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Anita, a strong willed and independent chef on the rise in the city, meets Mayank, an asperger-y super-dork with a lovable charm. And by meet, we mean Mayank lets himself into her apartment and waits by her bed until she wake’s up! It’s okay though because it’s Mayank. He’s harmless. Mayank and Anita’s parents are very on board with the arrangement but Anita is not at all ready to give up her wonderful life and settle for someone she doesn’t love. Maybe she’d end up with Mick, her not-a-complete douche bag boyfriend, if she had more time. Through a series of events, we find out that Mayank is gay and actually wants to marry Anita because he can’t tell his parents and wants to continue his relationship with his boyfriend, Pietier. Anita also finds out she needs Mayank because her if she doesn’t get married her parents will take away her inheritance and with that she won’t be able to open her own restaurant. They both decide to take the plunge since it’s mutually beneficial although straight up crazy and we see the beginning of a ridiculous “Will and Grace” type friendship ensue in this odd couple comedy.

  • Kholi Hicks
    Director
  • Jake Matthews
    Writer
  • Anita Kalathara
    Writer
  • Mayank Bhatter
    Producer
    LOVE IS STRANGE, LOITERING WITH INTENT
  • Anita Kalathara
    Producer
  • Mayank Bhatter
    Key Cast
    Silicon Valley, Grey's Anatomy, Fuller House, Melissa and Joey, The Avengers, The Tiger Hunter, Trafficked, Promoted, Driving While Black
  • Anita Kalathara
    Key Cast
    Trafficked, Mono, Dance Camp, The Mindy Project, Jane By Design
  • Hannah McIalwain
    Key Cast
    The Glee Project
  • David Cade
    Key Cast
    Pretty Little Liars, Big Time Rush, You're the Worst
  • Andrew DeVitre
    Key Cast
    Switched at Birth, Famous in Love, American Sniper
  • Rizwan Manji
    Key Cast
    The Wolf Of Wall Street, Transformers, The Dictator, Outsourced, Backstrom
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, LGBT, Diversity, Indian, Romance
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RAW 2K DCI or RAW 4.6K 3:1
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    August 10, 2016
    U.S. Premiere
  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
    Philadelphia
    United States
    November 12, 2016
Director Biography - Kholi Hicks

Mentored by veteran DGA Members with extensive experience, Kholi then moved into thecinematography field, shooting low to medium budgeted short films and EPKs. Hicks currently works as a colorist in Santa Monica and also directs National branded content and narrative. As resident director for Yes Please! Comedy, he remains very active in the online community and moderates two of the largest filmmaking forums online. Kholi has written articles for many filmmaking printed publications, been featured on No Film School, and was named Movie Scope Magazine’s ONE TO WATCH.

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