Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Chasm in Time - New, Renamed Short Film Updates

Renamed. Yes, folks, as expected. The next production of Accessible Horizon Films has been changed from Contrast to 'A Chasm in Time'. Some updates and new pictures here. The rough cut has been completed and the soundtrack is currently being designed. Nanda is helping with the music. It's coming out almost as planned save a few aspects. The performances seem to be in sync - let's see. Also, DP Fruto Corre has done a great job.
Here are some new Production Stills - Bottom to Top
Production Still 1(left to right) - Karthik Srinivasan, Mani, Robert Dixon, Ramesh Mourthy, Raghu Jeganathan and Mohandass Radhakrishnan behind the Jib, Fruto Corre(DP).
Production Still 2(left to right) - The entire Cast(left to right) - Karthik Srinivasan, Nelson, Joey Mintz and Kymm Walker
Watch out for updates...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Short Film - Contrast

Last Saturday, we finished filming our new short film, which is tentatively titled Contrast. Quite a fun day - most of it went according to plan except for a power snafu which delayed us by an hour. But thankfully we figured it out and sort of wrapped up at around 6 p.m. Fruto Corre was our DP, he sat with me the previous night and we figured out the whole shotlist. Even then, it was quite tough, managing the shots and finishing them. Great team work though. Ramesh Mourthy, Mohandass Radhakrishnan and Kousalya Jeganathan - the co-producers of the film were taking care of general production and location contingencies. Ramesh greased his Branded T-shirt by getting under a trailer collecting leaves...?
Jib Operator Rob Dixon was of great help during the shoot. We got some decent shots hopefully, gotta check 'em out while doing the rough cut tomorrow. Mani, Kavitha and Lana were also lending their hands to the production. Of course, the actors, Kymm Walker, Karthik Srinivasan, Nelson and Joey Mintz did great - contributing to some funny moments with Karthik's "You hit his Brand-New-Used-Car man...!" Classic. And gotta thank Nanda Nayar for his production gear - camera, dolly and tripod. On the whole, amazing day, good shoot, although we could've done better.
Photo: Left to Right - Mohandass, Fruto Corre, Robert Dixon, Ramesh and Raghu.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

ReelChanges- Audience Funded Documentaries

Change the World - One Film at a time! is owned and operated by the Center for Media Change, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation based in Palo Alto, California. The mission of the Center for Media Change, Inc. is to enrich our culture by facilitating the creation and distribution of more high-quality documentaries. Contributions to the Center for Media Change, Inc. and to individual documentary projects posted and displayed on the site are tax deductible as allowed under U.S. federal law.
So, what are we waiting for?
Let us create change, propose a socially relevant documentary and get help from the world to make films!

Event-Youth Career Fair - New York City

We recently went to a youth career fair conducted by aka Action Without Borders which is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, connect with other people, organizations and resources and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

In the youth fair, children from various schools could come and register in various non-profit and not-for-profit organizations for volunteering positions. It was such an inspiration to see children at such young ages interested in the welfare of the society around them. Some children had come with their teachers to the event and signed up for events in groups.

There were many large canvases where the attendees of the event could write positive and inspiring messages which was later being displayed in a Summit which the Mayor of NYC attended. Children were very eager to write and color their messages and happily painted some positive images.

The list of the organizations that participated in the event is as follows.


RelightNY’s mission is to inform and inspire people that the seemingly unachievable task of helping to protect the earth’s environment for current and future generations can be achieved collectively by the small but tangible action of changing a light bulb!


Prospect Park is a 585-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough. The masterpiece of famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park, Prospect Park features the 90-acre Long Meadow, the 60-acre Lake and Brooklyn’s only forest.


Members of Global Citizen Corps:

  • learn more about global poverty and how it links to other global issues
  • exchange ideas and resources with other youth around the country
  • talk with anti-poverty experts
  • find new ways to take action
  • build a powerful movement for change


The Action Center to End World Hunger uses hunger as an organizing symbol of poverty, helping to explain and illustrate the challenges that lay behind it, such as poor agricultural practices, inefficient markets, weak health and education services, environmental degradation, conflict, and lack of access to clean water. By identifying and highlighting these underlying issues, the Action Center seeks to generate the public will necessary to end hunger in our lifetimes.


Mercy corps believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of human life.

They are awed by human resilience, and believe in the ability of all people to thrive, not just exist.

They believe that all our spiritual and humanitarian values compel us to act.

They believe that all people have the right to live in peaceful communities and participate fully in the decisions that affect their lives.

They believe that human imagination and energy can inspire innovative solutions to any problem, no matter how intractable.

They believe that it is our duty to be effective stewards of the financial resources entrusted to us.


HELP USA is a national not-for-profit organization with a mission to empower the homeless and others in need to become and remain self-reliant. Through the development of quality housing with on-site support services HELP USA provides resources for its residents to become independent and productive. We break the cycle of dependency by addressing underlying causes in a way that respects the dignity of those we serve. We help our clients help themselves. Living in a pleasant, safe environment elevates clients’ expectations for themselves, and motivates them to realize their full potential.


READ employs one-on-one research-based reading instruction to prepare at-risk children to become proficient readers. READ recruits, trains and employs teens to teach reading skills to young children who are struggling with learning to read.


As an ethical culture community, this organization believes that:

  • We are all part of something that transcends the individual experience
  • We have responsibilities to each other, to the Society, and to the community at large
  • We are enriched through our interconnectedness with others
  • We find confirmation and validation of our own selves and beliefs through our interactions with others
  • We derive strength through our relationships with others


The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. They are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.


City Year seeks to:

  • Help children succeed
  • Build stronger communities
  • Break down social barriers
  • Develop young leaders
  • Foster active citizenship


Make a Difference is now HandsOn Greater Phoenix which is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that empowers people to become engaged, take action and create positive change in their communities.


AFSC's work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.


The Mayor's Volunteer Center and United Way New York City are proud to present to serve the dual purpose of providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for New Yorkers and providing nonprofit organizations in New York City the opportunity to post their volunteer needs and publicize the services provided by their organizations.


MillionTreesNYC, one of the 127 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees. The City of New York will plant 60% of trees in parks and other public spaces. The other 40% will come from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations.


Just Tell visualizes a world in which children who are molested immediately turn to a trusted adult figure in their lives and tell them of the abuse. That trusted adult has information to help the child though the next steps so that the abuse is stopped and the abuser is prevented from harming other children.

In their vision, children do not have to bear the scars of unrevealed and repeated abuse, the consequences of which have been repeatedly shown to include higher-than-average rates of: drug and alcohol abuse, self-destructive behaviors, guilt and shame.


NCAC's Purpose is:

• To promote and defend First Amendment values of freedom of thought, inquiry and expression.

• To oppose restraints on open communication and to support access to information.

• To encourage, support and coordinate activities of national organizations in opposition to censorship.

• To encourage understanding that restrictions on the free interchange of ideas threaten religious, moral, political, artistic and intellectual freedom.


The GI Rights is a coalition of nonprofit, non-governmental organizations who provide information to members of the military about discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights.


CCW is a faith based organization that advocates for the rights of conscience, opposes military conscription, and serves all conscientious objectors to war.


The Ya-Ya Network is a citywide anti-racist, anti-sexist organization and allies with the LGBTQ community. Ya-Ya is staffed by young activists ages 15-19. We work with other youth, adult allies, youth programs & activist organizations. We help groups & individuals connect. We share information & resources & we support the work that other groups are doing. All to build a stronger voice for young people in the movement for social & economic justice.


CCCO supports and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war.


The Board is responsible under New York State Election Law for the following:

  • Voter registration, outreach and processing
  • Maintain and update voter records
  • Processing and verification of candidate petitions/documents
  • Campaign finance disclosures of candidates and campaign committees
  • Recruiting, training and assigning the various Election Day officers to conduct elections
  • Operate poll site locations
  • Ensure each voter their right to vote at the polls or by absentee ballot
  • Canvassing and certification of the vote
  • Voter education, notification and dissemination of election information
  • Preparation of maps of various political subdivisions


Children for Children mobilizes the energy, ingenuity and compassion of young people, beginning at an early age, to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through volunteer opportunities and service learning programs that instill a lifelong commitment to service.


Children for Children mobilizes the energy, ingenuity and compassion of young people, beginning at an early age, to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through volunteer opportunities and service learning programs that instill a lifelong commitment to service.

24. Service We Trust.

Please take some time to go through the activities in the websites and try to make a difference TODAY! The world needs action from you...Today!!!