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Through your Lens: Film Journaling

  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA 23221 (map)

If you could hold on to one 20-second moment from today, what would it be? What would a collection of those moments look like? Let’s find out using a tool many of us have in our pocket: a smartphone. Filmmaker and VCU film professor Sonali Gulati will help you set an intention for the project, whether it’s creating a daily video journaling practice, a “time capsule” for a loved one, or a message to your future self. Become more present to the light, movement, and sounds you encounter every day, and watch your life micro-evolving before your very eyes.

This is for you if you…

  • Enjoy using a camera

  • Want to use technology as a mindfulness tool

  • Want to record your life experiences for yourself or others


Sonali Gulati is an independent filmmaker, a feminist, grass-roots activist, and an educator. She teaches film at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts in the department of Photography & Film. She has an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. Gulati grew up in New Delhi and has made several short films and a feature-length documentary that have screened at over four hundred film festivals worldwide. 


Her films have screened at venues such as the Hirshhorn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and at film festivals such as the Margaret Mead Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival and the Slamdance Film Festival. Gulati’s award-winning documentary film I Am was broadcasted on public television and cable TV in the U.S. and Portugal. Her documentary film Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, was broadcast on television in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, The Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.  

Gulati has won awards, grants, and fellowships from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, the Third Wave Foundation, World Studio Foundation, the Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), and VCU School of the Arts Faculty Award of Excellence.

$50/Chrysalis members
$100/General public

Sundays, May 5 & 19

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