India's contrasting image amazes director Linda Goldstein
On her maiden visit to India, director-producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton says she is amazed by the juxtapositions she has seen here.
The filmmaker and Sundance alum is currently in India with her very personal documentary, 'Somewhere Between' and she says she wants to come back again to tell stories.
"It has just been three days here and India is this amazing juxtaposition. There are old buildings, slums right beside the swanky skyscrapers. There is extreme poverty and then there are also billionaires. There are a lot of stories here and I would love to tell one someday. Right now it is all sinking in. But I think I will come back," Linda told PTI.
Being an independent filmmaker today has its own perils and Linda agrees with it.
"Being an independent filmmaker is very difficult. You need constant inspiration to stay on. There are times when I feel like giving up. I get angry and I feel like getting a real job. But in the end it is my passion that drives me."
Linda made her feature-film producing debut in 1999 with "Mumford", directed by Lawrence Kasdan and "Crazy in Alabama", directed by Hollywood star Antonio Banderas. In 2005, she co-directed "The World According to Sesame Street" a feature-length documentary.
Asked if she wants to direct a commercial Hollywood film, Linda said, "I have no plans to direct any commercial film. I am very happy in my territory. I will continue producing films but am not sure if I would like to direct one."
Linda's latest film 'Somewhere Between', is being showcased all over the world by Film Forward, an initiative of Sundance Film Festival and Mumbai Mantra, the media arm of Mahindra group. The film shot over a period of three years tells the intimate stories of four teenaged girls living in different parts of the US, in different kinds of families.
They are united by one thing- all four were adopted from China, because all four had birth parents who could not keep them, due to personal circumstances colliding with China's 'One Child Policy'. The director herself is the proud mother of an adopted daughter Ruby of Chinese descent.
"My daughter's adoption inspired me to make this film. I felt is was important to tell this story. Searching one's true identity is a universal concept and it has no boundaries. I also wanted to get an insight about how children feel about being abandoned and then adopted," she said.
"Film Forward program is an amazing opportunity because the more we can share, the more we can understand how similar we are and have so many things in common, the more and more we understand that, the more we can respect and appreciate our differences, and then the less fear there is," she said.
Linda is also raising money for the release of the film in the US and other parts of the world. "I am getting ready for the theatrical distribution in US. I am currently raising money to release the documentary to more audiences in the US as well as around the world. The DVD should be out later this year," she said. PTI