Thank you so much to all of you for helping us get to our goal of $7000! We're well on our way to making our short film, Dandekar Makes a Sandwich!
NEW GOAL: Help us make the feature film! Get us to $15K so we can bring on incredible casting director Emily Schweber. Emily cast Leena and Megha's first feature, Raspberry Magic, and brought them Alison Brie and Bella Thorne. With additional funding, she will help us cast the best actors for the feature, Days with Dandekar, which we are actively getting off the ground. The screenplay was workshopped in the prestigious FIND Screenwriter's Lab, and was a part of Tribeca All Access. With $15K, we can begin active pre-production of the feature film, by starting locations scouting, and bringing on key crew.
Dandekar Makes a Sandwich is a short film about RK Dandekar, played by Brian George (Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory), who goes on a journey to make the perfect sandwich. He'll stop at nothing to get the best ingredients, but in his quest, he makes an unlikely connection with a stranger. Dandekar is a man in his 60's who has raised his family, and retired from his job, and while he is comfortable, he is uncertain of how to fill his time. So... He has time to make that perfect sandwich.
BRIAN GEORGE, THE ACTOR.
Brian George is an iconic actor, known especially for his depiction of Pakistani restauranteur, Babu Bhatt in the sitcom, Seinfeld. Since then, he's been in hundreds of episodes of television, including on Big Bang Theory and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. See his more complete bio below.
Dandekar Makes a Sandwich is a dramedy. We plan to film it on 35mm film, using a steadicam, which will allows us to have nice, flowing movement, without the jerkiness of a handheld camera. You can check out Leena's Look Book and Visual Inspiration for the feature film, Days with Dandekar, here. The style for the short film will be the same/similar.
THE SHORT FILM.
Dandekar Makes a Sandwich is a prequel to the feature film, Days with Dandekar, slated for production in 2015. The screenplay was workshopped in the prestigious Film Independent Screenwriter's Lab, and was selected for Tribeca All Access. Through the short film, we can:
1) Establish Style and Tone: A short will give us the opportunity to make something high quality that shows what the feature will look/feel like. We will also have the chance to work with the actors and crew on a style and vision for the movie that is unique, interesting and truly stands out.
2) Build An Audience: Before we go out and raise the hundreds and thousands of dollars that is takes to make a feature film, we want to make a short film that gets seen in both festivals and online. This way we can build an audience, and develop potential relationships with distributors. We want to make sure our movie ultimately gets seen!
We want to make a high quality short film that really showcases our work. The funds you contribute will go toward the grocery store location, paying crew/cast, equipment rentals and more. Here's how it breaks down:
I am inspired by the everyday lives of people and the wackiness of my own dad, who really does make the craziest sandwiches. I love the idea of strangers meeting one another for strange reasons and finding this unusual sense of connectivity, and finding funniness in life's very ordinary moments.
BRIAN GEORGE (ACTOR): Was raised in India and London's East End where he was inspired by a number of British comics including Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Tony Hancock, Kenneth Horn, and many others. He began acting professionally in 1966 when his family moved to Canada, first, with friends, starting the Bear Theater Company. Then with The Second City, where he worked with Catherine O’Hara, John Candy and Martin Short among many others. Brian moved to Los Angeles and since then has worked non-stop, in sit-coms, Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory, dramas, Star Trek, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, film, Austin Powers, Keeping the Faith, Horrible Bosses, cartoons Animaniacs, Star Wars Clone Wars, the web Burning Love and on stage, Stuff Happens, Yes, Prime Minister.
DYANA ORTELLI (ACTRESS): A
native of Mexico, Ortelli most recently guest-starred in the ground-breaking
television drama The Bridge with Oscar-nominee, Demian Bichir, and will soon be seen opposite Boo Boo
Stewart, Naomi Judd and Robert Loggia in the feature film, BALSAM FALLS. She can also be seen in the Imagen-Award
winning bilingual mini-novela, Sin Verguenza, currently airing on YouTube. She has two other feature film projects yet
to be released – EXPECTING MARY, with Linda Gray, Cybill Shepherd, and Cloris
Leachman, and FOOD STAMPS, opposite Danny Trejo -- the Audience Favorite winner
at the Reel Rasquache Film Festival.
"La Ortelli", as she is known to her friends, is most often
recognized for her role as Dora, Larry David's housekeeper on Curb Your Enthusiasm; as Mario Lopez' mom in Outta Time, and as outrageous fashion
designer Irene in the Latino ground-breaking film, Luminarias. One of
Hollywood’s Latina pioneers, Ortelli has also appeared in Picking Up the Pieces
(with Woody Allen), American Me, La Bamba, Born in East L.A. and The Three Amigos. Television credits include C.S.I., NOTES FROM THE UNBERBELLY, SAVING
GRACE, LIZZIE McGUIRE, BROTHERS GARCIA, NYPD BLUE, SEINFELD, and the popular
Univision telenovela TE AMARE EN SILENCIO, with Eduardo Yañez and Salvador
LEENA PENDHARKAR (WRITER/DIRECTOR): Directed the feature film, Raspberry Magic,
with Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, which played in over 30 festivals,
won the Audience Award at the Philly Asian American Film festival, and
was distributed digitally via Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and most recently on
television via the Starz/DirectTV Network. She has also directed
several web series, including So Natural and Overly Attached Andy, and numerous short films like, The Perfect Boyfriend, that have played on Funny
or Die, FailBlog, Comediva, The Blush and many film festivals across the
country. She and Jane were named “Women to Watch” in web series by TV Comedy Is Dead. Her script for Days with Dandekar
was selected for the FIND Screenwriter’s Lab, and won a Tribeca All Access grant. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at LMU where she teaches film production. She holds a Master's in Journalism with a focus on Documentary Filmmaking from UC-Berkeley.
JANE KELLY KOSEK (PRODUCER): Has produced a number of feature films including Straight Line, Tennesee, Not Since You, Take me Home, and The Diary of Preston Plummer. She has also produced several documentary features, including Industrial Light and Magic, Citizen Hearst, and The Imagineering Story. She was also a producer on the documentary short Pipe Dreams,
which was shortlisted for an Oscar. Her films have screened in numerous
festivals and aired on TV via Netflix, Hulu and more. She and Leena
started the YouTube channel So Natural TV, and made a number of comedy shorts together.
RENUKA PULLAT (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) Has over fifteen years of experience in a career that spans finance, marketing, and production control. She has been involved in raising financing, planning shooting schedules, fulfilling shooting requirements and coordinating the post-production of numerous films. Renuka also has an extensive background in the development of feature films, having produced and distributed many major commercial Indian films including Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav, Sarkar, and Dus. She has founded two companies - Kria Entertainment in the US and Siren Media Company in Cambodia. Renuka graduated from the University of Bombay with a BA in Economics and Statistics and has an MBA from Seton Hall University.
MEGHA KADAKIA (PRODUCER): Produced Raspberry Magic,
which acquired domestic distribution through Film Buff, Cinetic Rights
Management, STARZ, and foreign distribution through Screen Media.
Kadakia just finished her second feature – Miss India America,
starring Tiya Sircar and Hannah Simone, currently in post production
and set to release Fall of 2014 and is working on her third feature The Tiger Hunter,
filming summer of 2014. She holds an MBA from Columbia University.
SOHINI SENGUPTA (PRODUCER): Sohini Sengupta is an award-winning creative marketing producer of numerous theatrical advertising campaigns, including 12 Years a
Slave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Black Swan and Slumdog Millionare. She is the VP of Interactive Media at Mark Woollen & Associates, the company's digital division. On the film side, she recently produced Teacher in a Box for ITVS's Future States series, and is also currently prepping for the feature film, Chee and T. She was recently
one of Glamour
Magazine's 35 under 35 women who run Hollywood.
DAUD SANI (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY): Born in Pakistan and raised in the US, Daud Sani brings a personal touch to everything he DPs. With a bachelors in film, Daud has shot short films, commercials, music video, features, and reality content for networks such as the Style, PBS, E!, and Bravo. Passion for telling stories in visual medium helps Daud strives to cultivate his talent while always looking for innovation in an ever progressing film industry.
AMEET MEHTA (ILLUSTRATOR, DESIGNER): Is a prolific illustrator, user interface designer, programmer and DJ. He has created visual experiences for brands such as Reebok, GE, Microsoft, Visa, and designed flyers and t-shirts for a number of music, film and art events. He also designed and developed platforms for Topspin Media and CHNL. He will be providing the illustrations for many of the perks.
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