Andrew Grant is a critic, distributor, and film programmer based in Berlin, Germany. Growing up in New York City, his interest in Bollywood cinema began when he was a teenager, when he would often escape to the Bombay Cinema on West 57th Street, at the time the only theater in NYC that showed first-run films from India.
Andrew grew up around film, being the son of an executive at Universal Pictures. Much of his youth was spent in revival and arthouse cinemas and by the age of 17 he had consumed a healthy diet of world film. He began writing about film on his blog Like Anna Karina's Sweater, which focused on lesser-known films that were receiving limited coverage in the US. In 2005 he formed Benten Films, a DVD distribution company committed to bringing out quality releases of both American and international independent cinema. He has written for Time Out New York, IFC.com, Sundance.com, Greencine.com, Mubi.com, Cineaste, Premiere and Asian Cult Cinema.
By Andrew Grant:
As a fan of world cinema, and an attendee of many international film festivals each year, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to write about the largest film industry in the world. Though Bollywood now reaches international audiences in ways it never has before, it's still a mystery to many people. I'm hoping to draw attention to films both old and new, and to introduce a new audience to the many pleasures that can be found in Indian cinema.