Soham Mehta’s film “Survivors” on iTunes

Soham Mehta, Shunya’s founder, has a short horror film released on iTunes in time for Halloween.

Dear Friends,

I just want to share some good news with you. My short horror film, Survivors, just went up on iTunes this week for Halloween!

This is the first film that I have directed to get distribution, so it’s extremely exciting. From what I hear, it will be available in the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland, and Germany. The film has already played over 25 festivals, but this is definitely the easiest and most accessible it’s been for anyone and everyone to watch it.

It’s being distributed by Shorts International, a UK based company that specializes in short films. They’re the same company that’s distributing all of last year’s Oscar-nominated shorts, so we’re in good company. They’ve released a slate of horror films to iTunes for Halloween. Unfortunately, all of their publicity is focusing on the films that have stars in them. So the only way anyone will hear about Survivors is word of mouth.

So please download the film, put it on your ipods and phones and gadgets, write a review and rate it, and most importantly, tell your friends about it! I don’t really know if this is just a Halloween thing or a long term thing, so please check it out sooner rather than later.

Here is the link in iTunes:

Some press about the release (although they don’t mention Survivors)

In other news, my latest film, FATAKRA, is now complete and beginning it’s festival run. If you would like to keep up with it’s progress, please visit my website ( The site is pretty rudimentary for the time being, but there’s a blog that you can add to any RSS reader to get updates.

I hope you enjoy the film!

All the best,

Networking in Austin

A message for anyone who is going to be in Austin this weekend, from Sushma Khadepaun-Pamar:

Who should attend:

1. Local (Central Texas) and visiting filmmakers, actors, dancers, musicians, writers, designers, painters and anybody involved in the arts who would like to network with like minded people.

2. Up and coming creatives who would like to network with professionals in the industry.

3. Anyone who would like to meet South Asians involved in the arts.

What to expect:

A casual networking event, and the opportunity to view some videos/stills from upcoming projects. We will be glad to showcase demo reels, trailers, stills and videos (5 minutes and under). Email me at if you have anything you’d like to showcase.

Brunch/Lunch is available for those that would like to purchase at Opal Divine’s.

Look forward to seeing you all!


Sushma Khadepaun-Parmar
Producer, Director,

Our new season!

So by now, everyone who follows this website or is on our mailing list has seen our new season announcement. This is the most busy Shunya has been in a few years, and it is thrilling. Besides two full length productions, we will also be hosting a writing workshop which will culminate in its own production. Also, I’m very happy to announce that we have received a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to support our season.

I encourage everyone to show up for auditions to 1-888-DIAL-INDIA and invite all interested participants to our Writing Workshop.

Casting call from JVB Preksha Center

I’m late in posting this, but below is a casting call for a religious play being produced by the JVB Preksha Center, to be directed by Dilip Kapasi (who has directed with Shunya in the past).

Auditions for an upcoming mega play of the kind “Sati Anjana” will be held at the JVB Preksha center as follows,

When:        Saturday, June 26th beginning 2 PM – 4 PM

Where:       JVB Preksha Center, 14102 Schiller Road, Houston TX 77082;

Phone: 281-596-9642

The play is in English, and will be presented in one of the large Houston Theaters on October 23, 2010 as part of JVB Annual Day celebrations.

Please reply back with your preferred time slot: 2:00, 2:05, 2:10……3:00, 3:05…………..

All age groups are needed and participation will only be accepted until the roles are filled.  So, please respond soon to get your preferred role.

Pramod Bengani

President, JVB Preksha Meditation Center , Houston
14102 Schiller Rd, Houston , TX 77082