David Farris has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked with Indian Institute of Science, UC Berkeley and Harvard University among others. He was the mathematician-in-residence at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. None of this, however, connects him to the work he has proposed to undertake with the support of India Foundation for the Arts, which is to study the collapse of the celluloid film distribution infrastructure in India at the wake of digital distribution. David studied undergraduate courses in Film Studies and Art History at Harvard College and underwent training at the George Eastman Museum. He has been living in India since 2011 and in 2016 he founded the Shabistan Film Archive in Bengaluru, a non-profit trust and coalition of professional archivists and scholars to carry out preservation work on Indian Film. David Farris shared about his involvement in the film archive project Shabistan.