Carry Tiger to Mountain

A terminally ill jazz trumpeter cannot reconcile the differences between the two people he loves most: his compassionate caregiver and a neglected daughter who fights to get closer to him.

  • Rajiv Shah
    Director
    Run the Tide
  • Rajiv Shah
    Writer
    Run the Tide
  • Jesse Wang
    Writer
  • Robert Berg
    Writer
  • Denise Grayson
    Producer
    The Social Network
  • Jesse Wang
    Producer
  • Benny Tjandra
    Producer
  • Harry Northup
    Key Cast
    “Isaac Solomon”
    Taxi Driver, Silence of the Lambs, Mean Streets
  • Jesse Wang
    Key Cast
    “Tao Zhang”
    God's Not Dead, Code Black
  • Denise Grayson
    Key Cast
    “Miriam Solomon”
    The Social Network
  • Mindy Elliott
    Editor
    Downsizing, Nebraska, The Descendants
  • Arturo Cardelús
    Composer
    In a Heartbeat
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF)
    Woodland Hills, CA
    United States
    March 30, 2019
    World Premiere
  • City of West Hollywood (Screening sponsored by Chamber of Commerce)
    West Hollywood, CA
    United States
    May 1, 2019
    Selected to raise awareness for seniors and caregivers in the city.
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
    Long Beach Island, NJ
    United States
    June 8, 2019
  • Louisville International Festival of Film
    Louisville, KY
    United States
    October 12, 2019
  • Nantucket Film Festival
    Nantucket, MA
    United States
    June 24, 2017
    WINNER - Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay Award
  • Screencraft Shorts Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    June 28, 2018
    SEMI-FINALIST- For Short Screenplay "Carry Tiger to Mountain."
Director Biography - Rajiv Shah

Rajiv Shah is a writer/filmmaker who is passionate about the power of story. His work often centers on familial love discovered as a result of life’s challenges.

Rajiv wrote and co-produced RUN THE TIDE, a feature film distributed by Orion/Momentum Pictures and released on DVD/VOD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2016. The screenplay won the Grand Jury Prize for Project Catalyst at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, placed in the top 10% of the Nicholl Fellowship and was a finalist in Final Draft's Big Break Competition.

He co-wrote the short film CARRY TIGER TO MOUNTAIN (formerly titled THE YAO OF TAO) that won Showtime Networks’ Tony Cox Screenwriting Award at the Nantucket Film Festival in 2017. Rajiv is an alumni of the Emerging Narrative Fellowship at the IFP in New York.

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Director Statement

I lost my grandmother a couple of years ago. My mother was having a hard time caring for her and hired a caregiver to help. Between taking my grandmother to dialysis and countless medical appointments a strong bond developed between my grandmother and her caregiver Juliana. My mother loved Juliana, but I knew somewhere within her she was also envious. My mother wished for that connection and yet her and my grandmother could never say the words they needed to say to each other - even at the end.

The following quote by Marie de Hennezel echoes this experience:

"Instead of looking oncoming death squarely in the face, we behave as it will never come. We lie to one another, we lie to ourselves, and instead of giving voice to the essential... we allow this final, essential, unique moment of life to be mired in silence and solitude."

My own observations and Ms. Hennezel’s passage became the unifying force behind CARRY TIGER TO MOUNTAIN. Exploring death in this way allowed me to find an abundance of life as well. Having diminished time with someone I loved revealed a deeper appreciation for the present moment. It is that life that became the driving force of CARRY TIGER TO MOUNTAIN.