“…an enthralling beauty…” – The Hollywood Reporter
A couple years ago we were introduced to Smriti Keshari through some mutual surfing friends. She had recently returned from producing a surfing documentary in India and was knee deep in producing Food Chains, a documentary about farm worker’s rights.
There is a spark apparent in projects Smriti takes on. It is a spark that made us want to be around whatever she decided to do next. Her process is always critical, creative and deeply personal. It is an inspirational thing to be around.
Since signing on as a director with Picture Farm, Smriti has done exactly what she is always going to do, namely travel, make films and come up with big ideas for projects she is passionate about.
Her most recent moment of genius? the bomb is “a groundbreaking multimedia installation that immerses you in the strange, compelling, and unsettling reality of nuclear weapons” … a “55-minute film, projected 360 degrees on floor to ceiling screens that surround the audience, as The Acid performs a live score in the center of the space.”
Premiering on closing night of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, the installation was accompanied by a panel discussion made up of : Michael Douglas, actor, producer, & advocate of nuclear non-proliferation; Eric Schlosser, author Command & Control, Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness; Emma Belcher, MacArthur Foundation; Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund; Robert Kenner, filmmaker Command & Control; and Smriti herself.
Both as a touring installation film and having been picked up by Netflix, The Bomb has a life beyond Tribeca, including being recently named the opening film presentation of the 2017 Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.
THE VILLAGE VOICE observed “you could almost mistake the whole thing for an intimate concert with some projected images. But that wouldn’t quite describe its eclecticism or ambition, or its surprisingly powerful emotional trajectory.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY proclaims it “a unique and dazzling event.”
UPROXX called the “a haunting multimedia vision of annihilation.”
INDIEWIRE hails it as “a multimedia documentary concert like nothing else.”
Richard Linklater simply put it this way “Intense. Amazing.”