Hey, I'm Rishi!

Dobbs Ferry, New York

I'm a second generation Indian immigrant to the African continent, but a first generation American immigrant.  I grew up in Côte d'Ivoire up to the age of thirteen before moving to the New York.  From a young age I fell in love with film.  The first films that really gave me an idea of the power of cinema were the films of Akira Kurosawa.  I saw the Kurosawa classic Yojimbo in the fourth grade and was forever changed.  Some of my biggest influences since have been Wong Kar Wai, Barry Jenkins and Maisel Brothers.  In my day to day I'm a freelance cinematographer and video editor.  I recently did a humorous spec ad which can be seen here

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Sad SAC

Berkeley, California Series
Comedy, Family

As the second children in their Asian-American families, Priya and Audrey try to step out of the shadows of their successful older sisters.

105%

This project got the green light!

She Had It Coming

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Mystery

Demanded by the deceased, a seance takes place among a group of friends as the dead protagonist tries to work out which of them killed her.

102%

This project got the green light!

Kansas, 1989

Kansas City, Missouri Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

The story of a Midwestern teenager on the verge of coming out, and the night of danger that changes the course of his life.

113%

This project got the green light!

Mater Mortis

Dobbs Ferry, New York Film Short
Drama, Horror

Rajan must care for his mother, now afflicted with a rot that makes her the living dead, as his relationship with is own father deteriorates

104%

This project got the green light!

Adventure Date!

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Horror

After being expelled from quilting graduate school for using witchcraft, Susan meets a stranger for a tinder date that goes terribly wrong

103%

This project got the green light!

You Promise?

Malmö, Sweden Film Short
Drama, Family

A short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change - from a five-year-old's perspective.

138%

This project got the green light!

Leila's Gift

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

When Arab American, Leila, travels from Jordan to Los Angeles to visit her American mother, she is sporting a new accessory: a hijab.

103%

This project got the green light!

Good Chemistry

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Comedy, Science

An 80s homage for the 21st Century: Two science majors left alone on campus for Thanksgiving discover a place where they belong.

93%

This project got the green light!

Where you from?

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

What do you do as a brown guy with a birthday on 9/11?

87%

This project got the green light!

Void

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

A young woman discovers the violent consequences when her jealous fantasies begin coming to life.

84%

This project got the green light!

Cafard

Toronto, Canada Film Short
Drama, Horror

A man who is unfaithful to his relationship gets the shock of his life when his lies are manifested in a horrible way.

105%

This project got the green light!

Vanilla Milkshake

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

With the help of a “true love" token a hopeless romantic will meet a skeptical waitress who will make her question her faith in the device.

106%

This project got the green light!

PLEASE HOLD

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

In the near future, a young Latino man is thrust into a fully automated and privatized jail after he is arrested by mistake.

102%

This project got the green light!

Everything is Wonderful

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Family

A young woman must become a caretaker while helping her grandmother accept the reality of life alongside a man with late-stage dementia.

100%

This project got the green light!

Expanding Sanctuary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Documentary

The documentary follows the historic campaign to end the sharing of police database information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Spring

Los Angeles, California Series
Fantasy, Action

In the world of The Spring, movement is power, and power corrupts, people are faced with the question: "What would you do to survive?"

81%

This project got the green light!

It's Okay

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

Reality isn't what it seems. Something strange is happening to Cam and Alex. Will they lose each other before they figure it out?

133%

This project got the green light!

A Day in My Life

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Drama

In the wake of his mom's death, a disabled musician struggles with the decision to please his traditionalist father or to follow his heart.

105%

This project got the green light!

Happyness: A Comedy About Misery

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Satire

When an unknown actor is thrust into sudden fame, the people closest to him must face their own insecurities & issues of mental health.

82%

This project got the green light!

Sanctuary

New York City, New York Film Feature
Documentary

Guatemalan-immigrant Amanda Morales, along with her three U.S. born children, takes refuge in a NYC church to resist her deportation.

102%

This project got the green light!

Trade

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Thriller

What happens when a married father of two shares a cell with a psychopath who only goes after "Trade," and won't take no for an answer.

81%

This project got the green light!

Pair of Normals

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Music

An anxious, divorced psychic and a disheveled college dropout cross paths in NYC and struggle to put their disastrous lives back together.

80%

This project got the green light!

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