Richa is an NYC-based filmmaker. Films were not a big part of Richa’s childhood growing up in India, but it wasn’t until pursuing a statistics graduate degree in the U.S that she discovered independent and foreign cinema and fell in love with the medium. She wrote & directed the award-winning short film "Taaza Khoon" (Fresh Blood) which is currently enjoying a successful film festival run. She also wrote & directed a one-act Off-Broadway play, “Ferment”, which qualified as a semi-finalist in the 2017 New York New Works Theater festival.
Richa’s scripts have been shortlisted for Oscars-qualifying festivals such as HollyShorts, Nashville Film Festival’s Pitch and programs such as ScreenCraft Film Fund, Shore Scripts Film Fund, and Ocktober Film Festival’s Short Film Calling Card Pitch. As an actor, she has performed in short films and Off-Broadway plays in New York City. Her film writings have appeared on Static Mass Emporium, a UK-based independent film publication.
She has trained with The Barrow Group, Independent Film School and New York Film Academy. She’s a proud member of Filmshop’s Sandbox Directing Lab, FilmmakerHers, NYWIFT, NYC Women Filmmakers and South Asian Film Collective.
A storyteller at heart, Richa likes to view the world with a sociological lens and tell tales of courage. When not thinking of films, she’s usually exploring unusual spots around NYC with her husband, sharing animal/baby videos with friends and Whatsapping her family across the world.
Nashwa Zaman is a writer, director, and actress who was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and raised in Canada. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch Film & Television Program.
A storyteller at heart, Vishwas is thrilled to be a part of "Fresh Blood/Taaza Khoon". As an actor, his recent credits include award winning Indie feature "Tomorrow Ever After" and numerous short films and webseries including "Failure Groupies", "Track 3" and "A Stranger's Confession". A firm believer in creating one's own opportunities, Vishwas turned writer and producer with his short film "The Visit" which won multiple awards in the 2016 film festival season. Always open to collaborations that tell compelling human stories, he is just one click away at www.meetvishwas.com.
An actor, teacher, standup comedian and model. Nikki holds an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School and has trained with well renowned teachers of RADA and The Royal Shakespeare Company. She has been seen in the latest Swet Shop Boys music video, Aaja and Browngirl Magazine. Her TV & Film credits include: Saturday Night Live, Brown Nation, Redrum (Investigation Discovery ID), Unfreedom, (Portland film festival & Chelsea Film Festival), Here and Now, Daniel & his tools, Superhero Me, The Distance Between Us (Greater Washington immigration film festival), Refugee (Big Apple film festival). Theatre credits include: For Our Own (Planet Connections Festival). The Graduate (Actors Studio Drama School), Where Children play (Berkshire Fringe Festival) and Vagina Monologues (V-day Union City), Long Day's Journey into Night, and Romeo & Juliet. Nikki has done a tour for the play, The Tragedy of Richard the Third, performed in NY and at Stratford upon Avon & Bosworth, England.
She would like to thank Richa Rudola for casting her in a role that speaks volumes about the political issue of sex trafficking and the need for change.
Nikolai Metin is a producer and editor with a soft spot for unique takes on the universal human experience. His latest feature as editor Prom King, 2010 (Cinequest New Vision award 2017) is enjoying a successful, award-winning festival run and another project that he produced, Tomorrow Ever After, is currently playing in theaters.
Ari Rothschild is a Director of Photography with recent feature credits including Landing Up and Prom King, 2010 (Cinequest New Vision award 2017). His approach puts story first for rich and engaging visuals that feel alive and communicative. Ari has also color timed over thirty features including Bone Tomahawk, and Always Shine. His experience allows him to take full responsibility for the image from set through post.
Aitor Mendilibar is a New York-based filmmaker and cinematographer. He is originally from Basque Country, where he received degrees in computer science, telecommunications, and audio/visual production. In 2012, he moved to New York City to study documentary filmmaking at New York Film Academy. Since graduating he has worked as a cinematographer for documentaries, narrative films, TV shows, music videos, live performances, among other projects. His first feature film as a director of photography (PROM KING, 2010) won the New Vision Award at Cinequest Film Festival. He has worked with Oscar nominated director and producer Oren Jacoby and award winning cinematographers Buddy Squires, ASC and Tom Hurwitz, ASC. He also creates his own content and collaborates with artists across genres. Aitor is currently collaborating with choreographers Reggie Wilson and Raja Feather Kelly. He is also the co-founder and former bass player of the Basque punk rock band Disorders, that played for 10 years and produced two studio albums. After the band split up in 2011, Aitor co-created The Wilsons in 2014 where he plays the bass.
Dylan Payne is a composer and sound mixer from Minneapolis, MN. He has composed scores for several films including, most recently, Christopher Schaap’s “Prom King, 2010” (Cinequest New Vision Award 2017) and Nikolai Metin’s “Liberty.” Taaza Khoon was his first experience working as a recordist and sound editor and he’s grateful to everyone that gave him the opportunity.
Luisa Valzani was born in Foggia, Italy.
After travelling around Europe and Asia to pursue her interest in photography, she studied to be a makeup artist at the IDA MONTANARI agency in Rome.
Luisa has been working as a makeup artist in the film/music industry for over 7 years around the world. She also has been sharing her talents for beauty/fashion photoshoots, music videos, tv/web series, weddings, face & body painting & special events.
Luisa is a huge supporter of cruelty-free makeup, She uses only Vegan brushes and Animal friendly makeup
Written & Directed by
Vampire - Vishwas
Girl - Nashwa Zaman
Brothel Manager - Nikki Chawla
Butcher - Lincoln Clevenson
Directors of Photography
Ari Rothschild, Aitor Mendilibar
Hair & Makeup
Nikolai Metin, Richa Rudola, Ari Rothschild
Ruby Kaur, Kevin Roche
Performed by Richa Rudola, based on "Main Gaoon Tum So Jao" from "Brahmachari" film (1968)
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