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