Breathing above the Treeline

A recent convert to Buddhism tries to convince a new acquaintance going through a brutal divorce that god exists.

  • Gitanjali Kapila
    Director
    Løsrivlese
  • Gitanjali Kapila
    Writer
    Løsrivelse
  • Gitanjali Kapila
    Producer
  • Michael Caplan
    Producer
  • Adria Dawn
    Key Cast
    "Serena"
  • Rosa SanMarchi
    Key Cast
    "Maya"
  • Jacqui Graziano
    Key Cast
    "Meghan"
  • Christopher Michael Meister
    Key Cast
    "Phil"
  • Jonathan Frank
    Key Cast
    "Josh"
  • Kyle Ford
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 14, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Out of the Can Film Festival
    Derby
    United Kingdom
    Best Producer (Nominated)
  • Mabig Film Festival
    Augsburg
    Germany
    Official Selection
  • European Cinematography Awards
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    Finalist
  • Best Global Shorts
    Chennai
    India
    Official Selection
  • Indie Short Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Nominated Best Director (Female)
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best of May 2019
  • Pinnacle Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Narrative Short (Platinum Award)
  • CKF International Film Festival
    Swindon
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Indie Visions Film Festival
    Charlottesville
    United States
    May 31, 2019
  • Milestone WorldWide Film Festival
    Battipaglia
    Italy
    Best Narrative Short
  • Crown Wood International Film Festival
    Kolkata
    India
    Official Selection
  • Cinergo International Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    June 26, 2019
    European Premiere
  • Mindfield Film Festival
    Albuquerque
    United States
    Best Short Film Gold Award
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    Official Selection
  • KinoDUEL International Film Festival
    Minsk
    Belarus
    Official Selection
  • Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge
    Kolkata
    India
    Official Selection
  • Open Window International Film Challenge
    Kolkata
    India
    Official Selection
  • Beyond Earth Film Festival
    Kolkata
    India
    Offical Selection
  • Strong Chance Film Festival
    Jersey City
    United States
    August 10, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Two Roads International Film Festival
    Brooklyn
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    Brooklyn
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Competition
    Las Vegas
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Milwaukee Short Film Fest
    Milwaukee
    United States
    September 7, 2019
    Midwest Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Gitanjali Kapila

Gitanjali is a filmmaker, academic and a member of the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. She earned an MFA from the graduate film program at Columbia University in New York City and a BA from Wesleyan University. She spent three years in Denmark where she was awarded a production grant from the Danish Film Institute. She wrote, directed and produced an experimental award-winning short called Weaning (Løsrivelse). She recently completed a dramatic short Breathing above the Treeline which is currently enjoying a robust reception on the festival circuit with 19 Official Selections, 2 wins for Best Short and 4 live screenings since May 1, 2019. She is in post-production on a new dramatic short Bat which shot early March 2019. She has taught introductory and advanced production and screenwriting courses at Columbia College Chicago since 2004. She joined the Film, Video New Media and Animation faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 where she teaches screenwriting. She recently presented her first paper on Steven Soderbergh’s interactive internet-based app Mosaic at the CILECT Congress in Mumbai in November 2018. In May 2019 her first article was published which was jointly edited by Columbia College Chicago and The University of Palermo, Buenos Aires. It offers a reconceptualization of the hero’s journey for the female protagonist. She will present her research at the 13th Interamerican Conference on Design in Buenos Aires at the end of July 2019. She has also been invited to present new research on writing narrative for interactive internet-based media at CILECT 2019 taking in Moscow in October 2019. She is currently writing a comedy Christmas feature called Sandra Claus which she will pitch as one of 10 finalists in front of investor representation at the Princeton Independent Film Festival for the 2019 Raine Filmmaker Award in September 2019.

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Director Statement

Breathing above the Treeline converges at the nexus of rage, class and gender. That's right, rage. The rage of negation. The rage of rejection. Of being invisible and being misapprehended. The rage of women. It is a very personal film and is my clarion call to women to fight for their human rights, whether these be personal or political. I am thinking now about the near abortion ban passed in Alabama. One possible tagline for the poster was 'that's a man's doing, every fucking time,' the last line in the film spoken by the protagonist. I believe it's important to engage in hyperbole from time to time because it can result in clarity when one is feeling disoriented. In the end, I decided to go with another tagline for the film, 'Just breathe' because our fight requires this, too.