Nirvan Mullick is an award winning filmmaker, speaker, and social entrepreneur who went to buy a door handle for his car one day, pulled into a random auto parts store in East LA, and met a 9 year old boy named Caine. Caine had built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad's store. Nirvan became Caine's first customer and then made a film inviting the world to play Caine's Arcade.
Nirvan's short film Caine's Arcade became a viral phenomenon in 2012, receiving over 10 million views, and raising over $240,000 for a Scholarship fund for Caine. Following Caine's Arcade, Nirvan founded the Imagination Foundation, a non-profit to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids like Caine worldwide. The Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge has engaged over 250,000 kids in 60 countries in creative play, and was named a Champion of the Ashoka/Lego Foundation Re-Imagine Learning Challenge. With over 100 Imagination Chapters launching in 2015, the impact of that chance encounter continues to grow.
Nirvan began making films while studying philosophy at New College and then went to CalArts where he earned an MFA in Experimental Animation. His animated short films have screened in festivals worldwide, from Cannes to Annecy, winning numerous awards. While a student at CalArts, Nirvan began a collaborative experiment called The 1 Second Film, which became one of the first crowd funded films in 2001.
Nirvan serves on the boards of Imagination Foundation and CicLAvia, and has received the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award and the Innovation in Action award. He is currently developing a scripted series with HBO, and also directing a feature-length documentary about Larry Walters, the 1982 lawnchair balloonist.
Nirvan speaks around the world about the critical need to foster the creativity of every child, and the potential of every moment to have an impact.