MotherlandAmed has to find a way to deal with his overbearing Indian mother so he can get back to his waiting girlfriend, but his mother has other ideas...
Directed by Shariq Siddiqui
Written by Shariq Siddiqui and Graham Mason
Produced by Sarita Khurana
Editor Jeffrey K Miller
Composer Jeff McSpadden
Sound Design Matthew Polis
Production Design Anya Meksin
Cast Shariq Siddiqui, Susham Bedi, Anita Sabherwal
Total Running 15 min
Capture Format RED One
Shariq Siddiqui is a writer-director in his final year of the MFA film program at Columbia University. His work offers a comedic glimpse at Muslim-American characters struggling with the weight of family and tradition as it clashes with their more Westernized sense of identity. Motherland is his first short film; he is currently developing a feature length script with the same characters.
Graham Mason was raised in Michigan and currently lives in Brooklyn. As an undergrad at the University of Michigan he won a Hopwood Award for Screenwriting and the United Talent Agency Screenwriting Award. He writes and produces for Sunset Television, a video collective formed with four friends from Columbia. Sunset Television has screened in festivals around the world and received hundreds of thousands of views online. Graham currently works as a freelance video editor, which he enjoys because it gives him time to write and work on fun things.
Sarita Khurana is a 5th year Directing concentrate, graduating this year. She is currently directing and producing a feature-length documentary on arranged marriage in contemporary, urban India, to be released in 2012. She is also the co-founder of Cine Qua Non Lab, an international artist residency for filmmakers, based in Mexico. Sarita lives and works in New York, but travels often to India, Mexico, and wherever her work takes her. She plans on making another narrative short later this year.
Monday, April 25 8:00 PM