(15 minutes) India/USA
Director: Tim Sternberg
Producers: Francisco Bello, Scott Mosier, Raja Dey
Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata, India with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living by screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.
Tim Sternberg started working in the editing rooms of Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Studios while still in high school. After moving to New York, he has worked on Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle and Robert Benton's The Human Stain, re-editing the 1992 Academy Award-winning Mediterraneo and acting as a script consultant for American Zoetrope, the Independent Feature Project, and Channel Four Films. Most recently he worked as the picture editor on Coppola's Megalopolis, music editor on Milos Forman's Goya's Ghosts and the Academy awarded documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District. Salim Baba is his first film as a director.
Francisco Bello studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, and has worked in the post-production of films by Kevin Smith, Michael Moore, and George Butler among others. His recent editorial work includes Summer Sun Winter Moon (ITVS), Neither Memory nor Magic, Betty la Flaca (HBO), and Julieta y Ramon (Showtime). He launched Ropa Vieja Films LLC in 2007 with Salim Baba, which he shot and produced in Kolkata, India. Salim Baba has screened at festivals worldwide and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. He has been awarded fellowships from the PBS/WGBH Producer's Academy, the NALIP Producer's Academy, Tribeca All Access, and a grant from the Urban Artists Initiative.
Scott Mosier has produced all of Kevin Smith's movies, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl and the recently released Clerks 2, which premiered at Cannes. Mosier has co-edited five of his seven collaborations with Kevin Smith. In addition he was the editor of the documentary called Small Town Gay Bar.
Ropa Vieja Films LLC
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Woodside, NY 11377
Web site: http://www.rv-films.com/projects/salim