WE ARE SILK SCREEN
Our mission is to celebrate diversity and multi-cultural appreciation of the Asian and Asian American experience through cultural events.
Silk Screen was created in June 2005 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit media arts organization. Silk Screen’s goals include educating communities about Asian and Asian American history, culture, experiences and issues, fostering understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region, and sustaining growth and encouraging excellence in Asian American culture.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – HARISH SALUJA
Harish Saluja is a filmmaker, artist and entrepreneur. His film The Journey (www.newray.com) won several awards, screened at more than 30 film festivals and was distributed by IFC (the Independent Film Channel). He also has a strong business background as a 33-year veteran in the publishing industry. In addition, he is a nationally recognized painter and a co-host of Music From India on WDUQ-FM, the longest running radio program of its kind in the US.
Events & operations – ruby jain
Ever since she can remember, Ruby Jain has always had a passion for dance, especially for Indian dance. Currently, she is pursuing her Visharad (Bachelor’s Degree) in the North Indian classical dance style of Kathak from Bharati Vidyapeeth University in Pune, India, under the guidance of her guru, the renowned Kathak danseuse, Mrs. Shambhavi Dandekar. Ruby also teaches private lessons, conducts workshops, and teaches classes in and around the Pittsburgh area.
She has been involved with Silk Screen since the first festival back in 2005 and moved up the ranks from a venue volunteer to Volunteers & Festival Coordinator to her current position as the Director of Events & Operations.
OPERATIONS & PROGRAMMING – ALEX CHARLTON
Alexander Charlton is student filmmaker at Chatham University, pursuing a dual degree in Film and Marketing. In 2013, he created Caustic Films, an amateur production & digital distribution company.
PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR (FILMS) – ASEEM CHHABRA
Aseem Chhabra is a freelance writer in New York City who writes on a variety of topics, including arts, entertainment, social and political issues stories. He has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Courier-Journal. Aseem has been interviewed on film and popular culture by several media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline, NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News.
Aseem is an elected member of the board of the South Asian Journalists Association where he often chairs panel discussions on social and political issues, hosts book reading events and other arts discussions. He holds an MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University and an MBA from Boston University.
TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR – NITIN BADJATIA
Nitin Badjatia is a software and financial services consultant who has worked for Mellon, Bank of America, Oracle Corporation, and Siebel Systems. At present he is Director, Global Services for KNOVA Software, a leading knowledge management vendor. Nitin is also deeply involved in the ‘blogosphere’ and serves as an advisor to AOL’s Netscape.com subsidiary. He also serves on the advisory board of Agilix Software, and Microsoft’s Mobile Advisory Council.
PROGRAMMING MANAGER (MUSIC) – MIMI JONG
Mimi has been performing erhu since age eleven. Mimi performed with members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, jazz and folk musicians, taught and performed at Huntingdon Council for the Arts “Folk College”. Mimi also performed with erhu virtuoso Karen Han, Pipa virtuoso Min Xiao Fen, and renowned poet Huang Xiang. Mimi founded “Jasmine Dynasty”, introducing Chinese dance and music to schools in Western Pennsylvania. She co-founded “AppalAsia”, creating a unique musical voice using erhu, dulcimer, banjo. See Mimi performing for Silk Screen here.
Board of Directors
Dr. Vijay Bahl, M.D., President
Head of Endocrinology, UPMC
Ned Renzi, Treasurer
Partner, Birchmere Ventures
Harish Saluja, Executive Director
President, New Ray Films
James Singer, Solicitor
Fox Rothschild LLP
Advisory Board Members
Nitin Badjatia, Oracle
Saroj Bahl, President, Indian Nationality Room
Jacqueline Edmondson, Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer, PSU Greater Allegheny Katie Gancy, Waterworks Cinema
Daniel Gilman, Member, Pittsburgh City Council
Tracy Grajewski, Global Co-Leader, Human Resources Practice, Boyden
Mahnaz Harrison, NHA, Honorary Consul, Embassy of Georgia
Richard Heiser, Managing Director, Employment Law, FedEx
Rebekah Herman, Senior VP Institutional Banking, PNC Bank
Lynn Kawaratani, Associate Director, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh Jeff Letwin, Attorney, Saul Ewing LLP
Aparna Nemlekar, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Bill Peduto, Mayor, Pittsburgh
Kim Ravenda, Regional Marketing & Communications Mgr., Huntington National Bank
Mark Watts, Manager, Prudential
Ming-Na Wen, Actress
Sally Wiggin, Anchor, WTAE-TV
Aseem Chhabra, Film Programming
Jennifer Dunn, Gala
Mimi Jong, Music Programming
Bill Krowinski, Designer
Film Programming Committee
Aseem Chhabra - Programming Director
Alex Charlton - Programming Assistant
Volunteers Coord. & hospitality mgr.
Jennifer Dunn - Committee Chair
Wendy Duchene Shree Kumar Rowena Lavador
Allison McLachlan Leilani Mears Hilton Pehlivan
Margaret Sullivan Annie Tamburro Becky Quemado Bernard Voos
Cassandra Boutin - Operations & Development Riane Telesz - Graphic Design, Marketing, & PR