Screenings on September 1st, 4.45pm – 6.45pm
Rolling Clay with Keith/Colour,
Clap Along with Keith/Colour,
Keith encounter/Black and White
Keith Brymer Jones (UK) is a contemporary potter and designer who started out as the lead singer of a British Punk band The Wigs, but soon became an apprentice at Harefield Pottery in London. He has created modern ceramics for leading retailers for several years. Sold in over 40 countries worldwide, the past two decades have seen the development of his “Word Range” series, its gentle humor acquiring a steadily widening fan base. He is also a judge in BBC2 The Great Pottery Throw Down. He is extremely well known for his marketing videos, such as Rolling Clay with Keith and Clap Along with Keith that spoof well know popular songs and Keith Encounter, which draws from a film Brief Encounter.
Katha Loknath/Colour/2012/44 min
Rajula Shah (India) has a Diploma in Film Direction from Film & Television Institute of India. She is an independent filmmaker based in Pune. Her films include Sabad Nirantar (2007) and Beyond the Wheel (2005). Rajula also publishes poetry and short stories in various journals. Her poetry collection Parchhain ki Khidki Se was awarded the Navlekhan Puraskar by Bharatiya Jyanpeeth in 2004. She also translates literary work and writes on cinema. To be screened Katha Loknath, in the director’s own words, is a film “about a child being told a story, of going to the genesis of creation and exploring the mystery of creation.” As the potter narrates the story of creation, the film poses a question about whether a story can ever be complete. The story inhabits both the present and the past, as it weaves through history, mythology, and poetry.
Tan Hongyu (Ayu) (China) is a well known ceramic artist as well as the head of the ceramic department in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art. She is an award-winning filmmaker who has made numerous films on the traditional ceramic making processes of China, as well as documented the work processes of a number of leading Ceramicists across the world. Her films include Being with Clay and Shifu. They survey the socio-political realities of various potter communities as well as the idea of process and creation as an intangible cultural heritage. In her documentary film Shifus (masters) Ayu captures the humility with which the shifus have cultivated their talents and maintained the vitality of the traditional techniques in Shiwan, Southern China. Contrary to the popular portrayal of contemporary industrialized China this film bears the testimony to the resilience of the medium through these masters whose devotion and discipline keep their traditions alive.