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Ravi joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss the power of film and media in shaping narratives, how he broke into the film industry and more.
"The Tamil Creator" is a podcast started by me (Ara Ehamparam) to celebrate, spotlight and learn about the brilliance among Tamil creators globally. I want you to feel like you're a fly on the wall eavesdropping on a conversation that is a combination of educational, inspirational and entertaining.
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00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Ravi Srinivasan
01:24 - Upbringing in Sarnia and his family being one of two non-white families
05:01 - How Ravi broke into the film industry
08:58 - Cold emailing and cold calling is a lost art
09:57 - How Ravi got an opportunity with TIFF and the importance of film festivals
15:36 - His strategy to pass the TIFF assessment
17:14 - Ravi’s day-to-day as a programmer for TIFF
19:50 - The film he discovered in this role that he is most proud of
23:15 - Advice for filmmakers who want to be a part of TIFF
25:55 - How TIFF became one of the most important film festivals in North America
29:08 - Ravi’s role as a programmer at Hot Docs
31:51 - Having a Q&A discussion with M.I.A.
33:36 - The power of film and media in controlling the narrative
35:00 - Legal implications around making a documentary
36:20 - Being the Founder & Executive Director of SWIFF
41:45 - What the future of film festivals looks like moving forward
43:48 - How friends/family reacted to Ravi making a professional living around film
46:33 - Ravi’s relationship with money and his financial advice for aspiring creatives
50:39 - Advice for his 16-year-old self: ‘Don’t drop out of Calculus’
52:00 - The legacy he wants to be remembered for by friends and family
53:50 - Why Ravi doesn’t feel close to his Tamil roots
57:36 - How Ara and Ravi initially connected
58:26 - Creator Confessions
1:10:34 - The Wrap Up
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