An American in Madras

Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
ARCH 208 - 3601 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

FILM SCREENING OF An American in Madras. Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Karan Bali.

Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5 PM!

An American in Madras primarily traces American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s years in India.  Born in 1909 and hailing from Barton, Ohio, Dungan reached the shores of India on February 25th, 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ended up staying for 15 years! During this period, he brought many technical innovations to the developing Tamil Film Industry of the 1930s and ‘40s, and infused a sense of professionalism into its filmmaking. All this, without understanding the language! Dungan directed the great Tamil superstar MGR's first film, Sathi Leelavathi,  as well as famed Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi's most famous films, Sakuntalai and Meera. The film traces Dungan's Indian connection right up to 1994, when on a trip to India, the Tamil Film Industry felicitated him in Chennai for his contribution to its development, a good 43 years after he had left India!

AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS

79 minutes 38 seconds

English, Tamil, Hindi

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Event Type: 
Arts & Culture
Topic: 
Global Conversations
Topic: 
Film/Video
Topic: 
Travel and Tourism
Global Region: 
Indian