LA Shorts International Film Festival & Long Beach Indie
Sharing “The Hideout” on the festival circuit has been a beautiful journey. In many ways, it’s allowed me to enjoy the work after having been attached to the creative end of it for so long. The ability to share it with friends, family and strangers, has offered a feeling I haven’t previously experienced in my life. I catch myself sitting in a theater and when I hear people respond with laughter to a joke I have written, I sort of chuckle to myself. It is a joke I most likely obsessed over for hours.
I am beyond fortunate to have the support of so many folks who helped me believe in myself from the very beginning of this creative journey. Making this project while working a full-time job was no easy task. In fact, I was probably going to lose my mind a million times trying to make the ten-minutes just as I envisioned, mostly because I was learning and creating at the same time.
There was also the second hurdle of never having gone to film school. Never having taken a single class on the subject and yet utilizing all of the bits and pieces I gathered over the last seven years from my professional life to say, “I don’t give two fucks if I fall on my face, but I am unleashing this creative yearning I have deep inside of me.” Truth is, I learned a lot about myself in making this special short film. For starters, I learned that I could REALLY do it. I could do some unconventional things like take risks I wasn’t typically accustomed to taking. And I could embrace my entire Indian-American quirky-not perfect-self.
Never did I realize, though, that in this process I would discover the biggest missing piece in my life. The piece that would make me feel as whole as I do now. The one that helped me discover that in making ten minutes of film, was an answer I’d been searching for wildly in my 20s. What am I meant to do in this lifetime.
LA Shorts International Film Festival
Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival