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A boy dreams of racing school buses at the local speedway.
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Eduardo is banned from an infamous school bus speedway in Southern Indiana because the town believes he is cursed. Exhausted by a life on the sidelines, he steals his rival’s bus and throws himself into a race - hoping that a win will prove his worth both to himself and to his community.

We shot this teaser in August during our second visit to the actual speedway we will use in Jeffersonville, IN. We spent a couple of days taking in the sights and sounds, photographing, and planning how we can make this story come to life.

We met Mike, the owner, and spent some time with his team who make the races possible.  We're excited to collaborate with them and I think they're just as excited to make a film with us.

Pinball is a short film that taps into themes of what's like being an immigrant in a small town.  In today's climate, the importance showcasing these stories plays an important role.  Our hope is that the film can convey that being an outsider can motivate us to reach our greatest potential at a time in American and global history where immigration and themes of the “outsider” are of great political and social relevance. 

As the writer, both of my parents immigrated to the US from India and their story has informed where I situate myself culturally. Hearing about how their lives changed by coming to the U.S. has played a huge role in my own cultural journey. Although set in an alternate history and from the perspective of fictional characters, Pinball is meant to express the trials inherent to the immigrant experience. 

The intention in making Pinball is to produce a film that adds a voice to the conversation surrounding immigrant rights in the U.S.

We've put together an incredible team! 

 

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Check out some of the stills we took when we first visited the speedway.

 

 

Thanks to Alex Fitch for providing music in the video! 

 

Risks and challenges

Making a film like this presents us with some new and unique challenges especially in Southern Indiana which is very far from our industry, which means resources and equipment are scarce. We'll have to be doubly creative when it comes to solving problems that arise during shooting (and problems always arise). But we have an experienced team who have definitely gone through the ringer when it comes film shoots so we know how to problem solve and work efficiently, especially with our budget.

Our goal is to shoot at the end of April and go straight into post-production in May. We consider editing the second rewrite of the story so we want to make sure have proper time and funds allocated to this process.

The final challenge is navigating the distribution world - simply getting the film out there! Entering into festivals or releasing it online...there's no right answer, but we know we want as many people to enjoy it as possible.

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