SHAUNAK SEN is a filmmaker, video artist and scholar based in Delhi. ‘Cities of Sleep’ is his first feature length documentary, funded by the Films Division of India. He has edited various other documentary and experimental fiction/non-fiction films including ‘Squad’s Fall Guys’ (2013), ‘Old Town’ (2013) and ‘T&Lily’ (2014).
He co-curated a live-event installation called Downtime held simultaneously at Delhi and Berlin (at the Goethe Institute in New Delhi and Neukölln in Berlin) in November 2014. This event was co-curated by Frank Oberhaußer and Amitesh Grover. He also co-curated a live performance/video installation event ‘Notes on Mourning’ at Khoj Studios in January 2015 (co-curated by Arnika Ahldag and Amitesh Grover). He attended the Copycat Academy Residency, curated by Hannah Hurtzig at the Luminatos Film Festival in Toronto in June 2015.
Shaunak was also the recipient of the Digital and Social Media Fellowship from Sarai in 2014. A mass communication graduate of AJK MCRC Jamia Milia, New Delhi he is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University in Delhi. His academic writing has been published in various journals including Bioscope and Widescreen.
He has also worked as a journalist for Tehelka and as a freelance investigative journalist for other media portals.
SALIM KHAN is a cinematographer based in New Delhi. Starting as a Visualizer/ Illustrator in 2005 with Leo Burnett, Salim took up the course of Bachelors in Fine arts (Applied Art) at Jamia Millia Islamia to study visual media in depth. His interest in SLR photography gradually brought him to AJKMCRC to join the prestigious flagship course of Masters in Mass Communication.
Since 2011, he has worked in many types of productions including documentaries (Sama , Dir. Shazia Khan) and feature length films (Listen Amaya, as Assistant Art director; for an urban Gujarati film, titled Fillam, Dir. Vishal Vada Vala, as Director of photography), as well as music videos, television and web commercials and corporate films. As a result, Salim has a wide range of experience across both digital and celluloid formats. Since 2013, Salim has been working on Cities of Sleep as a director of photography.
SREYA CHATTERJEE did her Bachelors in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Later, she completed her post-graduation from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune with specialization in Film Editing. Her second year Dialog project of FTII has won the prestigious Rajat Kamal award under the “Best debut non-feature film of a director” category in the 57th National Awards, India (2010).
Apart from editing documentaries, short films, installation videos and commercials, Sreya also directs and works as an executive producer for documentaries. Her first documentary was the UNESCO project ‘Ser un Ser Humano (To be a Human Being), under supervision of Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV), Cuba. Her next directorial venture ‘Crypsis’, a Indo-French collaboration, is based on interpretations of the tales and faces of the iconic ever-evolving Park Street of Kolkata. Later, she collaborated on a feature length documentary project ‘Tales on Blindness’, which was a co-production between Portugal, Brazil and India. In 2014, Sreya joined the team of Cities of Sleep in an editorial capacity
AMAN MANN is a filmmaker based in New Delhi. After finishing his Bachelors and Masters degrees in English Literature from Kirori Mal college in 2010, Aman completed a stint in the corporate sector as a consultant at IMRB International before joining the team of Cities of Sleep in 2013, initially in a research capacity and then later as an associate director.
Since 2014, Aman has also worked on a number of projects, including video documentation and editing for the art installations Encounter (curated by new media artist Amitesh Grover) and Downtime (co-curated by Frank Oberhaußer, Amitesh Grover and Shaunak Sen). He has also worked on a number of digital/web advertisements for brands such as Boost.