Fully filmy

At 6.30 in the evening on Saturday, a number of film enthusiasts had gathered at the amphitheatre at Idyl World, a venue surrounded by hills, which is situated around 15 kms from Chandni Chowk. The crowd, that included documentary filmmakers, diploma filmmakers, short filmmakers and also movie buffs, prepared themselves for a long 'filmy' night. What got them together was a concept titled Sunset to Sunrise initiated by Art Escape, a city-based art hub and innovation centre that works for the the promotion of art and culture. Sunset to Sunrise, as the name suggests, began on Saturday evening and went on till Sunday morning. The long night hours not only saw the participants witnessing screenings of a number of films but also having an informal dialogues and discussions on the same.

It was around four years back that Art Escape was launched by Vinesh Iyear and Darryl Norhana. After getting a heartwarming response in Goa, Art Escape was launched in Pune in the last month on December 16. Since then, although the group has been organising a number of activities, it is the very first time they are having an event like Sunset to Sunrise. "LETS is something that defines the motto of Art Escape and all its initiatives. LETS means Live, Express and Tell your Story. It brings together all the creative and curious people under one roof to share their expressions," says Vishwamitra, one of the members of Art Escape. The only condition, he says, is that they prefer original works. The event has been successful in Goa and showcased diverse films like world cinema, environment films, documentaries, short films, experimental films and so on. The group plans to make the do a bi-monthly event.

The event, Sunset to Sunrise comes free of cost for the participants and invites the films they would like to watch, suggest, screen and discuss. "We are not going by numbers. We have not gone through the formalities of registration or anything. It's a free platform. Whether we get 10 participants or 100, we will go ahead with the event," adds Vishwamitra. He added that Anand Sukumaran will kickstart the dialogue and have interactions with the audience about few of his favorite reels.

Art Escape has partnered with Idyl World for holding all their activities. In the recent past they had a drumming event that saw members of the band Taal Inc distributing 150 drums to the audience and asked them to play alongwith them as a therapeutic workshop. Last week, Art Escape had organised a workshop on permaculture. "It means permanent agriculture in which people were given tips on growing your own garden, organic farming and so on," says Vishwamitra, adding that all the events organised by them aim at getting like-minded people together to connect and share their interests. On Sunday evening, the group will hold Open Mic Open Mind which will be facilitated by Orchestrated Q'Works (OQ), a theatre company under which the participants can showcase their talents like poetry, drama, story and so on.

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