The Shabistan Team

The Shabistan Film Archive is run by a group of dedicated volunteers, scattered across India and throughout the world. Each of us contributes distinct expertise, skills, and experience. Meet the members of our core team:

David Farris

Executive Director

farris(at)shabistan.org

David (Harvard ’01, UC Berkeley PhD ’11) is a mathematician at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore. He also researches the exhibition and distribution of Indian film, supported by the India Foundation for the Arts and the American Institute for Indian Studies.

Vibhushan Subba

Director of Acquisitions

subba(at)shabistan.org

Vibhushan is an independent media scholar working on new screen cultures, trash aesthetics and the modes of production and distribution of Indian low budget filmmaking, cult and para cinema. He is also an independent filmmaker.

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Vaibhav Singh

Designer and Director of Partnerships

singh(at)shabistan.org

Vaibhav (IIT Bombay ’07, Reading ’11, Reading PhD ’17) is a designer, cinephile, and historian of design and technology. His research interests revolve broadly around printing, publishing and communication technologies in multilingual South Asian contexts.

John Kostka

Chief Archivist

kostka(at)shabistan.org

John (Chicago ’09, UCLA MIAS ’15) is a digital archivist at HBO in Santa Monica, California. He has previously worked in archiving and digital asset management at Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, and at the New Beverly Cinema.

David Boyk

Operations Director

boyk(at)shabistan.org

David (UC Berkeley ’06, UC Berkeley PhD ’15) is a historian of modern South Asia. His research interests center on the cultural and social history of north Indian cities. He teaches at Northwestern University outside Chicago.

Divakaran Divakaran

Film Researcher

divakaran(at)shabistan.org

Divakaran (Fergusson College ’07, Indian Institute of Science PhD ’15) is a Research Associate at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh.

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Andrea Wright

Director of Development

wright(at)shabistan.org

Andrea (Michigan ’00, Chicago MA ’04, Michigan PhD ’15) is a historian and anthropologist of modern South Asia. She teaches at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Dhanya Pilo

Director of Mumbai Operations

pilo(at)shabistan.org

Dhanya Pilo is a film maker and designer based in Mumbai. She founded “The Wall Project” in India in 2007, and in 2013, the project was included in the book titled What the World can Learn from Mumbai. She is alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), Strelka (Moscow) & AIESEC (Mumbai).

Nate Cardozo

Legal Director

cardozo(at)shabistan.org

Nate (UC Santa Cruz ’03, UC Hastings JD ’08) is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. His work focuses on civil liberties and technology law.

Ishaan Srivastava

Volunteer

srivastava(at)shabistan.org

Ishaan is an undergraduate at Yale College in Connecticut, where he is studying modern South Asian history. His research interests center on the legal and intellectual history of development in postcolonial India.