Back to the gallery
Swarnavel Eswaran-Pillai, PhD, Associate Producer, Director, Senior Consultant, Humanities Without Walls Research Collaborator (Co-PI), Michigan State University, is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of English, and Media and Information at Michigan State University. He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), a premier film school in Asia, and the prestigious University of Iowa, where he received his doctoral degree in Film Studies. His research areas include the history, theory, and production of documentaries and short films, and the specificity of Tamil cinema, and its complex relationship with Hollywood as well as popular Hindi films. His recent publications include Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015), and Cinema: Sattagamum Saalaramum/Cinema: Frame and a Window (Nizhal Publications, 2012). This latter book is an anthology of scholarly essays in Tamil on documentaries and experimental films. He is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, and his recent films include Unfinished Journey: A City in Transition (2012) and Migrations of Islam (2013).