UPDATE 2 (06/16/2013): We have just released our second teaser. Enjoy!
UPDATE 1 (06/15/2013) : Firstly, thank you to everyone that has already donated! We hope you spread the message of Sharbat to your other friends and family as well! We have just 2 weeks left to reach our goal!
Couple of updates:
- We just won the filmmaking blog Indiewire's Project of the Week competition! This means we get a free Digital Distribution consultation from Snag Films Please stay in touch for the next stage Project of the Month!
- We completed principal photography and have our first teaser released! Watch it on https://vimeo.com/68327207
WE PROMISE EVEN MORE EXCLUSIVE TEASERS TO OUR FUNDERS!!!
WHAT IS SHARBAT?
Sharbat is a short narrative, that is my thesis which is required for graduation from the NYU Tisch Undergraduate Film and TV Program. It is a ultra low-budget production which will be financed independently. The film is in the vein of Iqbal and Bend It like Beckham. For international audiences, imagine Little Miss Sunshine meets Matilda.
At its core, it is a story of a young girl and her struggle with something that so many of us take for granted - education. It is also a movie that explores the tender relationship between a mother and a daughter, and at the climax is a touching example of what a parent is willing to do for their child.
The most important thing for me in a film, dare I say sometimes even more than the script, is the experience it provides the audience. I want to be taken on a journey, see unique places, experience things that I have never seen before, be awed by something that might be absolutely common – almost a magic carpet ride, if you will. While I am not promising all that in this short, I believe the script has potential to reach some of my personal definitions of an interesting film – it takes you into unusual places (I want to shoot in my native city of Mumbai, and a town called Alibaug a couple of hours drive away from Mumbai), thrusts you into an unusual society (an agricultural household), and mesmerizes you with the language (Hindi mixed with Urdu). I believe a film like this is the perfect opportunity for me to share my idiosyncratic experience with film – I grew up watching films in my mother tongue Tamil and national language Hindi; and now am studying in a Hollywood framework.
We do not think of it as just making a student film, but a professional short narrative that will act as a calling card to the industry for all the cast and crew involved. In addition to the cast and crew, you would get a chance as well to be a part of the wonderful world of cinema!
To give you an idea of what we envisage the film to look like - please have a look at our Look Reel at http://youtu.be/An7vPU06VWw
THE TEAM BEHIND SHARBAT
Writer/ Director/ Producer - JAYESH HARIHARAN is currently an undergraduate student at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts and will graduate with double major degrees in Film Production and Economics in May 2013. He has been on set in various capabilities ranging from Gaffer to Assistant Director and everything in between, and has also Associate Produced and Production Managed two films. In addition to his on-set experience, Hariharan has interned at Solar Films (American Psycho, Y Tu Mama Tambien), IM Global (Paranormal Activity, A Single Man), Screen Media Films (Heleno, Noel, One Last Dance) and India’s most successful production and distribution house Yash Raj Films (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dhoom, Chak De India).
Director of Photography - PRAVEEN ELANKUMARAN - India-born, NY-based Director of Photography Praveen Elankumaran is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has extensive experience shooting short films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries (including one in India). He recently has also been working as a Set Electrician for various TV shows, including Smash, The Good Wife, Elementary, 30 Rock, and on films such as "The Delivery Man" (with Vince Vaughn), "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" (with Robin Williams), and "Tombstones" (with Liam Neeson), among others. Praveen loves traveling, mangoes, and making movies.
Assistant Director - DAVID MAIRE - David is a an alumnus of the Tisch School of the Arts, earning his B.A. in Film & T.V. and Minors in Psychology and Producing, and is currently enrolled at SVA working towards his Masters of Professional Studies in the Live Action Short Film program, set to graduate spring 2014. His tenure at the internationally awarded production company Smuggler paved the way for AireBedd's inception. Cosmopolitan in nature, this native Alpine's passion for directing and producing has him pursuing projects that will help fine tune his craft's distinct skill set.
Production Designer - ELLA ROONEY - Currently an undergraduate student at Parsons Institute of Design, she will graduate with a degree in Fashion Design in May 2013. Realising her interest in film, she began to branch out into Costume Design in Films and eventually developed a keen interest in Production Design and has shared her expertise with numerous short films.
Producer - SAYALI JOSHI is a recent graduate from NYU's Stern School of Business. She completed her bachelors degree with double majors in Finance and Marketing this December of 2012. Even though this is one of her first projects as a producer on a short film, she has experience working as a junior analyst with honorable institutions like JP Morgan Chase, Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) during her summer internships. She hopes to continue her work in the Finance and Marketing field for the next couple of years and achieve an MBA degree soon.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND SHARBAT
The story was inspired by the Afghan Girl. I saw a documentary where Steve McCurry, a NATGEO journalist, went to find the girl he had captured after 18 years. He said, “We have known her face, but we’ve not known her story, not even her name.” That image has fascinated and haunted me for almost 10 years now, and I first wrote this as a short story for my middle school English class. Then now, it has come through a lot, and finally with all your help it has become the script it is today. Even though it has now nothing in common with the first story, the initial inspiration will never be forgotten.
I have visited many Indian villages with my parents and have seen little girls and sometimes even little boys not being able to go to school which hurts me so much. I would love it if this film enhanced the education of little girls in India. It would be my biggest accomplishment. I know there are shorts that did this, like Trevor for example and I would be more than humbled if mine lead to a similar cause. The story my girlfriend told me about her volunteer experience shocked me so much. Even if one girl gets to go to school because of people watching my movie I would be absolutely honored and would consider Sharbat a success whether the movie is good or not.
WHERE THE FUNDS WILL GO?
- Production Materials
- Art Direction and Props
- Camera Rental
- Lighting and Grip equipment rentals
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE?
In addition to the financial contribution to the film, which we would be eternally grateful for, there are many ways you could contribute-
- Being an extra on May 30th for the train station sequence of the film
- Getting the word out! Check out our pages on Facebook! Share our pages and spread the word about our film! Also get real time updates on everything to do with the production! https://www.facebook.com/sharbatthefilm