Visiting Assistant Professor Leena Pendharkar will debut her short film, Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, on March 14 at CAAMFest 2015, a film festival in San Francisco presented by the Center for Asian American Media.
Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, a dramedy directed by Pendharkar, tells the story of RK Dandekar, a retiree who takes a visit to the grocery store in search of items to make a sandwich but leaves with much more than sandwich ingredients. This short film acts as a prequel to the feature film, Days with Dandekar, which Pendharkar workshopped in the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab and was part of Tribeca All Access.
The character of Dandekar is based on Pendharkar’s father. Despite his daughters’ encouragement to take Spanish classes or travel during his time of retirement, he preferred to spend his days wandering around town, making visits to the bank and coffee shop every single day.
According to the Days with Dandekar website, Pendharkar “wanted to tell the story of a retiree who seems to have everything except one thing: a sense of connection with others. I love the idea of strangers meeting one another for strange reasons and finding this unusual sense of connectivity. My goal is to explore loneliness and each of our desires to find others.”
To learn more, visit the website Days with Dandekar.
On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Starstuck, a web series created by LMU students Riley Ettinger (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16), Jonathan Talbert (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16) and Tom Young (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16) will debut on YouTube. The six-episode series is a Hollywood satire about a struggling starlet trying to remain in the public eye while under house arrest.
Ettinger, Talbert and Young came up with the idea for the web series in March 2014. “Looking to practice episodic storytelling with our peers, we began brainstorming ideas for a web series we could feasibly produce. Taking into account time, budget, and other logistical constraints, we chose to tell a story in a self-contained location. And that’s when we discovered our show: our protagonist would be under house arrest!” said Young.
Once the idea was in motion, they enlisted the help of their fellow Lions to create the series.
“As eager participants in the Hollywood entertainment machine, we took great pleasure in developing this satire, lampooning our celebrity-obsessed culture willing to follow any “role model” with a pretty face and a modicum of talent. Under this comedic lens, we were able to explore such universal themes as friendship, fame, forgiveness, and finding the perfect outfit to wear before dramatically violating parole,” said Young, adding, “On each step of the process, from breaking stories and workshopping scripts in the writers’ room to preparing and executing our seven-day shoot, to the editing room and releasing final videos on YouTube, we have been incredibly grateful for the support from the LMU community. This project would not have been possible without the help of our advisor, Jeffrey Davis, as well as the rest of the SFTV faculty and staff who have provided us with the knowledge and expertise for writing and production. We are excited for the opportunity to showcase our hard work and share some laughs with the greater LMU community.”
Subscribe and watch Starstuck episodes on YouTube starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 7th here
Become a fan of Starstuck: www.facebook.com/StarstuckTV
Follow Starstuck on Twitter @StarstuckTVshow #Starstuck
Congratulations to everyone involved!
Riley Ettinger (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
Jonathan Talbert (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
Tom Young (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
Micaela Canedo (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
Michael Salomon (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
Tasha Henderson (FFSW – M.F.A. ’15)
Jonathan Medici (FFSW – M.F.A. ’16)
Evan Romansky (FFSW – M.F.A. ’16)
David Falcone (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
John Pickhaver (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
Jonathan Talbert (WPTV – M.F.A. ’16)
Ignacio Reveco (Production – M.F.A. ’14)
Matt Van Tine (Production – M.F.A. ’15)
Alec Baer (Production – M.F.A. ’16)
Director of Photography:
Huan Manton (Film & TV Production – B.A. ’15)
DJ Schottky (Film & TV Production – B.A. ’15)
Victoria McCurrie (Film & TV Production – B.A. ’16)
Ed Morales (Production – M.F.A. ’15)
Logan Fulton (Film & TV Production – B.A. ’17)
Austin Klingner (Film & TV Production – B.A. ’15)
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution, a documentary created by SFTV Professor Glenn Gebhard, is airing on PBS through American Public Television.
The film tells a story of a school teacher named Frank Pais and an architecture student named Juan Antonio Echeverria, who were both critical figures in the overthrow of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldiva. Although not as well-known as the historically famous Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, both men played important roles in Batista’s eventual overthrow.
The film chronicles Pais’ and Echeverria’s roles through footage and interviews with family members, Cuban revolutionaries and a former CIA agent. It is commonly believed that Batista’s overthrow was a result of Fidel Castro’s actions alone. Gebhard’s documentary, however, illustrates how both Pais and Echeverria rallied for support against Batista. Above all, the film examines how we view and remember history and seeks to shed light on how Pais and Echeverria helped shape Cuban history.
Check out the documentary trailer below. Congratulations Glenn!
Hot off the heels of her critically-acclaimed film Dear White People, LMU alumna Effie Brown (Film and Television – B.A. ’93), has been tapped by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films to produce the feature film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s bestselling book trilogy Flyy Girl. According to Deadline: “Brown and her banner Duly Noted will oversee development and recruitment of the creative team alongside Codeblack’s Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell. Nicole Jefferson-Asher is on board to write the script. The story explores the journey of Tracey Ellison, a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness. In the midst of her life journey, Ellison is forced to reinvent herself and rethink her relationships, her career and her definition of success.”
Read our recent Q&A with Brown where she discussed the ins-and-outs of producing and provided useful advice to young filmmakers here. Congratulations Effie!