Vishesh was always interested in various aspects of media and entertainment. Vishesh got his first real opportunity while still at college, editing a short documentary for Scindia school [a prestigious private school in India]After Graduating he started working full time for Advertising Production Company on different ad campaigns, getting a lot experience in ad filmmaking and production in India. He explored other areas of entertainment as well, including music, fashion shows, TV & film. He started working with Cinemaya Media as an editor and went on to becoming an assistant producer. Vishesh joined ImaginAsian TV as an editor & an assistant producer. IATV recognized his talent and hard work and gave him Employee of the Year award in 2007. He has Judged Telly Awards two years in a row and Judged the Emmys in 2012. He has won many awards for his work. His first short feature film "Color of Anger" has won several awards in Festival across the US. He is presently working on a 2 scripts for a short and a feature. He continues to challenge himself everyday and explore his creativity further.


  Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian

Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian : Professionally trained ballet dancer

Prior to venturing into casting, Jennifer was a professionally trained ballet dancer for 13 years and received her primary training from legendary coach Maggie Black. While majoring in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College, Jennifer decided to explore the business side of entertainment, which eventually led to working for veteran Casting Directors Cindy Tolan, Bernard Telsey, Avy Kaufman, and Liz Lewis.

Select Film/TV credits: Chasing Taste (Dir: Sean Gannet), Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hill Road) (Dir: William Cusick), Dart (Prod: Sean Glass), The Poets (Dir: Sean Gannet), Got No Game with Paul Mecurio: Race in Sports (HBO Sports); “Ugly Betty” (ABC/Pilot), “Important Things with Demetri Martin” (Comedy Central), “Mama’s Boys of the Bronx” (TLC); Commercial/Promo: The Greater Building Society’s 2011 Campaign (Starring Jerry Seinfeld), Guinness “Dark Life” (Dir: Frédéric Planchon), Dr. Scholl’s Easy Flats (Dir: Sasha Levinson), BNP Paribas "Keep Reaching" (Anonymous Content), Nokia “Journeys” (Dir: Jesper Ohlsson), “The Rocket Science Project” (Sony), Ameriprise (Dir: Pulitzer Prize winner David C. Turnley), Libery Mutual’s “The Responsibility Project” (Dir: Anthony Anderson), Rescue Me “Cradle to Brave” promo (FX). 

In May 2011, Jennifer started collaborating with Casting Director Robin Carus. Select Film/TV credits include: The Art and Life of James McNeill Whistler (PBS), SUGAR! (Dir: Shari Berman), Love True (Dir: Alma Har’el), Rover (Dir: Tony Blahd), Skook (Dir: Connor Hurley, Official Selection of the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival/Nominated for Best Narrative Feature film), Weathering (Dir: Max Weinman), Running With Sharks (Dir: Suha Araj), The King's Pawn (Dir: Jonah Bleicher), Disgrace (Dir: J. Casey Modderno, Official Selection of the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, NY & LA Shorts Fests, and the Montreal World Film Festival), Elvis (Dir: Nicolas Santana), No Vagrancy (Dir: Ernest Leif Boyd), Deep Red Dandelions (Dir: Brendan Butler); “Confidential Michael McGlone Project” (Dir: Michael McGlone), "(The) Wine Show" (Dir: Connor Hurley). Comm/Industrial/VO: Swiffer's "The Power of the Everyday Effect" featuring Lee & Morty Kaufman (Casting Associates/NY Casting, Dir: Damien Drake), Conde Nast`s "Future Tense" (Dir: Phillip Van).

Jennifer has participated in seminars and taught Film/TV Audition technique and Casting 101 workshops for CnC, Wright Way Master Classes, and The SAG Foundation.

  Geetika Agrawal

Geetika Agrawal : Creative Director
Geetika Agrawal is a New York based Creative Director at digital agency R/GA, with 10+ years designing interactive products, services and communications for brands like MasterCard, MTV, Disney, Nokia, Microsoft, AARP, Barnes & Noble and Walmart. Her work has been presented or won awards at TEDIndia, Fast Company, CES including a Silver Mobile Lion at 2013 Cannes Festival for her client work 'MasterCard Miyamo'. She also co-produced live music series 'Sounds of Vienna' and a one-day interactive art and music festival 'Terrabyte' in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelors in Interior Architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad and MS Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design, California."


  Simon Taufique

Simon Taufique :An award-winning Composer, former Film Festival Programming Director, Sundance Lab Finalist and Film Producer.
His work with Julian Casablancas (frontman of THE STROKES), Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO), Academy Award-winner Dennis Lee (JESUS HENRY CHRIST), Spirit Award Nominee Hossein Keshavarz (DOG SWEAT) and David Torn (LARS & THE REAL GIRL) has garnered press from BBC, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, SPIN, NME and IndieWire.Simon’s upcoming films include SHE’S LOST CONTROL (Executive Producer, Oren Moverman), YOSEMITE (starring James Franco), PURPLE AMERICA (Writer, Rick Moody) and ASHER (with Danny Glover and Mekhi Phifer).
twitter: @simontaufique

  Kanika Chadda Gupta

Kanika Chadda Gupta : Anchor -Spokes person Zee TV.

Kanika Chadda Gupta is based in New York and works for Zee TV (airs in 69 million homes in 167 countries), wearing many hats as Television Anchor, Producer, and Editor. She is thrilled to be reprising her role as "the hostess with the mostest" having moderated and hosted Molecule Communications' Ticket to Bollywood and FFFAC featuring Betsey Johnson. Prior to her move to New York, Kanika was an Entertainment Anchor/Producer for CNN in Mumbai, hosting ;E-Tonight” and Fashion Police.

She was a red carpet regular and has interviewed Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, Kunal Nayyar, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, among others. An avid fan of the performing arts, she has undergone 15 years of Kuchipudi Indian classical dance training and is a member of the Sa Dance Company. She was crowned Miss India East Coast and Miss People’s Choice at a nationwide pageant in 2006.

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  Anna J Swanson

Anna J Swanson : TV host, actress, and model .

Anna is a New York based TV host, actress, and model with ten years of professional experience. Her hosting work includes her own show on ImaginAsian TV, a travel series pilot for Wealth TV, and a variety of corporate videos. She has interviewed a number of celebrities and has appeared in TV shows and films as an actress.

A graduate of Yale University, Anna is also a dedicated writer. You can read her thoughts on just about anything on her blog,

  Aroon Shivdasani

Aroon Shivdasani : Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council - Festival Founder - NYIFF

Aroon is Executive Director and founding member of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC). A Masters Degree in English literature and drama as well as a Diploma in Marketing & Advertising, Aroon has worked in marketing, advertising, media research, taught both school and college in New York, run a theatre company in Canada, been a docent at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, been Editor of the Junior League Newsletter in Mclean Va.



  Bhrigu Sahni

Performance by Bhrigu Sahni: An Indian Guitarist and Composer

Bhrigu Sahni is an Indian Guitarist and Composer based out of Brooklyn, New York. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Bhrigu Sahni has had the honor of playing with acclaimed artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Arif Lohar, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Karsh Kale.
He firmly believes in music as a catalyst for social change and works with Dharavi Rocks and Make A Difference, by teaching music to underprivileged and highly talented slum children in Mumbai (Dharavi) and Pune. He is currently working as Composer and Guitar player with various artistes (Arooj Aftab/ Karsh Kale) in addition to being a coveted recording artist and composer for independent and commercial cinema.

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