Anita Kalathara as Jessie
Sean O'Bryan as Sean
Terrie Samundra - Director
David Walter Lech - Cinematographer
'Ice Cream Walla' has been living inside my head for almost ten years and it's finally coming to life. The story is based on a very desi Punjabi family my mother knew, and she knew a lot more about them than they thought she did.
Jessie (Jasbinder) is going through major growing pains, she's 15, angry, living in a shitty apartment with her mom in a shitty part of town. Poor, confused and searching for a deeper connection she knows is there but can't grasp. After her father commits suicide, a stranger shows up at her door. It's a distraught and disheveled white guy named Sean, and she hates him. He's also her father's ex-boyfriend, for almost her whole life...although she's only now just found out.
Sean's angry too, and heartbroken. He knows Jessie...but only through photos, stories, her father. She's the daughter that he's never had the chance to know. But he's also never really been around kids, much less a teenager dealing with a dead parent and now him. He's completely unprepared to deal with her rage towards him, and his own rage towards her.
Forgiveness is considered a virtue but maybe anger is sometimes what it takes to make something that's already broken, heal and transform and become new again.
For me, 'Ice Cream Walla' explores the complexity of family secrets and love, of how we live in duality torn between our truth and what's expected of us and unable to live freely of our own will. It explores how it feels to be a child in a family and how a family makes choices the child has to live with. This is my way of dissecting and taking apart and trying to make sense...at least in this one story, how we can find a better place to be despite having all the odds against us. How we can rebuild, creating our own families. It's also really a look at the beauty and ridiculousness of humans in one small story.
This Kickstarter campaign is what we need for the production and post production of the film. It will cover the cost of every day of production, low budget sag/aftra pay for our actors and crew members, feeding everyone, equipment rental, sound, editing, output. This is a very low low low budget film. We are intentionally keeping it this way, so that the film is a reality and not tied to monetary restrictions. We've kept the budget very simple and where we have been able, we've used our no cost resources.
We're very lucky to have a supportive community of filmmakers, artists, actors, musicians, and other creatives who are dedicating time, energy and resources into the film. Every single person working on the film is worth a million times more and are all insanely gifted in their craft.
Production in the Winter, Post in the Spring, Completion in the Summer, private screening in Los Angeles, and then it's festival submission season!
Risks and challenges
I'd say the biggest challenge, which is one I'm very much looking forward to, is working with such an incredibly talented cast. It's a good challenge, one that sets the focus on the directing and the acting, which is exactly where I want to be. Anita and Sean are both dynamic and well versed in their craft. I pushed the project back for a year to find the right actors but as soon as I met them and then had them meet each other, I felt the chemistry was perfect. Sean and Anita have now spent time together working as these characters and we're all really excited to see what happens on screen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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