I conceptualized the idea for Los Angeles
from my trials and tribulations while making
an earlier movie "I Can't Breathe." It unfolds the
tale of Dave, an exasperated stranger to Los
Angeles bumps into a psychiatrist, seeks relief
from his haunted dreams due to his past deeds,
but discovers an anomaly of the place. In the
beginning, I was skeptical of the offbeat premise
reaching masses. Yet, I considered presenting
Dave's emotional challenges in his most
Upon developing the first draft, I reached out to Mechielle, Dave and Mike to help make it over the following long weekend. They obliged in the blink of an eye. We engaged a real psychologist's office in Pottstown, PA, with the generosity of Shailaja Adluri and Dr. Ramesh B Eluri, despite their busy practice. We brought together a team and concluded rehearsals, a jiffy affair for these brilliant actors. When we felt everything is going our way, met our first challenge. Snow, outside the forecast, the night before the shoot accumulating several inches on the ground, out of blue and maybe not out of place. Living in the Northeastern region of the United States has no escape from weather Gods. Foremost, I dreaded for the safety of the team, driving early in the morning on unplowed interior routes. Few crew members couldn't make it including an Art Director carrying all the props. As the morning progressed, filmmaking Gods smiled on us and dropped the Sun to shine. By noon, the snow melted leaving few visible patches on ground and rooftops. We pursued filming remembering the mantra "you work with what you have, not with what you wish to have."
During deliberations on set with our DOP Murali, we realized that it's not practical completing shoot in
traditional ways with twenty plus setup changes, coupled with mood lighting. He proposed to shoot the film
without mounting the camera on a tripod, with continuous movement. I thought it's a brilliant idea matching
the premise but feared for continuity in the post. But having L. J., a fantastic friend on set operating camera is a
blessing. With his flawless operation, we concluded filming and captured seventy-two plus shots without going
on sticks, spanning multiple interior and exterior setups, all on Movi.
When you have the family, friends, and filmaholics to bolster your dream, everything is possible and I am fortunate to have each on my side. I bear a firm bias that every filmmaker remains engaged and gratified upon experiencing the film.
Film opiates a filmaholic better than alcohol to an alcoholic
Dave, an outstanding performer with infinite devotion has over fifty acting credits working with excellent directors. His noted acting credits include "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (2018)" a CNN original series, But Deliver Us from Evil (2017), The Sacred Eternal: 1st Movement Overture (2017) and Hollywould (2019).He served in US NAVY at submarine force and a retired professional sports car racer. At present he runs commercial nuclear power plants.
Since Mike's first speaking role in 2013, he appeared in 130 plus independent features, shorts, TV shows, web series, industrials, commercials, live performances and print ads. This year releases include lead roles in a feature film A Host of Sparrows and the short films Hunting for Justice, Men Are Not Meant to be Gods and Grade A. 2018 supporting roles include Mercy, Back Road, 5 Doors, 3 Days, and the iconic Commissioner Gordon in the fan film Catwoman Retribution. Mike appeared in House of Cards for its final season releasing this fall. Before acting, he devoted over 20 years working in finance as a portfolio manager and Chief Investment Officer.
Born to make films but forced to work as a Software Engineer, a visionary DP keen on capturing emotions and enhancing the cinematic story telling. Helps filmmakers realize their dreams into reality.
An established music composer from South Indian movie industry and scored for many feature films. Film fraternity applauds him for his unique tunes and out of box film scoring. He worked with many popular singers and composers in Bollywood and nominated for several distinguished awards.
Mechielle Anderson is a actor/director and producer of plays, short films and web series. She is the director of the creative fine ministries at Path of Life Church. Mechielle recently directed and produced a short film called The Villain written by her son Aaron Anderson. Even with all her accomplishments her greatest are her two sons, Aaron Anderson and Randall Anderson.
Michael Competielle works as a Sound Engineer and owner of Empress Studio. His talents include location sound recordist, sound designer, dialogue editor and mixer.
Latchman Balkaran a. k. a L. J. Balkaran is a West Indian born film director and producer. He is best known for producing and directing music videos and commercials, which includes JA Rule, Maino, Levi's, Axe and Victoria Secret.
Al Rivera, an impeccable, efficient, and intuitive gaffer. Can adapt to any situation and design lighting to elevate the mood of a scene. His gaffer credits comprise a few of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters (Dhoom3, Padman, Half Girlfriend, My Name is Khan). Presently busy with Zero, a Bollywood feature film starring India’s superstar Sharuk Khan