Three films are presently in the scripting stage—DEVI, a coming-of-age feature film set in God’s Own Country; MADAN VEDI, a documentary on a dying musical instrument; and THROUGH THE LENSES OF THE SACRED TRIO, a comparative study of the films of Ritwik Ghatak, Satyajit Ray, and Mrinal Sen.
Two films are presently in the post production stage—THE LEGACY OF KHEMCHAND PRAKASH and CINE VEDA, cinematic essays on the pioneer Hindi film music composer, and on cinema, respectively.
A NIGHT, A DAY, a film co-produced with Minimal Cinema, directed by Prathap Joseph, and produced by Christopher Dalton and Prathap Joseph, debuted last December at KNIFF and then went on to play at the Pune International Film Festival and other festivals between January and October 2020.
Somnath Mondal is the Audio Visual Officer at the Information Education Communication Division of the Government of West Bengal. He is a batch of 1992 FTII alumni specializing in Sound. His documentary script on a dying music instrument won the Best Screenplay Award at CNFF.
A film by Minimal Cinema in association with House of Illusions, A Night A Day was the Official Selection at the Pune International Film Festival, among several others. Prathap Joseph is the recipient of the Tarkovsky International Film Festival (Russia) Award for Best Cinematography.
A comparative study by Siladitya Sen and Christopher Dalton on the filmmaking styles of the sacred trio — Ritwik Ghatak, Satyajit Ray, and Mrinal Sen. Siladitya Sen is a senior film critic /journalist at Anandabazar Patrika. He specialises in, and lectures on, the cinema of the trio, and has written a book on Mrinal Sen.
Monita Borgohain — festival director, Guwahati International Film Festival; director, Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute; secretary, Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio, Govt. of Assam; and joint secretary, Govt. of Assam, cultural affairs department — launches the House of Illusions website, on Feb 10.