Independent Film "Arranged to Settle" shot on location in DC with all female production team

Top Quote American University Alum Ishu Krishna, is the writer/director of a feature independent film "Arrange to Settle" that will begin production in May 2011. This movie is being shot in DC, with local musicians, and with an all female production team. End Quote
  • Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) March 16, 2011 - Award winning writer/director Ishu Krishna is excited to announce her latest film and her first feature-length endeavor entitled Arrange to Settle. Principal photography will begin on May 6th in and around Washington, D.C. with a targeted release of Winter 2011.

    Arrange to Settle is the story of an intelligent, passionate, and talented Indian woman named Jyothi and her decision between the certainty and guarantees of an arranged marriage versus the excitement and turbulence of love. The film also touches on the culture clash that stems from the Indian diaspora to the United States which resulted in first generation Indians being torn between two worlds. The film's visual focus is on the sights and sounds of our nation's capital, its suburbs and its vibrant and thriving social scene. The film showcases a world-class, eclectic soundtrack featuring some of D.C.'s hottest local musicians.

    Led by a seasoned, all-female production team, the film's vision has become reality largely due to the support of many community businesses and organizations including The Arlington County Fair, WAKA kickball, Granville Moore's Gastropub, Merzi, Café De Paris, Saxena Dental, Mighty Pint, ARTiculate Gallery, and Lerner Enterprises Dulles Town Center. These businesses and organizations are supporting the production by providing shoot locations, props, costumes, and more. The film is a truly grassroots effort driven by local artists, businesses, and organizations and their passion for the arts in Washington, D.C.

    Michelle Raymond, whose song Change will be featured in the soundtrack, is a local musician who was instrumental in putting Krishna in contact with other local businesses and celebrities. Raymond says, "After my initial contact with Ishu, I was immediately sold on her idea to feature other DC talent and establishments in her storyline. This will be my first movie soundtrack piece and I am excited to share my music with the D.C. community and help support other local artists. This area has a bit of the 'good ole boys club' mentality when it comes to the music scene and nightlife. It is my belief that promoting DC's diversity and raw talent will largely contribute to the success of the movie"

    World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) Regional Manager Joel Dusoe is sponsoring the film by providing t-shirts, kickball equipment, and extras for use in the scenes where the main characters gather to play adult kickball. Adult kickball is a social club/sport phenomenon which was originally started D.C., but has spread like wildfire around the world. Dusoe said, "WAKA is excited to partner with a local filmmaker and continue to be an active part of the community. WAKA Kickball has been a part of the Washington, D.C. social scene since 1998 bringing thousands of adults together every year combining the joys of kickball and socializing at league bars after games. WAKA Kickball players make friends and develop friendships that last a lifetime, which is what the film depicts."

    Chef Teddy Folkman, executive chef and co-owner of Granville Moore's Gastropub on H Street, NE has generously allowed parts of Arrange to Settle to be filmed in his pub. "I am gladly open to help in any way." said Chef Teddy. "We are just happy to support local artists and projects like this, so we don't expect anything in return, except maybe all sharing a pint of beer or something." Granville Moore's Gastropub has been featured in Everyday with Rachael Ray and the New York Times. Chef Teddy himself has appeared on the Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay and was a contestant on The Next Food Network Star has also agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film.

    "I have been humbled throughout the pre-production process. It is amazing how the community comes together to help local artists." said writer/director Ishu Krishna. "I am already proud to say I was born in D.C., and have grown up in the surrounding areas. Although D.C. is a major city, it has a supportive small town feel to it. I'm excited to show the world that this city is more than just politics and government through a universally themed human story that is relatable to most of us."


    Marlene Hall
    Director of Marketing and Communication
    703-963-4505 (mobile)
    marlene.hall ( @ ) gmail dot com

    Ishu Krishna
    Writer and Director
    240-994-2389 (mobile)
    ishukrishna ( @ ) gmail dot com

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