2013 marks 100 years of Indian cinema. Amidst all the revelry, maraa invites creative practitioners and diverse audiences to participate in Out of FOCUS to get a closer look at labor in the cinema industry. The festival brings different strands of cinema to the forefront; disaggregated, in its raw form. It highlights off-screen experiences, techniques of cinema, and explore the relationship between labor and cinema. It is a tribute to the personal histories of workers in the cinema industry.
Artists highlight the quiet, invisible workers in the cinema industries such as poets, lyricists, composers, writers who are instrumental in shaping our association with cinema. In light of the many single screen theatres shutting down in Bangalore in the last decade, owning to the imposition to upgrade facilities at the theatres by Karnataka Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1964, the festival also delves deeper into the impact cinema has had on people’s livelihoods.