LOS ANGELES The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Alumni Network (CFAN) welcomed new Honorary Board Member Arati Misro, a 2002 Caucus student grant award recipient and chair of Women in Film International.
A California native, Misro has produced extensively in India for CNBC Asia and did a number of independent projects. She also worked in Europe for Prime Xchange India, an educational forum for producers and distributors funded by the EU, based in Berlin, Germany.
A mentor for Women in Film LA, Arati most recently served as a mentor for the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, where she engaged with nearly 200 college students. Her current film credits include “Inshallah, In Search of America” (Cannes Short Film Corner 2015) and “Sunrise” (Tribeca Film Festival).
“I like Arati’s work very much and think she will greatly inspire and benefit our group,” said CFAN President Karen Pyudik. “Arati wants to help with new media and technology education. She has a passion for technology and how it can transform storytelling in any visual learning experience. Arati has extensive experience in international film sales and acquisitions, film festival programming, event planning, and has attended several international film markets such as Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and the American Film Market.”
Intensive mentoring is provided by the Foundation as grantees make the critical transition from school to the entertainment industry. In the 1980s, more than 80 percent of primetime programming was produced by Caucus members, who offer advice, supervision and support to the new generation of producers, writers and directors. All projects completed with Foundation funding have been featured at film festivals and a remarkable 75 percent of grantee respondents are currently working in the entertainment industry.
The Caucus Foundation has provided more than $1.4 million in grants, internships and in kind awards to 147 students since the program was established in 2001. Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate or fellowship program and working to complete a thesis film, television or interactive project for their degree.
The Caucus Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2000 to promote diversity in the entertainment industry, in terms of both content and personnel behind the camera. The Foundation works toward this goal by helping to launch the professional careers of student filmmakers (television, film and interactive) from groups currently underrepresented in the industry. The Foundation provides women and minority students with a range of services, including awarding grants that defray the costs of completing their student (undergraduate and graduate) thesis films, securing in-kind contributions for these projects, and offering intensive mentoring services by industry professionals who are also Caucus Foundation members.
For more information, visit caucusfoundation.org.
For more on Arati’s work in animation, read her interview in The Examiner.