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A dark drama, RESET follows the journey of addiction, body image and recovery, through the eyes of Rylee, a mixed-race American teen.

Rylee, a mixed-race (South-Asian/African-American) woman descends into drug addiction while struggling with her difficult childhood.. After entering treatment at a rehab facility, working through issues of identity both physical and emotional, Rylee learns recovery is a life-long process that holds no guarantees.

Director Notes:

Rylee’s experience in rehab is paralleled by her South-Asian mother Maya, who struggles with her own family history of addiction.

Told in a non-linear structure, Rylee’s story is revealed through spoken word. Her journal entries offer a glimpse into her internal world… her sense of abandonment, cultural identity, and lethal relationship with her own body

Upon acceptance, RESET can be subtitled promptly.

  • Arun K. Vir
    2016 Academy Nicholl Finalist, The Last Weekend, Unfinished
  • Arun K. Vir
    2016 Academy Nicholl Finalist, The Last Weekend, Unfinished
  • Arun K. Vir
    The Last Weekend, Unfinished, Freedom Riders, Romancing the Joan, The Last Weekend, The Bulls' Night Out
  • Lance Dickson
    "Eve's House" - "Route 66Six" - "Mummy Of East L.A." Pre-Production- "Earth Angel" Post Production: "Body Of Work"
  • Camille Bright
    Key Cast
    Our idiot brother
  • Nandini Minocha
    Key Cast
    Miss India America
  • Nicola Lambo
    Key Cast
    Revenge, Atlas Shrugged
  • Lindsey Haun
    Key Cast
    Color of Friendship
  • Russell Andrews
    Key Cast
    The Punisher
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Dark Drama, Family, Teen, Drama
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    18 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2016
    June 11, 2016
    Nominated, Best Short
  • The Pan African Film Festival 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    February 15, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Programmers Award for Best Short Film
  • International Black Film Festival Nashville
    Nashville, TN
    October 3, 2015
    Founders' Award in Festival
Director Biography - Arun K. Vir

Award winning filmmaker, Arun Vir established herself in New York City as the Media Training Director for Film/Video Arts where she produced groundbreaking workshops for nascent filmmakers, garnering the support of independent artists as Christine Vachon (I shot Andy Warhol), and James Schamus (Crouching Tiger).

Vir’s screenplay The Last Weekend earned her the “Directing Workshop for Women Award” sponsored by AFI. She moved to Los Angeles to make her film. Upon completion The Last Weekend, starring Suzzanne Douglas (Parenthood) took Best Short, Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Emerging Artist, National Black Programming Consortium, and was showcased on Showtime’s, The Best Shorts, with actor/host Hill Harper. Arun has written and directed several shorts including RESET; a dark drama which tackles eating disorders, addiction and recovery, through the eyes of a mixed-race teen. Her Award winning true story made its’ International festival premiere in London at the 2015 British Urban Film Festival, Sponsored by Channel 4.

Arun’s feature scripts include Suburban Turban, a coming of age urban drama about an Indian-American, second-generation youth who wants to win the ultimate Spin DJ competition, date a Latina girl in his neighborhood. But his father wants him to prepare for a centuries old turban tying ceremony.
Suburban Turban was recently announced FINALIST by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2016 Screenwriting Nicholl Fellowship. She was Semi-Finalist in 2015.

Her producing credits include Showtime’s BBGun, (dir: Garrett Williams, 98’ Sundance winner), Civil Rights documentary Freedom Riders- Official Sundance selection 2010, & 3 Emmy Award Winner (dirs: Stanley Nelson/Laurens Grant).

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Director Statement

RESET started its real-life journey as a cathartic exercise for me. This film is the result of my own familial experience. As a South-Asian female, I was raised in a tight-knit community; I learned talking about addiction or alcoholism was, and still is, taboo. As a parent, my search for outlets or forums supporting women of color who struggle with body image and addiction was disappointing and prompted me to tell this story.