Upaj: Improvise

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Showings

Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 12, 2013 12:45 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Country:US
Year:2013
Running Time:60
Language:English
Hindi
Director:Hoku Uchiyama
Producer:Antara Bhardwaj
Screenwriter:Hoku Uchiyama
Cinematographer:Hoku Uchiyama
Shaun Jefford
Editor:Hoku Uchiyama
Shaun Jefford
Cast:Pandit Chitresh Das
Jason Samuels Smith

Description

View Trailer HERE

US Premiere

In English and Hindi with English subtitles. Two very different artists share an uncommon bond through dance in this warm, fascinating account of the unlikely collaboration between 64-year-old Indian Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and 28-year-old African American tap sensation Jason Samuels Smith. Each carries a torch for the art form he loves: Das, struggling to maintain a place for classical Kathak dance, a storytelling art now eclipsed by Bollywood and commercial mass culture; and Samuels Smith, embracing a tradition epitomized for him by legendary entertainer Gregory Hines, who died before meeting the young Samuels Smith at the latter’s L.A. Tap Festival in 2003. As the two embark on a 2009 tour of the subcontinent called Indian Jazz Suites, the stage becomes the vibrant middle ground for respective traditions, buoyant personalities, high hopes and blazing footwork. Onstage and off, director Hoku Uchiyama’s camera is an intimate partner, capturing a unique friendship with the capacity to thrill, inspire and teach many life-sustaining things about the art of improvisation.

—Robert Avila


Admission includes Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith in concert.
After 7 years of touring over 40 cities across the U.S. and India, Pandit Chitresh Das (Kathak) and Jason Samuels Smith (Tap) return to the birthplace of their critically acclaimed ensemble program "India Jazz Suites," and share an excerpt from their powerful and groundbreaking, collaborative performance.

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE 3RD i SF INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Additional Information

Winner of a Cannes Young Director Award while still a student, Hoku has directed several award-winning films, including a film with Heather Henson’s award winning showcase, Handmade Puppet Dreams. His short film, "Rose", has screened in thirty film festivals/showcases worldwide and won awards in twelve. In 2011, Hoku directed the music video "Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn" for Evelyn Evelyn (Jason Webley and Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls), which was nominated for a Webby award. Recently signed with Partizan as a director of commercials and music videos, he directed a Starbucks television commercial that led Starbucks’ biggest-ever advertising campaign in Europe.