Mr. Jeffrey Roy
Specialization: Ethnomusicology
Home institution in US: University of California, Los Angeles
Host Institution in India: Solaris Pictures, Mumbai, Maharashtra      
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Jeff Roy is a filmmaker and musician based in Los Angeles and Mumbai. He holds an M.A. in ethnomusicology from University of California, Los Angeles and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in the same field. A semi-professional violinist, Mr. Roy has performed with a number of internationally renowned musicians, including Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ali Jihad Racy, Souhail Kaspar and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil. He also composes music for film and live performances. In November 2011, he premiered his first film, Rites of Passage, at a Los Angeles film festival, where it won Audience Choice Award. The film documents the sexual transition, including sexual reassignment surgery, of a male-to-female transgender from Chennai, India. The success of Rites of Passage in the film festival circuit prompted the development of the feature-length version of the same project. The critically acclaimed film project, now entitled Mohammed to Maya, premiered in August 2012 at the Montréal World Film Festival, and is currently on its way to compete at other film festivals around the world.

Mr. Roy’s Fulbright project, “Music in Liminal Spaces: Gendered Performance in India's LGBT Community,” is a feature-length documentary film that explores how music and dance performance signifies Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) identity performativity as a site of resistance and self-affirmation. He will work in collaboration with Solaris Pictures, Mumbai’s premier film production organization, which specializes in documentary and narrative films with LGBT themes, to video document how LGBTs use music to navigate tradition, modernity, and globalization in order to craft a contemporary, urban, Indian identity.