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Fading Magic: Redux The Story of Kolkata's Magicians

Synopsis: 

The Director's Cut of the multiple international award winning documentary film on how Kolkata in India, once known as the key cultural hub in India and incubation pool for all forms of fine arts including the art of Stage magic, has become a city where once famous stage magicians are struggling to survive. In the '60s and ‘70s the art of magic moved from the domain of street performers to large scale theatres and stage as the city of Kolkata grew to become a global centre for stage performing magicians. The city has perhaps the richest history of magic and magicians in the country. However, with changing times the demand for this once beloved art form is floundering. A number of these once legendary artists are now facing financial and personal crisis. Audiences no longer want to spend money to watch magic in the very city which groomed it. Some magicians do not have the funds to take care of their ailing heath and some have passed away leaving behind families in debt and facing extreme hardship. The documentary film enters the lives of some such legendary stage magicians and looks at the gritty and real face of the life which they are leading. The glamour has gone and the arc lights have faded for many of these artists who have dedicated their lives to honing their skills and amazing their audiences.

Runtime: 
30:00 mins
English subtitle: 
Yes
Information for the Audience: 

The Director's Cut of the multiple international award winning documentary film on how Kolkata in India, once known as the key cultural hub in India and incubation pool for all forms of fine arts including the art of Stage magic, has become a city where once famous stage magicians are struggling to survive. In the '60s and ‘70s the art of magic moved from the domain of street performers to large scale theatres and stage as the city of Kolkata grew to become a global centre for stage performing magicians. The city has perhaps the richest history of magic and magicians in the country. However, with changing times the demand for this once beloved art form is floundering. A number of these once legendary artists are now facing financial and personal crisis. Audiences no longer want to spend money to watch magic in the very city which groomed it. Some magicians do not have the funds to take care of their ailing heath and some have passed away leaving behind families in debt and facing extreme hardship. The documentary film enters the lives of some such legendary stage magicians and looks at the gritty and real face of the life which they are leading. The glamour has gone and the arc lights have faded for many of these artists who have dedicated their lives to honing their skills and amazing their audiences.

Screenings / Awards: 

The Full Length (50 minute) documentary which preceded this Director's cut of a 30 minute version was the 

 

* Official Selection for the Hollywood International Independent Film Awards, Los Angeles, USA 2016

* Official Selection for the Miami Independent Film Festival, USA, 2015

* Official Selection for the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival, 2015 – Shorts & Doc category.

* Winner of the International Award of Merit for International Short Documentary at the International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Comedy (IFFDSC) 2015, Indonesia (November, 2015)

* Winner of the International Gold Award for Short Documentary, IFCOM Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia (September, 2015).

* Winner of Special Mention-Jury award for Documentary at 4th Delhi Shorts International Film Festival, 2016

* Winner of Special Mention-Jury award for Documentary at 3rd Indian Cine Film Festival, Mumbai 2015

* Winner of Special Festival Mention Award for Documentary at 3rd Noida International Film Festival, 2016

* Winner of Special Festival Mention Award for Documentary at 3rd  Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, 2015 

* Winner of Special Festival Mention Award for Documentary at 4th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival, 2015

        

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