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Christopher Dalton is a film critic/essayist, and co-author of the book, ‘Indian Film Culture: Indian Cinema’; the founder of the ‘DIY Film Academy’; and the president of the ‘Cinema Society of India’. He began his journalistic odyssey writing for ‘The Hindu’. A few months later, he was invited to be the associate-editor of a music magazine, ‘Raga To Rock’, and remained for a year. He then wrote for the ‘Times Group’. His film-reviewing stint spans almost a decade, and includes such publications as ‘Rediff’, ‘The Film Street Journal’, ‘Dear Cinema’, ‘Upper Stall’, the ‘Deccan Chronicle’, and ‘The Asian Age’.

dalton-guitarIn addition to being a writer, he is a prolific cameraman too with over ten years of experience as a documenter of reality. He has briefly captured in moving images a variety of performers ranging from Pt. Jasraj and Trilok Gurtu to Remember Shakti, José Feliciano, The Blues Brothers, MLTR, America, Shaggy, Enrique Iglesias, Jethro Tull, Walter Trout, Uriah Heap, and Dire Straits.

dalton-cameraHe is presently setting up a film studio, ‘House of Illusions’; and shooting five cinematic essays. He is on the verge of editing-publishing the print version of his film magazine ‘Cinematic Illusions’. Additionally, he has served as a jury member of a variety of international film festivals; and is the chief advisory board member of the Kautik International Film Festival (Uttarakhand) and the artistic director of the Chalachitram National Film Festival (Assam).