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ABOUT THE FILM

Set in the near future, three Indian astronauts are on a one-way trip to settle a distant planet, Gliese-581g. Unfortunately, the ship's captain, Rishi, passes away after an adverse reaction to the hyper-sleep. Now it's up to the two remaining astronauts, Pankaj and Naaz, to come together and land the vessel in his memory.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Director - Faroukh Virani is a Los Angeles based director/editor who has completed studies in Film Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts (MFA) and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (BFA). Growing up, his parents operated an Indian video rental store and the style of Bombay cinema greatly influences his sensibility and work. Faroukh is interested in bringing South Asian stories to diverse genres.

Producer - Daniel Leeds is a Film/TV production MFA graduate from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Born in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Daniel continued his exploration of new places when he left home for Kenyon College in the rural oasis of Gambier, Ohio. Having spent the entirety of his youth performing on the stage as an actor, Daniel explored many areas of Kenyon's liberal arts education, and ultimately majored in dance and concentrated his studies on media art and filmmaking.

Producer - Natalie Mirsky attended Sarah Lawrence College and the London School of Economics before pursuing her MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her recent projects include a micro budget indie feature about Charles Manson and the grittier side of LA in the 1960s, as well as a Japanese-American co-production about planet earth.

Producer - Lindsey Villarreal is currently an assistant to Carlton Cuse, aiding in the production of multiple shows. Her credits also include Producer’s assistant on season 7 of the AMC series “Mad Men,” and season 3 of the Adult Swim series, “Eagleheart.” In 2013 Villarreal earned an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.


ABOUT Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. CAAM’s catalog includes more than 250 titles, constituting the country’s largest collection of Asian American films and videos for educational distribution. Our award-winning documentaries, personal stories, dramas and experimental works reflect the rich history and diversity of Asian people in the U.S. and global diaspora.

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