Title: Still Grove
Director: Sancheev Ravichandran
Producer: Devin Tusa & Robbie Lemieux
NYU Affiliation: Undergraduate
DARREL (21 - Lead) is deeply attached to his past and fears that passage of time is going to distance him from it. He’s a fun loving musician going through all the uncertainty and challenges of young adulthood. Darrel is quirky and painfully self-aware. He tries to hide his sensitivity by playing the stoner/smart ass role in his group.
SONIA (22, Indian descent) is a smart, kind, college graduate who is about to go to grad school. She enjoys spending time with the characters of this story because they’re among the few people with whom she doesn’t fear judgement or a need to prove herself. Because of this, she supports and looks after them like an older sister. She also has a very thick skin for all their teasing.
ABDUL (21, Middle-Eastern/South Asian descent) is the youngest of an accomplished family. His older brother is on his way to becoming a doctor, and his parents have always wished the same for him. Abdul however, has just failed the MCAT and been expelled from a 6 year direct med program. In his mind he’s failed at being what he should be and is thrown into an existential crisis. While in this state, he decides to ignore his childhood friends while home for the summer.
OTTER (21) is charming, arrogant, and in control. He’s good at manipulating circumstances whether social or vocational to his liking. He’s aloof to the changing nature of life and chooses instead to focus on the moment. When faced with a situation that is out of his control (Abdul ignoring him), Otter doesn’t know how to respond and views it as his own failure. This mentality makes him a fierce friend.
CLARA (20) still has a lot of college ahead of her and doesn’t feel the imposing pressure of life like the other characters. However, she still feels lost. She’s trying to find herself and trusts her strong intuition to guide her.
Still Grove is about returning home and the gradual realization that it might not be where one belongs. The film follows college student Darrel through a series of events on his last day of summer as he tries to stay connected with his past. These include a graduation party, coffee with an ex, trying to help a distraught friend by breaking into his house, etc. In doing so, Darrel and company face the reality that while relationships and locations might appear deceptively the same, everything has become distant and different as they've grown.
Dates of Production: April 21 - 25