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Nom de naissance Vishvanath Buddhika Keerthisena
Vishvanath Buddhika Keerthisena, also known as Boodee Keerthisena is an award-winning Sri Lankan filmmaker. He is well known as an artist began his career with drawing comics. Quietly he moved into painting, dress designing and visual arts and into music in the late 80s. He performed in a band called "Boo-Dee and the Woo-Zees" (1986–1992) as the lead singer.
In 1987, he went to New York to study film. He joined the film department to study film and television at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. For his graduation in 1995, he presented his feature film "Veils of Maya" (Sihina Deshayen - 1993 ) as his thesis. The film won 31 awards in many festivals including best director and best film.
In 1997 he started shooting "Buongiorno Italia" (Mille Soya) and completed its shooting in Sri Lanka and Italy with a crew from 8 different countries. The film was released in 2004 and was in 16 festivals and won 15 awards including best picture and best director.
In 2008 he co-wrote the screenplay and directed "Alone in A Valley" (Nimnayaka Hudakalawa)which is in post production currently.
From 2009-2010 he directed "Matha", a film based on the last Elam war that ended after nearly 30 years. The film was released in January 2012.
Since he got back to Sri Lanka in 1995, he has directed and produced over 100 TV commercials, more than 30 documentaries, Two TV series and many music videos.
His work is influenced by John Cassavetes and contains elements of "cinema-verite" style.
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