INDIAN DREAM is a feature-length motion picture event. Delving deep into a current galvanizing the Indian nation, this film puts a human face on the forces rocketing the world's largest democracy into its place as a prominent player on the world stage. It showcases the universal human urge to shake off the shackles of the past, build one's own life, and march toward one's own unique destiny.
Riding a blockbuster economic record, Narenda Modi has just won the most sweeping electoral landslide in a generation. The new prime minister is an icon to India's aspiring youth, and few believe in his vision more than the millennial generation from his home state, empowered to believe in a new Indian dream, that they can form their own company and pursue their own global destiny. The film will take us deep into the world of these young Gujarati entrepreneurs and engineers, each vying to create a company that may well transform what it means to be Indian in the 21st century. The experiences of each character will illuminate major issues the new generation faces in present-day India, whether they be economic, social, or cultural, or more.
We have explored a few people we believe to be representative of the new Indian dream. As we move forward with funding we will secure the permission of these individuals to tell us their stories. Below is an example of an individual we want to follow (we will keep the identities private until we have their full permission):
Person X is the CEO of an Environmental Company in Gujarat and is particularly emblematic of the Indian dream. She is a perfect metaphor for the new India. She came of age in a state that showcased the best of what India hopes to be. She dreams of combating global climate change with a product that simply helps bring renewable energy infrastructure to the millions who still remain without any energy source at all.
Yet her journey is fraught with tension. She is a part of a young, globally conscious generation yearning to break free of their traditional elders. She faces a cut-throat Indian business culture while yearning toward the casual collaborative culture of Silicon Valley.
And perhaps, most pernicious of all, is the stigma that girls just can't make it in engineering.
Some days it feels as if the whole world is against her. Yet she may well be the kind of person our world needs most.
Why we need you:
$130,000 is a massive goal, but it's the minimum we need to make this film a reality. Since we will ultimately be crowdfunding for this film, we have to reach that benchmark during the launch period, or we will not get any of the resources we need for this film to happen. This story will be an important one to know in the years to come and we are ready to travel to India to cover it for you. The support we have already recieved for this project has been remarkable, and we thank you all for it.
How You Can Help:
$1: Founding Member
$10: Tweet You Very Much
$25: Digital Download
$3,000: Associate Producer Credit
$10,000: Co-Producer Credit
Thanks to a fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas, donations to support this film can be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of U.S. law.
We are confident that one more big push from you all to spread the word will ensure we have the financial backing to complete the story.
Debashis Ghose is a scientific researcher and social media strategist from Atlanta, GA. He formerly conducted biofuel research for the Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia and has presented his work at national and international conferences. His research has been published in the Journal of Bioremediation and Biodegradation. Currently, he is a social media strategist intern for the internationally recognized NGO, Citizens Climate Lobby. His work involves using social media as a means to help pass important environmental legislation.
Ghose graduated with a degree in Microbiology and honors research distinction from the University of Georgia in 2012. Although his interest in India is partially driven by sustainability, it is primarily about personal attachment. Although he has been lucky enough to visit India multiple times, his experiences have helped him realize his relationship to his Indian side feels superficial. This film would be a way for him to connect with not just his peers in India, but ones in the diaspora who feel the same way. He expects this film to help him stop identifying a divide between his Indian heritage and American upbringing, and rather give him a sense of understanding on his unique position as an Indian American.
Ryan Prior is a journalist, film producer, and social entrepreneur from Atlanta, GA. A former writer for The Daily Beast and USA Today, he is now executive producer, co-director, and writer of the feature film Forgotten Plague. The documentary focuses on the role that major new trends in Big Data and genomic medicine play in addressing neuro-immune diseases and transforming the future of medicine. In conjunction with the film, he is co-founder of the Blue Ribbon Foundation which will promote the documentary and install first-year medical students at top neuro-immune institutes.
Prior graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in English and International Affairs from the University of Georgia in 2012. As a scholar, his interest in India has included research and writing on Mahatma Gandhi's use of civil disobedience and President Obama's proposal to add India as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
Travis Preston is a writer, director, and producer with 5 years of experience in the entertainment and media field. After attending the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film and Television, he returned to his home state of Georgia hoping to build a network in the budding Atlanta film industry. In March of 2013, after interning on productions for ABC, Encyclomedia, and working with local independent filmmakers for several years, Travis formed Electric Puzzle Productions in McDonough, GA, and with the help of other local artists, Electric Puzzle has developed into a functioning creative landscape with a diverse group of clients. Some of his work includes directing and editing the webseries Bad Indian which was officially accepted to the Toronto Web Fest in 2014 and covered in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and other publications.