Thursday, March 3, 2016

Notes about Aswini film society-Kozhikode.

Notes about Aswini film society-Kozhikode.


Questions:to Chevaloor Venu.


1.       When was   your Aswini Film society established and who were initial team and their   involvement with films?
1967  began… Venu—K Goplakrishnan, prof…MCC…Prof. Ramachandran, Prof. MC Sreedharan, Prof. Vasusudevan unni, Jyaprakash, (CMI ML), Rama Verma, (Mankada’s cousin)… Pather panchali first film…first  16 mm..50 persons..first show


2.       How was the first 10 yrs in terms of   membership numbers and funding.(Membership fee etc..)

50…700member…largest membership—72---76..stayajit ray festival..Mrinal festival.. 80 s international festival…
3.       How did Aswini establish a place for itself among the many FSs here?
Few  FS  came out went off..in the region, but advised, helped them with films and literature and festivals.


4.       What was the highest membership and when and also what was the lowest membership and when? The current membership and activity levels—screenings per month, quarter, festivals etc… (Can I get initial members, membership after a decade and membership now?)
30 Rs, annual…students 20…….200Rs now… 150-160--- 70 people for screening…

TV—advent---not below 100……
5.       How are you coping with the increasing technological changes, projection, hall charges, film format etc and also availability of films?
TV –dvd  ,,,uncesored film      attraction gone…


6.       Has the hay days of film societies ended, your experience and is so what hold for the future of this movement?

Small groups--- film festival—festival…..  approach..no serious…

7.       How do you see the future of  Aswini?

Aravindan memorial film study centre…  daily films….

Work on—regualr screenings…students –workshop… 4-5 days…

8.       Is there any one intervention   which can salvage the situation for the FS?

New forums…new interventions..can salvage…
9.       Has the FS in Delhi supported and made a space for the regional film makers especially those Malayam  film makers who are doing very well. etc…?

Aravindan…(TVM)  from there—to Kozhikode….chitralekha…. to Aswini—was in working   committee… Aravindan    introduce  the film…


10.   Does the govnt have any role in FS and good films movement?
New  grant—FFSI keralam  distribute—10,000 rs… …2000…



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