Anula Shetty is an award-winning filmmaker who explores the power of interactive documentary to create social change. She and her partner Mike Keutemeyer work together on the Places of Power project, in its second phase as of 2016.
Anula Shetty received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University. She is a producer and co-director of Termite TV Collective, a group of video artists who produce experimental and activist media. Her work has been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals and museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Flaherty Film Seminar, the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Women In the Arts and the Museum of Television and Radio, NY. Her work includes the documentary “Kamaka‚eha, Aching Eye” (Grand Prize, U.S. Super8 Film Fest) and the short fiction film “Paddana, Song of the Ancestors” (Best First Film, Mumbai International Film Festival).
Anula is an award winning filmmaker and recipient of three Media Arts Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was twice nominated for a Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship and was twice nominated for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She was awarded three Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Artist-in-Communities Grants to conduct youth filmmaking residencies at the Reichhold Art Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She received a Project Involve Fellowship from the Independent Feature Project, NY, two Independence Foundation Fellowships and a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award.
Her recent work explores the field of interactive documentary, creating video installations and mobile media apps to explore new ways of experiencing a place and the oral histories that surround it. Projects she has implemented include Walk Philly www.termite.org/walkphilly, Explore Kilauea Volcano, an interactive documentary/mobile app project about the rich and diverse geologic landscape of Kilauea, an active volcano in the Hawaiian Islands and Time Lens, a video installation and app which was selected for exhibition at the 2014 SIGGRAPH Conference in Vancouver, Canada. She is interested in exploring the use of apps as a platform to distribute community and artistic media. Anula has taught film and video production at Arcadia University, the University of the Arts, Asian Arts Initiative and Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia. She currently serves on the board of NAMAC, the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture.