20 youth from across the North East Region (NER) are selected every year for a one-year fellowship to train in video documentation, by eminent resource persons from across the country. The fellowship includes an internship period with key organizations in the sector. Representing remote tribal areas, marginalized communities as well as urban spaces, these Green Hub fellows are envisioned to be the influencers of change.
2.5 months of residential training at Tezpur with sessions by resource persons from across India. The sessions are interactive, with maximum focus on practical learning. Lectures by conservationists and grass-root workers are interspersed through the period to give the fellows an exposure to the work on the ground. This is followed by a 10 month internship with conservation and grass-root NGO'S and institutes. During this period the fellows are given a stipend of Rs.4000 per month.
As part of the internship the fellows have to return to the Green Hub at Tezpur at regular intervals to download and edit the footage. Through this period there is continuous feedback and evaluation of the work being done by the fellows.
A Training Curriculum has been developed with the help of wildlife and environment filmmakers. We have also consulted with subject experts ranging from wildlife biologists, anthropologists, social development workers ,government bodies as well as field guides.
Education, Outreach & Network: The resource material collected will have multi output possibilities - educational, research based knowledge products. The hub will also simultaneously serve as an outreach station for conservation action through activities designed around the projects.
Gurmeet is a Delhi based wildlife film maker. After a short stint in Journalism and TV production, he decided to follow his heart, and made his first wildlife film on butterflies called 'chasing butterflies’. The film bagged an award at VATAVARAN 2002. He loved making films for children. When not making wildlife films, Sapal works as director, cameraman, provides filming services to some of the best broadcasters and companies in the world.
Suresh has been studying and photo/video documentary the biodiversity of the Western Ghats for the past thirty-five years. For years, Suresh has worked in State Bank of Travancore. Suresh has published articles and photographs in several newspapers and journals like The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Frontline, Reader's Digest, Swagat, Namaskar, etc. He has produced about fifty documentaries, several of them for State Govt. Departments. His book "BUTTERFLIES" for children bagged 2 state awards for Best Popular Science Book for Children.
His films 'In Quest of the Frog moth's Nest' short film was finalist in the BBC WILDSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL 2002, “Angels in Tigerland” won Best Cinematography Award in the CMS Vatavaran Environment & Wildlife Film Festival, New Delhi,2007 and Best Film Award in the Vasundhara-Kirloskar Wildlife Film Festival, Pune.
Sanjay is one of the founder members of Moving Images, a Delhi-based media production team comprised of film makers and academic researchers who have engaged with a variety of issues of common concern informed by nuanced research. He joined Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology last year, and set up Srishti Films, a production house, at the school to enable students to learn professional documentary film-making.
Sanjay is one of the founder members of Moving Images, a Delhi-based media production team comprising filmmakers and researchers who engage with a variety of issues of common concern. He has produced documentaries on a diverse range of issues including the politics of water, conservation vs. livelihood, renewable energy technologies and high altitude mountain climbs in the Himalayas. He has combined his vast climbing and trekking experience with film making and has filmed extensively at altitudes above 21,000 feet in the Himalayas. Sanjay’s films have been nominated at several international film festivals and have won awards too.
After he graduated from FTII, Pune in 1988. Asheesh has been practicing the art and technique of Sound for films, theatre and music. He has recorded, designed and mixed sound for several award winning films and has travelled widely with some of the best names in broadcasting industry within and outside the country. Visiting faculty at various prestigious institutions in India, Asheesh loves to engage with young minds. A photographer, an occasional poet, a theatre actor, an amateur architect, he designed the sound scheme and studio for India World Radio and organized a festival of documentaries in his city Gurgaon.
Nitin is an independent filmmaker based out of New Delhi, India. He has initiated an international environment film project that involves people from 19 countries. Nitin is an alumnus of IIM Lucknow, one of India’s leading business schools, and was working as a brand manager for India’s largest selling news magazine before he turned to follow his passion of film making. He has done a film making course from New York. On returning to India he set up a film production house to make “Extraordinary films with Ordinary people.” Nitin has won a special award from the British Council for creative entrepreneurship in the social sector. For his work he has been selected as an Asia Society Fellow, being one of 21 people chosen across Asia each year.
Ankit Pogula is an independent filmmaker, based out of New Delhi. An alumnus of Mass Communication and Research Centre, Jamia Millia lslamia, Ankit has been using film as a medium to engage on issues of Identity, Relationships, Development and Environment. He is extremely passionate about social change and really enjoys teaching film. Under the aegis of Tuning Fork Films, an organization that makes documentaries, which he founded in 2012, he has been running a series of successful film making workshops Tuning Fork Film Workshops all over India.
Sudeep have been doing wildlife film making for the last 3 years. Worked as assistant cameraman in the series LIFE FORCE 2 by NHNZ. He has worked for indiavideos.org as the main DOP for a documentary in the Himalayas. One of his film was the finalist at CMS Vatavaran Wildlife film festival Delhi, India. A certified PADI scuba diver too.
Sushmit, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Black Ticket Films. Grew up in a home full of stories and old photographs. So when it boiled down to truly making a career choice, he quit a steady corporate job and took off to the mountains, only to come back with what turned out to be the rushes of his first film! After a Master’s degree in film production from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Sushmit has been exploring ways to create a unique cinematic language for our films. At work, he brings with him an infectious vibe and even on a day loaded with crazy deadlines, you’ll find him at peace with his collection of AC/DC.
Rintu never knew she’d end up making films for a living! After a degree in English literature, she happened to explore the film course at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre and ever since, she has been in love with the craft of image-making. Rintu, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Black Ticket Films, finds inspiration in the simple things of life and brings this philosophy to the office. An exceptional planner and multi-tasker, she has been managing projects spanning from corporate videos to documentaries, from multimedia pieces to short films. In her spare time, this mallu hooks up with Calvin and Hobbes and loves all things Tarantino.
Sumit is based in Delhi and is working with Dusty Foot Production since August 2009 as Camera Person and Video Editor. His interest in film making and Environment was ignited during his initial days at Manzil, an NGO which works on youth empowerment and education. Since then it became an important part in his life. As an environment enthusiast, he always wanted to make films on environmental issues. Although he has no professional qualifications, but working with different filmmakers and environmentalist. He has learnt a lot film making techniques. Now working with Dusty Foot, he got a chance to become a part of wildlife film making and has important part of his life.
Apart from Dusty Foot Productions, He is also associated with Tuning Fork Films a collective group of socially oriented filmmakers, who are keen to use film as a medium for self-reflection and social change. Over the last few years they have conducted film making courses across the country for a wide background of people including students, educators, professionals etc. As one of the facilitator at Green Hub, he is trying to help fellows in video editing.
Kiran Mittal is a seasoned media specialist with over two decades of work that extends from mainstream media to development communication. An alumni of Mass Communication and Research Center (MCRC), Kiran's expertise lies in scripting, directing and producing content across platforms.
The Green Hub Project has been conceived and initiated by Rita Banerji, who spent 5 years filming for ‘The Wild Meat Trail’, in the northeast of India. The film won the Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar in 2010 at the prestigious Wildscreen Festival, UK. Her deep connect with the region led to the development of an educational component of the film ‘Under the Canopy’, as a step towards positively building up people’s knowledge and sensitizing their attitudes, emotions and behaviour towards wildlife. Rita sees the video camera as a great tool for creating dialogue on conservation at the grassroots and this vision has resulted in the Green Hub. Rita also loves sports, listening to music, travelling, reading graphic novels and drinking tea.
Krupakar and Senani
Their book 'Jeeva Jaala', co-authored with Dr. K Puttaswamy, won the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award 1999 for Science writing. They received Karnataka Rajyothsava Award in 2006, the State's highest award, from the Government of Karnataka, for their overall contribution to the field of photography. In 2010, wildlife filmmakers Krupakar and Senani won the Green Oscar award for their film on Asiatic dogs or dhole. The Pack in the open section of the Wildscreen film festival. "The Pack" was produced and directed in the dense forests of Nilgiris for over a decade and focuses on a pack of dholes of Indian Wild Dogs. Last year, they also brought out a 47-minute documentary, Wild Dog Diaries, telecast on the National Geographic channel last year.
Their pictures have been published in international magazines such as GEO, The Times, People, BBC Wildlife, Nature, etc. Oxford Scientific Films, UK, market their photographs. Krupakar and Senani have also been instrumental in the setting up of Namma Sangha, a conservation effort on the fringes of the Bandipur forest in south India. The society has been very successful in reducing the pressure of removal of fuel wood from the forest, by introducing cooking gas in the villages around the park
For about twenty-three years Suresh worked in a bank keeping natural history and wildlife photography as a serious hobby. In 2001 he took his voluntary retirement and is now a full time naturalist, wildlife photographer and filmmaker. He is also a popular writer in English and Malayalam (his mother tongue); has published several articles and photographs on natural history and conservation in leading magazines like Reader's Digest He has published a book for children on butterflies, which won him a few State Awards; and recently a book on the birds of Periyar Tiger Reserve. While documenting the butterflies of Periyar Tiger Reserve, he came across the rare Travancore Evening Brown (Parantirrohea marshalli) butterfly, which was thought to be extinct for several decades. He has collaborated with BBC Natural History Unit in the making of the film 'Monsoon Forest' (Land of the Tiger series) and David Attenborough’s 'Life of Birds. He has also made several video documentaries on the natural heritage of Kerala. In 2011, his film Our Garden Of Eden won the Birla EDUTECH Films for Children Award for the best film in the children's section of the sixth Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival.
His lifelong fascination with wildlife began at the age of 13, when he joined the famous Madras Snake Park as a student-volunteer. This led to photography and, later, to wildlife film making. His first film, 'A Cooperative for Snake Catchers', won the National Award in 1987 for Best Scientific Film. His next two documentaries were also National Award winners. His film 'Silent Valley - An Indian Rainforest', completed in 1991, also won several international awards.
In 1998, the UK trade magazine, Television Business International rated him as one of the top ten rising stars of wildlife filmmaking in the world. Some of his films as a producer/cameraman include, 'The Good Snake', 'Nagarahole - Tales from An Indian Jungle' 'Monsoon-India's God of Life', and 'The Ridley's Last Stand'.
Moving away from television documentaries in 2000, and working closely with conservation NGOs in India, Shekar now uses his skills as a filmmaker to make hard-hitting advocacy films on conservation issues. One of these films, which helped bring about lasting changes on the ground, is 'Mindless Mining - The Tragedy of Kudremukh'.
Shekar also writes popular articles on wildlife, conservation and filmmaking in leading newspapers and magazines. He is the author of three children's books, 'The Riddle of the Ridley', 'Lai the Baby Elephant' and 'Ira the Little Dolphin'.
In 2004 he won a Rolex Award for Enterprise (Associate Laureate) for his work in conservation film making, becoming the only wildlife filmmaker to win this coveted award. From 2007 to 2010 he was a Member of the National Board for Wildlife, a high level advisory body of the Government of India. He is the co-founder of Conservation lndialink to online portal to enable conservation action. He lives in Chennai, south India.
She has been involved in research and conservation in Arunachal Pradesh since 1995 and a primary focus of her work has been on horn bills. Her main interests include plant-animal interactions in rainforests, understanding anthropogenic effects on wildlife, and engaging with tribal communities for conservation. In 2013, she was awarded a Green Oscar for her work in Hornbill Conservation in Arunachal Pradesh.
According to WFN, 'Focusing on hornbills as a conservation flagship species, Dr. Datta is seeking to improve the status of the bird’s populations outside protected areas by establishing models of community-based conservation. She is spreading knowledge of the needs of hornbills and their importance, as seed dispersers, in the maintenance of healthy forest ecosystems. Key to Dr, Datta's approach is raising awareness of the threats to the bird's survival, and creating a wider rural and urban constituency for conservation through a participatory community outreach program that gets people involved".