I recently had the opportunity to watch a short film called Kavi. The film is about a young Indian boy who is a slave at a brick kiln. Afterward I got to speak to Gregg Helvey, the writer and producer of the film. Turns out, Kavi was Gregg’s project for graduate film school at Southern Cal.
The film is only 17 minutes long, but it is powerful. Gregg did an amazing job telling a complicated story in such a short time frame. Kavi, the main character, just wants to go to school and play cricket like all the other kids, but is forced to carry wheel barrow loads of bricks all day.
You need to help support Gregg’s effort to raise awareness about modern day slavery. It was really interesting to hear all the effort that went into making the film. It took a lot longer than expected, but this is a great example that making something great does not happen easily nor over night. It recently won the Student Academy Award, which means it’s up for nomination at the Academy Awards. It is also being shown at film festivals all across the country.
Here are some of its awards:
Gold Medal- 2009 Student Academy Awards
Qualified for 2010 Academy Awards – Short Live Action
Best of Fest- Palm Springs International Shorts Festival
Audience Award: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (April 23 & 26th)
Grand Jury Prize + Best Short Film: USA Film Festival
Official Selection: Rhode Island Film Festival (Aug 4th -9th, 2009)
Official Selection: Nashville Film Festival (April 17th & 19th, 2009)
Here’s how you can support this great effort:
Become a Fan on Facebook
To host a private screening: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Great job Gregg. Can’t wait for the full feature!