Rose From Concrete (1st Place Winner 2018 PVIFF Short Film Competition)

Rose, a ten year-old girl, must follow the 'safe plan' to get to her grandma's home across town - a grandmother she has never met.

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Title: Rose From Concrete (1st Place Winner 2018 PVIFF Short Film Competition)

Producer/Director: Santanu Chatterjee, Shantay Williams, Scott Fimon

Cast: Naiyah D. Scaife, TaKiera Suggs, Lynda J. Dahl, Shawn Dunbar, Jesse Matthias LeClaire

Genre: Short Films

Runtime: 19:59 minutes

Rose, a ten-year old girl, lives in the projects with her mother Vivian. One morning, she wakes up to find her mother has not returned home from work. Rose must now follow the 'safe plan' to get to her grandma's home across town - a grandmother she has never met.

Director Biography - Santanu Chatterjee

Santanu Chatterjee is currently the Director of Academics at L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy in Chennai, India.  He taught production and directing courses at Minneapolis College in Minnesota for sixteen years.

Originally, from India, he has also taught filmmaking at the University of Malta in Europe. Santanu has an MFA in film from Syracuse University, New York. He has participated as a panelist on Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant; Minnesota-St. Paul International Film Festival’s “Minnesota-Made Feature Award”; and the Jerome Foundation’s Production Grant. His 2010 short, “It Does Not Die”, won an “Accolade Award”.

Director Statement:

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”

Sue Monk Kidd, “The Secret Life of Bees”

I carry this quotation in my heart to remind me that storytelling is an ancient sacred ritual. It is a lifelong passion that informs and drives my work. My deepest desire is to tell stories that uplift, interrogate received knowledge, and erase artificial boundaries.





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