a.k.a. ALIAS Broadcast Premiere on Global

a.k.a. ALIAS Broadcast Premiere on Global

Indo-Canadian Composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs works with Metis/Algonquin Director Michelle Latimer on documentary film following Canadian Hip-Hop artists.

Award-winning Indo-Canadian composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs
worked with director Michelle Latimer of Metis/Algonquin heritage on the feature documentary “a.k.a. ALIAS
“, which will have it's Broadcast Premiere this Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 on Global.


“Scoring for ALIAS was different than any other project I worked on. From the outset, director Michelle Latimer and I discussed how what I composed needed to be subtle, nuanced and weave through the hip-hop and brutally honest dialogue that permeates the film. In the end, the musical contrast is striking and the honesty of the people followed is powerful,” comments composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs.

The artistic and gritty film looks directly at the lives of Toronto rappers, who've sprung from 'hoods that have turned into angry “territories.” There she found stories that belied the stereotypes, young rappers using the form as an alternative to drugs and gang life, and as a possible escape. And their expression – while a stark and realistic portrait of Canada's growing underclass – is anything but an endorsement of thug life.


a.k.a. ALIAS has had an impressive run to date, which is detailed below:

• April 2013 – World Premiere @ Hot Docs
• July 2013 – Screening @ Museum London
• August 2013 – Screening @ Sweden's “Way Out West” festival alongside films by Steven Soderberg and performances by Neil Young & Alicia Keys
• September 2013 – Audience Choice Award @ Bay Street Film Festival
• October 2013 – Free screening & panel discussion @ Toronto Reference Library
• October 2013 – Screening @ imagineNATIVE (TIFF Bell Lightbox)
• November 2nd 2013 – Broadcast Premiere on Global @ 10pm EST

Check out the officual ALIAS trailer:

The Grid – “The buzziest, sexiest films screening at this year's edition of the annual real-to-reel festival.”

Blog TO – “Think of ALIAS as musical activism….”

Point of View “Surreal and beautiful, Alias not only offers an insider look at a different urban space.”

Huff Post – “Remarkably personal and unflinching”

About Vikas Kohli

Vikas Kohli of FatLabs is the first composer to receive the Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival, the first composer to receive a Voice Achievers Award and he also received a MARTY award from the Mississauga Arts Council. He has composed and produced music for award-winning Canadian recording artists, award-winning Indian recording artists, award-winning Canadian and American films, and major motion Bollywood films.

Kohli sits on the advisory board of the Blackwood Art Gallery, the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and has been profiled on ET Canada, CBC The National, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Hindustan Times, MSN, AOL, Yahoo, and Zee News. Born in Nepean (Ottawa), Kohli began playing guitar and painting at fine arts school before receiving his Honors Degree in Mathematics & Philosophy from the University of Toronto, his MBA from the Schulich School of Business and his CFA. Kohli now lives in Mississauga, Canada.

For more information about Vikas Kohli please click HERE.

For more information about ALIAS please click HERE.