At New York Art Life we are so excited to bring to you some of the most incredible artists who are doing something important for the arts community. And today the artist that we will be introducing and speaking to is big on representation. We’re so excited to talk to him about his most recent projects and some of the things that matter the most when he’s making art. His name is Dip Mazumder. Dip is a writer, filmmaker, cinematographer, and producer.
NY Art Life: Thank you so much for sitting down with us for this interview. We are impatient to hear about your experiences!
Dip Mazumder: Thank you, I am just as excited as you are about sharing them!
NY Art Life: First off, I wanted to ask you about the most recent production company you’ve been an associate producer at. It’s incredible what you’re doing; writing and producing content for social channels and for air on TCM. Isn’t Turner Classic Movies part of Warner Bros Discovery?
Dip Mazumder: Yes, it is, and it is one of the biggest media companies in the world. I’ve appreciated this opportunity very much as I’ve been able to work on some dream projects.
NY Art Life: Oh, I cannot wait to hear about it, please share some of the most magical moments you’ve experienced with us.
Dip Mazumder: Thank you. As an associate producer, I’ve had great opportunities meeting with some of my own heroes in the film industry. I’ve been able to film conversations with Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, Ann-Margret, among many others. During these conversations, we explored the importance of classic films in today’s climate, and how they remain relevant and give insight to the issues that we are still facing.
NY Art Life: That is quite exciting. Did you and these amazing stars speak about their audiences as well?
Dip Mazumder: Yes, in fact, we did. I was able to speak to them about the way diligent fans can use platforms such as Turner Classic Movies to connect even further with their fans and to hear from them how they have changed their perspectives over the years, after working on different projects, and how some things remain the same.
NY Art Life: That must have been an amazing conversation. I know you have also been focusing on projects in which he works as a cinematographer. What is your personal connection to cinematography?
Dip Mazumder: I’m glad you asked because I believe there’s something magical happening whenever I hold a camera and begin capturing moments. I think my own passion fuels that fire and makes it more intense.
NY Art Life: That is surreal. I love the way you speak about your work. Your most recent project was called Let’s Be Heroes which was a short film. You worked on this project with Action Show Studios, this is a successful production studio whose clients include Coca-Cola Chick-fil-A, Twitch and many others. What was the turnout like?
Dip Mazumder: It had a great turn out and audiences responded to it quite well. This success was accompanied by another project that is called “Shotgun” Mike. Our whole team received a lot of praise and recognition being an official selection at the One Reeler Film Competition.
NY Art Life: That is amazing, I totally expected both projects to be incredibly successful. One of your other most important projects is the film Here and Now. As I know, you have written, directed, and produced this project on your own and the film received amazing responses from audiences.
Dip Mazumder: Yes I have, and I’m very happy you know about this short film. This project received a lot of recognition. It was the official selection of the Charlotte Film Festival, Longleaf Film Festival as well as the DC South Asian Film Festival.
NY Art Life: As it should have been, it was an incredible short film. It was also a semifinalist at the Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival and a finalist at the New York International Film Awards.
Dip Mazumder: Yes! I was very honored with the way my project was recognized and how many people felt connected to it and I believe that this short film is one of the most important steps of my career which involved looking deeply and reflecting on my own journey in life. I had to be very vulnerable I decided to bring this story into real life and share it with others.
The hardest part was writing it down on paper. I knew it had to be injected with so much authenticity, sincerity, and compassion. I truly owed it to myself to create that project and tell my story. But what is important is that this isn’t just my story. It is a lot of other people’s stories as well, mostly people who are underrepresented. It also allowed me to collaborate with some of my favorite creators and artists who brought their strong, clear vision to the table.
NY Art Life: Wow, thank you so much for all of your insight and experience. I’m sure you are truly proud of this project.
Dip Mazumder: I am, mostly because I believe it showcased the kind of stories that he wishes to always tell. As you may already know, I am a true believer in representation. I think it is important to give the unheard a voice and a platform, and as artists, we can do that easily. It is obvious that underrepresented groups of people possess interesting stories and moments. However, their emotions and experiences have remained hidden from our understanding. This is why I’m very excited to actively include them in all of my projects.
NY Art Life: We’re really glad you took your time for us. As you return to beautiful Atlanta, don’t forget to hug her for us. NY Art Life is in love with a city as rich in culture, art, and theater as the capital of Georgia. Have a good trip Dip and we hope to see you again soon in New York City.
Dip Mazumder: Thanks to you, and always fascinating and exciting to come to New York. I will not fail to say hello to you Atlanta. See you soon guys
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