Before I Go
This film highlights the impact mental illness has on family dynamics told through the relationship between a father (Rakesh) and daughter (Kareena). As they build their cupcake catering business, Rakesh struggles to cope with OCD while Kareena is faced with making a life-changing decision.
Inclusion StatementWith the writer, director, producer and lead actors being of Asian descent, our film seeks to challenge current perceptions of South Asians in the media by portraying complex and nuanced characters.
About The Project
(A note from Ruchi)
This story began nearly two years ago as dialogues and conversations scribbled across my composition notebook as I ran between classes during graduate school. At that moment in time, acting had been my primary creative outlet, however I realized that I wanted to be a part of projects that highlighted causes that were important to me such as mental illness and the immigrant experience in the United States, which fueled my journey in creating "Before I Go."
I was fortunate enough to have Dennis Tran as a friend who read all my drafts (and believe me there were plenty :) ) and played an instrumental role in helping shape this story. We began doing informal reading sessions with actors Abhijeet Rane (Rakesh) and Ingrid Sanai Buron (Linda) along the writing process and set a target date for filming during our last reading this past spring.
Growing up, someone very close to me had a mental illness.Through this experience, I came to learn that living with a mental illness can be isolating for both the individual with the mental illness and their family members, which helped inspire Kareena's journey in "Before I Go." Mental illness is rarely, if ever discussed in the South Asian community, which is why it was important for me to make those voices feel heard in how this story was told.
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About This Team
Ruchi Loomba (Screenwriter, Producer, "Kareena")
Ruchi Loomba is a Seattle-based screenwriter, producer and the lead actress in “Before I Go.” She has acted in several short films, corporate videos, and local theatre productions. This past spring, she had the lead role in a UW student-produced play “Rainbow in the Dark Sky” and was given the opportunity to act in the short film “Minus the Shooting” for the Seattle 48 Hour Film Festival. In the future, she hopes to continue to be a part of projects that seek to explore themes related to race, mental health, and female empowerment.
Dennis Tran (Director)
Dennis is a Seattle based editor and director. Under the tutelage of Andrew Tsao through the UW CineMedia program, he has used his knowledge of visual storytelling to produce, direct, and edit a number of short films and music videos within the Seattle community. In 2017, he edited a short film “Stigma,” which went on to win two awards for best editing in its festival run. Through “Before I Go,” Dennis hopes to shed light on issues involving mental health and create more opportunities for POC artists within his community.
Jessica Cruz (Producer, Assistant Director)
Jessica graduated from Cal State Northridge as a film production major, and now she’s pursuing her dreams of being an Actor and Producer. After acting alongside Ruchi on a previous project, she couldn’t wait to join this film and work with her again. Jessica believes this story is one that definitely needs to be told, as it references diversity, coping with losing a loved one, and reconnecting with the people in their lives.
Abhijeet Rane ("Rakesh")
Abhijeet moved to Seattle in 1999 and has been a part of the vibrant South Asian drama community in Seattle for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he has appeared in "The Who and The What," "Hand of Talons,"and "Dance Like A Man." Abhijeet has performed in San Jose, Portland, Chicago, and Vancouver. When he is not acting, he would rather be writing his own comedy scripts, photographing nature and animals, and hanging out with his dog.
Ingrid Sanai Buron ("Linda")
Ingrid has appeared in feature films such as “Because I Said So” (starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore) and “Police Beat.” She had recurring roles on “House” (FOX) and “The Unit” (CBS), appeared on “Gilmore Girls” (CW), “Without A Trace” (CBS), “Prison Break” (FOX), “According to Jim “ (ABC), “Yes, Dear” (CBS), “Desperate Housewives” (ABC), among others. She has also appeared in numerous independent films, commercials and is also an award winning theater actor. www.ingridsanaiburon.com
Bilal Young (Director of Photography)
Bilal studied film production at UNLV and moved to Seattle in 2015 and began directing his own short films in 2017.This is his first time taking on the role of a cinematographer after directing two short films and a sketch previously.
Grace Wallis (Composer)
Grace Wallis is an up-and-coming media composer based in Seattle, Washington. Her most recent projects include scoring David Fowler's award-nominated film, "Lean On Me", and three short films created for the 48 Hour Film Festival in Seattle. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Film Composition degree. In her spare time, she enjoys running, studying the Japanese language, and volunteering at the Seattle Symphony.