Lightcube Film Society is creating Umbra, a quarterly newspaper about independent Indian film.
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Umbra was instituted in 2013 with the aim to combat our national, very Indian tendencies of amnesia, of forgetting. When we started the effort in 2012, we met a number of Delhi-based film society activists: writers, publishers, curators, programmers, exhibitors - from thirty to forty years ago. We realised that there had once been an exciting, flourishing film society movement in the city. This was crucial, since it provided us with the idea of a larger tradition, a lineage to which we belonged - we no longer felt without tether or an anchor as before.

But a question confronted us: why didn't more individuals of our age know about this past? Why were we so gloriously unaware? 

This meant, that everytime a new initiative - a film society, a magazine, an exhibition agency - was started by a youngster somewhere, he or she essentially had to reinvent the wheel, to start anew, to float unhinged in a historical vacuum. 

To us, therefore, the task of documentation, of chronicling, of recording assumed an utmost importance. With these aims, we instituted Umbra in August 2013, with the aim to provide 'film culture', an abstraction, with an actual, verifiable volume - an end possible only through the discernment of a historical narrative that could help its consumers glean what, in essence, constitutes the term, what contributes to its very institution.

Therefore, Umbra started with the aim  to exist in retrospective acknowledgement of the accomplishments of our past, to record the events of our present, and then, to draw a narrative between these, which will then help us anticipate our position in the future. 

As such, in its present form, Umbra is a quarterly newspaper on Indian independent film published by Lightcube out of Noida, India. Its pages feature major developments in the sectors of film preservation, film archiving, film society activism, funding for alternative films and film literature. Its focus is to establish a broad narrative or a lineage between the state of these areas in the past and their condition in the present. To this aim, Umbra runs a number of interviews, essays, program notes, festival coverage, listings and annotated filmographies in its issues.

Umbra has also instituted recently the Umbra Junction, a monthly series of mobile, programmes, screenings and discussions around alternative film in India.

We have published so far, eight, very rich, incisive issues, and hope very much to continue on this journey.
Rewards
We Must Thank You!
$4 or more per month
  • Note of gratitude on Lightcube's social media.
  • A shared, call for submissions for each successive issue.
An Exclusive Digital Subscription
$8 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Exclusive Subscription + Invitation to Onground Events
$15 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.

  • Exclusive digital subscription to Umbra.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Notifications of each post on the Umbra blog.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Paper Subscription + A Copy at Home!
$25 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader. 

The Umbra print version is available in an easy-to-read and highly compact tabloid-size. Each new issue is posted to your house.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.

  • Exclusive print subscription to Umbra.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Notifications of each post on the Umbra blog.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
All of Our Issues + Print Subscription + Lightcube Membership
$50 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader.

The Umbra print version is available in an easy-to-read and highly compact tabloid-size. Each new issue is posted to your house.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.

  • Exclusive print subscription to Umbra.
  • Print copies of all the previous Umbra issues.
  • A special membership pass to all Lightcube screenings.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Notifications of each post on the Umbra blog.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
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This amount will help us remain independent and curate all of our content as well as events outside of the considerations of sponsor obligations as well as advertising pressure. In effect, this will enable us to arrive at and then report on the truly essential, truly independent realm of film in India - to chronicle its existence for posterity.


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Umbra was instituted in 2013 with the aim to combat our national, very Indian tendencies of amnesia, of forgetting. When we started the effort in 2012, we met a number of Delhi-based film society activists: writers, publishers, curators, programmers, exhibitors - from thirty to forty years ago. We realised that there had once been an exciting, flourishing film society movement in the city. This was crucial, since it provided us with the idea of a larger tradition, a lineage to which we belonged - we no longer felt without tether or an anchor as before.

But a question confronted us: why didn't more individuals of our age know about this past? Why were we so gloriously unaware? 

This meant, that everytime a new initiative - a film society, a magazine, an exhibition agency - was started by a youngster somewhere, he or she essentially had to reinvent the wheel, to start anew, to float unhinged in a historical vacuum. 

To us, therefore, the task of documentation, of chronicling, of recording assumed an utmost importance. With these aims, we instituted Umbra in August 2013, with the aim to provide 'film culture', an abstraction, with an actual, verifiable volume - an end possible only through the discernment of a historical narrative that could help its consumers glean what, in essence, constitutes the term, what contributes to its very institution.

Therefore, Umbra started with the aim  to exist in retrospective acknowledgement of the accomplishments of our past, to record the events of our present, and then, to draw a narrative between these, which will then help us anticipate our position in the future. 

As such, in its present form, Umbra is a quarterly newspaper on Indian independent film published by Lightcube out of Noida, India. Its pages feature major developments in the sectors of film preservation, film archiving, film society activism, funding for alternative films and film literature. Its focus is to establish a broad narrative or a lineage between the state of these areas in the past and their condition in the present. To this aim, Umbra runs a number of interviews, essays, program notes, festival coverage, listings and annotated filmographies in its issues.

Umbra has also instituted recently the Umbra Junction, a monthly series of mobile, programmes, screenings and discussions around alternative film in India.

We have published so far, eight, very rich, incisive issues, and hope very much to continue on this journey.

Recent posts by Lightcube Film Society

Rewards
We Must Thank You!
$4 or more per month
  • Note of gratitude on Lightcube's social media.
  • A shared, call for submissions for each successive issue.
An Exclusive Digital Subscription
$8 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Exclusive Subscription + Invitation to Onground Events
$15 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.

  • Exclusive digital subscription to Umbra.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Notifications of each post on the Umbra blog.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Paper Subscription + A Copy at Home!
$25 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader. 

The Umbra print version is available in an easy-to-read and highly compact tabloid-size. Each new issue is posted to your house.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.

  • Exclusive print subscription to Umbra.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Notifications of each post on the Umbra blog.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
All of Our Issues + Print Subscription + Lightcube Membership
$50 or more per month
The issues of Umbra are available, in digital form, as PDFs and on the Issuu reader.

The Umbra print version is available in an easy-to-read and highly compact tabloid-size. Each new issue is posted to your house.

'Umbra Junction' is our mobile set of onground screenings, talks and workshops around the various essential aspects of independent and alternative film in India. The first edition will take place on 15th and 16th June, at May Day Bookstore and Cafe, in New Delhi.

  • Exclusive print subscription to Umbra.
  • Print copies of all the previous Umbra issues.
  • A special membership pass to all Lightcube screenings.
  • High-quality downloads of all Umbra issues.
  • Invitation to all Umbra Junction events.
  • Notifications of each post on the Umbra blog.
  • Plus all previous rewards.