FAILURE GROUPIES is a comedy following a group of suburban post 9-11 tweens who fail a group project and set up a spy mission to get their temperamental teacher fired.
Mandira Chauhan is a filmmaker originally from Mumbai, India. She grew up watching movies and was enamored from the beginning. She moved to New York City to pursue a lifelong dream of making movies. After studying filmmaking, she proceeded to write, direct and produce several short films. Her first short film, THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT premiered at the LA Film & Script Festival in 2012. It was also screened at the Garden State Film Festival 2013, the Downtown LA Festival 2013 and was a finalist at the Katra Film Series 2013. Tenseth and Chauhan met at the 2013 Garden State Film Festival where both of their films were screening. Mandira currently has two comedy short films in the festival circuit and is writing her first feature film script. She resides in New York City.
Rosalie Tenseth took filmmaking into her own hands in 2013 after acting professionally over 30 years. In addition to directing the three episodes of the award winning CONSTANCE COOKS is in festival now for Beep Beep Productions and won best of fest at NYCwebfest. She also directed the first season of AFTER currently represented by Take 3 Talent for Two Ladies and a Giant. She produces content with her company Boy With Stick Productions and FAILURE GROUPIES is streaming on Amazon. Her new comedy channel, www.HappyMartiniTV.com, hosts the new series #ISITJUSTME streaming on Facebook and YouTube. She’s shooting a new pilot for HMTV, ASS ON THE RUN expected to release Spring 2019. As an actress she can be seen with Julia Roberts in the film BEN IS BACK and in the pilot of Sonia Denis’ new show AFTER AFTER PARTY and as a The Red Neck Woman on THE DAILY SHOW. You may also have seen her on: LIMITLESS (CBS), HIGH MAINTENANCE (HBO), 30 ROCK (NBC), I LOVE YOU BUT I LIED (LMN), LAW AND ORDER and ED (NBC) in addition to many film and stage roles.
Rodin Hamidi is both a Cinematographer and Director. He shot FG with his RED SCARLET. He was awarded the grand prize of the international competition “Global Democracy Video Challenge” for his short film THE PATH, which was screened at the Director's Guild as well as United Nations in New York City. He was shooting most recently on the feature GOOD FRIDAY. Other credits include HUG THE DOG, INDIANA, IMAGINE I'M BEAUTIFUL, UNDER HER SKIN, ENOUGH, BREAKING DEVIL'S BACK, VENGEANCE AIN'T RED, CONFUTATIS MALEDICITIS, PRESSURE, SAINT PIGS, BALLERINA, WHITE AND NOTHING BUT BEAUTY. His photographs have been issued in several publications, including Next Level Magazine, Canvas, and Iranian Photography Now, a book by Rose Issa.
What fed this script….a note from the writer/producer Rosalie Tenseth
We live in suburban New Jersey. The Rutgers coach is fired when video shows students being kicked and screamed at. I hear my improvisation students debating what race one of my adult Indian students could be since she had a British accent. The Boston Bombing happens. My husband keeps leaving a right-winged fanatical station on in the car; I suppose to get a rise out of me. The radio host's theories of who the bombers were was not half as interesting as the way they talked about them. FAILURE GROUPIES story was fed by these and other local events, but not necessarily about them.
Sofi Marshall is a film editor based in the New York City area whose work has screened all over the world. Her recent projects include: WILD CANARIES, a feature film directed by Lawrence Levine, in festival now; A TEACHER, a feature film by writer/director Hannah Fidell, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival; SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY, See You Next Tuesday, a feature film directed by Drew Tobia that took home the Best Narrative Feature award at the 2013 Sidewalk Film Festival; Tall as the Baobab Tree, a feature film directed by Jeremy Teicher, which premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and has screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival and many others, THE PERFECT WEDDING,
The Perfect Wedding, a feature film directed by Scott Gabriel starring Kristine Sutherland and James Rebhorn, which premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival and won the Best Feature Length Comedy award at the Garden State Film Festival.
Drummer and composer Brian McOmber (b. 1980) has been described by Pop Matters as “one of indie rocks most unique drummers”, and as “an incredible musician...just staggeringly awesome” by Michael Azerrad, editor of The Talkhouse and author of “Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana”. Brian has performed and/or recorded with many musicians and ensembles including Dirty Projectors, Björk, St. Vincent, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, David Byrne, Mira Calix, The Roots, Alarm Will Sound, and Yeasayer. During his six-year tenure as the drummer for Dirty Projectors, Brian helped the band to earn a Grammy nomination and performed with them at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Coachella, Fuji Rock (Japan), Primavera (Spain), and Glastonbury (UK).
Brian’s films and film scores have premiered at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin and SXSW. His first feature film score for Hannah Fidell’s, A Teacher, was described as “masterfully atonal” (Smells like Screen Sprit), “haunting, propulsive” (The L.A Weekly), and as “the highlight, clattering and clambering across avant-garde structures with an often riveting tempo” (Twitch Film). A Teacher received multiple awards and is currently being adapted into a series by HBO. Since then, Brian has worked with award-winning cinematographer/director Andrew Droz Palermo on multiple occasions, and with writer/director Anurag Kashyup, unequivocally India’s most celebrated independent filmmaker. Currently, Brian is scoring films directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall, Penny Lane, and Frances Bodomo.