Writer/DIrector/Editor: Sean Sankalp Raju is a Chicago-based writer and director – A Nickname is his eleventh short film, and his most personal. His storytelling is couched in genre, character-driven, and strives to make sense of our deepest vulnerabilities. His work has been featured in festivals around the country and he is represented by OTV Studios.
TW: @seanraju1 // Website: RajuFilms.com
Producer/Director of Photography: May Malone is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and communications and engagement strategist. She produces short narrative films that make stories insightful, and documentary-style videos that make research accessible and actionable, in addition to data visualizations and graphics. Her mission is to illuminate insights amid facts and transform complexity into elegant simplicity.
Producer/Actor: Alka Sharma is the Founder and Director of Mandi Theatre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote Indian theater to the American community at large. Passionately immersed in the world of theater, she has won several acting accolades as an amateur artist both in India and abroad.
"मंडी थिएटर ग्रुप" is the group of like-minded enthusiasts of 'Traditional Hindi theatre' in the Chicago area. We are dedicated to producing the "classics" of Indian dramatic literature, which are not accessible to a wide audience, here in Chicago. We produce & stage intelligent, entertaining as well as thought-provoking plays.
Actor: Krishiv attends Ivy Hill Elementary school and his favorite subject is Math. He loves to play cricket and has participated in cricket tournaments in St. Louis and California. This is his debut acting role in a short film.
Actor: Ava Barabasz is an eight year old professional actor represented by Gray Talent Group. She began performing at local theatres in 2017 and hasn’t stopped since. She has experience being on set for print, commercial, tv/film and musical theatre. Ava is an award winning singer, competitive dancer and enjoys writing in her free time.