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Posted by:  Cathy

Len and I have been enjoying working with our editor, Rita Meher, for the last few weeks to assemble a first rough cut of the film.  It’s exciting watching the disparate threads of the film footage come together into a story — the story of Surayia, her art and her vision, and the women who worked to help her make that vision a reality.

As much as we like working with Rita, we don’t like the 100 mile/160km round trip drive that it takes for us to go to her or for her to come to us.  It’s several hours of the day lost while driving, and it’s also more fuel burned and pollutants put into the air.  Combined with recent snow and freezing rain in Western Washington, the logistics of doing our editing could be frustrating, even though the editing itself was always enjoyable.

Recently Rita suggested using something called Join.me which allows her to share, from her workspace, her editing screen with us on our computer at our workspace.  Combined with a video chat program (we use GMail’s but others would work as well) we can now work in real time with Rita reviewing and arranging footage, but without having to drive an hour or more to get together.  Our productivity has improved and there’s one fewer car adding to the congestion on Seattle-area roads.  It’s a win all around.  Many thanks to the folks at Join.me.



Rita and Cathy at work. Photo copyright Kantha Productions LLC.

Surayia has spoken many times about creating and how important it was to her.

Len and I had a great afternoon working to complete the fundraising trailer for the documentary.  It’s always exciting to see the images and music come together to tell a story.

We really enjoy editing with Rita Meher.  Rita is a founder and executive director of  Tasveer, “a Northwest not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting independent South Asian cinema.”  She organized a screening of a trailer for the film at “Aaina,” which I blogged about on March 20.  She works for SCAN TV, Seattle’s public access station, and is also, like Surayia, a wife and mother.

I’m looking  forward to posting a trailer on the website soon.