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Film of the Week

by Nicole Malek Friday, Mar 20, 2015


What I loved about it:
“Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance"is a close-up look at a small Indian community entirely comprised of Odissi dancers. Besides offering insight into the culture of this beautiful place, this short examines Nrityagram’s larger-than-life founder, Protima Bedi. Protima was a woman who lived by her own rules—she is said to have frequently gone streaking on beaches before deciding to dedicate her life to dance. She wanted to create an apolitical space to learn from gurus and preserve the unique spiritual element of Odissi dance for generations to come. So, she founded Nrityagram and in doing so became a guru herself. What a woman!
Why you should watch it:
There are several gorgeous dance sequences that are well worth your time. They are wonderfully emotive. As one of the dancers explained, “Odissi is not a dance, but a spirit. It is a pattern you make in space... an act of worship.” 
Where you can watch it:
Who made it:
Nan Mellvile was born in Kimberley, South Africa. She is a photographer and documentarian and now lives in New York. 
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Tales From The List

by Max Silverman
Operations Czar, Seed&Spark Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015

Seed&Spark’s WishList—which allows our crowdfunding filmmakers to build an itemized, wedding registry-esque list of the most important items they need for their production—is proving to be a valuable source of insights into how independent filmmakers are approaching their fundraising efforts, and how audiences are responding. Here are a couple observations from a quick look at the data.

Below is a breakdown of the total fundraising targets for each WishList category across all successful projects over the past two years: