Staff

Executive Director – Harish Saluja

Harish Saluja is a filmmaker, artist and entrepreneur.  His film The Journey (www.newray.com) won several awards, was shown in over 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.

Operations & Events Director – Katie Jones

Katie Jones is a project manager and PA certified Teacher.  She has been involved in the non-profit and education world for over 7 years.  Katieís experience includes planning/scoping projects, managing budgets, grant writing, coordinating events, building relationships with community educational and arts organizations.  Katie has a keen interest in Asian culture as well as the arts-media, performance, film and music, which she enthusiastically enjoys sharing with children and adults.  Katie joined Silk Screen in September of 2006.

Events & Operations Coordinator – Christina Bardcbard

Christina has wide experience in the areas of non-profit events, fundraisers, community networking and marketing. She spent time at the Society for Contemporary Craft and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh before joining the Silk Screen team. Christina is responsible for film research & recruiting, administrative tasks, database management, volunteer recruitment and assistance with event planning.

Web Director – Michael Bartholow

Michael Bartholow is a Search Engine Marketing Consultant who specializes in social media, online marketing, content management and search engine optimization. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Integrative Arts and has provided web marketing consulting to award-winning independently financed films and non-profits for nine years. Michael is dedicated to spreading awareness of all Asian films and he continually updates our website with the latest content, events and more.

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, Time Out. 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.

Volunteer Coordinator – Ruby Jain

Ruby Jain is an Indian dance instructor and recent graduate of George Washinton University. Ruby has been involved with Silk Screen since 1st festival in 2006. She recruits, schedules and manages all the film festival volunteers as well as coordinating performers for the Opening Night Gala.

Program Book Editor – Christina Szejk

Christina Szejk is a Pittsburgh native.  She is a specifics writer for Perkins Eastman Architects.Chrissy enjoys Asian film, particulary horror flicks. Chrissy is lead programmer for “Silk Scream” and also the Catalog Manager for Silk Screen Film Festival.