Lightcube provides a diverse set of specialized services for cultural, educational social instiutions across the country. These involve an engagement of the various areas of the Society's expertise: literature, technology, design, curation, archival and research - and their channelisation into the creation of rich and productive film programmes.
Lightcube has collaborated in the past with such prestigious festivals as the Delhi Internationsl Arts Festival, Eyemyth Unbox Festival, the Centenary of Indian Cinema Celebration, the Dharamshala International Film Festival, Sandstorm Equestrian Festival, The Inner Path, Peace Builder's, Festivals and with such institutions as the Instituto Cervantes, Japan Foundation, Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, Italian Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes,Kiran Nadar Museum of Art , Satyajit Ray Archives for the Presentation of Satyajit Ray Films, NETPAC, Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Ziro Festival of Music, among various others.
Lightcube conducts image-literacy, film appreciation and film history courses across a diverse set of institutions throughout the year. The Society has developed a diverse list of presentations and theses that it has presented at colleges and schools across the country, including the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, Pravah, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Khwaab, New Delhi and GM Public School, Siliguri. These workshops discuss subjects as varied as the similarities between documentary and fiction, image as the site of bias, the Nehruvian influence on Indian cinema, the influence of policy on national film culture and the politics inherent in the act of image creation. Through these workshops, representatives of Lightcube have engaged with a diverse set of audience sections: officers from administrative services, school students, defence personnel, media professionals, media students and sociologists.
Lightcube has also devised Cinema Classrooms, an effort to inculcate image literacy and film appreciation in school curriculum.
Lightcube also contributes in various capacities to film-based programmes organised by bodies from various different sectors: culture, religious, service and social. As part of its consultancy services, Lightcube has helped organizations identify optimum technology for their screening event, as well as contributed in a curatorial role to larger, more elaborate festivals. The Society has also worked with policy and research organizations to use film as a tool of influence and change.
The Society’s services are often solicited by various agencies to assist – both logistically and creatively – in the organization of their resident film programmes and festivals. As part of these efforts, Lightcube has worked with various agencies in the past. These include, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), The Inner Path Festival, Delhi International Arts Festival, Dharamshala International Film Festival, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), IIT-Delhi, and Pravah, among various others.
Lightcube runs two publications on film.
Projectorhead is an online film journal of film criticism published out of New Delhi, India. In the six years of its operation, it has released eleven issues, alongwith a magazine blog, special dossiers. Projectorhead is proud to have featured contributions from writers as diverse as Adrian Martin, Anamaria Dobinciuc, Andres Tapa-Urzua, Ankan Kazi, CS Bhagya, David Cairns, Daryl Chin, Devdutt Trivedi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jit Phokaew, Gaurav Puri, Kaz Rahman, May Adadol Ingawanij, Nathaniel Drake-Carlson, Rafiq Baghdadi, Rahee Punyashloka, Rajeev Rao, Ravi Iyer, Satish Naidu, Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, Shivarth Pandey, Soham Gadre, Srikanth Srinivasan, Sudipto Basu, Sumit Chaturvedi, Surbhi Goel and Svetlana Naudiyal.
Umbra is a quarterly newspaper screen culture published by Lightcube out of Noida, India. Its pages feature major developments in the sectors of film preservation, film archiving, film society activism, funding for alternative films and film literature. Its focus is to establish a broad narrative or a lineage between the state of these areas in the past and their condition in the present. To this aim, Umbra runs a number of interviews, essays, program notes, festival coverage, listings and annotated filmographies in its issues.
The Society has also consulted as a content provision partner for festivals, screenings and publications organised by other leading agencies as well. These include Japan Foundation, Serendipity Arts and Culture Festival, Goethe Institut, Dharamshala International Film Festival, The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, among others.
Lightcube is currently in the middle of compiling a series of books on the essential figures of Alternative Indian cinema, called, ‘The Beacons Series’.
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