MOVIE PREVIEW: ASHESBy SAMPURN
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Directed by AJAY NAIDU
USA, 2010, 77 min. NY Premiere.
October 1, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): How do we ignore the deterioration of a person or a neighborhood that is right in front of our eyes? Ashes is a cautionary tale of mental illness, greed, and the definition of family both real and imagined. The story of two brothers living in the inner city, as one descends into the grips of manic depressive schizoid disorder, the other, Ashes, absconds from his responsibility and tries to become a wealthy drug dealer. Fraught with contradiction, the story is a meditation on how easy it is to fall through the cracks of today’s health care system and how we ultimately find grace in the face of suicide.
Director Ajay Naidu:
Ajay Naidu grew up in Chicago where he worked extensively as an actor in both film and theatre from a very young age. He is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre training at Harvard University. He has appeared as an actor in over 50 films and television projects. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 1996 for his performance in Rick Linklater’s film Suburbia. Ashes marks his directorial debut.
Director: Ajay Naidu
Writers: Heather Burns, Sidney Feldman, & Ajay Naidu
Producer: Nina Spensley
Executive Producer: Heather Burns
Director of Photography: Ben Kutchins
Music: Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz
Year of Production: 2010
Country of Production: USA
COMING TO THE MIAAC FILM FESTIVAL 2010 - NOVEMBER 10 to 14
SVA Theaters, 333 West 23rd St, bet. 8th and 9th Ave, NYC
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