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Project of the Day: ‘California Dreaming’

Project of the Day: 'California Dreaming'

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California Dreaming

Tweetable Logline: A comedy/fantasy about an old lottery addict – his fed up wife – a multimillion-dollar jackpot and an armed robbery!

Elevator Pitch: John has been playing the lottery over the last fifty years that he and Molly have been married, but never won. As always, she nags him for wasting money while he watches the draw on television at a diner. But today is John’s lucky day! He has the winning ticket and is just about to hit multimillion dollar jackpot, when two robbers barge in for a stick-up! “California Dreaming” is a film about a relationship. A love story about discovering that you are the richest person in the world, as long as you have your loved one next to you!

Production Team: 
Sahirr Sethhi – Director / Writer / Editor
Jason Almendinger – Cinematographer 
Lizet Lopez – Producer 
Chelsi Johnston – Associate Producer
June Suepunpuck – Costume Designer

About the film: It’s the most challenging project I have attempted so far. I am excited because it provides me the opportunity to create a modern day fairy-tale about a bizarre “What if…” situation. An experience that surprises and thrills the audience while being heartwarming. I am inspired the Indian dramatic theory of – “Natyashastra.” It speaks of – “Navarasa” (the nine emotions). It is said that the Navarasa are the basis of all human emotion, that a complete and wholesome story is one that evokes them all. It’s my challenge to take the audience through these emotions within ten minutes!

Current Status: In Production and Fundraising.

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page

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