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SUNLIGHT

SUNLIGHT

LANGUAGE: English

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 9 min 47 sec
Year of production: 2020

LOGLINE

A single father confronts his past as he searches for his son.

SYNOPSIS

A single father awakes to find his son’s bed empty. He looks everywhere for him, but concern turns to panic when he discovers a clue about his disappearance. To reach his son, the father will need to face a past that he has locked away and embrace his true self.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Scenic Route Pictures
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

George Gathiani: Father
Cameron Elie: Leo
Sarah Martin: Mother

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Sagar Brahmbhatt
Screenwriter: Sagar Brahmbhatt
Producer: Mike Katzman
Director of Photography: Trevor Roach
Sound: John Chamberlin
Editing: Christopher Young
Sound Editing: Christopher Young
Music Composer: Nicholas Steinbach

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama, short film
Language: English
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2020
Total running time: 9 min 47 sec
Shooting format: Digital
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Sound format: 5.1 Surround Sound

AWARDS

Best Picture, LA Under the Stars Film Festival, 2020
Best Actor, George Gathiani, LA Under the Stars Film Festival, 2020

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Newport Beach Film Festival, 2020
Silicon Beach Film Festival, 2020
LA Under the Stars Film Festival, 2020
Close:Up San Francisco Short Film Festival, 2020

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Sagar is an Indian-American writer/director from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki, Lynne Ramsey, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Sagar pursued filmmaking at Washington University in St. Louis. Before writing and directing Sunlight, he wrote and directed the student short Grieve, which earned a nomination for Best Performance nationally in Campus MovieFest.
Sagar’s inspiration for Sunlight came from his experience as a peer counselor in college:
“I'd counsel students regarding their mental health, giving them a safe space to talk. A common topic that came up during my conversations was loss. Through their stories, I learned so much about how people process loss in their own unique ways. It made me reflect on how I process loss and cope with grief as well.
Sunlight is my visual exploration of this complicated, painful emotion. By structuring the film to have no language barriers, my team and I aimed to tell a personal story that will resonate with people across cultures.”