MANDIRA CHAUHAN ON HER SHORT FILM FAILURE GROUPIES
Posted by Vivek on August 28, 2014 | No Comments
Randolph Film Company, Boy With Stick Production’s new film “Failure Groupies” premieres in four prestigious film festivals nationwide.
Writer/producer Rosalie Tenseth and Director Mandira Chauhan add the 2014 California Independent Film Festival and the 2014 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival to their list of Prestigious Nods from the Film Industry.
When Failure Groupies was selected to show at the Montclair Film Festival in May and the Hoboken International Film Festival in June, Boy With Stick Productions founder/writer/producer and Randolph resident Rosalie Tenseth was thrilled. Out of 1,500 submitted films, Hoboken accepts less than 10% of the films for the festival. “Failure Groupies” was one of them.
The film is a comedy following a group of suburban post 9-11 tweens who fail a group project and set up a spy mission to get their temperamental teacher fired.
When the news arrived that the film was accepted by the 2014 California Independent Film Festival and the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival to be held this September, both Tenseth and Failure Groupies director, Mandira Chauhan were ecstatic.
“My goal from the start was to assemble a group that had passion and skill,” says Rosalie of her cast and crew. “I knew we were on to something when I signed Mandira as director. Her vision and attention to detail was impeccable and something that’s hard to find. We had professional and personal chemistry from the very beginning.”
Chauhan, a seasoned writer, producer and director of short films, is no stranger to the film festivals circuit. Her first short, The Graveyard Shift, premiered at the LA Film & Script Festival in 2012. It was also screened at the Garden State Film Festival 2013, the Downtown Film Festival – Los Angeles 2013 and was a finalist at the Katra Film Series 2013. The prolific director currently has two comedy short films in festivals and is writing her first feature film script.
Tenseth’s film company has produced three films prior to Failure Groupies: 100 Towels, Secret Share and Grey Between.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working on this film and with Rosalie because of her attention to detail and her willingness to get the best resources to tell the story, ” said Chauhan. “She went above and beyond to procure the best cast, crew and equipment to make this a high quality production. She has been one of the best producers I’ve ever worked with. She was focused on making a film that all of us would be extremely proud of and with the response we are getting, I think she has achieved what she set out to do.”
Tenseth’s “best resources” included award-winning cinematographer Rodin Hamidi and Editor Sofi Marshall who has Sundance, Tribeca and SXSW Festival credits. Music by composer Brian McOmber, who’s had multiple films at Cannes, Tribeca and Sundance — gave Failure Groupies every possible professional advantage.
Chauhan and Tenseth met at The Garden State Film Festival when both were screening their previous films in 2013.
The film may be getting national attention, but local talent secured many roles in the film. Actors Angus Costello, Samara Fishkin, Neelam Joshi, Morgan Miller, Sydney Sieb, Allyson Stevens, and Vishwas all of Randolph along with Danny Davis of Flanders, Arya Gartside-Vats and Jermaine Small of NYC appear in the film.
The film was shot at a private residence in Randolph and at Holy Family School in Florham Park, where 30 Morris County residents participated as background performers.
“We are very excited about the future of this film,” says Tenseth. “The west coast film festivals provide yet another outlet for Failure Groupies and we’re looking forward to both events.”
The Failure Groupies trailer can be viewed on Vimeo at:
Writer/producer Tenseth, who also plays Larson the cop in Failure Groupies has appeared on 30 Rock, Law and Order, and most recently on the hit web-series High Maintenance, just picked up by Vimeo as a series. Tenseth is the owner of The Acting Academy in Randolph, where both aspiring and working actors study acting. The Acting Academy is considered a rarity in the suburbs. Access to professional coaching that focuses on the rudiments of the craft, and not recitals or performances is hard to find.
This Fall, Tenseth will be co-directing Annie Jr. at The Music Den which in addition to being a retail establishment offers music lessons and houses the Randolph Performing Arts Center, a recital hall and live performance venue.
After their successful collaboration on Failure Groupies, Tenseth and Chauhan have already begun work on other projects including a comedy short web-series (episodes are 3-5 minutes) in conjunction with Phantom of the Opera Broadway actor Jeremy Stolle, a series of shorts based on Tenseth’s midwestern family from the 1970′s and 80′s, and another feature Tenseth wrote while living in New York City.
For more information about Failure Groupies and festival information, LIKE the film at: www.facebook/failuregroupieswww.boywithstickproductions.com
MANDIRA CHAUHAN ON HER SHORT FILM FAILURE GROUPIES
What is your film Failure Groupies about?
Failure Groupies is a comedy about a group of suburban teens who fail a school group project and set up a spy mission to get their temperamental teacher fired.
Which festivals has it played in?
It premiered at the Montclair Film Festival 2014. It has also screened at the Hoboken International Film Festival 2014.
What are the upcoming festivals that it is scheduled to play?
Two screenings in September are at the San Diego International Kids Film Festival 2014 and the California Independent Film Festival 2014 in SF.
A couple of lines about you?
I am a freelance film director based in New York City. I am originally from Mumbai, India and moved to NYC to work in film. I have written, directed, produced and edited several short films. ‘Failure Groupies’ is a collaboration with veteran New York actor/writer/producer Rosalie Tenseth and her production company ‘Boy With Stick Productions’. We are in preproduction for a comedy web series and a feature film, which will be produced by her company.