Short Films Special: Dream One, Chained, The Unexpected

Shorts Special


Sunday, Sept 22nd 2019
2:00 PM at
Music Recital Hall

Short Film: Dream One

About the Film

Gurwinder Singh is an actor who is struggling to make his mark. His identity of a Sikh has only made this struggle tougher. This is a bigger question about the identities we are born with and the occasional delusion that a dreamer seems to live in.


Post Screening Discussion with Film Makers

Cast: Manjot Singh

Director: Mayaram 

Mayaram is an adopted screen name of the Writer and Director Varun Sihag. He is originally from Rajasthan state of India. Currently he works in the Mumbai film industry as an independent film maker. He has worked as a ‘clapper boy’ in the Hindi movie ‘Jal’ which was released in the year 2014. He has also worked as the ‘Script Supervisor’ for the Academy award nominated film maker Ashutosh Gowariker in his movie ‘Mohen Jo Daro’ which was released in 2016. He is a poet and an occasional blogger.

Runtime: 28 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Country: India

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Short Film: Chained

About the Film

A mystery man holds Thomas in captivity and takes him to their haunting past which brings emotional distress in their minds. Thomas tries to escape which goes awry in an unexpected dimension that leaves him with no choice left in his life.

Post Screening Discussion with Film Makers

Cast: Vigil Bose, Motti Tadmor


Director: Ganesh S Bhat

Mr. Ganesh is a computer software engineer by education and profession. He is a passionate filmmaker and an actor who likes to try out bold and socially impactful subjects. He started his filmmaking career by being actively involved with a bunch of small video productions until he made his professional attempt with his maiden film “Chained”.

Runtime: 13 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Drama

Country: USA

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Short Film: The Unexpected

About the Film

The perfect life of a happily married couple is shaken when they realize they cannot have the one thing they desire the most. By a twist of fate, they get what they want but something invaluable gets taken away.

Post Screening Discussion with Film Makers

Cast: Alexandra Rey, Aman Singh, Charles Daknis, Frank Salerno

Official Selection at
Oaxaca FilmFest
Chelsea Film Festival
New York State International Film Festival
New Jersey Indian International Film Festival

Director: Rishi Kumar

Rishi Kumar is a writer, director, and photographer based in New York. He is a graduate of New York Film Academy directing program. Previously he has worked as an actor and also anchored a travel show for Star One channel in India. ‘The UnExpected’ is his debut film. He has a background in Finance and Technology and has held Executive Director level leadership position in Investment banking.

Runtime: 12 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Country: USA

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