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    Vinay’s first feature film, Personality, provides an acute glimpse into the lives of Bollywood background dancers. His second, Black February, a biographical odyssey about the late, great Butch Morris, screened at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. His body of work also includes single-channel video installations that exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art and the Cheekwood Museum of Art. Vinay is currently the filmmaker in residence at Reel Works.

    In 2009, he launched Dakoit Pictures, a creative agency for the digital age. Dakoit partners with traditional and new media companies like Viacom, Direct TV, Ogilvy, Sundance, Major League Bocce, LeagueApps, and Discovery, as well as social justice organizations such as the National Employment Law Project, FilmAid, and World Cares Center.

    Vinay received his MFA in film and video at Bard College, and is a professor in the New School's graduate department of Media Studies. In his free time, he perfects family recipes.

    Degrees Held:

    BFA in Film and Video Penn State University

    MFA in Flim and Video Bard College; Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts

    Professional Affiliations:

    Dakoit Pictures



    Research Interests:

    performance studies, cinematographay, analog video, media literaracy, youth media education, experimental film, direct cinema documentary

    Current Courses:

    Cinematography & Lighting (Spring 2020)

    Producing Webisodes (Spring 2020)

    Projects: Advocacy Video