Our first write-up for a Texas Show, Sunday Sept 25th at 9 PM at the Texas Theatre, selected film is on “Fatakra,” a short film shot in Austin, Texas by UT graduate and Student Academy Award winner Soham Mehta. Blending narrative filmmaking and oral history, Fatakra (which means firecracker) tells the story of Naveen, an Indian immigrant in Texas who struggles to build a reconnection and happy reunion with his wife and son after spending three years alone in America trying to build a foundation and better life for his wife and child. Mehta received a Bronze statue for the film at the Student Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles recently.
Since graduating from UT in 2002, Mehta has won four awards as a filmmaker and continues to build a strong sense of storytelling and wonderful example for up and coming filmmakers. Serving as a modern basis for the Sanskrit epic “Mahabharata,” Fatakra is a beautifully shot and phenomenally acted piece that showcases a touching and heartfelt look at family relationships. Fatakra will play as part of the Texas show at Dallas Video Fest this year. Screening details will be posted as they are developed.
Here is an article from Austin360 about filmmaker Soham Mehta