Writer/Director: Sushrut Jain
I was born and raised in Mumbai, India and grew up playing cricket. My mother, an avid cricket fan to this day, handed me a plastic toy bat soon after I had learned to walk.
I came to the United States to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics at Ohio Wesleyan University. I continued my education at Stanford University, getting a Master's degree in Economics, following which I worked for a few years as an economist in San Francisco. However, I found myself drawn to storytelling and went on to graduate school in Film Production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.
In 2008, I wrote and directed a short film titled “Andheri” (Darkness) – a realist drama set on the streets of Mumbai. The film went on to play at over 40 major film festivals around the world including the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand (France), Edinburgh (Scotland), Palm Springs Shortsfest, Nashville, San Francisco Asian American, Expression en Corto (Mexico), the Kerala Film Festival (India) and others. The film also won several awards at these festivals.
I want to return to India to make a thrilling film structured around the World Cup of Cricket but extending beyond that to social commentary and personal narratives. I believe my filmmaking experience in Indian conditions, my love for cricket, and my understanding of Indian and Western cultures, position me uniquely to make an interesting film.
Cinematographer: Jeremy Guy
Jeremy Guy has been a working cinematographer and director since his days studying film at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and later at the University of Southern California (USC), where he earned his Master of Fine Arts. During his career Jeremy has worked on multiple films that have gone on to success at major film festivals and received distribution deals.
Jeremy’s first documentary, Perspectives, followed the homeless and immigrant populations that recycle cans in the college town of Isla Vista, CA. The film was touted as a “perfect little film” by the Santa Barbara Independent and was an official selection at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and many others.
More recently, Jeremy was the cinematographer on Weak Species, a short film adapted from the writing of Dennis Cooper, about two teens whose lives spin out of control. The film has won best short film awards at Filmout/San Diego, the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and the Great Lakes Independent Film Festival, while being an official selection at over thirty other festivals and counting. Since then, Jeremy has been the cinematographer on two feature films that will be premiering this year. He is very excited to be working with Sushrut on this project and shoot in India.
1st Asst. Director: Ashwin Shetty
Ashwin Shetty graduated from Whistling Woods School of Filmmaking in 2008, with a diploma in Motion Picture Production: Direction. He has written and directed over nine short films, including Der Andher, his diploma film at Whistling Woods, which was nominated for the ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Cinematography’ awards at the Pune International Film Festival 2011, under the ‘Student Short Fiction Section’. In 2010, he established Ciné Banana Pictures, an executive and line production company, that executed Band Kamra, a miniseries for Doordarshan. Ashwin has worked in over 40 short films in various capacities like producer, cinematographer, sound recordist and actor.
Karthik Ganesh, a physics graduate, dabbled in quite a few industries before finding peace with filmmaking. He was constantly working on his stilll photography skills while donning the garb of a sales person, a marketing professional, a writer, and an IT professional during different phases of his life.
While working on a photo essay on paediatric cancer for the Madras Cancer Institute, in 2004, he started understanding the power of images and join the Film & Television Institute of India (2004 – 2008) to study filmmaking.
Having worked on different film cameras in various short films and commercials, Karthik got an insight into the emerging technologies when he found himself working with the Red One Camera while shooting for the TV series ‘Powder ‘ for almost a year. With the technological footprint getting heavier everyday, this experience has reinforced his belief that whatever the means, finally it’s the image that speaks