Private Project

A Sari for Pallavi

When traditional Thini & promiscuous Pallavi get into a culture clash, a lot more than a sari unravels.

  • Kate Chamuris
    Breakfast in Bed / as producer: Miller & Son, Unspeakable, If This is Wrong / as Actress: Rosehill
  • Sunita Deshpande
    Netflix's DareDevil, Samuel French OOB Finalist 2016
  • Tanmaya Shekhar
  • Sunita Deshpande
    Key Cast
    "Thini / Pallavi"
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Short Film, Improv, WomenInFilm
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Oxford Film Festival
    Oxford, Mississippi
    United States
    February 8, 2019
  • Coven Film Festival
  • Kansas City Film Festival
  • CrossRoads Film Festival
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival

    August 7, 2019
Director Biography - Kate Chamuris

Kate Chamuris is a second generation Puerto Rican American, producer/director who recently won a BAFTA student award and a Student Academy Award for producing the American Film Institute thesis film MILLER & SON (dir./writer Asher Jelinsky). She also produced the AFI thesis films, BALLOON (dir./writer Jeremy Merrifield. Grand Prix winner, HollyShorts; nominee Student Academy Award). For the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Kate produced UNSPEAKABLE (dir. Milena Govich. SXSW ’18) and BLOCKS (dir. Bridget Moloney). Her directing work includes the comedic short A SARI FOR PALLAVI (winner, “Best Comedy Short” at Rhode Island International Film Festival). Prior to narrative filmmaking, Kate worked as an advertising account manager for ROLEX Global at J. Walter Thompson. While there she produced the branded feature documentary “Deepest Dive: The Story of the Trieste,” directed by Fisher Stevens that aired on National Geographic and BBC Worldwide. Kate resides in Los Angeles, CA and produces feature films and episodics for dir/writer Jeremy Merrifield and his production company, Dream Three Films.

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Director Statement

I go to the movies to feel like I’m not alone. So that’s why I make movies. Growing up, there was a subconscious and sometimes not so subconscious, societal norm echoed to me, that I was meant to find a husband, get married and bare grandchildren. I come from a lineage of Catholic Puerto Rican on one side and Greek Orthodox Greek and Italian on the other. So entering my 30’s, single, with no intention to start a family, I was feeling like a disappointment to the long line of family makers that I came from. My identity felt tied to the expectations of those that had coupled off. When I saw the play version of A SARI FOR PALLAVI, written by a friend, Sunita Deshpande (writer/actress), she was exploring some of the same feelings I was having about coupling off. I was inspired by the specificity she mined from her Indian American vs Traditional Indian upbringing and experiences. I thought the story had the potential to touch a wider audience if we filmed it, so Sunita adapted the play for us to film and we decided to have her act both the characters. I wanted to find the vulnerability in the comedy of Sunita’s dialogue. When someone watches this, I want them to see themselves mirrored in one of these two characters and be able to not only laugh but know they are not going through this alone.