Short Film: THE BAT MAN AND WOMAN OF INDIA, 7min., USA, Documentary

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Directed by Emily Driscoll
Chiropterologists Chelmala and Bhargavi Srinivasulu are researchers at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. They have been called the bat man and bat woman of India. The title suits them, they say. And their chiropteran-infused love has guided their passion for finding, studying and ultimately helping to protect endangered bat species all over India. And it is what launched them on a strange and, at times, dangerous journey to find a bat that had not been seen in two decades- the Kolar leaf-nosed bat.

Director Biography – Emily Driscoll

Emily Driscoll is a two-time Emmy Award winning documentary director and editor, and the founder of BonSci Films, a production company specializing in science and art documentaries. She produces short films for Science Friday, including the HHMI/SciFri series “Breakthrough”, an anthology of six films featuring women in science across STEM fields. Recent episodes include a documentary about the scientists behind India’s first mission to Mars, visualizing and tracking droplets in sneezes and toilet splatter, and learning from killer snail venom to develop treatments for pain and cancer. She has also produced and directed short films and series for Scientific American, Quanta Magazine, The World Science Festival, and The Museum of the City of New York, She currently produces short films for NewYork-Presbyterian.

Her award-winning independent documentaries have aired on PBS stations and screened at museums, film festivals, theaters and universities around the world.

Emily taught production at New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) and has a master’s degree from the same program. If she’s not producing and editing documentaries, you can find her on the badminton court.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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