With a blend of talent from music, fashion and filmmaking industry, the opening night of Cinema Beyond Boundaries in New York by Molecule Communications was a event with much fanfare.
The two- day conference was kicked off on Friday night in New York by Molecule founders Ajay Shrivastav and Kiren Shrivastav with a cocktail hour where Madhur Bhandarkar was the special guest. The event has been put up in collaboration with SAG/AFTRA and the School of Visual Arts (SVA).
Fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Indian Bollywood singer Sharda and SVA NYC president Reeves Lehmann were also present. With a reception of over 200 the crowd had a diverse and enthusiastic vibe. Both Indian and American media was present to welcome acclaimed director Madhur Bhandarkar.
The night continued onwards with a free screening of a National Award winning film directed by Bhandarkar. In the next two days of the event Molecule Communications aims to educate aspiring filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, musicians, artists, cinema lovers by presenting an interactive discussion where the goal is to learn about cinema and different facets of the same through different genres of filmmakers, industry insiders, their journey, experiences and most important to guide the right way of going about it.
Known for his films like Chandni Bar, Satta, Page 3, Corporate, Fashion, Jail and Heroine Bhardarkar has been a part of the event to represent the East.
Other speakers from the west who would grace the event in the next two days include Brooklyn based director Micheal Canzoniero known for Don Peyote (2013) starring Anne Hathaway and Josh Duhamel; actor, comedian and singer and co- writer and co- director Don Peyote Dan Fogler who starred in Balls of Fury, director and producer Vladan Nikolic and actors Ajay Naidu and Reshma Shetty.
Dylan Marchetti of Variance films and Elliott Kanbar, president of the Quad Media in New York, producer, director and editor Vishesh Sharma, professionally trained ballet dancer Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian, president of the Asian American Film Lab, an actor, attorney and the CEO of MyJennyBook.com Jennifer Betit Yen.
On Saturday, the conference would begin with a performance by Bhrigu Sahni, an Indian guitarist and composer.
Taylor Negron- Stand up actor and writer
Aroon Shivdasani- Executive director Indo-American Arts Council
Kanika Chadda Gupta- Anchor and spokesperson Zee TV
Geetika Agrawal- Creative director
Simon Taufique- An award-winning composer, former Film Festival programming director, Sundance Lab Finalist and Film Producer
Anna J Swanson : TV host, actress, and model