Creative Sikhs

Creative Sikhs
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Traditionally, young Sikhs lean towards careers in engineering, medicine, and IT, but as this cluster shows, there are many supremely talented Sikh artists world-wide. During the “Creative Sikhs” session. filmmakers, artists, an author, a playwright and a fashion designer will discuss their careers in a panel format. Harjus Singh and Hansjeet Duggal, both Dodge Film School graduates, who have been involved in many of the “Destination S” films, along with Salman Alam Khan, Sukman Dhami and Harjeet Oberoi will discuss their film experiences. Sundeep Morrison, actor, writer, and director of “Rag Head” joins Bhajneet Singh, author of a new children’s book, and Amandeep Singh, actor and model, as they discuss the creative process. Mehakdeep Duggal, a young fashion designer from India and Jasmeet Kaur, a young artist, discuss creativity in their respective careers.

 

 


Hansjeet Duggal


Hansjeet Duggal is a virtual/augmented reality& animation evangelist and an editor. His VR animated film Freiheit was selected for recognition in Annecy (the oldest and most competitive animation festival) in France. He recently got selected in American Cinema Editor’s Diversity Program and is being mentored by Oscar winning & nominated film makers His movie Jutti Kasoori which he edited will be on air on PBS on November 21st 2018, he recently finished a movie on field hockey star player Sardar Harbail Singh who led India to win a Gold in 1952 & 1956. He also teaches film-making to American students throughout USA.

 


Mehakdeep Duggal


Mehakdeep Duggal- A 22-Year-Old Designing enthusiast hailing from India. Nurtured by her Nana Ji, inspired by her mother and encouraged by her brother she’s made her way through and has designed garments for clients based in USA, Canada, Dubai, London and India. Taking her cultural roots along she aspires to be a renowned Couturier. Like her father, she has built her own brand, named “Evodià” that represents her style and has the oomph factor too.

 


Jasmeet Kaur


Jasmeet Kaur loves to blend art and our Baani together: art that stirs the soul and Baani that feeds the soul. Baaniart presents nature, thoughts, abstraction, spirituality and tranquility of our Sikh scriptures in vibrant colors and mediums.

Jasmeet Kaur studied Textile Design from NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) in New Delhi and worked for several years in the field of interior design. She started her own company Kaur Competency LLC, working with residential homes and boutique hotels. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and two sons, Darsh and Jeeve.

 


Sati Kaur


U.S. Army veteran, Satinder Kaur is a determined dreamer who writes, directs and produces. Kaur is a fellow of the Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Project and has collaborated with LACMA on the Veterans Make Movies workshop series. Recently, she was invited to shadow an episodic director at The CW Network show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Her short film The Last Killing produced by Ensaaf won the best short documentary award at New Filmmakers LA and the Amnesty International. Kaur received her MFA in film directing from USC School of Cinematic Arts where she was the recipient of James Bridges Award for excellence in directing. Currently, she’s in development on her feature film Arresting God.

 


Salman Alam Khan


A freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker from Pakistan, graduated in Media Studies with Roll of Honor from University of the Punjab. Got featured in different national magazines and Newspapers and has worked on Sikh Legacy in Pakistan with Amardeep Singh and some other international projects with TED, PBS etc. My passion is to work on cultures and human stories.

 


Sundeep Morrison


Sundeep Morrison is a Punjabi Sikh writer, actress, director, author and activist. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy NY, her work focuses on social justice, cultural friction, inter-ethnic family dynamics and feminism. She is currently performing her critically acclaimed one woman show RAG HEAD about Sikhs in post 9/11 America. Inspired by actual events, RAG HEAD addresses hate, hope and American identity. RAG HEAD was recently chosen as a Top Ten production in Los Angeles by STAGE RAW. Sundeep is currently working on the film adaptation of RAG HEAD.

http://sundeepmorrison.com
IMDB: https://www.imdb.me/sundeepmorrison

 


Harjeet Singh Oberoi


Harjeet Singh Oberoi is a director by profession and works in collaboration with various Sikh religious organizations and television channels to make short films that create awareness about Sikhism and lead up to a spiritual life.

 


Amandeep Singh

Amandeep Singh has been part of the Screen Actors Guild since the age of 10. He went back into acting and modeling a few years ago, because he felt Sikhs were greatly underrepresented and at times misrepresented in the entertainment industry.  He made it his mission and goal to bring the Sikh image to the big screen, be it TV, Film, Print and Commercials.  He has an immense passion for acting and producing quality content that is fun and makes people laugh and most importantly to educate people about Sikhs.  He has been in Films such as 6 minutes which was about the Oak Creek tragedy.  He’s most famous for his roles in National TV Commercials such as Samsung, Bank of America, WalMart, Wells Fargo etc.  And also, in national TV shows such a Snoop Dogg’s Joker’s Wild, Grey’s Anatomy, Ballers etc.  He was also in a blind date video that became a top trending YouTube Video Worldwide with almost 2 million views that garnered attention globally and educated people about Sikhs worldwide.

Take a look…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QQ0Lv4_–4.

Please follow his Instagram @ ThatHollywoodSikh

 


Bhajneet Singh


Bhajneet Singh is a Sikh community activist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, actor and creative writer! Born and raised in California, Bhajneet loves playing sports, traveling, doing kirtan and being on the beach. He has devoted much of his life to mentoring Sikh youth through Gurmat Camp and is gifted at connecting kids with the teachings of Gurbani in a practical, thoughtful and relatable way. Bhajneet became a father 3 years ago to Ajeet Singh, his first little lion, who inspired him to write this book.  Bhajneet lives in LA with his family and is a devoted dad of three energetic kids (Ajeet, Simer and Kirpa) as well as uncle of four (Gurdaas, Sobha, Jodh, and Bibek). He does his best writing on long flights to China. Ajeet Singh, The Invincible Lion, is Bhajneet Singh’s first children’s book which he hopes will inspire kids to be strong in the face of bullying. With Gurbani as the guide, kids can overcome any challenge with chardikala and grace.

 


Harjus Singh


Harjus attended Chapman University getting his MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Film Directing. He has also made a film as an assignment based on the African American superhero ‘Static’ which he was released online and was screened at Long Beach Comic Con to some of the original creators from DC Comics and WB.  This film became the most watched short out of Chapman University.

Harjus’s thesis “All Quiet on the Homefront” which stars Waris Ahluwalia, based on the true story of Bhagat Singh Thind. It has screened at Oscar qualifying film festivals such as LA Shorts and other festivals around the world It is the story of the first Sikh to fight as part of the US Army during WW1 He became one of the first people to go in front of the Supreme Court to argue the definition of an American citizen.

Harjus continues to write and direct films which tend to be focused on identity and the power and sometimes the arbitrariness of it. That you can create your own identity, and can you look past to be able to connect to others not like yourself on a human level. Currently Harjus has a feature script in the final round of Sundance Labs and has worked in the industry at places like EuropaCorp and CBS.