Vinanti Sarkar, Director, Global Cultural Diversity Films (GCDF) Inc.
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Vinanti Sarkar Sarkar

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Director

Local Address: New York, United States
Global Cultural Diversity Films (GCDF) Inc.
 
Background

Education

  • Ed. M. Instructional Technology , M.A. Media Communciations
    Columbia University - TC
  • M.A. , Mass Media Communications
    Columbia University
  • B.A. , Honors in English Literature, History and Psychology
    Indraprasth Colelge, University of Delhi

Biography

  • Completed doctoral studies with 132 credits and drafted doctoral research on "Teaching Literacy Through Multimedia Technology" as a All But Defence (ABD).
    
    Unable to find job in teaching field in 80s, started own documentary film company and produced...
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Web References
First TV Program on Sikh Americans After 9/11 – Mistaken Identity – PAHS Press Release | Punjabi American Heritage Society – PAHS – Punjabi Culture in Yuba City
www.punjabiheritage.org, 1 Sept 2002 [cached]
Produced and directed by Vinanti Sarkar, President of WLWD 2000 Inc. (a boutique digital TV production company) headquartered in midtown New York.
Global Cultural Diversity Films. Events
www.globalfilmlinks.com, 16 Nov 2007 [cached]
VINANTI SARKAR
President of WLWD 2000 Inc./Producer/Director/ Scriptwriter
For over 15 years, Ms Sarkar has produced and directed 35/16mn film, video and digital HD TV programs, and first made a name for herself as "Our Girl From New York" correspondent for the STATESMAN Magazine. She interviewed renowned film/TV/musical celebrities, which included: the Beatles, Ravi Shanker, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Hollywood's Clint Eastwood, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, politicians like Richard Nixon, the Clintons, etc. In addition, she helped to conceive the first NRI newspaper called INDIA ABROAD (while working at the United Nations headquarters in New York), which was sold to Rediff.com. From her interests as a photo-journalist and multimedia professional, she moved into filmmaking and distribution, after she graduated from Columbia University (New York) with two MA degrees and an ABD doctoral thesis in Mass Media Communications, using new media, computers and instructional technology, and specializing in docu-dramatic TV programs and film projects. Her ambition was to produce inspirational "life skill" TV dramas to educate India's illiterate millions in villages via satellite TV, but she returned to the U.S. to produce culturally diversified films for North America.
For her first documentary film assignment, she was awarded a budget of $100,000 for her idea to direct , "SHAKTI: She is Vital Energy", on rural women of India, (in French & English), which was later translated into 55 languages for worldwide distribution, by the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, Canada. She continued to work as an investigative reporter/film journalist on the TV series: "THE AMERICAN FAMILY" focusing on (I) Caring & Intimacy; (ii) Single Female Parent; (iii) Single Male Parent; (iv) Battered Women; (v) Teenage Pregnancy; and (vi) Child Abuse. Then as an independent filmmaker, she produced and directed, "ALL THAT GLITTERS ... ?" on the rich and famous i.e.
Filmmaker "Vinanti Sarkar" ...
www.theseoultimes.com, 1 June 2008 [cached]
Filmmaker "Vinanti Sarkar" can be Google and Yahoo websites including MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Sikhs in America, but it does not emphasize her academic qualifications: two MA degrees in Communications and Instructional Technology from Columbia University in New York and an ABD (All But the Defense) for the doctoral thesis, having developed a unique film techniques in teaching large illiterate populations by adapting the scripts with their life-skills and producing dramatic TV programs.
Contact: Ms Vinanti Sarkar, Producer & Director MISTAKEN IDENTITY TV Series @ Global Cultural Diversity Films, (GCDF) Inc., 425 East 51st Street, New York, NY 10022 Tel: 212-759-4568 Email: vsarkar1@earthlink.net Visit our websites: www.cultural-diversity.co.uk /www.globalfilmlinks.com
Global Cultural Diversity Films. Events
www.globalfilmlinks.com, 16 Sept 2001 [cached]
YEAR 2004 -- MISTAKEN IDENTITY screenings moved across the Atlantic (celebrating George Washington's birthday) with the London premiere sponsored by the British Women in Film & TV (WFTV) on 19 April 2004 at the Channel 4 Studio, with a interview on Sonia Doel's prime time BBC radio show with Managing Director, Jean Bartlett, BagLadyit.com) and Director Producer of the film, Vinanti Sarkar.
‘Mistaken Identity’ draws great attention
www.thestar.com.my, 17 April 2005 [cached]
THREE years ago New York independent film producer, Vinanti Sarkar, directed and produced the documentary Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America, a film on the plight of Sikhs after 9/11.
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Since making the documentary, Vinanti has been campaigning and marketing it aggressively to get sponsors to bring the film to as many countries as possible.
"Though this documentary is about Sikhs, it has an international message on the need for understanding and tolerance," she said.
"The documentary has cost me more than I had budgeted for and Sikh leaders who promised to underwrite some of the costs have not been forthcoming."
Still, Vinanti is proud of her film.
Besides Vinanti, the others involved in making Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America were young host Amanda Gesine, and Philip Marshall (four-time Emmy award-winning editor).
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Vinanti, who is president of WLWD Inc, New York (a boutique digital television production house), took over nine months to shoot the documentary.
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A Columbia University film graduate, Vinanti, who has been in the US for the past 25 years, said that was why she was working hard to have it shown all over the world.
It has already crossed the Atlantic into Europe and the continent and her next stop would most likely be India.
"I would then be going to Singapore and possibly Malaysia," said Vinanti, who has been producing films about cultural diversity for several years.
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