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FROM JAPPAN

FROM JAPPAN

LANGUAGE: English

SYNOPSIS
Jappan reflects on his South Asian upbringing when his mother freaks out about him “living in sin.” From Jappan is The Wonder Years meets Hey Arnold told from an Indian-American perspective. Set in the late 90's to early 2000's, we follow Jappan, an immigrant, from his childhood into young adulthood.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST
Raj Trivedi – Jappan
Liba Vaynberg – Riley
Purva Bedi – Mom
Siraj Huda – Dad
Aiden Eyrick – Young Jappan
Sophie Telegadis – Grace
Marcia Berry – Mrs. Farley
Liam Dussek – Simon
Mathew Kodi – Brian

MAIN CREDITS
Director: Raj Trivedi
Screenwriter: Raj Trivedi
Producer: Ophelia Harutyunyan
Director of Photography: Andrew Ellmaker
Production Designer: Eric Ambrosino
Sound: Anthony Thompson
Editing: Keola Racela
Sound Editing: Julian Evans
Music Composer: Alexander Arntzen

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Genre: Comedy
Sub-genre: Family, drama, Indian, pilot
Language: English
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2017
Total running time: 7:52
Production format: Digital
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 2.39
Sound format: 24 Bit Little Endian Signed integer – 48000Hz

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS
New York Television Festival
Austin Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Bentonville Film Festival
New York Indian Film Festival
ScreenHits Online Film Festival
UK Asian Film Festival
Webisode Film Festival
New Generations Independent Indian Film Festival (Germany)

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR
I was raised like many children of the 90s by a television set, and I imagine many children of today are raised by their computers in some fashion. As a child raised by media, I remember learning life lessons on my favorite shows such as "The Wonder Years," and thinking how drastically differently the issues would be dealt with in my very Indian household in suburban Texas. This short is a concept for a show I want to make; a show that South Asian youth can watch and see themselves in. I want kids to realize that they are not alone, that someone else out there understands their need to be a productive part of the West while carrying the weight of the diaspora. "From Jappan" as a series will tell those stories from a heartfelt, personal, and comedic perspective - and work as a vehicle to showcase what these stories can be!