immigrant stories


LVA's Artebella On The Radio July 18, 2019

Naveen Chaubal is the recipient of the 2019 Hadley Prize for Visual Art. he will join us, along with his producing partner Bryn Silverman, to talk about their film "Pinball". Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM/ to hear artists talk about their work on LVA's Artebella On The Radio.


Pinball is a feature-length documentary and fictional narrative hybrid about a teenage Iraqi immigrant figuring out his life as he straddles the two worlds and cultures he embodies—the world from which he emigrated and his current life in Louisville.

The Hadley Prize will allow Chaubal and Silverman to travel to Egypt with the local teenager featured in Pinball, where they will document the teen’s first return visit to the place he identified as home before coming to America 10 years ago.


Naveen Chaubal began making films while on a dramatic childhood family vacation amongst a forest in Michigan. Since then, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts and received the Thomas Bush Scholarship in Cinematography. Soon after graduating, he co-produced and co-shot “Tomorrow We Disappear,” a feature documentary about a displaced colony of traditional artists in India which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. He has worked for, Vice News, Bon Appétit and produced music videos for James Blake and Frank Ocean. He has traveled the world directing and producing advertisements in the Middle East, Europe, and Central America. In 2012, Naveen went through Film Independent's Project Involve program. In 2015, he filmed a short documentary with Eric Garner’s family as they dealt with the aftermath of a senseless tragedy for AJ+. His recent short film "Pinball" screened at a Director's Guild showcase in Los Angeles, Syndicated Theater in Brooklyn, TIDE Festival, the Speed Art Museum, and the Kansas City Film Fest. "Pinball" the feature project, produced by Bryn Silverman, is a hybrid documentary fiction film and will paint a portrait of immigrant suburbia with Louisville as a lush backdrop.


Bryn Silverman is an Oregon born Louisville based filmmaker whose work focuses on portraiture and people in both documentary and narrative film. She believes in entrepreneurship and seeing the world. She is a shorts screener for the Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently, she worked as a story-producer for a new Netflix series that will air in 2020.