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INSOMNIA: Exclusive Industry Screening
INSOMNIA: Exclusive Industry Screening
Get a sneak peek of the edgy new series
In this new series,
challenges what we know about race and gender. Join New York Times Writer, Filmmaker and Director of National Operations Shreeya Sinha, show creator Vishaal Reddy, who is part of Tribeca Festival's Creators Program, the Director Michelle Cutolo, and members of the cast for this exclusive industry exclusive screening.
Insomnia is a half hour, single-camera dramedy. Taking cues from Master of None, Louie, Fleabag, and High Maintenance, the series follows the darkly, absurd, late night adventures of an Indian-American escort in his twenties.
Insomnia is told through the eyes of Nikhil Sharma (25), a struggling, Indian-American writer that can’t seem to get his life together. A bisexual writer suffering from insomnia, this story follows Nikhil as he secretly moonlights as an escort to support himself and his sick aunt. His best friend, Savan, is a, type-A dental student (27) who's charm constantly bails Nikhil out of trouble. Consequently, we explore Nikhil's relationships with Leela (26), a scrappy Hillary Clinton wannabe, who struggles to be taken seriously in a male dominant field, and Nikhil's aunt, Meera (44), a crafty polished woman, who's multiple sclerosis is causing her life to deteriorate.
In each episode, Nikhil navigates New York City, attempting to balance the double life of being a writer and escort. We meet his eclectic group of friends, family, clients, and witness absurd latenight antics. This is Nikhil's journey to find love, happiness, and his true identity. This is a story about growing up. And Failing. A lot.
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Vishaal Reddy is an actor, writer, and producer from Tennessee and based in NYC. He received his undergraduate degree at Boston University, studying Business Administration and Theater. He was recently selected as one of 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Creator N.O.W. creators. Upon moving to NYC, he was a part of numerous Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while also delving into the television/film world. His recent credits include The Punisher , Bull , and Big Dogs. Feeling frustrated with the industry's portrayal of Indian characters, he started writing and producing his own screenplays and sketches. His ultimate goal is to use
as a platform to launch a production company, focusing on the stories of Asian Americans and people in the LGBTQ community.
Michelle Cutolo (Director):
Michelle Cutolo is an award-winning director whose work focuses on elevating clever comedic ventures. Michelle’s comedic pilot
has been recognized for doing exactly that picking up Best Comedy at HollyWeb Fest and winning Best Series at the Hollywood Comedy Short Film Festival. The pilot was also accepted into the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Creators Market. Michelle honed her craft directing such pilots as
RIDING THE D WITH DR. SEEDS (LAWIFF)
and the comedic pilot
LILLY & ANNE.
Michelle most recently completed the short,
THE MAIL LADY
which has already been accepted by The Lift Off Global Network Festival in Tokyo.
THE MAIL LADY
was the inspiration behind her feature,
THE UNTITLED PLAYGROUND PROJECT
, which is currently in the funding phase and will be featuring a two-time Oscar Nominee as lead. She is also an accomplished commercial director whose work has promoted brands such as
The Container Store
Moderated by Shreeya Sinha:
Shreeya Sinha is a National Operations Director at The New York Times focused on delivering high-impact journalism that reaches readers around the world. She has managed a range of stories including the Pulitzer-winning series on Russia's power and written visual pieces including on the opioid crisis and the Indian election, which led to consulting for “The Daily Show.” Before The Times, she reported and shot video for “Undesired,” a multimedia film about violence against women in India, which received an Emmy nomination and won Pictures of the Year International and the Alfred I. duPont award. Shreeya was raised in India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Vietnam, and that's why she believes that storytelling can transcend boundaries. She now calls Brooklyn her home and just got a puppy named Zulu.
Ms. Aneesh Sheth is a singer, actress, producer, director, writer, and transgender activist. Born in Pune, India and relocating to the United States at an early age, she quickly found a passion for music. After receiving her BFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for Musical Theatre, she enjoyed the tour life performing in various musicals including the Broadway National Tour of A.R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams as Sweetie in 2006. Aneesh made her network debut as a guest star on NBC's Thursday night sitcom Outsourced (2011) and has since appeared in
Hulu's Difficult People
HBO's High Maintenance
. She also had a cameo in
IFC's A Kid Like Jake
, alongside Jim Parsons. She currently recurs as "Lila" on NBC's Tuesday night medical Drama,
. Along with her work in theatre, film, and television, she is an event host, trans activist, panelist and committee member with many national organizations. In March 2013,
honored Aneesh Sheth on their 40 Under 40 List.
Alison Barton has had featured roles in shows on Hulu, MTV & ABC, national tours, off-broadway plays, multiple national commercials. You can catch her in season two of
"Master of None"
and on the Netflix series
"Friends from College."
Alison is an accomplished writer, who pilot project
was selected to be a part of the New York Television Festival. She graduated with her BFA in Drama from UCONN.
Originally from Parkland, Florida (and a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School), Daniel graduated from Syracuse University’s Department of Drama with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Daniel has trained at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and the Los Angeles Symposium with Aaron Sorkin and the Arielle Madover Tepper Semester in New York City. Daniel originated the role of Nicholas Hodges in the World Premiere of Carey Crim's new play
, directed by Scott Schwartz and starring Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth Reaser and Brian Hutchison at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY. The New York Times regarded his performance as "painfully believable" while The East Hampton Star called him "a dynamo of talent." Immediately following, Daniel reprised his performance [as Nicholas Hodges] in the West Coast premiere of Conviction with Elyse Mirto, Tom Astor, Julie Granata and Joseph Fuqua at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA. Daniel is a founding member of and serves as Co-Artistic Manager for the New York City-based Diverging Elements Theatre Co., reimagining the limits of the theatrical experience through the magic of physical and improvisational storytelling. In November, Daniel's original play, KIM, was awarded 'Best Premiere' at the United Solo Awards in New York City.
James Seol is an accomplished film and stage actor whose recent credits include Broadway’s
A Naked Girl
on the Appian Way and the off-Broadway hit,
, for which he was nominated for Lucille Lortel Award. He is a Juilliard trained actor and will next be seen in
Netflix’s Living With Yourself
, starring and executive produced by Paul Rudd.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm