Mr. Gopalakrishnan, 21-time winner of India's prestigious National Film Awards, to visit UWM and host free screening of award-winning film
(April 4, 2013) Milwaukee, WI - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres in the Peck School of the Arts are thrilled to announce the creation of the Adoor Gopalakrishnan Film Archive and Research Fund, in recognition of the significant legacy of internationally acclaimed filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Gopalakrishnan has produced 11 feature films, plus more than 30 documentaries and short works. He is known for his bold approach to difficult and sensitive subjects, which often run contrary to the conventions of traditional Indian cinema.
The UWM Foundation, on behalf of the Department of Film, and under the leadership of Film Department Chair, Rob Yeo and Associate Lecturer Daniel Robert Kelly, is acquiring and curating Mr. Gopalakrishnan's films. The new Archive will be an asset to modern filmmaking and a resource to preserve and exhibit Adoor Gopalakrishnan's work.
"Working on this project has been extremely rewarding as it aligns perfectly with my academic and personal interests," says Kelly, who earned his BFA and MFA at the Peck School. "Having Adoor come to campus, meet our students and celebrate this important moment in his career will be an extraordinary experience." In February, Kelly was selected for a Fulbright-Nehru full-maintenance teaching award to teach at an institution in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India during the 2013-14 academic year. He plans to develop permanent relationships between media programs in India and the UW-Milwaukee Film Department, as well as teach production workshops and classes at St. Francis College for Women in Hyderabad.
Free Screenings of Award-winning films
Works from the Adoor Gopalakrishnan Film Archive will be screened each year in conjunction with University and community events in an effort to broaden understanding of international film and Indian culture. Mr. Gopalakrishnan will be in attendance, in addition to campus and community leadership, to inaugurate the Archive and to screening Elippathayam (Rat-Trap) in the Lubar Auditorium at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Monday, April 15 at 7:00 pm. The entire community is invited to attend this very special and free event.
Fellowship, Projection and Archive Housing
Adoor Gopalakrishnan Fund will provide assistance to students in the
Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres to study his work or
those of Malayalam cinema and to create films of a similar spirit-
adventurous and bold expressions that are engaged in critical
conversations with the world.
The UWM Libraries will house the archive, consisting of nine, 35mm feature films, plus digital copies, for both scholarly study and community engagement. The campus showcase for these films will be the UWM Union Theatre, which will be converted to exhibit archival prints on dual matched reel-to-reel projectors necessary to preserve the integrity of the films in the Archive.
Abbreviated Biography and Film Awards
Born in the Indian state of Kerala, during the Monsoon season of 1941, Adoor Gopalakrishnan started acting on the amateur stage at the early age of eight, and wrote and directed over 20 plays in his student days. After graduating in Political Science and Economics, he joined the Film Institute (now known as the Film and Television Institute of India) in Pune in 1962. Equipped with formal training in Script writing and Direction, he went on to script and direct nine feature films and more than two dozen Shorts and Documentaries. In 1965, he returned to Kerala and established the Film Society Movement "for propagating and promoting good cinema;" at present, there are more than a hundred Film Societies in Kerala.
Mr Gopalakrishnan has earned many awards and been featured in festival world-wide, including:
- Swayamvaram (One's Own Choice) 123 Mins/B&W/1972 National Awards for Best film. Best direction. Best photography and Best actress. Kerala State Awards for Best film. Best Photography, Best art direction and Best music. Certificate of Merit, International film review, Colombo.
- Elippathayam (Rat-Trap) 121 Mins/Col/1981 British Film Institute Award for the most original and imaginative film shown at the National Film Theatre, London (1982). National Awards for best regional film and Best audiography. Kerala State Awards for best film, best Photography and best audiography.
- Vidheyan (The Servile) 112 Mins/Col/1993 FIPRESCI Prize & Special Jury mention, Singapore (1994), INTER FILM Jury Prize, Mannheim (1994), NETPAC Prize. Rotterdam (1995). National Awards for best actor and best regional film. Kerala State Awards for best film, best direction, best actor and best story. Critics' Prize for best film in the Indian Panorama, IFFI. Calcutta (1994).
- Kathapurushan (Man of the Story) 107 Mins/Col/1995 FIPRESCI Prize, Bombay (1997) National Awards for best feature film and best supporting actress. Kerala State Awards for best director, best supporting actress and best supporting actor.
For a more complete list of films, visit arts.uwm.edu/agfilmarchive
About the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres and the Peck School of the Arts
Ranked among the world's top twenty film schools, the UWM Film Department offers an intensive education in film, video, animation, and new media genres. Employing unique educational techniques developed over forty years, the department is widely known for its success in teaching innovation and experimentation in media production. Alumni are active at high levels in all sectors of contemporary media production, earning the Grand Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, showing films at the Cannes Film Festival, having work collected by the Museum of Modern Art and having major production credits in a list of well-known films, from Titanic to Harry Potter and the Ghostly Hallows.
As Wisconsin's leading comprehensive arts education institution, the Peck School of the Arts has more than 2000 students studying art and design, film, dance, theatre, music and arts education. Graduates are spread around the world and have played an influential role in the arts and the world-at-large. During the 2012-13 academic year, UWM is celebrating the Year of the Arts, in recognition of the Peck School's 50th anniversary, its influence in the Wisconsin arts community, and the impact that the arts has in every discipline.
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