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California Dreaming

John is about to win a multi-million dollar lottery draw in a diner, when two robbers barge in for a stick-up!

  • Sahirr Sethhi
    Director
    Zoya, Ginger, Palette, Another Day, Life of Pi, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • Sahirr Sethhi
    Writer
    Zoya, Ginger, Palette, Another Day, Life of Pi, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • Sahirr Sethhi
    Producer
    Zoya, Ginger, Palette, Another Day, Life of Pi, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • Lizet Lopez
    Producer
    Very Verite,
  • Shelly Kurtz
    Key Cast
    Dating Daisy, Batteries Not Included,
  • Johnny Cannizzaro
    Key Cast
    Jersey Boys, Colony (TV Show), The Young and the Restless
  • Jimmy Slonina
    Key Cast
    Cirque Du Soleil shows - O, Zarkana
  • Marlene Hamerling
    Key Cast
    The Way We Were
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Indiewire: Project of the Month

    Indiewire: Project of the Month
  • LA International Short Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 2, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Barrie Film Festival
    Barrie
    Canada
    October 15, 2016
    Canadian Premiere
    First Place - Open Category
  • Sulmona International Film Festival
    Sulmona
    Italy
    November 4, 2016
    European Premiere
Director Biography - Sahirr Sethhi

Sahirr is a filmmaker from Mumbai, India who recently graduated with an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA and holds post-graduate certificate in screenwriting from FTII (India). He is a Tata Scholar, recipient of the 2014 AMPAS Internship Fellowship, two-time MPAA Award winner and a Telluride FilmLAB Fellow. He has worked as a director's assistant to Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris on multiple projects. He is currently working on developing his debut feature film as a writer/director, while freelancing as an editor.

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Director Statement

It’s interesting when someone asks, “What kind of films do you want to make?” Because I always give a convoluted answer saying, lighthearted dramedys with elements of fantasy that make the audience smile and leave them with something meaningful to think about. In support I give examples of films like Little Miss Sunshine, ET, Amelie, Forrest Gump, Cinema Paradiso, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, etc. One may say that none of these films fit the exact description of my answer. Agreed, but there are elements in each of these films that inspire me and are what I seek in a movie I want to make.

The film draws inspiration from the ancient Indian dramatic theory of – ‘Natyashastra’. The Natyashastra speaks of – ‘Navarasa’ (aka - the nine emotions). The word ‘rasa’ means essence and “denotes an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art or the primary feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads or hears such a work." It is said that the Navarasa are the basis of all human emotion, that a complete and wholesome story is one that evokes them all. It’s going to be my challenge to take the audience through these emotions in a span of ten minutes!

California Dreaming is a modern day fairy-tale about a bizarre ‘What if…’ situation. An experience that surprises and thrills the audience while being heartwarming.