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A young dedicated home-care aide to an isolated elder man is burdened with an unexpected and lonely responsibility. Created for the Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout from brief to finish under the theme, A Guest In My Own Country.

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Amber is a young dedicated home-care aide who travels a great distance to look after
Mr. Chavan, an isolated elder man suffering from dementia and other debilitating ailments.
Together, they are an unlikely pair from different generations, backgrounds, and cultures,
and yet their daily routine requires almost no communication at all. However on this day,
Amber arrives with a life-changing responsibility that leaves her feeling abandoned
and despondent in the company of Mr. Chavan.

Starring Chausa Hoang & Cliff Samara.

 



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[TRAILER]

 

[Drama, 05:59 Mins, HD, Color, English Subtitles]
Written-Directed by Edward Shieh
Cinematography by Dave Giles
Special Thanks to Christiane Seidel, Jereme Holiman, and Mom & Dad.
 
©2013 Red Rope Productions LLC

 



festivals

Mr. Chavan is an adaptation of its Top 40 Finalist version for the 2013 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout made under the theme, “a stranger in my own country.” The film was created from brief to finish in 72 hours. Mr. Chavan is currently in festival contention.

 

2013

AAFL72

 

2014

SHORT FILM CORNER
KANSAS
TISFEST
ATHENS
LAAPFF
NYINDFF
NFMLA
ARTISTS
COLUMBIA
VIEWSTER
NYCCHAIN
FILMSTOCK
HARLEM
MINNEAPOLIS
BOLLYWOOD
COLUMBUS
VANCOUVER

 

2015

 
ASIANS ON FILM
BROOKLYN9180

 

2016

 
BAYOU
CONNECTICUT
ROXBURY
CINE POBRE
FRINGE POP

 

 



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ChauSaHoang

Chau Sa Hoang is an American film and theatre actress, and portrays Amber. Born in Bronx, New York, to Vietnamese parents, Chau Sa’s passion for acting and singing stems from an early age where she was dedicated to various childhood performances and school plays. However, upon entering high school Chau Sa was left empty without more opportunities as a young actor. This led to her acceptance into the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts where Chau Sa focused on the Dramatic Arts. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, in Marketing Communications, Chau Sa still continues her studies under the Larry Moss disciple, Karl Bury, in New York, NY. Mr. Chavan is Chau Sa’s starring debut film.

Cliff Samara

Cliff Samara is a New York based actor, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and portrays Mr. Chavan. Cliff spent significant time in London and Norway before landing in New York to co-found a successful information technology company that he later sold. With extra time to spare, Cliff found himself entrenched at the Weist-Barron School of New York that led to his acting debut in a viral video for Domino’s Pizza. Cliff has since appeared in numerous films such as, “Happy life,” “Couch,” “The Good Heart,” Game Time,” and, “Beautiful Dreamer,” as well as Emmy-winning television such as, “30 Rock,” “Louie,” and, “We are New York.” Cliff is also fluent in English, Sinhalese, and Norwegian.

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Edward Shieh

Edward Shieh (謝宗楷) is a director and screenwriting member of the Writer’s Guild of America East and WGA Digital Caucus. His work has been awarded and nominated for Best Film, Direction, Actor, Actress, Ensemble Cast, Cinematography, Editing and Music from Academy® Qualifying and international festivals. Eddie has been a distinguished nominee to the NBC Directing Fellowship, Fox Global Directors Initiative Fellowship, and O’Neill National Directing Fellowship programs. He is an alumnus of The Barrow Group Directing Workshops in New York led by the esteemed Seth Barrish and the Professional Writer’s Boot Camp where after his first dramatic feature screenplay sold in 2010. His passion for storytelling stems from an award-winning career as an advertising agency creative director. [filmmkakeratnight.com]

 

Director’s Statement
“Mr. Chavan,” was originally created for the 72 Hour Asian American Film Shootout on the theme, “A Guest In My Own Country.” Filmmakers are given the theme at 8PM on Friday and must upload their final film by 8PM the following Monday.

The story of “Mr. Chavan,” was inspired by a similar relationship between my father and his home-care aide whom, in the film, is named, Amber.

Several times a week, Amber dutifully traveled using public transportation and walking to reach my father. And very much like the film, Amber performed chores for my father, accompanying him on walks, and read while he watched TV or dilly-dallied online. Yet they rarely spoke to each other unless it was necessary. And it was all very good.

Amber also emigrated at a young age but did not know how to drive, use a computer, or cook very well. And with limited skill sets, she also worked nights at a hospital to supplement her financial needs altho at 42 years of age with a 25 year-old son who resides at home and does not contribute to the household.

Facts like these led me to wonder about Amber’s journey and her endurance as a very young woman now expecting a child. What did she feel at that moment of discovery? Did she finish school? Who and where is the father? And what else did Amber sacrifice?

Coupled with personal themes about my father, “Mr. Chavan,” is an interpretation of Amber’s experience and how I hope dad would have acted in that moment of need.

 



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