Film Production

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KoojNoTrCrew_sThe Director Kooj Chuhan lectures in film production at Manchester Metropolitan University and has exhibited and published across the UK and internationally, incl. festivals such as VIDEO POSITIVE, ISEA and SIGGRAPH. He served on the board for FACT (Foundation for Arts & Creative Technology) from 1998-2003. Films include ‘Raag, Glitter & Chips’ (1995), ‘No Trace’ (2007) and ‘Buy This’ (2013) and he has shown films at festivals including Kino (Manchester), Bite The Mango (Bradford), Fillum (London), Document (Glasgow), BlackScreen (Liverpool), Asian Contemporary Art Week (New York) and SAVAC (Toronto).


Selected Video / Film productions

TRUTH BE TOLD  (2013, 7 mins)  Documentary.  All roles.
Creative artists’ documentary about slavery created with a multi-racial community painting group.

REFUSING THE REFUSED  (2013, 9 mins)  Documentary.  All roles.
Key perspectives on Asylum Destitution, crash-produced from a workshop in Manchester.

BUY THIS (v3)  (2012, 6 mins)  Artists’ video.  All roles except sound design
Refugee connections with climate change, over-consumption, disconnection. Screened in UK and Canada.

DRESS YOUR HEART OUT (2011; 9 mins)  Drama.  Director, producer, writer, editor.
Mad youth comedy with dressing in crazy costumes for charity, a mad boffin, a light bulb freak, a money-fixated dealer, a spirit from another world, an inedible pizza and an addictive board game from West Africa.

GIVING PEOPLE A VOICE (2011, 10 x 5 mins)  Documentary.  All roles
10 films for the ACE Centres national charity to promote, advocate for and introduce people to their work.

CLASSIFIQUE FM (2010; 16 mins) Drama.  Director, producer, writer, editor.
Youth drama about a grass-roots mixed culture radio station which has problems when some presenters air reports on human rights abuses which criticise the powers that be.

GENERATIONS (2010; 13 mins)  Documentary.  All roles
A pioneering intergenerational theatre project by Action Transport Theatre dispels myths, develops cohesion.

INTRODUCING COLLECTIVE CONVERSATIONS (2009; 5 mins)  Promo-Documentary.  All roles.
Concise overview of an extensive video-conversation project developed for the Manchester Museum.

NO TRACE (2007; 19 mins) Drama.  Director, Producer, Editor, Sound Design.
Darryl, a low-life private-eye, searches for missing kids because he can’t deal with his own abuse; the maze of phantom cityscapes seals his reason to double-cross Emma’s mother.

BETWEEN ZERO AND ONE (2007; 30 mins) Documentary.
Director, Producer, Researcher, most production roles, post-production.
A critical documentary charting selected views on ISEA2006 and the Zero One international digi-art festival.

NO FRAME REQUIRED (2006; 16 mins)  Art-Documentary.
Director, writer, most production roles, post-production.
Follows three difficult individual and personal stories to show the real human value that creative activities can have for people at risk of significant mental stress.

WHAT IF I’M NOT REAL (2004; 5 mins)  Art-Drama.  Co-writer, Director, Camera, Editor.
Three masked figures each on a raft at sea, the conflicts between a parent, a child and officialdom play out the bloody physical drama around asylum and global terror.

RESPECT (2004; 7 mins) Documentary.  Director, Camera.
About the issues facing teenage mothers, with three close-up profiles creating both intimacy and a powerful message.  Produced for YWCA (England & Wales) and broadcast on the Community Channel.

FACING UP (2002, 14 mins) Drama.  Director, Editor & all production roles.
Four young regular guys address their lack of ability to be real with each other when the plain one has a crisis.  Distributed regionally and nationally by NHS with workshop pack to schools and youth settings.

FROM PUNJAB TO FOOTBALL (2001, 5 mins)  Multimedia Art-Documentary.
Writer, Director, Producer, Editor & various production roles.
Visually compelling art-documentary about sport and globalisation, contrasting the Sikh sport of Gatka with the most global of all sports – Football.  Co-commissioned by and premiered at Manchester United FC.

RAAG, GLITTER & CHIPS (1996, 17 mins)  Documentary with drama and art sequences.
Writer, Director, Producer, Editor & various production roles.
A major production about the struggle for Asian music in British society, screened at festivals including Kino (Manchester), Bite The Mango (Bradford), Fillum (London) and BlackScreen (Liverpool).

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