A regular work day for an Indian-American, a member of the LGBTQ community, and a Trump voter is changed when they find someone has scrawled graffiti on their lunch restaurant. They come together to remove the message of hate themselves with a unique solution.

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Working Lunch has been awarded a 2018 Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Cultural Council (racc.org). It had its World Premiere at the 19th Filmi Toronto South Asian Film Festival and U.S. Premiere at Newfilmmakers NY Film Series, and will have its West Coast Premiere Dec. 12th in Portland, OR at “(Dis)/CONNECT:
The Short Films of Shilpa Sunthankar” a screening presented by the Northwest Film Center’s Northwest Tracking Series.

Working Lunch is a newly completed short film, written, directed, and produced by Shilpa Sunthankar. Inspired by the current socio-political climate in the Trump era, Working Lunch is shot in a cozy spot in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, OR, a crafted gem offering a view of our national conflict in miniature via a tiny Indian restaurant. Produced by Tara Johnson-Medinger (My Summer as a Goth), and shot by Dawn Jones Redstone (Sista in the Brotherhood, We Have Our Ways), it also features Portland, OR talent Ari Montgomery (Grimm), Rachael Perrell Fosket (Lean On Pete), Peter Schuyler, and Sanjeev Trika. TRT 8mins

PRODUCER: Tara Johnson-Medinger

Nina: Ari Montgomery
Jess: Rachael Perrell Fosket
Mark: Peter Schuyler
Shantu: Sanjeev Trika

Director of Photography: Dawn Jones Redstone
Editor:  Emily von W. Gilbert
Assistant Director: Martin Vavra
Production Designer: Jules Larrouy
Art Dept Assistant: Mandy Lehman
Gaffer: Efrem Peter
1st Assistant Camera: Jeanette Li
Sound Mixer/ Operator:  Justin Ryan Haynes
Costumer: Caitlin Firestone
Make Up & Hair Stylist: Jane Powers
Production Coordinator: Bonnie Stinson
Production Assistants: Tate Horstkotte, Sawyer Jackson, Nora Colie, Angelique Ostmo,
Sound Designer: Chris Barber
Digital Cleanup Artist: Adam Sager
Colorist: Gary Nolton
Music by Samrat Chakrabarti and featuring a composition by Abhik Mukherjee

Working Lunch is funded in part by: