Back to IndieWire

Project of the Day: ‘Arvind’

Project of the Day: 'Arvind'

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


Tweetable Logline: When his mother gets out of prison, Arvind, 16, revisits old family wounds by writing a play from her perspective.

Elevator Pitch: When Arvind was 3 and his older brother was 6, Arvind’s mother attempted to poison them- as well as herself- amid a bitter divorce trial with Arvind’s father. After 12 years Arvind’s mother was released from prison and attempted to contact her sons. The brothers brought her to court and were successful in securing a life-long protective order against her. In response, Arvind wrote a play called MOMMY with his mother as the main character. The documentary ARVIND follows his life from just before his mother returns to opening night of MOMMY.

Production Team:

Director, Producer: Evan Roberts (audience award winning “33 Teeth”, Iris Prize Runner-up “Yeah, Kowalski!”)
Cinematographer: Amy Bench (Loves Her Gun, SXSW)
Cinematographer: Annie Silverstein (Spark, SXSW Best Texas Short. March Point, 2008 Independent Lens)

About the Production:  After making two short films that were loosely based off of personal experiences in my youth, I decided to follow someone through their process of bringing a story inspired by their life to the screen. LGBT youth, and specifically LGBT youth of color, aren’t represented often in film. That can feel like you’re invisible to the rest of society. I hope a lot of youth will relate to his situation and his process of bravery in bringing his own life story to the world- and perhaps be inspired to do the same.

Current Status: Fundraising for post-production. Arvind’s play is in rehearsals and opens Jan 30th.

For more information and to support this project: IndieGogo Page

If you have an in-the-works project and you’d like to be profiled in an upcoming iW Project of the Day column, submit yourself by filling out this form!

This Article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit and tagged




Juan Carlos Cardenal

Loved it Evan. Congratulations

Ajae Clearway

I vote for Arvind. I definitely want to see it!


I vote for Arvind


I vote for Arvind.


I loved the intro Evan and the story about this young mans life is intriguing! I've got my fingers crossed for Arvind


My vote is for Arvind!


My vote is for Arvind


Good luck!

Kathryn Bryan


alun griffiths

A great project by a talented film maker.

Kent White

Arvin's has my vote, would love to see this made.


I vote for Arvind!

Allison Graham

I vote for ARVIND! Thanks!


I would love to see this film

Steve Basile

The best stories are real, and tend to hurt some. This is, and does. It also feels good, seeing someone confront pain and tragedy head on and incorporate it into becoming a bigger better person.

Mrs. Robinson

Brilliant idea!


How wonderful – please continue your good work!


I would love to see this film.


Evan is all of our brothers! A brother of all humanity!


It's the preview of life's coming attractions. Your inspiration will make it!

Sue Robinson

I would love to see this movie!

Laurie Anderson

Yes, this passionate young man has an inspiring story that can benefit so many young souls who have faced similar challenges. Please make this project a reality! Cheers!


Another brilliant project by the very talented Mr. Roberts.

Luke Stewart

Yes, I've watched the trailer 3 times now. Bring on the real deal!


Yes – looks like fascinating take on typical coming of age story.


yes, of course. doesn't hurt that evan is my brother!!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *