2007, USA, Tim Sternberg, 15 min
In North Kolkata, India, 55-year-old Salim Muhammad earns a living with his mobile cinema made of a Lumière-era projector and a six-foot-long theatre on wheels. Salim buys old film from the local movie halls and, using a tailor's shears, razorblade and tape, edits the scraps together into new films for his discerning audience of neighborhood children. In the country with the largest film industry in the world, even small entrepreneurs like Salim can count on a full house.
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The Old Photographer
(2013, Burma, Thet Oo Maung, 14min)
An affectionate portrait of ninety-year-old Indian photographer GM Ahuja, who still lives in the once-popular photographic studio in downtown Yangon that his father opened almost a century ago.
About the Speaker
Timothy Sternberg is an OSCAR® and Emmy nominated director and editor. He started his career working in the editing rooms of Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Studios in San Francisco while still in high school. After moving to New York, Tim has worked in positions as diverse as sound effects recorder on Nora Ephron’s SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and Robert Benton’s THE HUMAN STAIN, re- editing the 1992 OSCAR® winning MEDITTERANEO for US release, script consultant for IFP and American Zoetrope, and music editing for Milos Forman’s GOYAS GHOSTS and the OSCAR® Winning THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT directed by Ruby Yang.
In 2008, his directorial debut SALIM BABA was nominated for an OSCAR® for Best Short Documentary and an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming as well as winning the Jesse Epstein Humanitarian Award at the Cleveland Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at the Woodsotck Film Festival, Grand Jury Award at the United Nations Film Festival. and was aired on HBO and Canal+. He co-directed HBO’s EL ESPÍRITU DE LA SALSA, which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and is co-directing the documentary DREAMING AGAINST THE WORLD. He was co-editor under Walter Murch on Mark Levinson's PARTICLE FEVER and is currently developing a screenplay adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s GABRIEL’S GIFT.