DUSTY FOOTS the core team
Rita heads Dusty Foot Productions, incidentally it is her dusty feet that inspired the name of our company ‘dusty foot’! A wildlife – environment filmmaker and cameraperson, with over 15 years of experience Rita has produced, directed and filmed many award winning documentaries and television programs.
Rita has been a core team member of several award-winning films. Amongst these have been ‘The Last Migration’ the first film from Asia to win the ‘Green Oscar’ at Wildscreen Festival, 1994, and Shores of Silence – Whale Sharks in India, which not only won the ‘Green Oscar’ in Wildscreen 2000, but also went on to put the whale shark in the Wildlife Protection Act of India. From Sept. 1999 to April 2001 she was the producer for ‘Earth Matters’ an award-winning environment series that was telecast on Doordarshan, India’s national television network. At Wildscreen 2000 she was one of the 4 editors worldwide invited as a panelist for the Wildscreen Edit Challenge (Wildscreen is one of most prestigious international wildlife and environment film festivals). As a cameraperson Rita’s work has been diverse from documentaries of different genres, news (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and reality shows for television – National Geographic India, Discovery, AXN, BBC World Trust, MTV, Channel V, Doordarshan amongst others.
Rita sees the video camera as a great tool for creating dialogue on conervation at the grassroots and is in the process of starting conservation workshops and video training at a village in the northeast of india. Rita loves sports, listening to music, travelling, reading graphic novels and drinking tea!
Shilpi grew up hoping to be a wildlife filmmaker and is quite pleasantly surprised to be living her dream. A partner at Dusty Foot Productions, she has spent more than ten years now working on documentaries and television programs related to environment and wildlife. Shilpi’s strength lies in her incredible ability to visualise concepts in an out of the box manner. This applies across her various skills ranging from editing to design work – giving it an edge that makes it stand out. Shilpi handles the editing for all the key Dusty Foot Projects.
Currently, Shilpi is exploring underwater filming and is in the process of training as an underwater cameraperson. She is a College of Art, Delhi, graduate and is multi skilled as a cameraperson, editor and graphic designer, amongst many many other things!!!
Imrana joined Dusty Foot in 2007 and is part of the core team. Imrana heads the production at Dusty Foot . As a team leader she has successfully coordinated major projects for Dusty Foot. Lok Awaas Yatra, a one and half year documentation journey through rural India, and ‘Under the Canopy’ , an education intiative in the northeast of India, are only a few amongst many. Imrana has also developed into a cameraperson and in her stint with Dusty Foot has done extensive filming across the country. Always striving to learn more, Imrana is working hard on her directorial skills. Her recent films have been ‘ Mador – Ek Ubharta Gaon’ and ‘ Lok Awaas Yatra ‘ (Southern and Northern Region).
With an always ‘can do’ attitude and a huge smile Imrana brings in with her an immense positive energy. Imrana loves watching Bollywood films and dreams of being an entrepreneur.
Reshma joined Dusty Foot Production in February 2010. In a short time, Reshma with her cheerful presence has become an integral part of the team. She handles administration work for Dusty Foot. An enthusiastic learner Reshma’s main effort is to make the systems efficient in the office.
Reshma loves singing and listening music, reading and watching television
Rohit joined Dusty Foot Productions (DFP) in Sept. 2011 as a intern and later became the part of core team. He got “Community College Initiative program (CCIP) Scholarship” from U.S Department to enhance his kills in the field of Multimedia. He also works for “Kick Butts Take Name” in USA 2011 and made training Video. He was part of core team of Manzil (NGO) in 2009-10 as a student coordinator.
He has been working with DFP as in-house camera-person, video editor and graphics designer for seven years. During these seven years, he has worked on some of the very important projects (Communication Strategy, Chhattisgarh State Medicinal Plants Board | UNDP and SECURE Himalaya | UNDP) and has received a reputed award (National Science Film Festivals, 2017 | Silver Beaver and Technical Excellence and Best Film: Forest & Wildlife (Indian)) for his editing work. He has a deep passion for films and believes that it is a way to express oneself and a tool to make information accessible.
His hobbies are Ultimate Frisbee, Travelling and playing cricket.