Jonathan Twingley and Meherjaan

Jonathan Twingley is an American author, artist and illustrator. His work is regularly exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. His paintings and illustrations also appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Mother Jones, and The Progressive.

Twingley's first novel The Badlands Saloon was published by Scribner in 2009.

Contents 1 Early years 2 Education 3 Illustrator 4 The Badlands Saloon 5 Critical reception 6 Recent work 7 Arts education 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early years

Twingley was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. His mother was a librarian. His father, an artist and high school arts instructor, would often allow Twingley to paint on the backs of his test-proofs with large brushes and lots of tempera paint. According to Twingley, “I began my career as an Abstract Expressionist, allowing the paint to do most of the thinking. And then I turned four and became a Social Realist and never really looked back.” Education

Twingley's primary and high school education occurred in his home town of Bismarck. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1996, and completed his Master's Degree in Fine Arts (MFA) in illustration at the prestigious School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. Illustrator

As an illustrator, Twingley's work appears regularly in United States national publications including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The New Republic. In addition, Twingley is often commissioned by the Columbia Journalism Review, Boston Magazine, and trade magazine publishers such as Corporate Counsel, The Deal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Re-Thinking Schools.

Twingley's illustrations show a profound awareness of character − pertaining to people and places alike. With contours and palette akin to those of Matisse, and a social awareness reminiscent of Fritz Scholder, Twingley arranges his compositions in a careful manner, like a cinematographer, paying close attention to narrative elements that individualize each separate work. The Badlands Saloon

After illustrating dozens of books, magazines, trade journals and newspapers for 11 years, Twingley wrote and illustrated his own debut novel The Badlands Saloon. Published by Scribner in 2009, the 224-page hardcover tells the story of Oliver Clay, and his life-changing summer in a small North Dakota town.

The town is Marysville − once a booming oil town, now a tourist spot − a "Wild West fishbowl" with a state-of-the-art amphitheater, an Old West Shooting Gallery, bumper cars, and a glad-handing mayor with his own daily radio show. Like much of America, "the town had become a strange version of itself...a generic vision of what towns once looked like when there were cowboys and Indians and wagon wheels and campfires. But there was an authenticity to it all, too."

The town resembles Medora, North Dakota. At the south entrance to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora provides a touristy western experience with wooden planked sidewalks, old fashion ice cream parlors, and buggy rides. Just like Marysville, Medora offers several museums, the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Badlands Shooting Gallery, Medora Mini Golf, and the Burning Hills Amphitheater with nightly productions of the Medora Musical. Both Medora and Marysville were named after a French aristocrat. Also resembling Marysville, the entire economy of Medora (with its 112 residents and 0.37 square miles) is subsidized by a foundation - the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

The novel was uniquely constructed. It was not a graphic novel with comic book panels, but an illustrated novel with 38 full-color illustrations covering 76 pages. It was also a personal memoir, yet explosively populated with characters reminiscent of The Iceman Cometh, the Coen Brothers' Fargo, and a Fellini circus. Critical reception

The Badlands Saloon evoked the lyricism of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County and Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, and it was well received.

The New York Times Book Review stated"The Badlands Saloon is filled with hallucinatory incidents and flamboyant barflies...Before the summer’s out, young Ollie will learn the usual life lessons, amid much faux wisdom that crumbles under the glare of the trailer park lights. The book’s chief attraction is Twingley’s sketchbook of illustrations, whose broad outsider-art strokes work in concert with Ollie’s naive ruminations.”

Booklist signalled Twingley as "an up-and-coming artist" and praised his "uniquely stylized characters...a gallery of portraits rendered in prose, punctuated by visuals, and delivered with unsentimental but heartfelt honesty."

According to Library Journal Review, The Badlands Saloon "feels like catching up with an old friend over beers. A wonderful read; highly recommended for lovers of the American landscape and fiction readers of all kinds." Recent work

Twingley's paintings and drawings are regularly exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. The first solo museum exhibition of Twingley's art occurred at the University of Minnesota's Rourke Art Gallery. He continues to exhibit his work there, and in the Rourke Art Museum, on a regular basis.

PRINT magazine featured Twingley's work in a showcase of 20 artists under the age of 30. His work has also been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, the Society of Publication Designers, and Communication Arts Magazine. Arts education

Twingley is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), one of the United States' oldest universities dedicated to the arts.

He was also a visiting artist-in-residence at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he met individually with students, lectured on art and writing, and illustrated these with selections from his own work.

In 2012, Twingley juried the Rourke Art Museum’s 53rd annual Midwestern exhibit. See also Biography portal

Meherjaan and Jonathan Twingley

Meherjaan (Bengali: মেহেরজান), a full-length feature film made by Rubaiyat Hossain as her debut film. The film has been pulled out of theatres due to the hostile response of a group of audience after its release in January, 2011. Meherjaan claims to be a women's "feminine" re-visiting of Bangladesh’s independence war with Pakistan in 1971 while many feels discomfort with the deconstructive representation of the '71 war.

Contents 1 Cast 2 Festivals and awards 3 Suspension 4 Reviews 5 References 6 External links

Cast Jaya Bachchan as Meher Victor Banerjee as Khwaja Saheb (Grandfather) Omar Rahim as Wasim Khan (Pakistani Soldier) Shaina Amin as Young Meher Reetu A Sattar as Neela (Birangona) Azad Abul Kalam Pavel as Shumon Humayun Faridi as Khonker Sharmili Ahmed as Meher's Mother Khairul Alam Sabuj as Meher's Father Monira Mithu as Meher's Aunt Nasima Selim as Sarah (Warchild) Rubaiyat Hossain as Salma Ashique Mostafa as Shimul Shatabdi Wadud as Khalil Iqbal Sultan as Major Baset Rifat Chowdhury as Arup Arup Rahee as Rahee Rajeev Ahmed as Sami Tansina Shawan as Joba (Freedom Fighter) Festivals and awards

Meherjaan has been participated in many film festivals including Kolkata Film Festival, Festival International de Films de Fribourg, Festival de Cine de Bogotá, 31 º Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay, London Asian Film Festival, Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema, Jaipur International Film Festival, Cyprus International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Belize International Film Festival, Portobello Film Festival, Baghdad International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival The Hague, Arizona International Film Festival, Kenya International Film Festival, Oaxaca Film Fest, Ladakh International Film Festival, Seattle South Asian Film Festival, International Film Festival Antigua Barbuda, Bahamas International Film Festival and others.

Meherjaan wins a handful of awards at International film festivals and competitions including Best Critic Award (Jaipur Int. Film Festival), Jury Award and Audience Award for Best Feature Film (Northampton Int. Film Festival), Best Feature Film (Abuja Int. Film Festival), Leigh Whipper Gold Award and Best Film Award (Philadelphia Int. Film Festival), Orson Wells Award (Tiburon Int. Film Festival), Grand Bonehead Award-Best Foreign Language Film and Best Soundtrack (Bare Bones Int. Film Festival), GAIA Award-Best Foreign Film and ATLANTIS Award-Best Soundtrack (Moondance Film Festival), Best Foreign Feature (Long Island Film Festival) Best Cinematography (Hoboken Int. Film Festival), Best Foreign Film-Runner up (AOF Int. Film Festival), Best Outstanding Debut Film and Best Female Director (NJ Independent South Asian Cinefest), Best International Feature Film and Special Jury Award (IFF for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality), River Admiration Award-Outstanding Feature(East) and Best Actress-Jaya Bachchan (Silent River Film Festival), Best Foreign Film (River’s Edge film festival), Grand Jury Prize-Best Film (International Bridge Fest), Best Foreign Film and Best Script-Honorable Mention (Cleveland Indie Gathering), Honorable Mention (New Jersey Int. Film Festival) and others Suspension

The film was withdrawn from movie theatres in Bangladesh due to the objections of different groups of people. "The film Meherjaan, which was released in Dhaka in January 2011, was quickly pulled out of theatres after it created a furore among audiences. The hostile responses to the film from across generations highlight the discomfort about the portrayal of a raped woman, and its depiction of female and multiple sexualities during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. The film's stance against Bangladeshi nationalism also created a stir among audiences."

On November 3, 2011, there was a special film event and a panel discussion at Harvard University sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston, South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at UMass, and the CARR Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School. The film was screened in advance of a panel discussion by Cambridge/Boston academics. Reviews

Meherjaan has received mixed reviews.
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