“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” - Todd Aiken, an actual congressman
“Feed them their f---ing dicks!” - The Pink Sorrys
Talking about rape in South Asia is a thorny subject fraught with landmines about race, culture, religion, misogyny, traditions, and a bunch of other bull that doesn't do a damn thing except give everyone a reason to not tackle the issue. Which is to say nothing about our problems here at home, what with Emily Yoffe writing for Slate that rape victims should just stop getting drunk, or a Wisconsin State Senator saying “some girls, they rape so easy.”
The Pink Sorrys is a short film that seeks to address these issues in stylized, kickass fashion. It is a blend of imagery from our favorite gangster films and our most-loved Bolly musicals.
We live in an era where celebrities can commit sexual assault and not only continue recording pop songs and making films, but being lauded for them. All we’re saying is let’s have at least one movie where a gang of women catch a bunch of rapists and beat the daylights out of them with cricket bats.
So why you guys?
Our production team is far from green, having collectively worked on award-winning feature documentaries, nationally broadcast ad campaigns, billion+ viewed YouTube channels, and we've worked together producing film and music festivals here in Los Angeles (all as part of amazing teams filled with the most talented people)
This is our first time pooling our efforts into one creative project and we couldn't be more confident that we will deliver a stunning film.
So what's with the money?
We are tackling a complex and emotionally-raw subject--and not with a scalpel but with a wrecking ball. We want to create a world that is lush and populated with the real, pitch-black depths actual people have experienced.
It is a musical and that means a lot of moving parts. We are so fortunate to have signed on renowned choreographers--both in dance and fight. We have an original soundtrack by an amazing LA band. We have cast professional dancers and top-tier actors. We're using practical effects so that means weapons, blood, and prosthetics. There are props, costumes, and both the directors consume a dangerous amount of coffee.
We are lean and we are mean and we are squeezing every inch out of this budget because we promised to not cheat an idea like this.
We are Ben Stoddard and Anam Syed and we are the writing/directing team behind a short film called “The Pink Sorrys.” It is a hyper-violent musical about the real gangs of Indian women who enact vigilante justice against rapists in India.
We hope to make a film that is unflinching and singular in vision. We want it to be visceral and disturbing and darkly funny. We want to create something you almost feel guilty applauding. And it’s a Bollywood musical with a jangly, bop-punk soundtrack because, come on, it sort of has to, right?
This film is not going to fix the problem. We are not the police and we are not the politicians. But the silence on these sorts of things is deafening and what we are is a team of artists who are very loud and very obnoxious and determined to make noise the only way we know how.
MUSIC: We've enlisted LA post-punk extraordinaires TÜLIPS to create our fast-paced totally dancey soundtrack. Hear more from them on their bandcamp.
We are trying to make the most beautiful, most polished film we can and craft a vibrant, unique world.
SANVI: We're delighted to announce that actress Mozhan Marnò has joined our cast as the leader of the Sorrys gang. Marnò currently costars in this season of Netflix's House of Cards as journalist Ayla Sayyad. Learn more about Marnò and her work here.
BABU: Sachin Bhatt plays Babu, the charismatic foreign-educated rich playboy with little regard for women or consequences. Originally from St. Louis, Bhatt played the lead in the Broadway National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams as well as Chino in the World Tour of West Side Story. Some of his television and film credits include: Two Broke Girls, Private Practice, How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, Outsourced, Ten Things I Hate About You, The Love Guru, and The Ode.
RIDHI: Ridhi is the fresh-faced young girl who is stalked and attacked through a marketplace by a group of thugs. Actress Chanika Desilva has guest starred in Discovery's "Deadly Women," done television work in Australia, and is now bringing her incredible dance and stunt skills to The Pink Sorrys. See more of Chanika here.
PRODUCER: Julie is a Los Angeles based filmmaker. She has produced a number of independent projects, including both short and feature length films, as well as webisodes. Her work often explores the darker side of life and she is interested in pushing boundaries and getting inside of abnormal psychology. She is the founder of Black Poppy Productions.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gabby Paciorek is keen at visual mastery and lighting that evokes depth and emotion in a crisp, cinematic style. In addition to numerous narrative projects, she's lent her talents to brand campaigns like Ray-Ban. Get to know her visual story and view some of her work on her website
DANCE: Born in Mumbai, Yogen Bhagat of Bollywood Step is a choreography and dance powerhouse. He has worked with hot Bollywood talents such as Priyanka Chopra and AR Rahman. You may have caught Yogen performing on Ellen, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cupcake wars and so many more. Disney fans: Yogen was also the first Bolly choreo to bring the style into Disney theme parks, producing over 200 live stage shows for California Adventure. Learn more about Yogen here.
FIGHTS/STUNTS: Peter Berube is a stunt coordinator and fight choreographer working in Los Angeles. He trained as a member of the Society of American Fight Directors where he studied multiple weapons and hand-to-hand combat. Peter has received rave reviews from LA Weekly, LA Stage Scene, and Back Stage West for his chillingly powerful choreography in dozens of fights for both stage and screen. For the past eight years, Peter has been teaching combat workshops to all ages and skill levels. Learn more about Peter here.
We will leave you with a what Abhijit Mukherjee, THE SON OF INDIA’S PRESIDENT, recently said about rape protesters:
“These pretty ladies coming out to protest are highly dented and painted.”
We are. We are messed up and mean and we are coming for you.
Grab yourself this limited run of custom letterman jackets emblazoned with the Sorrys name and be the toughest bruiser on the block.
Only 5 jackets will be made. Back now and claim yours!
The Sticky Wicket
This art print is 11x17 on archival paper, signed and numbered. It's a pulpy piece of retro cinema goodness, (and you don't even have to learn what cricket is about to enjoy it).
This art print is 11x17 on archival paper, signed and numbered. They are truly beautiful and will look great in your living room, cubicle, van, wherever you want to send a message to the ne'er-do-wells of the world.
We're only printing a lucky 13 of these bad boys and one's staying with us so make sure to get one fast!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to our film is the scope of combining music, dance, and fight. But we're already well on our way to overcoming these obstacles.
We've hired a dance choreographer who works with such speed and precision it makes you jealous. We have a stunt coordinator and practical FX team in place to make sure everyone is safe but looks like they're anything but. And the score is composed and practiced by an wonderfully gifted band. We just need the materials and space to put these things together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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