L. SOMI ROY is a New York-based arts producer working on transnational media projects on local cultures. He is also a writer,
blogger, a filmmaker and a film and media curator specializing in Asian, Asian American, non-fiction films and digital technologies.
Somi is Executive Director of "First Pitch: The US Manipur Baseball Project", an organization he helped found
in January 2005. He organized Camp Manipur!, a ten-day coaching camp conducted in November 2006 in Imphal by Major League
Baseball International. He is a producer of a feature-length film currently being shot by Mirra Bank on this game in the Southeastern
He is currently working on the Appalshop/Indonesia Documentary Exchange Project, which brought 13 Javanese filmmakers
to Appalshop's base in Kentucky in Spring 2007. The exchange, which will continue in Sulawesi in Winter 2007, grew out of
"Appalshop in China" (2000-2005), his region-to-region transnational media artists exchange between Appalachia and
the mountain provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.
In May 2007, he produced "Songs of Love and Creation" for World Music Institute at Symphony Space in New York.
The concert of ballads and shaman rituals marked the US debut of the Laihui Ensemble. The troupe also performed at the Opening
Ceremony of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2007. Somi's work in performance also includes
contributing concept as a producer to "A Page Out of Order", a performance and media installation that takes Macedonia
and Manipur as expressions of cultural isolation isolation and the culture of conflict. Choreographed by Yoshiko Chuma, it
premiered at New York Dance Theater Workshop in January 2007.
Somi has curated film and media exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Whitney
Museum of American Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution,
and for Public Television. Many exhibitons such as "The Tibet Film Festival" and the "First US Festival of
Vietnamese Cinema" toured nationally in the US. His exhibitions have been seen in China, India and Indonesia.
Somi's "Art Video:Video Art" at the Continental Atrium from 1992-1995 was New York's first on-going exhibition
of public program of video art. He ran the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2001, he organized Digital Flaherty, the first
interactive conference in the US on the theory, aesthetics and content of digital art. he is currently developing DigitizeManipur,
a preservation and digitization project in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and the New York Public Library for
the endangered medieval manuscripts in Manipur.
Somi established and developed year-round film programming at New york's The Asia Society. He presented the first American
exhibitions on Vietnamese cinema, Fifth Generation Chinese Cinema, Hong Kong popular films, and Iranian cinema, as well as
introduced video installations and Asian American programming to the institution.
Somi has taught at New York University and Manhattan Marymount College; given talks at the National Geographic Society
and the Smithsonian Institution; translated Manipuri literary works into English; and written for Artforum, Asian Culture
(the Smithsonian), Wide Angle, Black Film Bulletin (London), The Drama Review and Persimmon. His film, World Trade Center
(2002) was screened at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. He has been a guest on National Public Radio, WPIX-TV, CUNY-TV and
Conversations with Harold Channer on Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
Somi is the recipient of the New Americans Award. KhadiShop is his art/commerce collaboration with fashion designer Lata
Karna. He divides his time between New York City and Imphal.