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SHORT FILMS
Directed by Arun Narayanan:
False Witness
Celluloid Dreams
Parent-Teacher Conference
Snuff
Pork Fried Rice
Occupied
Still Alive

Produced and/or Edited by Arun Narayanan:
Trying Not To Explode
Over The Edge
Private Life
Ordained
Jonas and the Machine
Pinch Me




Trying Not To Explode

Trying Not To Explode

  Producer (2015)
Synopsis
A story about the aftermath of a spontaneous human combustion. Based on the short story "Blowing Up On The Spot" from the collection "Tunneling to the Center of the Earth" by Kevin Wilson.
Awards
WINNER of the Ground Zero "Tennessee First" Narrative Short Award at the 2015 Nashville Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION of FantasticFest 2016
RECIPIENT of the FOX Visual Effects Fellowship at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA


Over The Edge

Over The Edge

  Writer, Producer (2014)
Synopsis
A heroin addict sees a body fall outside his window and goes out to investigate.
Awards
Finalist for the 2014 Kodak Student Cinematography Award.


Private Life

Private Life

  Producer, Post-Production Supervisor, Trailer Editor (2014)
Synopsis
When Eric, a young reclusive photographer, secretly follows his boyfriend Chris into the mountains, he hopes to find answers about Chris's fidelity. Instead, Eric finds a deeper connection to himself and to Chris just as they fall prey to a stranger who targets them, a tragedy that changes Eric forever. Inspired by an actual hate crime.
Background
Created for the Production IV (CTPR-581) graduate thesis course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA
Awards
BEST OF FEST SELECTION of the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest
OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 2014 OutFest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 2014 ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival


False Witness

False Witness

  Director, Producer, Writer, Editor (2013)
Synopsis
A puzzling murder mystery told from the wildly differing perspectives of the three suspects.
Awards
ACCEPTED into the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL Short Film Corner
ACCEPTED into the HOLLYWOOD REEL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL


Ordained

Ordained

  Editor (2013)
Synopsis
On the night before his ordination into the priesthood, Robert, a young seminarian struggling with feelings of uncertainty, sets out to explore his desire for a beautiful Jazz singer who pushes the limits of his curiosity.
Background
Created for the Production III (CTPR-546) graduate course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA
Awards
ACCEPTED into the 2013 LA Shorts Fest
ACCEPTED into the 2014 Toronto International Short Film Festival


Celluloid Dreams

Celluloid Dreams

  Director, Writer, Sound Designer (2013)
Synopsis
In a future where the multiplexes screen people's dreams instead of films, a young man tries to save his grandfather's failing independent movie theater.
Background
Created for the Production II (CTPR-508) graduate course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA
Awards
FEATURED in Shorts Showcase on PBS
OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 2014 Shorts Showcase Film Festival


Jonas and the Machine

Jonas and the Machine

  Producer, Editor, Co-Director of Photography, Sound Recordist (2013)
Synopsis
A lonely young boy discovers a strange machine in the woods behind his house.
Background
Created for the Production II (CTPR-508) graduate course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA


Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice

  Director, Writer, Editor (2013)
Synopsis
An indecisive guy catches his girlfriend in bed with another man.
Background
Created for the Production I (CTPR-507) graduate course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA
Awards
ACCEPTED into the 2013 Playhouse West Film Festival


Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent-Teacher Conference

  Director, Producer, Editor (2012)
Synopsis
A new teacher confronts a parent about a troubled student.
Background
Created for the Intermediate Directing (CTPR-532) graduate course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA


Snuff

Snuff

  Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor (2012)
Synopsis
A young woman attempts to escape a psychotic filmmaker.
Background
Created for the Intermediate Cinematography (CTPR-537) graduate course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA


Occupied

Occupied

  Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor (2011)
Synopsis
An awkward young man gets trapped in the bathroom at a dance club.
Background
Created for the Production I (CTPR-507) graduate course at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA


Still Alive

Still Alive

  Co-Director, Co-Writer, Co-Cinematographer, Co-Editor (2010)
Synopsis
Everyone in the world has been frozen in place, except for Boris. But only while Boris is awake.
Background
Created for the spring 2010 IndieLouie Film Festival's 48-Hour Film Contest at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA
Awards and Press
WINNER of "Best of Brandeis" at the 2010 Sundeis Film Festival
NOMINATED for "Best Direction" at the 2010 Sundeis Film Festival

WINNER of "Best 48-Hour Film" at the Spring 2010 IndieLouie Film Festival
ACCEPTED into the Fall 2010 IndieLouie Film Festival

Preview in The Brandeis Hoot


Pinch Me

Pinch Me

  Co-Producer, Writer, Editor, Production Designer, Casting Director, Production Manager (2010)
Synopsis
A twisty drama about a grief-stricken man that can no longer distinguish between his dreams and reality
Background
Created through Brandeis Television, the official television station/club of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA
Awards and Press
WINNER of "Best Undergraduate Film Over 10 Minutes" at the 2010 Sundeis Film Festival
NOMINATED for "Best of Brandeis" and "Best Original Score" at the 2010 Sundeis Film Festival

ACCEPTED into the Fall 2010 IndieLouie Film Festival

ACCEPTED into the 2010 Canton Palace International Film Festival

Preview in The Brandeis Hoot