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Jayan Cherian

City:New York
About Me
Poet filmmaker Jayan K Cherian born in India, Graduated with honors from Hunter College, BA in Film and Creative Writing and MFA from The City College of New York in Writing Directing Film, and Cinematography. Papilio Buddha (2012) is his debut feature film and he made several experimental documentaries and narrative shorts such as: Shape of the Shapeless (2010) Love in the Time of Foreclosure (2009), Hidden Things (2009), Soul of Solomon (2008), Capturing the Signs of God (2008), Holy Mass (2007), Tree of Life (2007), Simulacra the Reality of the Unreal (2007), The Inner Silence of the Tumult (2007), Hid-entity (2007), and Tandava the Dance of Dissolution(2006).

Films were screened, BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2011, Short Film Corner:Festival De Cannes 2011, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival 2011, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2011, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, Austin Gay&Lesbian International Film Festival, San Francisco Shorts International Film Festival, International Film festival South Africa, Coney Island Film Festival, Oaxaca International Independent Film and Video Festival Mexico, Big Apple Film Festival at Tribeca Cinema New York, Kenyan International Film Festival, ViBGYOR International Film festival, and Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

Shape of the Shapeless won: Silver Conch award at Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF) 2012, Silver Jury prize in San Francisco Shorts, Honorable Mentions at Athens International Film Festival, East Man Kodak Award for best Cinematography and Best Documentary Award at City
Visions 2010.

Published four collections of poetry in Malayalam Ayodhanaththinte Achuthantu (Axis of Combat) (1996), Ayanam Vachana Rekhayil (Journey on the line of verse) (1999) Polymorphism (2002), and Pachakku (Like it is) (2006). Received many Awards for Poetry such as, Kerala Sahitya Academy Kanakasri Endowment Award (2003) for "Ayanam Vachana Rekhayil" and Mathan Tharakan Award for "Ayodhanathinte Achuthantu"(axis of Combat) 1996.
My Films on NewFilmmakers Online

Shape Of The Shapeless


“Shape of the Shapeless” Tells the story of the spiritual quest of a burlesque performer, a yogi, and an artisan who transgresses the boundaries of traditional notions of body, gender, and sexuality