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RESCUE ME (Sony Pictures). THEATER: ELECTRIC CENTURY; A MUSE IN LOVE;. FINDING THE SUN; MACBETH;. Cordelia Reynolds (Miranda).
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Story: Neil Desai is having a ‘Quarterlife Crisis’. He’s clueless, indecisive, and overwhelmed too many choices and not enough time. He hates his dead-end job designing Internet pop up ads for erectile dysfunction meds. But the money’s good and he’s just been offered a promotion. He wants sometime to sample the ‘variety of life’ to know for sure, his college sweetheart Angel thinks six years is long enough and wants a commitment NOW. His posse of four loser friends would rather he dump Angel and party on forever. Neil’s misses a romantic dinner-for-two with Angel on his 27th birthday (he’s out drinking with the boys). It was a small and silly misunderstanding, but for Angel it’s the last straw. She gives him the ultimate of ultimatums – commit or leave. Predictably Neil jumps ship and moves back to his posse’s pad in Brooklyn. On the cab ride over Neil meets Dilip, a nosey chatty suave limodriver dispensing advice about love and life freely without being asked for it. To top it off Dilip tells Neil he has just won one week’s free limo service in Dilip’s limo! Back in Brooklyn the posse is thrilled to have their cash cow back, especially minus Angel, the ball-and-chain. They are united in one aim – getting Neil to be rid of Angel for good. The posse challenges Neil to silly bet with Jonathan – winner takes all in three consecutive dates with the same girl in one week. Neil, sucker that he is, accepts. And for the next week Neil goes on a wild madcap ride through New York’s singles scene – from bars and charity balls, to speed-dating soirees and Halloween parties. The driver through this screwball plan? Dilip, now transformed into an unlikely cupid-cum-confidante-cum-mentor. In one hysterically funny week Neil runs into every size, shape and preferences of the opposite sex – wrestlers, existential types, fairies, belly-dancing club hoppers, trust fund lovelies, IM’ing secret admirers and more. The futility of dating, and having too many choices is abundantly clear. But for Neil the week’s madcap adventures are really a journey to manhood. And just as he is finally clear on what he wants from life, he discovers Dilip is no innocent limodriver – his wild scheming ulterior motive is about to do Neil in for good. These and other twists make QuarterLife Crisis a hip, offbeat, rip-roaringly hilarious, and sexy romantic comedy.

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THE CAST

Lisa Ray (Angel, Lead) Lisa Ray is a celebrated Canadian actress and model. FEATURE FILMS: WATER (Dir. Deepa Mehta); SEEKING FEAR; REVERB; THE ARRANGEMENT; BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD; and KASOOR. TELEVISION: BEAUTY MANTRA; co-host for MISS INDIA PAGEANT; STAR BIZ; MUSIC COUNTDOWN; PROCTOR & GAMBLE LIVECAST. Music videos for the late eminent singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s AFREEN AFREEN AWARDS: Runner-up for Best Actress in a Canadian Film in the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards 2003 for BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD; Voted Star of the Future in the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002

Maulik Pancholy (Neil, Lead) FEATURE FILMS: FRIENDS WITH MONEY; PARK; HITCH; AUTEUR THEORY; DIWALI TELEVISION: WEEDS; THE COMEBACK; TRACEY TAKES ON; THE WILD THORNBERRY’S; LAW & ORDER; CHARMED; FELICITY; MALIBU CA; JACK AND JILL OFF BROADWAY: GUANTANAMO: HONOR BOUND TO DEFEND FREEDOM; AUNT DAN & LEMON

Russell Peters (Dilip) AWARDS: 4 Gemini Awards (Canadian EMMY’S); Nominated at the Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Male Comic. TELEVISION: CBC-TV’s "COMICS!," "CLUB CLASS" on Channel 5 (UK) and two one-hour “COMEDY NOW” specials on The Comedy Network in Canada (also aired on Comedy Central in the U.S.A.); HOST OF 13-part television series on BBC-TV (UK); David Frost Comedy Festival Special, broadcast on both the BBC and the CBC. APPEARANCES: JAY LENO; JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE; Montreal’s prestigious JUST FOR LAUGHS Comedy Festival; Winnipeg Comedy Festival; the Edinburgh (Scotland) Comedy Festival WORLDWIDE SOLD OUT CONCERTS http://russellpeters.com/

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Manu Narayan (Jonathan) BROADWAY LEAD ROLES: BOMBAY DREAMS; GETTING HOME OFF BROADWAY: FUCKING A; SIDD; THE UNKNOWN; BINTOU; JOSEPHINE’S SONG; I AM MOU; national tour MS SAIGON; PEOPLE NEXT DOOR; METAMORPHOSES; INDIAN INK; ROMEO AND JULIET; LARGO; THE NIGHTINGALE; THE GREEN VIOLIN; A CHRISTMAS CAROL. TELEVISION: LAW AND ORDER SVU; THE SOPRANOS; AS THE WORLD TURNS

Katie Lowes (Gemini) FILM/TV: SOPRANOS CHRISTMAS STORY; STAR SPANGLED GIRL; HATE (Showtime); AS THE WORLD TURNS (CBS); RESCUE ME (Sony Pictures) THEATER: ELECTRIC CENTURY; A MUSE IN LOVE; FINDING THE SUN; MACBETH;

Cordelia Reynolds (Miranda) FILM: FRACTURED; ALARM; THE GIRL FROM MONDAY; AGENT ZERO THEATER: THE WAY OF THE WORLD; THE GRAPES OF WRATH; THE MISANTHROPE; FUDDY MEERS; THE CRUCIBLE

Erickka Jones (Rita) FILM/TV: CHAPPELLE’S SHOW; COSBY; MTV VJ; METRO CHANNEL; A TIGHT SPOT; PROOF POSITIVE; FISHER KING; MARY; SEEKING BLISS

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THE FILMMAKERS

Kiran Merchant, Director/Producer/Writer FILM: QUARTERLIFE CRISIS THEATER: (FOR LINCOLN CENTER THEATER, NY) ON CARING FOR THE BEAST; MAHATMA GANDHI.COM; PHYLLIS WHEATLEY: THE AFRICAN MUSE; A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS; IN DEVELOPMENT: 2 projects - Christmas in Temple (Drama) and Master Mani (Comedy)

Genevieve Castelino, Producer ‘Quarterlife Crisis’ is Genevieve’s debut producing venture. Previously she was a senior management executive at Fortune 100 companies managing worldwide IT network infrastructures. She is also a published journalist, and her play A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS was produced at Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab. She is also Executive Director of Stellar Network, a network of Film, TV and theater professionals with such industry leaders as Anthony Minghella, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Alan Rickman and others on its board.

Kiran Deohans, Cinematographer One of India’s most sought after Cinematographers, Kiran Deohans has shot major Bollywood Blockbusters QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK; AKS & KABHI KUSHI KABHI GHAM. Through Candid Creations, his production company, Kiran has shot hundreds of commercials including those for major multinationals such as Pepsi.

Keith Croket, Editor Assistant editor Credits: POKEMON 4EVER; COLD MOUNTAIN; THE BIG BOUNCE; OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND; BROOKLYN LOBSTER; LUCKY NUMBERS; KAMASUTRA; MANNY & LO.

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Rehana Mirza, Screenwriter FEATURES: FAR FROM HOME; FILLUMSTAR: THE PETER PATEL STORY; HIDING DIVYA PLAYS: BARRIERS (Asian American Theatre Company, San Francisco AWARDS: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Grant; Independent Feature Project trainee fellow; HERE Arts Center Supported Artist; and Founders Day Award Recipient. Rehana graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies.

Tim Bright, Music GRAMMY NOMINATED: #1 Single “Stay I missed you” double platinum record TAILS Co-writer SCRUBS theme song “Superman” FILM SCORES: FAHRENHEIT 911; BEAH SPEAKS: THE LIFE OF BEAH RICHARDS; TELEVISION AND COMMERCIALS: TNT JAMES BOND MARATHON; ANNA NICOLE SMITH SHOW; HOTS (Food Network); TARGET; HEINEKEN; OCEAN SPRAY

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