(FREE for members)
Sun April 17th, 2022 @ 12:30PM
Venue: Austin Film Society
NOTE: The majority of these shorts can also be caught at our online festival, April 22-25.
Shorts Program 2 - Locals and Long Distance
India, USA I 79 mins I Coming of Age, Romance, Drama,
Documentary I Hindi, English w/ English Subtitles
A selection of locally made and international shorts that touch on the distances between people - in time, space, and circumstances - and how they are bridged.
Mono No Aware (dir. Koushik Sarkar)
On a field trip, a girl reflects on the passage of time.
The Blind Date (dir. Mihir Dhiraj Upadhyay)
A young, blind couple visit the ocean together to discuss an upcoming change.
Hot Chocolate ( dir. Lila Mali)
A son reflects on a family tradition after moving out.
Testimony of Ana ( dir. Sachin Dheeraj)
A woman recounts the abuse of a modern witch hunt.
Turning Point ( dir. Rakhesh Raveendran)
An immigrant father drinks too much and faces a frightening consequence.
About the Artist(s)
Koushik Sarkar is a filmmaker and photographer who grew up in Krishnanagar and studied at the National Institute of Design (NID).
In 2007, he started APOPSTROPHE, one of India's premier commercial production companies. He has produced advertisements for Dell, Samsung, Gillette, Amazon, & more. His latest venture, KALI Collective, a content development company, focuses mainly on narrative projects.
Sachin is an engineer turned filmmaker from India. He is currently studying and practicing film at The UT- Austin as part of the MFA program in Film & Media Production. His short doc, The Bubbleman, premiered at SXSW Denius Longhorn Showcase and has played many world festivals. He is also a recipient of the Austin Film Society Grant for his pre-thesis film, Testimony of Ana, which premiered at HOT DOCS.
Mihir Dhirajlal Upadhyay has a long relationship with filmmaking, from working as a camera attendant at 16 to producing international features with collaborators across the globe. As a producer, he's facilitated projects that have won the hearts of critics and audiences, including Pan Nalin's The Valley of Flowers. The Blind Date is his second short as writer/ director. He is currently developing web shows and a feature.
Rakhesh Raveendran is a business professional and self-taught local filmmaker who has also served as President of the Greater Austin Malayalee Association. His short film, Turning Point, was shot on iPhone with a largely debut crew and inspired by the experiences of immigrants on work visas.
Lila Mali is an incoming University of Texas-Austin freshman who is passionate about storytelling through animation and filmmaking. A self taught animator who has has been studying film production and direction for 7 years, Lila has worked on several animated projects and shorts and is also studying Computer Science. Her short, Hot Chocolate, was created during her senior year of high school and became a state finalist at the 2021 UIL film festival.