India is a high school senior living in Brooklyn, she’s gotten a full scholarship to Brown University and is a model student, good daughter, fun best friend and loving girlfriend. On the outside, she seems to be living the teenage dream. However, it is all a lie. Internally, she is tormented, and hides a secret that threatens to end her most important relationships. She finally gains the courage to reveal her double life but discovers something that shatters her world completely.
We live in a world, where people constantly show the highlights of their life to maintain the illusion of perfection. We do so in order to keep up with appearances, to satisfy other people’s opinions and sometimes to mask our pain. Are the Instagram and Facebook posts authentic, or are they promulgating an illusion? Is everything always as amazing as it seems? What happens behind the computer screen, behind closed doors and within our own minds? This film is inspired by the human struggle between meeting everyone else’s expectations, while painfully denying our own.
A filmmaker from Honolulu, Hawaii, Laurie Arakaki specializes in evocative films that seek to illuminate the unique, often overlooked intersections of class, culture and gender. Arakaki has drawn critical praise for her short films I Spy (winner of the Women’s Filmmaking Initiative Screenwriting Award), which debuted at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival, and Kill Haole Day (winner of the 2010 Grace K.J. Abernethy Screenwriting Award). While in Shanghai, Arakaki collaborated with Shanghai University students in making Blind Luck, a short film she wrote and directed and that premiered at the 2011 Hawaii International Film Festival. Prior to her career in filmmaking, Arakaki worked as a designer for the Honolulu Advertiser, where she garnered awards from professional organizations such as the Hawaii Publishers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is currently studying film at NYU’s graduate film program.
Alex Cirillo is the Co-Founder of Big Vision Empty Wallet, which provides tools and opportunities to help creators make a living creating. She is a Producer who specializes in helping filmmakers with minimal resources make a living creating content, primarily through audience building and working across multiple platforms, and is grateful to have had the opportunity to speak on these topics at festivals nationwide, including Sundance. Cirillo got her start at Washington Square Arts & Films where she produced TV pilots and commercials, and contributed to feature films including JC Chandor’s MARGIN CALL and ALL IS LOST. Cirillo serves on the Board of Directors for Mythic Bridge, a non-profit organization that provides hands-on, narrative filmmaking education to disadvantaged youth in NYC who are dealing with financial, emotional, physical, and/or situational hardships.
Ema Ryan Yamazaki is a documentary filmmaker and film editor. In 2013 her documentary, MONK BY BLOOD, which tells the story of a young Japanese man who has the destiny of taking over his family's 800-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, aired internationally on Al Jazeera English. Ema has cut over 30 films ranging from dramatic narratives to commercial content including films that have screened on HBO, Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and the Director's Guild of America. Ema has most recently worked as an editor on CNN's docu-series CHICAGOLAND, executive produced by Robert Redford and produced by BRICK CITY filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin. Raised in Japan and England, Ema has a particular interest in telling stories that lie in-between cultures. Currently residing in New York City, she is now developing documentaries both in Japan and New York. Ema is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She loves eating and traveling.
A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Erica A. Hart studied film and television at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. She has also studied production and film theory in Washington, DC and abroad in Dublin, Ireland. With a plethora of productions in her portfolio, ranging from documentaries to fictional films, she continues to broaden her range of storytelling. She began casting films her sophomore year at NYU and has never looked back. She has cast more than 25 short films and began casting her first feature film, A Scientist's Guide to Living in Dying in 2013 and co cast her second feature, Bear With Us in 2014. Erica has worked in the New York casting offices of networks such as NBC and ABC and has been assistants to both Marci Phillips and Jodi Collins
An award-winning Director of Photography and the son of Czech political refugees, David Kruta’s lifetime has taken him through a variety of cultures, experiences and locations spanning the globe, naturally bringing him to New York City to fulfill his passion for cinematography and storytelling. David has shot short films, commercials, documentaries, fashion and music videos and feature films. He is the visual architect behind the 2013 Sundance Competing feature film, “Concussion,” starring Robin Weigert (Deadwood) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy).
Originally from Miami, Frank is a Brooklyn-based Scenic & Lighting Designer for Stage & Film.He designs scenery and lighting for theatre, dance, opera, film and live events, with an emphasis in the fusion of light and physical space.
Jacqueline Christy is the founder of Access Theater, a not-for-profit performing arts space in Tribeca. She has produced and directed many plays for Access Theater. She has also written several short plays which have been produced by theaters in LA and NYC including EST/LA, The Elephant Theater and Soho Shorts. She is currently editing her short film TEMP, based on her play of the same name.Her short documentary REHEARSAL, was in competition in the Coney Island Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival in 2013. She is an MFA candidate for directing in the NYU Graduate Film Program at Tisch.
George Lois is a New York City native who has spent his life in the fields of photography, advertising, and film. After studying cinematography at NYU, he decided to pursue a career as a producer. Since then he has produced numerous commercials, music videos, short films, and more.
Thais is an actor, dancer, singer, writer, producer and instrumentalist born in Trinidad and Tobago, and raised in Maryland. She graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts, at New York University where she studied Drama. She has toured internationally and at the Historic Warner Theater in Washington DC, Radio City Music Hall and Yankee Stadium in New York City. She has been honored by the Root Magazine as one of the 25 under 25 Top Innovators in America. Her academic writings have been presented at the Prindle Institute for Ethics at Depauw University, before the staff of the White House and awarded by the Congressional Black Caucus. She has been a featured speaker alongside Howard Zinn and is a recipient of the Lorraine Hansberry Arts, Performance, and Media NIA Award at NYU. In addition to writing for film, she writes and produces theater. Her original stage play OUTCRY has been produced in New York City, the Washington DC area and in Atlanta and seen by thousands.
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