FROM A BARREN STATE, 15min., USA
Directed by Priyam Sadhukhan
The title ‘From a Barren State’ represents the barren land that Lena was rescued from only to serve a childless barren woman who falsely promised to hydrate the barren life of Lena through kindness. It represents the journey of Lena from wandering in a barren land to the comfort of a home; alongside the journey of Martha from a barren woman to the desire of being a mother which ultimately seals her fate.
Get to know cinematographer Gurdeep Singh:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
Me and my friend, Priyam Sadhukhan, were in an elevator when we saw a pregnant lady. We began thinking about how ungrateful we were at that moment towards the women in our lives – our mothers and sisters. This sparked the idea of creating a film to help us appreciate our lives more and be willing to assist those in need. I thank Priyam Sadhukhan for embracing the idea and making it possible to create this film."
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
It took us almost one and a half years to complete the film. We spent a significant amount of time discussing the concept, as there were numerous approaches to the same theme. We aimed for a story that would be relatable to everyone. The actual shooting took three days, and we invested a substantial amount of time in editing. Additionally, it provided us with an opportunity to learn about color grading and sound design, which we attempted to do ourselves. I believe we did a good job with it.
3. How would you describe your film in two words?
I made a short film earlier named “ Silent Noise”. I feel those are the words that represent this movie as well.
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Our biggest obstacle was working within a limited budget, and the cosmetics and makeup also consumed a significant amount of time. Since the story unfolded within a single day, we had to carefully plan the screenplay and find various settings for different moments."
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
"Honestly, I submitted my film a while ago, and I had forgotten about it. When I watched the feedback video, I felt very happy, relaxed, and proud. I felt like I had done something for the greater good."
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I realized I wanted to make films after my first breakup. It led me to write my first poetry, and from there, I started viewing life through a different lens, discovering stories all around me. On later stage, I found films to perfect medium to express ourselves,our believe and talks to dozen like us.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
My favorite film is 'A Wednesday,' a Bollywood movie. I have watched it dozens of times. It's very relatable, with amazing performances and exceptional direction."
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I appreciate the transparency and platform offered by L.A Feedback and ScreenPlay festival.
Currently, I can't think of any suggestions, as I believe it's an excellent platform for young filmmakers. Hopefully, I can contribute in some way to the success of this film festival.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How have your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
I find FilmFreeway quite user-friendly, and I've been using the platform for a while. It helps in reaching a wider audience.
10. What is your favorite meal?
"I enjoy Mexican food, especially chicken quesadillas.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
I am currently working on a web series called 'Sleepless Nights.' It's a love story involving four immigrants going through different phases of life. It's one of my dream projects.