The craft of filmmaking has developed in leaps and bounds over the decades, so it’s sometimes easy to forget just how precarious a process it used to be. Not too long ago, reels of highly flammable and easily damaged film were spliced together using a knife and glue, then stored on shelves in canisters where they would proceed to decay. Countless films have been lost in this way before they could make the conversion to digital, and several current filmmakers are determined to stop this from happening.
In the documentary “The Song of the Little Road,” filmmaker Priyanka Kumar takes a look at the films of renowned Indian writer/director Satyajit Ray, whose best-known work, the “Apu Trilogy,” was nearly lost due to disintegrating film. Modern-day cinema icons Martin Scorsese, Ismail Merchant and Ravi Shankar provide insight on the importance of film preservation and what goes into creating a masterpiece.
“The Song of the Little Road” will premiere in New York City at the Tribeca Cinemas (date to be determined), and producer/director Priyanka Kumar will be participating in a Q&A session after the film. To win a free pair of tickets to the premiere, post a comment to the right that answers this question:
What are the three films that make up Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy”?
The first poster with the correct answer will win a free pair of tickets to the NYC premiere. Good luck!
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