Jeff Roy is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Le Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud at Université Paris Sciences et Lettres. He earned his Ph.D. (2015) and M.A. (2011) from the Department of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a BA (2007) in Comparative Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. His research and artistic work with transgender and hijra performers in India have been supported by Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright-mtvU, Film Independent, Godrej India Culture Lab, and other institutions.

Roy has produced and directed a documentary film series, one documentary short and two medium-length documentary films. His directorial debut film, Rites of Passage (2012) follows a 42 year-old devout Muslim from India on a physical and spiritual journey through sex reassignment surgery. Since its premiere, this award winning short film screened in competition at over 50 film festivals, film institutes, and universities, appearing at prestigious venues including the Director’s Guild of America, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the British Film Institute. The medium-length version, Mohammed to Maya (2013), also screened at film festivals and universities around the world:

Roy’s second documentary project, Music in Liminal Spaces (2012-13), is a 14-episode series that explores the lives of Mumbai’s underground musicians and dancers who have made an impact on the future of LGBTQ rights in India. Supported by Fulbright-mtvU, the project was featured in regular monthly video installments on the Fulbright-mtvU website:

Roy recently worked as the lead producer for the narrative film, Relapse (2015), a project that was produced through Project Involve, Film Independent’s signature diversity initiative. Written and directed by Rosie Haber, the film stars New York-based model, actress and former Olympian Casey Legler, and Mumbai-based actress and musician Monica Dogra:

Before entering graduate school, Roy worked as an orchestra director in the St. Louis public school districts and was a concert violinist in various orchestras and world music ensembles. Roy has performed with internationally renowned musicians including Dave Brubeck, LeAnn Rimes, Ali Jihad Racy, Ustad Imrat Khan and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil.