Jamie, a musician experiencing homelessness, is robbed of her guitar. She soon the finds the culprit: a destitute boy who, unwillingly, subsists by performing sexual favors for often-violent clients. After fighting him for her guitar back, Jamie realizes she has a chance to offer him the friendship and support she never received.

  • Aayushman Pandey
    Normal Day
  • Aayushman Pandey
  • Cory Darling
  • Marisa Darabi
    Key Cast
  • Tobias Deml
    Director of Photography
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    9 minutes
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    July 1, 2019
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    2,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Aayushman Pandey

Aayushman works in advertising film production in Mumbai. Over the past 6 years, he has worked on a spectrum of national campaigns for brands such as Uber, Sprite, and Mondelez, to name a few. Outside of advertising, he has directed a wealth of narrative fiction shorts, and his film A Day in the Life won Bronze at the 2012 New York Film and Television Festival. In 2018, he directed the 360° trailer for the novel The God Gene Chronicles, which has over 1.3 million views and counting across Facebook and YouTube.
Aayushman studied Cinema Studies at UC Berkeley and NYU Tisch, where he specialized in experimental and interactive non-fiction, and led interdisciplinary practices across filmmaking and humanities academia. This led him to co-create the interactive VR installation Normal Day, which documents actor Tatyana Kot’s experiences with breast cancer. The installation, which enmeshes tactile interactivity with performance art, was exhibited at FilmGate Interactive Miami, Heritage Space Hanoi, and the Split Film Festival (Croatia), among others.

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Director Statement

Jamie meditates on homelessness as a form of structural and interpersonal alienation, and on how the first step against this alienation starts from within, not without.