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Theatre professor's film wins honorable mention at Hollywood film festival

March 9, 2012

Artemis Preeshl, associate theatre professor at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded Honorable Mention for Best World Cinema Feature for her dramatic short film, “Pancha Ratna-Five Gems,” at the DIY Film Festival’s 10th annual gala on March 5 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Bollywood film, shot in the Indian countryside by a group of young Indian filmmakers, demonstrates that, no matter the location, it only requires a passion for storytelling to produce a compelling story. The film, along with Preeshl’s seven-dance suite, ”Liquid Gems,” premiered at the Kalakshetra Foundation, also known as the “Juilliard of India,” in February 2011.

Preeshl, who was stationed at Kalakshetra as a Fulbright-Nehru senior researcher through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, explored visual literacy in performance and film in India. As part of her work, she conducted research for a project “Visual Literacy in Two- and Three-Dimensional Performative Presentation,” which investigated traditional and contemporary Indian images.

In addition to the award, Preeshl was also invited to a special “Meet the Filmmakers Reception,” by the New York Indian Film Festival on March 5. The reception was hosted by the Renee and Chiam Gross Foundation of New York.

Preeshl’s next directing project is William Shakespeare’s classic play, “All's Well That Ends Well,” which runs March 16 – 24 in Marquette Theater at Loyola University.

For more information, contact Preeshl at 504-865-2686 or aspreesh@loyno.edu.

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