With CDs, VHSs and old cassette tapes stacked to the ceiling, Rainbow Music is a hoarder's paradise. However, its quirky owner, known as 'The Birdman', knows exactly where everything is. Amidst the Starbucks and Subways popping up on every corner of the East Village, Rainbow Music maintains its mom and pop feel, and is a hidden gem to its patrons. Due to the weak economy, online music sales and pirating, and the changing neighborhood, this charismatic curmudgeon is struggling to sell what he has in his store. Despite these challenges, The Birdman carries on to his own tune.
WINNER: Grand Jury Award for Short Documentary 2013 Slamdance Film Festival
WINNER: Best Documentary Short, 2012 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
WINNER: Neighborhood Award, 2013 Lower East Side Film Festival
WINNER: Audience Favorite, 2013 Media Film Festival
WINNER: Jury Award for Best Documentary Film, 2014 15 Short Film Festival
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Arizona International Film Festival
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Is there a more ideal locale for skateboarding than to the teeming Kumbh Mela festival in North India which hosts what was estimated to be the world's largest religious gathering ever recorded?
The answer is yes, probably any back alley or random village street would be more productive and doable than at this joyous, ancient gathering. At the Kumbh Mela, Gurus and millions of other assorted Hindu devotees make their sanctified bathing pilgrimage to wash away their accrued sins at the confluence of the Ganges, and Yamuna Rivers, that takes place every dozen years in the city of Allahabad.
In early February 2013, Sean Malto, Sebo Walker, Mark Suicu and Nestor Judkins traveled to legendary India. Their plan was to traverse the breadth of the Subcontinent's core with their ultimate goal to reach the Kumbh Mela gathering. The four sought to try and demonstrate that even in the most densely populated, chaotic places in the developing world, one can indeed push forward and manage to skateboard despite the visceral challenges such conditions present.
Starring: Nikohl Boosheri & Camyar Chai
Written & Directed by: Mohammad Gorjestani
Produced by: Malcolm Pullinger
Co-Produced by: Daniel Lafrentz & Mohammad Gorjestani
Director of Photography: Mike Gioulakis
Production Designer: Matt Thompson
Edited by: Malcolm Pullinger
Post Production: Berke Creative
Executive Producer from ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer