Movie Produced by Study Abroad Students to Premiere Oct. 2

Posted on: September 30, 2014

A Connection mainA short film produced by 11 College of Communication Arts and Sciences students as part of MSU's first-ever production-based study abroad in India will premiere Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:45 p.m. in Room 145 of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

The students who were part of the four-week study abroad program, "Beyond Bollywood: Taste of Indian Media," drew upon their experiences in India to script and produce the film, "A Connection," at Ramoji Film City (RFC), the world's largest film studio complex.

Also featured during the Oct. 2 premiere will be a Bollywood-style dance sequence video produced by the students as well as behind-the-scenes videos showcasing the adventures of the trip.

The behind-the-scenes videos are being edited by four of the program participants - Archit Batra, Alyssa Cleland, Nolly Dakroury and Katie Zurburg - under the supervision of Amol Pavangadkar, Senior Producer and Outreach Specialist with the Department of Media and Information, who led the study abroad program.

"I want to get the message out that students really do work hard on study abroad and these videos should highlight the same," Pavangadkar said.

Beyond-Bollywood-main 2The goal of the new study abroad program, which ran from May 19 to June 17, was to orient students to the media environment in India, to give them experience working on a live production location, train them to be team players, and give them a solid foundation to be appreciative and respectful of other cultures.

With Pavangadkar as a guide, students gained production experience while developing their understanding of cultures and exploring the creative world.

"I wanted to expose (the students) to the reality of this industry along with the news, entertainment, television and other media outlets in India," said Pavangadkar, who has 17 years of media production experience, a third of which have been in the locations visited on the study abroad trip.

During the trip, the group visited Pune, New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, as well as various studios including the national news channel P7 and the Film and Television Institute of India, all the while attending lectures, a cricket game (Hyderabad vs. Bangalore), a traditional Indian wedding, museums and many historical sites.

But the majority of the trip was spent in Ramoji Film City, where the students produced the Bollywood movie, "A Connection," which depicts the fine line between friendship and something more, where travel photographer, Chris, strikes up a friendship with Mira on a train to Hyderabad. Mira agrees to show him another side of India and, despite her soon-to-be engagement, the two get closer with each passing day.

Following the Oct. 2 premiere, the students who participated in the trip, along with Pavangadkar and representatives from MSU's Study Abroad Office, will answer questions from the audience.

The premiere is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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